Category Archives: Sports

Free children’s fishing class May 10

Local author/photographer Spider Rybaak and Mike McGrath of McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services will conduct their popular kids fishing program at the NYSDEC Hatchery, NY Route 49, Constantia, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10.

Actual fishing will take place in Scriba Creek behind the hatchery.

Fishing tackle donated by Shakespeare, Cortland Line Company, SAMPO, Berkley, and Eagle Claw, will be provided for the day; or bring your own. Live bait will also be provided.

Those age 16 and up must possess a valid NYS fishing license.

For more information contact Mike McGrath at 882-1549 or Spider at 633-1245.

Hunting, trapping wild boar now illegal

A new regulation that prohibits hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York state has been formally adopted, said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

The regulation is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC’s statewide eradication efforts.

“Enacting a statewide regulation was important to support DEC’s ongoing work to remove this invasive species from the state and to ensure that it does not become established in the wild anywhere in New York,” Martens said.

“Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, and private property and public safety wherever they occur and DEC will continue to work to protect these resources and remove wild boars from the state,” he said.

Eurasian boars were brought to North America centuries ago and wild populations numbering in the millions are now present across much of the southern U.S.

In recent years, wild boar populations have been appearing in more northern states too, often as a result of escapes from enclosed shooting facilities that offer “wild boar hunts.”

It already is illegal to bring boars into the state. However, there are already small numbers of Eurasian boars on the landscape in New York.

Since 2000, wild boars have been reported in many counties across the state, and breeding in the wild has been confirmed in at least six counties (Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan and Delaware) in recent years.

DEC is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to remove any Eurasian boars that are reported in New York. To date, more than 150 animals have been captured and destroyed.  However, eradication is expensive, time consuming and requires a great deal of manpower.

SUNY Oswego student named scholar-athlete

Bailey Waterbury during a game for Oswego. The sophomore has been named a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner for 2014.
Bailey Waterbury during a game for Oswego. The sophomore has been named a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner for 2014.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Oswego State student-athlete Bailey Waterbury of the women’s soccer team has been named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for 2014.

One of 83 recipients this year from across the 64-campus system, Waterbury and other honorees are nominated by their campus athletic director. Their credentials and accomplishments are then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from around SUNY as well as the Provost’s Office for the system.

The sophomore led the SUNY Athletic Conference in assists per game (.412) and tied for the conference lead in total assists (7) on the season.

The Plattsburgh native posted nine points for the Lakers during the 2013 campaign while helping Oswego advance to the SUNYAC Championship for the first time since 2002.

Waterbury was named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women’s All-East Region third team and SUNYAC Conference first team for accomplishments on the field. She also earned Oswego State Female Athlete of the Week and SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week following her multi-point game against Fredonia Oct. 12.

Off the field, Waterbury majors in wellness management with a double minor in athletic coaching and health science and was selected to the Commissioner’s List and All-Academic Team last fall. She is involved in community service and an active participant in intramurals on campus. She will be a peer adviser in the fall.

Walleye, pike, pickerel season open today

The state fishing season for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskellunge opens Saturday, May 3, marking the opening of most of New York’s freshwater sportfish seasons, state Department of Environmental Conservation  Commissioner Joe Martens said.

Catch and release fishing for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in many waters across the state also begins May 3. The special trophy black bass season on Lake Erie where anglers can take one 20-inch or longer fish per day also begins May 3.

Bass anglers should check the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (eregulations.com/newyork/fishing) to ensure that the water they desire to fish is open to catch and release angling.

Anglers are reminded that the muskellunge fishing season and the regular (harvest) season for black bass open on the 3rd Saturday in June, which is June 21 this year.

Basketball league signups begin today

Registration for Fulton men’s summer basketball leagues will be held beginning today.

Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30; 6 to 8 p.m. Monday May 5; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 7; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 13; and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday May 15.

Registration will take place at the Fulton War Memorial. Anyone interested in entering a team must pick up a team package on one of the above dates.

The divisions are: Open A League on Mondays; Open Upper B on Mondays; Open C on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The Open A and B league games are played on Mondays with some on Tuesdays starting June 2 and ending the third week in August.

The Open Upper C and C leagues play on Tuesday or Wednesday starting June 3 and ending the third week of August.

All leagues consist of 10 regular season games with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.

Last year the leagues filled fast so register early. The deadline to register is May 15.

Anyone who has not paid his team sponsorship by May 15 will not be guaranteed a spot in the league until the fee is paid.

For more information, call Jerry Schremp at 592-8505.

2 locals win medals in Taekwondo

Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.
Pictured with Taekwondo America’s school owner Master Leo Pryor are NY State Championships medalists, assistant instructor Jordan Ketcham and Caden Burnswick.

On Saturday, March 15, Master Leo Pryor, owner and head Instructor of Taekwondo America in Oswego, and assistant instructor Bernadett Pryor, accompanied their students to Queens College in New York City to participate in the 2014 New York State Championships.

Students started preparing for this event months ago and their efforts paid off.

Caden Burnswick, 6, earned a silver medal in the NY State Sparring Competition and began his Taekwondo training in October of 2012. Caden enjoys all aspects of Taekwondo, but sparring and board breaking are his favorite.

Jordan Ketcham, 17, is a student at Cayuga Community College where she tutors for math part time. She is also employed as an assistant instructor at Master Pryor’s TaeKwondo. Ketcham is a second Degree Black Belt, and earned a gold medal in the NY State Poomse Competition.

She has been training for nearly seven years and is working towards her Third Degree Black Belt. She plans to attend the national qualifiers May 20-22 in Buffalo.

Taekwondo training is an excellent way to fitness, fun and self discipline, Taekwondo is not only for children, adults of all ages can benefit from the exercise and conditioning Taekwondo offers It is a wonderful family activity.

For more information, call Oswego TAEKWONDO AMERICA Head Instructor Master Leo Pryor at 342-2470 or visit the website at www.masterpryorstkda.com.

Fulton Little League opens for season

President of Fulton Little League Baseball John Florek is pictured with Ryan Barry during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Fulton Little League Baseball Season on April 26. After it was announced that the upcoming season would be dedicated to him, Barry threw the ceremonial first pitch. Barry was paralyzed from the waist down in a biking accident at summer camp at Casowasco.
President of Fulton Little League Baseball John Florek is pictured with Ryan Barry during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Fulton Little League Baseball Season on April 26. After it was announced that the upcoming season would be dedicated to him, Barry threw the ceremonial first pitch. Barry was paralyzed from the waist down in a biking accident at summer camp at Casowasco.

Sign up Saturday for Fulton Kiwanis baseball

Fulton Kiwanis baseball will be holding sign-ups for the 2014 season from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday May 3 at the War Memorial.

Director Derek Lyons said Kiwanis baseball will be heading in a new direction this season. Lyons and his group of supporters will be striving to turn its Kiwanis baseball and softball programs into more of a learning experience.

Fulton varsity baseball and softball coaches will be used to help players learn the proper mechanics and throwing, catching, fielding and batting techniques. Lyons said games will still be held, but the program will focus more on skills development.

The 2014 Kiwanis baseball season will begin the week of June 30 and end the week of Aug. 4.

Participants can expect activities two nights a week, including a practice session of station work with varsity and junior varsity coaches.

Games will be played following the practice sessions and on another night of the week as well.

This season, Kiwanis will feature five different leagues. The T-Ball League (eligible to boys and girls ages 4-6), the Grasshopper Minor League (Coaches and Umpires pitch in this league which is eligible to boys ages 7-9) and the Grasshopper Major League (eligible for boys ages 10-12).

Girls softball will have two leagues as part of the Kiwanis baseball program once again this season. In the Minors, coaches and umpires pitch in this league to girls ages 7-9.

Girls ages 10-12 are eligible to participate in the Major League. In terms of participation eligibility, the ages indicated are based on how old a player is on June 24.