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Fulton girls’ track looks for depth

 

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity track and field team for 2014 is looking to improve this season and Coach Gary LaGrou wants all of its athletes to be ready to contribute from the start.

He also wants the Lady Raiders to improve their times and distances and become an even more challenging opponent.  His hope is to have athletes competing in some of the season ending events such as Sectional and state Qualifying Meets.

This season, Fulton has the tough task of replacing 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Led by just a few seniors, the Lady Raiders are expected to be an inexperienced team in 2014. LaGrou said the younger athletes on the team come with a lot of potential.

With most of its players competing on the varsity indoor track team this winter, Fulton was in pretty good physical condition when practices began in early March.

LaGrou said the team worked hard to develop its endurance during the first few days of practice. He said it’s important for his athletes to be on pace to be in their best physical condition during the mid to late portion of the season with the hope of being even more successful down the stretch.

LaGrou said his team still has adjustments to make, especially when it comes to competing outdoors. The climate has kept Fulton’s preparation mostly indoors.

Instead of naming captains formally, LaGrou usually allows senior athletes for each event to serve as leadership figures. He hopes his senior athletes will be a source of encouragement for younger athletes in their events.

LaGrou said Fulton will be challenged in almost every meet this season.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Cortland April 9 for a double dual meet against Cortland and Fowler. On April 16, Fulton will host a double dual meet against Chittenango and Jamesville-DeWitt and then have a double dual meet against Mexico and Homer April 30 at Mexico.

This season, Fulton will have to replace a few distance runners lost to graduation. However, the Lady Raiders will still have a number of strengths.

LaGrou said there are many impressive younger distance runners joining the team, making Fulton stronger in distance events this season.

LaGrou said the younger hurdlers who joined the team have lot of potential. The Lady Raiders are expected to have a new high jumper at one point in the season. Now, she is recovering from an injury.

LaGrou said his team will feature a few throwers from last year’s team. He’s  hopeful his throwers can build off of the experiences they had last season.

Fulton will also welcome Jessica Race back to the team at shotput following a brief hiatus. What excites LaGrou the most is the number of athletes he has and working to help all of these athletes contribute to give the team more depth for every event of a meet this season.

Oswego Hall of Fame induction April 26

The “Class of 2013” will be inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame this Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego Country Club.

The Oswego Buccaneer Boosters Club continues its support of the Hall of Fame as the sixth class will be introduced and inducted and will have their plaques placed on the “Wall of Fame” in Oswego High School’s lobby.

This year’s class included athletes Maggie Lester and Howard Mulcahey with veteran coach and contributor Alice Reardon and swimming coach Debbie Mann.

Also inducted will be the 1991 Section 3 Class A championship tennis team coached by Bill Fatiga whose roster included  Brian Mitchell, Jason Walbourn, Dan Lapus, Brian Cole, Anuj Agrawal, Bryan Brutsch, Matt Saltalamachia, Matte Lindgren, Anders Dalmean, Drew Narayan, Kevin Moore, Jeff DeSantis, Matt Weber, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey and Joe Deal..

Reservations for the induction event can be made by contacting Bev DeLong at the Oswego High School Athletic Office at 341-2019 on or before April 18.

The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with the induction ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Payment for the event will be accepted via check or cash at the door on the night of the event. However, reservations are necessary as space is limited.

Since its inception the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized deserving teams, athletes, coaches and contributors.

Maggie Lester was an outstanding Buc golfer who continued her success at Penn State and in competition. She is a 2003 graduate of Oswego High and was first team all league five times as well as a five time team most valuable player.

Alice Reardon was instrumental in the implementation of Title IX within the Oswego school district. She started the Girls Athletic Association, which fostered fair competition, fellowship and sportsmanship and provided clinics to teach skills and rules. She made substantial contributions to the growth of women’s sports in the district.

Debbie Mann guided the Bucs in the late 1990s through 2003. Her teams accounted for tremendous success with a seven-year run of 83 consecutive victories.

Howard Mulcahey was a 1974 Oswego High grad and most accomplished in football and wrestling. His honors included the 1974 Onondaga League Tournament championships and he was a two-way lineman on the gridiron during four seasons of football.

The 1991 boys’ varsity tennis team is the only Oswego squad that won the tournament and Section 3 titles.

Birdlebough athlete heading to Canisius in the fall

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Cross-country standout Haylie Virginia and coach Andy Lewis are all smiles as Virginia signs her letter of intent to attend Canisius College.

Hard work, training and dedication have helped propel John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix senior Haylie Virginia to the next level, as she recently signed her letter of intent to attend Canisius College in the fall.

The standout runner, who specializes in the pentathlon, noted she has put in countless hours of training and overcome several injuries to get to where she is today.

“I ran about 350 miles over the summer,” she said. “I worked really hard this past season.”

That hard work paid off with an all-state selection, a third-place finish at the state meet, and the respect of her coach and peers, who selected her as team captain for the cross-country and track and field teams.

“She is pretty disciplined and very dedicated,” said coach Andy Lewis. “She has a good head on her shoulders and she is a role model for some of the younger kids on the team.”

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Virginia has also excelled in the classroom, where she is consistently on the honor roll. She maintains a 92 percent average while balancing sports, DECA and a part-time job at the YMCA.

With a broad range of interests, Virginia said she is considering taking business courses, although she is undecided if she will major in business or another subject that piques her interest.

Virginia is the daughter of Matt and Michelle Virginia.

Fulton boys’ tennis in rebuilding year

By Rob Tetro

Fulton boys’ varsity tennis coach Matt Goodnaugh said admits that he expects the 2014 season to be somewhat of a rebuilding season.

The Red Raiders added many new players to the roster this season and aim to develop these newer players into contributors with the hope of being a .500 team by the end of the season.

The Red Raiders come into the season as a relatively inexperienced team. They will have many new players emerging into starting vacancies hit hard by graduation. Goodnaugh said he expects many of his younger players to be in starting spots at the bottom of the lineup.

Players have been encouraged throughout the school year to be physically prepared to fully participate once the first day of practice came around. Goodnaugh said many of his players were in solid physical condition when practices began in early March.

However, Goodnaugh said his players still have work to do in order to be where they want to be physically with the season just beginning. He said his team’s physical condition is about 75 percent of what he expects.

Goodnaugh also said his team will be challenged when it’s time for them to continue preparing outdoors. By the end of the season, Fulton hopes to be a team that is physically prepared to play three sets if needed.

Brad Crofoot and Jacob Strauss will serve as team captains for the Red Raiders this season. Goodnaugh points out that captains are voted upon by their teammates.

Fulton expects every event the team takes part in to be challenging.

Goodnaugh said there will be a couple of really experienced teams in the Red Raiders league that will be a step or two ahead of everyone else this season. However, there could be a significant amount of middle of the pack teams.

Fulton will also face a couple of lower tier league opponents. By season’s end, Goodnaugh hopes the Red Raiders will be in a position to play their middle of the pack league opponents competitively.

Fulton will take on a lower tier, higher tier and middle of the pack teams during the early portion of their season. Goodnaugh said these matches could set the tone for the remainder of the season.

Goodnaugh said his team will have many strengths this season. He expects his team to play as a unified and cohesive unit. Even though the Red Raiders may take a few lumps this season, Goodnaugh said his young team displays the characteristics needed to develop into a competitive team over the next few seasons.

He mentions that not only does his team have respect for one another, but they show him a lot of respect as well. They listen closely to his instruction, which already seems to have paid off for them.

As preparation for the season winds down, Goodnaugh is pleased with what his young team has been able to accomplish in practice so far.

Fulton varsity spring sports rosters

Here are the varsity spring sports rosters in the Fulton school district. Information is courtesy of the Fulton school district.

 

Baseball

Jon Cummins, junior, catcher/third base

Cody Green, sophomore, infield

Nicholas Summerville, senior, outfield/pitcher

Michael Bolster, sophomore, outfield/pticher

Charles Alton III, sophomore, infield/pitcher

Kirby LaBeef, senior, outfield

Cameron Clark, sophomore, infield/pitcher

Jeremy Langdon, senior, utility

George Lewis IV, senior, pitcher/third base

Chris Jones, junior, outfield/catcher

Jovinario Rivera, junior, outfield/catcher

Pete Ravesi, junior, pitcher/outfield

Daniel Coant, senior, pitcher/first base

Keyshon Carver, junior, outfield

Dillon Guernsey, junior, pitcher/third base

Jake Seymour,  junior, first base/outfield/pitcher

Coach: Kip Harvey

 

Softball

Mikayla Guernsey, senior, second base/pitcher

Maureen McCann, senior, catcher

Jessica Marvin, junior, infield/outfield

Caitlyn Chrisman, senior, third base/outfield

Cheyenne Laun, junior, pitcher/outfield

Kassidy Kearns, senior, shortstop

Hannah Jones, senior, outfield

Courtney Parker, senior, first base

Keisha Pierce, senior, outfield

Casey Jones, sophomore, catcher/outfield

Katelyn Ely, junior, infield/outfield

Anna Guernsey, senior, outfield

Coach: Derek Jones

 

Boys Lacrosse

Derek Ballard, junior, defense

Brandon Batstone, sophomore, goalie

RJ Borow, junior, attack

Seth Britton, senior, defense

Brett Campolieta, junior, midfield

Adam Caza, senior, attack

Seth Delisle, senior, midfield

Scott Hughes, senior, goalie

David Hursh, junior, LP

Bryce Knight, junior, attack

Matt Nelson, senior, m/a

Mark Pollock, senior, defense

Robbie Pollock, sophomore, defense

Derek Prosser, senior, midfield

Paul Reynoso, senior, midfield

Troy Richardson, senior, defense

Noah Sorbello, senior, defense

Mitch Towsley, senior, attack

Carson Vono, senior, midfield

Spencer Vono, sophomore, m/a

Shawn Walberger, junior, midfield

Kyle Ware, sophomore, midfield

Austin Wilde, sophomore, attack

Coach: Craig Halladay

 

Girls Lacrosse

Amelia Coakley, eighth grade; Jordan Coulon, eighth grade; Cassey Shannon, senior; Gina Babcock, sophomore; Domonique Lockwood, junior; Keara Paterson, seventh grade; Julia Ludington, senior; Julia Lee, senior; Isabela Gonzalez, senior; Lauren Gaido, junior; Althea Henderson, sophomore; Olivia Coakley, sophomore; Jenna Hudson, senior; Julia Velasquez, junior; Mckenna Chesbro, eighth grade; Madden Rowlee, junior; Alexis Lastra, senior; Kaylin Pafumi, sophomore.

Coach: Drew White

 

Boys Tennis

Seniors — Brad Crofoot, Carlos Feliciano, Mark Parry, Jacob Strauss; juniors — Thomas Distin, Austin Nairn, Zach Parry; sophomores — Joshua Hotaling, Benjamin McKay, Bayley Raponi, Dakota Stoutenger,  Evan Waugh; freshmen — Danny Davis, Joel Feliciano, Seith Reidy, Zach Vaccaro

Coach: Matt Goodnaugh

 

Boys Track & Field

Seniors — Conner Aldasch, Augusto Mendes Siego, Logan Carvey, Tony Paulich, James Bailey, Chance Porter, Mike Holcomb, Chase Halstead, Matt Holden, Dawson Samson, Travis Kemp, Brandon Ladd, Jimmy Martin; juniors — Bailey Lutz, Michael Lewchanin, Geoffry Michaels, Jacob Belcher,  Jacob Cuyler, Nick Reitz, Nick Kenyon, Logan Diefenbacher, Shelby Drake, Brandon Webb, Quinton Jackson, Bailey Lutz, Nick McIntyre; sophomores — Lorcan Murphy, Keegan Condon, Collin Flynn, Garet Roik, Jake LeVea, Tim Holden, Scott Littleton; freshmen — Tyler Allen, Jared Miller, Marc Benavidez, Dennis Parker, Ethan Cimino, Dan Phillips,  Matt Coleman, Canyon Raley, Kenneth Delof, Cody Rhinehart, Troy Rogers, Cameron Gray, Brandon Tice, Trey LaRock.

Coach: Joel Carroll

Girls Track & Field

Seniors — angela Paul, Elizabeth DeSantis, Laura Hamdan, Erin Hayden, Yusra Humayun; juniors — Jessica Race, Kara Bricker, Erica Pawlewicz, Karli Bricker, Breanna St. Onge, Abby Field, Hannah Stanski, Samantha Fox, Miki Iijima, Chelsea Knopp, Johnna Lamie, Makenzie Loomis; sophomores — Callie Beckwith, Keisha Brooks, Tatiana Pierce, Keysha Rojas-Polo, Amber DeStevens, Faith Ross, Victoria Eckhard, Brianna Hartle, Kristeen Hess, Shakeemah Hordge, KimIngersoll, Jenna Lee, Nicolette Lefler, Marissa LiVoti, Kendyl Lutz; freshmen — Mackenzie Phelps, Miwa Burdic, Emily Bush, Alysa Rosenbarker, Sarah Tallents, Taylor Zupancic, Hannah Halstead, Shannon Zych, Sydnie Harrington, Willow Painter; eighth grade — Meredith Grimshaw, Erin Nicholson.

Coach: Gary LaGrou

Tennis scores

Here are scores from boys’ tennis, East Syracuse Minoa versus Fulton.

Singles

Brandon Stone (ESM) d. Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-1, 6-0

Tyler Underwood (East Syracuse-Minoa) d. Zach Perry (Fulton) 6-1, 6-2

Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) d. Jeff Episcopo (ESM) 6-4, 6-2

Mark Parry (Fulton) d. Michael Bullis (ESM) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles

Jacob Strauss & Benjamin McKay (Fulton) d. Lucas Eastman and Connor Bayly (ESM) 6-1, 6-2

AJ Laury and Andrew Kerik (ESM) d. Dakota Stoutenger and Bayley Raponi (Fulton) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Seth Reidy and Joel Feliciano (Fulton) d. Brett Dufore & Ryan Vollmer (ESM) 7-5, 6-4

Fulton baseball faces a challenging schedule

By Rob Tetro

In 2014, the Fulton varsity baseball team is hoping to build off the momentum they built during the final portion of last season.

Coach Kip Harvey said the Red Raiders don’t plan on messing around and instead are working hard to compete for the league championship while qualifying for the Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

The Red Raiders are considered a young, but fairly experienced team this season. Eight starters return from last year’s team while four sophomores are moving into starting positions.

Harvey said some of his sophomores gained quality experience as starters a year ago. Fulton may have to break in a few new players at certain positions but overall, Harvey feels his team is much more experienced than it was a season ago.

Before practices began in early March, players were encouraged to attend preseason practices held a couple of nights a week. These practices not only aimed to help players get into better physical condition, but they also gave players an opportunity to get their arms ready for the season.

Harvey said these preseason practices helped his team prepare to be throwing the ball six days a week once the season kicks into high gear. Harvey said it’s a positive sign that almost every player took part in these preseason practices.

He said he believes the team is in pretty good physical condition. The Red Raiders are prepared to both throw and run hard this season. Harvey also mentions his pitchers are developing the endurance to pitch a complete game. They practice at a good pace, which is expected to allow their arms to last throughout the season.

Jeremy Langdon and Jon Cummins have been named team captains for Fulton. Captains are selected by their teammates based on the expectations Harvey has for his captains. He said a captain is someone a player can look up to and someone who offers valued support and encouragement because he has earned the respect of his teammates.

The Red Raiders have a challenging schedule ahead of them. On their side of the league, Jamesville-DeWitt returns an experienced team and is expected to be talented. Defending Sectional Champion Cortland is also expected to be impressive with the return of many players from last season’s team.

Teams from Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Ludden also appear to be in store for solid seasons. On the other side of the league, Fulton will have the challenge of taking on Chittenango for the first time in years. Harvey also expects County Foe Mexico to be as competitive as they have been in recent years.

Fulton’s biggest strength will be found on the mound in 2014. The Red Raiders have many capable pitchers hard at work preparing for solid seasons. Harvey said having depth at the pitcher position could work to his teams’ advantage, especially if they have to play four or five games a week.

Barring injuries, Fulton hopes to have many capable pitchers ready to be competitive, throw strikes while ultimately giving the team a chance to win.

Hannibal spring sports rosters

Here are students participating in spring sports in the Hannibal school district.

Information is courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

Baseball

Seniors Greg Hadcock, Anthony Page; juniors Colten Cannova, Bryce Cassen, Troy Landis, Jorge Padua, Austin Mattison, Sam McCraith, Shane Sweeting; sophomores Jon Combes, Matt Combes, Blake Farnham; freshmen Taber Carter, Kenny Maynes, Ethan Straub

Coach: Scott Leonard

Softball

Seniors Samantha Bowers, Carolina Nicol, Malana Scott, Sabrina Weigand; juniors Catrina Deveney, Hailey Dunsmoor, Kurstin Hammond, Bailey Milliken, Amanda Ryan, Alyssa Sivy; sophomores Julia Beaumont, Megan Norris, Mackenzie Stevens, Kate Thompson; freshmen Dallas Voss, Katie Woodworth

Coach: Dave Meeker

Boys’ Track and Field

Freshmen, William Bullock, Mathew Graham, Jacob Hatten, Jared Mason, Jason McFarland, Connor McNeil, Austin Quale, Nate Raymond, Kyle Shoults, Joel Thompson, Andrew Wheeler; sophomores Austin Baker, Ben Bowers, Owen Braun, Austin Fenske, John Motell, Brian Whorrall; juniors Austin Donhauser, Benjamin Harrell, Zachary Hartranft, Nathan Welling; seniors Joshua Darrow, Sean Lange, Dustin Ouellette, Zane Pointon, Benjamin Raymond, Hans Reichow, Benjamin Slate

Coach: Dom Pike

College intern: Ben Griffin

Girls’ Track and Field

Eighth grade — Kiersten Abbott, Reilly Harris, Cassie Long, McKenzie Matteson; freshmen — Sydney Alton, Callie Cacchione, Janejira Cooper, Abigail Harrell, Paige LaFurney, Antoinette Lanning, Alexis Lathrop, Vanessa Waldron, Abby Weldin; sophomores — Tayler Dence, Amanda Gardenier, Katherine Martinez, Taylor McLaughlin, Amanda Miano, Rebekah Mills; juniors — Olivia Cacchione, Kristen D’Angelo, Ashley Hatten, Micheala Sheldon; seniors — Ketevan Chapiashvili, Marina Esanu, Gabrielle Griffin, Page McKenzie, Devin Sorell, Jessica Stauring

Coach: Dan Pawlewicz