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Fulton hoops on the up and up

By Rob Tetro

Seniors Mark Pollock, Seth Britton, Jeremy Langdon and Austin Haskins left their mark on the Fulton boys’ basketball program.

Despite facing some rough moments throughout their careers, they didn’t quit. Coach Matt Kimpland said it was the efforts of his seniors that set the groundwork for the improvements Fulton showed this season.

As his seniors move to the next phase of their lives, Kimpland hopes they are physically and mentally prepared to give their best efforts regardless of the challenge they face.

As it is every season, the Red Raiders faced some of the best teams Section 3 has to offer. Despite taking its lumps against some of these premier teams, Fulton proved to be far more of a formidable opponent than they were in other seasons.

In a season that saw the Red Raiders score 150 more points than they did a season ago, they also had a 5-13 overall record, which left them one game shy of qualify for Sectional play.

Kimpland said some of his younger guys can move on toward next season feeling confident, having seen what it takes to be competitive with the impressive opponents Fulton plays against year in and year out.

Looking ahead, 2014-15 figures to be an exciting season for Fulton.

After moving up to varsity last year as a freshman, Cody Green will return as junior.

This season, Green met every expectation coaches had for him. Even with teams striving to slow him down, Green scored 311 points this season.

Sophomores and juniors got a lot of playing this season and the Red Raiders hope to benefit from this next season.

A junior who had a memorable season was Chris Jones, with nearly a double-double in every game, including games against perennial powers Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy.

Kimpland considers Jones to be the most improved player in the program. Despite showing progress over the summer, his breakout season was a bit of a surprise to his coaches.

Kimpland credits Green and Jones for how consistent their outside/inside play was this season and he is excited about what the duo can accomplish next season. Fulton also will see the return of third-leading scorer Josh Hudson next season.

Overall, the team appears excited and motivated headed into the off-season having doubled their win total from last season. Determined to build on the momentum the team established this season, seven of eight returning Red Raiders wasted little time beginning their preparation for next season.

The initiative his players have shown hasn’t gone unnoticed by Kimpland. In fact, he said Fulton’s future is even brighter because of the natural drive and enthusiasm his young team has displayed.

Bantams collect for food pantry

The Fulton Bantam hockey team recently concluded its “Hockey for the Hungry” food drive to benefit the Food Pantry at Believer’s Chapel of Fulton.

Sponsors pledged to donate one can of food for every goal the team scored in the month of February.

The Bantams tallied 51 goals on the month, collecting more than 320 cans in addition to $55 in cash donations.

Bowling Scores

Monday Night Women’s Michelob/ Shuba 2 Construction League
Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Beth Brownlee         609- 191, 219, 199
  • Tamie Allen         558- 171, 184, 203
  • Michelle Simpson            548- 195, 186, 167
  • Gina Coomey                   538- 155, 214, 169
  • Patty Davis                       529- 179, 180, 170
  • Sara Shatrau                   518 -161, 190, 167
  • Della Daniels                   515- 169, 183, 163
  • Paula Distin                     493- 165, 170, 158
  • Annette Cotton                 489- 167, 157, 165
  • Rhonda Wolfersberger     480- 179, 116, 185
  • Chris Wolford                   468- 166, 145, 157
  • Jennifer Hudson               467- 156, 144, 167
  • Sharon Allen                    452- 143, 170, 139

Winning Edge Women’s League
Bowled at Lakeview Lanes
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Pat Pardue                      608- 179, 222, 207
  • Chrissy Morrison             529- 175, 195, 159
  • Kathy Pipher                    529- 197, 163, 169
  • Rhonda Delaney              527- 163, 204, 160
  • Donna Murrell                  525- 166, 181, 178
  • Della Daniels                   520- 147, 181, 192
  • Carm Cavallaro                513- 186, 158, 169
  • Sherry Timm                    507- 150, 182, 175
  • MaryAnn Schreck             504- 184, 180, 140
  • Paula Distin                        503- 159, 183, 161
  • MaryAnn McGregor          493- 164, 174, 155
  • Katie Jodway                  490- 165, 178, 147
  • Kathy Barkley                   486- 172, 136, 178
  • Dawne Hartranft              475- 122, 178, 175
  • Jackie Coon                    465- 145, 197, 123
  • Tricia Hines                     464- 191, 150, 123
  • Linda Yager                      460- 182, 136, 142
  • Sandy St.Phillips              454- 172, 128, 154
  • Sharon Kells                    450- 135, 158, 157

March 30 deadline to sign up for women’s bowling tourney

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament will be April 5 and 6 at The Recreation Club in Fulton.

It will be team event only. Squad times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday April 5 and 4 p.m. Sunday April 6.

Those interested in entering the tournament or needing more information may call Paula Distin at 593-6121. Entries for the tournament close on Sunday March 30.

Adult softball registration this week

Play Ball!

Despite rumors to the contrary, adult softball is alive and well in Oswego, and will be played this summer under the direction of the City of Oswego, at the Legends Complex.

Registration packets for softball teams in men’s and women’s slow pitch divisions, and men’s fast pitch and modified fast pitch leagues will be distributed from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Ponzi Recreation Building at Fort Ontario (next to the Army reserve center).

To download the packet online or for more information, go to oswegosoftball.com.

The packet will include the registration costs, deadlines, insurance waivers, local rules, and all other information necessary for the upcoming season.

2 local boys part of AAA PeeWee hockey championship team

Derek Kohut, of Oswego, and Killian Rowlee, of Fulton and their Syracuse Nationals 2001 AAA PeeWee Major hockey team recently were crowned New York 12 and Under State Champions.

The team won its division in the New York State Amateur Hockey Association Tier 1 state hockey championships in Amherst March 7-9.

The Nationals started round-robin play Friday March 7 by beating the host Amherst Knights by a score of 6-4.

Later that evening, the Nationals dispatched of a very tough Buffalo Regals team by a 2-0 score. On Saturday March 8, the Nationals suffered their only defeat of the tournament, losing 2-1 to the Suffolk PAL Jr. Islanders, the top ranked AAA team in the state.

After round-robin play, the Nationals found themselves in first place in their bracket and moved on to the semifinals where they faced the Wheatfield Blades on Sunday March 9.

Wheatfield and Syracuse traded goals throughout the first and second periods, with the Nationals coming out on top 4-2.

The Buffalo Regals captured the other semifinal win against the Rochester Monarchs, setting up a rematch, later in the day, for the state title.

The state final game started fast and it appeared as if the Buffalo Regals were not going to be denied. The Nationals found themselves down by three goals (4-1) in the middle of the second period.

The Nationals dug down deep, and started to chip away at the Regals lead.  Jimmy Rayhill of New Hartford scored first cutting the lead to 4-2.

Jeffrey Kopek of Camillus quickly added another goal and the Nationals found themselves down 4-3 at the end of the second period.

The Nationals came out on fire during the third period and outshot the Regals 12-3 with Josh Grund (Baldwinsville) tying the game.

The game then went into its first 10-minute sudden-victory overtime, with each team trading scoring chances, but ended in a tie. With three minutes left in the second 10 minute overtime, Killian Rowlee of Fulton gathered a clearing pass at center ice and skated deep into the Regals end.

Rowlee sent a pass to the front of the net where it was tipped in by Andy Hadasz of Utica, and the Nationals comeback was complete.

Both Derek Kohut (defense) and Killian Rowlee (forward) have been members of the 2001 Nationals team for the last four years.

Derek is a seventh-grader at the Oswego Middle School and Killian is a seventh-grader at the Fulton Junior High School.

Fulton hockey overcomes adjustments

By Rob Tetro

Scholastic hockey season has ended and the Fulton team and coach Todd Terpening are reflecting on what happened in 2014.

Terpening said his team struggled to close out games this season and ended with a 2-18-1 record. Despite its struggles, Fulton’s seniors refused to give up.

In the six or seven tight games the Red Raiders had this season, it was the efforts of their seniors which allowed Fulton opportunities to clinch wins.

Terpening said the determination his seniors showed this season made them positive role models for Fulton’s younger players

“I hope that the underclassmen can take from the Seniors is to never give up no matter how bad things may look!” Terpening said.

With the conclusion of the season, Fulton says goodbye to four seniors: Eric Forderkonz, Matt Billion, Seth Delisle and Brandon Ladd.

As Forderkonz, Billion, DeLisle and Ladd move on to the next stage of their lives, Terpening hopes they do so understanding the importance of being prepared to work hard with dedication, no matter what a situation presents them. He feels his four seniors showed up for every practice and game ready to leave it all on the ice.

Terpening said the work ethic these athletes have shown will benefit them down the road, whether it’s in college or in the workforce.

Despite the teams’ record, he also hopes that the experience of playing high school hockey was a positive one for his seniors.

This season, the Red Raiders overcame the adjustments that came with welcoming nine new players from three other school districts. However, Terpening said the future is bright for his relatively young team. In fact, he suggests that it may not be very long until his team is stronger and more unified.

“I am very excited about the team that we have returning next year!” Terpening said.

The nine players from three different school districts who joined the Fulton varsity hockey team this season are: Landon VanAlstine, Bryce Phillips and Nicholas Meyer from Red Creek; Stanley Kubis, Eric Forderkonz, Austin Forte, Rocco Cannata and Seth Cooney from Central Square; and Spencer Evans from Phoenix.

Phoenix hoops finish successful season

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team recently concluded its season with an 11-8 record and having earned a second place finish in league play.

Four seniors also wrapped up their hoops career at Phoenix. As Nick Tassone, Emilio Tassone, Bryce Plante, Jeff Sawyer and Brandon Wood depart, they do so having made their impact felt on the Phoenix boys’ basketball program.

Coach Jim Rose sais his four seniors worked hard to improve from game to game and season to season. After failing to qualify for Sectional playoffs last season, the seniors and their work ethic were on display this season.

In fact, the work ethic seemed to have trickled down to the team’s younger players.The Firebirds worked hard to improve throughout the season, which put them in position to win more games than a year ago en route to returning to during the Sectional playoffs.

With Nick and Emilio Tassone, Plante and Sawyer set to graduate, Rose hopes they move from their participation in the Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball program having learned the importance of responsibility and hard work in a team setting.

Rose said a successful unit is one that is cohesive, which allows that unit to work together for common goals.

Phoenix accomplished many goals this season.Rose is proud his seniors will be able to move on after being a part of a team that succeeded while working together in a family atmosphere.

Rose also hopes his younger players move on from this season having learned as much from the seniors work ethic and dedication as it seems they have. This season, they were able to see firsthand how hard work and dedication during both the in-season and off-season can benefit a team.

He also hopes his returning players quickly regroup and renew or expand their determination with the expectation of building on the success from this season.

Looking ahead, two starters will be returning for the Firebirds next season. The team will also feature two key bench players from this year’s team.

Strong leadership will be expected from Zach Sisera next year as a senior. Also as a senior, Connor Haney will be looking to improve at the center position next season.

Walker Connoly and Shaun Turner came off the bench last season, but will be looked upon to fill the voids left behind that this year’s group of seniors. Rose hopes to see the trend of hard work, dedication and improvement trickling down to the program’a younger players continuing.

He said having players who work hard and have the success to show for it will be great examples for new players who lack basketball experience at the varsity level.