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Fulton wrestling prepares for next season

By Rob Tetro

James Bailey and Travis Kemp recently wrestled their final matches in Fulton red and green.

As they move on to the next phases of their lives, they do so while having left their marks on the Fulton Wrestling Program.

Both athletes were four-year wrestlers for the Red Raiders. Varsity wrestling coach Chris Stalker said Bailey and Kemp were great leaders who taught their teammates the importance of hard work, dedication and determination.

As these athletes move toward life beyond high school, Stalker hopes they do so while having learned that hard work pays off. He also hopes Kemp and Bailey move on with the ability to understand what it means to be a part of a successful team — that success isn’t just a part of individual efforts, but rather it’s understanding just how much a team can accomplish when they work together.

While the Red Raiders begin preparing for the 2014-15 season, they do so having been able to get many younger wrestlers some experience at the varsity level this past season.

However, Stalker feels James Bailey’s example could be felt for years to come.

As a junior, Bailey didn’t have as much as success as he hoped he would. Despite the disappointment, Bailey worked hard over the offseason and continued to display his impressive work ethic throughout the season.

The end result was a very successful season, including solid performances in Sectional and State meets.

Stalker said his younger wrestlers know what it takes to succeed at a high level because Bailey led by example and had the success to show for it.

Looking ahead to next season, Stalker is excited about some of the younger athletes making their way up the ranks of the Fulton Wrestling Program.

He said this past season, his team had ninth-grader Travis Race qualify for the State Meet and 11th-grader Mitch Woodworth had a solid performance at the State meet.

Stalker expects these two athletes to serve as key leadership figures next season. He looks forward to seeing these two  lead by example like Bailey and Kemp did with the hopes that they too, will succeed while encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

Fulton Midgets hockey advance to state championships

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, topped Mohawk Valley 5-2 in its recent sectional tournament to advance to the Tier III 18U State Championships.

The team also fell to Cortland 2-3 and Valley 1-2.  Here is a recap of the tournament:

Fulton 2, Cortland 3

The Flames dominated early in the game, scoring three times by the end of period one. After a scoreless second period, Raider Nick Meyer took a feed from Matt Billion and netted one from the top of the circle.

With less than a minute on the clock, A.J. Pendell sent the puck over the goalie’s pad, Trae Sheldon assisting.

Keegan Murphy stopped 36 shots in net for Fulton

Fulton 1, Valley 2

Following a scoreless first period, Fulton’s Cameron Clarke scored with a backhand shot, thanks to a passing play between Will Fruce and Kaiden Hotchkiss.

Valley responded with one of their own, to tie. Valley’s goal early in the third stanza was the game winner, handing the Raiders their second one point loss of the tournament.

Murphy turned aside 26 shots for the Raiders.

Fulton 5, Mohawk Valley 2

Adam Croteau lit up the scoreboard for Fulton, skating the puck in and netting it unassisted. The Raiders ended the second stanza with a three-point lead, first with Bryce Knight landing a shot, Sheldon and Croteau assisting, then with Croteau making good on Ryan Ross’s rebound.

Mohawk Valley narrowed the gap by one at the start of the third. Fulton’s Pendell responded with a goal scored on an end to end rush.

Mohawk Valley added one more point before Pendell tallied his third goal of the tournament, Sheldon and Croteau credited with the assist.

Murphy made 38 stops in net for Fulton.

The Fulton Midget hockey team will compete against the Louisville, Great Neck and Mohawk Valley18U teams in the New York State Midget Championships in Amherst March 14-16.

THE SPORTSMAN’S WORLD: Watching the Snow Belt

By Leon Archer

As I write this week’s column, I am warmed by the sunshine pouring through my westward facing window.

I was just outside pruning some bushes and cleaning up the yard, and I noted the grass needs mowing. The daffodils are in full bloom and the maple trees are budded with their bright red blossoms already starting to shrivel up after the bees have done their work.

The thermometer tells me it is 63 degrees and it is 4:30 in the afternoon. That’s the way it is in Sammamish, Washington.

I check the weather in Oswego County nearly every day, and even though there was another snow storm this week, there appear to be signs that winter is starting to lose its grip.

No one will be picking up night crawlers right away, but they might be starting to stir deep underground. This is the time of year that I would be running a trap line when I was back in high school, and I can remember the weather bouncing around a lot in March.

I would pop out of bed about 4:30 in the morning, slip on my clothes and head out for the line. Some mornings were decent, but often it would be cold, windy and snowing.

Later in the month, it might be raining, but no matter what the weather, traps had to be checked once every 24 hours.

It was pretty good exercise, but if I figured what I made on average for the time I put in, trapping was a losing proposition. I enjoyed trapping, and if I ignored the hours I put in (which I always did.) the money was nice to have, and I knew I had earned it.

A few of my friends trapped also, but I don’t think any of them worked harder at it than I did.

April was always the better month for muskrat trapping, especially for me since most of my trapping was on streams, large and small.

Ice and snow made trapping streams like Sandy Creek difficult and provided poor returns, but when things warmed up a bit the rats would really be moving and I caught quite a few. An added bonus was that I could run my traps on Sandy Creek a second time, after school, and do some trout fishing at the same time.

Of course, April meant I was able to pick up night crawlers at least by mid–month and do some bullhead fishing at night. My schedule got pretty hectic in April; I loved it though.

Sometime in the hustle-bustle each day, I had to skin my trapping catch, flesh them, and stretch them, and if I had caught any bullheads the night before, they needed to be dressed as well. I was tired when I went to bed.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention, my parents also insisted that I get my homework done for school, no excuses.

So I sit here in Sammamish, envying you for what’s coming up, but being glad that I’m here right now enjoying the early spring while Oswego County snow keeps flying.

However, as I look back on the many years I have spent in Oswego County, and the winters I plodded through, I don’t believe I would rather have grown up anywhere else in the world.

I’ll be back before too long now, and if a late spring snowstorm should greet me, I’ll grin and bear it. I sure am looking forward to the fishing.

Anglers sport successful season

The Angler Achievement Awards Program established a new state record for brook trout, state Department of Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said this week.

“Almost 200 entries were submitted into the program in 2013 with more than 75 percent of those qualified under the Catch and Release Category, indicating the sound stewardship ethic of New York’s anglers,” Martens said.

“Not only does the Angler Achievement Awards Program provide deserved recognition to those anglers catching trophy fish, it also provides a useful snapshot of the quality of the state’s freshwater fishery,” Martens said.

Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch, including a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. The three categories that make up the program are: Catch & Release, Annual Award (kept fish) and State Record.

One new state record was established for New York’s state fish when Richard Beauchamp of Silver Lake (Hamilton County) caught a 6-pound brook trout using a Lake Clear Wabbler on May 16, 2013. Beauchamp’s catch surpassed the previous state record by two ounces and is the fourth time a new state record brook trout was broken in the past five years.

New York’s most popular sportfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, comprised almost half of the entries received. Among those was an impressive 25½-inch largemouth bass caught and released from a private lake in Sullivan County and a 24-inch smallmouth bass caught and released from the Niagara River.

Additional noteworthy catches from other eligible species included: a 42-inch common carp caught and released from Keuka Lake in Yates County, a 42-inch northern pike caught and released from the Allegheny River in Cattaraugus County, and a 12 pound, 3 ounce walleye caught from Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County.

Bowling News

Deadline to enter Fulton women’s bowling tourney is March 30

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament is scheduled for April 5 and 6.

It will be team event only with squad times of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 5 and a squad time of 4 p.m. on April 6

The tournament will be at The Recreation Club in Fulton.

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.

Bowling Scores

Monday Night

Women’s Michelob/

Shuba 2

Construction League

Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday March 10, 2014

 

  • Tamie Allen 623- 205, 197, 221
  • Beth Brownlee 554- 157, 247, 150
  • Paula Distin 534- 178, 163, 193
  • Della Daniels 532- 171, 200, 161
  • Kathy Fitzpatrick 517- 180, 167, 170
  • Chris Wolford 516- 136, 201, 179
  • Sandy Shue 507- 195, 162, 150
  • Sharon Allen 504- 153, 180, 171
  • Annette Cotton 501- 168, 173, 160
  • Michelle Simpson 492- 191, 169, 132
  • Sara Shatrau 469- 140, 132, 197
  • Rhonda Wolfersberger 456- 141, 180, 135
  • Theresa Grinnell 454- 142, 158, 154

Boater safety courses scheduled

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd says four Boating Safety Courses will be held beginning in April.

There is no charge for the training. A parent or guardian must accompany any youths ages 10 through 17 to the classroom on the first day of the course to sign a parental permission form.

New York state law requires boaters to hold a safety certificate if:

You wish to operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age.

You wish to operate a motorboat and you were born on or after May 1, 1996.

You must be at least 10 years of age to take the course.

Although not mandatory, except of personal watercraft operation, adult boating education is strongly recommended.

These courses will be held at the Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego as follows:

  • April 26, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • April 27, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 3, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • May 4, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • May 17, 2014: 9AM to 1 PM
  • May 18, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM
  • June 7, 2014: 9 AM to 1 PM
  • June 8, 2014: 12 noon to 4 PM

Students must attend both days of their chosen training course to complete the program. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.

Interested students can register by contacting Kelley Kuhl weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 349-3259.

Fulton Bantams win tourney

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank, ended its season with a 2-1 win over Oswego in the final game of the Boulter Classic Tournament in Webster, outside Rochester.

The Raiders also shut out Oswego 3-0, topped Southtown 7-4 and Canandaigua 8-2 during the tournament.

Fulton 3, Oswego 0

Raider Evan Beckwith put his team on the board, skating the puck through the Buc defense and landing a shot late in period one. Mid second period, Fulton’s Seth Cooney took advantage of a power play, Beckwith assisting to get ahead by two.

Soon after, team captain Nolan Bonnie scored the final goal for the Raiders, taking a pass from behind the net from defenseman Zach Tulowiecki.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss made 11 saves in net.

Fulton 7, Southtown 4

The Raiders were down by one mid first period. Will Rattray tipped in Tulowiecki’s shot from the blue line, Nick Dingman also assisting, only for Southtown to score two in a row.

Beckwith netted one off Dingman’s rebound with less than a minute remaining the period. The Raiders tallied two, first with Beckwith taking a feed from Cooney, then with Cooney scoring with a wrap around goal.

Southtown narrowed the gap by one before Tyler Samson sent the puck into the lower corner, thanks to a passing play between Caleb Clarke and Dingman, earning Dingman a playmaker.

Mid period three, Raider assistant captain Richie King scored on a 3-on-5 power play, Beckwith assisting. Cooney sealed the win, accepting a pass from Beckwith and scoring on a power play.

Bleiweiss turned aside 9 shots for Fulton.

Fulton 8, Canandaigua 2

At a one-point deficit mid first period, Cooney caught a pass in front of the net from Clarke to draw even. With seconds left in the period, King sent a cross-ice pass to Beckwith who skated it in to score number 40 for the season.

Beckwith netted his second of the game off a King assist before the Knights made it a one-point game early in the second. Beckwith went on a scoring spree, tallying two more in a row; one a short handed goal off Cooney’s rebound, then a one time shot thanks to a behind the net passing play between Samson and Dingman.

Samson scored number 15 on the season with a backhand shot, Beckwith and Bonnie assisting to close the period.

Beckwith’s second short-handed goal of the game came midway through the third stanza. Bonnie netted an upper corner shot, Rattray assisting to end the game.

Bleiweiss made 16 stops for the Raiders.

Championship: Fulton 2, Oswego 1

After a scoreless first period, Rattray received a pass from Bonnie, skated the puck in front of the net and scored. Soon after, Oswego’s Bryce Phillips sunk a lower corner shot, Zach Sova assisting, to tie the game.

The third stanza saw excellent goaltending from both Bleiwiess and Buccaneer Nick Back. Tulowiecki accepted a cross-ice pass from Clarke and scored his first goal of the season with a game winning shot from the blue line.

Bleiweiss made 8 saves for Fulton and was named game MVP

The Fulton Bantams are lead by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

Swimmers qualify for state competition

Throughout the swim season, swimmers who meet event times set in place by the New York State Y Competitive Swim organization are eligible to swim in the state Qualifiers Meet.

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons had 12 swimmers qualify for the state meet taking place this weekend in Ithaca.

Class A (age 15-18): Justin Grower (100 Back), Jake Strauss (100 Breast)

Andrew Distin (200IM, 100 Breast, 100 Fly),

Class B (age 13-14): Sarah Tallents (100 Breast), Miwa Burdic (50 Free)

Class C (age 11-12): Jenna Ruzekowicz (200 Free, 200 IM, 100 Free, 50 Fly),

Camille Stevenson (50 Free), Ean Stevenson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM), Mark Tallents (50 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM)

Class D (age 9-10): Ella Henderson (200 Free), Christina Tallents (200 Free)

Class E (age 5-8): Joely LaPage (25 Fly)