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Phoenix senior athletes recognized

Here are the Phoenix seniors playing winter sports who have been recognized for their achievements:

 

Boys Basketball

  • Bryce Plante
  • Austin Furco
  • Emilio Tassone
  • Nick Tassone
  • Dylan Doupe
  • Brian Sawyer
  • Brandon Wood

 

Girls Basketball

  • Kimberly Holbrook
  • Alexandra Wilson

 

Boys Indoor Track

  • Anthony Brienza
  • Ralph Casillo
  • Mike Girard
  • Eric Hillpot
  • Mike Leach
  • Andy Padula
  • Billy Stone
  • Dylan Switzer

 

Girls Indoor Track

  • Meghan Lentz
  • Nichole Marr
  • Stephanie Seever
  • Destiny Teel
  • Haylie Virginia

 

Wrestling

  • Jason Nipper
  • Brian Stafford
  • Billy Ostrander
  • Austin Dristle
  • Ryan Pinzer
  • Cody Corso
  • Derrick Powell

Wrestling season closes with 1 state champ, three medal winners

By Dan Farfaglia

Last weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, top high school wrestlers from around New York state assembled to determine who were the best in each weight class for the 2013-2014 season.

Six wrestlers from Oswego County representing Section 3 competed in the two state tournaments.

Fulton`s Mitch Woodworth and Travis Race participated in Division One and Mexico`s Theo Powers, Jake Woolson, Austin Whitney and Trevor Allard took part in Division Two.

Wearing the uniform of their high schools in the medal rounds, four of them placed in this prestigious event, thereby earning a spot at the winners` podium.

The biggest story that came out of the State Capitol is Mexico`s Trevor Allard. He became the first State Champion from his high school in its history.

At 160 pounds, he shocked all of his competitors in his weight class by defeating the number one ranked wrestler, Alex Smythe of Section 6, in the second round of wrestling, in triple overtime. He also won in overtime again, this time over Section 2`s Conner Lawrence in the finals to secure the state wrestling crown.

An enthusiastic Trevor had this to say: “Winning the state tournament exceeded all of my expectations this season. Going into the tournament, all I expected of myself was to wrestle hard and leave it all out on the mat, and if I did, that it’s all I could do … I had been to the tournament so many times before as a spectator, and I knew that even as an 8th seed, anything was possible!”

Earlier in the tournament, Allard defeated Dan Khomitch from Section 5 by a score of 10-4 and also won over Section 4`s Nik Hanson 4-3 in the semi-finals.

Trevor’s teammates, Theo Powers finished in 3rd at 106 pounds and Jake Woolson placed 4th at 170 pounds.

Mexico Wrestling Coach Bill Kays has just completed one of the most successful seasons in his career as a coach.

“All four of our guys wrestled very well and it was nice to see 3 out of 4 on the podium … I felt great for Trevor because he has worked very hard for many years and to be there when he accomplished his dream was a very gratifying feeling” said Kays.

Kays is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Section 3 Division 2`s “Coach of the Year” Award.

In Division One, wrestling at 120 pounds, Mitch Woodworth became the third Fulton wrestler in the last decade to earn a medal at this event. He took home 5th place honors.

He got to this point in the tournament by defeating Isaiah Colgan of Section 4 by a 4-3 score in the first round. He lost to the eventual tournament runner up in round two, but then won by a score of 1-0 in double overtime over Section 6`s Donny McCoy, thereby guaranteeing himself a medal.

He lost in his next match to the eventual winner of the 3rd place prize, Benjamin Lamantia from the Catholic Schools Section. He concluded his junior year by pinning Dominic Inzana of Section 2 in the first period.

Of all of the competitors at this tournament this year who hailed from Oswego County, none of them were seniors.

Mexico`s Theo Powers is a sophomore and Fulton’s Travis Race is only a freshman. All the others are juniors. So it`s quite possible that some of these wrestlers may be returning to the NYS tournament again next year.

After having the success he just had, Trevor Allard is wasting no time getting ready for the 2014-2015 season, he concluded: “My plans for next year are to work even harder than I did this year … I hope to be back on top of the NYS podium with a few of my teammates.”

2 hockey players named Oswego High Athletes of the Month

FitzGibbons Insurance owner John FitzGibbons sponsors the “FitzGibbons Insurance Athletes of the Month” in cooperation with the Oswego Buc Boosters Club.

Oswego High School “Athletes of the Month” for January were hockey players Zach Zerrahn, senior, boys hockey and Allie Rodgers, freshman, girls hockey. Each received a $25 gift certificate for rivers end bookstore. 

Phoenix track boasts 2 Section 3 champs

By Rob Tetro

Phoenix boys’ varsity indoor track coach Keith Walberger considers this past season to be quite successful.

Phoenix placed highly in nearly every small school meet they took part in. Walberger and his team had smaller expectations going into the season while anticipating struggles with depth issues. However, Walberger’s team proved him wrong.

His seniors displayed fantastic leadership abilities and solid performances throughout the season. Walberger also said his younger players can learn from the effort and performances his seniors displayed this season.

Phoenix earned many team awards throughout the season. They came in seventh place out of 11 teams in the Onondaga High School League 1 Meet. The Firebirds earned a fourth place finish out of 10 teams in the Class B, Section 3 Meet.

The remaining events were meets that featured small schools from Class B, C and D. Phoenix tied for third in the Arcaro Memorial Meet.

They earned second at the Jensen Holiday Relays, came in fourth at the Grieve Memorial Meet, earned a second-place finish at the Kirschenheiter Memorial Meet and got a first place at the Last Chance Meet.

A few Phoenix athletes came away with individual honors this season.

Mike Leach, Anthony Brienza, Dylan Switzer and Sean Madden were named 2nd Team All-League 4×400 meter relay. Andy Padula was named 2nd Team All-League in the pole vault. Eric Hillpot was named 2nd Team All-League in the high jump.

Andy Padula won the Class B Sectional Championship in the triple jump. While Eric Hillpot won the Class B Sectional Championship in the high jump.

Along with the already mentioned team and Individual accolades, both Andy Padula (pole vault and triple jump) and Eric Hillpot (high jump) qualified to compete in the Section 3 State Qualifier Meet with the opportunity to earn the right to compete in the State Championship Meet.

At the Section 3 meet, both athletes came up short in their attempts to qualify for the State Championship events.

However, Walberger feels the progress his team made over the winter will bode well for them during the spring.

“We are all looking to build on this momentum during the upcoming outdoor (track) season!”, he said.

Raceway proposal obtains state grant

The plan to develop a racetrack outside Central Square has received a boost from the state.

Central NY Raceway Park, Inc., which was formed in 2012 to develop a 145-acre site in the town of Hastings, into the CNY Raceway Park, will use a grant of up to $1 million for a portion of pre-development costs, including planning, design, engineering, investigation, legal and accounting for its proposed $38 million development.

This is the third state grant the project has received, officials said.

Mark Bombardo, director of code enforcement and community planning and development in Hastings, said the town still is waiting for the project developers to come back to he town with more information on its project.

“We had a scoping session in January 2013 and then had a public hearing in January 2014 on some of the information,” Bombardo said. “We found some things to be deficient, so we asked for more information.”

Some of the issues town fathers wanted more information on included traffic and noise.

Bombardo said the entrance to the raceway would be off of U.S. 11, an already busy highway. There also are a number of houses near the proposed site.

Bombardo said the town of Hastings is coordinating the review of the proposal with the state Department of Transportation, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

“We are waiting on them now,” he said of the developers.

Oswego County is a motorsports destination that includes several race tracks, including the Oswego, Fulton and Brewerton Speedways. The availability of different types of racing is considered beneficial to the industry, building opportunity and interest in the sport.

The CNY Raceway Park will schedule events to complement the schedules of the existing facilities and will distinguish itself by offering opportunities for a wide array of racing and a year-round venue not available elsewhere.

Additionally, the Park will be strategically positioned at major crossroads in New York state, making it convenient and accessible for race participants and the public.

It will be located minutes from Syracuse and the state Thruway, adjacent to I-81 and Route 11, and 80 miles from Canada.

The completed project will transform the site into a premier multi-use destination facility for motor sports, trade shows, concerts and other events, and attendance is expected to be 5,000 to 7,000 spectators per event.

Fulton boys don’t make hoops postseason

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team’s season came to an end with four losses to finish the season at 5-13.

Fulton needed to win one of its final 4 games to qualify for Sectional Play.

On Jan. 31, Cortland cruised past the Red Raiders, 73-52. Christian Brothers Academy rolled past Fulton, 77-53 Feb. 4. On Feb. 7, Bishop Ludden topped the Red Raiders, 76-49. While a final chance to qualify for Sectionals was lost when East Syracuse Minoa rallied for a 64-57 win Feb. 11.

Fulton had a 1-point lead over Cortland in their game, but Cortland took command of the game during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 11 points to take a 37-27 halftime lead.

Cortland kept pouring it on during the third quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 7 points to extend the lead to 17 points. Cortland capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton again to win by 21.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Chris Jones with 17 points, followed by Cody Green with 12, Josh Hudson with 8  and Jon Cummins chipped in 5 points.

CBA and Fulton were competitive in the first quarter of their game, with the Brothers having only a 3-point lead over Fulton after the first. The Red Raiders hung tough during the second quarter and CBA had a 38-31 lead at  the half.

CBA pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 9 points to push its lead to 16 points. Christian Brothers Academy put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 8 points to cruise to the 77-53 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Cody Green with 18 points, followed by Chris Jones with 11, Jon Cummins and Josh Hudson with 8 points each and Brian Hudson added 6 points.

Bishop Ludden wasted little time putting its game with Fulton out of reach. They jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. The Red Raiders were far more competitive during the second quarter and were outscored by only 2 points. Ludden still had a 44-24 halftime lead.

Bishop Ludden refused to let up during the third quarter. They outscored The Red Raiders by 9 points to expand the lead to 29 points. To Fulton’s credit, they didn’t quit until the clock hit all zeros. They battled on while outscoring Bishop Ludden by 2 points during the fourth quarter. But the deficit they faced proved to be insurmountable as Bishop Ludden came away with 27-point victory.

Leading the way for Fulton was Cody Green with 13 points, followed by Chris Jones with 10, Seth Britton with 7, Josh Hudson and Mark Pollock scored 5 points each and Taylor Jordan chipped in 4 points.

The Red Raiders took on East Syracuse Minoa in hopes of winning to qualify for postseason play. After a competitive first quarter, the Red Raiders had a 2-point lead over ESM. But then the Spartans stormed ahead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 10 points to take a 30-22 lead.

The Red Raiders fought back during the third quarter, outcoring ESM by 7 points to bring its lead down to a point at 39-38. Fulton’s rally continued into the fourth quarter as well.

It seemed the Red Raiders were in position to win late in the game. But Fulton ran out of gas down the stretch and the Spartans seized the opportunity and pulled away. They outscored Fulton by 7 points to escape with a 64-57 win.

Fulton was led by Chris Jones with 27 points, followed by Cody Green with 19, Brian Hudson with 7  and Jon Cummins with 4 points.

Fulton women’s bowling tournament coming in April

The Fulton Women’s Bowling Association 59th Annual Tournament is coming up in April.

It will be a team event only and will be held Saturday April 5 and 6.

Squad times on April 5 are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Squad times on April 6 are 4 p.m.

The event will be held 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 Sunday March 30.