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Fulton girls’ basketball looks toward the future

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team took the court this season as a team that lacked experience at the varsity level.

However, Fulton went on to finish the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-13 en route to a Sectional Playoff appearance.

The Lady Raiders fell to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of The Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

This season, Fulton played a very tough schedule, but often answered the challenge.

Fulton Coach Derek Lyons said the experiences his team had this season should help them realize they can play with anyone if they are able to play together.

Looking ahead, Lyons is optimistic about the future of Fulton girls’ basketball.

He feels the promise his young team showed this season could pay off for them in a couple of years. Lyons points out the key to his teams’ success in the future will be its work ethic.

“These kids are hard workers and have the capability to be really good,” he said.

Step One PeeWees win tourney

The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team won the 2014 Perinton Big Thaw Hockey Tournament this past weekend in Fairport, outside Rochester.

The Bucs defeated the host Perinton team in the championship game, 3-1.

It was the second championship of the season for the Bucs. They won the CNY Cup in Clinton in December.

In this past weekend’s tournament, Step One Creative lost 2-0 against Perinton, won 8-1 over Webster, and won 3-1 against Canandaigua to earn a trip to the championship game against Perinton.

Perinton 2, Peewees 0

In the opening game of the Big Thaw against Perinton, the Step One Bucs fell 2-0 against the hometown Blades.

Despite the loss, the Bucs outshot the Perinton team 26-15.

Goalie Tyler Wallace had 13 saves in the contest, and played strong in the matchup.

“Our team really outplayed Perinton in the opener, but our opponents took advantage of two opportunities in the second period, and we could not respond,” said Step One Creative Head Coach Dave Morgia.

Peewees 8, Webster 1

Step One Creative’s next game against the Webster Cyclones provided a different outcome, as the Bucs found their offense and won 8-1.

The Bucs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Step One’s Nick Burnett tipped in a shot from defender Monica Cahill.

In the second period, the Bucs jumped on the Webster team, when Derek Morgia scored a three-goal hat trick in just 31 seconds to make it 4-1. Dylan Reitz and Bryon Bush added assists on the goals.

With all of the momentum on Step One’s side, the Bucs added four more goals in the final period to complete the 8-1 win. Drake Morgia, Jack Rice, Reitz and Spencer Stepien each added goals, and Rice and Gavin Neuland added the assists.

Strong pressure throughout the game by Christian Talamo and Ryan Mosher on offense also contributed to the win, as well as a relentless defense led by Brandon Graham, Isaiah Raby, Reitz, Bush and Cahill.

Wallace had 8 saves in net to secure the win.

“Our kids came out very strong and played great at both ends of the ice,” Assistant Coach Bill Cahill said.

Peewees 3, Canandaigua 1

In their third tourney matchup, Step One Creative defeated Canandaigua 3-1.

The contest was a rematch from a game held the previous weekend at Oswego, in which the Bucs lost 3-2.

“They really wanted this win, and knew that if they played strong throughout the game they would redeem the previous weekend’s loss, and also earn a spot in the championship game,” Morgia said.

Tyler Eckert got the scoring started for Step One Creative in the first period, with a strong coast-to-coast effort through the Knight defenders.

Neuland added a nice backhand goal off a feed from Cahill and Stepien later in the second period, before Derek Morgia iced the game in the third to make it 3-1.

Wallace played strong in net once again with 16 saves to earn the victory.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In the championship game of the 2014 Perinton Big Thaw Tournament, Step One Creative once again faced off against Perinton, but it was the Bucs that took control of this game pressuring the Blades in their zone throughout the matchup to capture the 3-1 win.

After falling behind just seconds into the game 1-0, the Bucs took control of the game in the second and third periods with three goals coming from Tournament MVP Derek Morgia. The hat trick was Morgia’s second of the weekend.

“Our players were ready for this rematch and wanted this championship,” said Cahill. “This was a great team win and everyone contributed on both our offense and defense.”

“It was great to finish the season with this tournament win, and our coaches were very pleased to see the strong effort this weekend.”

Step One Creative finished their strong season with a 19-18-3 record.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff included: Head Coach Dave Morgia and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, David Morgia, Jr. and Rob Raby.

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.