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Fulton girls’ hoops win first playoff game

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team lost 3 out of its last 4 games to conclude the regular season with a 6-12 overall record.

The Lady Raiders qualified or the postseason and won its opening round of Section 3 playoffs by topping Homer Feb. 14 by a score of 37-33.

Fulton ended the season with losses to Skaneateles 47-34, Christian Brother academy 47-36 and East Syracuse Minoa 50-36. Fulton knocked off county foe Mexico 65-45 in one of its last games of the season.

In the Skaneateles game, Fulton had a 1-point lead in the first quarter, but the team was quickly overtaken by Skaneateles in the second. The Lakers had a 27-19 lead at the half.

Skaneateles added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 5 points. And the Lady Raiders had no answers for the Lakers offense in the fourth quarter as Skaneateles came away with a 13-point win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Michaela Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Nicole Hansen with 8 and Courtney Parker and Kara Bricker with 4 points each.

After a competitive first quarter in the Mexico contest, the Tigers had a 4-point lead over Fulton. But the Lady Raiders quickly began to cut into the deficit and Mexico led at the half by only 1 point.

Fulton stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring Mexico by 9 points and then put the game out of reach in the fourth by outscoring Mexico by another 12 points.

Mexico was led by Kendra Harter with 14 points, followed by Sabrina Adams and Baily Wills with 8 points each, Amylyn Holland had 7 and Shelby Buffham and Emily Blunt combined to score 8 points.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Following Hansen was Sydney Gilmore with 17 points, Michaela Whiteman with 12 and Mallory Clark added 5.

In a tight game with CBA, the Lady Raiders were trailing by 8 in the first quarter, but then stayed with CBA in the second, with both teams scoring 10 points.

CBA had a 28-20 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, both teams again scored 10 points as Christian Brothers Academy maintained its 8-point advantage. Christian Brothers Academy capped off a solid effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 3 points to come away with a 47-36 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Nicole Hansen with 10 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore with 9 and Mallory Clark scored 7.

In the regular season finale, ESM jumped out to a 9-point lead over Fulton in the first quarter and then poured on 12 more points to have a 28-7 halftime lead.

Fulton proved to be more competitive during the second half, outscoring ESM in the third to cut into the Spartans lead. They outscored East Syracuse-Minoa during the third and fourth quarters to cut into its lead, but the Lady Raiders could not erase the entire lead as ESM won by 14 points.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 18 points, followed by Mallory Clark with 8, Michaela Whiteman with 7 and Sydney Gilmore added 3 points.

In the playoff game against Homer, Fulton built an early lead of 5 point in the first quarter.

But Homer wasted little time battling back. They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points but still trailed at halftime, 18-17.

Fulton added to its lead following a competitive third quarter, outscoring Homer to push its lead to 2 points.

The Lady Raiders made the plays they needed down the stretch to secure the win. Fulton outscored Homer by 2 points during the fourth quarter to come away with a 37-33 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Sydney Gilmore and Michaela Whiteman with 8 points each. Following Gilmore and Whiteman were Mallory Clark and Courtney Parker with 6 points each. Nicole Hansen added 5 points and Hunter Hartranft chipped in 4 points.

2 Fulton wrestlers, 4 Mexico wrestlers win Section 3 titles

By Dan Farfaglia

Fulton wrestlers Mitch Woodworth (120 pounds) and Travis Race (160 pounds) earned the right to represent Section 3 at the Division One New York State Public High School Tournament being held at the Times Union Center in Albany this year. 

They are other wrestlers from throughout the area competed Feb. 15 at the Section 3 Division I and II Championships at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.

In his championship match, Woodworth won by a score of 12-2 over previously undefeated Dandre Norman of Rome Free Academy. On his way to the finals, he won by a 10-2 decision over Peter Nash of Liverpool and pinned Dylan Wallace from Central Square.

This is the second sectional title for Woodworth, who has more than 100 wins in his career. He is only a junior and therefore may break some school records by the time he finishes his senior season next year.

In addition to finishing the tournament in first place, Woodworth also received the Division One Tournament`s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Race has been an upper weight varsity standout for two seasons, and he’s only a freshman.

In the finals, he defeated Jerrett Norton of Cicero-North Syracuse 12-8. Earlier in the day he pinned New Hartford`s Tom Zegarelli and defeated Tom Peterson, also of C-NS, 4-3.

Other wrestlers for Fulton who place in the tournament were Joe Abelgore (106 pounds), fourth place, and Collin Flynn (145 pounds), fourth place.

Coming in fifth were Kevin Tucker (113 pounds), Tim Holden (138 pounds), James Bailey (170 pounds), Matt Marshall (220 pounds) and Malachi Manford (285 pounds). Kyle Ware (145 pounds) finished the season in sixth.

Baldwinsville won the Division One Tournament for the second year in a row with 155 points. Liverpool, coached by former Fulton wrestler David Wise, earned second place with 137 points. Fulton came in third with an overall score of 134 points.

In other Division One news, Oswego`s Eric Doviak (285 pounds) and Central Square`s Blake Engebretsen (145 pounds) came in second place at the tournament. Elijah Sampo (220 pounds), also from Central Square, earned third-place honors and his teammates Max Emond (152 pounds) and Phoenix Webb (160 pounds) came in fourth.

Austin Coleman (132 pounds) from Oswego also finished fourth. Ending their seasons in fifth were Jacob Garrow (106 pounds) from Central Square, along with Jordan Attwood (152 pounds) and Austin Piazza (195 pounds) from Oswego.

In Division Two, South Jefferson came in first with 132.5 points and Mexico came in second with 123.5 points. Phoenix finished in sixth with 74 points.

Mexico is sending four wrestlers to the State Tournament in Albany. Winning championship titles were Theo Powers (106 pounds), Austin Whitney (132 pounds), Trevor Allard (160 pounds), and Jacob Woolson (170 pounds). William Hilliard (182 pounds) of Phoenix ended the day in second place.

The New York State Wrestling Tournament will be Feb. 28 and March 1.

The Sportsman’s World

By Leon Archer

It might surprise some, but as a writer, I read a huge amount more than I write, and recently while sharing nanny duties with Sweet Thing in Sammamish, Wash., I’ve had the opportunity to do plenty of reading.

When it comes to reading, one of my passions is history, especially North American history. In the last three weeks I have read seven books on the topic.

I am sure some readers will wonder what in the world this has to do with the outdoors, but hang with me for a bit.

I read the following books: “The Frontiersman,” by Allan Eckert (600-plus pages); “Forgotten Allies,” by Joseph Glattharr and James Martin (400-plus pages); “Fusiliers,” by Mark Urban (380 pages); “Betrayals,” by Ian K. Steele (250 pages); “Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley,” by Gavin Watt (432 pages); “A Dirty Trifling Piece Of Business,” by Gavin Watt (500+ pages); and “I Am Heartily Ashamed,” by Gavin Watt (463 pages).

Altogether, I read better than 3,000 pages. It was an adventure for me.

If you got beyond the sixth grade, at some point you should have learned that Europeans came to the new world primarily for three reasons: religious freedom, free land and wealth.

The Spanish were the first to come in any numbers, and their interests carried them across the South to the Southwest, and West of what is now the United States.

However, their real impact was on Mexico, Central America and South America, where they found large quantities of gold and silver in the kingdoms of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans, whom they immediately set about decimating while relieving them of the precious metals.

I confined my reading to colonial North America where settlers arrived primarily from the Netherlands, England and France. I know that ignores the sizeable numbers of Scots and Germans (Palatines) who also came to the new world, but they represented peoples, not nations.

The French claimed Canada, a strip of land on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, as well as the Ohio Valley and vast areas of land surrounding the upper Great Lakes.

The Dutch were modestly situated primarily in our New York state along the Hudson River, and traded for furs with the Iroquois Indians between 1610 and 1664. This brought them into a direct competition with the French and their Indian allies.

The Dutch encouraged the Mohawks to expand their fur gathering into areas that were under the control of the French and the numerous Indian tribes who provided the furs to them.

That brought about the “Beaver Wars,” also called the French and Iroquois wars, as the Iroquois sought to extend their power and the French endeavored to stop them.

The English were not unaware of the Dutch fur monopoly that was developing in New Netherlands. England’s power was growing both north and south of the Dutch colony, and between 1664 and 1674 the two countries fought the three Dutch-Anglo Wars.

As a result of the wars, England relieved the Netherlands of her North American Colonies, leaving only France and England vying for the prize. It mattered little to them that the land was already occupied by various and sundry Indian tribes.

The fly in the ointment was the two European powers now standing astride this vast land were mortal enemies. Hundreds of years of intermittent warfare would now spread to North America.

The migrants who came from England came to settle the land. The Dutch before them had come for the same reason, but not with the ferocity and persistence, and numbers of the English.

The French came for the lucrative fur trade, and their settlements were established primarily to facilitate and protect that trade, not to really colonize and settle.

After digesting New Amsterdam, the English set about taking over its fur trade, but they also encouraged settlers to move north towards Lake Champlain and the Mohawk Valley. Over the next 80 years, several wars were fought between the French and English across the vast wilderness they both coveted.

At first the French were victorious, but year after year England’s strength in the new world grew while the French languished.

By 1763, the English had conquered the French and sent them packing but their victory would be short lived south of the Great Lakes, as a great new nation was in the throes of birth.

We are here and English speaking in a significant part, because of fur. That’s where it all began. Fur, mostly beaver, was a vital interest and desirable commodity in the New World, but by 1783, when peace was signed between the new United States of America and England, the beaver had nearly vanished from New York State, and at one point was down to a single small colony.

It may be hard to believe when we have so many beaver today, but 75 years ago, it was illegal to trap the beaver that had just begun to recolonize our state.

Next week, I’m going to be writing about the fur trade today. I would enjoy hearing from trappers, how they have been doing and the recent prices they have been getting for their pelts.

Drop me an email at lfarcher@yahoo.com — I’d love to hear from you.

Fulton Common Council OKs study of War Memorial gym floor

By Ashley M. Casey

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Fulton Common Council approved a bid from engineering firm Barton & Loguidice to make a $4,500 study of the gymnasium floor in the War Memorial.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander told The Valley News the gym floor is experiencing similar issues as the Lanigan Elementary School gym floor.

The floor is delaminating — its components are separating and causing the floor to bubble and blister.

“It’s almost (in) an identical fashion, but we need to make a determination whether it’s a moisture problem or the way the subflooring is propped,” Ostrander said.

Unlike Lanigan’s floor, the War Memorial gym floor has not tested positive for mercury. The engineering study involves cutting away portions of the floor and drilling core samples to determine the cause of the delamination.

Ostrander said the War Memorial floor was installed in September 1996. Such floors have a useful life of 15 years, with a recommended resurfacing at 10 years.

“Usually, at that point in time (15 years), they’re looking to replace it, but we’ve exceeded that. We’ve never even had it resurfaced because we take exceptional care of the floor,” he said.

“It becomes an issue when you have basketball, whether it is trying to control a basketball for a dribble or someone rolls an ankle,” Ostrander added. “It becomes a safety concern.”

In a letter to the city, Barton & Loguidice said this testing would take place “away from the normal playing surfaces … to minimize disruption of the playing surface of the floor and the ongoing activities at the facility.”

Ostrander said he does not know how long the engineering study will take, or what the replacement floor will cost. He said the city will look for a flooring company that can install a similar floor, as “We’ve gotten a good life out of the existing floor.”

The Common Council also:

** Agreed to issue a $120,000 bond to buy a garbage packer truck. “It’s not going to affect the general budget,” said Second Ward Council Dan Knopp. “It comes out of the garbage budget.”

** Increased rental rates for Parks and Recreation programs and facilities at the War Memorial, Bullhead Point Pavilion, community Room, indoor tennis and North Bay Campgrounds, effective March 1.

The city will honor contracts made before March 1, 2014, until their expiration dates.

The new rates can be found on the city’s website at cityoffulton.sharepoint.com/Pages/ParksRecreation.aspx.

** Set a public hearing for a proposed residential zone change. The city block surrounded by South Third, Rochester, Buffalo and South Fourth streets includes Holy Trinity Church, three single-family residences and one two-family residence.

A zone change has been requested to change the area from R-2, Residential, to R-1A, Residential.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Common Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

Fulton YMCA Speed Demons take on Norwich and Oneonta

The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons recently competed against Norwich and Oneonta.

Speed Demon swimmers continue to work hard in the pool and had many first-place finishes against Norwich.

Grace Trepasso and Mallory Curtis were two of five Fulton swimmers competing in the 20-lap 500 Free event, both taking time off their previous marks and finishing first in their class.

Alisa Trudell had the biggest drop in the meet, crushing her best time in the 200 Free by 32 seconds and also improving in her 100 Free and 100 Back.

Ella Henderson grabbed first in the 200 Free and 50 Fly while Dawson Curtis brought home top honors in the 50 Breast.

Teammates achieving personal best swim times against Norwich were:

Kendall Williamson (50 Free)

Cameron Warren (100 Free, 50 Back)

David Tallents (50 Free, 100 Free)

Hayden Williamson (200 IM, 50 Back, 50 Breast)

Against Oneonta, Fulton showed strength in the Individual Medley (IM) at all levels.

Some first-place honors were won by Lane Rawls, Alisa Trudell, Airyona Croci and Christina Tallents.

Kaitlyn Trudell took an impressive 10 seconds off her 200 IM time. Dakota Stoutenger improved his 200 Free, finishing first.

Luvlee Croci showed the 50 Fly is her strength, finishing first. In the 20-lap 500 Free, Sage Hourihan displayed endurance, finishing under the 7-minute mark by shaving off an astounding 35 seconds.

Brooke Halstead swam personal best times in her 100 Free and 100 Back as did Emily Grant in her three events (100 IM, 100 Free, 50 Breast).

Phoenix girls’ varsity basketball ends season

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls’ varsity basketball team lost its last 2 games of the season, finishing with a record of 2-16.

On Feb. 5, Bishop Grimes rolled past Phoenix, 76-30, while Marcellus knocked off the Lady Firebirds, 52-36 on Feb. 11.

The game against Bishop Grimes was never much of a contest, with Grimes  wasting little time putting the game out of reach.

They jumped out to a 20 point lead over the Lady Firebirds during the first quarter and then continued their dominance during the second quarter to lead 39-14 at the half.

In the third, the Cobras outscored the Lady Firebirds by 14 points to push the lead to 39 points. Bishop Grimes capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 7 points en route to a 76-30 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Samantha Doupe with 11 points, fllowed by Alexandra Wilson with 9 and Shannon Dolan scored 8.

Marcellus built a 6-point lead over the Lady Firebirds during the first quarter of their game and outscored Phoenix by only 2 points in the second to post a 27-19 halftime score.

But Marcellus put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 10 points to extend its lead to 18 points.

However, the Lady Firebirds played until the clock hit all zeros. They battled through the fourth quarter while outscoring Marcellus by 2 points. But the lead Marcellus had was too much to overcome as Marcellus came away with a 52-36 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Kimberly Holbrook with 9 points, followed by Alexandra Wilson and Shannon Dolan with 8 points each, Jolene Zaia scored 5 and Samantha Doupe added 4 points.

New York B.A.S.S. Nation wins conservation award

New York B.A.S.S. Nation has won the 2013 Berkley Conservation Award.

The Berkley Conservation Institute  announced the award, worth $2,000 in cash, Monday and will present it at the B.A.S.S. Conservation Awards banquet Feb. 22 in Birmingham during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

“The New York B.A.S.S. Nation is a role-model for other organizations to follow,” said Jim Martin, Berkley Conservaton Institute Conservation Director.

“Their members are making a difference. They have a great plan, are organized and dedicated. The Ramp Monkeys concept is something that every state B.A.S.S. Nation should emulate,” he said.

:Getting youth involved in conservation efforts is vital to the future of our aquatic resources. I salute the New York B.A.S.S. Nation for their commitment to the principles that the Berkley Conservation Institute holds dear,” Martin said.

In winning the Conservation Award, the New York B.A.S.S. Nation took a multi-pronged approach to battling invasive species in the Empire State.

State Conservation Director Barb Elliott worked with New York B.A.S.S. Nation youth clubs to form “Ramp Monkeys.” These groups attend area bass tournaments and first remove plant debris from launch areas, then as anglers pull their rigs out, the Ramp Monkeys use kid-power to “Clean, Drain and Dry” each boat and trailer.

The operation is an opportunity for outreach to anglers and boaters and an educational experience for the youth members.

The New York B.A.S.S. Nation members also continued to battle invasive water chestnuts by physically removing the plants from lakes, canals and rivers and worked with state agencies, lake associations, universities and watershed alliances to distribute educational/outreach materials to increase awareness of invasive species.

“The New York B.A.S.S. Nation is honored to receive this award,” said President Fred Blom. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the whole organization. We are all working hard to make a difference.”

Berkley Conservation Institute is a division of the Pure Fishing Co., the world’s largest tackle company headquartered in Columbia, SC.

The brand names of Pure Fishing include Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Fenwick, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Shakespeare, Spiderwire and Stren.

NYS offering lifetime licenses for hunting, fishing, visiting NY parks

The state last week introduced the New York State Adventure License Series, providing New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to purchase lifetime licenses to fish, hunt and visit New York State Parks.

The state also unveiled New York’s Outdoor Adventure License Plates, which features nine new plate designs – including the I [love] NY HUNTING, I [love] NY FISHING, and I [love] NY PARKS license plates – available for free exclusively to those buying new lifetime hunting, fishing, or parks licenses in 2014.

In addition, New York residents who secure lifetime licenses will have the opportunity to receive an Adventure License, which allows them the option of consolidating all their recreation licenses and benefits onto their New York State Driver’s License, an initiative first introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address last month.

The Adventure License and plates are available on the state’s revamped online licensing portal: http://licensecenter.ny.gov/nys-adventure-license.

To promote these latest offers, the state will launch a direct mail campaign and send one million letters to notify current short term recreational license holders.