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Fulton Mites hockey team plays Onondaga, Oswego

The Fulton Mite hockey team, sponsored by B&T Sports and Dunkin Donuts, recently hosted Onondaga as well as the Oswego B & C teams.

Scoring goals for the Raiders were Cameron Shutts, Reese Calkins and Simon Bradshaw. Daniel Devendorf gave a tremendous performance in net, assisted by defenders Kaiden McNabb, Jordan Devendorf, Eryca DeRocha and Kaiden Jardin.  Aiden Tetro, Zoey DeRocha and Cassie Clarke showed good improvement on offense.

The Fulton Mites are led by head coach Jerry Devendorf and assistant Mike Tetro.

The Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

Memories of Ice Fishing

 

By Leon Archer

My father was a die-hard ice fisherman, and I fished many a cold winter day on Sandy Pond with him.

We mostly fished for perch, but sometimes I’d put in a line for Northern Pike, not because they were a favorite fish for the family table, but because I liked to catch them.

We seldom came off the ice without enough perch for several meals. We usually fished off the Elms or on Renshaw Bay. On Renshaw, we sometimes got into the big bluegills or crappies, and late in the season we occasionally caught a few bullheads through the weakening spring ice.

I probably wasn’t older than 4 when I started going with my father, and by the time I was 10, I was an old hand at the game. I can’t remember a time when it was too cold for us to fish for a half a day or more, but maybe that was because my father was wise enough to avoid going on the blisteringly cold days and the ones when a mean wind was blowing.

That doesn’t mean I never got cold. My hands suffered the most, because we used buckeye minnows for bait, and my hands were constantly getting wet if the perch were biting well. After a few hours, I could hardly move them.

Dad knew it was time to leave when I stood around with my hands tucked into some place out of the cold instead of holding a pole.

When I was about 13 or 14, people started fishing on Sandy Pond with Swedish Pimple jigs. That was a wonderful innovation for us, and we completely gave up using minnows, which kept my hands a great deal warmer.

The pimples caught perch just as well as the minnows had, and often even better. I think it was Louie Ten Gauge who introduced us to the jigs. We still used mousies some days when we were on Renshaw and wanted to catch some big bluegills and sunfish, but if they didn’t show, we’d change over to pimples.

We used to take one or two trips to Black Lake and fish for walleyes. That was when I was fairly young. As I grew older, walleyes grew ever scarcer on Black Lake until it didn’t pay to drive up there for them.

It wasn’t until years later that dad and I started to fish tip-ups on Oneida for walleyes, and for several years we did really well on them, but dad never lost his love for fishing perch on Sandy Pond.

After I was married and had a family, he would hit the pond on his own if I wasn’t able to go with him. It was just in his blood.

I took my boys ice fishing a few times, but I’m not sure they enjoyed it as much as I did, and after they were grown, I pretty much gave up ice fishing. I had too many other things that interested me more than freezing my buns off out on a frozen pond or lake.

The final straw came when I started spending the winters in Florida. Once I learned I could catch fish in January while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, I was done.

As long as it has been now since I fished on hard water, I still don’t even have to close my eyes to see a bobber floating in a hole filled with slushy water trying to freeze over. I can picture the bobber slowly sink as a big perch gently took the bait, or jump and plunge beneath the ice as a smaller, hungry perch grabbed the bait and ran.

On Sandy Pond, I always used a small bobber even with a Swedish Pimple. I think watching the bobber move was one thing that gave me great pleasure, almost as much as pulling in a nice jack perch that I had enticed with my lure.

If I was ever to venture out on the ice again, I would want one of the collapsible ice fishing shelters with a small heater, and I’d want to get on and off the ice with a snowmobile. Cold just isn’t in my repertoire any longer.

How things have changed, but I don’t regret a single moment of those icy days of yesteryear, especially the ones with my dad.

Phoenix softball pitcher raises money to fight cancer

Team up with the Phoenix Lady Firebird Varsity Softball team this season for an opportunity to strike out cancer.

Support seasoned pitcher Megan Brown in her mission to raise money for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.

Brown, a student at Phoenix’s John C. Birdlebough High School, is accepting sponsors to pledge a dollar amount for each strikeout she throws during the upcoming 2014 regular season.

Inspired by her team’s participation in the annual local “Strike Out Cancer” tournament that raises money for the same mission, Brown said, “I really want my journey this season to help others.”

Varsity softball coach Raina Hinman said she is so proud of her junior pitcher, saying, “Megan finished last season with an astounding 128 strikeouts. This year she really wants her varsity career strikeouts to make a difference in more than just stats.

“Megan is a leader on and off the field and truly wants her strikeouts to help others and make a difference in someone else’s life,” Hinman said.

To join Megan Brown’s strikeout cancer campaign, make a donation or pledge a per-strike amount, contact Hinman at 695-1521, 552-7526, email at rhinman@phoenixcsd.org, or visit www.PhoenixCSD.org and look for more information under the news section of the homepage or under the Athletics Department page.

The 2014 varsity softball season begins in March.

Phoenix girls’ hoops seeks elusive second win

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls’ varsity basketball team continues to search for another win, with losses at Cazenovia 59-46 and Bishop Ludden 58-48.

The girls now have an overall record of 1-12.

In the game with Caz on Jan. 21. the Lakers led by only two points after the first period. Cazenovia extended its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Phoenix by 4 points to take a 24-18 lead into halftime.

The deficit faced by the Lady Firebirds continued to grow during the third quarter, as Caz outscored Phoenix by 9 points to push its lead to 15 points. But the Lady Firebirds didn’t fold. During the fourth quarter, Phoenix outscored Cazenovia to cut into its lead, but the deficit proved to be insurmountable as Cazenovia came away with a 13-point win.

Phoenix was led by Samantha Doupe with 17 points, followed by Kimberly Holbrook with 11, Alexandra Wilson with 7 and Morgan Stoutenger chipped in 5 points.

Bishop Ludden jumped out to an early 8-point lead over Phoenix Jan. 24 and then increased the lead in the second period to go into the half with a 35-18 lead.

Bishop Ludden continued to pour it on during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Firebirds by 8 points to extend the lead to 25 points. However, Phoenix went down swinging. They outscored Bishop Ludden by 15 points during the fourth quarter to cut into the lead. But despite these valiant efforts, Bishop Ludden held off Phoenix for the 58-48 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Alexandra Wilson with 14 points, followed by Samantha Doupe with 11, Kimberly Holbrook scored 9 and Shannon Dolan chipped in 8 points.

Wheelchair basketball game Friday night at Fulton Junior High

The Move Along Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Team will face off against teachers from the Fulton City School District at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 .

A winter dance will be held following the game for all participants and audience members.

The event will be held at the Fulton Junior High School on Curtis Street. The game and dance are part of a youth basketball season sponsored by Move Along.

Once a week, students participate in adaptive sports activities that support integrative play between both disabled and able-bodied students. Sessions include sports practice, team activities and free play.  The youth basketball session began in November and will continue to run throughout the school year. New participants are always welcome.  

Contact Information: Move Along P.O. Box 5220 Oswego, NY 13126 — phone is 374-0082   Move Along is a non-profit organization that supports adaptive sports education and awareness for disabilities in Central New York.

For more information, contact Greg Callen at 374-0082 or by email at greg@movealonginc.com.

Fulton Bantams hockey falls to Lysander

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank fell, to Lysander 5-1 in a recent road game.

The Raiders fought an uphill battle as they faced #2 ranked Lysander with their bench shortened to nine skaters. After a scoreless first period, Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss allowed only one goal in period two after turning aside 18 shots from the Lightning.

Lysander netted their second goal early in the third stanza before Fulton team captain Nolan Bonnie picked up a rebound from Seth Cooney and made it a one-point game. The Lightning came on strong in the remainder of the period, scoring three more goals to secure their win over the Raiders.

Bleiweiss made 33 stops in net for Fulton.

Fulton boys’ wrestling continues its winning ways

By Dan Farfaglia

Two teams in first and second place in the Freedom Conference standings face each other tonight at G. Ray Bodley High School.

The 16-1 Fulton Red Raiders wrestling team hosts the 9-1 Mexico Tigers and whoever wins the match this evening will be crowned League Champions for the 2013-2014 season.

This evening is also “Pee Wee” night, as spectators will be treated to a sneak peek at the Fulton wrestlers of the future.

In some previous action, this past weekend, the Red Raiders attended the Clayton Bernard tournament at Hilton High School near Rochester. Seventeen schools participated and Fulton ended the tournament in second place.

The host school Hilton came in first, with Mexico in seventh place. Bringing home the runner-up awards for the Red Raiders were Joe Abelgore ( 99 pounds), Mitch Woodworth (120 pounds),  Brandon Hill (132 pounds) and Tim Holden (138 pounds).

Coming in third place were Travis Kemp (195 pounds), Matt Marshall (220 pounds) and Malachi Manford (285 pounds). Jacob Bailey (152 pounds), Travis Race (160 pounds) and James Bailey (170 pounds) all brought home the fourth place prize in their weight classes.

Fred Ashby (285 pounds) came in fifth. Kevin Tucker (113 pounds) and Collin Flynn (145 pounds) finished the day in sixth place.

On Wednesday of last week, East Syracuse Minoa came to town and wrestlers from Fulton were victorious in every weight class, winning by a score of 75-0.

Getting forfeits were Travis Kemp (195 pounds), Fred Ashby (285 pounds), Nick Noel (99 pounds), Joe Abelgore (106 pounds), Roy French (113 pounds), and Kevin Tucker (120 pounds). Jonathan Earl (132 pounds) won by a 4-0 decision, Collin Flynn (145 pounds) defeated his opponent by a score of 4-3 and Jacob Bailey (152 pounds) came out on top by a score of 6-3.

Getting pins were James Bailey (170 pounds), Noah Gates (182 pounds), Nick Morrison (126 pounds), Brandon Hill (138 pounds), and Travis Race (160 pounds).

That evening was also senior night for the Fulton wrestlers, who are in their final year of competing. They, along with their parents, were honored for their years of devotion and sacrifice to this sport at this school.

Making one of their final appearances in their home gym were:

** James Bailey, who plans on attending St. John Fisher College this fall, he was joined on the mat by his parents Greg and Lisa Bailey.

** Travis Kemp, who plans on attending Cayuga Community College and later on Paul Smiths College, he was joined on the mat by his parents April and Ed Kemp.

** Fred Ashby, who plans on attending a culinary institute, was joined on the mat by his parents Fred and Kathy Ashby.

** Brandon Hill, who plans on continuing his wrestling career at a SUNY college, was joined on the mat by his parents Pauline Hill and Tim Collins.  Special recognition also goes out to Brandon Hill`s aunt and uncle, Donna and Rick Crosby, for all they`ve done for him through the years and for their continuing support of the Fulton Wrestling program.

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This Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, the annual Section 3 Dual Meet Tournament will take place. In the 26 seasons this tournament has been in existence, the Red Raiders have made 23 appearances in the finals and came home with the top prize 18 times.

This event features the best wrestling teams in the 11-county Central New York region. The first matches of the day begin at 10 a.m.

Fulton boys’ hoops defense shuts down Mexico

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team saw a first-quarter lead turn into a deficit headed into halftime of its Jan. 14 game against county foe Mexico.

At halftime, Fulton coach Matt Kimpland issued a challenge to his team. He wanted the players take its defensive play up a notch or two while bringing the tempo of the game to a level at which they could succeed.

Challenge met. The Red Raiders played their best defense of the season during the third quarter, keeping Mexico off the scoreboard en route to a 61-49 win.

Fulton got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 5-point lead in the first quarter.  Mexico stormed in the second, outscoring the Red Raiders by 12 points to take a 36-29 lead into halftime.

But after the pep talk from Kimpland, the second half belonged to Fulton. Led by its stifling full court press, the Red Raiders shut out Mexico, 11-0 during the third quarter to take a 4-point lead. Fulton put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Mexico by 8 points to come away with the 12-point win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Colin Warrington with 15 points, followed by Justin Marsden and Jacob Cleveland with 10 points each. Jake DeLosh chipped in 8 points and Caleb Wallis and Dan Martinez-Pascual added 3 points each for The Tigers.

Fulton was led by Chris Jones with 21. Jones notched his fourth straight double-double and was 4 blocks shy of a triple-double.

Following Jones was Cody Green with 17 points. Josh Hudson played his best game of the season, Kimpland said, with 4 rebounds, only 1 turnover and 10 points.

Mark Pollock added 4 points. Jeremy Langdon and Dallas Bradley chipped in 3 points each.

Kimpland credits team member Joe Cummins with managing the game and keeping the offense moving. Kimpland also credits Brian Hudson for his effort against Mexico. He said his team’s recent success appears to be a result of accountability and execution.

“All 10 guys are beginning to take ownership of their roles and doing their jobs to help the team win.”, Kimpland said.

Kimpland said his team’s effort against Mexico was a telling one. He points out the officials called a very tight game, which resulted in a little foul trouble for the Red Raiders during the first half. By halftime, Fulton had 5 players with at least 2 fouls.

Despite the first-half foul trouble, Fulton was able to get productive minutes from five other players.

“All 10 guys that were dressed played in the first half,” he said, “which shows that there is some good depth on this team.”