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Hannibal boys’ hoops suffer two losses

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team lost its last 2 games, falling to Cazenovia 49-27 and the Syracuse Academy of Science 77-52.

Hannibal now has a 3-6 overall record.

Cazenovia cruised past the Warriors Jan. 9. Cazenovia got off to an impressive start, outscoring Hannibal by 12 points in the first quarter.

After an evenly played second quarter, Cazenovia took a 21-9 lead into halftime. Cazenovia wasn’t about to let up during the second half. They outscored the Warriors during the third quarter to expand their lead to 13 points. Caz put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 9 points.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton with 9 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 7, Sam McCraith scored 5 and Charlie McCraith and Austin Mattison chipped in 3 points each.

Syracuse Academy of Science topped Hannibal Jan. 14. Syracuse Academy Of Science got off to a decent start, outscoring the Warriors by 6 points during the first quarter. Syracuse Academy Of Science kept it going during the second quarter, again outscoring Hannibal by 6 to take a 38-26 halftime lead.

Syracuse Academy of Science put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 10. Hannibal tried to come back in the fourth quarter, but Syracuse Academy of Science still outscored Hannibal to cap off a 77-52 win.

The Warriors were led by Trevor Alton with 27 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 13 and Charlie McCraith and Sam McCraith scored 4 points each.

Sister raises money for gym floor, clock in memory of brother

Michael E. Clark was a beloved coach in the Fulton Youth Basketball League.

When he died suddenly and unexpectedly in December, boys in Fulton, other coaches and Clark’s family were devastated.

Now, Clark’s sister, Nancy Clark of Williamsville, near Buffalo, wants to remember her brother by helping the place where he spent so much time.

Nancy has started a fund drive through gofundme.com to raise money to help pay for a new gym floor at the Fulton War Memorial.

The gym is home to the Fulton Youth Basketball League and its nearly 400 children in grades kindergarten through six who are learning the game.

“He loved the boys on the basketball team,” Nancy said of her brother, who was the assistant coach for the grade five and six team.

“My grandson is on that team and he really looked up to his Uncle Mike.”

Clark, 55, of Liverpool, was Christmas shopping Dec. 18 when he died of a sudden heart attack.

Nancy said she was extremely close to her brother, texting or talking to each other “four or five times a day.”

In fact, the day he died, he texted her at 4 p.m. He died about four hours later.

“He was very sports-oriented and worked the drills with the kids,” said Chris Atwater, Nancy’s son-in-law and coach of the boys’ grades five and six team.

“He also would coach the kids on the bench. He enjoyed the kids. He was attentive to them and would even go to other events for them,” Atwater said.

Clark spent time “on the side” working with team member Justin Atwater, Chris Atwater’s son.

“The boys were upset when he died,” Atwater said of Clark. “At our game on Dec. 21, Mike’s father had come up and we dedicated the game to Mike

and had a photo taken of the team and Mike’s father.”

Jerry Schremp, head of the Fulton Youth Basketball Program, said the rubber gym floor at the Fulton War Memorial is 18 years old (eight years past its prime) and starting to bubble.

“The rubber is breaking down,” he said. “It’s not dangerous, but has to be replaced.”

Schremp said it will cost about $100,000 to replace the floor.

Atwater said the game score clocks also need replacement.

Schremp found out it will cost more to replace the broken parts than to buy new clocks.

The money raised by Nancy may go toward the clocks.

“This is my mission,” Nancy said. “This is big for my mother, big for my sister, big for all of us.”

Her goal is to raise $5,000. As of Wednesday, the site had raised nearly $500.

To Help

To donate, go to
gofundme.com/65wh14.

Click on the blue donate box.

You also can click on Facebook to share the page with others to gather more donations.

Salmon River fishing museum hosts open house Jan. 19

The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will hold the first in a series of monthly open house events from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

Michael Riordan, board president, will speak about the history of the B.F. Gladding Corp. from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Riordan will discuss the nation’s first fishing museum and the growth of the Gladding Corp. from 1900 to 1985. Items in the former Gladding collection are displayed at the sportfishing museum at 3044 state Route 13, Pulaski.

“In 1966, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller declared South Otselic, the home of Gladding, as the ‘Fishing Line Capitol’ of the world,” said Riordan.  “During this period of time, Gladding would purchase companies like Magic Snell, Glenn Evans, South Bend, Horrocks Ibbotson and at least 15 other companies. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy hearing about this American company that survived several wars, the Great Depression, and the challenges of a changing world.”

The museum will host an open house the third Sunday afternoon of every month. Museum curator Fred Betts will speak about the history of the fishing creel and share his personal collection of creels Sunday, Feb. 15.

For more information call the museum at 298-2213, Riordan at 374-2997 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Salmon-River-International-Sport-Fishing-Museum/152643681444857.

DEC issues new regulations to combat invasive species

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, Commissioner Joe Martens said.

The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through Feb. 24.  The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html.

“These proposed regulatory changes are the latest in a series of actions DEC has taken over the past few years to combat the spread of harmful invasive species, including the emerald ash borer,” Martens said.

“Cooperation and assistance from the public is essential in order for these efforts to succeed. Boats, trailers and the equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody and significantly harm recreational and commercial use of a waterbody while having a detrimental effect on native fish, wildlife and plants.

“This regulation is an important component of DEC’s efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters,” he said.

Boaters are advised to carefully check their boats, trailers and equipment for any plant or animal material that may be clinging to it and remove it if found.

Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations are provided at many DEC boat launches for this purpose. The boat should also be completely drained, including live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks, and dried before it is used in another waterbody.

Recommended drying times for each month of the year can be calculated at http://100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp.

Additional information on aquatic invasive species and preventing their spread can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent via e-mail to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, or mailed to Edward Woltmann, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY  12233-4753.  Hard copies of the full text may also be requested from Mr. Woltmann at the above address.

Fulton PeeWees wins 2 games in one day

The Fulton PeeWees hockey team won two games on a recently double-game day.

First, the team beat the Whitestown Wolfpack 13-3 and then later the same day, beat Elmira 6-2.

sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank recently traveled to Whitesboro to compete against the Whitestown Wolfpack.

In the first game in Whitesboro, Oneida County, the action started quickly with Fulton’s Madison Lewis #10 putting the teams first goal to the back of the net assisted by Jadon Lee #00 and Derek Carter #15.

Eric Shear #35 grabbed the second goal with the assistance of Chayton Sykes #71 and Calexander Connolly #88.

In the second period, the Raiders came out blazing. Two goals were netted by Derek Carter, one unassisted, the other assisted by Eric Shear #35 and Jarred Willis, Jr. #2.

The second period also saw two more goals for Eric Shear #35 with the assistance of Chayton Sykes #71 and Jonathan McCann #86. Jadon Lee #00 piled one to the back of the net that was assisted by Derek Carter #15 and Chayton Sykes #71 putting Fulton in the lead.

In the the third period, Fulton continued the scoring frenzy with goals from Lane Phillips #32, Andrew Hyde #48, Madison Lewis #10, Derek Carter #15 with a hat-trick, and two more goals for a personal game total of 5 for Eric Shear #35 assisted by Madison Lewis #10, Jadon Lee #00 and Calexander Connolly #88.

Fulton’s goalie Nathaniel Lindsey #20 saved 21 shots on goal.

The hockey action continued as the Raiders traveled back home for an afternoon game against Elmira.

The first period of play quickly netted  2 goals for Fulton, one by Chayton Sykes #71, unassisted and the other by Madison Lewis #10 assisted by #35 Eric Shear.

In the second period, Eric Shear #35 netted the third goal for Fulton assisted by Jonathan McCann #86.

In the third period, Fulton garnered 3 more goals for the win. The first goal from Eric Shear, assisted by Kaleb Calkins #87. The second goal of the period by Derek Carter #15 that was assisted by Jadon Lee #00. The third and final goal of the period was by Jadon Lee #00 assisted by Eric Shear #35.

Fulton’s goalie Nathaniel Lindsey saved 22 shots on goal.

Fulton Bantam hockey loses to Onondaga Travel

Evan Beckwith of the Fulton Bantam hockey team scored his 15th goal of the season in his team’s recent 3-11 loss to Onondaga Travel.

On home ice, Fulton was down by 2 in the first period before Raider Seth Cooney took a pass from Beckwith and narrowed the gap by 1. The Thunder scored four times by the close of the second stanza.

Onondaga had added 5 more goals to its lead when Beckwith skated the puck through the Thunder defense and landed a shot over the goalie’s shoulder.  In the final minutes, Nick Dingman notched a goal for the Raiders, thanks to a behind the net passing play between Will Rattray and Tyler Samson.

Fulton’s goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 44 shots in net.

Phoenix girls’ basketball falls to Bishop Grimes

By Rob Tetro

Bishop Grimes rolled past the Phoenix girls’ varsity basketball team Jan. 4 by a score of 57-37.

With the loss, Phoenix now has an 0-7 record.

Phoenix got off to a decent start in the first quarter and added to their lead during the second quarter to go into the half leading 16-12.

But Bishop Grimes stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Firebirds by 21 points to take a 17-point lead. Bishop Grimes capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. They outscored Phoenix by 3 points en route to the 20-point win.

Leading the way for The Lady Firebirds was Brianna Squier who scored 12 points, followed by Samantha Doupe with 8 points, Kimberly Holbrook with 5 and  Alexandra Wilson and Shannon Dolan added 4 points each.

Phoenix boys’ hoops loses heartbreaker in Cato Tourney

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now has a 5-3 overall record.

On Dec. 20, the Firebirds topped Jordan-Elbridge in the opening round of The Cato Christmas Tournament 57-50.

On Dec. 21, Phoenix fell to county foe Hannibal in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament 48-46. Phoenix escaped with a hard fought win over Bishop Grimes on Jan. 4.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the Eagles had a 2-point lead over Phoenix after the first quarter and added to its lead in the second quarter, taking a 28-22 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Phoenix outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 9 points to take a 3-point lead and then secured the win during the fourth quarter

Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney and Zach Sisera with 12 points each. Shaun Turner scored 8 points and Bryce Plante chipped in 5 points.

Hannibal escaped with a hard fought 48-46 win over Phoenix on Dec. 21 in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament (see Hannibal basketball story).

Phoenix the came back with an impressive win over Bishop Grimes Jan. 4. After a competitive first quarter, Phoenix had a 1-point lead over Bishop Grimes. The second quarter also was competitive and the game went into the half with the teams tied at 26.

Phoenix built a 3-point lead during the third quarter and then maintained it down the stretch, holding on for the 55-52 win.

The Firebirds were led by Brian Sawyer with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney with 12 points, Dylan Doupe scored 10 points, Walker Connoly added 7 points and Bryce Plante and Zach Sisera scored 5 points each.