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A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

Just as most outdoorsmen are getting their ice fishing gear in order and enjoying the new snowmobiling season, a cadre of diehard water fowlers are preparing for the late duck and goose season.

In the western zone of the state, ducks and geese become legal game again from Dec. 28 until Jan.12.

Lake Ontario and the largest Finger Lakes provide hot hunting on very cold days. Open streams can be great producers of puddle ducks, but the lakes will host considerable numbers of diving ducks. Those hunters who love to hunt divers are willing to put up with rotten weather, bitter cold and iced up decoys, just to bring home a few bluebills, canvasbacks, and redheads.

The Niagara River is another diving duck magnet, and so has an equally strong attraction for the cold weather hunters who pursue those hardy birds. The Niagara gets a big influx of canvasbacks, and there are hunters who wait all year for this short opportunity to match wits and skills with the reputed king of waterfowl. All the other divers are represented there, but it really is the cans that lure the hunters.

Other hunters will still be looking for Canada geese and snow geese, and a stubble field with a light dusting of snow is attractive to both hunters and geese. Mallards may also swing into a big corn field to feed. Hunters drag their layout blinds and decoys far away from roads to set up early before the birds have started to fly.

Geese usually keep a safe distance between themselves and roads. The goose hunters can get up a little later than their open water brethren, because very few geese get into the air before the sun is well up. Flights of geese may move only for a few hours in the morning, but many days they will trade from field to field most of the day.

I have hunted hunkered down in snow covered fields, and I have hunted from ice covered blinds overlooking the dark gunmetal waters of big lakes. There is a thrill and a challenge to such activity that is hard to describe or understand. I have asked myself on more than one occasion, “What the heck am I doing here?”

But when a big flock of geese swing into the wind with their feet down, talking to the decoys below, and loom huge with their wide wingspread, it all seems to become worthwhile.

At that moment, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. The cold that had been creeping into my body disappears as I sit up and swing the barrel of my shotgun out in front of a goose clawing for altitude.

I have set decoys from a boat being rocked by waves on water that could bring on hypothermia in short order. Wearing a life jacket was a necessity on water like that, but it also helped to be just a little crazy. It also helps to be putting out decoys while it is still dark out; you don’t get a full picture of just how foolish you are being.

On the other side of the equation, late season water gunning can be some of the fastest, most challenging shooting there is. Passing shots are the rule rather than decoying birds, and unless the duck drops dead at the shot, a wounded bird can give a hunter a merry chase, out on those waves where he would rather not be.

Fortunate is the man who has a retriever he can depend on to do the job for him. But for all the discomfort and potential danger, such days will probably remain fresh and fond in a hunter’s memory as long as he lives – mine have.

For those guys who just can’t get enough, snow goose season is open until April 15. I have never shot a snow goose, and spending much of my winter in Florida does not make it likely that I ever will, but I’d sure like to have the chance at least once. You diehards will have to take a few for me.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hannibal girls’ basketball loses a close one

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a heartbreaking season opening loss to Bishop Grimes Dec. 2 by score of 59-51.

After a back and forth first half, Hannibal built a lead during the third quarter, taking a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter. But Bishop Grimes got right back in it down the stretch.

They stepped up its defense to trigger the rally. When regulation ended, the game was headed to overtime tied at 45.

Bishop Grimes carried its momentum into the overtime period. In the end, Bishop Grimes outscored Hannibal 26-10 during the fourth quarter and overtime to come away with the win.

Bishop Grimes struck first. They built a 5-point lead over the Lady Warriors during the first quarter. However, Hannibal fought back during the second quarter, outscoring  Grimes by 5 points to even the game at 23 headed into halftime.

The Lady Warriors kept it going into the third quarter. They pulled ahead to take an 8-point lead. Bishop Grimes began to put it together during the fourth quarter, storming back to force overtime with the game tied at 45. With momentum on its side, Bishop Grimes took care of business during overtime, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 8 points.

Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell and Gabby Griffin, who each scored 14 points against Bishop Grimes. Following Sorell and Griffin was Spencer Kenney with 13 points and Sydney Alton with 5 points.

Girls’ softball clinics begin Jan. 5

A girls’ fastpitch softball hitting/pitching clinic will be held Sunday mornings from Jan. 5 through Feb. 23 at the Oswego YMCA Armory.

The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5-12 who are interested in softball, and would like to develop their skills before the school or summer ball seasons begin.

Both beginners and advanced players are encouraged to attend.

Hitting will be from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. each week in the Armory gym and batting cage. Each session will consist of a 20-minute presentation by a coach or guest clinician, and then the remainder of the hour will be hands-on hitting drills and/or practice in the batting cage.

Pitchers will also receive brief instruction weekly, then use the 10 to 11 a.m.  hour to throw under the supervision of the coaches.

Videotaping will be used as a teaching tool in later sessions for both the pitchers and hitters.

The cost of the clinic is $10 per hour for either pitching or hitting. For players who want to stay for both sessions, the fee is $15. Eight-session packages are $80 for hitting or pitching, $140 for both.

Pitchers must bring a parent or friend as a catcher. Hitters can bring their own bats. Sneakers are recommended. All other equipment will be provided.

The clinic is sponsored by the Amateur Softball Association, and local ASA youth commissioner Mike McCrobie. The clinic will be staffed by the OHS softball coaches, the Pride travel softball coaching staff, and alumni of the Oswego High School softball program.

No pre-registration is required, but for more information, you can contact McCrobie by phone at 343-8749 or via e-mail at coachmccrobie@gmail.com.

Fulton boys’ basketball off to slow start

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team is 0-3 to begin the 2013-2014 season.

County Foe Central Square cruised past Fulton 58-37 in its Nov. 29 season opener and then Fulton came up short against Camden 62-54 Nov. 30. Perennial powerhouse, Jamesville-DeWitt topped Fulton 74-56 Dec. 4.

The Red Raiders began the season by taking on Central Square in the opening round of The Watertown Tournament.  After a competitive first quarter, Central Square led Fulton by only 1 point.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Central Square began to pull away during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by 10 points during the second quarter to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.

Central Square kept pouring it on during the third quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by 3 points to extend their lead to 14 points.

Central Square capped off the impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 7 points for a 58-37 win.

Leading the way for Central Square was Nate Budge with 11 points, followed by Gage Lanning with 9, Parker Reese with 8 points and Sam Barry, Cory Rogers and Ryan McCarthy with 7 points each.

Fulton was led by Cody Green with 15 points, followed by Josh Hudson with 8, Jon Cummins with 6, Taylor Jordan and Mark Pollock scored 3 points each and Brian Hudson added 2 points for the Red Raiders.

Camden rallied past Fulton in the second game of The Watertown Tournament. The Red Raiders got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 5-point lead over Camden.

Fulton extended its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Camden by 8 points to take a 37-24 lead into halftime.

But the second half belonged to Camden. They outscored Fulton 18-6 during the third quarter to cut the Red Raiders lead to 43-42. Camden capped off its impressive rally during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 7 points en route to the win.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Cody Green with 27 points. Also scoring were Chris Jones with 12 points and Jon Cummins with 7 points.

In the game versus J-D, the Red Raiders were competitive in the first quarter — Jamesville-DeWitt had only a 5-point lead.

J-D extended its lead to double digits during the second quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by 8 points to take a 47-34 lead into halftime.

Jamesville-DeWitt wasn’t about to let up during the third quarter. They outscored Fulton by 7 points to take a 63-43 lead.

The Red Raiders were able to cut into J-D’s lead during the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Rams by 2 points down the stretch. But it wasn’t enough to overcome J-D.

The Red Raiders were led by Chris Jones, with 20 points, Cody Green with 15, Brian Hudson with 11 points and Jon Cummins with 5.

Fulton winter sports schedules announced

Scheduled for winter sports varsity team in the Fulton school district.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Boys Basketball

11/23/13-TBA-at Oswego (Scrim)

11/29/13-TBA-at Watertown Tourney

11/30/13-TBA-at Watertown Tourney

12/4/13-7:00-JD

12/10/13-6:30-at Fowler

12/13/13-7:00-at Cortland

12/18/13-7:00-CBA

12/20/13-7:30-at Bishop Ludden

12/27/13-4:00-at Tech Tourney at ITC

12/28/13-TBA-Tech Tourney at ITC

1/3/14-7:00-ESM

1/7/14-6:30-at Homer

1/10/14-5:30-Chittenango

1/14/14-7:00-at Mexico

1/24/14-7:00-Fowler

1/29/14-7:00-at Chittenango

2/4/14-7:15–at CBA

2/7/14-7:00-Bishop Ludden

2/11/14-6:30–at ESM

Girls Basketball

11/27/13-10:00-at B’ville (scrim)

12/3/13-7:00-at JD

12/6/13-7:00-at Cortland (NL)

12/10/13-7:00- Fowler

12/13/13-7:00 – Corcoran

12/18/13-5:30-CBA

12/23/13-11:30-at C. Square

12/27/13-12:00-at Oswego

1/3/14-6:30-at ESM

1/7/14-7:00- Homer

1/10/14- 7:00- Chittenango

1/14/14 -7:00- Mexico

1/16/14-7:00-at Cazenovia

1/21/14-7:00-Cortland

1/24/14-6:30 -at Fowler

1/29/14-5:30–at Chittenango (NL)

1/31/14-7:00-at Skaneateles

2/4/14-5:30-at CBA

2/11/14-7:00 – ESM

Wrestling

11/26/13 – 5-9 – Red/Green (scrim)

11/30/13 – 2:00 – Canandaigua

12/3/13 – 6:00 -at Chittenango

12/7/13 – 9:00 – APW/Pulaski at APW

12/7/13 – 9:30 – Andersen Tourney at CNS

12/11/13 – 6:00 – JD/CBA/Westhill/Solvay at JD

12/14/13 – 8:45 – DeMeco-Trainor Dual Tourney  at Churchville-Chili

12/19/13 – 6:00 – Cortland

12/27/13 – 12:00 – Haines Tourney at SUNY Oswego

12/28/13 – 9:30 – Haines Tourney at SUNY Oswego

1/3/14 – 9:00 – Central Square Tourney

1/4/14 – 9:00 – Central Square Tourney

1/8/14 – 6:00 -at Homer

1/11/14 – 2:00/3:30 -at Phoenix

1/15/14 – 6:00 – ESM

1/17/14 – 4:00 – Clayton Barnard at Hilton HS

1/18/14 – 10:00 – Clayton Barnard at Hilton HS

1/22/14 – 6:00 – Mexico

1/25/14 – 10:00 – Section III Duals at CNS

2/1/14 – 5:00 – Baldwinsville

2/8/14 – 10:00 – Class A Tourney at Indian River

2/15/14 – 10:00 – Sectionals at OCC

2/28/14 – 10:00 – States at Times Union Center

Boys & Girls Bowling (all matches at Strike & Spare lanes, Mattydale)

12/4/13-3:30-Solvay

12/5/13-3:30-Cortland

12/11/13-3:30-Chittenango

12/12/13-3:30-CBA

12/18/13-3:30-Bishop Grimes

12/19/13 – 3:30 – ESM

1/8/14 – 3:30 – Homer

1/9/14 – 3:30 – Solvay

1/15/14 – 3:30 – Cortland

1/16/14 – 3:30 – Chittenango

1/22/14 – 3:30 – CBA

1/23/14 – 3:30 – Bishop Grimes

1/29/14 – 3:30 – ESM

1/30/14 – 3:30 – Homer

2/5/14 – 3:30 – League Meet

2/6/14 – 3:30 – League Meet

2/7/14 –TBA-Qualifier at Utica

2/14/14 –TBA-Sectionals

Boys Indoor Track (all events at OCC unless noted)

12/11/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

12/18/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

12/30/13 – 10:00 – CNYITA Meet (B/G)

1/3/14 – 3:30 – CNYITA Meet (B) at Colgate

1/14/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

1/21/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (B)

2/4/14 – 4:30 – Sectionals (B/G)

2/12/14 – 4:30 – OHSL Championships (B)

2/19/14 – 4:30 – State Qualifier (B/G)

3/1/14 – – NYSPHSAA Finals at Cornell

Girls Indoor Track (all events at OCC unless noted)

12/17/13 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G) at Colgate College

12/30/13 – 10:00 – CNYITA Meet (B/G)

1/2/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/8/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/15/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

1/23/14 – 4:30 – CNYITA Meet (G)

2/4/14 – 4:30 – Sectionals (B/G)

2/13/14 – 4:30 – OHSL Championships (G)

2/19/14 – 4:30 – State Qualifier (B/G)

3/1/14 –TBA- NYSPHSAA Finals at Cornell

Swimming

12/5/13 – 5:00 – Auburn

12/9/13 – 5:00 – at Syracuse City

12/13/13 – 5:00 -at Baldwinsville

12/19/13 – 5:00 -at Pulaski

12/27/13 – 11:00 – Dive Meet

1/7/14 – 5:00 -at Mexico

1/9/14 – 5:00 – Weedsport

1/11/14 -TBA – HAC Invitational at Harley Sch (Rochester)

1/14/14 – 5:00 – New Hartford

1/18/14 – 11:00 -at North Rose Wolcott

1/23/14 – 5:00 –at JD

1/24/14 – 5:00 – OHSL Diving

1/25/14 – 10:00 – OHSL Swim at Mexico

1/28/14 – 5:00 – at Oswego

 Hockey

11/21/13 – 7:00 – at Ontario Bay (scrim) at Pulaski

11/22/13 – 7:00 -at Clinton (scrim)

12/2/13 – 6:00 – RFA

12/4/13 – 8:30 -at F-M at Cicero

12/6/13 -TBA – B’ville Tourney vs Oswego

12/7/13 -TBA – B’ville Tourney vs TBA

12/10/13 – 6:00 – West Genesee

12/13/13 – 7:00 – IHC

12/19/13 – 7:00 – Syracuse at Mechum

12/30/13 – 6:00 – Auburn

1/3/14 – 7:30 – Whitesboro

1/7/14 – 7:30 – at Mohawk Valley at Kennedy Rink (Rome)

1/10/14 – 6:00 – Baldwinsville

1/14/14 – 7:00 – at Liverpool at Lysander

1/16/14 – 6:00 – CNS

1/17/14 – 8:00 – Niagara Falls

1/21/14 – 5:00 – F-M

1/24/14 – 7:30 – at West Genesee at Shove Park

1/26/14 – 1:00 – at Lake Placid at Lake Placid OSU Rink

1/28/14 – 6:00 – IHC at Watertown

1/29/14 – 6:00 – Ontario Bay

2/4/14 – 6:00 – Syracuse12/7/13 – 9:30 – Andersen Tourney at CNS

 

Step One PeeWees lose 1, win 1 in recent action

The Step One Creative Peewee independent hockey team continued its strong play recently against Thousand Islands and the Rochester Grizzlies.

Step One Creative lost 2-1 at the Alexandria Bay Ice Rink against Thousand Islands, and then captured an exciting 2-0 win at home against Rochester.

Step One is 10-3-2 on the season.

Thousand Islands 2 Step One Creative 1

In a great hockey game at both ends of the ice, Thousand Islands came out on top 2-1, holding off a late rally from the Oswego team.

Thousand Islands held a 2-0 lead into the third period before Step One Creative forward Derek Morgia took a pass from Ryan Moshier and navigated full ice through the Pirate defense to pick up the lone goal.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace had 20 saves in the close contest.

Step One Creative Peewees 2 Rochester Grizzlies 0

The following day on home ice at Cullinan Ice Rink, Step One Creative squared off against the Rochester Grizzlies, in what would turn out to be another close and hard fought game.

Step One Creative and Rochester would combine for 15 penalties in the contest, with both teams having multiple two-man advantage opportunities in the game.

After both teams battled through a scoreless first and second period, Step One Creative forward Spencer Stepien scored what would be the eventual game winner off a feed from Brandon Graham.

After a scramble in front of the Rochester net minder, Stepien scored on a backhand to make it 1-0.

The Bucs would add another goal with just seconds remaining in the game, when defenseman Dylan Reitz scored on an empty netter from nearly full ice to secure the win. Rochester had pulled their goalie and had a 6-on-3 advantage just before Step One put the game away.

Wallace had 13 saves in the win, and Step One had 28 shots on net.

“These were two outstanding hockey games for our team,” said Step One Creative Assistant Coach Bill Cahill. “We matched up very well with both opponents.”

“After losing a tough one to Thousand Islands, our kids came out and battled at home against Rochester, and took advantage of some opportunities in third period to get the win,” he added.

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

Game results and schedule are available online at www.eteamz.com/peeweebucs.

Fulton varsity hockey looking for first win

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team is 0-4-1 after its first five games of the season.

Rome Free Academy cruised past Fulton 6-1 in the Dec. 2 season opener.

On Dec. 4, the Red Raiders played Fayetteville-Manlius to a 3-3 tie. Oswego topped Fulton 6-2 on Dec. 6.

The Baldwinsville Bees held off Fulton 3-2 Dec. 7 while West Genesee rolled past Fulton 7-1 on Dec. 10.

In the RFA game, Rome Free Academy got off to a quick start building a 2-0 lead during the first period. RFA added to its lead during the second period with 2  more goals to take a 4-0 lead.

Fulton was able to get onto the scoreboard during the third period, but was unable to cut into RFA’s lead.

Leading the way for Fulton was Ryan Ross with one goal. Brandon Ladd and Landon VanAlstine combined to save 30 shots for the Red Raiders.

Fulton skated a competition first period in the game again Fayetteville-Manlius  and were tied 1-1 after the first.

The game proved to be equally as competitive during the second period. Again, both teams scored a goal each as the game was tied at 2 headed into the third period.

Each team scored a goal down the stretch as the game concluded in a 3-3 tie.

Fulton was led by Seth DeLisle with a goal and an assist. Following DeLisle were Matt Billion and Nick Meyer with a goal each. Ryan Ross added 2 assists. Landon VanAlstine saved 21 shots in the net for the Red Raiders.

Fulton lost to county rival Oswego in the opening game of The Baldwinsville Tournament. After a competitive first period, the Red Raiders trailed Oswego, 1-0.

Fulton kept it interesting during the second period as well. Both teams scored 2 goals each while Oswego maintained a slim, 3-2 lead. But, Oswego pulled away during the third period, scoring 3 unanswered goals down the stretch to cap off the win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Bentley Brosch with 2 goals and an assist, followed by Zach Zerrahan with a goal and 3 assists. Jacob Oleyourryk had a goal and an assist. Noah Lee and Brandon Tracz chipped in a goal each. Sean Mooney is credited with 3 assists. Roy Donovan saved 14 shots for Oswego.

Fulton was led by Cameron Clark and Austin Vashaw with a goal each against Oswego. Spencer Evans saved 39 shots for The Red Raiders.

Fulton lost a close one to Baldwinsville  in the second game of The Baldwinsville Tournament.  After a hard fought first period, Baldwinsville had a 1-0 lead over the Red Raiders.

Baldwinsville added to its lead over Fulton during the second period, outscoring Fulton by a goal to take a 3-1 lead.

Fulton made things interesting during the third period, cutting Baldwinsville’s lead to 3-2 down the stretch. But Fulton was unable to get any closer as the Bees held on for the 1-goal win.

Leading the way for Fulton were Kris Grow and Bryce Knight with a goal each. Following were Austin Forte, Trae Sheldon and Ross Ryan who combined for 3 assists. Spencer Evans saved 29 shots in net.

West Genesee got off to a solid start in its game versus Fulton when the Wildcats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.

West Genny added to its lead during the second period, outscoring the Red Raiders by a goal to take a 6-1 lead. West Genesee scored a goal during the third period to cap off a 7-1 win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders were led by Bryce Knight with a goal assisted by Nick Meyer. Spencer Evans and Landon VanAlstine combined to save  31 shots for Fulton.

Dead waterfowl found along Oswego County’s Lake Ontario shoreline

Type E botulism has again struck the eastern basin of Lake Ontario this fall resulting in sizeable mortality in migrating waterbirds.

Reports from the public and field investigations by DEC crews indicate at least 200-300 common loons have washed ashore along northern Oswego County and Jefferson County shorelines.

The loon deaths were all attributable to type E botulism. Long-tailed ducks, grebes and gulls also have been found.

A mortality event involving this many loons has not been seen on Lake Ontario since 2006.

Type E botulism is caused by a bacterial toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, a widespread bacterium in the sediments of the Great Lakes.

Certain environmental conditions cause this strain of Clostridium to produce a toxin that can spread through the food web of the lakes. First documented in waterbirds from Lake Michigan in the 1960s, type E botulism was recorded irregularly for three decades in the lower Great Lakes.

Since the late 1990s, however, type E botulism in birds has become an annual event in one or more of the Great Lakes resulting in very large kills in some years.

Two non-native species, round gobies and quagga mussels, appear to play a key role in this change of pattern. Botulinum toxin, generated in the vicinity of mussel beds, possibly in rotting mats of algae, is picked up by the filter-feeding mussels.

The mussels are the preferred food of the round goby, a small bottom-dwelling fish that is very sensitive to the toxin.  Intoxicated gobies in turn become easy prey for diving waterbirds, such as loons, grebes, and some duck species.

The remains of gobies are the most common component in the stomach contents found in botulism-killed diving birds. Since the emergence of this new disease system, thousands of birds have perished annually.

To date in 2013, all known botulism mortality in diving birds in New York has been confined to the eastern basin of Lake Ontario.

Bird carcasses did not wash ashore until late October, the majority arriving in the last two weeks. In past years, mortality events have not occurred much later than the third week of November therefore DEC biologists do not anticipate much additional mortality, although carcasses may continue to wash ashore for a while longer.

The public is encouraged to report dead birds to the regional DEC offices.  Carcasses contain small amounts of toxin and pose some threat to animals that feed on them.

DEC has removed carcasses from portions of state-owned shoreline. Shoreline residents are encouraged to bury carcasses if feasible.

To report dead birds found in Jefferson County, contact the DEC at 785-2263; to report birds found in Oswego or Cayuga counties, contact the DEC at (607) 753-3095, extension 247.