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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.

Phoenix varsity wrestlers ready to begin season

The Phoenix varsity wrestling team comes into the season looking to fill the voids left behind by Nick Tighe and Rowdy Prior.

In fact, Coach Gene Mills suggests that in many ways, this season will be a rebuilding year, which is uncharted territory for Mills and the Firebirds.

The Firebirds inexperienced team is striving to learn and develop one match at a time. However, Mills is allowing only so much cushioning for his young team. He hopes his wrestlers show significant individual and team development by mid- to late January.

Mills is quick to mention that this season’s team might be one of the most inexperienced teams that he’s coached at Phoenix.

The Firebirds return only two junior and senior starters from last year’s team, which means a lot will be expected of lone senior Jason Nipper, junior Derrick Button and sophomores Brad Dietz, Will Hilliard and Tim Gandino.

However, Phoenix does feature many younger wrestlers with an abundance of potential. “(Our younger kids) need to find out where we are and where we need to go to get where we want to be”, Mills said.

When practice began in early November, Mills expected his wrestlers to show up in decent physical condition. In fact, it is a known fact the wrestlers will be physically tested from the first day of practice.

Mills felt the physical conditioning of his team was questionable at best during the first few days of practice. However, this is a bit of an issue that coaches have come to expect over the years. Wrestlers always get to work knowing that their physical conditioning will develop more and more as December approaches. Mills feels his team’s physical conditioning has improved greatly since early November.

The Firebirds practice for two hours every day, working hard on many skills development drills which tend to develop their bodies’ abilities at a solid pace.

Mills has yet to name captains for the upcoming season. He said his captains are expected to be impressive individuals socially, academically and athletically regardless of what grade a wrestler may be in.

Those named as captains may not necessarily be the best wrestlers on the team, but are the individuals who show the most initiative towards being a role model socially and in the classroom as well as within the sport of wrestling itself.

Phoenix looks forward to the opportunity to take part in the challenging dual tournaments awaiting them. The Firebirds will be a little banged up during their dual meets but they expect to be fully recovered and even more competitive by early to mid-January.

Returning Sectional Place Winners Brad Dietz, Tim Gandino and Will Hilliard are expected to be a major strength for Phoenix this season. Dietz, Gandino and Hilliard clearly have what it takes to step up and be leadership figures for the Firebirds. Their guidance will be key in the development of the many hardworking younger wrestlers Phoenix will feature this season. Mills suggests with the right leadership, his younger wrestlers could begin to see their hard work pay off during the second half of the season.

Fulton swimmers splash into new season

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity swim team has high hopes for the 2013-14 season.

Coach Dexter Hinman said Fulton hopes to have a winning record. Individually, the Red Raiders want to be a team that qualifies most of its athletes for Sectionals.

Hinman feels his experienced team is ready to put in the hard work and dedication that is needed to succeed this season.

This season, Fulton returns many athletes from last year’s team and will feature a couple of athletes from Phoenix.

The Red Raiders top returning athletes are seniors Ross Gardner, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss, junior Kyle Buck and sophomores Andrew Distin and David Tallents.

Supporting Fulton’s top returning athletes are seniors Breanna Baker, Anna Guernsey and Alyssa Harley (Phoenix).

Also: Juniors Adrianna Dodge, Emma Harvey, Austin Nairn, Zachary Perry and Grace Trepasso, sophomores Caleb and Zachary Almeter, Justin Grower, Joshua Hotaling, Sage Hourihan, Casey Jones, Grant Marriner, Timothy McAfee, Lorcan Murphy, Dakota Stoughtenger, Kaitlyn Trudell (Phoenix) and Abbey Zych.

Freshmen on the team are Miwa Burdic, Michael Mankiewicz, Ryan Morehouse, Deidre Murphy, Breanna Stoughtenger and Sarah Tallents.

Hinman named Ross Gardner, Anna Guernsey, Lacey Reich and Jacob Strauss as Fulton’s team captains for the upcoming season. Hinman points out Guernsey, Reich and Strauss are natural leaders. Their impressive work ethic has earned them the respect of their teammates.

The Red Raiders expect to be challenged every time they get into the water this season. However, there is a date on Fulton’s schedule the team already is looking at.

The Red Raiders will be taking part in an invitational in Rochester this season that will feature other coed teams.

Despite the many challenges that await them, Hinman expects Fulton’s depth will allow them to compete consistently. Unfortunately, Hinman suggests his team will be rebuilding in at least one area. This season, the Red Raiders will be developing new divers.

Fulton Mites hockey plays first game against Oswego

The Fulton Mite Hockey team, sponsored by B&T Sports and Dunkin’ Donuts, played its first game of the season versus the Oswego Mite C and B teams.

Raider Cameron Shutts scored for his team while Simon Bradshaw, Cassie Clarke and Aiden Tetro played solid on offense. Defenders Jordan Devendorf and Zoey DeRocha spoiled numerous attempts by the Bucs. Reese Calkins and Daniel Devendorf were applauded for their efforts, sending several fine shots on net.

The Fulton Mites are led by head coach Jerry Devendorf and assistant Mike Tetro. Pictured is Mite Reese Calkins reversing the puck in  a recent game against Oswego at Fort Ontario. There is no final score because officials do not keep score at the Mite level.

Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team wants to play in the sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team will take the court with just a few goals for the upcoming season.

Coach Mat Burridge said his team wants to be a team that has scholar athletes, shows improvement on a daily basis and is in position to qualify for Sectional Play at the end of the regular season.

This season, the Warriors will be without many of the players who produced offensively for them a year ago. Hannibal will feature only two starters from last years’ team.

However, both players have two years of experience playing at the varsity level and will be assisted by the presence of two others who played for the Warriors last season.

In-season practice began for Hannibal Nov. 11. Many players had recently concluded fall sports such as football and cross country. But Burridge points out that just because his players were physically capable of playing one sport doesn’t mean that they will be immediately prepared for basketball season.

In fact, such was the case for his team when practices began. During the first few days of practice, his team was not in very good physical condition. Since then, the Warriors have spent a lot of time developing their physical condition with a lot of running in order to be ready for what can be a long and vigorous season.

Burridge suggests his team’s overall physical conditioning isn’t quite where he expects it to be. However, he does feel that his team’s physical conditioning is coming along. “We are not where we want to be but we are progressing.”, Burridge said.

Burridge is yet to name captains for the upcoming season.  However, he makes it known that he expects his captains to be players who lead by example on and off the court.

He also suggests that leadership isn’t defined by what grade a player is in or how much skill he has. “You don’t have to be a senior or the best player to be a captain but a leader.”, Burridge said.

Hannibal plays in Class B, Section 3 which is considered one of the toughest leagues in all of New York State Basketball. Burridge expects to see his team challenged to the max every time they take the court this season. “Every game (will be) difficult and any team can win in our league on any given night.”, he said.

The Warriors are expected to be one of the taller teams in their league this season. Burridge hopes having a height advantage in most games will help Hannibal develop its defensive abilities into a pivotal strength.

“We are hoping our defense can be our anchor this year and be our strong point.”, he said. “Defense will keep us in every game this year.”