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Peewee Hockey wins 1, loses 1

The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team, of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, opened its season this past weekend against the Valley Red and Syracuse Blazers Minor Teams.

The Bucs defeated Valley Red 5-1 at Crisafulli Rink in Oswego, and then lost the following day 6-2 against the Blazers at the Cicero Twin Rinks.

In the game against Valley Red, the Oswego team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Derek Morgia getting the scoring started at the 6:18 mark, off a pass from Monica Cahill. The Bucs added another just minutes later when Ryan Mosher found the net off a feed from Nick Burnett.

After Valley’s Shemar Thomas made it 2-1 in the second period, Morgia added his second goal of the day at 4:17 of the period. Spencer Stepien made it 4-1 Oswego later in the second, scoring past the Valley goalie on a rebound off an initial shot from Cahill.

The Bucs would add a goal later in the third period, when Dylan Reitz delivered a blue line marker past the opposing net minder to close out the scoring 5-1.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace captured the win in net, while registering 8 saves.

“The team did a lot of great things in this season opening win,” said Oswego Head Coach Dave Morgia. “They really came out and played some strong hockey, and were awarded with a win as a result of their effort on both ends of the ice.”

In the second game of the weekend, the Bucs took on the Syracuse Blazers Minor team in Cicero and fell 6-2.

Derek Morgia and Tyler Eckert picked up the goals for the Step One Creative Peewees, and Christian Talamo added an assist.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 17 saves in the loss.

The Blazers scored on 3 of their 6 power play opportunities in the game, and pulled away in the final period to capture the win against the Bucs.

Despite the loss, Coach Morgia was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

“Our coaching staff took away a lot of positives from this game,” Morgia said. “Yes, the penalties hurt us, but our team is really coming together after only a few practices, and these initial first two games.”

“The players will continue to learn and make adjustments going forward,” he added.

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

Statewide deer hunting survey underway

A statewide deer hunter survey is underway in an effort to provide improved deer hunting experiences across the state.

All who receive the survey are encouraged to take the time to complete and return it as soon as possible. The survey is being conducted for the state Deaprtment of Environmental Conservation by the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University.

During the development of the 2012-2016 deer management plan for New York, some hunters expressed strong interest in modifying hunting rules/regulations to allow more bucks to live to older ages and develop heavier bodies with larger antlers.

As a result of that input, one of the objectives in DEC’s current deer management plan is to “Encourage various strategies to reduce harvest of young (1.5 year old) bucks in accordance with hunter desires.”

In addition to hunters voluntarily deciding not to shoot young bucks, managers could enact a variety of rules/regulations to reduce harvest of young bucks, all of which involve tradeoffs for hunters.

For example, depending on the action taken to reduce harvest of young bucks, hunters may have to give up some freedom to shoot a buck of any age or size, or give up some opportunity to hunt bucks.

DEC needs current information on hunters’ views to understand how different buck harvest strategies may affect hunter satisfactions. Specifically, DEC needs to understand hunters’ views on the importance of reducing harvest of young bucks relative to the associated loss of choice or loss of opportunity.

In mid-October, Cornell University staff  mailed questionnaires to a statewide random sample of 7,000 big-game license holders with an invitation to participate in the survey.

By gathering information on the relative importance hunters place on different types of deer hunting and harvest opportunities, the survey will help wildlife managers identify which buck management strategy best balances hunter opinions in various regions of the state.

DEC encourages all hunters who receive a questionnaire to complete and return it promptly. DEC requests to hear from every hunter in the sample, regardless of whether they went afield or took a deer last year.

To maintain scientific integrity and preserve the random sampling survey design, DEC will not accept requests to participate in the survey.

Results of the survey will be used during 2014 to help evaluate a variety of buck harvest strategies through a “structured decision-making process.”

The basic elements of this approach were discussed in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping guides, and are discussed further on the DEC website at:

DEC staff will consider survey results along with deer population management needs across various regions of the state as a basis for possible regulation changes for fall 2015.

Fulton Squirt Hockey wins first game, 7-0

The Fulton Squirt hockey team, sponsored by Chris Nelson Insurance and C-VAC, played its first game of the season Oct. 27, beating Lysander 7-0.

Trey White was stellar in net turning away all 15 shots.

Jon Dingman, Brady Zych, Lucas Nelson and Nicolas Schremp all scored their first goals of the season.

Logan McDougall, Adam Cooney, Gino Noel and Courtney Bednarz were dominate on defense. Also helping Fulton to victory were Tanner Tetro, Fred White, Cadin Waldau and Josh Cook.

The team is coached by Jeff Schremp, Jamie Tetro and Joe White.

Fulton Elks name Soccer Shoot winners

On Sept. 14, the Fulton Elks held their annual Soccer Shoot at the Don Butler Soccer Park.

A trophy presentation was a highlight for the winners and there was pizza and soda for the winners and their families.

Winners were: U-12 Boys 1st – Ethan Caruana, U-14 Boys 3rd – Kyler Cashel, U-8 Boys 2nd – Mason Fuller, U-10 Boys 1st – Braeden Depoint,  U-8 Girls 1st – Kyra Merritt, U-8 Boys 1st – Matt Brown, U-14 Boys 1st – Collin Bennett, U-8 Girls 2nd – Mandy Miller, U-12 Girls 3rd – Emily Sohoski, U-12 Girls 2nd – Julia Brown, U-10 Girls 2nd – Emma Weaver, U-10 Girls 3rd – Falyn Pitcher, U-8 Girls 3rd – Sophia Salladin, U-14 Boys 2nd – Tyler Dohse, U-10 Girls 1st – Hanna Miller, U-14 Girls 2nd – Kaitlyn Lucas, U-8 Boys 3rd-Brennen McQuown, U-10 Boys 3rd-Sean Hein, U-10 Boys 2nd-Gibran Catarromatip, U-12 Boys 2nd-David Cordone, U-12 Girls 1st-Devon Nicholson and U-14 Girls 1st-Erin Nicholson.

Fulton girls’ soccer ends season with playoff loss

 By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer team won 2 out of its last 3 games of the season, but its season came to an end with a loss to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 24.

Prior to the Lady Raiders sectional quarterfinal loss, Fulton earned wins against Homer Oct. 17 and Carthage Oct. 22.

The Lady Raiders topped Homer 3-1. Fulton got off to a solid start, building a 2-0 lead during the first half. However, Homer refused to allow The Lady Raiders to expand their lead during the second half. Both teams scored a goal each down the stretch as Fulton but Homer couldn’t overtake Fulton.

Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with 2 goals. Kara Bricker scored a goal and Sydney Gilmore is credited with 2 assists. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 8 out of Homer’s 9 shots on goal.
Fulton held off Carthage in the opening round of the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 22.

After a competitive first half, the Lady Raiders had just a 2-1 lead over Carthage. Like Homer, Carthage wasn’t about to let Fulton add to its lead during the second half. Unfortunately, like Homer, Carthage wasn’t able to cut into the Red Raiders lead either. Both teams scored 2 goals each down the stretch as Fulton held on for the 4-3 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jordan Coulon with 2 goals. Hailey Carroll had a goal and an assist, while Sydney Gilmore added a goal and Callie Beckwith was credited with an assist. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 4 out of Carthage’s 7 shots on goal.

Jamesville-DeWitt cruised past Fulton in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 1 headed into halftime. J-D took over during the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals down the stretch en route to a 5-1 win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll with a goal. Goalkeepers Hunter Hartranft and Maddie Lang combined to save 13 out of J-D’s 18 shots on goal.

The Fulton girls’ varsity soccer program bids farewell to six seniors — Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah DiShaw and Sarah Halstead.

Fulton football season comes to an end

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team’s season came to an end with a loss to Indian River in the Class A, Section 3 playoffs Oct. 25.

Fulton was behind and cut the deficit to 13-7 during the first quarter, but Indian River pulled away from there and won 44-17

It didn’t take long for Indian River to get onto the scoreboard. Early in the first quarter, Dustin Sharrit ran for a 23-yard touchdown to give Indian River a 7-0 lead.  Later in the first quarter, Sharrit struck again. This time, he scored on a run from 60 yards out to expand Indian River’s lead to 13-0.

Fulton cut into the lead before the first quarter ended when Quinton Jackson ran for a 20-yard touchdown to bring The Red Raiders within 6 points at 13-7.

Indian River took over during the second quarter. Quarterback Densel Barnes tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Franklin to give Indian River a 19-7 lead. Later in the second quarter, Sharrit scored his third touchdown of the game.on a run from 15 yards out to give Indian River a 25-7 halftime lead.

To The Red Raiders credit, their efforts would not be deterred. Early in the third quarter, Jon Cummings made a 25-yard field goal to cut Indian River’s lead to 25-10.  Indian River then put the game out of reach during the remainder of the third quarter when quarterback Densel Barnes scored on a run from a yard out to give Indian River a 32-10 lead. Before the third quarter ended, Deondre Grier ran for a 17-yard touchdown to expand Indian River’s lead to 38-10.

Indian River capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter. Jakese Crockett scored on a run from 8 yards out to give Indian River a 44-10 lead. Fulton battled until the final whistle blew on their season. Late in the game, the Red Raiders cut the lead to 44-17 when Mark Pollock ran for an 18-yard touchdown. But then time ran out on Fulton’s season.

The Red Raiders season with a final record of 1-7.

Phoenix football wins crossover game

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team earned its first win of the season when they rolled past Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 29-6 in its Oct. 24 crossover game.

Phoenix finishes the 2013 season with a 1-7 overall record.

Behind the impressive running of Sophomore Running Back Tim Gandino, the Firebirds took a 22-0 lead into halftime. A-P-W just couldn’t match Phoenix in the game.

It didn’t take long for Tim Gandino to get Phoenix rolling. Early in the first quarter, the Firebirds took an 8-0 lead when Tim Gandino ran the ball in from 62 yards out.

Gandino struck again later in the first quarter. In an equally as impressive run, Gandino ran for a 61-yard touchdown to put Phoenix ahead, 15-0.

Gandino and the Firebirds expanded their lead during the second quarter, with Gandino scoring on a run from 41 yards out to give Phoenix a 22-0 lead right before halftime.

The A-P-W Rebels began the second half showing signs of life. Jarid Paininski ran for an 18-yard touchdown to cut the Firebirds lead to 22-6. However, Phoenix scored again before the third quarter ended to cap off its impressive effort. Brock Maruscak ran the ball in from 2 yards out to expand the Firebirds lead to 29-6.

Phoenix was led by Tim Gandino, who  ran for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Following Gandino was Brock Maruscak with 17 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Doupe had 8 carries for 45 yards. Quarterback Billy Ostrander and Derick Powell combined for 4 rushes for 12 yards for the Firebirds.

Defensively, Phoenix was led by Austin Wirth with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Following Wirth was Brock Maruscak with 6 tackles and Dylan Doupe, Ashton Morrison and Derick Powell had 3 tackles each. Morrison and Powell were also credited with a sack each.

Sage Dygert, Billy Ostrander, Tyler Hanna and Nick Tassone had 2 tackles each.  Hanna was also credited with a sack. Tim Gandino, Tyler Sahm and Billy Stone combined for 3 tackles.

Pendell nets 2 hat tricks in Fulton win against Cicero

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Fulton Midget forward AJ Pendell scored six goals in his team’s 10-2 win over Cicero.

The Raiders also tied Cortland 3-3 in recent minor hockey action.

In period one against Cicero, Fulton took control early on when Pendell picked up a rebound from Seth DeLisle and sent the puck over a down goalie.

Pendell then netted a shot from the blue line early in the second period, Adam Croteau assisting.

Cicero narrowed the gap with a goal only for Raider Bryce Knight to score from the point.

Knight landed a shot over the goalie’s shoulder, thanks to a passing play between Ryan Ross and Trae Sheldon before Cicero closed the period with a goal of their own.

Fulton dominated the third stanza, first with Pendell skating the puck in and scoring his first hat trick, then DeLisle making good with an upper corner shot.

Pendell netted two more, first after accepting a pass in front of the net from Sheldon, then taking advantage of a Knight’s rebound on a power play.

Kaiden Hotchkiss landed two in a row, one with DeLisle assisting before Pendell took a feed from Croteau to score the final goal and his second hat trick of the game.

Fulton goalie Brandon Ladd turned aside 9 shots.

On home ice, versus Cortland the first period ended scoreless.  Cortland tallied a two-goal lead in the second stanza when Pendell accepted a pass in front of the net from Ross and sent the puck into the lower corner on a power play.

Ross landed a shot over a sprawling goalie, DeLisle assisting to tie.

Matt Billion threaded the needle with a shot from the blue line to give the Raiders the lead. Cortland scored the equalizer mid-third period, ending the game in a draw.

Goalie Keagan Murphy stopped 23 shots for the Raiders.

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by B&T Sports and Dunkin Donuts, is coached by Larry King and assistants John Murphy, RJ DeLisle and Steve Walker.