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Renegade Roller Derby comes to Oswego

Oz Roller Derby hosted Oswego’s first renegade roller derby Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Oswego YMCA Armory.

The fast-paced, hard-hitting bout saw Oz Revolution pitted against the Boomtown Renegade Roughnecks team from Binghamton in a tight, close-scoring game, with Boomtown pulling out the win in the final minutes.

The final score was Boomtown, 102, with Oz Revolution finishing up with a score of 97.

Renegade roller derby is similar to, yet very different from, most popular versions of roller derby played in Upstate New York.

Renegade derby is identified as ‘No Rules’ derby because there are no penalties assigned to skaters. Timing, scoring, blocking and general game play are all very similar to other forms of derby.

Some key differences include no stopping on the track, player takedowns and the fact that it is coed.

“New fans of the Renegade-style said watching the two teams play was reminiscent of the original roller derby style of the 70s,” said a Boomtown skater.

Team members for Oz Revolution included Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy, Mob Zombie, D. Devistation and Flyin Phil. Skaters for the Boomtown Renegade Roughnecks were Domin-Ate-Her, Oddbahl, Major Issues and Timmy Twitch.

Referees were Keltic Krusher, Gabzilla and Sychotix-Con.

“The renegade-style bout was the most aggressive bout I’ve ever had the opportunity to participate in, bar none,” said Flyin Phil. “It was a four-on-four Ironman … no penalties, no substitutions with four 15-minute periods.

“It had fast packs with no opportunity to catch your breath, especially after jamming. Endurance was a big factor but not one person gave up at any time. I had more fun than any of the 20-plus bouts I’ve previously skated in,” Flyin Phil said.

Volunteers from SUNY Oswego’s fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon were on hand before and after the event to help move, set up and tear down the 6,000-square-feet of portable track.

“We are extremely grateful to Sigma Alpha Epsilon for all of their efforts and support,” said Victoria Usherwood Gailinas, founder of Oz Roller Derby. “They are a great group of young men and their help was greatly appreciated.”

Both teams as well as the volunteers celebrated the first Oswego renegade bout with an after-party at Carp’s on West First Street.

Oz Revolution skaters next renegade bout is Sunday, Oct. 27, when they will once again represent and play for Boomtown in Hamburg, Pa., against KSRR (Key

World Gym in Fulton wins award

World Gym Fulton received the U.S. Best Gym Design Award at an event in La Vegas recently.

World Gym International, the brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, presented achievement awards to attendees of the 2013 World Gym International Convention, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, at the Mirage Resort and Casino.

The award recognizes the Fulton World Gym with the best overall design and interior/exterior branding, including:

** Use of current design, décor, branding and color standards

** Gym layout which enhances the member experience and makes effective use of available space

** Exterior design & branding in harmony with local environment

The annual World Gym convention saw more than 250 attendees from around the globe including franchisees, key vendor partners, company’s owners and senior managers.

“We are proud to recognize the groups and individuals who have achieved noteworthy accomplishments in honor of World Gym,” said Guy Cammilleri, managing director of World Gym International.

“Everyone in the World Gym family shares a deep attachment to the brand’s lifestyle of health and fitness,” he said. “It was amazing to witness the collective energy, passion, knowledge and expertise that exist within the international World Gym family.”

Fulton girls’ soccer finish 7-game stretch

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity soccer team finished a seven-game stretch with two wins, two ties and three losses.

Christian Brothers Academy held off the Lady Raiders Sept. 21 by a score of 2-1.

After a competitive first half, the game went into halftime scoreless. CBA seized control during the second half, outscoring Fulton by a goal down the stretch en route to the 2-1 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Hailey Carroll, who scored one goal assisted by  Jordan Coulon. Goalkeepers Hunter Hartranft and Maddie Lang combined to save 10 of Christian Brothers Academy’s 12 shots on goal.

Fulton played Homer to a tie Sept. 24.  Homer jumped out to an early 1-0 lead during the first half. The Lady Raiders battled back during the second half, tying the score at 1 down the stretch to force overtime.

After neither team allowed a possible game-winning goal to be scored during the first overtime period, the game remained tied at 1. However, during the second overtime period, both teams were able to score.

But the game ended following the second overtime period with the game tied at 2.

Fulton was led by Callie Beckwith and Jordan Coulon with a goal each. Goalkeeper Hartranft saved 6 of Homer’s 8 shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders fell to East Syracuse Minoa Oct. 1 by 4-0. After a competitive first half, East Syracuse Minoa had just a 1-0 lead over Fulton., but then ESM pulled away during the second half, adding 3 goals down the stretch.

Leading the way for Fulton were goalkeepers Lang and Hartranft who combined to save 10 of East Syracuse Minoa’s 14 shots on goal.

Jamesville-DeWitt cruised past the Lady Raiders Oct. 4 by a score of 4-1. Following a competitive first half, Fulton was down just one goal at 2-1.

Jamesville-DeWitt took over during the second half, scoring 2 unanswered goals down the stretch.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jordan Coulon with one goal. Goalkeeper Hunter Hartranft saved 9 of Jamesville-Dewitt’s 13 shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders held off county foeMexico Oct. 8 with a 1-0 win. After a hard fought first half, the game was scoreless heading into halftime. Fulton took care of business during the second half scoring a goal down the stretch.

Leading the way for Mexico was goalkeeper Sabrina Adams, who saved 9 of Fulton’s 10 shots on goal. Fulton was led by Sydney Gilmore, who scored a goal that was assisted by Jordan Coulon. Goalkeeper Hartranft saved every shot Mexico sent her way.

The Lady Raiders earned their second win in as many games when they beat Cortland 3-1 Oct. 10.

Fulton jumped out to a 1-0 lead during the first half and added to their lead during the second half, outscoring Cotland by a goal. Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were Sarah Halstead, Sydney Gilmore and Hailey Carroll, each with 1 goal.

Callie Beckwith is credited with 2 assists. Goalkeeper Hantranft saved 4 of Cortland’s 5 shots on goal.

Fulton capped off the 7-game stretch by tying Chittenango 1-1. After a hard fought first half, the game went into halftime with no score. The intense competition remained high during the second half.

Neither team allowed the potential game-winning goal down the stretch as the scoreless game went to overtime.

Both teams were able to score during the first overtime period putting the game at 1-1. Neither team allowed the other the opportunity to gain the upper hand during the second overtime session and the game ended 1-1.

Fulton was led by Madden Rowlee, who scored a goal that was assisted by Kara Bricker. Goalkeeper Hartranft saved 3 Chittenango’s 4 shots on goal.

Hannibal girls’ volleyball team beats Bishop Grimes

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity volleyball team came away with a Homecoming Game win over Bishop Grimes Oct. 11.

Hannibal won all 3 sets against Bishop Grimes with scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-23.

The Lady Warriors junior varsity team also came away with a win that day.

Hannibal was led by Captain Carolyn Thompson, who had 5 kills, 3 aces and 3 blocks against Bishop Grimes.

Following Thompson was fellow Captain Jessica Stauring with 3 kills, 5 aces, and 4 blocks, then Tylina Scoville with  6 kills and 2 blocks. Captain Samantha Bowers added an ace and 6 digs.

Brittany Clark chipped in 3 aces and 2 assists, while Page McKenzie had an ace and 3 assists. Sydney Susino tallied 13 assists for The Lady Warriors.

This season marks Hannibal’s first season playing volleyball during the fall season. According to Hannibal varsity volleyball Coach Angela Pietroski, though the transition to playing in the fall has been a change, her team has done a great job of making the necessary adjustments.

So far this season, Pietroski is very pleased with her teams’ work ethic.

“The girls have really stepped up their game.” she said. “I am very pleased with how they are practicing hard and transitioning their hard practices onto the court during game play.”

Phoenix loses on Senior Night

  By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team fell to Marcellus Oct. 18 in front of a gracious Senior Night crowd.

The score was 54-12.

Sixteen seniors played in their final home game on a history making night. The contest marked the first ever night game hosted by the Phoenix football program.

Before the game, seniors Billy Ostrander, Austin Furco, Dylan Doupe, Zach Young, Ashton Morrison, Trevor Ferens, Derick Powell, Mike Mironti, Tyler Sahm, Daniel Taylor, Billy Stone, Bobby Reynolds, Sage Dygert, Ralph Casillo, Tyler Hanna and Nick Tassone were honored for their years of dedication to the program.

In the game, Marcellus got off to a quick start and didn’t look back.  The Mustangs wasted little time getting in gear, jumping out to a 20-0 lead during the first quarter.

During the second quarter, they expanded their lead to take a 33-0 lead into halftime.

Marcellus refused to let up, even though Phoenix scored a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Despite the Firebirds respectable efforts, Marcellus came away with the impressive 42 point win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Brock Maruscak, who ran for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries. Doupe had 14 rushes for 45 yards. Tim Gandino ran for 33 yards on 14 carries and Billy Ostrander and Ben Bulgrien ran for 11 yards on 6 rushes for the Firebirds.

Defensively, Phoenix was led by Austin Wirth with 6 tackles, followed by Ostrander with 4 tackles, Doupe and Young with 3 tackles each and Powell with 2 tackles. Kameron Miller, Tyler Sahm and Nick Tassone combined for 3 tackles for the Firebirds.

Phoenix ends the season 0-7.

Fulton football can’t overcome Carthage size, speed

By Rob Tetro

Carthage came away with an impressive win over the Fulton varsity football team Oct. 18 by a score of 58-20.

Carthage wasted little time exploiting the size and speed advantages they had over Fulton. They quickly built a 19-0 lead during the first quarter. Carthage extended its lead to 37-0 during the second quarter.

Prior to the game, seven seniors were honored for their contributions to the Fulton football program. The Fulton Seniors who were playing in their final home game were Connor Aldasch, Mark Pollock, Seth DeLisle, Solano Sanchez, Seth Britton, James Bailey and Liam Roberge.

Carthage received the opening kickoff to start the game and made quick work of their opening drive.

Rodrick Groce ran for a 31-yard touchdown to give Carthage a 6-0 lead with 10:56 left in the first quarter. After the Red Raiders went 3 and out in its first drive of the game, Carthage struck again.

On the first play of their second drive, quarterback Bailey Wilkinson tossed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Josh Yelvington to give Carthage a 13-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first quarter.

Fulton had opportunities to keep the game close. Dallas Bradley gave the Red Raiders solid field position following an impressive kickoff return. But Fulton came up empty after being stopped on downs deep in Carthage territory.

Carthage continued its onslaught during its ensuing possession. After a 15-yard screen pass brought Carthage inside the Red Raiders 10-yard line, fullback Trevor Gibbons muscled his way in from 3 yards out to give Carthage a 19-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter.

The Red Raiders had another chance to cut into the deficit late in the first quarter. But again they were stopped on downs deep in Carthage territory.

Things didn’t get any easier for The Red Raiders during the second quarter. Set up by a 40-yard run off of an end-around play, Josh Capers ran for an 8-yard touchdown run. Carthage now had a 25-0 lead with 11:25 left in the second quarter.

During Fulton’s ensuing possession, a big gain on the ground by Mark Pollock was negated by a holding penalty. Carthage took over after the Red Raiders drive stalled a few plays later having missed out on another opportunity to gain some momentum.

Later in the second quarter, Dylan James caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Bailey Wilkinson to give Carthage a 31-0 lead. Just before halftime, Josh Capers took off on another touchdown scamper, running for a 41-yard touchdown to give Carthage a 37-0 halftime lead.

Carthage continued to add to its lead during the second half. Early in the third quarter, they took a 44-0 lead when Tyler Markowski barreled his way in from a yard out.

Fulton was able to finish a few drives down the stretch. Later in the third quarter, the Red Raiders got onto the scoreboard when quarterback Cody Green scored on an option keeper from a yard out to cut Carthage’s lead to 44-7.

But Carthage provided an empathic answer to Fulton’s touchdown. Denzel Dixon returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the score to extend Carthage’s lead to 51-7.

Fulton was determined to battle until the final whistle blew. Towards the end of the third quarter, running back Mark Pollock ran for a 36-yard touchdown to bring the Red Raiders to within 37 points at 51-14.

The teams went back and forth during the fourth quarter. Carthage took a 58-14 lead when Riley Partin scored on a run from 25 yards out. However, Fulton tacked on another score late in the game.

Green ran for an 11-yard touchdown to cut Carthage’s lead to 58-20, but that’s how the game ended.

Tennis courts on Van Buren Street closed

The public tennis courts on Van Buren Street in Fulton will be closed for the remainder of the season.

Parks & Recreation Superintendent Barry R. Ostrander said long overdue repairs are being made to the courts and the weather has not been cooperating.

The courts are being resurfaced and right now have to wait for warmer, dryer temperatures before continuing with the project. That means that the courts probably will remain closed until next spring at which time the resurfacing can continue.

For more information call City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation at 592-2474.

Westhill beats up on Phoenix football

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football teams’ struggles continued when they took on Westhill Oct. 11.

Westhill wasted little time putting the game out of reach. During the second quarter, Phoenix scored its only points of the game after Westhill built a 35-0 lead. Westhill tacked on a couple of more touchdowns during the second half en route to a 56-6 win over the Firebirds.

Early in the first quarter, Westhill took a 7-0 lead when Ryan Orbist blocked a Phoenix punt and returned it 33 yards for the score. Later in the first quarter. Ja’Shai Jamison ran for a 62-yard touchdown to put Westhill ahead, 14-0.

Westhill continued to pour it on during the second quarter. They took a 21-0 lead when Reed Derrenbacher tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Jack Centore. Later in the second quarter, Derrenbacher struck again, finding Joesph Rainone for a 29-yard touchdown pass to give Westhill a 28-0 lead.

Westhill expanded its lead when Brendan Fesinger recovered a Phoenix fumble and returned it 31 yards for the touchdown to put Westhill ahead, 35-0.

The Firebirds got onto the scoreboard on the ensuing kickoff when Tim Gandino returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the score to cut Westhill’s lead to 35-6.

Just before halftime, Westhill took a 42-6 lead when Brendan Fesinger caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Reed Derrenbacher to give Westhill a 42-6 lead headed into halftime.

Westhill capped off an impressive performance with a couple of touchdowns during the second half. During the third quarter, they took a 49-6 lead when Ja’Shai Jameson ran for a 31 yard touchdown. During the fourth quarter, Wyatt Torrance ran the ball in from 30 yards out to bring the score to 56-6.

Phoenix was led by running back Tim Gandino, who had 38 yards on 18 carries against Westhill. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards. Dylan Doupe had 7 rushes for 31 yards, Brock Maruscak had 14 carries for 5 yards and he completed a 26-yard pass to Kameron Miller.

Defensively, Phoenix was led by Ashton Morrison, with 8 tackles, followed by Austin Wirth and Dylan Doupe with 4 tackles each and Brock Maruscak and Zach Young had 3 tackles each.

Phoenix now has an 0-6 overall record.  Up next for The Firebirds is its Senior Night Game against Marcellus Oct. 18. It will be a history making day for the Phoenix football program as it will be the first ever night game ever played in Ph