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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

Phoenix boys’ varsity soccer hits a rough patch in schedule

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity soccer team has gone through a rough patch, losing six of its last seven games.

Solvay prevailed over the Firebirds Sept. 19 by a score of 6-2. Solvay jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first half. During the second half, they added 2 goals down the stretch en route to win.

Leading the way for the Firebirds was Zachary Schlacter, who scored 2 goals, followd by Evan Logee and Kyle Demo with an assist each. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 12 out of Solvay’s 18 shots on goal for Phoenix.

The Firebirds rolled past Tyburn Academy Sept. 20. Phoenix got off to a solid start with a 3-0 lead during the first half.

The Firebirds expanded their lead during the second half, outscoring Tyburn Academy by a goal to cruise to the 6-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Zachary Schlacter with 2 goals, followed by Bryce Plante with a goal and an assist. Kyle Demo, Jon Borza and Patrick Murphy added a goal each.  Andy Padula, Adam Pinzer, John Garofalo, Chris Nicolella and Luke Schlacter were credited with an assist each. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 7 of Tyburn’s 9 shots on goal.

Jordan-Elbridge rallied past Phoenix Sept. 25 by a score of 6-2. After a competitive first half, the Firebirds had a 2-1 lead, but then J-E took over during the second half, erupting for 5 goals down the stretch.

Leading the way for the Firebirds were Bryce Plante and Zachary Schlacter, with a goal each. Goalkeeper Ryan Clark saved 6 out of J-E’s 12 shots on goal for Phoenix.

Cazenovia stormed past the Firebirds Oct. 1 by 7-1. Phoenix got off to a decent start with a 1-0 lead during the first half.

But then, the second half was all Cazenovia. They stormed ahead with 7 unanswered goals down the stretch to clinch the win. Phoenix was led by Kyle Demo., who scored a goal assisted by Zachary Schlacter. Goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 10 out of Cazenovia’s 17 shots on goal.

Marcellus pulled away from Phoenix Oct. 3 after a competitive first half in which Marcellus had only a 2-1 lead.

But, Marcellus padded its lead during the second half, scoring 3 unanswered goals to come away with a 5-1 win.

Leaders for Phoenix were Kyle Demo, who scored a goal assisted by Zachary Schlacter and goalkeepers Ryan Clark and Bryce Plante combined to save 16 out of Marcellus’ 21 shots on goal.

Westhill proved to be too much for Phoenix Oct. 8. Westhill built a 2-0 lead during the first half and then pulled away in the second half, outscoring Phoenix by 4 goals en route to an 8-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Zachary Schlacter.m who scored a goal and had an assist. Kyle Demo also scored a goal, while goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 16 of Westhill’s 24 shots on goal.

Skaneateles cruised past Phoenix Oct. 10 6-1. Following a competitive first half, Skaneateles had just a 3-1 lead, but Skaneateles scored 3 unanswered goals in the second half for the win. Leading the way for Phoenix was Kyle Demo with a goal, while goalkeepers Bryce Plante and Ryan Clark combined to save 19 out of Skaneateles’ 25 shots on goal for Phoen

Phoenix girls’ varsity soccer had a tough season

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity soccer team has had a rough go of it this season, losing  its last seven games.

County foe Altmar-Parish-Williamstown came away with a solid win over the Lady Firebirds Sept. 23. A-P-W got off to a quick start jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first half and then they didn’t let up in the second half when they added 3 more goals for a 6-0 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Brianna Squier, who saved 11 out of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown’s 17 shots on goal.

Phoenix fell to Jordan-Elbridge 3-0 Sept. 24.  Things didn’t get any easier when the Lady Firebirds took on Cazenovia Oct. 1.

Cazenovia wasted little time putting the game out of reach. They built a 6-0 lead during the first half and then added 4 more goals down the stretch en route to a 10-0 win over Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds were led by goalkeeper Squier, who saved 10 out of Cazenovia’s 20 shots on goal.

Phoenix came up short when they took on Bishop Ludden Oct. 4. After a competitive first half, Bishop Ludden had a lead of only 1-0 over the Lady Firebirds.

But Phoenix was unable to tie the game during the second half and Ludden added another goal for a 2-0 win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Bishop Ludden’s 24 shots on goal.

Marcellus rolled past The Lady Firebirds Oct. 9 by a score of 13-0. Marcellus got off to an impressive start, building an 11-0 lead during the first half.

Phoenix was unable to answer during the second half and Marcellus added 2 more goals down the stretch. Phoenix was led by goalkeepers Squier and Osabella Garofalo, who combined to save 9 out of Marcellus’ 22 shots on goal.

Westhill topped The Lady Firebirds Oct. 10 by a score of 4-0. Westhill built a 2-0 lead during the first half and then maintained its consistency during the second half, adding 2 more goals down the stretch to cap off the win. Leading the way for Phoenix was goalkeeper Squier, who saved 22 out of Westhill’s 26 shots on goal.

The Lady Firebirds capped off the 7 game stretch with a loss to Solvay Oct. 12.  Solvay got off a solid start with a 5-0 lead during the first half.

Phoenix showed signs of life during the second half, with Solvay outscoring the Lady Firebirds by only a goal down the stretch to wrap up a 7-1 win.

Phoenix was led by Emilie Hilliard., who scored a goal against Solvay and goalkeeper Squier who saved 6 out of Solva

Northwest a hunter’s dream

By Leon Archer

For those of you who have never been to the Pacific Northwest, you have missed a beautiful section of our country, complete with 3,026 miles of tidal shoreline, snow-capped mountains, more than 5 million acres of state owned lands with seemingly unending forests, and a plethora of streams and rivers.

It is a spectacular area because of the abundance of fish and wildlife as well, and so it is a mecca for hunters and fishermen.

Big-game hunters have a wide variety of species to choose from. Some of them only have a limited number of permits each year, but hunters are able to find lots of deer in the state.

Actually there are mule deer, black tailed deer and Whitetails. In addition, Washington big game includes black bear, elk, cougars, mountain goat, moose and bighorn sheep.

Small-game hunters have an even wider variety available to them. Think about our choices in New York state and then check out this list of Washington small game: wild turkey, pheasant, chukar partridge, grey partridge, blue grouse, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, California Quail, mountain quail, northern bob white quail, band tailed pigeons, mourning doves, raccoon, cotton tail rabbit, snowshoe hare, jack rabbits and California grey ground squirrels.

All of that plus a wide range of waterfowl. With all the game birds with open seasons in Washington, it seems to me that a hunter would be wise to own a well-trained bird dog.

I must say I was surprised to learn that squirrel hunting, other than hunting the ground squirrels, is closed out here. They don’t do as well here as they do back in New York apparently. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen a single squirrel since I got here.

Many of the housing subdivisions here east of Seattle are surrounded by trees and undergrowth with plenty of undeveloped property that is unsuited for building.

There are also plenty of trees and shrubs on and around each individual housing unit in the various communities. Wildlife abounds pretty much unmolested in such areas, so it is not all that unusual to see deer munching one’s roses or hosta.

Black bears are a nuisance that homeowners have to deal with by keeping their garbage secure and out of reach of the foraging bruins.

Just a few nights ago we had a black bear in the front yard that had been cruising the neighborhood looking for a free meal. It was a mature black bear that I estimated to be about 350 pounds; not huge but not small either.

We had just arrived at the house in our car and the bear headed out for the woods. We could hear his claws clicking on the pavement even after he went out of sight around the corner.

Raccoons and foxes are a little more common than bears and just as interested in any loose garbage. I have heard a pack of coyotes a couple times as Sweet Thing and I were in bed trying to get a little shuteye.

Ben told me that not too long before we came out, a cougar had caused a stir by moving through the area. It was apparently a young animal looking for a territory it could call its own. Thankfully he didn’t like this area as much as I do, because he hasn’t been seen since.

That’s fine with us.

Fulton boy’s varsity soccer continues on its winning ways

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity soccer team went 5-2-2 in its last nine games.

The team beat Chittenango, Mexico, Marcellus, East Syracuse Minoa and Oswego while tying Cortland and Jamesville-DeWitt.

It lost to Fowler and Baldwinsville.

The Red Raiders came away with an impressive 6-1 win over Chittenango Sept. 24. After a hard fought first half, the game went into halftime tied at 1.

The second belonged to Fulton. They scored 5 unanswered goals down the stretch en route to the win.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders were Carlos Feliciano and Carson Vono, who cored two goals each and had an assist. Austin Wilde had a goal and an assist,  Spencer Vono added a goal and Udiel Jimenez chipped in an assist. Goalkeeper Robert Borrow saved 5 of Chittenango’s 6 shots on goal.

Fulton played Cortland to a draw on Sept. 26. Following a competitive first half, the Red Raiders and Cortland were tied at 1.

The second half proved to be equally as competitive. Both teams scored a goal  down the stretch to force overtime with the game tied at 2.

Neither team refused to give up the potential game winning goal during each of the overtime sessions as the game concluded in a 2-2 tie.

Fulton was led by Carlos Feliciano with a goal and an assist. Following Feliciano was Carson Vono who scored a goal. Jeremy Langdon added an assist. Goalkeeper  Borrow saved 11 of Cortland’s 13 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders came up short against Baldwinsville Sept. 28. The game went into halftime scoreless following an intense first half of action. The second half proved to be equally as intense.

Neither team wanted to surrender what could have been the game winning goal down the stretch as regulation ended, still without a score. However, Baldwinsville took a 1-0 lead during the first overtime session.

Fulton was unable to tie the game during the final moments of overtime play as Baldwinsville held on for the 1-0 win. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was goalkeeperr Borrow with 13 saves of Baldwinsville’s 14 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders endured another intense battle when they took on Jamesville-DeWitt Oct. 1.

Following another hard fought first half of action, Fulton and J-D were yet to score. The intense play continued during the second half. Both teams retained the refuse to lose mentality while neither team could get an edge on the other.

The game went into overtime as both teams were unable to get onto the scoreboard. However, neither team would be able to score the potentially game winning points in either of the overtime sessions as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Red Raiders were led by goalkeeper Borrow, who saved all 9 shots Jamesville-Dewitt sent his way.

Fulton cruised past county foe Mexico 4-1 Oct. 3. The Red Raiders got off to a solid start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first half.

But, the game was more competitive during the second half. Even though Mexico kept Fulton from expanding its lead down the stretch, they were unable to cut into the deficit they faced.

Leading the way for Mexico was Jacob Delosh, who scored a goal. Goalkeeper Tyler Stever saved 9 of the Red Raiders 13 shots on goal.

Fulton was led by Carson Vono with 2 goals. Reynoso and Spencer Vono scored a goal each. Ian Devendorf, Jeremy Langdon and Matt Holden combined for 3 assists. Goalkeeper Borrow saved 3 of Mexico’s 4 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders escaped with a hard fought win over Marcellus 1-0 Oct. 8.

After a competitive first half, the game went into halftime tied, 0-0. However, Fulton would get the edge during the second half. They scored a goal down the stretch to clinch the 1-0 win.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Derek Prosser, who scored a goal that was assisted by Paul Reynoso. Goalkeeper  Borrow saved every shot Marcellus attempted.

Fowler held off Fulton 1-0 Oct. 11.

Fulton was down only 1-0 after the first half, but they were unable to tie the game during the second half.

Fulton was led by goalkeeper Borrow, with 14 save out of Fowler’s 15 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders got back to their winning ways by knocking off archrival Oswego Oct. 12 by a score of 5-1.

Leading the way for Oswego was Santiago Orta with a goal. Goalkeeper Adam Scharf saved 8 out of Fulton’s 13 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono with 2 goals, followed by Jeff Waldron, Carlos Feliciano and Ian Devendorf with a goal each. Jarad Marden, Austin Wilde and Jeremy Langdon combined for 3 assists. Goalkeeper Borrow saved 9 of Oswego’s 10 shots on goal.

Fulton wrapped up the 9-game stretch by holding off East Syracuse Minoa Oct. 15 by a score of 2-1.

After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 1. Fulton took care of business during the second half, scoring a goal down the stretch to escape with the win.

Leading the way for Fulton were Paul Reynoso and Jeff Waldron, with a goal each. Derek Prosser was credited with an assist. Goalkeeper Borrow saved 4 of ESM’s 5 shots on goal.