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Roger D. Neilson, former football coach at Pulaski and Fulton

Roger D. Neilson, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Paul, Robert, Jean, Rosemary, and his parents Edith and William.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Nancy Porter Neilson, his son, Thomas, his son James and daughter-in law, Deelyn, and their children, Ryan, Abbie Layne, and Mitch.

Roger had a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg State University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University.  Roger was a high school teacher, principal, and football coach, and his highly successful coaching career included leading the Pulaski Blue Devils to a 30-3 record and four Oswego County League championships from 1957-1961.

The 1958 Pulaski team went undefeated and unscored upon.

After coaching at Pulaski, he became the freshman football coach and a physical education instructor at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. and later served as athletic director and head football coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

He later coached the 1966 Fulton Red Raider football team to a championship.

Roger and his wife, Nancy, retired from teaching in 1985 and lived for over 25 years in Seven Lakes, N.C. before moving to Williamsburg, Va. in 2010.

Roger was also an avid golfer and he registered three holes-in-one in his lifetime. Roger served in the United States Army and was a Korean War veteran.

A small family memorial service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Roger Neilson Football Scholarship Fund, Pulaski Academy Central School, attention: Dorothy Atkinson, 2 Hinman Road, Pulaski, N.Y., 13142.

ESM shows their strength, beating Fulton 58-33

The Fulton varsity football team knew they had their hands full when they took on East Syracuse Minoa Oct. 11.
Not only is East Syracuse Minoa considered one of the top 10 teams in Section 3, but they are also ranked among the top 20 teams in all of New York State Class A.
But the Red Raiders still battled respectably, finishing with a score of ESM 58, Fulton 33.
A week ago, ESM held Jamesville-DeWitt to only 7 points in a 14-7 win. Many feel Jamesville-DeWitt could finish the regular season behind East Syracuse Minoa at #2 in The Section 3, Class A-American Division standings.
So, on paper, Jamesville-DeWitt’s struggles to score against East Syracuse-Minoa would suggest that Fulton would meet a similar fate. However, The Red Raiders quickly showed that they didn’t get that memo.
Fulton received the opening kickoff and returner Dallas Bradley excited the Red Raider faithful when he took the opening kickoff from left to right on a fake reverse. He proceeded to forward the ball up the sidelines towards midfield.
Sparked by Bradley’s impressive return, Fulton made the most of the opportunity solid field position brought them. With 7:01 left in the first quarter, The Red Raiders took a 6-0 lead when Quinton Jackson muscled his way for the score from a yard out.
ESM quickly displayed the advantages they had in size, speed and strength during their first offensive possession of the game. Nearly one and a half minutes after Fulton scored, ESM took the lead when they spread the field with quarterback Sean Richardson in the shotgun.
In a fantastically designed and executed route, Richardson found Pat Bryant breaking loose over the middle and for the 54 yard touchdown pass that gave East Syracuse Minoa a 7-6 lead.
After The Red Raiders went 3 and out on their ensuing possession, East Syracuse Minoa struck again. Set up by an impressive play action pop-pass play, ESM took a 14-6 lead when K’Hari Flagg barreled his way in for the 1-yard touchdown with 3:01 left in the first quarter.
ESM got the ball back after forcing Fulton to punt after six plays during their ensuing possession. As the first quarter ended, ESM was on the move with a 14-6 lead.
Shortly into the second quarter, East Syracuse-Minoa expanded its lead to 20-6 when Fred Johnson ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 11:54 left in the second quarter.
But it wasn’t long after East Syracuse Minoa’s score that Fulton found its mark. Senior running back Mark Pollock took a counter up the middle 67 yards for the score to cut ESM’s lead to 20-13 with 11:36 left in the second quarter.
On ESM’s ensuing possession, the Red Raiders forced a punt which allowed them to tie or even take the lead against this impressive opponent. But, ESM intercepted a Cody Green pass on a 3rd and long play.
With great field position following the interception, East Syracuse Minoa made the most of its opportunity. A couple of plays later, it seemed as if quarterback Richardson had scored on a 22-yard touchdown run.
But a holding penalty negated Richardson’s run.
ESM would not be denied and with 7:40 left in the second quarter, Richardson found Anthony Townsend in the left corner of the end-zone from 15 yards out to give East Syracuse Minoa a 27-13 lead.
It seemed ESM would get the ball back after the Red Raiders promising ensuing drive came to a halt. However, East Syracuse Minoa’s punt return attempt was fumbled and Fulton recovered the ball deep in ESM territory.
A few play later, Fulton cashed in on the opportunity when Cody Green tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jones over the middle to cut ESM’s lead to 27-20 with 3:54 left in the second quarter.
Back again came ESM.
With 3:07 left in the second quarter, East Syracuse-Minoa took a 33-20 lead when quarterback Richardson scored a 6-yard touchdown run off of a play action bootleg play to the left side of the field.
The Red Raiders were on the move during their ensuing possession when they faced a 4th down and 2 near midfield. Fulton was the victim of a botched play when Green took the snap and ran the option play to his left while his running back went to his right.
Green pitched the ball and the ball was deflected and recovered by ESM near the Red Raiders 40 yard line with 1:19 left in the second quarter.
East Syracuse Minoa added to its lead before the first half ended. Richardson threw a screen pass to Anthony Townsend along the right side of the field and 30 yards later, Townsend was in the end zone and East Syracuse Minoa was taking a 39-20 lead into halftime.
East Syracuse Minoa received the opening kickoff for the second half and went right back to work. After a substantial drive, they scored again when quarterback Richardson took an option keeper to the right side of the field and scored from 18 yards out.
With 10:19 left in the third quarter, East Syracuse Minoa now had a 45-20 lead. Fulton was on the move during the ensuing possession when another miscue occurred.
The ball was stripped from Keyshon Carver and recovered by ESM at its own 30 yard line. However, The Red Raiders made up for it on the very next play. ESM quarterback Richardson took the snap from the shotgun formation, faked the handoff in an attempted to lure defenders such as Seth DeLisle towards the line of scrimmage to set up a quick pass over the middle.
But DeLisle appeared to have read Richardson’s eyes and hustled back towards the secondary. He was close enough to make an incredible one handed interception of Richardson’s pop pass and returned the ball deep into East Syracuse Minoa territory.
With 8:15 left in the third quarter, Fulton had the ball back with tremendous field position. The Red Raiders would once again take advantage of an opportunity they were given.
On the very next play, Mark Pollock took the counter for a 13-yard touchdown run along the right side to cut East Syracuse Minoa’s lead to 45-27 with 8:11 left in the third quarter.
After ESM got a solid kickoff return during the ensuing possession, Fulton stopped them on downs deep in their own territory. With the chance to cut into East Syracuse Minoa’s lead while possibly making the game even more interesting, the Red Raiders went to work.
But ESM recovered a fumble by Fulton running back Quinton Jackson deep in its own territory with 2:53 left in the third quarter.
Shortly after recovering Jackson’s fumble, ESM delivered a crucial blow to the Red Raiders.
Quarterback Richardson took the snap and rolled to his right. Then, he tossed a 90-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Bryant to give ESM a 52-27 lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter.
The miscue bug bit Fulton again on the first play of the ensuing drive. Quarterback Green attempted to run the ball on a read option play to the right side of the field, but he coughed up the ball and ESM recovered it at Fulton’s 21 yard line with 2:27 left in the third quarter.
A few plays after the Green fumble, East Syracuse Minoa delivered the final blow, as Jose Sanchez took the option pitch 18 yards to the left for the score. Fulton now trailed 58-27 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter on the Red Raiders ensuing position, they were faced with a 4th down and 5. Quarterback Green’s pitch on the option play was deflected and recovered by ESM defender Steve Brooks on Fulton’s 37-yard line.
After ESM was unable to further add to its lead, the Red Raiders got the ball back. With one more chance to cut into the deficit, Fulton didn’t disappoint. Just before the game concluded Quinton Jackson ran for a 2-yard touchdown which brought East Syracuse Minoa’s lead to 58-33.
The Red Raiders were led by Quarterback Cody Green, who was 7 for 10 passing for 67 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Following Green was running back Mark Pollock who ran for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries.
Defensively, Fulton was led by Seth DeLisle, who is credited with his one handed interception. Dylan Smith had 8 tackles while David Hursh had 6 tackles for Fulton.
The Red Raiders now have a 1-5 overall record. Up next, Fulton’s regular season concludes with a game against Carthage in its annual Senior Night Oct. 18. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs honored

Recognizing Oswego County (ROC) is pleased to announce that the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, has been selected as September’s Community Champion.

Each month Recognizing Oswego County uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

The theme for September was outdoor awareness and appreciation.

The Oswego County Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs is an organization that is comprised of representatives from membership sportsmen’s clubs throughout Oswego County.

It represents 22 sportmen’s clubs with more than 4,500 members. It has been promoting, enhancing, protecting, enjoying and educating about the outdoors since 1947.

According to Recognizing Oswego County officials, many people are not aware of the federation and what it does.

But, almost every person who fishes, hunts, traps, boats, canoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles and bird watches has benefited from the work and dedication of the federation and its members.

The federation works with the state  Department of Environmental Conservation to help write, modify and adapt environmental laws and regulations which help protect the environment and its wildlife.

The federation believes in educating youth about the environment. It financially supports annually the following youth educational events: Conservation Field Days Envirothon, Oswego County 4-H Shooting Sports, Youth Fly-fishing Program, JAKES day and NYS DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps.

In addition, it raises money to help build handicap assessable fishing docks, hunting platforms and wildlife trails. The federation and its member clubs host fishing derbies, 3-D archery shoots and hunter education classes.

In her nominating letter, Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator for Cornell Cooperation of Oswego County, stated, “The Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is dedicated to improving the hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling and all other outdoor recreation activities in Oswego County and New York state.

“Its members and member clubs are full of men, women and youth who are kind, generous and thoughtful. They do not hesitate to volunteer to help pass on the tradition of outdoor recreation and appreciation.”

Recognizing Oswego County is comprised of a cross section of Oswego County agencies and organizations who are working together to create healthier more positive communities.

To get involved with the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, go to For more information on Recognizing Oswego County, contact Abby Jenkins, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego at 343-2344, ext. 21.

Hannibal cross country teams fare well at Tully meet

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity cross country team came away with a first place finish in The Small School Event of The Tully Cross Country Invitational.

The girls varsity team didn’t disappoint either, finishing in fourth place in their event.

The story of the day was the Hannibal boys. In a race that featured 96 runners, the Warriors were led by sophomore Jason McFarland who finished in third place with a time of 17:12.2. Following McFarland was senior Ben Slate in eighth place with a time of 17:41.9, then senior Zane Pointon in 13th place with a time of 18:02.3. Next was senior  Ben Raymond in 25th place with a time of 19:00.3 while Nate Raymond earned a 28th place finish with a time of 19:14.6.

Sophomore Blake Farnham earned a 32nd place finish with a time of 19:18.7 and John Motell came in 41st place with a time of 19:39.5.

In a race that featured 81 runners, the girls varsity team finished fourth. Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison, who finished fifth with a time of 20:30.6. Following Mattison was eighth-grader Reilly Harris who came in 11th place with a time of 21:06.2. With a time of 21:42, junior Michela Sheldon came in 17th place. Junior Kristen D’Angelo came in 37th place with a time of 23:14.9. Freshman Paige LaFurney came in 66th place with a time of 26:41.4 while Malana Scott finished in 68th place with a time of 27:12.2.

Coach Dan Pawlewicz said it was a successful day for the entire cross country program.

Hannibal’s JV girls earned a third place finish and the JV boys came away with a fifth place in their event. Seventh-grader  Emily Weaver and eighth-grader Austin Cooper helped Hannibal’s modified teams to solid performances as well.

Hannibal girls’ soccer loses 3, wins 3

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls varsity soccer team split its last six games — winning three and losing three.

Bishop Ludden held off Hannibal Sept. 24 and Marcellus cruised past the Lady Warriors Sept. 26. Hannibal got back in the win column by topping Pulaski Sept. 28, but two days later, Solvay rolled past Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors came away with a win when they took on Central Square Oct 2 and then Hannibal won again Oct. 7 when they took on Red Creek.

Bishop Ludden escaped with a hard fought 1-0 win over Hannibal. During the first half, Bishop Ludden took a 1-0 lead, which they took into halftime. The Lady Warriors were unable to score the equalizer during the second half as Bishop Ludden held on for the 1-0 win.

Hannibal was led by goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved 12 of Bishop Ludden’s 13 shots on goal.

The Lady Warriors fell to Marcellus after Marcellus jumped out to a 5-0 lead during the first half. Hannibal responded during the second half, scoring one more goal in the half than Marcellus. But the first-half deficit Hannibal faced proved to be too much to overcome as Marcellus came away with a 7-3 win.

Leading the way for The Lady Warriors were Devin Sorell and Kassi Jones, who each had a goal and an assist against Marcellus. Following Sorell and Jones was Gabby Griffin with a goal. Tayler Dence is credited with an assist for Hannibal. Goalkeepers Megan Norris and Rachel Herrmann combined to save 15 of Marcellus’ 22 shots on goal.

The Lady Warriors built a 3-1 lead during the first half of their game against Pulaski and then expanded on that lead in the second half. They outscored Pulaski by a goal during the second half en route to the 5-2 win.

Leading the way for Pulaski were Taylor Hitchcock and Hannah North, who scored a goal each against Hannibal. Following Hitchcock and North were goalkeepers Lizzy Monnat and Morgan Jordal, who to save 13 of the Lady Warriors 18 shots on goal. Hannibal was led by Tayler Dence, who scored 3 goals against Pulaski. Following Dence was Kassi Jones with a goal and 2 assists. Devin Sorell added a goal and an assist. Michelle Sharkey is credited with an assist for Hannibal. Goalkeeper Spencer Kenney saved 14 of Pulaski’s 16 shots on goal.

Solvay pulled away from the Lady Warriors after a competitive first half that ended with Solvay having only a 3-1 lead over Hannibal. But Solvay ran away with the game during the second half, outscoring Hannibal by 4 goals during the second half to roll to the 7-1 win.

Leading the way for the Warriors was Devin Sorell, who scored a goal assisted by Kassi Jones. Following Sorell and Jones was goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved 6 of Solvay’s 13 shots on goal.

Hannibal got off to a decent start in its game over county foe Central Square, jumping out to a 2-0 lead during the first half. Central Square was unable to cut into Hannibal’s lead during the second half as the Lady Warriors came away with a 2-0 win.

Central Square was led by goalkeepers Rebecca Reed and Charlie Martin, who combined to save 20 of Hannibal’s 22 shots on goal. The Lady Warriors were led by Tayler Dence and Kassie Jones, who scored a goal each against Central Square. Following Dence and Jones was goalkeeper Spencer Kenney, who saved every shot Central Square sent her way.

Hannibal wrapped up the 6-game stretch with a 5-2 win over Red Creek. After a hard fought first half, the game was tied at 2. The Lady Warriors pulled away during the second half, scoring 3 unanswered goals down the stretch.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Kassi Jones with 2 goals and an assist, followed by Devin Sorell with a goal and 2 assists. Brittany Donahue had a goal and an assist. Tayler Dence chipped in a goal. Gabby Griffin is credited with 2 assists for the Lady Warriors, while goalkeeper Spencer Kenney saved 9 of Red Creek’s 11 shots on goal.

Fulton Little League sends 2 teams to state championships

By Rob Tetro

It was a memorable spring and summer for Fulton Little League Baseball.

For the first time in its 12 year history, Fulton Little League Baseball sent two of its teams to the State Championships in the same year.

Consisting of players from Fulton, Hannibal and Phoenix, both the Intermediate and Senior All Star Teams qualified for the State Championships and came away with 3rd-place finishes.

The Intermediate Team consisted of boys 12 years old to 13 years old that featured local Modified and Junior Varsity Baseball Players. The Intermediate Team was managed by Randy Cotton. Assisting Cotton were Larry King and Dave Ding.

The Senior Team was comprised of boys ages 15 and 16 that featured local Junior Varsity and Varsity Baseball Players. The Senior Team was managed by Dave Webber. Assisting Webber were Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey and Joe LaBeef.

Both All-Star Teams were part of the Fulton Little League Teams. Interestingly enough, both teams played All-Star Teams in the State Championships that comprised of teams that combined players from three different teams from that particular area.

In some cases, there was a talent gap between the Intermediate and Senior Teams and other All-Star Teams. However, both teams proved to be tough to beat because they were more cohesive compared to the other teams.

To advance to the State Championships, both teams won the District 8 All-Star Championship. The Intermediate Team punched its ticket to the State Championship with a win over Canastota.

Both teams had a similar path to success. They both lost the first games of their District 8 All-Star Tournaments. However, each team proved to be primed and ready to win the remaining games to advance to the State Championships.

Senior Team Manager Dave Webber said both teams recognized the opportunity they had before them. “They played with pride and character,” Webber said. “They did what they had to do when they had to do it.”

Like the District 8 All-Star Championships, each team began the State Championships by losing its first game as well. However, also like The District 8 All-Star Championships, both teams battled back. The teams responded with two wins in the State Championships before losing to the eventual champions in the semifinals.

Webber points out the keys to each teams’ success were chemistry, camaraderie and cohesiveness. “Both teams benefited from having the opportunity to play with each other for a few years,” Webber said.

Looking ahead, the future seems bright for the respective programs that will be featuring these players. Next year, Webber expects to see the majority of the Intermediate Team to be playing on junior varsity baseball teams. He also feels the majority of the Senior Team will be on varsity teams next year.

Webber suggests these players will bring a winning mentality to each level. Perhaps the best quality that each team had was that they didn’t just win but they refused to accept that the odds may be against them.

Fulton girls’ tennis players deep into season

Fulton tennis

Fulton (G. Ray Bodley High) lost to Christian Brothers Academy 5-2 Sept. 25.

Here are the matches played:

Singles: Meghan Macri (Christian Brothers Academy) defeated Julia Ludington (Fulton) 6-4, 6-4

Singles: Evie Lopoo (Christian Brothers Academy) d. Hope Williams (Fulton) 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-0

Singles: Alison Croucher (Christian Brothers Academy) d. Savannah Bray (Fulton) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles: Sarah Roberts & Elizabeth Sasser (Christian Brothers Academy) d. Kassidy Kearns & Maggie Williams (Fulton) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles: Casey Shannon & Anna Guernsey (Fulton) d. Anna Kambhampaty & Meghan Boyle (Christian Brothers Academy) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles: Sophia Giovannetti & Maureen McCann (Fulton) d. Raquel Santaro & Karen Simone (Christian Brothers Academy) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles: Lauren DeLorenzo & Trisha Maini (Christian Brothers Academy) d. Hannah Stanski & Courtney Smith (Fulton) 6-3, 6-1


Fulton lost to Cortland 5-2 Sept. 20

Here are the matches played:

Singles: Annie Steve (Cortland) d. Julia Ludington (Fulton) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Singles:: Iva Markicevic (Cortland) d. Maggie Williams (Fulton) 6-3, 6-4

Singles: Anna Millar (Cortland) d. Anna Guernsey (Fulton) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Doubles: Kassidy Kearns & Casey Shannon (Fulton) d. Lyudmila Levitskaya & Delaney Marshall (Cortland) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles: Jennifer Wang & Jackie Phillips (Cortland) d. Hope Williams & Madison Coulon (Fulton) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3

Doubles: Kasey Francis & Morgan Plunkett (Cortland) d. Sophia Giovannetti & Maureen McCann (Fulton) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

4D: Carly Williams & Miki Iijima (Fulton) d. Shaniqua Artis & Caitlyn Little (Cortland) 6-4, 6-2


Fulton lost to Chittenango 5-2 Sept. 19

Here are the matches played:


Singles: Hope Williams (Fulton) d. Rebecca Hansen (Chittenango) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

Singles: Abbey Cyr (Chittenango) d. Maggie Williams (Fulton) 7-6, 6-3

Singles: Brittany Geiler (Chittenango) d. Savannah Bray (Fulton) 6-2, 7-6

Doubles: Kassidy Kearns & Julia Ludington (Fulton) d. Ashley Jackowski & Jessica Hogan (Chittenango) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4

Doubles: Mackenzie Millick & Noelle Milnamow (Chittenango) d. Casey Shannon & Anna Guernsey (Fulton) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles: Brianna Koegel & Angela Burghardt (Chittenango) d. Madison Coulon & Angeline Kimbrell (Fulton) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles: Lauren Malloy & Erika Burghardt (Chittenango) d. Carly Williams & Miki Iijima (Fulton) 6-4, 6-4


Fulton lost to Jamesville-DeWitt 6-1 Sept. 18

Here are the matches played:

Singles: Kyrin Pollock (Jamesville-DeWitt) d. Kassidy Kearns (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Singles: 2S: Elise Catania (Jamesville-DeWitt) d. Julia Ludington (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Singles: Maya Pollock (Jamesville-DeWitt) d. Madison Coulon (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: Karley Platenik & Rea Puka (Jamesville-DeWitt) d. Casey Shannon & Anna Guernsey (Fulton)

Free kids’ fishing class Oct. 19 at Lake Neatahwanta

A free kids’ fishing class is being offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lake Neatahwanta.

The class is sponsored by Sider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services.

Children can come even if they don’t have fishing equipment. Loaner Shakespeare rods and reels will be available. Free bait and tackle, donated by Rybaak, Shakespeare, Berkley, Marukyu Baits of Japan, Alvey, Eagle Claw and SAMPO will be provided.

Children less than age 14 must be accompanied by an adults. A New York state fishing license is required for anyone age 16 and up.

Attendees should go to the park at Bullhead Point, where the pier reaches out into the lake, on Route 3 on the west side of Fulton.

Rybaak can be contacted at and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services can be reached at  882-1549.