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Leon Archer’s A Sportsman’s World

When I was just a little duffer, I used to go looking under rocks in Little Sandy creek for what I called crabs.

They were actually crayfish, but everyone called them crabs, not just me.

Back in those days, bass fishermen would pay 5 cents apiece for them without blinking an eye, and I picked them up from the creek in droves for free. I sold them from our family home on Route 11, right along with my night crawlers which only brought 2 cents apiece.

A couple guys headed to the lake for bass would usually shell out two or three bucks for bait enough for a day’s fishing, and for a boy not yet a teenager that wasn’t a bad deal in the early 1950s.

It wasn’t until a long time after, when most of my own children were grown and out on their own, that I began making the acquaintance of real crabs. The first were blue crabs that I caught fishing with my father-in-law on the Indian River in Florida. They were true crabs and they needed to be treated with a little more respect than I ever gave fresh water crayfish. If a blue crab pinches you, it hurts and you will very likely be bleeding.

Blue crabs are a really beautiful creature with their blue, white and bright orange legs and claws. Their body can be blue as well, but it is more often a green color.

The really great thing about blue crabs is they are wonderful fare fresh cooked on the table. They have a distinctive, yet mild flavor that can only be described as, well yes, crab. They are not really large so picking them is a bit tedious, but it is well worth the effort.

I also got to know the stone crab while running the crab trap line in the Indian River. We never caught a lot of them, but they had massive claws, and that was the only part of the crab that was legal to keep. It was especially unwise to let one’s fingers come within reach of those big crushers.

They wouldn’t cut like the smaller claws of the blues, but they could leave a person with a horribly bruised and painful finger in a hurry.

Flavor-wise they were very good, but not as good as the blue crabs. The really good part was there was not much picking to get out the good stuff at meal time.

The crab I like best; however, I met out here in Washington. It’s the Dungeness crab that I have mentioned before in my column.

The Dungeness has to be at least six and a quarter inches across the carapace to be legal and it must also be a male. Females and undersize crabs must be returned immediately to the ocean.

The Dungeness is sort of a dark brown color on the top and beige to off-white on the legs and underside. He is not much to look at, but after he has been turned a bright orange by steaming or boiling, almost everyone finds him attractive. That is his downfall.

Dungeness can be taken with crab traps and with crab rings. The traps are only legal during part of the season, while the rings are always legal during any open season.

The rings are just netting fastened over two weighted plastic or metal rings, one about 12 inches in diameter and the other about the size of a hula hoop. A bait is fastened in the center of the smaller ring and the apparatus is lowered to the bottom 30 to 40 feet below.

It doesn’t take long for Dungeness crabs to find the bait and climb onto the rings. After about 20 minutes, the trap is pulled rapidly back to the surface hopefully with the crabs inside the basket of netting.

Sometimes as many as two dozen crabs may come to the surface on a good pull, and two or three of them will probably be legal sized males. On a good day, it doesn’t take long to get the limit of 5 keepers.

They are a very meaty crab and a limit may yield three and a half pounds of delicious crab when they are picked. I believe they are second only to real king crab when it comes to flavor. They are best when caught, cooked and eaten on the same day, but they will retain their flavor for several days in the refrigerator, and they freeze fairly well.

I wrote earlier that I wasn’t going to buy a crabbing license, because the season closed two days after I arrived in Washington; however, it has opened back up for the fall/winter sport crab season and I’m going crabbing. Catching a couple limits will more than pay the cost of the license.

Ben just asked me this evening if I wanted to go pheasant hunting. Is that a dumb question or what? Season opens in a couple weeks. And that’s the way things are in the Seattle area.

Hannibal cross country competes at Chittenango

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country Teams competed in The Chittenango Invitational at Jamesville Beach Sept. 14.

Hannibal Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach Dan Pawlewicz said both teams delivered solid performances at The Chittenango Invitational. However, he said the Hannibal teams were at a bit of a disadvantage because by the time they took to the course, conditions of the course weren’t what they were when the day began.

The Hannibal girls varsity team finished ninth out of 17 teams. The Lady Warriors were led by eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison. In an event that featured 168 other runners, Mattison came away with a first-place finish with a personal best time of 20:15.

Following Mattison was Reilly Harris in 32nd place with a time of 22:40.5 and Vanessa Waldron in 42nd place with a time of 23:28.5.

The Hannibal boys varsity team finished in seventh out of 19 teams. Jason McFarland led The Warriors, placing 12th with a time of 17:48. Following McFarland was Zane Pointon in 19th place with a time of 18.12.8 and Ben Slate in 22nd place with a time of 18.23.8.

After hosting Marcellus on Wednesday, the teams travel to Baldwinsville today to take part in The 62nd Annual Baldwinsville Invitational. After coming away with a first Place finish in last year’s event, the Hannibal boys varsity cross country team will be striving for a repeat performance.

In early November, Jamesville Beach will be the site of the 2013 Section 3 Championships.

Several Phoenix fall sports rosters

Phoenix girls varsity soccer 

Player Grade Position

Haley Besaw 12 Defense

Megan Brown 11 Defense

Caitlyn Connolly 08 Midfield

Brooke Dolbear 11 Forward

Marisa Dona 10 Defense

Samantha Doupe 08 Forward

Brooke Ensby 09 Defense

Paige Ensby 11 Defense

Alyssa Froio 09 Midfield

Alexis Gabriele 09 Forward

Isabella Garofalo 08 Defns/Goalie

Kaitlyn Greer 09 Midfield

Emilie Hilliard 07 Midfield

Alexandra Hoag 08 Midfield

Sarah Hoag 10 Midfield

Briana Neiss 09 Defense

Nicole Noreault 09 Defense

Isabella Perez 08 Midfield

Brianna Squier 08 Goalie

Coach  is William Conklin

Phoenix varsity boys cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Kellen Arnold

12th grade, Anthony Brienza

10th grade, Alexander Brutcher

Ninth grade, Ryan Chesbro

Ninth grade, Elias Clark

10th grade, Joshua Dievendorf

10th grade, Christopher Fisk

10th grade, Tyler Gabriele

12th grade, Michael Girard

12th grade, Eric Hillpot

Ninth grade, Daniel Knowlton

Ninth grade, Jacob Lawless

Ninth grade, Eric Leach

12th grade, Michael Leach

10th grade, Hunter Nerber

10th grade, Brendan Nichols

12th grade, Jason Nipper

12th grade, Brian Stafford

10th grade, Joshua Stopher

12th grade, Dylan Switzer

10th grade, Austin Wilson

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity girls cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Alexis Bowering

11th grade, Emma Brunnell

10th grade, Sydnie Colbert

Ninth grade, Amanda Deryke

10th grade, Brandi Gates

Ninth grade, Chloe Goodnow

Ninth grade, Nicole Hetko

12th grade, Meghan Lentz

12th grade, Nichole Marr

11th grade, Emilie Schneider

Ninth grade, Septima Stobart

Ninth grade, Carolanne Switzer

12th grade, Destiny Teel

12th grade, Haylie Virginia

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity boys golf

Grade, Player

12th grade, Kyle Andrews

12th grade, Dylan Borza

10th grade, Chase Cavanaugh

11th grade, Walker Connolly

12th grade, Codie Corso

12th grade, Sebastian Czyz

10th grade, Ryley Doupe

12th grade, Austin Dristle

Ninth grade, Spencer Evans

10th grade, Mike Germaine

11th grade, Conner Haney

10th grade, William Hilliard

Eighth grade, James Lynch

10th grade, Jonathan Schmidt

Head coach is Gene Mills

Assistant coach is Brock Matlock

Phoenix Varsity Volleyball Team

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Hannah Lees Outside 2 11

Kaitlyn Clapp D/S 3 12

Meghan Lees Middle 4 10

Paige Recore ** Outside 6 12

Katelynn McDonald D/S 7 11

Delaine May Outside 8 11

Amber Crews Setter 9 11

Maria Musumeci Middle 10 11

MacKenzie Young** Right Side 11 11

Jessica Jones Middle 15 10

Taylor Chesbro Right Side 17 11

Fia Campanino Libero 21 11


**Team captain


Head coach is  Michelle Goodfellow

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Asst. coach is  Anna Turner

JV coach is Mendie Tutt




Phoenix Junior varsity volleyball

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Kristin Clapp D/S 1 9

Mattison Thrall O/H 2 10

Hayleigh Ladd O/H 3 9

Samantha Zerbinos Right Side 4 10

Morgan Bajish D/S, Right 5 9

Aleah Adamo Libero 6 9

Lauren Porter Setter 7 10

Kaitlyn Trudell O/H 8 10

Mattingly Gleason O/H 10 10

Kaitlyn McArthur Middle 11 9

Sydney Young Setter 12 9

Gabrielle Crain Middle 14 10

Meghan Rowe Middle 15 10



Junior varsity coach is Mendie Tutt

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Varsity coach is Michelle Goodfellow

Assistant varsity coach is Anna Turner


Fulton debuts tough offense in season opening win over Fowler

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team came away with a memorable win in its season opening game against Fowler Sept. 6.

Despite facing numerous challenges throughout the game, the Red Raiders never backed down. Trailing by 7 points during the fourth quarter, Fulton forced a pivotal turnover which allowed them to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation.

After stopping Fowler during the first possession of overtime, Sophomore Quarterback Cody Green threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jones to cap off the 34-28 win.

The Red Raiders began their season by receiving the opening kickoff. However, four plays into Fulton’s first drive of the season, Fowler caught a break. Fulton fumbled the ball at midfield with 10:36 left in the first quarter. Fowler took over with solid field position in what proved to be an opportunity they would capitalize on.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Fulton varsity sports releases team rosters

Fulton varsity football

Listed by number, name, grade, height, weight, position

2 Quinton Jackson 10 5’5” 180 RB/LB

3 Cody Green 10 5’8” 160 QB/DB

4 Connor Aldasch 12 5’11” 180 QB/DB

5 Mark Pollock 12 5’11” 180 RB/LB

7 Seth Delisle 12 6’1” 190 WR/DB

9 Gauge Coleman 11 5’8” 165 RB/DB

10 David Hursh 11 5’7” 165 RB/DB

11 Dallas Bradley 11 5’8” 180 RB/LB

21 Solano Sanchez 12 6’2” 180 RB/DE

24 Keyshon Carver 11 5’7” 160 RB/DB

28 Brian Hudson 11 6’1” 185 RB/DE

39 Chris Jones 10 6’2” 175 WR/DB

42 Corey Scoville 11 5’8” 160 RB/LB

50 Seth Britton 12 6’2” 230 OL/DL

51 James Bailey 12 6’0” 180 OL/LB

52 Travis Race 9 5’11” 175 OL/LB

56 Nick Reitz 11 6’1” 185 OL/DE

66 Malachi Manford 11 6’2” 240 OL/DL

68 Noah Gates 10 5’9” 185 OL/DL

70 Matt Marshall 11 6’0” 220 OL/DL

74 Emilio Garcia 11 6’2” 250 OL/DL

75 Jared Crucitti 9 6’2” 225 OL/DL

79 Liam Roberge 12 5’8” 275 OL/DL

84 Logan Diefenbacher 11 5’11” 160 WR/DB

87 Jon Cummins 11 5’10 165 WR/DB

Varsity coaches: Jeff Rothrock, Craig Halladay,

Bob Gallini, Chuck Bono

Trainer: Anthony Wendt

Athletic director: Chris Ells

Fulton varsity girls volleyball

Coach: Caroline Richardson

Listed by name, grade, number, position

Abelgore, Alexia, 11, 8, LH

Aiken, Donna, 10, 15, Setter

Clark, Mallory, 11, 12, RH/MH

Falanga, Monica, 12, 11, DS

Harvey, Emma, 11, 4, LH

Miller, Sami, 12, 1, MH

Murphy, Tracie, 11, 10, DS/LH

Pawlewicz, Erica, 11, 2, MH

Pierce, Keisha, 12, 14, LH

Smithers, Taylor, 11, 9, Setter

Stone, Jordyn, 12, 13, RH

Fulton varsity boys soccer

Listed by name, number, position, grade

Anderson, Anthony 2 Defense 12

Walberger, Shawn 3 Defense 11

Feliciano, Carlos 4 Striker 12

Vono, Spencer 5 S/M 10

Prosser, Derek 6 Defense 12

Reynoso, Paul 7 S/M/D 12

Vono, Carson 8 Striker 12

Waldron, Jeff 9 Midfield 12

Langdon, Jeremy 10 S/M 12

Devendorf, Ian 11 Midfield 10

Wilde, Austin 12 Midfield 10

Marroquin, Hector 13 Midfield 12

Grow, Kristopher 14 Defense 11

Jimenez, Udiel 15 Defense 12

Blair, Avery 16 S/M 11

Holden, Matt 17 S/M 12

Tallents, David 21 Defense 10

Carvey, Logan 22 Midfield 12

Marden, Jarad 23 Midfield 9

Roik, Garet 27 Defense 10

Borrow, Robert GK/18 GK 11

Head coach:  Nate Murray

Assistant coach:  Derek Lyons

Trainer: Anthony Wendt

Athletic director: Chris Ells

Fulton girls varsity soccer 

Listed by number, player, position, grade

2 Lena Pawlewicz M 12

3 Shawna Cooper D 10

4 Karli Bricker M 11

5 Callie Beckwith D 10

6 Sydney Gilmore M 9

7 Oliva Coakley D 10

8 Juli Duca D 10

9 Christine Hotaling D 12

10 Kara Bricker D 11

11 Amelia Coakley D 12

12 Mackenzie Loomis M 11

13 Christina Ravesi M 10

14 Hunter Hartranft GK 10

15 Amanda Deavers D 11

16 Jordan Coulon M 8

17 Julia Lee F 12

18 Hailey Carroll F 8

19 Madden Rowlee F 11

20 Maddie Lang GK 8

21 Meriah Dishaw F 12

22 Sarah Halstead F 12

Coach: George Beckwith

Assistant coach: Mike Weakley

Athletic director: Chris Ells

Trainer: Anthony Wend

Fulton varsity boys

Coach: Joel Carroll

Bailey, Jacob, 10

Belcher, Jacob, 11

Cuyler, Jacob, 11

Deloff, Kenneth, 09

Earl, Jonathan, 09

Flynn, Colin, 10

Halstead, Chase, 12

Holcomb, Michael, 12

Labeef, Mitch, 09

Littleton, Scott, 10

Lutz, Bailey, 11

Martin, Jimmy, 12

Michaels, Geoffry, 11

Rhinehart, Cody, 09

Shaw, Nathan, 09

Simard, Tevin, 12

Tice, Brandon, 09

Fulton varsity girls

Coach: Gary LaGrou

Dishaw, Johnelle, 11

Eckhard, Victoria, 09

Gaido, Lauren, 10

Hudson, Jenna, 11

Lamie, Johnna, 11

Laun, Cheyanne, 11

LiVoti, Marisa, 09

Rice, Amanda, 10

Fulton varsity girls tennis

Coach: Matt Goodnough

Bray, Savannah, 12

Cealie, McKenna, 11

Coulon, Maddie, 11

DaSilva, Fabiane, 12

Fox, Samantha, 11

Giovannetti, Sophia, 12

Guernsey, Anna, 12

Iijima, Miki, 12

Kearns, Kassidy, 12

Kimbrell, Angeline, 11

Ludington, Julia, 12

McCann, Maureen, 12

Rose, Taylor, 12

Shannon, Casey, 12

Smith, Courtney, 11

Stanski, Hannah, 11

Williams, Carly, 11

Williams, Hope, 11

Williams, Maggie, 11

Fulton varsity golf

Coach: Dante Ascenzi

Abbott, Nick, 11

Clark, Cameron, 01

Goss, Connor, 12

Hubel, Hunter, 9

Kitts, Matthew, 10

McIntyre, Nick, 11

Raponi, Bayley, 10

Seymour, Jacob, 11

Shatrau, Daniel, 12

Shatrau, Nathaniel, 9

Strauss, Jacob, 12

Webb, Brandon, 10

DEC announces changes to September Canada goose hunting seasons

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced several significant changes to September Canada goose hunting seasons throughout the state.

The season dates are similar to past years, but higher bag limits and other special measures will be allowed this year because local-nesting (a.k.a. “resident”) Canada goose populations remain too high in many areas.

The updated regulations are now posted on the DEC website at

“When DEC established the September goose hunting season in the early 1990s, New York’s resident Canada goose population was estimated to be around 130,000 birds, but today we have more than 200,000 birds,” Commissioner Martens said.  “New York waterfowl hunters annually take more than 50,000 Canada geese during the September season, and we hope the changes adopted this year will enable hunters to take even more to help reduce the population.”

DEC’s management efforts are working toward a reduction in the population to eventually hit approximately 85,000 birds to alleviate the variety of problems they are causing in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Season Dates and Bag Limits

The opening and closing dates for the upcoming September Canada goose season are set for specific goose hunting areas, as follows:

Lake Champlain: Sept. 3–25

Central and Eastern Long Island:  Sept. 3–30

Western Long Island: closed

The rest of New York State: Sept. 1–25

Each of these areas is outlined at

Western Long Island does not have a September season because federal regulations allow DEC to have a longer regular goose season later in fall and winter, when hunting opportunities are preferred by most waterfowl hunters in that area.

During most of the September goose hunting seasons, hunters are allowed to take up to 15 Canada geese per day. The previous limit was eight per day; however, as several other eastern states with overabundant resident geese have done, DEC has allowed the maximum number acceptable under federal regulations.

Although few hunters will take a full daily limit, the opportunity to do so may be helpful in some chronic problem areas where hunting is allowed and hunters are particularly successful.

The only exception is the Lake Champlain Zone, which will continue to have a daily limit of five Canada geese per day, consistent with adjoining areas in Vermont.

Possession limits for waterfowl have also increased this year to three times the daily bag limit.

Special Regulations

In addition to the higher bag limit, three other changes will be in effect during the September season in most areas: 1) shooting hours will be extended to one-half hour after sunset instead of the usual closing at sunset; 2) hunters will be allowed to use electronic calling devices to help entice geese within shooting range (typically 50 yards or less); and 3) hunters will be allowed to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells at a time, but no more than seven.

The only time and place where these three measures are not allowed are during Sept. 21–22 in the Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone. That is the Youth Waterfowl Hunt weekend in that area, when junior hunters may be afield hunting both ducks and geese.

Federal regulations do not allow the special measures for Canada geese whenever any other waterfowl hunting seasons are open.

License Requirements

To participate in the September Canada goose hunting season, hunters must: 1) have a 2012-13 (last year’s) hunting license, with small game hunting privileges, as these licenses remain valid through Sept. 30, 2013; and 2) be registered for 2013-14 in New York’s Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). HIP registrations expire on June 30 annually, so all hunters must register now to hunt during September. To register in HIP, call toll-free 1-888-427-5447 (1-888-4 ASK HIP) or visit

Hunters age 16 years or older must also have a new (2013-14) federal duck stamp to hunt during the September goose season. Federal duck stamps cost $15 and are available at most post offices and some sporting goods stores. They are also available by calling toll-free 1-800-852-4897 or at

Stamps must be signed across the face by the hunter before they become valid, but they do not have to be attached to the hunting license.

Hunting Safety

Commissioner Martens reminded hunters to follow simple safety guidelines and use good judgment when choosing a time and place to hunt. Being considerate of other people enjoying the outdoors or who live nearby can help avoid potential conflicts and ensure a safe and enjoyable season.

As coastal areas become more populated, new landowners unfamiliar with the safety, ethics and traditions of waterfowl hunting sometimes respond by seeking to limit hunter access to popular waterfowl hunting areas. Hunters should be considerate and try to minimize disturbance of local residents whenever possible.

For More Information

New York’s 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Regulations brochure, with all the waterfowl season dates and bag limits, is now available on the DEC website, and a limited supply of paper copies will be distributed in September to all license-issuing agents and DEC regional offices.

To learn more about waterfowl hunting in New York, including public hunting areas around the state, go to or contact any DEC wildlife office.

Speed Demons hold swim tryouts Sept. 16

The Fulton Family YMCA’s competitive youth swim team, the Speed Demons, is holding tryouts at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Granby Elementary School pool. Senior practices (age 13 and up) will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. The first day of senior practice is Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. Junior practices (age 12 and younger) will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. Junior practice begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. Those seeking more information may call the YMCA at 598-9622.

Fulton player on new women’s tennis team at Houghton

Team wins conference opener

The Houghton College Women’s Tennis Team won its opening conference match at home against Utica College Aug. 31.

This match represents the first conference match ever for Houghton’s new tennis program.

After dropping the number one doubles point, the team rallied and won the second and third doubles matches. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Doni Look and Elise Pape (8-1) in the number two doubles match.

Audrey Proto (Fulton) and Hanna Hale (Skowhegan, Maine) defeated Nicole Johnson and Lizzy Pape (8-1) in the number three doubles match.

The Highlander women went on to sweep the singles matches. In the number one spot, Bethany Chesebro (Olean) defeated Rose Zaloom, 6-2, 6-1.

Jenny Iacucci (Chili, N.Y.) defeated Erin Burchill, 6-3, 6-3, in the number two singles match.

Molly Freihofer (Mexico, N.Y.) defeated Doni Look, 6-0, 6-0, in the number three singles match. Amanda Wojcinski (Buffalo) defeated Elise Pape, 6-2, 2-0 (retired), in the number four spot.

Lisa Jones defeated Nicole Johnson, 6-0, 6-2, in the number five singles match, and Jenn Mechler defeated Andreena Sykes, 6-1, 6-2, in the number six singles match.

“These women worked very hard in the preseason, and it has paid off,” said Houghton College Head Tennis Coach Charlie Ellis. “They have become incredibly mature players in a short period of time to play a varsity tennis match on the NCAA Division III level.

“This level of play is a stretch for our women,” said Ellis. “But, they’ve made some giant steps forward. They’ll do nothing but get better as the season progresses.”

Although Houghton won its conference opener, the previous day the women’s tennis team was defeated at Alfred State College.

Highlights of the match for the Highlander women included a doubles win. Lisa Jones (Attica) and Jenn Mechler (Webster) defeated Alex Smith and Alisa Clemente (8-6) in the number three doubles match.

Another notable effort was Lisa Jones losing to Alex Smith in the number five singles match after having two consecutive match points in the third set super tie-breaker (10-12).

Libby Wideman (Akron, N.Y.) stretched her opponent, Bethany Dickerson, out to a third set tie-breaker in the number six singles match, losing 8-10 in the super tie-breaker.

“The Highlander women gave Alfred a good fight for their first match,” said Ellis. “All of our players were confident, mature, and excited about being competitive against a good school.”

Coach Ellis noted that the matches were closer than the scores indicated. “The Alfred team had to fight to win the points they did,” said Ellis.


Bethany Chesebro lost to Brennan Ferguson 2-6, 2-6 Alfred

Molly Freihofer lost to Emma Jackson 1-6, 0-6 Alfred

Jen Mechler lost to Rachel Cook 0-6, 0-6 Alfred

Hanna Hale lost to Emily Eisenberg 1-6, 1-6 Alfred

Lisa Jones lost to Alex Smith 6-4, 2-6 (10-12) Alfred

Libby Wideman lost to Bethany Dickerson 6-3, 4-6 (8-10) Alfred


Chesebro/Wojenski lost to Jackson/Cook 2-8 Alfred

Santiago/Hale lost to Ferguson/Eisenberg 1-8 Alfred

Jones/Mechler defeated Smith/Clemente 8-6 Houghton

Practice/exhibition doubles:

Proto/Freihofer defeated Tokarski/Mayville 8-5 Houghton