Category Archives: Sports

Fulton girls lacrosse splits games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team recently lost to Jamesville-DeWitt but rebounded with a win against Oswego.

Jamesville-DeWitt got it done during the second half to come away with a win over Fulton April 18.

The Lady Raiders had better luck against Oswego April 20. This time around, Fulton was more efficient during the second half as it escaped with a hard fought win.

The Lady Raiders’ first half effort against Jamesville-DeWitt was as competitive as they come. Fulton outscored Jamesville-DeWitt by just a goal as it took a 7-6 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, Jamesville-DeWitt took over during the second half. While holding Fulton to only three goals, Jamesville-Dewitt stormed ahead to come away with the 14-10 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley, who scored four goals. Following Coakley was Kate Rothrock with three goals.

Erica Knaub chipped in a goal and three assists while Julia Ludington and Cassie Orr added a goal each for Fulton.

Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders saw a more favorable outcome when they took on Oswego. Like its previous game, Fulton was involved in a first half slugfest. After a competitive first half, Oswego outscored the Lady Raiders by only a goal as it took a 5-4 lead into halftime. However, unlike its previous game, Fulton got it done during the second half. The Lady Raiders outscored Oswego by two goals to escape with the 10-9 win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Kelly Chetney, who scored three goals against Fulton.

Following Chetney were Breanna Sherman with two goals and an assist and Alexa Healy with two goals.

Sydney Knight, Sarah Stobener and Alison McPherson combined to chip in a goal and four assists for Oswego.

Keeper Kerrigan Cummins saved five shots on goal.

Knaub led Fulton with four goals and one assist.

Coakley and Michaela Whiteman finished with two goals each. Kate Rothrock, Julia Ludington and Alise Tallents combined to chip in two goals and an assist for the Lady Raiders.

Pafami saved five shots on goal for Fulton.

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Phoenix boys varsity track and field sets two school records

by Rob Tetro

The 10th annual Cicero-North Syracuse co-ed relay meet was recently the site of a record setting day for the Phoenix Boys Varsity Track And Field Team.

Phoenix finished seventh out of 20 schools overall. Two new school records were set in both the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay and Discus Throw relay events.

With earning finishes of third and tenth place respectively, Justin Rhodes and Dylan Switzer set a new school record for the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay Event with a combined time of 2:06.20.

Two Mexico athletes also took place in this event. Jacob Zedack earned a 23rd place finish with a time of 1:10.81. Austin Clark came in 29th place with a time of 1:18.66.

The Firebirds also came away from the meet with a new school record for the Discus Throw Relay Event. While coming away with first and 20th place finishes respectively, Jason Czyz and Bryce Ferris set a new school record with a combined distance of 214’-10”.

Other local athletes taking part in this event were Mexico’s Cameron Prior who came in 15th place with a distance of 98’-08”. Prior’s teammate, Thomas Ladd came in 17th place with a distance of 97’-00”.

Fulton’s Pat Fink and Brandon Ladd came in 24th and 32nd place with distances of 88’-11” and 75’-09”.

Phoenix baseball wins first three games of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix Varsity Baseball Team began the season with three straight wins.

On April 8, Phoenix scored seven runs during the first three innings of their game against Chittenango en route to an impressive win. The Firebirds followed up with their win by holding off Westhill in a pitchers duel on April 17.

On April 19, Phoenix scored four runs during the seventh inning to pull away against Jordan-Elbridge.

The Firebirds got off to a solid start and didn’t look back when they took on Chittenango. After the first three innings, Phoenix had built a 7-0 lead. The Firebirds capped off their 12-0 win by scoring fivemore runs during the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Phoenix was led by Nate Dietz. Dietz had three hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Following Dietz was Adam Thoryk with two hits and two RBI’s. Justin Suttliffe had two hits and an RBI. Remi Lynch, Bryce Plante and Emilio Tassone chipped in with a hit and two RBI’s each. Corey Bowman added three hits for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone struck out ten Chittenango batters while only giving up three hits in five innings of work. In relief of Tassone, Bowman threw two strikeouts in two innings of play.

The Firebirds faced a stiffer challenge when they took on Westhill. Once again, Phoenix got off to a decent start. They scored three runs during the first two and a half innings of the game.

However, Westhill scored to cut the Firebirds lead down to two runs at 3-1 during the bottom of the third inning. Westhill inched closer later in the game.

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Fulton baseball falls to East Syracuse-Minoa, Oswego

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball teams struggles continued in games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Oswego last week.

On April 18 East Syracuse-Minoa scored five runs in the first two innings of the game to set the foundation for an impressive win. Things didn’t get easier for Fulton when they played Oswego April 20.  Oswego scored 12 runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a dominating win over the Red Raiders.

By the end of the second inning of their game against Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. East Syracuse-Minoa scored three more runs during the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to cap off an 8-0 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Jon Cummins. Cummins had two hits against East Syracuse-Minoa. Michael Bolster added a hit for Fulton.

Peter Ravesi led the raiders on the mound. In five innings of work, Ravesi struck out five East Syracuse-Minoa batters while giving up eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits. In relief of Ravesi, Adam Briggs threw two strikeouts in an inning of work.

Unfortunately for Fulton, the outcome proved to be similar when they took on Oswego. After a scoreless first inning, Oswego jumped out to a 3-0 lead during the second and third innings. Oswego conceivably put the game out of reach during the fourth and fifth innings. They erupted for 12 more runs en route to a 15-0 win over the raiders.

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North Country gymnasts earn top scores of the season

North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.
North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.

The North Country Gymnastics team recently competed at the Lollipop Classic in Watertown.

Eight teams in the region participated. Level 4 gymnasts Julia Granato, Mary Kate Cloonan, Ella Smith, and Alyssa Wahrendorf, along with Level 5 gymnast Sarah Perkins, earned their highest all around scores this season at the meet.

Level 7: Floor exercise was Ashley Rizzo’s best event, earning her an 8.3 and a second place finish. Rizzo was third overall in the 14-16’s with a 29.5

Level 5: Season’s best scores on uneven bars (8.55) and balance beam (9.2) placed Emma Sanford second in both events.

Placing third on floor, Sanford boosted her score to a 9.05 to earn 34.3 overall and third in the 10 year old age group.  Samantha Perkins saw her top scores to date on floor (8.65/fifth) and bars (8.2/third). Perkins placed seventh overall with a 32.65.

In the 12-15’s Myah Sanford’s tremendous effort on beam (9.6) and floor exercise (9.2) earned her first in both events and first overall with a 35.0.

Sarah Perkins placed first on bars with her best performance of the season, taking second overall with a 33.35.

Level 4: Corinne Clarke earned her top scores to date on beam (8.9/fourth) and floor (8.8/fifth) earning her sixth place overall with a 34.45 in the age 9’s.

Mary Kate Cloonan scored personal bests on bars (7.0/9th), beam (9.2/third) and floor exercises (8.9/fourth) to raise her score to 33.2 and eighth place.

Elena Ruzekowicz refined her floor routine to place second with a 9.0. Ruzekowicz took ninth overall with a 33.15.

In the 10-year-old age group, Ella Smith raised her game on bars (fourth with an 8.4), balance beam (first with a 9.4) and floor (fifth with an 8.4) scoring 34.4 overall and placing fourth.

Kylie Ashline boosted her scores on uneven bars (7.1/seventh) and floor (8.1/sixth) to take sixth overall with a 32.4 in the 11 year old age group.

In the 12-15’s, Kiersten Abbott’s 9.3 personal best on beam earned her second in the event and third overall with a 36.0. Big improvements on floor (8.3/fourth) helped propel Julia Granato to her top overall score of 33.1.

Alyssa Wahrendorf gave a polished performance to earn her best scores on beam (8.8/fourth) and floor (8.1/fifth) to take fifth place and a season’s best all around score of 32.1.

The North Country Gymnastics team is coached by Stephanie DeRocha and Janelle Cordone.

Fulton Men’s Basketball registration to be held

Registration for Fulton Men’s Summer Open Division Basketball League will be held Monday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other registration dates will be held Monday, April 29; Tuesday, April 30; Thursday, May 2; Monday, May 6; and Tuesday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration will be held at the Fulton War Memorial.

Anyone interested in entering a team needs to pick up a team packet. A representative from the team must stop and pick up a packet on one of the above days.

The divisions will include: Open A League on Mondays, Open B League on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Open Upper and Lower C on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

The leagues will begin the first week in June and ends the third week in August.

All leagues consist of 10 regular season games with the top four teams advance to playoffs.

Last year, the league was filled up so teams should register as soon as possible; it is on a first come first pay basis. The deadline is May 15.

If teams have not paid their team’s sponsorships by then, they will not be able to play in the league. There will be no exceptions.

Those seeking more information may call Jerry Schremp 592-8505 or 592-4350.

Fulton tennis team slams Homer 6-1

The Fulton boys tennis team topped Homer 6-1 Monday afternoon.

In first singles, Mitchell Lalik of Fulton defeated Ian Heath of Homer 6-0, 6-2 while in second singles, Javier Pajaron of Fulton defeated Jack Stokoe of Homer 6-3, 6-3.

In third singles, Brad Crofoot of Fulton defeated Drew Potter of Homer 6-4, 6-2 and in fourth singles, Carlos Feliciano of Fulton defeated Sean Herman of Homer 7-5, 6-2.

In first doubles, Tom Natale and Brian Mitchell of Homer defeated Jacob Strauss and Logan Carvey of Fulton 6-4, 7-5. In second doubles, Zach Perry and Joel Monaghan of Fulton defeated Ben Shultis and Ben Tarasevich of Homer 6-4, 7-6.

In thirdd doubles, Benjamin McKay and Thomas Distin of Fulton defeated Cody Johnson and Dan LHommediu of Homer 6-4, 6-4.

The Fulton tennis team lost to East-Syracuse Minoa 4-3 Wednesday.

In first singles, Brandon Stone of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Mitchell Lalik of Fulton 6-3, 6-3. In second singles, Tyler Underwood of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Javier Pajaron of Fulton 6-3, 6-1.

In third singles,  Esef Hamzic of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Brad Crofoot of Fulton 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. In fourth singles, Lucas Eastman of East Syracuse-Minoa defeated Carlos Feliciano of Fulton 6-4, 6-3

In first doubles, Jacob Strauss and Logan Carvey of Fulton defeated Connor Bayly and Michael Abbott of East Syracuse-Minoa 7-6, 6-3 and in second doubles, Joel Monaghan and Zach Perry of Fulton defeated Jeff Episcopo and John Drogo of East Syracuse-Minoa 6-4, 6-3. In third doubles, Stephen Heywood and Benjamin McKay of Fulton defeated Andrew Kerik and Anson Cheng of East Syracuse-Minoa 6-4, 6-1.

Phoenix softball team splits games to begin season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won against Chittenango but lost to Bishop Ludden to begin the season.

The Lady Firebirds held on for a hard fought win against Chittenango April 8.

Unfortunately for Phoenix, there was a role reversal when it took on Bishop Ludden April 15. Despite the Lady Firebirds’ best efforts, Bishop Ludden escaped with the win.

After three scoreless innings, Phoenix jumped out to a 7-1 lead during the bottom of the fourth inning of its game against Chittenango.

Chittenango scored two runs during the top of the sixth inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead down to four runs at 7-3.

Phoenix quickly struck back. The Lady Firebirds scored another run during the bottom of the inning to bring their lead back to five runs at 8-3.

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