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Fulton Midget Hockey team heading to state tournament

AA038180The Fulton Midget Hockey Team participated in its sectional tournament this past weekend. Fulton, Geneva, Cicero and Valley would play the round-robin style tournament in Valley, experiencing a weekend full of excitement and ups and downs for all four teams.

Fulton’s first opponent of the weekend was Geneva, a team Fulton had beaten twice the previous weekend. Geneva, however, appeared to not want a repeat of that, coming out very strong In the first period and tallying the only score to take the lead.

Fulton tied the score nearly five minutes into the second period when A.J. Pendell accepted a pass from Bryce Knight in front of the net for the easy goal. Fulton took the lead about 30 seconds later when Adam Croteau scored off an assist from Matt Billion.

Fulton held off Geneva’s offense for the remainder of the second period and most of the third, before Fulton’s Pendell scored his second of the game (unassisted) on a “coast to coast” break-away, a pass he originally accepted from goalie Keegan Murphy, followed by a wrist shot past Geneva’s goalie to increase Fulton’s lead 3-1.

This would be the final tally of the game. Keegan Murphy turned away 33 of the 34 shots he faced.

Fulton’s next opponent, Valley, has consistently proven to be a formidable opponent this year for Fulton and this game would be no exception.

After a scoreless first period, Valley scored the first goal of the game at 11:46 in the second period. Fulton’s Seth DeLisle answered to tie the game with a power play goal with just a minute left in the second period off an assist from A.J. Pendell.

Early in the third period, Valley scored two quick goals, which Fulton could not respond to. The game would end with a score of 3-1 in Valley’s favor. Murphy made 29 saves for Fulton.

With the numbers as they were going into Sunday’s game against Cicero, Fulton knew it needed a win to guarantee their spot in the states.

Fulton scored four goals in the first period, with the first being just seconds into the game. A.J. Pendell scored Fulton’s first goal (Bryce Knight tallied the assist), Joe Cortese (unassisted) was credited with the second.

Ryan Ross scored the third goal (Knight and Matt Southerden assisted) and Bryce Knight (Cortese assisted) was credited with Fulton’s fourth of the opening period.

Cicero tallied one of their own in the first period, however, ending the opening frame with a 4-1 lead for Fulton.

The second period did not improve for Cicero, with Fulton putting an additional five goals on the board. Knight (Pendell assisted), Croteau (Seth DeLisle assisted), Ross (unassisted), Croteau (Connor Fradette assisted) and Knight again (Jeff Kane assisted) were credited with goals.

Cicero scored a goal in the third period but Fulton answered when Knight scored his fourth goal of the game.

The game ended with Fulton winning 10-2. Murphy was credited with the win in goal.

With the win against Cicero making it the second seed in Sectional play, Fulton will join first seed Valley at the States in Amherst beginning March 15.

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Fulton girls basketball grateful for hard work of five seniors

Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.
Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team won 10 games during the 2012-13 season.

The team’s 10th win was perhaps the memorable of all. Encouraged by a packed gym of red and green clad supporters, the Lady Raiders held off New Hartford in the first round of Section III Class A playoffs.

Fulton’s five seniors played a key role in their success this season.

Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien left their mark on Fulton Girls Basketball, according to Coach Derek Lyons.

The seniors taught their younger teammates about working hard and being a good teammate, the coach noted.

“The seniors were always very good teammate’s whether on the bench or on the floor,” Lyons said.

As his five seniors move on to the next phases of their lives, Lyons hopes they do so knowing how to be effective in a group setting.

He also hopes that they depart Fulton with the desire to work hard for anything they want in life.

Lyons pointed out that his message is further implemented by the hard work his team put into qualifying for sectional play and winning a playoff game at home.

With their many years of hard work culminating with the success they were apart of this season, Lyons is grateful that his five seniors helped raise the bar for Fulton girls basketball.

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Clarke nets 30th goal of the season for Bantams

Fulton Bantam hockey team center Cameron Clarke, pictured here, scored his 30th goal of the season in Fulton’s 7-0 shut out over Lysander.
Fulton Bantam hockey team center Cameron Clarke, pictured here, scored his 30th goal of the season in Fulton’s 7-0 shut out over Lysander.

Cameron Clarke, a center for the Fulton Bantam hockey team, ended regular season play scoring his 30th goal of the season in his team’s 7-0 shutout over Lysander.

The Raiders also claimed victory over Utica 3-1.

On home ice against Lysander, Clarke notched number 30 in the first minute of play off Raider Kameron Whipple’s rebound. Soon after, Fulton’s Evan Beckwith took a feed from Will Fruce and sent the puck into the upper corner.

Raider Nate Shaw stunned the Lighting with two in a row from the point.

On his first shift in period three, Clarke scored with an upper corner shot, thanks to a pass from Nolan Bonnie, before Robbie Carson sent one in unassisted.

Beckwith scored his second of the game, Richie King assisting, to seal the win.

Evan Burdick stopped 17 shots to earn his 11th shut out of the year for Fulton.

On the road against Utica, the first period ended scoreless for both teams. Carson took advantage of the loose puck in the offensive zone to give Fulton a one-point lead late in the second period.

Utica netted the equalizer soon after. With only seconds left in the period, Clarke scored the go ahead goal, Carson assisting.

Beckwith netted Raider goal number three late in the third period to solidify a win.

Burdick blocked 15 shots in net.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team is sponsored by The Blue Moon Grill, CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting and B&T Sports.

Fulton senior swimmers leave mark on program

by Rob Tetro

With the recent conclusion of their season, the Fulton varsity swimming team said farewell to three seniors.

Janelle Tallents, Courtney Beckwith and Steven Hanczyk have all taken part in their final events as part of the high school program. Coach Raina Hinman said it worked to everyone’s advantage to have a varsity team with both genders. Tallents and Beckwith held their own against the boys.

Hinman credited their success to the determination and work ethic that all three seniors displayed. Their efforts were consistently impressive both in preparation and during meets, she said.

Tallents and Beckwith’s efforts have served as motivation for the other girls on the team. However, Hinman pointed out that her team prepares to succeed against other schools by competing with each other.

“They all work hard and challenge each other,” Hinman said.

As Tallents, Beckwith and Hanczyk prepare for life beyond high school, Hinman hopes that being a part of the swimming program has helped them to understand that having a strong work ethic can lead to success.

Tallents, Beckwith and Hanczyk concluded their Fulton Swimming Careers while taking part in the Class B Sectional Championships Feb. 14.

In the 50-yard freestyle event, Beckwith and Hanczyk came in 10th and 11th place with times of 0:25.85 and 0:25.86, respectively.

In the one-meter diving event, Hanczyk earned a fourth place finish with a score of 379.45.

Tallents came in 16th place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 1:11.83.

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Two Firebird grapplers compete in state tournament

by Rob Tetro

Last week, two Phoenix wrestlers — Rowdy Prior and Nick Tighe — took part in the New York State wrestling championships in Albany.

In his first match, Prior earned a 6-2 win. During his second match, Prior came away with an 11-1 win. Prior then pinned his semifinal opponent to secure a spot in the state finals.

Unfortunately for Prior, he came up short in his bid to win a state championship.  Despite trailing most of the match, Prior maneuvered a craddle on his opponent to take the lead with just a little time left. Unfortunately for Prior, his opponent reversed the craddle to regain the lead just before the match ended.

Despite the heartbreaking conclusion to the match, Phoenix Coach Gene Mills suggested that Prior has little to be disappointed with.

“Being second in the State of New York is a heck of an honor,” Mills said.

Tighe had a history-making experience while in Albany. He became only the second person from Section III to win three state titles.

The last person from Section III to win three state titles was a West Genesee wrestler in 1974.

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Raina Hinman named coach of Phoenix varsity softball team

200443251-001by Rob Tetro

There will be a new skipper leading the way for the Phoenix varsity softball team when practices begin March 11.

This spring, Raina Hinman will take over for coach Gary Jones.

The excitement she has isn’t just for her new position but rather for the new direction that the softball program is heading. Coach Dan Murphy will be the new junior varsity softball coach while Hinman named Brock Matlock as her assistant coach.

Hinman is no stranger to the sport of softball. She began playing softball when she was five years old and went on to play softball at all three levels for the Phoenix school district.

In 1996, she won the Defensive Most Valuable Player Award for the success she had playing center field.

After high school, she went on to play in the outfield for Oswego State.

In recent years, Hinman served as a coach for both the modified and junior varsity teams in Phoenix.

While examining the immediate tasks before her, Hinman pointed out that Phoenix Softball will be in rebuilding mode this season.

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Last of family trio divers prepares to bid Fulton adieu

by Rob Tetro

In the last decade, Steven Hanczyk and his two older brothers have all been apart of the Fulton varsity swimming party.

According to Coach Raina Hinman, in terms of performance and work ethic, there are many similarities between the three Hanczyk brothers. These similarities exist because Steven was willing to learn from his older brother, Dan, who learned from the oldest Hanczyk brother, Michael.

Each of the Hanczyk brothers brought tremendous ambition to Fulton swimming. They were also fueled by an immense desire to succeed on every dive. Hinman pointed out that whenever a challenge was met, each brother wanted to seek a tougher challenge that would be eventually met almost every time.

Steven has had a relationship with Fulton swimming coaches for many years. When he was in seventh grade, he began training with the varsity team. However, he began competing as an eighth grader.

The potential coaches saw in him was confirmed when he qualified for the Sectionals during his very first meet.

As Hanczyk learned from his older brothers, the desire to succeed at higher levels than they did naturally came to him.

Hinman noted that one of Hanczyk’s most memorable moments as a Fulton diver came when he set a new 11 dive record. This was a record that was previously held by his brother, Dan.

Despite the desire that each of the Hanczyk brothers were known for, Hinman pointed out that it wasn’t easy for the youngest Hanczyk brother to accept that the record he set was replacing a record that Dan worked so hard to achieve.

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Hannibal loses last three games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team’s season ended with losses to Solvay, Bishop Grimes and Westhill.

Solvay outscored Hannibal 31-18 during the second half Feb. 9 to pull away for a 48-36 win.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Devin Sorell, who scored 18 points. Gabby Griffin added six points and Spencer Kenney added five points. Sarah Otis, Kaitlin Taylor, Trinity Strupp and Alexis Stephens combined to score seven points for The Lady Warriors.

Two days later, Bishop Grimes outscored Hannibal 25-10 during the second half to come away with a 54-35 win.

Sorell scored 18 points while Kenney added six points. Strupp chipped in four points and Hunter Beckwith, Stephens and Griffin combined to score 7 points.

It didn’t get any easier when the Lady Warriors took on league-leading Westhill Feb. 12. After the first quarter, Westhill took over. They outscored Hannibal 43-17 the rest of the way en route to a 57-25 win.

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