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Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame announces newest class induction

The newest members of the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday, April 20.

This class continues to recognize those athletes and coaches who have contributed so much to the legacy of sports at the Oswego High School

The Oswego City School District and the Buccaneer Boosters have announced this year’s inductees.

For the first time, two teams from the same sport will be inducted as the 1995-96 and 1996-97 state runner up ice hockey teams will become the newest team members of the Hall of Fame.

Both teams earned a berth in the state finals only after performing solidly throughout the regular and post season.

The members of the 1995-96 team included Mark Donabella, Matt Vashaw, Mike Tucker, Matt Von Esch, Mike Foley, Steve Cook, Brendan Coliver, Phil Carroll, Chris Rinaldo, Ben Miller, Ben Perlman, Chris Ackley, Greg Parr, Mark DeSantis, Travis Doty, Pat DeBan, Nate Elliot, Josh Crannell, Erik Cole, Jeremy Knopp and Kevin Jung.

Members of the 1996-97 team included Chris Ackley, Kevin Jung, Phil Carroll, Matt Vashaw, Mark DeSantis, Mike Tucker, Nate Elliott, Greg Parr, Chris Rinaldo, Mike Foley, T.J. Barnes, Dan Farley, Chris Mathes, Derek Carr, Lou Iorizzo, Josh Molinari, Bob Haynes, Mike Fortier, Tris Gillen, Mark Donabella, Steve Cook, Ben Perlman, Travis Doty and Brian Gallagher.

Several outstanding individuals will also take their deserving place as part of this year’s inductees.

The first husband and wife will be inducted as multi-sport and multi-talented athletes Howie McCann and Sherry (Brown) McCann will be present for the induction ceremony.  They were stars in every varsity sport they have participated in with numerous all league honors.

Deb Miller made her mark in Oswego High School athletics and was widely recognized for her athletic prowess as she was yet another multi-sports athlete who made her mark on the Oswego High School sports legacy.

Erwin “Jeep” Dewey is currently in his 50th year of coaching at Oswego High School and his loyalty, dedication and achievements were recognized with his selection into this year’s hall of fame class.

The late Fran Carl was also chosen for this year’s class he was a forward-center for the basketball team and a football end from 1947-1950.

Inductees will be recognized during halftime of the Oswego High School girls’ varsity lacrosse game at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Wilber Field.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for the Alexander’s on E. First Street in Oswego Saturday, April 20. Inductees will be guests of the Buccaneer Boosters.

It is hoped that a large crowd will be on hand to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s class. Ticket reservations may be made by calling the Athletic Office at 341-2019.

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Fulton baseball team gearing up for challenging season

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After the first days of practice, Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey was pleased with the effort his players displayed.

However, he is quick to point out that the Red Raiders still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the season.

According to Harvey, being ready for the season means that his players will be ready to work towards achieving its goals.

This season, Fulton will aim to play every team as competitively as possible. They also want to be in a position to be playing for a league championship while also qualifying for sectional play.

The Red Raiders appear to be a team that will lack varsity level experience in 2013. There are only five seniors on the roster, but four of them were starters a year ago. They are Cody Dick,  Jake Crucitti, Adam Briggs, Ron Smith and Shane Beauregard.

The team will feature four juniors who will be moving into starting positions this season. Those players are Jeremy Langdon, Nick Summerville, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef. Sophomores John Cummins, Peter Ravesi, Chris Jones and freshman Michael Bolster are all debuting at the varsity level this season.

Harvey appears to have a lot of confidence in Cummins, Ravesi, Jones and Bolster. He expects them to earn a lot of playing time this season.

At this point, the Red Raiders have not named any captains. However, Harvey pointed out that he expects Dick to pick up where he left off as captain in 2012. Harvey credited Dick for his leadership abilities, which include being a mature and responsible individual.

He suggested that maturity is the most important characteristic that he hopes to identify in someone who aims to be a captain on his team.

According to Harvey, a captain is a positive individual who encourages his teammates to be better rather than holding them back. He also pointed out that a captain is a trustworthy individual whose presence encourages teammates to follow and duplicate.

Harvey credited Dick for meeting nearly all of the expectations he has for a captain.

This season, Fulton will look to emphasize solid defensive execution. Harvey said that mistake free defensive play could allow them to be as consistently competitive as they hope to be.

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Oswego State hockey team falls in title game

The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team (25-5-0) nearly overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period, but came up short in the end as the Lakers lost to UW-Eau Claire 5-3 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship Saturday night at Herb Brooks Arena.

Bobby Gertsakis pulled Oswego State to within one goal with 10 minutes remaining, but the Lakers could not force overtime as the Blugolds added an empty-net goal 58.1 seconds on the clock.

UW-Eau Claire applied heavy pressure in its offensive zone in the early stages of the game, but Oswego State stood tall in the flourish until Chris Muise (Sr., Oakville, Ontario) drew an elbowing penalty at 8:44

Zach Josepher and Tyler Leimbrock had two shots stopped by UW-Eau Claire goalie Brandon Stephenson.

However, with one second remaining on the power play, Bobby Gertsakis lifted a shot over Stephenson under the crossbar from near the right post as Stephenson went down to the ice at 10:44.

Gertsakis received the pass from Luke Moodie in the slot after he was fed by Jesse McConney.

On the next shift, Muise put Oswego State ahead 2-0 with a shot from the slot that beat Stephenson at the 11:15 mark.

Chris Brown hit Muise with the pass from the near boards after a UWEC shot went off the right post.

It was the Blugolds turn to go on the power play at 14:17 in the first after a Laker boarding penalty, and it didn’t take long for them to cash in as Jordan Singer scored of the ensuing faceoff with a wrist shot at the top of the slot that went between Hare’s five-hole.

Assists were given to David Donnellan and Drew Darwitz.

The goal energized UW-Eau Claire as it killed off a Laker power play before leveling the score with 53.3 seconds left in the first after a goal by Andrew Wilcox, who buried a pass from Darwitz.

Hare ended the period with 11 saves compared to nine for Stephenson.

Oswego State killed off a penalty early in the second, but UW-Eau Claire continued to attack in the offensive zone. Wilcox took a shot in the slot that was stopped by Hare, but the rebound landed on the stick of Daniel Olszewski, who pounced on the rebound at 6:29 to put the Blugolds out in front, 3-2.

The Lakers went back on the power play after a slashing penalty at 9:21, and gained a 5-on-3 advantage for 41 seconds following another whistle.

UW-Eau Claire killed off that opportunity and the subsequent penalty to maintain its one-goal lead.

The Lakers closed out the stanza with a series of quality shifts, but came up empty as they drew a Blugold penalty with 59.7 seconds left in the second, which carried over into the final period trailing 3-2.

UW-Eau Claire survived the Oswego State pressure until the Blugolds’ Devin Mantha split the defense on an outlet pass from Jared Williams at 7:20 in the third to grab a 4-2 lead.

Oswego State was not finished, though, as Bobby Gertsakis netted his second goal of the game from the top of the right faceoff circle at the 10-minute mark.

The goal cut the Laker deficit in half after being the beneficiary of a Muise pass.

Shortly after the goal, the Lakers were forced to call timeout after a long defensive shift that saw UW-Eau Claire have several good looks at the net before the puck was iced with 8:26 remaining in regulation.

As the period dwindled, Oswego State continued to press the issue offensively, but Stephenson was up to the challenge, finishing the game with 27 saves.

Hare, who ended up with 20 saves, was pulled with 1:19 left on the clock to give the Lakers the extra attacker.

UW-Eau Claire cleared the puck out of its defensive zone, which allowed Kurt Weston to score the empty-net goal. Oswego State pulled Hare again, but did not score.

Gertsakis and Chris Muise were named to the all-tournament team.

The 14 Laker seniors graduate with a career record of 98-17-2.

The seniors won two SUNYAC Championships and appearing in four Frozen Fours and a pair of national championship contests.

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Fulton softball team seeks return to sectional playoffs

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Fulton varsity softball coach Derek Lyons keeps it short when assessing some of the goals his team has for the upcoming season.

The Lady Raiders’ ultimate goal is to qualify for the sectional playoffs for the second straight season. However, Lyons pointed out that in order for his team to qualify for sectional play, they will have to work hard on a daily basis.

Lyons said that this year’s team will feature both a notable amount of returning players and newer players.

Fulton’s returning players gained monumental experience in 2012, which is expected to be a big benefit to this year’s team.

“Our returners played in two sectional games and gained vital experience last year that will help us immensely this year,” Lyons said.

Conditioning is an important part of the Lady Raiders preparation for the season. To enhance the players’ athleticism, Fulton takes part in daily conditioning development activities.

Recently, the team also began hitting and fielding preparation on a daily basis.

As the season opener approaches, Lyons expects his team to be in good physical condition.

However, Lyons points out that the Lady Raiders have a long way to go before they meet the conditioning expectations that he has for them.

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Fulton Bantams capture title in Boulter Classic Tournament

The Fulton Bantam hockey team ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament. In back from left are assistant coaches Bob Hunter and Dave Runeare, Nate Shaw, Robbie Carson, Seth Cooney, Nolan Bonnie, Ethan Cimino, and head coach Bill Beckwith. In middle are Will Fruce, Evan Beckwith, Kameron Whipple, Cameron Clarke, Sarah Rice, and Richie King. In front is Evan Burdick.
The Fulton Bantam hockey team ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament. In back from left are assistant coaches Bob Hunter and Dave Runeare, Nate Shaw, Robbie Carson, Seth Cooney, Nolan Bonnie, Ethan Cimino, and head coach Bill Beckwith. In middle are Will Fruce, Evan Beckwith, Kameron Whipple, Cameron Clarke, Sarah Rice, and Richie King. In front is Evan Burdick.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by The Blue Moon Grill, CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting and B&T Sports, ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament.

The Raiders went undefeated and topped Monroe County/White 3-0 to in the title game.

Fulton 6, Depew 0:  Fulton’s Cameron Clarke was first to light up the scoreboard early in game, Ethan Cimino assisting. Robbie Carson tallied number two for the Raiders, his 30th goal of the season, with a slap shot mid-second period.

Fulton came on strong in the third stanza, first with a goal from Cimino, Kameron Whipple and Clarke assisting, and another goal from Carson, thanks to a passing play between Nate Shaw and Cimino.

Evan Beckwith skated the puck in and sunk an upper corner shot before Clarke sealed a win, scoring on a breakaway.

Fulton goalie Evan Burdick earned his 12th shutout of the season.

Fulton 4, MCYH/White 1:  After a scoreless first period, Will Fruce got scoring started for the Raiders off a feed from Evan Beckwith.

Monroe County responded with the equalizer to close the period.  Ethan Cimino opened the third stanza netting a short-handed goal to give Fulton the lead.

A second short-handed goal came soon after from Robbie Carson.  Raider Nate Shaw blew one in from the point in the final minutes of play.

Fulton 13, MCYH/Yeager 0:  Kameron Whipple and Evan Beckwith scored three goals each for a hat trick (#15 of the season for Whipple and #35 for Beckwith) and Seth Cooney netted two for the Raiders (season #15).

Clarke scored twice (#40 of the season) while Robbie Carson, Ethan Cimino (season #10) and Nolan Bonnie contributed one goal each.  Both Richie King and Clarke earned playmakers, tallying three assists each.  Sarah Rice and Will Frice earned two assists each. Nolan Bonnie, Nate Shaw, Carson, Beckwith and Cimino all contributed one assist in the win.

Burdick notched his 13th shutout of the season.

Championship Game, Fulton 3, MCYH/White 0: The first period ended scoreless for both teams.  Mid second period, Clarke scored off a rebound from Ethan Cimino, Bonnie also assisting.

Carson netted one soon after with a shot from the point to close the period.

Beckwith took advantage of a power play late in the third period to score a final goal for the Raiders, Clarke and Bonnie credited with the assist.

Burdick ended the tournament with his 14th shutout for Fulton this season.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team is coached by Bill Beckwith along with assistants Dave Runeare and Bob Hunter.

Foul shooting contest winners

The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2  at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.
The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2 at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.

 

 
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Oswego Squirt I hockey team wins JAM Tournament

The Oswego Squirt I hockey team won the 2012-13 Snowbelt League John Abbott Memorial (JAM) Tournament held this past weekend in Clayton. The Bucs defeated Onondaga 5-2 in the championship game. Pictured are the coaches and players.
The Oswego Squirt I hockey team won the 2012-13 Snowbelt League John Abbott Memorial (JAM) Tournament held this past weekend in Clayton. The Bucs defeated Onondaga 5-2 in the championship game. Pictured are the coaches and players.

The Oswego Squirt I hockey team won the 2012-13 Snowbelt League John Abbott Memorial Tournament held this past weekend in Clayton.

The Bucs defeated Onondaga 5-2 in the championship game. Oswego has now won eight of its last 10 games.

Oswego opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Thousand Islands Blue. Spencer Stepien led the team with two goals, while Aidan Taylor had one goal and an assist. Derek Sabatini added a goal, and Tyler May and Bryson Bush (2) added assists.

Oswego Goalie Brandon Demling had 10 saves in the win. The strong play of JJ Harter, Joe Palmer, Alex Thorpe, Alex Vescio, Billy Waterbury, and Cole Cullinan, helped secure the win over Thousand Islands and benefitted the team throughout the weekend.

The Oswego Squirts faced the Onondaga Thunder in their second game of the tournament and tied 2-2. Oswego jumped out early in the first period when Taylor scored unassisted. Onondaga would tie it up with :27 remaining in the period, before Stepien found Waterbury for the Bucs early in the second. The Thunder added another in the third period to finish out the scoring.

Demling made 22 saves and continued his strong play in net.

In the final qualifying game of the tourney, Oswego jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, before finishing off the Elmira Jackals 6-1. Taylor added two goals and one assist, Stepien one goal and one assist, Bush one goal and one assist, May one goal, and Waterbury one goal. Registering the other assist was Harter.

Oswego goalie Demling picked up 19 saves in the win.

The win over Elmira advanced Oswego to the championship game and into a rematch against the Onondaga Thunder.

In the championship game, Oswego took a 5-0 lead through two  periods and never looked back, taking home the Snowbelt trophy and banner, with a 5-2 win. Taylor garnered a hat trick, while Bush and Palmer added the other netters. Cullinan (2) and Stepien added the assists.

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Fulton girls roll second straight sectional championship

The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship. Members of the team include Haley Noel, Kate Ely, Kendra Tryniski, Kylie Clifford, Mikayla Guernsey, Danielle Rupert, Jasmin Denson and Megan Guernsey.
The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship. Members of the team include Haley Noel, Kate Ely, Kendra Tryniski, Kylie Clifford, Mikayla Guernsey, Danielle Rupert, Jasmin Denson and Megan Guernsey.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship.

With history showing just how difficult it is to win a one sectional championship, repeating as sectional champions was one of the primary goals Coach Mike Tryniski and his team had coming into the season.

The Lady Raiders came into the season returning every bowler that was on last year’s team including, lone senior Kylie Clifford.

With the foundation of last year’s championship team remaining the same, Fulton naturally had high expectations coming into the season.

Despite the familiarity that they had with league opponents, they knew winning a league championship and putting themselves in a position to win another Sectional Championship wouldn’t be in the cards if they didn’t work hard to improve each week of the season.

With Clifford being the only senior on the team, Tryniski hopes that her experience in the program has prepared her to both learn and produce in a team setting.

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