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Fulton’s season ends with loss in sectional quarterfinals

Fulton’s Sydnee Plato attempts a 3-point shot during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. The Lady Raiders lost 50-20 to end their season with a 10-10 record.
Fulton’s Sydnee Plato attempts a 3-point shot during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. The Lady Raiders lost 50-20 to end their season with a 10-10 record.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team’s season concluded with a loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Section III Class A playoffs Tuesday.

Jamesville-DeWitt quickly built a large lead and cruised to a 50-20 win.

In the first quarter, Fulton was unable to get onto the scoreboard as Jamesville-DeWitt built an 8-0 lead.

During the second quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt outscored Fulton by 14 points to take a 22-point lead into halftime at 28-6.

Fulton proved to be more competitive during the second half. They were outscored by four points during the third quarter as Jamesville-DeWitt expanded its lead to 26 points. Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, the deficit they faced proved to be insurmountable

Fulton’s Christina Pensabene looks to pass the ball during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. Pensabene scored points in the 50-20 loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt.
Fulton’s Christina Pensabene looks to pass the ball during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. Pensabene scored points in the 50-20 loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jessica Hudson, who scored six points. Christina Pensabene scored four points while Taylor Duda, Michaela Whiteman, Sydney Gilmore, Michelle Gorea and Nichole Hansen chipped in two points each.

The Lady Raiders season comes to an end with a final record of 10-10 overall and a 5-7 record in division play.

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Woodworth, Hill represent Fulton in state tournament

Pictured are members of the Fulton wrestling team, which finished with a 20-11 record.  Despite many setbacks this season, the Raiders won the league title, the Section III Class A tournament, and came in a very close second at the sectional tournament.
Pictured are members of the Fulton wrestling team, which finished with a 20-11 record. Despite many setbacks this season, the Raiders won the league title, the Section III Class A tournament, and came in a very close second at the sectional tournament.

by Dan Farfaglia

The 2012-2013 wrestling season is coming to a close. All that is left is for the individual New York State Tournament taking place this weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Fulton sophomore Mitch Woodworth (106 pounds) and his teammate Thomas Hill (112 pounds) are representing Section III at the Division One Tournament.

At the state qualifying event two weeks ago, Woodworth had quite a battle in the finals against Liverpool’s Audey Ashkar. Early in the first period, the two wrestlers’ heads collided and the Fulton sophomore then had an open wound. Even though it was bleeding throughout the match, the coaches kept putting on a fresh set of bandages every few minutes. Sometimes you should try some online dating like Mydatinghome.com where you could find your match.

After finishing the season in second place last season, Woodworth refused to let a little blood get in the way of a title this year.

After the end of the third period, he won by a score of 4-2, thereby earning his first trip to the state tournament.

With that win, he became a member of a very exclusive club which also includes his father, Mark, who won a Section III wrestling championship for Fulton in 1987, and his older brother, Nick, who achieved back to back titles for the Red Raiders in 2011 and 2012.

Hill has now won this tournament for the third time and is making another trip to our state capitol to compete with the best in this sport.

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Fulton boys basketball’s season ends with win, loss

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The Fulton boys varsity basketball team lost to East Syracuse-Minoa and Mexico but won against Homer during its final three games of the season.

East Syracuse-Minoa came away with a 66-60 win against Fulton following a 20-6 fourth quarter run Feb. 5.

Leading the way for Fulton was Tanner Gorton. Gorton scored 14 points. Following Gorton was Cody Green with 11 points. Cody Dick added nine points and Jordan Baldwin chipped in eight points. Mark Pollack, Austin Haskins, Taylor Dudley and Seth Britton combined to score 18 points.

The Red Raiders earned their second win of the season when they took on Homer Feb. 12. In a back and forth battle that included an overtime session, Fulton came away with a hard fought 59-56 win over Homer.

Fulton was led by Dudley, who scored 18 points. Following Dudley were Steven Henri with 13 points and Green with 11 points. Gorton added seven points while Pollack and Dan Coant combined to score 10 points for The Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders’ season concluded with a loss to Mexico Feb. 13. The Tigers outscored Fulton 18-11 during the fourth quarter en route to a 48-41 win.

After finishing the season losing two out of its last three games, The Red Raiders season comes to an end with an overall record of 2-16 and a record of 2-9.

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The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team’s season came to an end with a loss to Skaneateles February 13.

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Fulton Little League season is right around the corner

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Fulton Little League will be holding registration at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration fees vary based on the league and level. Registration fees covers players uniforms, baseball caps, pants and socks. The fees also allow players to have access to the growing Kiwanis facility, which include the batting cage and redone baseball and softball fields.

According to Fulton Little League Vice President Dave Webber, the league’s playing facilities are considered amongst the best in Central New York.

Upon signing up, the league offers a player and his or her family the opportunity to sell raffle tickets. Ticket stub information will be gathered so that Fulton Little League can raffle off $100 prizes on opening day.

Webber pointed out that this allows the opportunity for players and their families to gain back some, if not all, of the money they paid to sign up.  “A player could pay $80 to play in the Minor League Baseball League and have an opportunity to make the $80 they paid back,” Webber said.

For players taking part in T-Ball or Minor League Baseball or Softball, opening day is April 27 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton. Games will be scheduled to begin at noon.

However, Opening Day festivities will begin around 11:30 a.m. with acknowledgements for the new season, a speech from Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, and a ceremonial first pitch.

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Evan Beckwith tallies 30th goal for Fulton Bantams

Fulton Bantam hockey team center Evan Beckwith scored his 30th goal of the season in the 6-0 shutout over Salmon River. The Raiders fell to Clinton 2-1 but topped Jefferson 5-1 in weekend hockey action.
Fulton Bantam hockey team center Evan Beckwith scored his 30th goal of the season in the 6-0 shutout over Salmon River. The Raiders fell to Clinton 2-1 but topped Jefferson 5-1 in weekend hockey action.

Evan Beckwith, center for the Fulton Bantam hockey team, scored his 30th goal of the season in his team’s 6-0 shutout over Salmon River.

The Raiders fell to Clinton 2-1 but topped Jefferson 5-1 in weekend hockey action.

On the road against Clinton, the Raiders saw a scoreless first period. Goals from Clinton in the second and third period gave their team a two-point lead.  Fulton’s Robbie Carson spoiled the shut out late in the third stanza.

Evan Burdick stopped 9 shots for the Raiders.

On home ice against Salmon River, head coach Bill Beckwith’s Raiders came on strong in the first period. Beckwith tallied his 30th goal of the season, scoring twice on his first shift, one assisted by Robbie Carson.

Richie King started out the second period accepting a pass in front of the net from Beckwith and sinking the puck into the back of the net.

Carson scored his 20th of the season, thanks to a pass from Beckwith, before Seth Cooney took a behind the net feed from Cameron Clarke to net his 10th goal of the season.

Clarke solidified the win in the third stanza, accepting a pass from Cooney, skating the puck in and sending it into the far side of the net.

Burdick made 19 saves to earn his 10th shutout of the season

Against Jefferson, the Jaguars had a one-goal lead at the end of the first period. Seth Cooney netted the equalizer off a rebound from Cameron Clarke early in the second.

Later, William Fruce scored two in a row to give the Raiders a two- point advantage, Robbie Carson and Nolan Bonnie assisting.

Cameron Whipple kept the momentum going with a goal at the start of the third period, Clarke assisting.

Clarke earned a playmaker with his third assist of the game when Carson sunk a shot from the dot.

Burdick blocked 28 attempts for Fulton.

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Phoenix basketball falls to Bishop Grimes in sectional play

Phoenix’s Richard Howington Jr. takes a jump shot from near the foul line during last Friday’s Section III Class B playoff game against Bishop Grimes. Phoenix lost 64-44. Howington scored 10 points.
Phoenix’s Richard Howington Jr. takes a jump shot from near the foul line during last Friday’s Section III Class B playoff game against Bishop Grimes. Phoenix lost 64-44. Howington scored 10 points.

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team’s season came to an end with a loss to Bishop Grimes in the opening round of the Section III Class B Playoffs Feb. 15.

Bishop Grimes took the lead during the second quarter and didn’t look back. During the second and third quarters alone, Bishop Grimes outscored Phoenix 41-20 en route to a 64-44 win.

The Firebirds traveled to Bishop Grimes (12-7) as the ninth seed while Bishop Grimes earned the eighth seed. The winner of this game earned the right to move on to play top-seeded South Jefferson.

Despite the eventual outcome, Phoenix built a five-point lead over Bishop Ludden by the end of the first quarter. However, once the second quarter began, it all began to go downhill for the Firebirds.

Bishop Ludden outscored Phoenix by 10 points to storm ahead and take a five-point lead into halftime at 31-26.

Bishop Grimes continued to pour it on during the third quarter.  Bishop Grimes outscored Phoenix by 11 points to extend its lead to 16 points by the end of the quarter. Even though the Firebirds were far more competitive during the fourth quarter, they were unable to cut into the deficit they faced.

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Fulton girls basketball team holds off New Hartford 35-32

by Rob Tetro

G. Ray Bodley High School was host to a Section III Class playoff basketball game when the Fulton girls varsity basketball team hosted New Hartford Feb. 15.

Those in attendance saw a game that was back and forth throughout. However, in the end, Fulton came through down the stretch to come away with a 35-32 win.

New Hartford (7-12) came into the game as the ninth seed while the Lady Raiders were the eighth seed. By the end of a competitive first quarter, Fulton had built a three-point lead over New Hartford.

The second quarter was even more competitive. New Hartford outscored the Lady Raiders by a point to bring Fulton’s lead down to two points at 13-11 going into halftime.

New Hartford evened the score during the third quarter. They outscored the Lady Raiders by two points to tie the game at 19-19 by the end of the quarter.

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Fulton throttles Homer to conclude regular season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team topped Homer in its regular season finale Feb. 11.

Fulton got off to a solid start, building an 11-point halftime lead. The Lady Raiders blew the game wide open during the second half. They outscored Homer 28-16 during the second half en route to a 51-28 win.

Fulton wasted little time getting in sync. The Lady Raiders held Homer to only two points during the first quarter while scoring 11 points.

Homer was far more competitive during the second quarter. Fulton outscored the Lady Trojans by only two points but extended its lead to 11 points at 23-12 at halftime. The Lady Raiders began to pull away during the third quarter. They outscored Homer by five points.

Fulton dashed any hope for a Homer rally during the fourth quarter. The Lady Raiders held Homer to only one point during the quarter while expanding their lead to cap off the 23-point win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jessica Hudson and her 10 points. Taylor Duda and Christina Pensabene each finished with eight points.

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