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Fair Haven resident wins gold at Empire State Winter Games

Rebecca Hass pilots her sled down the Olympic bobsled run. Hass and her teammate Bailey Vaness won the gold medal in the Junior Bobsled division of the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid last Sunday.
Rebecca Hass pilots her sled down the Olympic bobsled run. Hass and her teammate Bailey Vaness won the gold medal in the Junior Bobsled division of the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid last Sunday.

Rebecca Hass of Fair Haven won her second consecutive gold medal this past Sunday in the Junior Bobsled division of the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid.

She piloted her sled with brakeman Baily Vaness from Keene Valley, N.Y. Hass drove her sled through the tricky corners of the Olympic Bobsled track at Mt. Vanhoevenberg, securing her second gold medal in the Empire State Games. She won gold last year as well.

The team of Hass and Vaness also grabbed gold medals in last season U.S. Championships.

Hass made a dramatic come from behind victory. With a near Hass found herself .60 of a second behind the pace, putting her in third place.

She came back to win the next two heats with near perfect runs pulling off the victory by over a second, a large margin in the sport of Bobsled.

She is an eighth-grade student at Red Creek Central School and at Lake Placid School during the winter. She has been bobsledding for the past three seasons, learning to maneuver the sled down the icy turns. The junior bobsled program trains inspiring athletes ages 10-16 the skills needed to become world class drivers.

Her sled is sponsored by the Fair Haven Motel, Fair Haven, and MillPond Nursery, Martville.

Syracuse Academy of Science escapes with win over Phoenix

200286940-001by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team lost a hard fought game to Syracuse Academy of Science Feb. 11.

Syracuse Academy Of Science built a 17-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. It was a deficit that took Phoenix two full quarters to recover from. Syracuse Academy Of Science, however, got it done down the stretch to come away with a 55-53 win.

Syracuse Academy Of Science (12-5) got off to a decent start. By the end of the first quarter, they had built a seven-point lead over Phoenix. The Firebirds cut into the deficit they faced during the second quarter. They outscored Syracuse Academy of Science by a point to trail 32-26 at halftime.

Phoenix rallied to tie the game during the third quarter. The Firebirds outscored Syracuse Academy of Science by six points to tie the game at 43-43 by the end of the quarter.

Syracuse Academy of Science outscored Phoenix during the fourth quarter. Syracuse Academy Of Science’ fourth quarter scoring advantage proved to be the difference in the game as it held off the Firebirds for the two-point win.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Dylan Doupe and Chris Vaverchak, who both scored 15 points. Kyle Huniford finished with nine points and Richard Howington chipped in eight points. Zach Sisera and Bryce Plante combined to score six points.

With the loss, Phoenix concludes the regular season with an overall record of 11-7 and a 9-6 record in division play.

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GRB hosts second annual Love to Cheer Invitational

G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton hosted the second annual Love to Cheer Invitational last Saturday. Pictured are the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders from Fulton. In front are JV coach Rebecca Crucitti and varsity coach Nicole Greenier. In second row are Carrieann Thomas, Paige Lockwood, Jessica Vaccaro, Mattie Burdick, Rebecca Stanski, Shelby Fravor, Alissa Robinson,  Jessica Bonning, Courtney Nelson, and Caitlyn Chrisman. In back are Kristen Budd,  Anesia Kauffman, Rachael Evans, Bree Hartle, Candice Wells,  Zoe Perez,  Jenna Ravas, Genesis Loetterle, Paige Scoville, Julia Warner, Alaina Schopp, Terra Root, Madison Cook, Rebecca Humphrey, Katie Medico, and Teri Baker.
G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton hosted the second annual Love to Cheer Invitational last Saturday. Pictured are the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders from Fulton. In front are JV coach Rebecca Crucitti and varsity coach Nicole Greenier. In second row are Carrieann Thomas, Paige Lockwood, Jessica Vaccaro, Mattie Burdick, Rebecca Stanski, Shelby Fravor, Alissa Robinson, Jessica Bonning, Courtney Nelson, and Caitlyn Chrisman. In back are Kristen Budd, Anesia Kauffman, Rachael Evans, Bree Hartle, Candice Wells, Zoe Perez, Jenna Ravas, Genesis Loetterle, Paige Scoville, Julia Warner, Alaina Schopp, Terra Root, Madison Cook, Rebecca Humphrey, Katie Medico, and Teri Baker.

by Rob Tetro

G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton hosted the second annual Love to Cheer Invitational last Saturday.

The Love To Cheer Invitational is the only Section 3 cheerleading competition held in Oswego County.

Boosters for Fulton’s Cheerleading Program sponsored the event, which featured more than 300 cheerleaders from over 15 High Schools. Fulton’s varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders were one of five Oswego County from Oswego County to take part in the competition.

Other teams from Oswego County featured in the event included Phoenix, Hannibal, Central Sqaure and Sandy Creek. Sackets Harbor, Bishop Ludden, Baldwinsville, Cato-Meridian, Central-North Syracuse, South Jefferson, Cincinatus, Utica-Proctor, New York Mills, Syracuse Academy of Science, Madison Central and Westhill also competed.

When the results came in, Oswego County teams didn’t disappoint at either the varsity or junior varsity levels.

Central Sqaure earned an outright first place finish in the junior varsity small school non-tumbling event.

In the junior varsity medium school non-tumbling event, Phoenix earned a first place finish. Syracuse Academy of Science followed the Lady Firebirds in second place.

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Phoenix boys basketball team splits pair of games

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix Boys Varsity Basketball Team topped Chittenango but came up short against Westhill in games played in the last week.

Phoenix outscored Chittenango 35-15 during the second and fourth quarters to come away with a win Feb. 5.

In the Feb. 9 contest against Westhill, Phoenix lost to one of the premiere teams in all of New York State

Phoenix earned a hard fought win against Chittenango (3-14) in what proved to be a game of runs. Chittenango got off to a solid start. By the end of the first quarter, Chittenango had built an eight-point lead.

The Firebirds fought back during the second quarter. They outscored Chittenango by 14 points to take a six-point lead into halftime at 23-17.

Chittenango cut into the deficit they faced in half during the third quarter. They outscored Phoenix by three points to bring The Firebirds lead down to three points by the end of the quarter.

The Firebirds, however, put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter. They outscored Chittenango by six points to come away with a 51-42 win.

Dylan Doupe led Phoenix with 16 points while Richard Howington finished with 15 points. Zach Sisera added 13 points and Brian Sawyer, Chris Vaverchak and Kyle Huniford combined to score seven points for The Firebirds.

Up next for Phoenix was a matchup with league leading Westhill (16-2).

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Phoenix girls end with two losses

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity basketball team’s season concluded with losses to Bishop Ludden and Chittenango.

The Lady Firebirds’ season ends with a final overall record of 3-15.

Bishop Ludden outscored Phoenix 26-15 during the first and third quarters to come away with the win Jan. 31.

An efficient third quarter was also a benefit for Chittenango when it took on Phoenix Feb. 5. Chittenango cushioned a slim halftime lead by outscoring Phoenix 15-8 during the third quarter en route to a hard fought win.

Bishop Ludden (8-8) got off to a decent start when it took on the Lady Firebirds. By the end of the first quarter, they had built a five-point advantage. Bishop Ludden added to its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Phoenix by three points to take a 27-19 halftime lead.

Bishop Ludden all but put the game out of reach during the third quarter. Bishop Ludden outscored Phoenix by six points to extend its lead to 14 points by the end of the quarter. However, The Lady Firebirds kept battling and cut into Bishop Ludden’s lead. Unfortunately, Bishop Ludden’s lead proved to be insurmountable as it came away with a 53-41 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Katherine Oliver, who scored 13 points. Following Oliver was Sydney Patzke with eight points and Kimberly Holbrook with six points.

Meghan Barry chipped in 5 points while Kylie Wallace, Justice Mills and Shannon Dolan combined to score nine points. A pivotal third quarter run proved to be key in Chittenango’s (5-12) win over Phoenix.

After a competitive first quarter, The Lady Firebirds only faced a one-point deficit. The second quarter proved to be equally as competitive. Chittenango outscored Phoenix by a point to take a two-point lead into halftime at 12-10.

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Hannibal boys basketball goes 1-1 in last two games

803800651by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team recently split games against Institute Of Technology Central and Jordan-Elbridge.

Hannibal outscored Institute of Technology Central 44-11 during the first and fourth quarters hold on for the win Jan. 31.

After a competitive first half, Jordan-Elbridge pulled away from Hannibal during the second half en route to the win Feb. 6.

In a game of runs, the Warriors held off Institute of Technology Central (5-12). Hannibal got off to a quick start to begin the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Warriors had jumped out to a 13-point lead.

Institute of Technology Central cut into the deficit during the second quarter. They outscored the Warriors by five points to bring the deficit down to eight points going into halftime.

Institute of Technology Central stormed ahead in impressive fashion during the third quarter. They outscored Hannibal by 14 points to pull ahead by six by the end of the quarter. Unfortunately for Institute of Technology Central, they had no answers for the Warriors down the stretch. Hannibal erupted to outscore Institute of Technology Central by 20 points during the fourth quarter to come away with a 71-57 win.

The Warriors were led by Jake Shortslef, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds.

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Fulton boys basketball loses to CBA and Indian River

Fulton’s Seth Britton takes a shot over Christian Brothers Academy’s Billy Burns Tuesday night. Fulton lost 65-35.
Fulton’s Seth Britton takes a shot over Christian Brothers Academy’s Billy Burns Tuesday night. Fulton lost 65-35.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton Boys Varsity Basketball Team recently lost games to postseason bound Christian Brothers Academy and Indian River.

Christian Brothers Academy quickly established a double digit lead over Fulton en route to a 65-35 win Jan. 29

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, it didn’t get any easier when they took on Indian River Feb. 1. Like the previous game, Fulton found itself trailing by a double digit deficit early on.

Like Christian Brothers Academy, Indian River didn’t relinquish its efforts as it cruised to a 25-point win over the Red Raiders.

Christian Brothers Academy (7-8) wasted little time getting in gear when it took on Fulton. By the end of the first quarter, Christian Brothers Academy established a 10-point lead over The Red Raiders.

Christian Brothers Academy continued its effective play during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by seven points to take a 17 point lead into halftime at 29-12.

Despite The Red Raiders best efforts, they were unable to slow down Christian Brothers Academy during the second half.

CBA outscored Fulton by six points during the third quarter to extend its lead to 25 points. CBA put the finishing touches on an impressive performance during the fourth quarter. They outscored the Red Raiders by seven points to cap off a 65-35 win.

Fulton was led by Jordan Baldwin, who scored nine points. Following Baldwin was Tanner Gorton with six points while Cody Green added five points. Mark Pollock and Cody Dick chipped in four points each and Jacob Cruciti, Austin Haskins and Steven Henri combined to score seven points.

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Bantams win 20th game of the season

Fulton Bantam hockey team defenseman Nate Shaw earned his fifth assist of the season in the game against Rome. The team, sponsored by CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, the Blue Moon Grill and B&T Sports, earned its 20th win of the season with a 4-0 shutout over Rome. The Raiders were also upset in a 3-1 loss to Lysander in weekend play.
Fulton Bantam hockey team defenseman Nate Shaw earned his fifth assist of the season in the game against Rome. The team, sponsored by CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, the Blue Moon Grill and B&T Sports, earned its 20th win of the season with a 4-0 shutout over Rome. The Raiders were also upset in a 3-1 loss to Lysander in weekend play.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, the Blue Moon Grill and B&T Sports, earned its 20th win of the season with a 4-0 shutout over Rome.

The Raiders were also upset in a 3-1 loss to Lysander in weekend play.

On the road against Rome, the first period ended scoreless for both teams.

Fulton’s Evan Beckwith opened the second stanza with an upper corner shot, William Fruce assisting.

Later in the period, Cameron Clarke scored off a feed from Ethan Cimino.

Cimino made it a three-point game thanks to a passing play between Nate Shaw and Kameron Whipple.

Fruce scored the final goal of the game early in the third period with Beckwith and Seth Cooney assisting.

Raider goalie Evan Burdick stopped 10 shots to earn his eighth shutout this season.

Against Lysander, Raider Kameron Whipple netted his 10th goal of the season off a rebound from Cameron Clarke early in the first period.

Lysander’s Noah Koenig responded with the equalizer, David Eckmann assisting, before James Coomey notched the go-ahead goal off a rebound from Eckmann to close the second period.

Eckmann earned a playmaker for Lysander early in the third, assisting Coomey’s second goal of the game to seal a win over the Raiders.

Burdick made 14 saves in net for Fulton.