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Phoenix girls basketball loses to Bishop Grimes, Marcellus

200286940-001by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity basketball team lost to Bishop Grimes and Marcellus last week.

Bishop Grimes outscored Phoenix 30-8 during the second and third quarters of their Jan. 24 game to come way with the win.

Unfortunately for the Lady Firebirds, it didn’t get any easier when they took on Marcellus Jan. 29.

After being outscored by Phoenix during the first quarter, Marcellus cruised to the win after outscoring the Lady Firebirds 49-21 the rest of the way.

Aiming for an upset, Phoenix had a two-point lead over Bishop Grimes following a competitive first quarter. However, Bishop Grimes stormed ahead during the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Firebirds by five points to take a three-point lead into halftime at 16-13.

Bishop Grimes began to pull away from Phoenix during the third quarter and built a 20-point lead by the end of the quarter.

Despite facing the large deficit, Phoenix refused to quit as it rallied to cut into Bishop Grimes’ lead during the fourth quarter.

The lead proved to be too much to overcome as Bishop Grimes came away with a 45-32 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Meghan Barry and Katherine Oliver, who both scored 10 points. Justice Mills followed with six points while Sydney Patzke chipped in three points for the Lady Firebirds.

The competition didn’t ease up any when Phoenix took on Marcellus.

The Lady Firebirds got off to a decent start, building a three-point lead over Marcellus by the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately for Phoenix, Marcellus began to take charge during the second quarter. Marcellus took a 22-17 halftime lead.

Marcellus refused to let up during the third quarter. The Mustangs outscored Phoenix by 11 points to extend their lead to 16 points.

During the fourth quarter, Marcellus outscored the Lady Firebirds by nine points to cap off a 55-30 win.

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Hannibal boys basketball team lose to Solvay and Cazenovia

by Rob Tetro

Last week, the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team lost to Solvay and Cazenovia.

An impressive second quarter helped Solvay blow the game wide open en route to a win against Hannibal Jan. 24.

It didn’t get any easier when the Warriors took on Cazenovia Jan. 29.

Though Hannibal was in it for most of the game, Cazenovia pulled away during the fourth quarter for a double-digit win.

A solid first half helped Solvay cruise to a win over the Warriors. Solvay led 40-18 at halftime.

After a competitive third quarter, Hannibal was able to cut into Solvay’s lead. However, Solvay put the finishing touches on an impressive win during the fourth quarter. They outscored The Warriors by nine points to cap off a 75-45 win.

Trevor Alton led Hannibal with 20 points. Billy Skipper finished with 11 points while Ryan Perry, Sam McCraith and Jake Shortslef chipped in four points each. Charlie McCraith added two points.

Hannibal faced a similar fate when it took on Cazenovia. After a decent start, Cazenovia built a five- point lead over the Warriors by the end of the first quarter. Cazenovia cushioned its lead during the second quarter to take a 37-24 halftime lead.

The Warriors battled back during the third quarter, outscoring Cazenovia by five points.

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Fulton girls basketball team defeats J-E but loses to CBA

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team split games this week against Jordan-Elbridge and Christian Brothers Academy.

Fulton outscored Jordan-Elbridge 23-2 during the first quarter to set the stage for an impressive win Jan. 25.

Against Christian Brothers Academy Jan. 29, Fulton was outscored 47-17 during the second and third quarters in the loss.

The Lady Raiders wasted little time getting into gear when they took on Jordan-Elbridge.

By the end of the first quarter, Fulton had jumped out to a 21-point lead. The Lady Raiders didn’t let up during the second quarter.

They outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 14 points to take a 35-point halftime lead at 40-5.

After a competitive third quarter, Fulton only outscored Jordan-Elbridge by a point. However, the Lady Raiders put the finishing touches on a dominating performance during the fourth quarter. They outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 10 points to cap off a 66-20 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Nicole Hansen, who scored 14 points. Cheyenne Brien followed Hansen with 11 points.

Taylor Duda added 10 points and Jessica Hudson chipped in eight points while Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato, Courtney Parker, Michaela Whiteman and Christina Pensabene combined to score 23 points.

Fulton found out just why Christian Brothers Academy is considered one of the best teams in New York State when the teams met Jan. 29.

The Lady Raiders got off to a decent start. By the end of the first quarter, Fulton had a two-point lead over Christian Brothers Academy.

Christian Brothers Academy stormed ahead during the second quarter and didn’t look back. They outscored Fulton by 17 points to take a 15-point lead into halftime at 25-10.

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North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational. Pictured is Mary Kate Cloonan performing her beam routine. Cloonan took fifth place on beam with an 8.40 and came in ninth overall in the Child B age group.

North Country gymnasts compete

North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational.

North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational. Pictured is Mary Kate Cloonan performing her beam routine. Cloonan took fifth place on beam with an 8.40 and came in ninth overall in the Child B age group.
North Country Gymnastics level 4 gymnasts recently competed in the Cortland YMCA Winter Invitational. Pictured is Mary Kate Cloonan performing her beam routine. Cloonan took fifth place on beam with an 8.40 and came in ninth overall in the Child B age group.

Eleven teams from across New York State participated in the meet.

Placing seventh overall in the Youth A age group, Corinne Clarke’s top score was a 9.1 third-place finish on vault.

Kennedy Pelkey drew eighth place on uneven bars, scoring 7.0 while Kaliess Evans took ninth on vault with the score of 8.7.

Youth A’s Pelkey placed 10th and Evans placed 11th overall.

In the Senior age group, Kiersten Abbot took top honors, placing first on vault with a 9.6.  Abbot’s performance earned her second place overall, thanks to scoring 8.8 on balance beam (second), 8.5 on uneven bars (third) and 8.7 on floor exercise (third).

Vault was Julia Granato’s top event, scoring 9.2 for a third-place finish. Elexis Rinaldo came away with second place in vault with a 9.3 while Eliza Runeare took fifth place with a 7.15 on floor exercise.

Alyssa Wahrendorf placed sixth on vault with an 8.6. Granato, Rinaldo, Runeare and Wahrendorf took fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place overall, respectively.

Intermediate B Kylie Ashline scored 8.85 on the vault to take eighth place and 12th place overall in her age group.

Mary Kate Cloonan’s best event was balance beam, taking fifth with a score of 8.4 in the Child B age group. Cloonan placed ninth overall.

In the Youth B age group, Elena Ruzekowicz shined on vault, scoring 8.9 to take ninth place while Ella Smith placed sixth on floor exercise with an 8.05.  Smith came in ninth overall and Ruzekowicz placed twelfth.

The team will next compete in the Cortland YMCA Valentine’s Invitational Feb. 9.

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

 Mary Kate Cloonan’s best event was balance beam, taking fifth with a score of 8.4 in the Child B age group. Cloonan placed ninth overall.In the Youth B age group, Elena Ruzekowicz shined on vault, scoring 8.9 to take ninth place while Ella Smith placed sixth on floor exercise with an 8.05.  Smith came in ninth overall and Ruzekowicz placed twelfth.The team will next compete in the Cortland YMCA Valentine’s Invitational Feb. 9.

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

Hannibal girls basketball team dominates Red Creek

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team split games against Red Creek and Solvay recently.

Hannibal shut out Red Creek during the first quarter of its game en route to a dominating win Jan. 19.

Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, the second proved to be unkind to them when they took on Solvay Jan. 23. Solvay outscored Hannibal 30-18 during the third and fourth quarters to come away with the win.

The Lady Warriors quickly set the tone for an impressive performance against Red Creek. They jumped out to a 12-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and didn’t look back. Hannibal outscored Red Creek by five points during the second quarter to take a 17 point lead into halftime at 19-2.

The Lady Warriors didn’t let up during the third quarter either. They outscored Red Creek by eight points to extend their lead to 25 points. Hannibal put the finishing touches on a solid performance during the fourth quarter. Hannibal outscored Red Creek by four points to cap off a 43-14 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell, who scored 16 points. Following Sorell was Gabby Griffin with eight points.

Trinity Strupp, Kaylee Esposito and Sara Williams added four points each while E.J. Setsaas, Alexis Stephens and Kaitlin Taylor combined to score seven points.

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Fulton girls topple Fowler

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team went 1-1 in last week’s games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Fowler.

Fulton led by eight points at halftime of its Jan. 17 game against East Syracuse-Minoa. Unfortunately for The Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa got it done during the second half, outscoring Fulton 34-23 during the third and fourth quarters to come away with the win.

The Lady Raiders responded dominantly against Fowler. Fulton cruised to a double-digit win over Fowler Jan. 23.

The Lady Raiders got off to a solid start when they took on East Syracuse-Minoa. By the end of the first quarter, Fulton had a seven-point lead. The Lady Raiders added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring East Syracuse-Minoa by a point to take a 28-20 halftime lead.

East Syracuse-Minoa stormed ahead during the second half. They outscored the Lady Raiders by seven points during the third quarter to bring their lead down to a one point. East Syracuse-Minoa completed its comeback during the fourth quarter. They outscored Fulton by four points to escape with a 54-51 win.

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Fulton boys basketball team wins first game, too

803800651by Rob Tetro

The numbers speak for themselves.

In the past week, the Fulton boys varsity basketball team has played the best basketball it has all season.

Jan. 19, Fulton gave East Syracuse-Minoa, a team with a .500 overall record, all it could handle. ES-M, however, came away with a 53-51 win.

The Red Raiders responded Jan. 23 in a rematch against Fowler. Fulton outscored Fowler 32-22 during the first and third quarters of the game en route to its first win of the season.

East Syracuse-Minoa needed a fourth quarter rally to hold off the Red Raiders.

By the end of the first quarter, the Red Raiders built a five-point lead over East Syracuse-Minoa.

East Syracuse-Minoa stormed back during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by 5 points to tie the game at 27-27.

Once again, the Red Raiders came out of the gates swinging. During the third quarter, Fulton re-established the five-point lead it had earlier in the game.

Unfortunately, for the Red Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa proved to be too much down the stretch. They rallied to erase Fulton’s lead during the fourth quarter to escape with the 53-51 win.

Fulton was led by Cody Green and his 22 points. Following Green were Mark Pollock with 13 points and Cody Dick with six points. Taylor Dudley, Seth Britton and Jordan Baldwin combined to score 10 points for Fulton.

The Red Raiders finally put together a winning performance when they took on Fowler.

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Fulton’s Matt Billion battles an opponent during a scrimmage held prior to the start of the season. Fulton won its first game of the year last Friday against Clinton.

Fulton hockey team picks up first win

Fulton’s Matt Billion battles an opponent during a scrimmage held prior to the start of the season. Fulton won its first game of the year last Friday against Clinton.
Fulton’s Matt Billion battles an opponent during a scrimmage held prior to the start of the season. Fulton won its first game of the year last Friday against Clinton.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team won its first game this season when it took on Clinton Jan. 18.

Trailing by a goal going into the third period, The Red Raiders scored two unanswered goals to come away with a 3-2 win.

Even though the Red Raiders played well early on, they trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Going into the second period, Fulton Coach Todd Terpening opted to make a few adjustments in the team’s defensive zone while emphasizing the importance of getting onto the scoreboard.

About 10 minutes into the second period, the Red Raiders made the score 2-1 following a power-play goal from Kris Grow that was assisted by Matt Billion and Trae Sheldon.

Terpening emphasized the same points for both sides of the puck going into the third period as well.

Five minutes into the third period, Fulton tied the game at 2-2 when Craig Fountain scored a goal that was assisted by Trae Sheldon and Ryan Ross.

As time ticked away, the Red Raiders kept pressure on Clinton.

With seven seconds left in the game, Fulton’s Kris Grow won a face-off in Clinton’s defensive zone.

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