Category Archives: Sports

Hannibal girls basketball team defeats J-E, loses to Skaneateles

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team went 1-1 last week in games against Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles.

An impressive start led Hannibal to victory against Jordan-Elbridge Jan. 3. Unfortunately, the Lady Warriors were not as successful when they took on Skaneateles Jan. 8.

By the numbers, the Lady Warriors were expected to dominate Jordan-Elbridge and they did just that. By the end of the first quarter, Hannibal had jumped out to a 23-0 lead.

The Lady Warriors dominating performance continued into the second quarter. Hannibal outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 15 points to extend its lead to 38 points going into halftime at 39-1.

The Lady Warriors outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 12 points during the third quarter to push their lead to 50 points.

During the fourth quarter, Hannibal put the finishing touches on the 65-11 win.

Devin Sorell led Hannibal with 16 points. Following Sorell were Gabby Griffin with 10 points and Alexis Stephens with eight points. Kaylee Esposito chipped in seven points, Sara Otis added six points, and Trinity Strupp, E.J. Setsaas, Hunter Beckwith, Spencer Kenney, Sara Williams, Erin Sly and Kaitlin Taylor combined to score 18 points.

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Fulton boys basketball continues development as 2013 begins

by Rob Tetro

A season of growth and development was expected for the Fulton boys varsity basketball team. Despite the team’s 0-8 record, subtle development has been seen, which suggests that brighter days are ahead for the Red Raiders.

The team continued to take its lumps as it took on Homer to conclude the 2012 portion of their regular season and began 2013 with games against Bishop Ludden and Cortland.

Fulton took on Homer Dec. 21. After three quarters, The Red Raiders found themselves once again in position to secure their first win of the season. Unfortunately for Fulton, Homer erupted during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton 17 points to come away with a 56-35 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Mark Pollock, who scored eight points. Cody Green and Steven Henri each scored six points each and Seth Britton and Tanner Gorton each added four points. Cody Dick and Taylor Dudley combined to score five points for Fulton.

Bishop Ludden defeated Fulton by a final score of 76-49.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jordan Baldwin, who scored nine points. Green finished with eight points while Pollock, Britton and Gorton each scored seven points. Taylor Dudley chipped in four points while Jeremy Langdon, Casey Ware, Cody Dick and Austin Haskins combined to score five points for The Red Raiders.

Last Friday, an undefeated Cortland squad outscored the Red Raiders by 23 points during the first and third quarters en route to a 67-36 win.

Fulton was led by Pollock and Austin Haskins, who both scored six points. Britton had five points while Green and Taylor Dudley each scored four points. Dick chipped in three points while Langdon, Ware, Gorton, Henri and Baldwin combined to score eight points.

The Red Raiders will compete against Indian River Jan. 12 and Mexico Jan. 15.


Hannibal High School dedicates basketball court

The Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges (right) and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano Left). The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.
The Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges (right) and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano Left). The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.

by Rob Tetro

In front of a respectful crowd that featured supporters from three other communities in attendance for the Hannibal Holiday Basketball Tournament, the Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano.

The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.

Both coaches began teaching at Hannibal High School in 1973. Sturges was a social studies teacher while Cianfarano was a chemistry and general science teacher.

Sturges was a basketball coach for 40 years. He spent 35 of those years as head coach of Hannibal’s boys team. Sturges also spent five years as an assistant basketball coach at SUNY Oswego.

He also coached modified cross country and track and field teams while at Hannibal.

Cianfarano coached the Hannibal girls team for 27 years.

While at Hannibal, Cianfarano also coached varsity softball for 25 years and varsity girls track and field for two years. He was also an assistant coach for the varsity girls soccer team for five years.

Before moving to the varsity ranks, Cianfarano also coached Hannibal’s girls junior varsity  basketball team for a year and the Warriors modified football team for two years.

As a coach of three sports in Hannibal for 35 years, Sturges coached more than 500 athletes while Cianfarano coached 600 athletes during his tenure at Hannibal with 180 of those athletes were basketball players.

As coach of the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team, Sturges had a record of 462-290. Under Sturges, Hannibal won seven sectional titles, 13 league championships and 14 Holiday Tournament championships.

Hannibal also earned five regional appearances under Sturges, which included one appearance in the state semifinals.

Other accolades under Sturges included winning 51 games in a row at home while having 14 Scholar-Athlete Teams.

As head coach of the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team, Cianfarano won nearly 420 games.

One of those wins came when the Lady Warriors won a sectional title en route to a regional appearance.

Hannibal made at least six appearances in the sectional championship game under Cianfarano.

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Leon Archer

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? I wasn’t going to because I have a tendency to make resolutions that are more like wishes and they are seldom realistic. This year, however, I do have a couple resolutions I believe I can live up to.

My first resolution is: I will not bow to the tyranny of the urgent, but I will give a higher priority to the things I want to do, not those I think I have to do.

Or simply put, I am going to enjoy myself more.

I have spent way too much time trying to live up to the expectations of others, ignoring the fact that I have some needs of my own that only I can fill. I am going to put some balance back into my life.

My second resolution is: I am going to write at least 20 hours a week. This resolution does not contradict or conflict with my first resolution. I started several writing projects that I very much want to get back to, but I have let each one of them languish. That has to cease. I really enjoy getting off by myself with my thoughts and a full pot of coffee.

I enjoy writing this column, but there is so much more that is struggling to get out of my head that has nothing to do with outdoor sports; all I need is time.

There, I’ve gotten that off my chest, now what’s happening out and around? I know the skiers and snowmobilers are in their glory. This winter looks like it is on track to be all that last winter was not for them.  I’m happy for them, but I am no longer a snow person. I used to be, but somewhere along the way I lost that part of me that thrilled to see the first flakes of early winter snow, looking forward to the cold blanket that would wrap my world for the next three or four months.

Even though I now see snow as mostly an inconvenience that needs to be removed from driveway and sidewalk, deep down inside I can’t help but envy those who delight in its presence.

I have fond memories of winters past, sledding as a boy, ice fishing with my father and brother, and hunting small game that usually had better sense than I did when it came to wandering around in deep snow.

We often came home with a pack basket full of jack perch from Sandy Pond and a warm sense of accomplishment that somehow counteracted the stiff aching fingers and chilblains.

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Phoenix wins Hannibal tournament

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team won both of its games to win the Hannibal Holiday Tournament Championship that was held Dec. 29-30.

Phoenix erupted during the second and third quarters en route to an impressive win against Cato-Meridian Dec. 29.

The next day, a solid third quarter proved to be key as the Firebirds came away with a solid win over Jordan-Elbridge to capture the championship.

In the Cato-Meridian game, Phoenix was led by Dylan Doupe and his 14 points.

Following Doupe were Zach Sisera with nine points and Chris Vaverchak with eight points. Bryce Plante and Kyle Huniford each chipped in six points while Richard Howington, Brian Sawyer, Gino Mammoito and Corey Bowman combined to score 14 points for Phoenix.

In the title game, Phoenix was led by Sisera, who scored 13 points. Sawyer finished with 10 points and Chris Vaverchak chipped in nine points.

Richard Howington added seven points while Huniford, Doupe, Plante and Mammoito combined to score 12 points for the Firebirds.

Following the tournament, Phoenix now has an overall record of 6-2. The Firebirds have upcoming games against Westhill Jan. 8 and Jordan-Elbridge Jan. 11.

Hannibal boys basketball

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team went 1-1 while hosting the Hannibal Holiday Tournament.

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Fulton girls basketball team tops Central Square

AA038144-2by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team earned a hard fought win over county rival Central Square Dec. 28.

After a nearly even first half, solid second half helps Fulton pull away for a 57-49 win over Central Square.

After a competitive first quarter, the Lady Raiders led Central Square by only three points. Central Square displayed its toughness and evened the playing field during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by three points, which sent the game into halftime tied at 29. Unfortunately for Central Square, the Lady Raiders proved to be tougher down the stretch. During the third quarter, Fulton outscored Central Square by five points and didn’t let up during the fourth quarter. Fulton outscored Central Square by five points to cap off the eight-point win.

Leading the way for Central Square was Claudia Stirpe, who scored 14 points. Katie Griffin finished with 12 points and Desdie Pledger chipped in 10 points. Schyler Laux, Lakin Mueller, Taylor Dewispelare and Sammi Loveless combined to score 13 points for Central Sqaure.

The Lady Raiders were led by Michaela Whiteman and her 16 points. Following Whiteman was Jessica Hudson with 14 points. Nichole Hansen added 10 points and Christina Pensabene chipped in six points.

Sydney Gilmore, Michelle Gorea and Cheyenne Brien combined to score 11 points for Fulton.

The Lady Raiders overall record improves to 4-3 overall with the win. Fulton has an upcoming game against Jamesville-DeWitt Jan. 8.

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YMCA has new running coach

The Fulton Family YMCA now has a national running coach in Kevin Collins. He will lead a running program at the YMCA.

This beginner/intermediate running program is designed to introduce participants to basic training concepts for optimal fitness and development. Runners will learn a simplistic time and effort-based training system format that is time-manageable, safe, effective, and transportable.

Beginners must be able to jog easy for 15 minutes. Intermediate 30 minutes.

One weekday workout provided and one weekend all-attendance long run that will encompass all current YMCA of Greater Syracuse running program participants from the North, East, Southwest and Downtown YMCA branches.

Collins has over 28 years of experience. He has trained over 700 beginner and veteran CNY runners to achieve running goals.

His running achievements include: three-time U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier, number-three marathoner in the U.S. in 2003, placed second in the U.S. Championship in 2003, placed 32nd in World championship in 2003, and number-one American finisher in the 1996 Boston Marathon.

Kinder Sports

The Fulton Family YMCA’s Youth Sports program is open to boys and girls ages 3-6 years old. Kinder Sports teaches children the fundamentals for sports.

Children will learn how to follow directions, play fairly, make friends and work as a team.  The YMCA’s instructors are trained to identify each child’s needs, to help them build strength, skill and confidence for life.

This session will go for seven weeks. There are 45 minute time slots Mondays or Fridays. Mondays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. are for ages 3-4 years. Children ages 5-6 will be from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays the time slot for ages 3-4 years is 2 to 2:45 p.m. and for the 5-6 year olds from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Registration is currently taking place with the session beginning Jan. 7 through Feb. 22.

The sports taught will include but not limited to, kickball, basketball, baseball, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer, golf, track and field and football.

There is a fee for this program. More information may be obtained by calling the YMCA at 598-9622.


Fulton girls basketball team overwhelms Homer 51-24

200286940-001by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team won in convincing fashion when it took on Homer Dec. 21.

Fulton held Homer to an average of six points per quarter as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 51-24 win.

Fulton wasted little time dashing any hope Homer had for an upset. The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 12-point first quarter lead. During the second quarter, Fulton outscored Homer by nine points to take a 21-point halftime lead at 32-11.

Despite an improved effort by Homer during the second half, the Lady Raiders remained consistent. They outscored Homer by three points during the third quarter to bring their lead to 24 points. During the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders outscored Homer by three more points to cap off the 27-point win.

Fulton was led by Jessica Hudson, who scored 15 points. Christina Pensabene scored 11 points and Nicole Hansen and Michaela Whiteman each scored seven points.

Taylor Duda, Michelle Gorea and Sydney Plato combined to score 11 points for the Lady Raiders.

With the win, Fulton’s record improves to 3-3.

Fulton will begin the 2013 portion of its schedule with games against Whitesboro Jan. 2 and Cortland Jan. 4.