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Second annual ‘Run for ‘Dennis’

The second annual Run For Dennis 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for  March 16 at 10 a.m. to honor the memory of Oswego resident Dennis Pacheco, a victim of bladder cancer, according to Jessica Newson, race director and Pacheco’s daughter.

“Last year’s race raised more than $14,000 for bladder cancer advocacy and research,” Newson said. “And the need is even greater. There were 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in 2012, up from 69,000 cases diagnosed in 2011.”

The run/walk will be chip timed and USA Track & Field certified. All proceeds of the race will go to Strong Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, Rochester, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age groups, including last place.

Pacheco is survived by his wife, Jane (Kleinbach) Pacheco; and children, Jessica (Robert) Newson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Kristin (David) DeGroff of Royal Oak, Mich., Nathaniel Pacheco of Oswego; daughter-friend, Jennifer Cushman of Fredericksburg, Va.; and grandchildren, Cole and Allison Newson.

Registration for the race, which begins and ends at Gibby’s Pub on Lake Street, is open at www.EZRaceReg.com.

The web site for the race is www.runfordennis.com.

Fulton Little League registration dates set

The Fulton Little League program will hold registrations Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon; Feb. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.; and Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration will be held at the Fulton War Memorial. Little League includes both baseball and softball.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4 through 16 who reside within the Fulton or Hannibal school district.
To be eligible for the upcoming season, a child must be at least four years old and cannot be 17 years old before May 1.

Those seeking more information may call John Florek at 591-4993.

Phoenix basketball team wins two of three games

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team recently won games against Jordan-Elbridge and Institute off Technology Central but fell to Skaneateles.

Phoenix outscored Jordan-Elbridge 36-14 during the second half of their Jan. 11 game en route to the 64-46 win.

The Firebirds kept it going against Institute of Technology Central Jan. 15. Phoenix rallied during the second half to overcome a first half deficit to pull away for the 60-49 win.

Unfortunately for the Firebirds, Skaneateles proved to be a little too much for them Jan. 18. Skaneateles was just a little more efficient during the second half as they escaped with a hard fought 62-58 win over Phoenix.

Leading the way for the Firebirds in the Jordan-Elbridge game was Chris Vaverchak, who scored 19 points. Richard Howington and Zach Sisera both scored 11 points and Dylan Doupe added eight points.

Brian Sawyer chipped in seven points while Kyle Huniford, Andrew Torres and Bryce Plante combined to score eight points for Phoenix.

In the Institute off Technology Central game, Phoenix was led by Doupe and Howington, who both scored 14 points. Sisera scored 11 points and Huniford chipped in 10 points. Vaverchak added seven points while Gino Mammoito and Sawyer scored two points.

In the Skaneateles game, Phoenix was led by Vaverchak and his 19 points. Avery Chisolm finished with 10 points, Sisera and Doupe each scored nine points, and Howington added six points.

Huniford and Sawyer combined to score six points for The Firebirds.

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Hannibal defeats Syracuse Academy but loses to Westhill

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The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team recently earned an impressive win against Syracuse Academy of Science but came up short against Westhill.

After three competitive quarters of basketball against Syracuse Academy of Science Jan. 16, Hannibal pulled away during the fourth quarter to earn a 48-40 win. Unfortunately, the Warriors were not so lucky against state-ranked Westhill Jan. 18.

Once again, Hannibal was in a game that was highly competitive going into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Westhill got it done down the stretch to escape with the hard fought 52-49 win.

Leading the way for Hannibal in the Syracuse Academy game was Jake Shortslef, who scored 14 points. Jacob Schenko finished with 13 points, Trevor Alton chipped in eight points, and Billy Skipper added seven points.

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Fulton girls basketball loses to J-D and defeats Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team recently lost to Jamesville-DeWitt, but bounced back to defeat Mexico.

Jamesville-DeWitt outscored the Lady Raiders 29-6 during the second and third quarters of their Jan. 8 game en route to a 48-31 victory.

The Lady Raiders had better luck against Mexico Jan. 15. Steady play proved to be key in the Lady Raiders’ 45-41 win over Mexico.

Fulton got off to a decent start against Jamesville-DeWitt. The Lady Raiders built a two-point lead by the end of the first quarter.

Jamesville-DeWitt dominated the second and third quarters. The Lady Red Rams outscored rhe Lady Raiders by seven points during the second quarter to take a 20-15 lead into halftime.

It didn’t get any easier for Fulton as Jamesville-DeWitt blew the game open during the third quarter.

Jamesville-DeWitt held Fulton to only two points while scoring 16 points to extend its lead to 21 points by the end of the quarter.

Despite trailing, The Lady Raiders showed no quit while battling to outscore Jamesville-Dewitt during the fourth quarter.

Fulton was led by Jessica Hudson and Christina Pensabene, who both scored 11 points. Nicole Hansen finished with four points while Taylor Duda, Courtney Parker and Michelle Gorea combined to score five points.

The Lady Raiders earned their first win of 2013 when they took on Mexico.

Fulton got off to a solid start against the Lady Tigers. They jumped out to a six-point lead by the end of the first quarter.

After an evenly played second quarter, Fulton had maintained its first quarter lead as it took a 24-18 lead into halftime. Mexico cut into lead to one point during the third quarter.

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Raiders boys basketball falls to J-D, Indian River, and Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity basketball team recently endured one of the more challenging stretches of games it will face this season.

Jamesville-DeWitt got off to a solid start Jan. 8, which set the tone for a long night for Fulton. Indian River proved to be a little too much for the Red Raiders Jan. 12 and inconsistent play doomed Fulton during a Jan. 15 loss to Mexico.

In the 92-43 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt, Fulton was led by Seth Britton and Mark Pollock, who both scored eight points. Cody Green and Steven Henri followed them with six points each. Taylor Dudley chipped in five points and Dan Coant added three points. Tanner Gorton, Casey Ware, Jeremy Langdon and Cody Dick combined to score seven points.

In the 68-61 loss to Indian River, the Raiders were led by Green and his 18 points. Gorton finished with 15 points, Britton chipped in 10 points, and Dudley added eight points.

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Firebird Katherine Oliver takes a shot over Chittenango’s Sarah Moon during a recent game at Phoenix. Oliver led the Lady Firebirds to two consecutive wins.

Phoenix girls basketball team on two-game winning streak

Firebird Katherine Oliver takes a shot over Chittenango’s Sarah Moon during a recent game at Phoenix. Oliver led the Lady Firebirds to two consecutive wins.
Firebird Katherine Oliver takes a shot over Chittenango’s Sarah Moon during a recent game at Phoenix. Oliver led the Lady Firebirds to two consecutive wins.

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity basketball team began the season with an eight-game losing streak. However, that all changed when Phoenix took on Chittenango Jan. 3.

After leading most of the first half, the Lady Firebirds held off Chittenango down the stretch to capture its second win of the season.

January 11, Phoenix dominated Jordan-Elbridge to mark its first multiple game win streak of the season.

The Lady Firebirds got off to a decent start when they took on Chittenango, jumping out to a three-point advantage by the end of the first quarter.

Phoenix added to its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Chittenango by five points to take an 17-9 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Chittenango outscored Pheonix by five points to cut the lead down to three points. Chittenango’s efforts fell short as Phoenix  held on for a 36-34 win.

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Hannibal splits games against Skaneateles and Chittenango

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team went 1-1 in games against Skaneateles and Chittenango last week.

Jan. 8, Skaneateles gradually cushioned its lead as the game went on to come away with a hard fought win.

However, the Warriors responded with an exciting win against Chittenango Jan. 11. Hannibal staged a furious fourth quarter rally to overcome a double digit lead to escape with a one-point win over Chittenango.

The Warriors got off to a decent start when they took on Skaneateles. By the end of the first quarter, Hannibal had built a three-point lead over Skaneateles.

Skaneateles, however, began to take over from there. The Lakers outscored the Warriors by four points during the second quarter to take a one-point lead into halftime at 24-23.

Hannibal shoved great resolve as the game went on. The Warriors were outscored by a point during the third quarter and faced a two-point deficit going into the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Skaneateles proved to be too much down the stretch. The Lakers outscored Hannibal by four points during the fourth quarter to come away with a 58-52 win.

The Warriors were led by Jake Shortslef, who scored 20 points. Following Shortslef was Billy Skipper with 16 points. Ryan Perry and Trevor Alton scored five points each while Jacob Schenko, Charlie McCraith and Sam McCraith combined to score six points for Hannibal.

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