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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.

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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.

Hannibal’s Skipworth wins 55-meter hurdles

55-meter hurdles winner – Hannibal’s Jordan Skipworth and Cicero-North Syracuse Morgan Austen compete in the 55-meter hurdle event during the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. Skipworth finished in first place while Hannibal as a team finished in sixth place.–Valley News photo by Hal Henty
55-meter hurdles winner – Hannibal’s Jordan Skipworth and Cicero-North Syracuse Morgan Austen compete in the 55-meter hurdle event during the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. Skipworth finished in first place while Hannibal as a team finished in sixth place.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Fulton Bantams top Lysander, Center State

Ice action – The Fulton Bantam hockey team added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0. Pictured is Raider Nolan Bonnie, who scored twice and assisted two goals in the game against Center State.
Ice action – The Fulton Bantam hockey team added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0. Pictured is Raider Nolan Bonnie, who scored twice and assisted two goals in the game against Center State.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by The Blue Moon Grill, CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, and B&T Sports, added two more wins to its season record, topping Lysander 6-3 and Center State Blue 16-0.

On the road against Lysander, Raider Cameron Clarke scored two in a row, first picking up a rebound from Seth Cooney, and then taking a feed from Richie King at the close of the first period.

Lysander made it a one-point game at the start of the second stanza. Evan Beckwith responded, scoring on a breakaway. The Lightning stunned Fulton with two in a row at the start of the third period for a 3-3 tie.

Raider Nate Shaw sent a pass to Clarke, who skated through the Lysander defense to net the go-ahead goal, his 15th of the season.

Fulton’s Robbie Carson scored, skating the puck in on an end-to-end rush, before Cameron Whipple sealed a win for the Raiders with a backhand shot, Cooney assisting.

Fulton’s Evan Burdick stopped 24 shots in net.

On home ice, a short-benched Center State was no match for the Raiders. Scoring goals for Fulton were Robbie Carson, Cameron Whipple, Richie King, Cameron Clarke, William Fruce, Seth Cooney and Nolan Bonnie.  Assisting were Evan Beckwith, Clarke, Cooney, Fruce, Whipple, Bonnie, Carson and King.

Evan Burdick made 9 saves for the shut out.

Oswego County launches free snowmobile trail app

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning has partnered with Mohawk Valley GIS and the Oswego County Snowmobile Association to offer a free trail app for riders in the snow blessed Tug Hill region.

The app contains interactive maps of 378 miles of snowmobile trails, public parking locations, 10 snowmobile clubs, 25 restaurants, 21 gas stations, 11 lodgings, and several more snowmobile-related and supporting businesses along the Oswego County trail system.

As of press time, 837 people had downloaded the app, which displays the rider’s current GPS location and trail data. Once it’s been loaded on a smart phone, the trails can be accessed at any time.

“Oswego County is blessed with a wide variety of natural resources that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors from around the world throughout the year,” said Dave Turner, director of the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

“Our annual snowfall (sometimes the highest this side of the Rockies) is near the top of the list of attractions here for outdoor enthusiasts. We were delighted to be selected as the model for this new service, and we hope that it will become the tool that helps create a safe and enjoyable experience for resident snowmobilers and wintertime visitors alike.”

Linda Rockwood, developer of the www.NYSnowmobileWebMap.com site and owner of Mohawk Valley GIS, approached the county more than a year ago and offered to develop the app as a pilot project.

“The timing was perfect, said Rockwood. “Oswego County wanted to include their trails in the interactive trail map website project, and we wanted to create a free app that featured the trails in one of our state’s more popular regions.”

As part of the joint promotional effort, sponsoring businesses in Oswego County were offered a discounted advertising package that includes the countywide paper trail map, web map, premium statewide and free trail apps, and GPS trail sets.

The Snowmobiling Oswego County app is available in both Apple’s appStore and Google’s Play store.

Bird decoys

bird decoys
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

It’s amazing how another year has flown; here we are past Christmas with New Year’s celebrations a couple days away, and to me at least, it hardly seems possible.

It has been a good year with great times spent with family, no really bad things happening to any of us, and Sweet Thing and I have been able to spend some time working on projects that we really enjoy.

She has been working away on quilts with her sisters once a week when we are in the area. I have been making a few decoys, catching some fish with my grandchildren and I had the pleasure of watching Nathaniel complete his first shore bird decoy in time to give it to his father and mother for Christmas.

Nathaniel and I have been learning together how to make shorebirds and I think he might be better than I am at it. He is a good learner and has been able to apply everything that

I have taught him and understands the rational for making decoys that will fool birds, while at the same time not looking like real birds frozen forever in wood.

We don’t make wooden birds with burnt in feathering or every single feather painted perfectly in place. Our birds are impressionistic and pattern painted.

All the old decoy makers made blocks that would fool wild birds long enough to get them into easy range for shooting. None of those old hunting decoys would fool any of us into believing they are real.

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Marcellus hands Phoenix first loss of the season

Loose ball – Phoenix’s Christopher Vaverchak knocks the ball away from Syracuse Academy of Science’s Nakis Johnson during a recent game. Also pictured are Firebirds Kyle Huniford (20) and Girolamo Mammolito (32). Vaverchak scored 17 points, but Phoenix lost 70-60. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty
Loose ball – Phoenix’s Christopher Vaverchak knocks the ball away from Syracuse Academy of Science’s Nakis Johnson during a recent game. Also pictured are Firebirds Kyle Huniford (20) and Girolamo Mammolito (32). Vaverchak scored 17 points, but Phoenix lost 70-60.
–Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team lost its first game of the season when it took on Marcellus Dec. 18.

Following a decent start, Marcellus jumped out to an early lead. Unfortunately for the Firebirds, they were never really able to overcome the early deficit as Marcellus cruised to a 62-47 win.

Phoenix was led by Chris Vaverchak, who scored 19 points. Dylan Doupe added eight points and Zach Sisera finished with five points.
Avery Chisolm and Richard Howington chipped in four points each while Kyle Huniford, Bryan Murray and Bryce Plante combined to score seven points for The Firebirds.

Fulton ice hockey

The Fulton varsity hockey team is still winless as the season nears its halfway point.

During their last four games, Fulton has given up an average of eight goals a game while only scoring an average of a goal in each of those games.

The Red Raiders lost their sixth and seventh games of the season when they took on Whitesboro Dec. 11th and Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt Dec. 14.
Whitesboro jumped out to three goal lead during the first period and didn’t look back when they took on the Red Raiders.

During the second period, Whitesboro added three more goals. Whitesboro scored four goals during the third period to cap off a 10-0 win.

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YMCA offers adult competitive basketball

AA038144-2The Fulton YMCA will be offering a new adult competitive basketball league starting Jan. 19.

The league will continue until April 27. It will be held Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m.

The season will run a maximum of 15 weeks including playoffs and championships with one or two bye weeks being added depending on the number of teams participating.

Registrations are now open for those 18 years of age and older. A maximum of six teams will be in the A division for 18 and older and a maximum of six teams in the B division 25 and older with a minimum of five teams needed in order for the leagues to run.  The divisions will be combined if five teams or under register.

Registration is on a first come first served basis. Applications and forms can be picked up at the YMCA at 715 W. Broadway or can be downloaded from its web site at www.fultonymca.org.

Those seeking more information may call the YMCA at 598-9622.