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Fulton girls basketball team loses to CBA, Whitesboro

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team played two games on back-to-back days this week.

The Lady Raiders took on Christian Brothers Academy Monday and Whitesboro Tuesday. Unfortunately for Fulton, both teams proved to be superior opponents.

Following the losses, the Lady Raiders took on Fowler yesterday, which was their third game in five days.

Christian Brothers Academy got off to a solid start. CBA led  41-15 going into halftime. Christian Brothers Academy remained consistent during the third quarter, outscorng Fulton by 12 points to take a 38-point lead into the fourth quarter.

To the Lady Raiders’ credit, they battled valiantly. Though they were able to cut into the deficit during the fourth quarter, Christian Brothers Academy’s lead proved to be insurmountable as they came away with a 68-32 win.

Fulton was led by Nichole Hansen, who scored seven points. Michaela Whiteman, Jessica Hudson and Taylor Duda all finished with five points each. Christina Pensabene, Courtney Parker, Cheyenne Brien and Michelle Gorea combined to score 10 points.

Fulton display a stronger effort when it took on Whitesboro. After a competitive first quarter, Whitesboro led the Lady Raiders by only a point. Fulton got that point back during the second quarter to even the game at 26-26 going into halftime.

Whitesboro got off to a solid start to begin the second half, holding Fulton to only four points during the third quarter while building a 13-point lead.

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Phoenix boys indoor track loaded with upperclassmen

by Rob Tetro

Practices for the Phoenix boys varsity indoor track team began with the main goal of maintaining the momentum that the team established last season with the hope of once again being a competitive opponent for some of the other top teams in Section 3.

A year ago, Phoenix finished in second place behind Jamesville-DeWitt in both indoor and outdoor track seasons.

This season, the Firebirds moved down from the Freedom League in  Class A to the Liberty League in Class B.

The Firebirds look forward to seeing just how well they will measure up against Liberty League opponents while aiming for another successful season. Many athletes who were on the team last season are returning to the team this season.

According to Coach Keith Walberger, his athletes anxiously anticipate the opportunity to prove themselves. Most of the hungry athletes that Walberger speaks of are juniors and seniors who have gained an abundance of experience during the past few seasons.

In light of participation in fall sports, most of the athletes were in tremendous physical condition as practices began. Many of Walberger’s athletes took part in varsity cross country this fall with girls varsity indoor track coach Andy Lewis. Walberger credited Lewis for the work he did this fall getting the athletes in the solid physical condition that they were in when practices began. However, Walberger is also impressed by the effort his athletes put in over the summer, which physically prepared them to be ready for both cross country and indoor track season.

Currently, Phoenix appears to be in solid physical condition. Walberger expects his team to be as physically prepared as possible when they compete in their season opening meet.

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Fulton varsity hockey team still searching for first win

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity hockey team has lost its first five games of the season.

Since their season-opening loss to Skaneateles, the Red Raiders lost New Hartford, Auburn, Ithaca, and Baldwinsville.

New Hartford got off to a decent start when it took on the Red Raiders Dec. 1. New Hartford scored four goals during the first two periods. Though the Red Raiders scored during the third period, they were unable to cut into New Hartford’s lead. New Hartford cruised to a 5-1 win.

Fulton was led by Ryan Ross, who scored an unassisted goal. Goalie Brandon Ladd saved 29 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders faced another early deficit when they took on Auburn Dec. 4.

Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first period. Though Fulton was able to get onto the scoreboard, Auburn led 5-1 going into the third period. Fulton was able to score another goal during the third period but Auburn came away with a 6-2 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Seth DeLisle, who had a goal and an assist. Kris Grow tallied an unassisted goal. Ladd saved 26 shots on goal.

Ithaca set the tone for a solid performance early on in its Dec. 7 game against Fulton, which was part of the Robert Conklin Tournament in Baldwinsville.

Ithaca jumped out to a two-goal lead during the first period. Ithaca scored two more goals during the second period to take a 5-1 lead into the game’s final period. Ithaca scored three goals during the third period for the 8-1 win.

Kaiden Hotchkiss scored for Fulton while goalie Jared Simpson saved 30 shots on goal.

Dec. 8, Fulton took on host school Baldwinsville in the second game of the tournament. After the first period, the Red Raiders trailed by a goal. Baldwinsville added another goal during the second period to expand its lead to two goals. Though Fulton scored a goal during, Baldwinsville scored two goals to come away with a 4-1 win.

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Mat-ter Of Fact: December 12, 2012

by Dan Farfaglia

The 2012-3013 Fulton Wrestling season is now under way.

A major change took place with the varsity team over the last year with the resignation of long time coach Mike Conners.

Western New York native Chris Stalker was hired as his replacement over the summer and has quickly immersed himself with the strong program, its long successful history and its important role within this community. More about Coach Stalker in the next edition of this column.

Doesn’t seem like it, but in the first week of action of the regular season, the Red Raiders have completed three events.  They are also in a re-building phase and adjusting to new leadership.

Seniors Derek Owen (220 pounds) and Mike Demauro (152 pounds) have been selected as the team captains for this year.

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Saturday, Dec. 1, the team took part in the annual Anderson Memorial Tournament held at Cicero North Syracuse High School. Fulton finished a very respectable second place, acquiring 175 team points. South Jefferson, coached by Pat Conners — brother of the former Fulton Coach — came in first with 205 points and Canastota came in third with 165 points. Twenty-two teams participated in this tournament.

Coming in second place for Fulton were Kirby Labeef (103 pounds), Mitchell Woodworth (113 pounds), and Thomas Hill (120 pounds).  Joe Abelgore (99 pounds) and Brennan Roberge (285 pounds) came in third and Derek Owen finish the day in fourth.

Austin Whitney (126 pounds) and Brandon Hill (132 pounds) came in fifth place. Coming in seventh place were Mike DeMauro, Travis Race (160 pounds), Sam Rios (170 pounds) and Matt Marshall (195 pounds). Tim Holden (138 pounds) finished the day in 8th place.

Tuesday Dec. 4, the Red Raiders traveled to Palmyra-Macedon for the first dual meet of the year.  Pal–Mac, as it is called, was Division Two state champions a few years back and as expected, it was a tight one with Fulton defeating them by a score of 41-29. Bringing in six team points (pins) were Mitchell Woodworth, Austin Whitney, Sam Rios, Todd Oakes, and Brennan Roberge.

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Fulton basketball team splits first two games of the season

by Rob Tetro

Two games into the regular season, the Fulton girls varsity basketball team is off to a 1-1 start.

Fulton’s season got off to an impressive start when it took on Cortland Nov. 30. During the first and third quarters of the game, the Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by 17 points en route to a 62-47 win.

December 5, Fulton gave Jamesville-DeWitt all it could handle and then some. After an evenly played first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt outscored the Lady Raiders by six points during the second quarter.

Despite a valiant effort, Fulton couldn’t overcome the six-point deficit that was built during the second quarter as Jamesville-DeWitt came away with a 48-39 win.

Against Cortland, Fulton built an eight-point first-quarter lead.  Despite the lead, Cortland didn’t quit. The Lady Purple Tigers responded by outscoring Fulton by three points during the second quarter, which cut Fulton’s lead to five points at 25-20 going into halftime.

Fulton answered Cortland’s response during the third quarter. The Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by nine points, which expanded their lead to 14 points.

Once again, Cortland did not back down. However, despite a nearly even fourth quarter of play, Cortland was unable to cut into Fulton’s lead.

The Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by a point to cap off their 15-point win.

Fulton was led by Jessica Hudson, who scored 15 points. Nichole Hansen added 14 points while Christina Pensabene scored 8 points. Taylor Duda and Courtney Parker each added five points. Michaela Whiteman, Sydney Plato, Cheyenne Brien and Michelle Gorea combined to tally 15 points for Fulton.

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Phoenix’s Kyle Huniford scores the game-winning point from foul line. The Firebirds defeated Hannibal 49-48. Huniford scored five points in the game.

Phoenix boys basketball wins on last-second free throw

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Phoenix’s Kyle Huniford scores the game-winning point from foul line. The Firebirds defeated Hannibal 49-48. Huniford scored five points in the game.

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball season got off to a thrilling start following a hard fought win against Hannibal Monday.

Though Phoenix jumped out to a six-point lead early in the game, Hannibal hung tough and rallied to tie the game going into the fourth quarter.  After an exciting fourth quarter, the Firebirds came away with a 49-48 win.

After an impressive first quarter, Phoenix had built a six-point lead over Hannibal. During the second quarter, both teams scored 13 points as the Firebirds took a 26-20 lead into halftime. However, The Warriors came out swinging during the third quarter. They outscored the Firebirds by six points to tie game going into the fourth quarter.

Despite a valiant effort by Hannibal, Phoenix got it done down the stretch. They scored 10 points during the fourth quarter, including the game-winning free throw by Kyle Huniford with less than a second on the clock.

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Phoenix’s Katherine Oliver, surrounded by Cato-Meridian players, makes a pass to a teammate during a Bill Middleton Tournament game in Baldwinsville. Oliver led Phoenix with 18 points in the 47-37 win.

Phoenix girls basketball team competes in B’ville tournament

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Phoenix’s Katherine Oliver, surrounded by Cato-Meridian players, makes a pass to a teammate during a Bill Middleton Tournament game in Baldwinsville. Oliver led Phoenix with 18 points in the 47-37 win.

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity basketball team began the season by splitting games against Rome Free Academy and Cato-Meridian in the Bill Middleton Tournament in Baldwinsville.

Rome Free Academy outscored Phoenix by 14 points during the second quarter of Friday’s game en route to a 63-20 win.

The Lady Firebirds regrouped the following day against Cato-Meridian. After a solid first half of play, Phoenix had a 12-point halftime over Cato-Meridian, which proved to be insurmountable. The Lady Firebirds came away with a 47-37 win.

Rome Free Academy set the tone early on during the first game. RFA jumped out to an 11-point lead during the first quarter. RFA outscored Phoenix by 14 points during the second quarter to take a 33-8 lead into halftime.

RFA’s onslaught continued into the second half. During the third quarter, the team outscored the Lady Firebirds by 10 points to expand its lead to 35 points. Rome Free Academy finished off the game by outscoring Phoenix by eight points to cap off the 43-point win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Kylie Wallace, who scored 10 points. Sydney Patzke scored four points while Justice Mills, Kimberly Holbrook and Alex Wilson combined to chip in six points for Phoenix.

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Hannibal boys basketball team too much for Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The size, physicality and versatility of the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team proved to be too much for Fulton Thursday.

After a hard fought first quarter, the Warriors went on to outscore The Red Raiders 42-24 during the second and third quarters en route to a 69-45 win.

Hannibal showed early on that it was ready to put the height and size advantage it had over Fulton to work. However, despite being outsized in certain areas, the Red Raiders only trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter.

Hannibal’s height and size advantage began to wear the Red Raiders down during the second quarter. The Warriors outscored Fulton by seven points to take a 28-20 lead into halftime.

Having successfully worn down Fulton during the first half, Hannibal’s cohesive play blew the game open during the third quarter. The Warriors outmuscled the Red Raiders with its inside game while setting up its outside game.

Following a handful of 3-pointers, Hannibal went on to outscore Fulton by 11 points during the third quarter to expand its lead to 19 points.

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