Category Archives: Sports

Fulton girls basketball team tops Fowler 49-24

by Rob Tetro

Consistent play proved to be key in the Fulton girls varsity basketball team’s win against Fowler Dec. 14.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a double-digit lead during the first half en route to a 49-24 win over Fowler.

Fulton got off to an impressive start and didn’t look back. The Lady Raiders had an 11-point lead over Fowler by the end of the first quarter.

Fulton didn’t back down during the second quarter. They outscored Fowler by seven points to take an 18 point lead into halftime at 30-12.

The Lady Raiders kept it going during the second half as well. They outscored Fowler by eight points during the third quarter to extend their lead to 26 points.

Despite facing a superior opponent, Fowler battled to the end. Unfortunately for Fowler,  The Lady Raiders’ lead proved to be too much to overcome as Fulton cruised to the 25-point win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Christina Pensabene, who scored 13 points. Nichole Hansen followed Pensabene with nine points and Michaela Whiteman added eight points.

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Mat-ter Of Fact: December 22, 2012

by Dan Farfaglia

Coach Gene Mills has built the Phoenix Firebirds wrestling program into a premier powerhouse in Section 3 wrestling.

That was obvious this past Wednesday.

Before a packed gym at G. Ray Bodley High School and live television coverage once again provided by Time Warner Cable, history was made on a few different fronts.

The defending Division Two state champions defeated the Fulton Red Raiders by a score of 61-16. It was the first time that Fulton lost on its own turf since 2002 and the first by a Section 3 Team since 1987.

Also, in regards to the lopsided score at the end, 40 or more years may have passed since an opposing team won by such a large margin.

History also repeated itself with new Fulton coach Chris Stalker making his debut at home with a loss. Former coach Mike Conners suffered a similar fate back in the 1987-1988 school year.

It was anticipated that it was going to be a difficult night for the host school due to the fact that three key starters were out of the lineup. Mitch Woodworth (112 pounds), Tom Hill (120 pounds) and Austin Whitney (126 pounds) weren’t available due to injuries and other issues.

The action began at 152 pounds with Phoenix state champion Nick Tighe winning by technical fall over senior captain Mike DeMauro.

At 160 pounds, Rowdy Prior pinned Fulton’s Sam Rios in the second period. Phoenix kept its momentum going with three more pins provided by Justin Rhodes (170 pounds), William Hillard (182 pounds) and Mike Mironti (195 pounds) over Ryan Hall, Todd Oakes, and Matt Marshall, respectively.

Phoenix had acquired 29 points before Fulton finally got on the board. At 220 pounds, senior captain Derek Owen won by a takedown in over time. At 285 pounds, the Red Raiders’ Brennan Roberge got the only pin of the night for his team, pinning Derrick Button in 27 seconds.

At 99 pounds, the Firebirds` Jason Nipper pinned Joey Albelgore in the second period. Fulton was able to get four team points when Kirby LaBeef won by a major decision 8-0 over Alex Brutcher at 106 pounds.

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Fulton boys basketball team seeks first win of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity basketball team goes into the final week of the 2012 calendar year still seeking its first win of the season.

With one game remaining before the holiday break, Fulton is 0-5. The Red Raiders are coming off recent losses to Carthage, Bishop Ludden, and Fowler.

An impressive first half helped Carthage coast past Fulton Dec. 8. By the end of the first quarter, Carthage had built a nine-point lead over the Red Raiders.

During the second quarter, Carthage outscored Fulton by 11 points to extend its lead to 20 points at 31-11 going into halftime.

Though The Red Raiders were more competitve during the second half, Carthage remained consistent. They outscored the Red Raiders by three points during the third quarter to extend its lead to 23 points. Carthage capped off its solid effort by outscoring Fulton by two points during the fourth quarter to come away with the 56-31 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Taylor Dudley, who scored 10 points against Carthage. Cody Dick and Dan Coant who scored six points each and Jordan Baldwin chipped in four points. Steven Henri, Seth Britton and Tanner Gorton combined to score five points for Fulton.

It didn’t get any easier when the Red Raiders took on Bishop Ludden Dec. 11.

After a solid first quarter, Bishop Ludden jumped out to a 10-point lead. As the Red Raiders were kept off the scoreboard during the second quarter, Bishop Ludden added 15 more points for a 31-6 halftime lead.

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Wrestling coach Chris Stalker makes his GRB debut tonight

by Dan Farfaglia

Western New York native Chris Stalker is making his G. Ray Bodley debut tonight as the new head coach for the team.

He is the first new varsity coach in a quarter century for the Red Raiders and the seventh in its history.

Tonight’s match is one of the most anticipated dual meets of the season as Coach Gene Mills brings his Phoenix Firebirds,  last year’s Division 2 state champions, to town in an attempt to end a very long winning streak at home.

No Central New York High School Wrestling team has beaten Fulton in their own gym since former Coach Mike Conners, now an administrator in Oswego, made his first appearance at the helm of the Red Raider program back in December of 1987.

A lot happened in a very short period of time for the new coach. He was living out of state for most of the last decade before returning.

“My daughter was born July 26, I interviewed for the job Aug. 1, got married Aug. 14, and moved back to New York Aug. 22,” said Stalker.

Stalker is originally from Medina. He started wrestling in elementary school and stayed with it until he graduated high school. He was a four-year varsity starter, a two-time league champion and finished with 99 career wins.

He attended college at SUNY Cortland, majoring in physical education. He played football there for five years and was a three-year starter at fullback and senior co-captain.

Stalker said he knew that he wanted to exclusively coach wrestling as soon as the opportunity became available.

Right out of college, he landed a job teaching physical education and coaching wrestling in the Baltimore, Md. school system.

During his time there, he was Baltimore’s District 9 Coach of the Year in 2005 and the recipient of the Maryland Wrestling Officials sportsmanship award in 2009.

His teams also won four Baltimore District team titles, coached 16 individual city champions, two regional champs, and one Maryland state champion.

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Mat-ter Of Fact: December 19, 2012

by Dan Farfaglia

Tonight’s match between Fulton and Phoenix marks the 12th “showdown” between these two teams in their short but very intense rivalry.

The Firebirds never came close to beating Fulton until the 2006 Section III Duals quarterfinals when Fulton’s Matt Bogardus won a major decision in the final bout to give Fulton a 30-29 win.

Including that dual, these two teams have met a total of 11 times since with Fulton holding an edge on the series six to five. This intense and exciting rivalry has come down to the last bout of the dual determining the winner seven out of 11 meetings.

Last season, the Raiders emerged from the Birds nest with a 36-34 win but lost to the Firebirds in the finals of the Section III Duals 33-32.

Tonight’s match at G. Ray Bodley High School is expected to be every bit as exciting as the last eleven.

Both schools have been hit hard by graduation. The Firebirds graduated state champion Tyler Button and three-time sectional champ Austyn Hayes. Both are now wrestling for Edinboro University.

Fulton graduated state tournament place-finisher Adam Wallace and two sectional champions in Nick Woodworth and Tony Torrese.

The Firebirds are led this year by Rowdy Prior (152 pounds) and New York State Champion Nick Tighe (138 pounds).

Other standouts for Phoenix include Nate Dietz (145 pounds), Justin Rhodes (160 pounds), Brad Dietz (120 pounds) and Mike Mironti (145 pounds).

Fulton is lead by two-time Section III Champion Tommy Hill (120 pounds) and Section III Tournament finalist Mitch Woodworth (113 pounds).

Other Fulton standouts are Joey Abelgore (99 pounds), Austin Whitney (126 pounds), Brandon Hill (132 pounds) and Brennan Roberge 285 (pounds).

This is the first “showdown” dual for the Raiders’ new head coach, Chris Stalker. He replaced Hall of Fame Coach Mike Conners a few months ago as the Fulton program’s leader.

Veteran Coach Gene Mills has turned Phoenix into a wrestling powerhouse since his arrival a decade ago. His teams have been consistent contenders for league, sectional and state recognition.

Phoenix has been ranked in the state rankings for the Small School Division for the past eight seasons winning a state title in 2008 and 2012.

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Warrior boys hold on for 52-48 win

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team held off Solvay following the Bearcats’ furious fourth quarter rally.

After a hard fought first quarter, Hannibal took a commanding lead after outscoring Solvay by 15 points during the second and third quarters.

The Warriors play remained consistent as they withstood Solvay’s valiant efforts to rally during the fourth quarter to come away with a 52-48 win.

Hannibal was led by Jacob Schenko and his 15 points. Trevor Alton followed Schenko with 14 points. Jacob Shortslef chipped in 13 points while Brandon Jordan, Ryan Perry, Billy Skipper and Sam McCraith combined to score 10 points for the Warriors.

With the win, Hannibal’s overall record improves to 3-2.

The Warriors will be on holiday break until the 2013 portion of their schedule begins Jan. 8 with a game against Skaneateles.

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Fulton’s Ryan Lalik tallies hat trick

Ryan LalikIn only his third season of Fulton Youth Hockey, Little Pee Wee Ryan Lalik attained highest offensive honor, a rare three goal hat trick to spark his team to a 7-2 victory over rival Oswego.

Originally, in hockey’s storied history, a hat trick was only if a player scored three consecutive goals, a feat Lalik can boast of, “an original hat trick.”

Lalik, grandson of one of Fulton’s finest athletes, “Tippy Lalik,” made his grandpa proud, scoring Fulton’s third, fourth and fifth goals as the Raiders spurted out to a 5-0 lead after two periods.

Tyler Ruttan got the Raiders off to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the game’s first 2:17 before Lalik went on his scoring binge.

Third period goals from Eric Shear and Nick Dingman ended Fulton’s scoring while Oswego got goals from Frank Palmer and Zach Sova.

Ruttan and Shear lead the Raiders with 10 goals each.

In the important assist department, Dingman had two; with one each from Caleb Calkins, Zach Tulowiecki, and Shear.

Goalie Nate Lindsley turned away 12 shots as the Raiders out shot the Bucs 44-12.

The Raiders also got big games from Andrew Hyde and Chayton Sykes.

Young hunters

Young hunters
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

For years, the number of American hunters was very noticeably declining as fewer people joined the ranks than were dropping out or dying.

Hunters, far from relishing the fact that there were fewer hunters competing with them in the woods, were almost frantically searching for avenues to introduce non-hunters to the sport they loved so much.

Hunters, as well as fishermen and trappers, had been under assault for decades by national organizations such as PETA and HSUS, and it was beginning to look like the tide might be turning against the sportsmen.

At first, those individuals and organizations that were trying to stem the tide were myoptic, looking only for strategies that would draw young men into the pursuits they cherished and promoted.

It was known and could be demonstrated that the younger a boy could be introduced to hunting and other outdoor sports, the more likely they were to continue on with them into later life.

Fathers and sons formed stronger bonds through fishing and hunting than they did through team sports or video games.

At first, the efforts to bolster the hunting fraternity were well intentioned, but lacked the all-encompassing vision that would be necessary to attain their goal. The rate of decline slowed, but the overall trend continued.

Men were encouraged to take a youngster hunting and to reach out to older non-hunters.

In New York State, sportsmen’s groups advocated and lobbied for lowering the age that youngsters could begin hunting, and following way too many frustrating years of unreasonable legislative resistance or just plain inertia, the age was lowered two years to 12 for small game and 14 for big game.

It really wasn’t low enough; New York still has one of the most restrictive youth hunter age requirements of all 50 states, but something was better than nothing.

The result was that more younger hunters came into the sport and stayed with it than had been the case before.

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