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Fulton boys basketball team seeks success this season

fultonby Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys basketball team is working hard this pre-season.

Coach Matt Kimpland said he is pleased with the efforts of several players who are returning from last year’s team. A year ago, the development of these players was assisted by the opportunity to be on the court for valuable minutes throughout the season.

The Red Raiders have two goals for the upcoming season. First, they are working hard for improvement on a consistent basis with the goal of being a competitive team in their league. The second goal is to earn a sectional bid.

When practices began in early November, many of Kimpland’s players were in decent physical condition following their participation in fall sports. However, he pointed out that being ready to play football or soccer is different than being ready to play basketball.

Kimpland expects the Red Raiders’ schedule to be challenging. For starters, they will take on the defending Class A State Champions from Jamesville-Dewitt and the defending Class B State Champions from Bishop Ludden.

Fulton will also take on perennial league powerhouses Christian Brothers Academy and Cortland along with other impressive league opponents.

However, unlike last season, Fulton will not face any Class AA opponents, which is something that Kimpland feels could work to his team’s advantage.

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Warrior wrestling looks to improve

by Rob Tetro

Hannibal varsity wrestling coach Mike Kitts has an interesting task on his hands this season. The Warriors will feature a team that has many younger wrestlers with an abundance of potential.

With this in mind, Kitts expects to see many first-year varsity wrestlers in the lineup. However, he also has a handful of experienced wrestlers returning this season as well.

Kitts suggested that the key to his teams success this winter will depend on his younger wrestlers and the amount of potential that they can realize this season.

While having such a unique dichotomy of the experience level of his wrestlers, Kitts keeps his team’s goals for the season simple but straight to the point. For his experienced wrestlers to be where they want to be at the end of the season, they must work hard and show improvement on a consistent basis.

Hard work and consistent development will also be crucial for Kitts’ younger wrestlers as well.

When practices began in early November, the Warriors took part in two weeks of activity that primarily aimed to help them develop the conditioning that they will need for competition. Kitts expects his team to become more and more physically prepared for competition as the season goes on.

Juniors Greg Hadcock and Dustun Quallette have been selected to serve as team captains this season.

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Raider Evan Beckwith chases down the puck in the game against Lysander.  Beckwith scored the only two goals to tie Lysander and scored one goal against Onondaga this weekend.

Fulton Bantam hockey team ties Lysander, trump Onondaga

Raider Evan Beckwith chases down the puck in the game against Lysander. Beckwith scored the only two goals to tie Lysander and scored one goal against Onondaga this weekend.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by CVAC, B&T Sports, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting and the Blue Moon Grill, shut out Onondaga 7-0 and settled for a 2-2 draw against Lysander recently.

After a scoreless first period, head coach Bill Beckwith’s Raiders found themselves down by two goals by the middle of the third period.

Fulton’s Evan Beckwith made it a one-point game, Cameron Clarke and William Fruce assisting, when he blew the puck in on a power play. Beckwith then accepted a cross-ice pass from Clarke to skate the puck in and score a short-handed goal late in the period to tie the game.

Goalie Evan Burdick stopped 23 shots for the Raiders.

Against Onondaga, Raider Robbie Carson scored his fifth goal of the season early in the first period, skating the puck in and scoring with a shot from the bottom of the circle. Soon after, Fulton’s Richie King picked up a rebound from Ethan Cimino to close the period.

Early in the second stanza, Nate Shaw scored number three for the Raiders, thanks to a passing play between Clarke and Fruce.

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Hannibal and Phoenix football players earn All-League honors

by Rob Tetro

Section III recently recognized 69 Class C West football players and coaches for its All-League teams.

Fifteen of those honorees came from either the Phoenix or Hannibal football teams.

Avery Chisolm was the leading honoree for the Firebirds. The senior quarterback was recognized as an All-League First Team Offensive Player.

Also honored were Firebirds Tyler Hanna and Bruce Jones. The senior offensive linemen were acknowledged as All-League Second Team Offensive Players.

Senior Billy Cronk was recognized as an All-League Second Team Defensive Player.

Brandon Burnett was the leading honoree for the Warriors. The senior running back was acknowledged as an All-League First Team Offensive Player. Senior Jake Shortslef was also recognized as an All-League First Team Offensive Player.

Hannibal also featured five players who were acknowledged for their All-League Second Team efforts.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: November 17, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

If I had $20 for every time a hunting trip didn’t go as planned, I might not be a millionaire, but I could certainly take a couple of really nice cruises. Even with good planning, there are so many variables that can go awry when it comes to hunting. The “sure things” often turn out to be not quite as sure as one thinks. But not getting whatever one is hunting for is not one of the things I think of as going wrong; it’s just why they call it hunting, not shooting or killing.

I am not a person who has to come home with game in order for a hunting trip to be enjoyable, but I am honest enough to admit that it is always my overarching purpose, and returning home with a deer, turkey, or whatever critter I went after is usually much more successful in my estimation.

I know guys who claim that just being out in the woods is enough for them; they could care less about shooting anything.

While I understand what they are attempting to say, I’m also pretty sure they don’t carry old betsy just for ballast.

The Indians had a name for braves who claimed they enjoyed a day in the forest just as much without bringing home anything for the pot as they would have if they had won the tribe’s big buck contest. The name translates loosely in English as “poor hunter.”

To be sure, true hunting usually includes a lot of time for observing the flora and fauna of the natural world. The hunter may bask in his surroundings and he may revel for a short time in the freedom from the more mundane and troublesome things in life, but whatever peripheral attributes hunting may have for the hunter, it eventually requires the final move or it is not hunting. The noted Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote, “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.”

I am not sure I completely agree with the illustrious philosopher, but it does help illustrate what I’m saying. If someone never kills his prey, then he is only spending a lot of time taking long walks outdoors. Most hunters may say the day spent hunting without success is just as rewarding as a successful day, but I believe that may be more fluff than substance.

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Speedway inducts six into hall of fame

Oswego’s new Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center was the site of the Nov. 10 Oswego Speedway Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Inductions for 2012.

The Speedway and Eagles Fan Club presented monies and awards to the top point getters and achievers in each division while Mitchell’s Speedway Press inducted six into the Oswego Hall of Fame.

The 2012 hall of fame inductees are Doug Didero, George Kent, Ed Thompson, Jim McGiff, Jack Jermyn and the late Don Beauchene.

Videos highlighted the racing careers of Didero, Kent and Thompson, who since almost the beginning of the speedway, has served as a driver, car owner, sponsor and employee.

Each spoke briefly presenting their thoughts on being nominated for the prestigious honor.

Jermyn and McGiff were each recognized for their over 40 years-plus as ushers at the track while the late Beauchene was remembered for his many contributions to the famed Oswego Safety Crew.

The Torrese family was heralded by all for their attempts at bringing Oswego Speedway back to its past glory and for their many hopes and aspirations for the future. Three of most revered annual awards – the Ed Clark Safety Crew Spirit Award, the Recognition Award, and Lois Matczak Woman of the Year Award – began the night’s ceremonies.

Paul Conzone of the track Safety Crew presented the Clark Memorial award to crew member Ed Maxon. John and Eric Torrese presented the 2012 Recognition award to Dan Harrington and Mike Schremp for their contributions to the speedway, especially for their electrical expertise.

And, Terry Strong, co-owner of Strong Racing, was awarded the Lois Matczak Woman of the Year honors by longtime Oswego car owner Skip Matczak. The award is in honor of Skip’s late wife Lois.

Joey Hawksby’s Hawk Performance sponsored four major race division awards. Rob Pullen earned the Hawk Performance SBS Car Owner of the Year Award while Mike Murphy was named the Supermodified Car Owner of the Year for his achievements in his first year as a car owner after many-year association with various race teams.

The Hawk Performance Crew of the Year awards went to Jason Simmons’ Team Tapout in the SBS division and Dan Connors Racing in the Supermodified division.

Novelis and PathFinder Bank were thanked once again for their continued major sponsorships of the supermodified and SBS divisions.

All of the over 100 sponsor/contributors to another successful year were mentioned and listed in the banquet booklet. Eric and John Torrese also acknowledged and thanked the staff behind the scenes at the speedway, which was greeted by an approving round of applause.

The Oswego Speedway Eagles Fan Club, which works hard all year to raise money to be presented back to its driver-owner members, also presented their two prestigious awards.

The Tony White Memorial award went to SBS veteran Jack Patrick while the Jim Shampine Memorial award was presented to motor builder Doug Holmes of Finger Lakes Machine.

The top ten in the PathFinder Bank SBS division included first-time champion Kreig Heroth, who won by just six points in a season-long battle, followed by Mike Bond, Andrew Schartner, Jason Simmons, Rob Pullen, Jack Patrick, Tim Barbeau, Mark Castiglia, J.J. Andrews and A.J. Bernys.

The Butler Disposal Rookie of the Year honor went to Jon Tesoriero while Mark Castiglia was presented the Most Improved award in that division.

The Novelis Supermodified awards began with the Cleaning of the Year Rookie of the Year award, which went to a member of the famed Andretti family, Jarett. Andretti drove to a 22nd spot in the competitive 2012 season, which saw seven different feature winners. Danny Kapuscinski accepted for Andretti. Shaun Gosselin, who finished tenth in the final point standings, was named Most Improved supermodified driver.

The Novelis supermodified point race was another tight one eked out by Otto Sitterly by only five points over runner-up Pat Lavery. It was a fifth title for Sitterly.

Lavery was followed by Joey Payne, Randy Ritskes, Joe Gosek, Danny Connors, Dave Gruel, Brian Sobus, Michael Barnes and Shaun Gosselin.

Roy Sova was assisted by Dan Kapuscinski as emcee while Ron Gray’s Millennium Music provided the music.

Chris Stalker named new Fulton wrestling coach

by Rob Tetro

Chris Stalker is the new head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team.

Stalker, a graduate of Medina High School, has Western New York roots. He was a successful head coach in Baltimore over the last eight years. He won the 2005 High School Wrestling National Championship as well as numerous city championships.

Stalker considers former Fulton wrestling coach Mike Conners to be one of the most successful coaches in New York State wrestling history. Conners won six state championships.

A coach like Mike Conners cannot be replaced, Stalker said. Though he plans on bringing new enthusiasm and concepts to Fulton Wrestling, Stalker said he is determined to continue the expectation of toughness, hard work and success that has long been associated with the program.

While having a great deal of respect for Fulton Wrestling’s past, Stalker recognized the importance of leading a program that is capable of winning state titles on a consistent basis.

Stalker credited his staff for their assistance while he’s made the transition into the coaching position. Asssistant coaches, volunteers, parents and members of the community have offered Stalker support.

Stalker also credited the Fulton community for how it has embraced Fulton wrestling.

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Hannibal cross country finishes third in the state

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity cross country team finished in third place in the Class C State Championship Meet, which was held Saturday at Elma Meadows Golf Course outside of Buffalo.

The event was 5000 meters in proximity while featuring 130 runners from more than 11 schools.

Hannibal tallied a team score of 117. The Warriors were led by Ben Slate, who finished in 47th place with a time of 17:23.4.

Following Slate were Kyle Cooper, who came in 55th place with a time of 17:35.6, and Jason McFarland, who finished in 56th place with a time of 17:36.6.

Erick Febus came in 67th place with a time of 17:46.6 while Frank Lackey finished in 85th place with a time of 18:18.8. Zane Pointon came in 88th place with a time of 18:28.1.

According to Coach Dan Pawlewicz, his team fought hard only to come up short. In light of their enduring dedication and effort, the Warriors now have a Sectional Banner to hang at Hannibal High School.

With the cross country team’s biggest goal accomplished, Pawlewicz said Hannibal’s participation in the Class C State Championship Meet was a great experience for his team.