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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: November 10, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The final week is here, and I’m not talking about the elections – thank goodness they are behind us as I write this!

As of today, we are one week away from the opening of gun season for deer in the Southern Tier. It’s hard to believe, but the DEC figures show a majority of all venison put in the freezer each year comes from that one day.

Black powder and bow season, North and South, plus the Northern gunning season account for the rest, but that all indicates that there are more hunters in the woods that one day than on any other.

As I have grown older, I find my preoccupation with hunting safety has only grown greater. I have moved my preferred hunting area a couple of times simply because the woods were becoming too crowded for my comfort level.

I used to hunt near Genoa, and my son, my grandsons, and I took one to three deer from there every year, but a few years ago, in spite of getting three deer there and seeing quite a few more, I saw a much bigger herd of hunters.

I miss the farm I hunted on, but I’m not sorry I made the move. I’ve shot less deer, but I’ve felt much safer where I’ve been hunting since I changed.

No matter where I hunt, one of the first things I try to determine as I go into the woods and as I settle down on a watch, is where are other hunters, if any, in the same area.

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Cross country teams compete in Class B championship meet

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton, Phoenix and Mexico boys cross country teams took part in the Section III Class B Championship Meet Nov. 3 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

The meet featured 157 athletes from 17 different schools. Even though Westhill-Ludden won the event, Fulton, Phoenix and Mexico represented their schools with pride. Fulton and Mexico earned fourth- and fifth-place finishes respectively while Phoenix finished in 14th place.

The Red Raiders tallied a team score of 123. Fulton was led by Kyle Loftus, who earned a fifth-place finish with a time of 17:23.9.

Following Loftus were Mitch Lalik, who finished in ninth place with a time of 17:57.2, and Bailey Lutz, who earned a 10th place finish with a time of 18:02.3.

Jimmy Martin finished in 30th place with a time of 18:50.8, Scott Littleton earned a 76th place finish with a time of 20:00.2, and Alan Cronk finished in 79th place with a time of 20:08.9.

Jacob Belcher earned a 91st place finish with a time of 20:32.6, Jacob Baily finished in 102nd place with a time of 20:51.4, and Tevin Simard earned an a 127th place finish with a time of 21:33.5, and while Chase Halstead finished in 155th place with a time of 21:30.4.

The Tigers tallied a team score of 153. Mexico was led by James Gowans. Gowans earned a second-place finish with a time of 17:03.3. Following Gowans were Ben Harper, who finished in 14th place with a time of 18:08.9, and Austin Moore, who earned a 41st place finish with a time of 19:12.4.

Eric Hulbert finished in 43rd place with a time of 19:13.8. Tim Rainer earned a 63rd place finish with a time of 19:40.5. Austin Clark finished in 77th place with a time of 20:02.7.

Charles Raymond earned an 103rd place finish with a time of 20:51.7. Ezra Hulbert finished in 13th place with a time of 21:10.0. While Tyler LaFlamm earned an 157th place finish with a time of 25:17.8.

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Phoenix soccer loses four seniors

Phoenix soccerby Rob Tetro

The Phoenix girls varsity soccer team recently played its final game of the 2012 season.

As the team begins to prepare for next season, it bids farewell to four seniors. Meghan Barry, Jessica Moore, Sydney Patzke and Kylie Wallace were honored for the time and dedication they brought to Phoenix Girls Soccer.

According to Coach Bill Conklin, the growth his young team experienced in 2012 is thanks in large part to the contributions of these four seniors.

Wallace earned First Team All OHSL Liberty League Honors while also being named to the All Section 3 Team. Barry earned Second Team All OHSL Liberty League Honors while Sydney Patzke earned All League Honorable Mention.

Conklin said his four seniors proved to be solid role models for their teammates. They worked hard in practice and during games while always encouraging their younger teammates to perform at the same level.

He suggested that it was the encouragement of these seniors that helped the rest of the team to improve as the season went on.

In 2011, Phoenix scored only two goals all season and finished with a record of 0-16. In 2012, the Lady Firebirds scored 16 goals and went 0-15-1. Though it wasn’t an immense improvement in terms of wins and losses, Conklin said the development his team displayed throughout the season will benefit them down the road.

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The Hannibal boys cross county team won the Section III Class C championship meet that was held at Vernon-Verona Sherrill High School Saturday. The meet consisted of 157 athletes from 19 different schools. In front are Coach Dan Pawlewicz, freshman Jason McFarland, and freshman Blake Farnham. In back are senior captain Ryan Perry, senior Kyle Cooper, junior Ben Slate, senior captain Erick Febus, senior Frank Lackey, junior Zane Pointon, junior Ben Raymond, and freshman John Motell.

Hannibal boys cross county team wins sectional title

The Hannibal boys cross county team won the Section III Class C championship meet that was held at Vernon-Verona Sherrill High School Saturday. The meet consisted of 157 athletes from 19 different schools. In front are Coach Dan Pawlewicz, freshman Jason McFarland, and freshman Blake Farnham. In back are senior captain Ryan Perry, senior Kyle Cooper, junior Ben Slate, senior captain Erick Febus, senior Frank Lackey, junior Zane Pointon, junior Ben Raymond, and freshman John Motell.

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys cross county team won the Section III Class C championship meet that was held at Vernon-Verona Sherrill High School Saturday.

The meet consisted of 157 athletes from 19 different schools. Even though Holland Patent, Tully and Adirondack proved to be as tough as expected, The Warriors, encouraged by a noticeable contingent of hometown support, tallied a team score of 90 to clinch Hannibal’s first sectional championship.

The Warriors were led by senior captain Ryan Perry, who finished first with a time of 17:14.7. Following Perry were Kyle Cooper, who came in 19th place with a time of 18:31.1, and Ben Slate, who earned a 21st place finish with a time of 18:33.5.

Senior Captain Erick Febus came in 23rd place with a time of 18:39.3 while Jason McFarland earned a 26th place finish with a time of 18:42.2. Frank Lackey came in 32nd place with a time of 18:59.1.

Zane Pointon earned a 64th place finish with a time of 20:08.7 and Blake Farnham came in 80th place with a time of 20:32.2. Ben Raymond earned an 86th place finish with a time of 20:38.7 while John Motell came in 96th place with a time of 20:51.9.

Coach Dan Pawlewicz said his team strives to succeed for more than just themselves: they work hard to succeed for their classmates and neighbors in the community as well.

A notable contingent of the students and other members of the community return the favor by accompanying them to events as they did for the sectional meet. Pawlewicz expressed appreciation and gratuity to Hannibal’s student body and other hometown supporters for all that they do.

Hannibal will participate in the Class C state championship meet this Saturday at Elma Meadows Golf Course, which is located outside of Buffalo.

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Fulton tennis to lose seven seniors

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity tennis team is losing seven players to graduation.

With the recent end of the 2012 season, Katelyn Billings, Jasmin Denson, Mikaela Houck, Haley Noel, Audrey Proto, Lacey Rusaw and Krista Vann took their final swings as Fulton varisty tennis players.

According to Coach Matt Goodnaugh, these seven seniors taught the younger players on the team the meaning of the words passion and dedication.

The seniors had a tremendous desire to learn about the sport while improving their skills in the process, the coach said.

Goodnaugh said he hopes that the seniors leave feeling like accomplished athletes who gained the belief that a connection exists between hard work and positive outcomes.

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Fulton, Mexico boys cross country participate in meet

by Rob Tetro

Fulton and Mexico boys varsity cross country teams took part in the OHSL Freebom League Meet Oct. 25 at East Syracuse-Minoa High School.

The event featured 95 runners from six different schools. Though Jamesville-DeWitt earned a first-place finish, it was followed by Mexico in second place and Fulton in third place.

Mexico came in second place with a team score of 55. The Tigers were led by James Gowans, who came in first place with a time of 17:02.2. Gowans was followed by Eric Hulbert, who earned a 9th place finish with a time of 18:29.7.

Ben Harper came in 10th place with a time of 18:33.9. Austin Moore earned a 15th place finish with a time of 18:55.2. Tim Raner came in 20th place with a time of 19:22.3. Austin Clark earned a 24th place finish with a time of 19:45.3. Charles Raymond came in 36th place with a time of 20:42.3.

Ezra Hulbert earned a 39th place finish with a time of 20:51.5. John Goodnow came in 66th place with a time of 22:47.1. Tyler Laflamm earned a 92nd place finish with a time of 26:53.3.

Fulton earned a third-place finish with a team score of 67. The Red Raiders were led by Kyle Loftus, who came in third place with a time of 17:16.8. Loftus was followed by Bailey Lutz, who earned a sixth place finish with a time of 17:56.3.

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Fulton goalie Ally Bricker makes one of her 14 saves as teammate Sarah Halstead looks on. The Lady Raiders lost 2-1 to Whitesboro in the Section III Class A semifinal.

Whitesboro tops Fulton girl soccer in sectional semifinal

Fulton goalie Ally Bricker makes one of her 14 saves as teammate Sarah Halstead looks on. The Lady Raiders lost 2-1 to Whitesboro in the Section III Class A semifinal.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity soccer team lost a heartbreaker to top-seeded Whitesboro in a Section III Class A semifinal game in Chittenango Tuesday.

Whitesboro scored two unanswered goals during the second half to escape with a 2-1 win over The Lady Raiders.

After playing numerous games where its solid defensive play helped it secure wins in tight games, Fulton was in a familiar position after the first half of play.

The Lady Raiders had a 1-0 lead over going into halftime. However, Whitesboro proved to be different from the other teams that the Lady Raiders were able to pull out slim victories against.

Jennifer Deuel and Mariah Williams scored second-half goals to put Whitesboro ahead. The Lady Raiders were unable to respond as Whitesboro escaped with the one goal win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Christina Pensabene, who scored Fulton’s lone goal. Pensabene’s goal was assisted by Courtney Beckwith. Goalie Allyson Bricker saved 14 shots on goal. Top seeded Whitesboro went on to play Jamesville-DeWitt on Nov. 1 in Chittenango. With the loss, Fulton’s season concludes with a final record of 11-5-2.

Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: November 3, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The first time I ever visited Niagara Falls was when Sweet Thing and I went there for our honeymoon way back in 1961. To say I was impressed and enjoyed myself immensely would be a huge understatement and the falls were nice, too, when we spent time enough to look at them.

Sweet Thing will probably whack me up alongside my head when she reads this, but it is true that we were too much in love and too lost in each other to really appreciate the beauty and magnitude of one of New York’s greater natural wonders.

So it was with great pleasure that we visited Niagara Falls again last month from Oct. 18-21 for the Annual New York State Outdoor Writers Association Conference.

Other than the NYSOWA board meeting, awards banquet, and annual membership meeting Sunday that always closes our fall meeting, we were free to enjoy the offerings of our western jewel pretty much at our leisure. Our hotel room was fantastic — a far cry from the dinky room Sweet Thing and I stayed in back in 1961, which was on the third floor above a wax museum in a building I believe has long since disappeared.

This trip we were very comfortably ensconced in the Four Points Niagara Hotel (in New York, not the one by the same name across the river in Ontario, Canada). The accommodations were luxurious, the kind of room where Sweet Thing is so comfortable that she sort of hates to leave it. But leave it we both did each morning, she to explore the sights and boutiques with some of the other spouses of outdoor communicators, and I with those communicators to sample what the area had to offer for sportsmen.

If one was lazy or only had a few minutes to kill, it was possible to step out of the rear of the hotel, out onto the large dock on the Niagara River, and cast for willing bass, but mostly we hearty writers rose early and went in various directions to partake in fishing and hunting adventures.

Other than the fun that comes with each pursuit, we hunt and fish that we might soak in and assimilate the essence of each area we visit, in order to be better able to convey the picture of the outdoor offerings in various sections of our state awaiting our readers.

Some of our members hunted deer with a bow a couple mornings. There are plenty of deer in the farmlands and woods not far from Niagara Falls, and the hunters saw some, but nothing that came by was able to fill the bill for them. I guess they were looking for a great buck, not just venison for the freezer.

Some hunters went to the Feathers and Tails hunting preserve to watch bird dogs work the tall grass and goldenrod as their noses searched the air and ground for the heady odor of pheasant.

Yours truly did that one morning and I shot two beautiful roosters which I enjoyed a second time as they completed their journey on our dinner table.

Feathers and tails is located in Newfane, N.Y., about 40 minutes from Niagara Falls. Because of the quality of the cover and the walking required to find birds in front of the dogs, the experience reminded me of hunting the Three Rivers Area in Baldwinsville. Every hunter from our group who went for pheasants got at least one.

Most of the other writers fished at least one morning for bass or muskies; although, some were happy to drive north the short distance to Lewiston to fish for salmon, steelhead, brown trout and lake trout that were moving into the river from Lake Ontario.

The fishing was a big hit with the writers. Bass and trout were plentiful, but the crowning achievement came on Saturday morning when three writers fished the Upper Niagara and hooked four muskies, three of which they got to the boat for pictures before releasing them to fight another day. The largest fish was about 25 pounds. That’s a great day of fishing in anyone’s book.

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