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Fulton baseball ends season with a win

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team finished its season with a 4-14 record after losing two of its last three games.

On May 13, Cortland topped the Red Raiders 5-0. Christian Brothers Academy cruised past Fulton 11-4 May 15. Fulton knocked off county rival Phoenix 4-0 May 17.

In the Cortland game, the Purple Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. After a scoreless second inning, Cortland expanded its lead, coring four more runs in the third for the shutout 5-0 win over Fulton.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Jon Cummins with two hits, followed by Michael Bolster and Chris Jones with a hit each.

On the mound, Fulton was led by Peter Ravesi, who threw one strikeout and allowed five runs off nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. In relief of Ravesi, Dillon Guernsey threw five strikeouts while allowing three hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Against CBA, the Brothers had a 9-3 lead after the third inning. Following a scoreless fourth inning, CBA expanded its lead, scoring two more runs in the fifth to take an 11-3 lead.

But, the Red Raiders didn’t quit. After a scoreless sixth inning, Fulton scored to cut the deficit down to seven runs. But that was as close as they could get at CBA finished with an 11-4 win.

Fulton was led by Dan Coant with two hits and two RBIs including a homerun. Following Coant was Jake Seymour with two hits and an RBI and Cody Green, Dillon Guernsey, Jeremy Langdon and Peter Ravesi each added a hit.

The Red Raiders were led by Dan Count on the mound, who allowed 11 runs off 11 hits in five innings of work. In relief of Coant, George Lewis threw a strikeout while allowing one hit in an inning pitched.

In the Phoenix game, Fulton took a 2-0 lead in the first. Despite having its opportunities, Phoenix was unable to generate the offense it needed to rally. Fulton added two more runs during the second inning to cap off a 4-0 win.

Leading the way for the Phoenix was Zach Schlacter and Bryce Plante wiht a hit each. On the mound, Bradley Dietz allowed four runs off six hits in three innings of work. In relief of Dietz, Dan Frawley threw four strikeouts while allowing three hits in four innings pitched.

Fulton was led by Cameron Clark with two hits and an RBI, followed by Jon Cummins with two hits, Cody Green with a hit and an RBI and Charles Alton, Michael Bolster, Chris Jones and Jeremy Langdon each added a hit. Jake Seymour chipped in an RBI.

Peter Ravesi pitched a complete game for the Red Raiders. Ravesi threw six strikeouts while allowing only two hits.

Phoenix softball ends season at 5-14

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won one of its last three games to end the season at 5-14.

On May 13, Phoenix held off Bishop Ludden 9-8. Marcellus cruised past the Lady Firebirds 16-3 on May 14. Westhill knocked off Phoenix 11-0 in its season finale on May 15.

Phoenix and Bishop Ludden fought through four scoreless innings before Ludden scored three runs in the fifth. Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead during the sixth, outscoring Bishop Ludden by six runs to take a 9-6 lead.

Ludden made things interesting down the stretch, scoring two runs in the seventh pull to within one run. But Phoenix held on for the 9-8 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Isabello Garofalo with three hits, followed by Gabrielle Esposito with two hits and two RBIs, Shannon Dolan with a hit and three RBIs including a homerun, Skyler Mace, Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each and Taylor Chesbro and Kimberly Holbrook each added an RBI.

On the mound, Phoenix was led by Alicia Midlar with nine strikeouts while allowing eight runs off five hits in seven innings pitched.

Against Marcellus, the Mustangs got things going after two scoreless innings, building a 6-0 lead in the third. However, Marcellus was only just beginning. They outscored the Lady Firebirds 6-1 in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-1 lead.

Marcellus put the finishing touches on an impressive performance during the sixth and seventh innings, outscoring Phoenix by two runs to cap off a 16-3 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Gabrielle Esposito, Jada Jackowski and Alicia Midlar, each with a hit. Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix with five strikeouts while allowing 16 runs off 12 hits in seven innings of work. However, 10 out of the 16 runs that Brown allowed were unearned.

Westhill had a 4-0 lead over Phoenix after two innings and didn’t stop there. The Warriors added five more runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead. Following a scoreless fifth inning, Westhill capped off their impressive outing, scoring two more runs during the sixth inning en route to an 11-0 win over Phoenix.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Kaitlyn Stenoski, each with a hit. On the mound, Phoenix was led by Megan Brown with two strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off eight hits in six innings pitched.

Fulton boys’ lacrosse qualifies for sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team qualified for the sectionals, but lost in the first round to Carthage May 20 by a score of 10-5.

The boys finished hard, winning two out their last three games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 7-9. 

On May 8, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 19-4, then they topped county foe Central Square 10-5 May 10. 

Homer beat the Red Raiders 9-5 May 13 in the regular season finale. 

In the Chittenango game, Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then took over in the second quarter, outscoring Chittenango by six to take an 11-1 lead into halftime. 

Fulton kept it going during the third quarter, outscoring Chittenango by two points to push its lead to 12. Fulton capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango 4-1 down the stretch en route to a 19-4 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Matt Nelson with five goals, followed by Brett Campolieta with three goals and two assists, Carson Vono, Shawn Walberger and Bryce Knight each had two goals and an assist, Seth DeLisle added a goal and an assist, Adam Caza, Mark Pollock, Robbie Pollock, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso and Kyle Ware chipped in a goal each and RJ Borrow and Mitch Townsley combined for three assists. 

Fulton Goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes saved 11 of 15 shots.

Against Central Square, Fulton led 5-1 in the first quarter and then added to their lead, outscoring the Redhawks 3-1 in the second quarter. 

After both teams scored two goals during the third quarter, Fulton maintained a six-goal lead at 10-4. 

Central Square scored to cut the lead down to five goals during the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they could get as Fulton won 10-5.

Leading the way for Central Square was Zachary Dempsey with two goals and an assist, followed by Kyle Bird and Riley O’Brien with a goal and an assist each. Anthony Mandell chipped in a goal. Central Square Goalie Zack Reed saved 15 of 25 shots.

The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono with two goals and two assists, followed by Bryce Knight with two goals and an assist, Matt Nelson with two goals,  Brett Campolieta with a goal and an assist, Mark Pollock, Mitch Townsley and Shawn Walberger each with a goal and Noah Sorbello with an assist. 

Fulton Goalie Scott Hughes saved nine of 14 shots.

In their regular season finale, Fulton saw Homer build  a slim 2-1 lead early. But Fulton came back and the game was tied at 4 at halftime.

But Homer took over the second half, scoring two unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 6-4 lead. Homer cushioned its lead down the stretch, outscoring the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to cap off a 9-5 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Seth DeLisle with three goals, followed by Matt Nelson and Mark Pollock with a goal each. Bryce Knight chipped in two assists.  Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of 19 shots.

In the opening round of the sectionals, both Fulton and Carthage played a competitive first quarter, with Carthage leading by 1. 

Carthage quickly cushioned its lead, scoring two unanswered goals during the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the half. After both teams scored a goal during the third quarter, Carthage maintained a three-goal lead at 7-4. 

Carthage outscored the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton was led by Brett Campolieta with two goals, followed by Bryce Knight, Matt Nelson and Shawn Walberger with a goal each. Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono each chipped in an assist. 

Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 12 of 22 shots.

“The Hammer” tells students to work hard toward their goals

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.

By Daniel Farfaglia

Just as everyone was ready to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend May 23, students at Fulton Junior High were welcoming a celebrity into their gymnasium.

The special guest was Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, who gave a special presentation. He is a deaf athlete who won three NCAA wrestling titles for the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers during the 1990s. 

Since then, he has become a Mixed Martial Artist who now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. When he is not in the ring, he is giving motivational speeches to schools all over North America.  Continue reading

Fulton softball falls to New Hartford in sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team made it to the sectionals only to go out in the first round with a 3-0 loss to New Hartford May 24.

The team finished its regular season strong, winning three of four games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 12-6. 

On May 15, Fulton rolled past Christian Brothers Academy 22-3. The Lady Raiders knocked off Homer 14-2 on May 17. Fulton held off Cortland 3-2 in Game 1 of a May 20 Doubleheader. Cortland topped the Lady Raiders 7-5 in Game 2. 

Against CBA, Fulton had a 3-0 lead at the end of two. Then they put the game out of reach, outscoring the Brothers by 15 runs to push their lead to 19-1. 

Both teams scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings as Fulton maintained an 18-run lead. The Lady Raiders added another run during the sixth inning to cap off a 22-3 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Keisha Pierce with four runs and five RBIs including a homerun.

She was followed by Cheyenne Laun with three hits and three RBIs, Jessica Marvin with three hits and two RBIs, Katelyn Ely with two hits and four RBIs, Mikayla Guernsey with two hits and two RBIs and Maureen McCann and Brynn Waloven with a hit and two RBIs each. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun with three strikeouts while allowing three runs off two hits in six innings of work.

In the Homer game, the Lady Raiders were leading 5-1 at the end of the second. But then Homer scored during the third inning to bring the deficit down to three runs at 5-2. 

Fulton erupted in the fourth inning, scoring eight unanswered runs to take a 13-2 lead. The Lady Raiders scored another run down the stretch en route to a 14-2 win.

Fulton was led by Brynn Waloven with  two hits and three RBIs, followed by Maureen McCann with two hits and two RBIs, Caitlyn Chrisman and Cheyenne Laun each with two hits and an RBI, Keisha Pierce with two hits, Kassidy Kearns and Casey Jones with a hit and an RBI and  Katelyn Ely, Anna Guernsey and Jessica Marvin combined for a hit and two RBI. 

Cheyenne Laun pitched a complete game for the Lady Raiders, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off three hits.

In Game 1 of the May 20 doubleheader, Fulton and Cortland were scoreless after two. Then Cortland took a 2-0 lead in the third.

Fulton then stormed ahead, scoring three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to escape with a 3-2 win over Cortland.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Brynn Waloven with two hits and an RBI, followed by Mikayla Guernsey with a  hit and an RBI and Katelyn Ely and Maureen McCain with a hit each. 

Cheyenne Laun led Fulton on the mound with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off four hits in five innings pitched.

In Game 2, Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the second. But then Fulton answered back, outscoring Cortland 3-2 in the third inning to tie the game at 3. 

Cortland then outscored the Lady Raiders by a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. Cortland added another run down the stretch to come away with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

The Lady Raiders were led by Keisha Pierce with two hits and an RBI, followed by Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey and Casey Jones with a hit each. 

Fulton got another complete game effort on the mound from Cheyenne Laun, who threw two strikeouts while allowing seven runs off 12 hits.

In the sectional game against New Hartford, the teams played three scoreless innings before New Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

New Hartford added two more runs in the fifth inning to clinch a 3-0 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Katelyn Ely with two hits, followed by Cheyenne Laun with a hit. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun, who threw seven strikeouts while allowing three runs off four hits in six innings of work. 

In relief of Laun, Mikayla Guernsey allowed four hits in an inning pitched.

The Sportsman’s World — Not Your Ideal Spring

By Leon Archer

While the lake fishing for trout and salmon seemed to be on track for another good year, with plenty of good-sized browns being caught near shore, the fishing for warm water species has been pretty much hit or miss. 

The inshore lake fishing has slowed down now as the trout have moved into deeper water, but once fishermen locate them, they are still hitting. 

Lake fishermen are starting to get more steelheads in the mix as those fish have moved back into the lake from their spawning run and are feeding on whatever crosses their path as they gain weight and recover from the rigors of spawning.

Northern pike and walleye fishermen are having a harder time of it. Cloudy water from the heavy rains have made it harder for the big predators to find the baits and lures. The luckier fishermen who come in with a limit of walleyes will tell you the fishing is great, but many boats come in with a much different story. 

The high cold water left a lot of walleyes still up the streams on their spawning beds when the season opened, but as they gradually drifted back into the lake, they were still hard to come by. 

The good thing is, as we move into June, all the negative conditions should become just a memory and the wonderful Oneida Lake walleye fishery will be back on track. Hot fillets anyone?

Northern pike are affected by the same muddy water and cold temperatures. As the season opened, many of the big females were still in the shallow weeds laying eggs. 

Once they were through with the annual rite, they began looking for perch or shad to fill their empty stomachs. They were biting if a fisherman could get his offering close enough for them to see. 

Many of those larger females that were caught did not fight very well. I suspect the reason was they were still weak from their spawning activities. People don’t realize what an arduous task it is for them. Won’t be long and they will put up a good show for themselves once again.

Up on the St. Lawrence, the fishing has been slow as well. The bullhead fishing was not great, but perch fishermen have had some success when they find a school. 

Those waters are clear, but they are still cold. Perch have moved out of their spawning aggregations, so they are spread out far and wide in smaller groups. 

We are getting close to bass season, and the colder water may have set their timetable back just a bit as well, but I think fishermen will still find decent action on the opener. Don’t expect to catch much on fast moving lures though. 

I have talked with numerous fishermen who have told me that bass fishing along Oswego County’s Lake Ontario shoreline has been rather poor over the past two or three years. Seems like the fish are just not in residence there in any real numbers. 

I have no idea why that might be. I would be interested in hearing from bass fishermen who fish this area, about both this year’s experiences and their take on the recent past.

Another turkey season has come and runs out today. I hope you did well, and I also hope there are plenty of hens sitting on big clutches of eggs or even leading a group of little poults around already. 

I love to see them even if they avoid me during hunting season. Until next week folks, good fishing.

Some New Yorkers can eat more fish from Lake Ontario

Updated guidelines for consumption of fish taken from Lake Ontario and the lower Niagara River have been issued.

Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said the guideline changes reflect a decreased level of contaminants in these fish. 

This comes at a time when anglers are experiencing some of the highest species-specific catch rates on record. Continue reading