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Fulton Tennis Lesson League to include adults

The Fulton Tennis lesson league is now open for registration. Participants will be taught how to play tennis and then given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in a match situation

Tennis strokes and strategies will be taught and then players of similar abilities will be matched up for supervised match play. Participants can register for one or two sessions. However, classes will need at least six players to hold a session.

Session 1 for ages 12 and under will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., ages 16 and under will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adult beginners will be 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Lessons begin and will run for the first session June 26, June 28, July 3 and July 5 (rain date). Session 2 for ages 12 and under will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., ages 16 and under will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adult beginners will be 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Lessons will begin July 17, 19, 24, 26 (rain date).

Those interested may request registration forms by emailing (write tennis registration in subject line) or call Joann Cavalier at the City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation at 598-3593.

Registration forms may also be picked up at the Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton, at the City Clerk’s Office; or by contacting Matt Goodnough at 342-9238 or 593-5406 or Return both forms in person or by mail to the same address as Joann Cavalier, Parks & Recreation Office. (Checks to be made out to the City of Fulton)

Goodnough is the boys and girls varsity tennis coach at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. He is the Class A Tournament director for the Boy’s Section III Tournament. He has been coaching varsity tennis and running community tennis camps, leagues and tournaments for over 15 years.

Phoenix rolls past Chittenango in sectional playoff game

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix softball team did the bulk of its scoring early on in its Friday’s contest against Chittenango.

The Lady Firebirds’ impressive start set the tone for a 11-4 win over Chittenango, which allowed the Lady Firebirds to clinch a spot in the sectional semifinal Game that was held yesterday.

Following a barrage of hits and subsequent runs, Phoenix built a 10-0 lead by the end of the third inning.

After a couple of scoreless innings, each team scored a run a piece during the sixth inning. With one more chance to rally, Chittenango scored three runs during the top of the 7th inning, which made the score 11-4. Unfortunately for Chittenango, the Lady Firebirds’ lead proved too much to overcome as Phoenix prevailed with the 7 run win.

Phoenix was led by Meghan Barry, who had three 3 hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Jenna Zaia added two hits and three RBIs while Trisha Hetko chipped in with two hits and an RBI.

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Lady Raiders topple Jamesville-DeWitt 18-6

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team advanced to the next round of the Section III Class A playoffs following after defeating Jamesville-Dewitt 18-6 Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders were effective on both sides of the ball during the second half to turn what was a competitive game early on into a rout.

Though the Lady Raiders were the higher seed, Jamesville-Dewitt Fulton tougher than expected during the first half. Going into halftime, the Lady Raiders had only a three-goal lead at 8-5.

Fulton played like a higher seed during the second half.The Lady Raiders outscored Jamesville-Dewitt by nine goals during the second half en route to the 12-goal win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley, who had six goals and an assist against Jamesville-Dewitt. Julia Ludington scored four goals while Erica Knaub had a goal and two assists.

Kate Rothrock, Andrea Gould, Jordan Rizzo, Alise Tallents, Erika Johnson, Casey Shannon and Alanah McClellan all scored a goal for Fulton.

The Lady Raiders converted upon nearly 80 percent of their shots while Fulton’s Torrie Whelsky saved 11 out of Jamesville-Dewitt’s 17 shots on goal.

Season concluded

The Fulton boys lacrosse team’s season came to an end with a loss to Carthage in the opening round of the Sectional playoffs Wednesday.

Following an impressive second quarter, Carthage took a commanding lead into halftime, which proved to be a deficit Fulton couldn’t overcome.

Despite the Red Raiders’ best efforts to rally during the second half, Carthage cruised to a 14-7 win over Fulton.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: May 26, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The time is drawing short on my turkey season and I still have yet to get a shot at a tom.

My hunt with Tom Duger was very enjoyable; although, I still have not gotten to the stage where I enjoy the getting up at 4 a.m. part, but we had a great morning.

Just as Tom had told me, there was a tom gobbling on the roost after we had set up. He gobbled after he had flown down and he worked our way, but he was with a bunch of hens.

The turkeys finally came into the field a couple hundred yards away from where we had set up, and lo and behold, they began working their way towards us. The group was mostly hens, but at least one long beard was in tow plus a couple jakes.

Everything seemed to be working out, but when the birds had gotten to about a ninety yards away, the jakes and tom left and headed back into the brush and trees, while the hens continued towards our position.

Eventually, two of the hens wandered right up to the decoys, giving them a good looking over before deciding they weren’t going to join their group and eventually walking away.

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Phoenix softball holds off Oneida

by Rob Tetro

Seven innings of play didn’t declare a winner when the Phoenix softball team took Oneida Saturday.

Despite trailing by three runs early in the game, the Lady Firebirds fought back to force extra innings.

After 10 innings, Phoenix got the extra run that it needed to come away with a 6-5 win over Oneida.

Oneida got onto the scoreboard right out of the gates. By the end of the first inning, it held a 2-0 lead. Oneida added another run during the top of the third inning, which brought the lead to 3-0.

During the bottom of the fourth inning, Phoenix began its comeback.

The Lady Firebirds scored a run and scored two more runs to tie the game at 3-3 during the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Mexico rallies past Fulton

by Rob Tetro

If high school softball consisted of only five innings of play then the Fulton softball team would have been victorious against Mexico last Friday.

Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, high school softball lasts longer than five innings, which allowed the opportunity for Mexico to rally.

The opportunistic Lady Tigers rose to the occasion. During the sixth inning, the Lady Tigers took advantage of several opportunities for unearned runs to storm ahead of Fulton.

Mexico went on to prevail with a 4-2 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Fulton scored a run each in both of the bottom of the second and third innings. Neither team could score until the top of the sixth inning when Mexico rallied to take a 4-2 lead and the win.

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Leon Archer

The Sportsman’s World: May 19, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

It is a bit hard for me to believe how fast the spring is flying by and summer looks like it is stacking up to be pretty much a blur as well.

My turkey hunting has been limited and unsuccessful, and in all fairness, I haven’t been as dedicated as I probably should have been.

As I was writing this column, Tom Duger called and invited me to go with him Thursday morning; otherwise, I probably would have been checking the inside of my eyelids when the sun came up.

Tom had told me earlier in the week that he had been seeing some jakes and I indicated I would be happy just seeing jakes at this point and I guess he was listening.

Memorial Day weekend, Sweet Thing and I expect to be camping with Tim and his family in New Hampshire near the ocean. I’m going to give Nathaniel and anyone else who wants, a chance to catch some Atlantic Mackerel.

If they have arrived inshore off New Hampshire, the fishing will be fast and furious. Mackerel are an oily fish and many folks are not as fond of them as they might be about haddock and swai, but I actually enjoy them — and I love catching them. I think it is going to be a Memorial Day to remember.

I have three somewhat lengthy trips planned for the summer. The first one will find Tim and I heading to Alaska for a week of salmon fishing.

Later, Sweet Thing and I will be visiting Brett and his family out in Two Harbors, Minn., and toward the end of summer, we will head to Seattle to spend some time with Ben and his wife. I am sure that Ben and I will get out a couple times on Puget Sound.

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Fulton girls lacrosse clinches regular season league title

by Rob Tetro

Going into its Senior Night game against Whitesboro Tuesday, if the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team won the last two games of the regular season, it will clinch the regular season league championship.

During the second half of their game, Fulton held Whitesboro scoreless en route to a 15-3 win. The next day, the Lady Raiders went to Cortland with the opportunity to clinch.

Though it took three overtimes, Fulton returned home as champions following an exciting and dramatic 13-12 win over Cortland.

When Fulton took the field for its Senior Night game against Whitesboro, the first half proved to be a bit more competitive than expected.

The Lady Raiders had a 6-3 halftime lead. However, this contest proved to be the tail of two halves.

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