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Fulton school board considers combined hockey team

by Nicole Reitz

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Athletic Director Chris Ells came before the Fulton Board of Education last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of merging other districts with the varsity hockey team.

Lynch said that the district is currently in conversation with Phoenix, Red Creek and most recently, Central Square. Central Square currently has a combined program with East Syracuse-Minoa.

Other school districts would be responsible for transporting their students. Licensed drivers could drive themselves to practice as long as parents are comfortable with that.

“We’re not responsible for how the students get to practice,” said Lynch.

Students in other districts must also follow Fulton’s code of conduct standards. Ells said that he would be in constant contact with those schools athletic directors, making sure the students are passing classes and meeting required attendance.

In order for the Fulton varsity hockey team to go further with a combined team, first there would need to a policy change. The old policy limits the opportunity to combine teams only in the event of dissolving the team because of lack of participation.

“We are precariously close with our participation numbers,” said Lynch.

Fulton’s varsity hockey team currently has 17 to 18 players, including ninth graders. This past year, there were no significant injuries or eligibly issues, but if there were, participation would be too low to continue on with the season.

Potential numbers of the combined team were shared. The Fulton team is looking at up to 32 students with 23 suiting up for a game. The rotation of the players would be up to coach Todd Terpening.

Ells said that Terpening is ready for the venture and recently provided him with a plan about how a two-hour practice would look like with 25 to 30 students on the team.

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Chris Ells (right) director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District, spoke at a recent meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. Thanking him for his presentation is Fulton Lions President David Dingman. Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities.

Fulton AD discusses athletic program at Lions meeting

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Chris Ells (right) director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District, spoke at a recent meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. Thanking him for his presentation is Fulton Lions President David Dingman. Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities.

by Bob and Sandy Weston

The Fulton Lions Club’s major focus is sight and hearing in addition to scholarships, youth activities and community support. The four major fund-raising projects the Lions undertake to support these programs are a chicken barbecue, pancake breakfast, Duck Derby and Lions Loot.

Under the leadership of President Dave Dingman, Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities. Club members recently attended a junior varsity football game and assisted Fulton Athletic Booster members in the concession stand on Homecoming against Oswego.

At a recent Lions meeting, members were very pleased to have Chris Ells, director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District as their guest speaker.

Ells clearly spelled out his approach to Fulton athletics as well as its educational component. He also met with us for a personal interview that we would like to share with you.

Along with his goals and objectives for the athletic program he administers, Ells emphasized the fact that without the help of the coaches and athletes, he could not have accomplished much of what he has for many of the programs that he helped initiate started from questions and concerns they raised. He added that the success of any athletic program is not only based on the commitment and dedication of the coaches and athletes but parental involvement and community support as well.

He described the balance necessary between academics and athletics and at preseason meetings the need for greater participation between parents, coaches and athletes. Effort and good grades are essential factors when playing a sport.

Some of the things that Ells also covered with Lions members and us include the benefits of being on a team; the Four C’s of Athletics, which are competence, character, civility and citizenship; the modified, JV and varsity Philosophy, which ranges from learning the basics of a game to the culmination of each development program; and sportsmanship, which in part is to play hard, play to win, but play fairly within the rules.

As for his background, Ells told us that as a little guy, he loved playing sports. He did everything — football, basketball, baseball, and skiing when he got older. At age 8 and petrified of the water, he learned how to swim and a month later, he joined the swim team. Competitive swimming became a very strong part of his life as he swam competitively for the next 18 years.

He added that running track and cross-country in high school are activities that he still enjoys.

Ells said he learned so much about life because of his commitment to sports. Paying it forward, he is trying to pass on all the valuable lessons he has learned throughout his sport’s career by focusing on the 4 C’s of athletics. Some of the benefits of being on a team, he said, include an increase in overall fitness, learning time management and achieving better academic grades.

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Fulton might join Oswego with new girls hockey team

by Nicole Reitz

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch discussed the possibility of combining a girls ice hockey team with Oswego.

The Oswego City School District has opened an invitation to the Fulton district for girls interested in the sport to join the team.

Lynch said that Athletic Director Chris Ells is communicating with students and parents to see if there is interest.

The combined team would play during the 2012-2013 season and the agreement would be for one year. At the end of the year, the decision to move forward with the program would be reviewed again.

Lynch said that there are female athletes at the secondary level who play hockey and may be interested in a team sport.

At the present time, there would not be a financial cost to the district. Students would be covered under the district’s insurance as athletes and there is no cost for ice time or uniforms. Parents would, however, be responsible for transportation of the students involved.

“On the surface, it would be a nice opportunity for students,” said Lynch. In the past, the school district has participated with other districts for combined athletic teams, including the swim team with Bishop Ludden.

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Valley Viewpoints: Shock in Fulton

by Bob Weston of Fulton

Fulton high school athletic director Chris Ells announced recently that Syracuse Shock, a semi-pro football team, will be having its home games played at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Residents of the Fulton community got their first look at the team at the Memorial Day Parade.

At the present time, nine home games have been booked with the first two to be held June 9 against the South Buffalo Celtics and June 16 against the Monroe County Sting. Both games will begin 7 p.m.

The concession stand will be manned by the Fulton Athletic Booster Club.

I urge sports enthusiasts to come out and support the team as they demonstrate their skills and talents at a semi-pro level.

See you at the game.