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.
by Vincent T. LaQuire
I remember Fulton, do you? I can still recall the smell of chocolate wafting everywhere from Nestle and the asparagussy smell from Birds Eye Foods. Alas, they couldn’t be saved. And remember the waxy aroma from Sealright, now Huhtamaki?
I can picture in my mind, the sign, as I entered Fulton welcoming me inviting me to a City with a Future. A city that had Les Goldberg shake your hand as he arranged for a new table and chairs to be delivered.
Nor shall I forget the smile on Angelo’s face at the Big M, as he gladly gave you the shirt off his back to help you.
Alas, I remember well Old Polly at the pool hall, by Fran’s now closed barbershop, who would rack up a set of pool balls for a dime that Mike Rookie and I would play during a lunch break from the old high school on Fourth Street.
I remember that Mike would easily stride with his long legs, with me trailing behind, to get back to school on time for the next class.
Look at the downtown stores no longer there: Perkins, Foster’s, The Green and White Diner, Wilson’s, and Woolworth’s with Mr. Kitts always smiling to see you.
And elsewhere there was Miller’s, Fulton Sheet Metal, Container Corp of America, The A& P, Mirabito’s, The Super Duper, Tops, and now the P&C. Also, Fulton Builders, Joice and Birch; and lets not forget Lee Memorial Hospital — the source of pride for our community for over 100 years.
Not forgetting Joe Young’s funeral home; giving one pause to believe that even the home of the dead can die, and the Fulton Knife Works that was cut out of Fulton. Finally, the Alba Pizzeria with their homemade dough and sauce.
And while some disappeared without a trace, some of them have been replaced and renewed with new companies and stores for our children to remember — giving rise that our children will remember that Fulton is still a “City with a Future” and had a past well worth remembering as well!
by Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity football team quickly found itself facing a 21-point deficit when it took on Nottingham Friday.
Fulton struggled to cut into the deficit as Nottingham came away with a 35-7 win.
Nottingham got off to a quick start during the first quarter.
Derrick Gore gave Nottingham a 7-0 lead after he rushed for a three-yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Gore struck again. He scored on a run from 7 yards out which gave Nottingham a 14-0 lead.
Before the first quarter ended, Gore scored his third touchdown of the game. He scored on a run from 55 yards out, which gave Nottingham a 21-0 advantage. Both teams found the endzone during the second quarter.
Nottingham took a 28-0 lead when Marty Clanton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyquon Rolon. Before the first half ended, Fulton’s Mark Pollock scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to cut Nottingham’s lead to 28-7.
Nottingham added another score during the third quarter when Rolon caught another touchdown pass from Clanton. Clanton’s 55-yard touchdown pass capped off Nottingham’s 28-point win.
With the loss, the Red Raiders finish the regular season with an overall record of 2-5 and a division record of 1-3.