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Phoenix boys varsity soccer determined to reach sectionals

by Rob Tetro

When Phoenix boys varsity soccer coach Chris Prenoveau speaks about his teams goal’s for the 2012 season, there is no confusing his intentions.

The main goal that Phoenix has this season is to qualify for sectional play.

Prenoveau said that there are games on the schedule that can be won. If the Firebirds are able to win the games they should win, they could qualify for the postseason.

However, Prenoveau suggested that in light of the expectations for the season, they haven’t forgotten about the importance of working hard and representing their school in a positive manner.

“As always, the team wants to pursue this goal with keeping sportsmanship and determination in mind,” Prenoveau said.

Phoenix takes the field in 2012 as an experienced team. They will be led by many seniors who have lots of experience playing together. However, Prenoveau suggested that his team’s maturity level is suspect in light of the quality minutes that the freshmen will be asked to produce.

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Hannibal football battles back from deficit but falls 39-25

by Rob Tetro

Trailing 39-0 shortly at halftime, the Hannibal football team battled back in the second half.

In the end, however, the Warriors were unable to complete the comeback, losing 39-25 win over Hannibal.

Bishop Ludden wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard. During the first quarter, Corey Wilkinson scored from three yards out. Later in the first quarter, Zach Harding threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Malik Stenson, which gave Bishop Ludden a 14-0 lead.

Before the first quarter ended, Bishop Ludden took a 20-0 lead when Harding threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Montgomery.

It was more of the same for Bishop Ludden during the second quarter.

Stenson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Harding to give Bishop Ludden a 27-0 lead. Before the first half ended, Bishop Ludden took a 33-0 lead when Harding threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mike Pecoriello.

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Fulton tennis team comes up short against Homer

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity tennis team trailed Homer by a 3-0 score following singles play Wednesday. It seemed as if the Lady Raiders were in for a long afternoon. However, Fulton didn’t quit.

The Lady Raiders battled valiantly in doubles play to get back into the contest. Unfortunately for Fulton, Homer’s early lead proved to be too much to overcome as the Lady Trojans came away with a 4-3 win.

Homer was impressive during singles play. Laura Dart defeated Fulton’s Kassidy Kearns 6-1, 6-1. Rachel McNeil defeated Fulton’s Katelyn Billings 6-0, 6-0 and  Carly Dove defeated Fulton’s Jasmine Denson 6-2, 6-0.

Fulton made things interesting during doubles play. Fulton’s Anna Guernsey and Julia Ludington defeated Homer’s Rachel Murray and Sarah Wilsey 7-5, 6-3. Fulton’s Sophia Giovannetti and Maureen McCann defeated Homer’s Lydia Brown and Katie Mercer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Fulton’s Audrey Proto and Krista Vann defeated Homer’s Maddie Jennings and Ana Shore, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

In what proved to be the clincher for Homer, Sarah McNamara and Shannon Spencer defeated Fulton’s Savannah Bray and Casey Shannon 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.

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Turnovers plague Phoenix in season opening loss to Cato-Meridian

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team committed five costly turnovers during its season-opening loss to Cato-Meridian Friday night.

The Firebirds trailed by 13 points by the end of the first quarter. Though the Firebirds fought valiantly, they were unable to cut into the early lead Cato-Meridian established.

Assisted in large part by Phoenix turnovers, Cato-Meridian came away with a 41-21 season opening win.

Cato-Meridian wasted little time getting into gear against the Firebirds. C-M took a 7-0 lead when Kyle Mapley found Joe Schneider for an 80-yard touchdown pass. Phoenix answered right back when Avery Chisolm tied the game following an 11-yard touchdown run.

Schneider was poised to strike again for C-M. He returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for the score. Schneider’s kickoff return gave Cato-Meridian a 14-7 lead.

Before the first quarter concluded, Kyle Mapley used his feet to stiffle the Firebirds. Mapley scored on a run from 30 yards out to give Cato-Meridian a 20-7 lead.

The score remained the same until the third quarter. Schneider increased Cato-Meridian’s lead to 27-7 following a 31-yard touchdown run.

Cato-Meridian then took a 34-7 when Austin Bierce scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Though overcome by turnovers, Phoenix refused to quit. Before the third quarter concluded, Phoenix’s Avery Chisolm scored on a 70-yard run to cut Cato-Meridian’s lead down to 21 points at 34-13.

During the fourth quarter, Cato-Meridian tacked on one more touchdown; this time, a one-yard run by Colin Richards.

Before the game ended, The Firebirds tallied another touchdown. Chisolm scored run from 6 yards out.

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Syracuse Shock defense bends but doesn’t break in win

by Rob Tetro

When Vermont traveled to G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton to face the Syracuse Shock last Saturday, they came ready to compete.

Vermont, however, was only able to cross the goal line once — despite having many opportunities.

The Shock won the game 21-13.

The Shock received the opening kickoff. During the drive, Syracuse faced a 4th and short.

Shock quarterback T.J. Sheard started the game under center, but on this play, he lined up in the shotgun and found Tyler Gage on a slant for a Syracuse first down.

The following play, Sheard took the snap and rolled to his left. He gave a soft pump fake and found Gage wide open for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Following the touchdown, Zack Grulich made his debut for The Shock. Grulich, who is a kicker, converted Syracuse’s first extra point attempt of the season to give them a 7-0 lead with 10:29 left in the first quarter.

Vermont’s opening drive stalled at the Shock’s 25 yard line.

When the Shock got the ball back, running back DeWayne Gordon caught two passes for crucial yardage.

Gordon eventually scored came off a run right up the middle from 6 yards out with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Syracuse’s defense forced a fumble that was recovered by E.J. MaeWeather.

After Syracuse went three and out following the turnover, Vermont returned the punt to Syracuse’s 40 yard line. Vermont’s field position got even better following a penalty at the end of the play.

The Shock’s defense, however, came through again, only allowing a field goal.

In the second half, Vermont drove the ball down the field and settled for a field goal to cut the Shock’s lead 14-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Vermont attempted a short squib kick. With Syracuse caught off guard, Vermont got the bounce they needed to convert the trick play. With momentum on its side, Vermont did what they could to keep the Shock defense guessing while executing multiple offensive schemes.

However, once more, Syracuse’s defense refused to allow Vermont to cross the goal-line.

Syracuse forced Vermont into a 35 yard field goal attempt with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter.  The attempt fell short of the uprights.

Gordon got right back to work during the Shock’s first drive of the second half. A couple of athletic runs by Gordon moved Syracuse into Vermont territory.

During the drive, however, Sheard attempted to connect with Tyrone Burke Jr., who was running a fade route down the right side of the field, but the ball was intercepted.

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Hannibal girls track has bright future

by Rob Tetro

With the season concluding, the Hannibal girls varsity track and field team bids farewell to six seniors.

They are Shannon Davenport, Sierra Ingersoll, Melanie Licatese, Maddy Mikalsen, Karolina Severova and Taylor Sorell.

According to Coach Sue Friedrich, these departing athletes leave behind a legacy that not only emphasizes the importance of team work but they also emphasized the importance of hard work as well.

However, as much as these athletes understand the importance of achieving the the best results possible in terms of time and distances, Friedrich hopes that her seniors depart with the understanding that its equally as important to enjoy the process of both running and preparation.

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Oswego tops Fulton girls lacrosse in Class A championship

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team’s memorable season concluded with a loss to Oswego in Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship game.

Oswego pulled away from The Lady Raiders during the second half en route to a 13-7 win. Fulton kept it close during the first half. Oswego led 6-4 at halftime.

During the second half, Oswego was more efficient on both sides of the ball. The Lady Bucs outscored the Lady Raiders by four goals to prevail with the six-goal win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Taylor Giglio, who had six goals. MiKayla Place added two goals and two assists and Becca Martin chipped in two goals.

Mackenzie Robinson had a goal and two assists while Sarah Stobener, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Libby Sherman and Alexa Healy combined to tally two goals and four assists for Oswego.

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Fulton softball season comes to an end with sectional loss

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team’s season concluded last week with an 7-6 loss to Oneida in the Class A Sectional quarterfinals.

Before playing Oneida, the Lady Raiders rallied from four runs down to come away with an 8-7 extra innings win over Camden.

Fulton got off to a decent start against Camden May 24. The Lady Raiders scored two runs in each of the games first two innings.

Camden responded with six unanswered runs of its own during the top of the third and fourth innings to take a 6-2 lead.

During the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, Fulton met Camden’s response by scoring four unanswered runs to tie the game at 6-6. The game went into extra innings tied at 7-7 following an seventh inning where each team scored a run a piece.

Following Camden’s scoreless at bat, The Lady Raiders scored during the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the one-run win.

Fulton was led by Lindsey Larkin, who had three hits and an RBI against Camden. Maureen McCann  finished with two hits and four RBIs.

Keisha Pierce, Ciarra Chapman, Ashley Cummins and Falecia Coleman comibed to tally eight hits and three RBIs for the Lady Raiders.

Larkin earned another win for Fulton on the mound. Larkin struck out 13 Camden batters while giving up seven runs on 11 hits.

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