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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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Todd Terpening to guide Fulton varsity hockey team

The Fulton varsity hockey team will be led by a different coaching staff this season. New coach Todd Terpening will be joined by Jason Heindorf for what they consider to be a rebuilding season of sorts. The goals the team has for the season are simple. Players want to go about the season one game at a time while working hard to come together as a cohesive unit.

How hard the team works will dictate how much success it will have on the ice this season, said Terpening.

According to Terpening, the Red Raiders will feature a younger team this season. Fulton lost seven players to graduation from last year’s team and will feature only two returning seniors.

Terpening pointed out that the team won’t have as many players as it did last season, which means every player will have to be in physical condition.

However, like anything else associated with this team, the players are expected to work hard to be in the best shape possible. Looking ahead to the schedule that awaits the Red Raiders, they will face the challenge of taking on some of the great teams that are in their division.

by Rob Tetro

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