Fulton boys’ lacrosse qualifies for sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team qualified for the sectionals, but lost in the first round to Carthage May 20 by a score of 10-5.

The boys finished hard, winning two out their last three games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 7-9. 

On May 8, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 19-4, then they topped county foe Central Square 10-5 May 10. 

Homer beat the Red Raiders 9-5 May 13 in the regular season finale. 

In the Chittenango game, Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then took over in the second quarter, outscoring Chittenango by six to take an 11-1 lead into halftime. 

Fulton kept it going during the third quarter, outscoring Chittenango by two points to push its lead to 12. Fulton capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango 4-1 down the stretch en route to a 19-4 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Matt Nelson with five goals, followed by Brett Campolieta with three goals and two assists, Carson Vono, Shawn Walberger and Bryce Knight each had two goals and an assist, Seth DeLisle added a goal and an assist, Adam Caza, Mark Pollock, Robbie Pollock, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso and Kyle Ware chipped in a goal each and RJ Borrow and Mitch Townsley combined for three assists. 

Fulton Goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes saved 11 of 15 shots.

Against Central Square, Fulton led 5-1 in the first quarter and then added to their lead, outscoring the Redhawks 3-1 in the second quarter. 

After both teams scored two goals during the third quarter, Fulton maintained a six-goal lead at 10-4. 

Central Square scored to cut the lead down to five goals during the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they could get as Fulton won 10-5.

Leading the way for Central Square was Zachary Dempsey with two goals and an assist, followed by Kyle Bird and Riley O’Brien with a goal and an assist each. Anthony Mandell chipped in a goal. Central Square Goalie Zack Reed saved 15 of 25 shots.

The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono with two goals and two assists, followed by Bryce Knight with two goals and an assist, Matt Nelson with two goals,  Brett Campolieta with a goal and an assist, Mark Pollock, Mitch Townsley and Shawn Walberger each with a goal and Noah Sorbello with an assist. 

Fulton Goalie Scott Hughes saved nine of 14 shots.

In their regular season finale, Fulton saw Homer build  a slim 2-1 lead early. But Fulton came back and the game was tied at 4 at halftime.

But Homer took over the second half, scoring two unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 6-4 lead. Homer cushioned its lead down the stretch, outscoring the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to cap off a 9-5 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Seth DeLisle with three goals, followed by Matt Nelson and Mark Pollock with a goal each. Bryce Knight chipped in two assists.  Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of 19 shots.

In the opening round of the sectionals, both Fulton and Carthage played a competitive first quarter, with Carthage leading by 1. 

Carthage quickly cushioned its lead, scoring two unanswered goals during the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the half. After both teams scored a goal during the third quarter, Carthage maintained a three-goal lead at 7-4. 

Carthage outscored the Red Raiders 3-1 during the fourth quarter to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton was led by Brett Campolieta with two goals, followed by Bryce Knight, Matt Nelson and Shawn Walberger with a goal each. Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono each chipped in an assist. 

Red Raider Goalie Scott Hughes saved 12 of 22 shots.

Gerald A. Story, materials manager

Gerald A. Story, 77, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday at Michaud Residential Health Services.  

Mr. Story was born in Fulton to the late Samuel and Vivian (Hall) Story.  

He lived in California for 40 years before moving back to Fulton in 2008.  

Mr. Story was a graduate of Fulton High School, and Fresno State University, CA with a B.A. in ancient history. He was past employed as a materials manager with Westinghouse, Sunnyvale, CA and Bell Aerospace, CA.  

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Story of Fulton; five children, Terri Neeley of UT, Jamey Story of CA, Shelly Story of Cortland, NY, Casey Story of CA, and Robin Story of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Joey, Melissa, Connor, Brian, Gabrielle, Austin, and Hunter; two great grandchildren, Ariel and Rylee; and his faithful companion, Little Bear.  

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. The Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton has care of the arrangements.  

David W. Tyrrell, auto mechanic, loved the outdoors

David W. Tyrrell, 57, of Fulton, passed away Wednesday May 28 at University Hospital, Syracuse after a short illness.  

Mr. Tyrrell was born in NJ to the late Daniel and Alice (Doran) Tyrrell, Sr.  

He was an auto mechanic at Country Auto Services, Pennellville, NY.  

He had a great love of the outdoors and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also played many sports over his lifetime including many softball and pool leagues.  

He is pre-deceased by his brother Danny Tyrrell in 2010.  

Mr. Tyrrell was very much loved and will be greatly missed by  his wife of 30 years, Patti Tyrrell of Fulton; two children, David (Amber) Tyrrell Jr., of Fulton, Jovi (Carl) Tyrrell of Fulton; siblings,  Mary Tyrrell and Mike Tyrrell both of Fulton; grandchild, Stella; and several nieces, nephews,  in-laws and lifelong friends.  

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday (today) in Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.  

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Calling hours were Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton. 

Jerry’s Journal: Memorial Day and Patriotism

By Jerry Hogan Kasperek

I’m writing this during Memorial Day weekend — the beginning of the summer season, as they say, a time for parades, picnics, planting and opening pools.

I remember when it was called Decoration Day, when it was just one day, May 30, and that summer didn’t start until school got out in June.

I grew up in the WWII era and patriotism is ingrained in me and my memory. There’s been other terrible wars since WWII and I would never diminish the sacrifices that were made during those conflicts, but there has never been anything like WWII.  Continue reading

Jill M. Reid, world class quilter


Jill M. Reid, 66, passed away on Friday May 9, 2014 after a brief but valiant battle with breast cancer. 

Born in Fulton, NY, she and her husband lived in Alaska for a number of years before settling at “Longwood,” the Reid family home, in South Plainfield more than 30 years ago.

Jill spent many years as a stay-at-home mom. She returned to the workforce as a substitute secretary for the South Plainfield Board of Education and eventually became a full time secretary for Special Services.  Continue reading

Seton Hall University doctoral student wants to study Fulton schools

By Ashley M. Casey

At the May 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch informed the board that Dola Deloff, a doctoral candidate from Seton Hall University, wants to do a study of the Fulton school district.

Deloff, former assistant principal of Mexico Middle School, is pursuing an Executive Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy.

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“The Hammer” tells students to work hard toward their goals

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.

By Daniel Farfaglia

Just as everyone was ready to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend May 23, students at Fulton Junior High were welcoming a celebrity into their gymnasium.

The special guest was Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, who gave a special presentation. He is a deaf athlete who won three NCAA wrestling titles for the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers during the 1990s. 

Since then, he has become a Mixed Martial Artist who now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. When he is not in the ring, he is giving motivational speeches to schools all over North America.  Continue reading

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