Fulton hoops on the up and up

By Rob Tetro

Seniors Mark Pollock, Seth Britton, Jeremy Langdon and Austin Haskins left their mark on the Fulton boys’ basketball program.

Despite facing some rough moments throughout their careers, they didn’t quit. Coach Matt Kimpland said it was the efforts of his seniors that set the groundwork for the improvements Fulton showed this season.

As his seniors move to the next phase of their lives, Kimpland hopes they are physically and mentally prepared to give their best efforts regardless of the challenge they face.

As it is every season, the Red Raiders faced some of the best teams Section 3 has to offer. Despite taking its lumps against some of these premier teams, Fulton proved to be far more of a formidable opponent than they were in other seasons.

In a season that saw the Red Raiders score 150 more points than they did a season ago, they also had a 5-13 overall record, which left them one game shy of qualify for Sectional play.

Kimpland said some of his younger guys can move on toward next season feeling confident, having seen what it takes to be competitive with the impressive opponents Fulton plays against year in and year out.

Looking ahead, 2014-15 figures to be an exciting season for Fulton.

After moving up to varsity last year as a freshman, Cody Green will return as junior.

This season, Green met every expectation coaches had for him. Even with teams striving to slow him down, Green scored 311 points this season.

Sophomores and juniors got a lot of playing this season and the Red Raiders hope to benefit from this next season.

A junior who had a memorable season was Chris Jones, with nearly a double-double in every game, including games against perennial powers Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy.

Kimpland considers Jones to be the most improved player in the program. Despite showing progress over the summer, his breakout season was a bit of a surprise to his coaches.

Kimpland credits Green and Jones for how consistent their outside/inside play was this season and he is excited about what the duo can accomplish next season. Fulton also will see the return of third-leading scorer Josh Hudson next season.

Overall, the team appears excited and motivated headed into the off-season having doubled their win total from last season. Determined to build on the momentum the team established this season, seven of eight returning Red Raiders wasted little time beginning their preparation for next season.

The initiative his players have shown hasn’t gone unnoticed by Kimpland. In fact, he said Fulton’s future is even brighter because of the natural drive and enthusiasm his young team has displayed.

Bantams collect for food pantry

The Fulton Bantam hockey team recently concluded its “Hockey for the Hungry” food drive to benefit the Food Pantry at Believer’s Chapel of Fulton.

Sponsors pledged to donate one can of food for every goal the team scored in the month of February.

The Bantams tallied 51 goals on the month, collecting more than 320 cans in addition to $55 in cash donations.

Bowling Scores

Monday Night Women’s Michelob/ Shuba 2 Construction League
Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Beth Brownlee         609- 191, 219, 199
  • Tamie Allen         558- 171, 184, 203
  • Michelle Simpson            548- 195, 186, 167
  • Gina Coomey                   538- 155, 214, 169
  • Patty Davis                       529- 179, 180, 170
  • Sara Shatrau                   518 -161, 190, 167
  • Della Daniels                   515- 169, 183, 163
  • Paula Distin                     493- 165, 170, 158
  • Annette Cotton                 489- 167, 157, 165
  • Rhonda Wolfersberger     480- 179, 116, 185
  • Chris Wolford                   468- 166, 145, 157
  • Jennifer Hudson               467- 156, 144, 167
  • Sharon Allen                    452- 143, 170, 139

Winning Edge Women’s League
Bowled at Lakeview Lanes
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Pat Pardue                      608- 179, 222, 207
  • Chrissy Morrison             529- 175, 195, 159
  • Kathy Pipher                    529- 197, 163, 169
  • Rhonda Delaney              527- 163, 204, 160
  • Donna Murrell                  525- 166, 181, 178
  • Della Daniels                   520- 147, 181, 192
  • Carm Cavallaro                513- 186, 158, 169
  • Sherry Timm                    507- 150, 182, 175
  • MaryAnn Schreck             504- 184, 180, 140
  • Paula Distin                        503- 159, 183, 161
  • MaryAnn McGregor          493- 164, 174, 155
  • Katie Jodway                  490- 165, 178, 147
  • Kathy Barkley                   486- 172, 136, 178
  • Dawne Hartranft              475- 122, 178, 175
  • Jackie Coon                    465- 145, 197, 123
  • Tricia Hines                     464- 191, 150, 123
  • Linda Yager                      460- 182, 136, 142
  • Sandy St.Phillips              454- 172, 128, 154
  • Sharon Kells                    450- 135, 158, 157

Burritt Motors hires Backus

3-22_MILEbackusMorgan Backus joined Burritt Motors recently as a service lane coordinator, said business owner Chris Burritt.

“We’re delighted to add Morgan to our growing service team,” said Burritt. “This newly created position is going to pamper our customers by giving them and their vehicles the utmost personal attention right from the moment they drive into our service department.”

Backus will be in charge of greeting customers, inspecting their vehicles and giving them an overall “wow” experience by being extremely attentive and helpful, Burritt said.

Backus, from Mexico, has two years experience in the automotive industry. She  previously worked as a delivery specialist, certified tech expert and car and leasing salesperson.

Burritt Motors’ history dates back to 1955 in Hannibal when Chris’ grandfather, Elmer O. Burritt, purchased a Chevrolet franchise that he operated until 1963.

To expand in a larger market, Chris’ father, Richard, purchased the assets of a Chevrolet dealership that had been located on Oswego’s East Third Street. About a year later, he built the present dealership on Route 104, which underwent a $2.5 million expansion and renovation last year.

The dealership celebrates its 58th anniversary this year and can be reached at 343-8948, www.burrittmotors.com or www.themechanixgarage.com.

Cato man reenlists in military

Specialist Christopher Kulis from Cato has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion in the New York Army National Guard.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announced the recent reenlistment an commended Kulis on his continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

 

SUNY Oswego to increase its study abroad program

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego has signed on with the newly launched Generation Study Abroad program, agreeing to increase the college’s participation in study-abroad opportunities to 20 percent of undergraduates — 1 in 5 — by 2019.

Citing the challenges of rapid globalization, the Institute of International Education announced the five-year Generation Study Abroad in early March.

Its ambitious goal: bringing leaders in education, business and government together to double study-abroad participation nationally, reaching 600,000 students by the end of the decade.

Oswego joined 150 higher education institutions in 41 states as early partners in the effort, including large universities such as Cornell, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Purdue, as well as four other SUNY colleges and universities.

Joshua McKeown, Oswego’s director of international education and programs, said the help of new short-term options for study-travel, the Global Laboratory summer-research program and other initiatives have increased participation in the last five years to 15 percent of the college’s undergraduates from about 5 percent, and Oswego is poised to make the next move upward.

“I think this is the perfect time to take on this challenge,” McKeown said. “As an institution, we have moved deliberately and strategically towards expanding education abroad over the past decade, embedding it well into the curriculum of all four schools and colleges, creating more experiential programs abroad, research and service opportunities, and ways for our faculty to teach and lead students abroad in every discipline where there is interest. This represents a further growth opportunity that we are ready for as a campus.”

The college has sent students to 40 countries the past seven years, from Argentina to United Kingdom, from Mexico to China.

“We recently made the top 10 list nationally (in Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report) for master’s level study abroad enrollments, regularly are at or near the top rank for SUNY comprehensive college study abroad enrollments, and were cited by the Middle States reaccreditation team for our international programs,” McKeown said.

The Institute of International Education found in its annual study conducted with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that with 295,000 students in credit and non-credit programs abroad in 2011-12, less than 10 percent of U.S. college students participate.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” said Allan Goodman, president of the institute. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

Rice Creek lists spring programs

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station has unveiled its spring lineup of free nature education programs on Saturdays, including naturalist-led walks, story hours and hands-on science activities.

Rice Creek Rambles beckon the public to the field station’s 400 acres of mixed terrain for guided walks at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 and May 10.

“Spring Awakenings” on April 5 will give walkers a chance to observe new appearances in the forests, fields and wetlands as seasons change. “Birds, Bugs and Blooms” will await walkers on May 10.

Call 312-6677 to check trail conditions on the morning of each hike.

The ways of wildlife will engage children at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26 and May 31, for Rice Creek Story Hour.

“Rainbow Crow” on April 26 will relate the Lenape legend with beautiful illustrations and a lesson of service to others. On May 31, “The Salamander Room” will capture young imaginations while demonstrating what living things need to survive.

The field station will feature Sharing Science at 11 a.m. on three other Saturdays, April 12, May 3 and May 17.

“Composting Fundamentals” will help attendees sort out whether they need a bin, a pile or a tumbler to put such things as kitchen scraps and yard waste to good use in a healthy compost pile. Visitors can hear about Rice Creek’s three-bin system and share their own composting tips.

On May 3, the family-oriented “Wildlife Games and Activities” will present a fun-filled session featuring hands-on activities from Project Wild and other sources that simulate key natural concepts and stewardship of resources.

The May 17 “Rain Gardens” presentation will cover this new edition at Rice Creek and the many functions such gardens serve.

Since program size is limited, the field station is unable to accommodate groups. An adult needs to accompany children.

Visitors may tour the new headquarters of Rice Creek — the 7,200-square-foot, energy-efficient field station — during building hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Trails are open for hiking during daylight hours at Rice Creek Field Station; the entrance is on Thompson Road about a mile south of State Route 104.

For information, visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek or call 312-6677.

Birdlebough student competes in Shakespeare competition

Abigail Venskus, a sophomore at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, recently competed in the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition held at Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage.

The public-speaking contest, which is conducted by the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, commemorated William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Venskus, a winner of her local school competition, attended a workshop for Syracuse’s competitors on Feb. 25 at Syracuse University’s Storch Theatre. There she was critiqued on her chosen monologue and sonnet.

At the regional competition, Venskus was asked to recite her monologue and sonnet in front of a panel of judges. She competed against 19 other contestants, other high school students from around Central New York.

The purpose of the competition is to develop student’s understanding of Shakespeare and his universality.

Although Venskus did not place in the regional competition, she is thankful for the opportunity.

Venskus’ journey with Shakespeare does not end there. She participates in the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival theater camp every summer at Thornden Park.

Children learn old English dances, join in acting games, paint sets and are given parts in two-scene plays. Past productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which shee played the character Bottom.

Venskus is also a member of the Birdlebough Drama Club and marching band.

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