Business opens new site in Schroeppel


SAM North America celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Jan. 21. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Gardner, Oswego County Legislator, New Haven, who also is the legislature chairman; Morris Sorbello, Oswego County Legislator, Granby; Andrew Christie, managing director at SAM North America; Steve Hutchins, Schroeppel town councilman; L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County; Holly Carpenter, representing state Sen. Patty Ritchie; Terry Wilbur, County Legislator, Hannibal; and Edward Lincoln, vice president of sales at SAM North America.

SAM North American Tuesday kicked off its new site in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel.

The company had been operating out of a small site in Granby. It is projected to employ 14 people.

The company manufactures equipment for the paper and plastics industries. Michael Treadwell of Operation Oswego County said potential customers in North and South America will be able to come to the Schroeppel site, see the equipment in action and determine if it is something they want to buy for their own businesses.

Before, customers had to travel to SAM’s headquarters in South Korea to check out its products.

SAM also will have a marketing office at the Schroeppel site, which encompasses a 10,000-square-foot building and 2 1/2 acres.

SAM has been a leading supplier of converting machinery for package printing, specialty coating, extrusion coating and laminating for more than 50 years.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Saturday’s Valley News for more on this company.

Fulton Mites hockey team plays Oswego B & C teams

The Fulton Mite hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and B&T Sports, competed with the Oswego B & C teams recently at the Fort.

Cameron Shutts, Daniel Devendorf and Reese Calkins made several attempts on net. Simon Bradshaw gave a fine effort in his debut as goalie while Cassie Clarke, Aiden Tetro and Kaiden Jardin played well on offense. Defenders Eryca DeRocha, Zoey DeRocha, Jordan Devendorf and Kaiden McNabb all gave a good performance.

Scores are not kept in Mites play.

Phoenix swimmer wins award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

John C. Birdlebough senior Alyssa Harley is making a splash with the Fulton varsity swim team this year.

On Saturday, the standout athlete from Phoenix was selected as the female swimmer of the meet during 16th annual HAC Swim Invitational held at the Harley School in Rochester.

As the top seed in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, Harley dominated both events on her way to first-place finishes. Her times of 1:01.78 (freestyle) and 1:08.78 (backstroke) earned her a spot in the sectional meet in February.

Coach Raina Hinman said despite sitting out her junior season due to an injury, Harley has come back stronger than ever.

The Phoenix senior is also a member of a club swim team in Baldwinsville.

Thirteen boys’ teams and five girls’ teams from the Section V conference competed in the 22-event meet.

Hannibal girls’ hoops continues to roll

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has won 5 out of its last 6 games, including a three-game winning streak, to improve its record to 5-2.

On Dec. 30, the Lady Warriors rolled past North Rose-Wolcott 56-22. Hannibal began 2014 with a win over Cazenovia 52-36 on Jan. 9 and then came away with a hard fought win over Bishop Ludden on Jan. 13 by a score of 51-46.

The Lady Warriors wasted little time asserting their dominance in the North Rose-Wolcott game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter to take a 31-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors refused to slow down during the second half. They outscored North Rose-Wolcott by 4 points during the third quarter to push their lead to 25 points and then capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring North Rose-Wolcott by 9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Kaylee Esposito with 8, Rachel Shute, Spencer Kenney and Sarah Otis scored 6 points each, Sydney Alton added 5, Gabby Griffin chipped in 4 while McKenzie Mattison and Hunter Beckwith tallied 3 points each.

In the Cazenovia game, Caz outscored Hannibal by 4 points during the first quarter, but then the Lady Warriors got into gear and stormed ahead in the second quarter to take a 30-22 halftime lead.

After an evenly played third quarter, Hannibal maintained its 8-point lead. The Lady Warriors put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Caz by 8.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 26 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 8, McKenzie Mattison with 7 and Sydney Alton, Gabby Griffin and Kaylee Esposito chipped in 3 points each.

The Lady Warriors capped the three-game stretch by holding off Bishop Ludden. Ludden had a 3-point lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Warriors fought back during the second quarter, outcoring Bishop Ludden by 5 points to lead 19-17 at the half.

During the third quarter, Bishop Ludden rediscovered the competitive nature that they displayed during the first quarter and outscored Hannibal by 2 points to send the game into the fourth quarter evened up at 31.

But the Lady Warriors got it done down the stretch, outscoring Ludden by 5 points during the fourth quarter to prevail with a 51-46 win.

Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell withe 27 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 11, Gabby Griffin and McKenzie Mattison scored 4 points each and Sydney Alton chipped in 3.

Fulton Bantams win 2; beat Oswego

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows and Doors and Pathfinder Bank, celebrated a 4-2 win over Center State and a 4-0 shutout over Oswego in recent minor hockey action.

On home ice against Center State, Evan Beckwith got scoring started early when he skated the puck in and sent it over the goalie’s shoulder.

Soon after, Nate Shaw gained control of a loose puck and tallied another goal for Fulton on a breakaway.  Nick Dingman netted a top shelf shot thanks to a behind the net passing play between Tyler Samson and Will Rattray.

In the final seconds of the period, Beckwith took a feed from Caleb Clarke and sent the puck in off the post.

After a scoreless second period, Center State narrowed the gap by two in the third, but could not close in further on the Raider’s lead.

Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss stopped 17 shots in net.

In Fulton’s game against Oswego, Dingman took a feed in front of the net from Samson early in the game to score his second goal of the weekend. Rattray tipped in Raider team captain Nolan Bonnie’s shot from the point to close the first period.

Mid-period two, Samson picked up a rebound from Rattray to make it a three-point game. Soon after, Shaw accepted a pass from Clarke at the face off, stormed through the Buc defense and netted the final goal of the game.

Bleiweiss made 9 saves and earned his first shutout of the season.

The Fulton Bantams are lead by head coach Paul Clarke and assistants Jeff Tulowiecki, Paul Bleiweiss and Bill Beckwith.

Fulton PeeWees shut out Thousand Islands

The Fulton PeeWees hockey team recently shut out Thousand Islands at home.

The PeeWees started the contest with some strong defensive and offensive play by #48 Andrew Hyde, #25 Sidney Bradshaw and #2 Jarred Willis, Jr. Despite the strong effort, the first period of play remained scoreless by both teams.

In the second period, Fulton scored its first goal with a back of the netter from #35 Eric Shear, assisted by #88 Calexander Connolly and #20 Nathaniel Lindsey. The Raiders #71 Chayton Sykes sunk the teams second goal unassisted. On Sykes heels, #10 Madison Lewis placed one in on a rebound with assists from #88 Calexander Connolly and #71 Chayton Sykes.

The third period saw two more goals from #35 Eric Shear, assisted by #88 Calexander Connolly and #20 Nathaniel Lindsey.

The PeeWees took the game 5-0. Fulton’s goalie #00 Jadon Lee saved 21 shots on goal. The Fulton Pee Wees are sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank.

More deer hunting available near Ithaca

A special deer hunting season to help control the deer population in and around the city of Ithaca, Tompkins County, will be open until Jan. 31, 2014, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Ken Lynch said.

The Deer Management Focus Area program was initiated in 2012 in the Ithaca area to expand the use of hunting to assist local communities burdened with overabundant deer populations. The focus area encompasses 60,000 acres of land in and around the city of Ithaca, including the city and town of Ithaca, the villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing, and parts of the towns of Danby, Caroline, Dryden, Lansing, Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.

During the special January season, registered hunters are authorized to shoot two antlerless deer per day using a shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun, or bow (if they have bowhunting eligibility). Hunters must still comply with all state trespassing laws, as well as all applicable local ordinances governing the discharge of firearms.

To participate, hunters must register with the DMFA program and download a permit, carcass tags and a hunting activity log. Both the DMFA permit and carcass tags must be carried while hunting in the DMFA and are valid only within the DMFA.

All DMFA hunters must record their deer hunting activity and harvests on the hunting activity log regardless of their success or hunting activity level, and are required to submit the log form to DEC by Feb. 7.  Instructions are provided on the permit and log form.

For more information, including a map of the DFMA that includes boundaries, a description of available hunting lands, or to register and download a permit, carcass tags and a hunting activity log at

Fulton PeeWees hold Auburn scoreless

The Fulton PeeWees hockey team recently shut out Auburn at home 5-0.

The PeeWees started the contest with some strong defensive and offensive play by #87 Kaleb Calkins, #2 Jarred Willis, Jr  and #25 Sidney Bradshaw. The Raiders fought off the consistent goal attempts of Auburn and ended the first period of play with a 2-0 lead with the backing of 2 goals scored by #35 Eric Shear, with one assisted by #32 Lane Phillips.

In the second period, Fulton repeated their strong defensive and offensive playing. Another goal from #35 Eric Shear, assisted by #86 Jonathan McCann Fulton, ended the period with a 3-0 lead.

Building off the first two periods momentum, the Raiders swept through the third period with more solid passing and shooting skills. Two more goals from #35 Eric Shear, with one assisted by #88 Calexander Connolly, gave the Fulton PeeWees the win over Auburn.

Goalie Nathaniel Lindsey saved 22 shots on goal. The Fulton PeeWees are sponsored by Cargill, Inc., Foster Funeral Home and Pathfinder Bank.

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