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Fonda Speedway crowned its 2017 track champions on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Cory White (limited sportsman), Tim Fuller (modified), Rocky Warner (sportsman), Ken Hollenbeck (four-cylinder), Ken Gates (pro stock), Matt Demitraszek (promoter), John Young (street stock) and Pete Demitraszek (promoter). (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Fonda crowns 2017 track champions

FONDA — Tim Fuller has been coming to Fonda Speedway for more than two decades to compete in special events. This year, he called the Track of Champions his Saturday night home and with the same consistency he showed as an invader turned in a top notch performance to claim his first career ...

The Brittany’s Diner softball team topped Partner’s Pub in the best-of-three championship series to win the league title at Meco Ball Park. The team included Brittany Edwards, Heather Zugzda, Netta Briscoe Fray, Jennifer Shenton, Jennifer Carter, Kristen Lansburg, Ashley Ostrander, Ashley Fischer, Julia Lull, Emily Chrisman, Emily Bradt and Jamie Carrero. (Photo Submitted)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

The Brittany’s Diner softball team topped Partner’s Pub in the best-of-three championship series to win the league title at Meco Ball Park. The team included Brittany Edwards, Heather Zugzda, Netta Briscoe Fray, Jennifer Shenton, Jennifer Carter, Kristen Lansburg, Ashley Ostrander, Ashley ...

Northville Falcons varsity soccer player Joey Grega, who missed part of the 2016 season with a head injury, sports the protective headguard that will be wore by the Northville soccer teams this season. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Heads-Up Play

NORTHVILLE — The Northville soccer teams are taking a pro-active approach to concussion management this season. With the help from the Northville School District’s Board of Education, all the Falcons teams will wear during games and team practice. “We saw quite a few head injuries and ...

Jared Cordero scrubs off the tabletop jump en route to winning the 122-Open AM division at STR/Monster Supercross Wednesday night at Royal Mountain. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

STR/Monster Energy Supercross winds down at Royal Mountain

CAROGA LAKE — Six local riders picked up division victories on the final night of points competition for the STR/Monster Energy Drink Supercorss season at Royal Mountain Ski Area. Johnstown’s Casey Battisti and Todd Cleveland won the 122-250 Amateur and Plus 30 Expert victories ...

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Broadalbin-Perth head football coach Jim Pelneau talks with his players during a water break during practice Tuesday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

PATRIOTS GETTING PREPARED

Broadalbin-Perth head football coach Jim Pelneau talks with his players during a water break during practice Tuesday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Yamaha Demo Day at Royal Mountain

CAROGA LAKE — Royal Mountain Ski Area and Outdoor Motorsports of Amsterdam will host a Yamaha Demo Day Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Riders will be able to test ride Yamaha’s 2018 line of dirt bikes as well as ride their own bike on practice day. Sunday will be Royal Mountain’s final ...

Gloversville head coach Jared Bongo, center, works a drill with the Huskies linemen during the opening day of practice for the 2017 season Monday at 
Park Terrace Elementary School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

OPENING DAY

The first day of fall sports practice took place Monday at area high schools.

Jeremy Pitts poses in Victory Lane after winning the 25-lap Crate Modified feature Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Pitts holds on for Glen Ridge modified win

FULTONVILLE — In 2010, Jeremy Pitts found Victory Lane at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park twice in a pro stock. Since then he has moved up and has been shut out. Sunday night, Pitts and Brian Calabrese went wheel-to-wheel on the front end of the caution-marred crate modified feature with Pitts ...

William "Buck" Galster, black shirt, Jared Malagisi, center and Zach Alikhan lead members of the Gloversville Huskies through stretches as they prepare for practice on the first day of the fall high school sports season today at Park Terrace Elementary School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

THE BOYS OF FALL

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis William "Buck" Galster, black shirt, Jared Malagisi, center and Zach Alikhan lead members of the Gloversville Huskies through warmups as they prepare for practice on the first day of the fall high school sports season this morning at Park Terrace Elementary School.

Dylan Swiernik (7C) races with Kelly Hebing (10) during an Empire Super Sprints heat race Saturday at Fonda Speedway. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Side-by-Side Sprints

FONDA — Despite afternoon showers, Fonda Speedway fended off Mother Nature on Saturday. The racing card featured the regular division, plus a visit by the Empire Super Sprints. Three features were completed as of press time and the winners were Billy August (limited sportsman), John Young ...

Saratoga Roundup: World Approval claims victory in Fourstardave

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Live Oak Plantation’s World Approval found the yielding turf to his liking on Saturday afternoon, notching his third stakes win of the year with a 2 ¼-length victory over 2-1 favorite Time Test in the 33rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap for ...

Mo Diddley set for Saratoga Special

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mo Diddley will step up to stakes company looking to build on a winning debut as part of a nine-horse field in the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Owned by Gary Barber and Cheyenne Stables, Mo Diddley overcame a ...

Fort Plain's Drew Fureno, left, throws to the plate during a May 19 game against Salem. Fureno recently was named first-team all-state in Class D. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Area players earn all-state honors

A total of 49 Section II players were among those named to the 2017 New York State Sportswriters Association baseball all-star team. Five area players were among those selected. Fort Plain’s Drew Fureno and Bryce Thibodeau, Amsterdam’s Jeffrey Brennan and Brendan McGillin, and ...

Stallwalkin’ Dude wins third straight Tale of the Cat

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stallwalkin’ Dude dueled Loose On the Town in the stretch before overtaking him in the final sixteenth, capturing the fourth running of the $100,000 Tale of the Cat by a head on Friday at Saratoga Race Course. Stallwalkin’ Dude won his third consecutive Tale of the ...

Sassy Little Lila steps up, faces males in Fourstardave

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sheep Pond Partners and Michael Ryan’s Sassy Little Lila will take on the boys as the lone filly in the field of seven entered for today’s 33rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at a mile on the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course. Racing ...

GHS announces fall practice schedule

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District recently announced the beginning of fall practice. All varsity and junior varsity sports will begin practice Monday. Varsity and JV football will begin practice at 7:45 a.m. at Park Terrace Elementary School. The varsity and JV ...

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Learning the Game

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown varsity football program hosted its annual youth football clinic at Knox Field on Monday and Tuesday. The free clinic was open to all Johnstown students entering third through sixth grade. The two-day clinic focused on skill development. Johnstown varsity ...

Carter Petersen (122), Hayden Zelich (129) and Deegan Thrasher (33) race through a turn in an open mini 10-to-16-year-old moto during STR/Monster Energy Supercross competition Wednesday at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Battisti, Melita win two classes at Royal

CAROGA LAKE — Eight area riders were among the winners during STR/Monster Energy Supercross competition Wednesday at Royal Mountain Ski Area. Johnstown's Casey Battisti swept both motos to win the 122-250 amateur and 122-open amateur classes. Fonda’s Tyler Blowers won both motos to claim ...