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Johnstown Little League hosting abbreviated season

There will be a baseball season for the local Little Leaguers! The Johnstown Little League has welcomed players from the Gloversville, Broadalbin and Fonda-Fultonville little leagues to join them for an abbreviated season that will run from Monday to Aug. 7. “We have had kids decide to join ...

Saratoga announces 2020 stakes schedule

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2020 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will feature 71 stakes worth $14.45 million, encompassing 39 graded stakes and 18 Grade 1s from July 16 through Sept. 7. “We’re thrilled to be racing at Saratoga this summer, and we thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for ...

Choosing his school

Canajoharie-Fort Plain senior quarterback Derek Hyney recently committed to play football at Utica College next fall.

Fonda welcomes fans back with weekend doubleheader

FONDA — After a rainout of the “Firecracker 50” on Wednesday evening, the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, July 4 with a program called “The Red, White, & Blue Special” sponsored by the Recovery Sports Grill. On Saturday evening the ...

Falcons honor Moore’s standout soccer career

NORTHVILLE — Northville girls varsity soccer coach Doug Hammons and athletic director John Karbowski surprised senior Brytney Moore with a commemorative soccer ball the day before her graduation from Northville High School. Hammons and Karbowski delivered the ball, which features a photo of ...

State athletic association hosts second COVID-19 Task Force meeting

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held the second meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force on Tuesday. Representatives from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) provided updates pertaining to the ...

RACING AROUND: Miller is making his mark

The dates June 26 and 27 must be special for sportsman driver A.J. Miller. On June 27, 2019, Miller picked up his first career sportsman victory at Fulton Speedway. Last Friday, June 26, Miller made the two-hour haul to Susquehanna, Pennsylvania and brought home his initial sportsman ...

Fonda set to host Firecracker 50 tonight

By RON SZCZERBA Fonda Speedway FONDA — The grandstands and infield will be open tonight at Fonda Speedway for the second annual “Firecracker 50” with masks and social distancing required. The event will pay $10,000-to-win for the Sunoco Modifieds and $2,000-to-win for the ...

Cannon posts ace at Nick Stoner

CAROGA LAKE — Dave Cannon of Canada Lake recently recorded a hole-in-one at Nick Stoner Golf Course. Cannon used a 3-hybrid to ace the 190-yard 17th hole. It was his second career hole-in-one. Cannon was playing with Jeff Perras.

Mohawks announce summer schedule

ALBANY/AMSTERDAM/GLENS FALLS — The Independent Collegiate Baseball League announces its 2020 season schedule which begins Monday, with all four teams opening at two locations. The Amsterdam Mohawks will host the Albany Dutch at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, first pitch at 5 p.m., while ...

O’Connor, Ballard among winners at Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE — On a night when Mother Nature looked like she might end the event early, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park managed to complete its racing card Sunday. Just before warmups ended, the skies opened up and forced a delay of more than two hours. When the cars returned to the track, ...

Hoetzler claims first career modified victory at Fonda Speedway

FONDA — It was a night for first-time winners Saturday at Fonda Speedway. After making several trips to the Track of Champions for special events, Jeff Heotzler signed on as a weekly competitor in the Palmer Service Center No. 76 and is his third week in the ride picked up his first feature ...

Royal Mountain preparing for opening event

CAROGA LAKE — Traditionally, the motocross season at Royal Mountain Ski Area gets into full swing on Memorial Day Weekend. That did not happen this year due to mandates surround the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the Mohawk Valley region has entered Phase Four of the New York State ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: A Jigger of Sports

If you opened up to the sports pages of the Leader-Herald newspaper from the mid-1950’s through the early 1990’s, you saw a column with the tag line “A Jigger of Sports.” The column was written by Gloversville native George “Jigger” Thompson, who was the publications sports editor, ...

Fonda to host Firecracker Shakedown

By RON SZCZERBA Fonda Speedway FONDA — The racing action continues at Fonda Speedway on saturday with a special $4,000-to-win Sunoco Modified Firecracker Shakedown plus all other divisions in action on School House Pools Inc. Night. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 ...

FFCS athletic department recognizes three-sport student-athletes

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Central School athletic department recently honored several “triple threat” student-athletes during the 2019-20 school year. Triple threat athletes are student athletes who participated in and completed three sports seasons this school year. Students ...

RACING AROUND: Sprint cars won’t appear at Fonda Saturday

Looks like it will continue to be an improvise on the run season. The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars were scheduled to make their first appearance at Fonda Speedway Saturday night after competing at Afton Speedway on Friday. That has now changed. The wingless sprints will not be ...

Mohawks to compete in new league for 2020

AMSTERDAM — The Independent Collegiate Baseball League announces it will launch a four-team collegiate-level league this summer starting July 6 and playing through Aug. 13. The league plans to operate for just the 2020 season. The franchises of the Albany Dutch, Albany Athletics, ...

Coaching class offered in July

GUILDERLAND — One of the courses required to coach in New York state high schools will be taught at Vent Fitness. The theories and techniques of coaching high school athletics course will take place July 18 and 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Participants must attend all class ...

A victim of pandemic, Gordmans to close

By MICHAEL ANICH The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — The Gordmans store at the Johnstown Mall that rose from the ashes of Peebles in February is now planning to permanently close its doors — possibly in September — due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Kayla Hinkle, one of the Gordmans’ ...