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Sports Columns

RACING AROUND: Area tracks have busy weekend

The Fourth of July Weekend was packed with racing action, some with and some without spectators. With the rainout of last Wednesday’s Firecracker 50, Fonda Speedway hosted a two-day racing spectacular with limited entry into the grandstand. Stewart Friesen made the most of racing near ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Racing Around: Racing returns to area tracks

After a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic a sense of normalcy returned last weekend. Fonda Speedway opened its gates for a Saturday night of racing, albeit without fans cheering from the iconic covered grandstand, with a solid field of sportsman, pro stock and vintage modifieds ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Sonju brought the NBA to Speculator

Forty years ago, Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountain Region was put on the International sports map when the 1980 Winter Olympics took place in Lake Placid. American speed skater Eric Heiden won five gold medals, while setting four Olympic records and one world record on the Lake Placid ...

Bebe Garguilo … walk on ballplayer

From 1937 to 1951 the Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers were a professional baseball team that entertained local fans at the former Glovers Park. The park sat at what is now the corner of Route 30A and Fifth Avenue in Gloversville (currently home to Runnings Outdoors/Hannaford Grocery/House of ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Salerno part of Adirondack sports lore

In the 1950s, Adirondack baseball was put on the map when 23-year-old Mineville native Johnny Podres beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series. Podres hurled a 2-0 shutout against the perennial World Champions and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player. From ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Fulton County’s brush with perfection

When I was 10 years old in 1978, a project in Mrs. Clara Swarts fifth-grade class at Mt. Carmel School was a “10-minute oral presentation.” The topic I chose was “the history of the Baseball World Series.” It was during this project that I became enamored about the legend of Don ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Bouton left his mark on baseball

This summer, both the sports and literary worlds lost a legend with the passing of former pitching great James Allen (Jim) Bouton. Bouton was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1959 and spent part of his first season in the minor leagues as a teammate of Fulton County Baseball Hall of Famer ...

Racing Around: Fonda set for busy weekend

One of the most anticipated events since it was announced last fall, the return of the Fonda 200, is finally here. The $53,000-to-win main event is being touted as the single richest event in the history of Fonda Speedway with the purse structure for the main event at a minimum of ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge wraps up its season

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park wrapped up its racing season with one of the best overall nights of racing this season. The track, which tended to be locked down for most of the season, widened out for the modifieds and they responded with some passing on the high side. Josh Hohenforst came ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Thank you for your service Mr. Hewes

For as long as I can remember I have been a Yankee Fan and my favorite place in the world to visit was Yankee Stadium. I vividly remember the feeling I got the first time I entered the stadium with my grandfather and father and how the colors and sights of the green grass and blue outfield ...

Racing Around: The Ridge returns with a Vengeance

The long-range forecast looks promising as the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will again try for a third time to get the 50-lap, $2,500-to-win Vengeance for sail-paneled modifieds on the track this Sunday. The highly-anticipated show, sponsored by Palmer’s Service Center also carries a ...

RACING AROUND: Sitterly wins record ninth Oswego title

Otto Sitterly now stands alone atop a list of Hall of Fame drivers at Oswego Speedway. Last Saturday, after being sick all week, Sitterly drove the Nicotra Racing No. 7 to an eighth-place finish in the feature to lock up his record ninth Novelis Supermodified track championship at Oswego ...

Racing Around: Fonda wraps up point races

Is there a changing of the guard going on at Fonda Speedway? First, Brett Deyo takes over as the promoter at the Track of Champions, bringing fresh ideas trying to bring the fans, and drivers, back to Fonda Speedway. Looking back at the season there were plenty of nights that the crowds were ...

Racing Around: Warner set to make history

When Joe Kriss’ green flag drops for the start of the 30-lap modified main event Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, history will be made. With a 70-point lead over defending track champion Bobby Varin heading into the final night of points for the season at Fonda Speedway, Rocky Warner has ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge set to add to hall of fame

August 18 is going to be a big night at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Not only is the rescheduled Vengeance on the schedule, but it is also the night of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at The Ridge. The Class of 2019 includes car owner and sponsor Bill Nelson, driver Butchie Irwin, ...

Racing Around: Bennett, Myrusky to be honored

It doesn’t seem that long ago that while walking home from Estee Middle School I always seemed to make a slight detour off Main Street. The trip took me behind a laundromat between Second and Third Avenues to a garage behind it to peer in through the garage door windows just to check on the ...