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Lady golfers raise $950 for screenings

Golfers in the Tuesday night Griffin’s Greens Ladies’ League raised $950 in a Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament to support Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership.

In recent years, the Cancer Services Program has provided hundreds of mammograms, breast exams and breast ultrasounds free of charge to uninsured and under-insured women in Oswego County.  As a result, many women have received potentially life-saving treatment.

According to Carolyn Handville, program coordinator, the golf tournament raised some much needed funds.

“It was heartwarming to see the compassion and concern that these individuals have for their community,” said Handville.

“They truly understand the tremendous impact that the Cancer Services Program Partnership has on the lives of those it serves and the overall health of Oswego County,” she said. “I extend my sincerest appreciation to all of the golfers who participated in the event and especially to Tina Bourgeois who organized the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, Linda Griffin, Paul Stepien, Autumn Harrington, Sue Reitz and Bob Bateman for their donations, and special thanks to Sonia Robinson for the generous donation of a Longenberger basket filled with treats. Their support is greatly appreciated!”

Noteworthy performances during tournament included:

  • Closest to the pin on hole No. 14 – Josie LaTulip
  • Closest to the pin on hole No. 17 – Mary Shambo
  • Longest drive – Kelly Wells
  • Closest to pin, second shot – Karen Hoffman
  • Most putts – Kathy Vandermark

Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership offers a number of cancer screening services to those ages 40 to 64 including: clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap/pelvic exams and colorectal screenings for men and women. These screenings are available year round, free of charge.  For more information, contact Handville at 592-0830.

Bike festival rolls into Oswego Speedway Friday

In the 63 years that Oswego Speedway has stood along the scenic shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, the five-eighths-mile “Steel Palace” oval has seen its share of big events, but nothing quite like what will rumble into town Aug. 23 to 26.

The Oswego Bike Fest aims to bring two-wheel enthusiasts from across New York state and New England to the “Home of the Supermodifieds,” in what will be a four-day gathering of bikers, vendors, rock n’ roll and good times.

Beginning on Friday, the weekend long Oswego Bike Fest will bring attendees three consecutive nights of live music featuring acclaimed regional acts Jimmy Wolf, Poison Whiskey (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band), JP Shaggy, Code Red, 21st Century Cowboys, Emerald City, 3 Inch Fury and Under the Gun.

The headline concert will come August 24 when national recording artist Molly Hatchet hits the main stage to rock the night away starting at 9 p.m.

A full slate of activities will be on tap throughout the weekend including a motorcycle rodeo, the Miss Bike Fest bikini contest, Vertical Outlaws stunt bike show, a burnout pit, mechanical bull rides, bikini bike wash, as well as charity bike rides, several vendors, plus a Military Tribute and fireworks on Sunday.

A total of three charity bike rides will take place featuring a ride to picturesque Watkins Glen International Speedway starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 26 and a ride around the famed speedway.

Single day admission and weekend passes are available.

Camping for the entire weekend also will  be available on the speedway grounds.  For more information on camping as well as vendor information, visit www.oswegobikefest.com.

Oswego youth invited to national hockey camp

USA Hockey has announced the 30 players who have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp continuing through Aug. 18 in Lake Placid, and among them is Taylar Cianfarano of Oswego.

The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team that will take part in the 2013 Under-18 Series vs. Canada Aug. 22 to 25 in Lake Placid. The 22-player roster will be announced on Aug. 19 with practice sessions starting that day.

The players will take to the ice today at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. Players will be split into two teams (blue and white) for the duration of camp and all on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Of the 30 players attending, Sydney Baldwin (Shorewood/Minn.), Cianfarano, Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago) were members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Evaluation Camp last year and advanced to the Under-18 Series vs. Canada.

In addition to Baldwin, Cianfarano, Rolfes and Zarzecki, Kenzie Kent (Norwell, Mass.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) helped the team collect the silver medal in January at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The Under-18 Series is a three-game competition vs. Canada that began in 2007.

Over the course of those six years, the United States has an 8-10 record.

The IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championship is scheduled to be played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The dates and location of the tournament will be announced at a later date.

Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Last lap pass puts Patrick in victory lane

Jack Patrick led just one lap in the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series main event Saturday night at Oswego Speedway, but it was the only one that mattered.

Patrick started from the pole position in the 30-lap feature go presented by JP Jewelers and stalked early race leader Dalton Doyle for 29 circuits.

Finally, coming down for the white flag, Patrick was able to dart to the low side into the first corner to snag the lead and run off with his fourth career main event win at the “Steel Palace.”

Doyle would hang on for the runner-up finish ahead of Rob Pullen, Russ Brown and Anthony Losurdo in the top five positions.

“I’ll tell you, it has been a tough year for us this season,” said Patrick in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane.  “I have to thank my sponsors Longley Dodge, Van Liew Septic, Red Baron Pizza, Uniforms Etc. and the whole crew.  I was good on the long runs, but couldn’t get going on the restarts, and Dalton was getting a little loose there and I knew if I got close to him I would have a chance.”

At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap main it would be Doyle jumping out in front from the outside of row number one, but before the field could make it through the first turn, Dennis Rupert’s No. 99 ended sideways up against the outside steel wall.

Rupert had a left rear problem on his machine that resulted in the left rear tires going flat, and that incident would force a complete restart.

Doyle would again get the edge on the second try jumping to the top spot ahead of Patrick early on as they led AJ Bernys, Pullen and Kreig Heroth.

Another caution would wave at lap 2 as Tim Gareau, Scott Shafer, Chris Proud and Mike Bond would all come together in the second corner.  Proud, Bond and Shafer would all pull away, but Gareau would be done for the night.

Bond started deep in the field in the No. 74 after getting upside down on the first lap of his qualifying heat race.

Josh Kerr would get out of shape in the second turn of that heat, clipping the Bond machine, sending him directly into the outside steel wall flipping the car up onto its roll cage.  Bond would be OK and the racecar was repaired in time to start the main event.

After the restart for the main event tangle in turn two Pullen was able to slip underneath Bernys for third as Doyle and Patrick began to run away from the field running laps in the 19.4 second range.

Farther back, Jason Simmons was trying to work his way through the field in the battle for the championship, but he would slip high on lap five losing spots to both Losurdo and Brown.  Just two laps later Brown would work high on Losurdo to move to sixth in the line-up.

By lap 14 Doyle and Patrick had worked well out in front of the field, but their lead would be erased at the halfway point for debris in the first corner.

As they came back to green Doyle led Patrick, Pullen, Bernys, Brown, Heroth, Losurdo, Simmons, JJ Andrews and Andrew Schartner.

After the restart Losurdo and Brown continued their charge through the field.

Losurdo found room underneath Heroth for sixth on lap 18 into turn one and then Brown would move under Bernys for fourth in lap 22 leaving the lane for Losurdo to follow as well to head to fifth by lap 23.

With things shaping up farther back in the field, Patrick had managed to reel in leader Doyle by the 24th circuit and as Doyle began to loosen up in the No. 01 it looked as though Patrick was merely waiting for his moment to strike.

As the rear end of the No. 01 became looser and looser, Patrick was able to look low out of turn four coming for the white flag, diving deep into turn one to take the top spot.

From there Patrick was able to drive on to the victory, his first of 2013, and the fourth of his veteran career at Oswego.

Doyle, Pullen, Brown, Losurdo, Bernys, Simmons, Schartner, Heroth and Andrews would fill the front 10 positions.

“I didn’t know he was back there for the majority of the race,” said Doyle.  “Then all of a sudden I just sort of felt him on my bumper.  I don’t know if I started to over drive the car or not, but the way I got around that lap car there on the straight away I figured he (Patrick) may get held up but then I saw him peek his nose in there. He must have got a good run off the top, but he ran a good clean race, and good for him.”

After an up and down season himself, Rob Pullen came home on the podium.

“We’re getting better,” said Pullen.  “We had to make some adjustments but last week we brought the car home in one piece and that makes it easier to get better.  Those guys were just pulling away from me.  We had our car the best it has been in a long time, but I didn’t have anything for those guys.”

Patrick, Doyle and Pullen ironically also claimed Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories on Saturday.

Doyle would go home with a $50 product certificate for leading the most laps from Sherwood Racing Wheels.

Bond was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger with Losurdo once again picking up the Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer Award while Brown was the White’s Car Care fourth place finisher.

 

Gosselin takes first-career Supermodified victory

Witnessing a first-time Supermodified winner at Oswego Speedway is always a special moment.

Saturday night’s JP Jeweler’s 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event provided fans of the “Steel Palace” that feeling for the second time this season, as Enfield, Conn., driver Shaun Gosselin led green to checkered holding off a hard charging Joe Gosek to collect his first career payday at Oswego.

While Gosselin circled the Speedway out front for all 50-laps, the victory was anything but easy, especially rebounding from a blown engine just one week ago in the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified.

Gosselin first had to outwit “The Hustler” Michael Barnes through heavy lapped traffic past the halfway point of the race, endure two red flag periods and make an incredible save after he and Barnes came together after a lap 43 restart.

The Gosselin/Barnes tangle with only seven laps to go dropped Barnes from the main event and gave Gosek the chance he needed to slip by Michael Muldoon on a late restart to give chase to Gosselin.  But Gosselin was simply too strong leading Gosek, Muldoon, Dave Gruel and Pat Lavery across the start/finish stripe.

Entering his fourth season in Supermodified contention, Gosselin was the 2012 Most Improved Driver, and becomes the 95th different Supermodified winner in the history of the speedway and seventh this season in only nine races.

“I was just trying not to think about everything during the red flags,” said Gosselin in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “I know it stinks when the person on the pole wins, but man that was awesome. The crew guys needed this more than anything. They have changed the motor the last two weeks and they have just been working their butts off.  I just can’t believe it, this isn’t going to soak in for a while, this is crazy.”

Gosselin and Barnes put on a show in their battle for the lead through lapped traffic, routinely going three wide attempting to work their way through the pack.  A red flag at lap 43 involving Tim Snyder, Tim Devendorf, Brian Sweeney and Clayton Brewer III helped lessen the load on Gosselin late in the event.

“They (lapped cars) are running for position out there,” said Gosselin.  “For the most part it was alright.  I really don’t know what would have happened there at that first red flag, I really hate trying to pass the No. 02 car.  I just hope it was a good show for the fans, that is why we are here.”

The lap 43 restart following the first red flag situation provided a last effort for Barnes to try to snag the lead.  On lap 44 Barnes dove low on Gosselin into the first corner with the two cars coming together.  Barnes would spin around and be collected by both Dan Connors Jr. and Brandon Bellinger, while Gosselin miraculously kept his car going in a broad slide to remain the leader.

“I saw him (Barnes) at the very last second and that is just the nature of this kind of racing with the inside hub rail,” said Gosselin.  “I don’t know whose fault it was, if it was anyone’s fault, or if it was just one of those racing deals?  But I love racing with Mikey Barnes. I think he is a great driver, one of the best drivers out here.  So there are absolutely no complaints from me.  It was just a racing deal.”

Gosselin and Barnes brought the 22-car Novelis Supermodified field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday night with Gosselin gaining the edge right from the get-go in the No. 26 machine.  Michael Muldoon, Dave Danzer, Tim Devendorf and Brian Sweeney would check into line early on behind the race leaders.

Series point leader Otto Sitterly started deep in the pack in the No. 7 machine and developed problems early on with a rubbing right rear tire.

Sitterly would make it around the Speedway for nearly two circuits before the right rear finally gave out, coming out of turn four on lap 7 to bring out the first caution flag of the main event.

Sitterly’s car spun into a full 360, making a considerable impact with the outside main straight wall with the nose of the Nicotra Racing mount.  The damage would be too much to continue, leaving Sitterly with a 21st place finish.

On the restart, Gosselin showed the way in front of Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Devendrof, Sweeney, Snyder, Connors, Bellinger and Gosek.

At the drop of the green, with Sitterly out, Gosek began to mount his charge.

On lap 25, Gosselin approached Lou LeVea Sr., Tony Steiner and Brewer and for the next two circuits both Gosselin and Barnes put on a wild display, masterfully driving through traffic.

When it was all said and done, using the high side of the speedway, Gosselin was able to remain in the lead. Eventually, Gosselin would be locked in behind the lapped car of Bellinger, looking high and low to find a way by with Barnes chomping at the bit.

Fortunately for Gosselin, another mishap would occur on lap 43 out of turn two that would wind up bringing out the first red flag of the night.

A slowing Snyder was tagged from behind by Lavery, sending the No. 0 around collecting Devendorf, Sweeney and Brewer. Muldoon, running third, made a nice save in the No. 51 to slip by on the high side despite making contact with the outside wall. Sweeney and Devendorf would be done and Gosselin would be able to restart with a clear track.

On the restart, Gosselin brought Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Gosek, Gruel, Connors, Lavery and Bellinger to green with the front duo steaming out on their own.

Just one lap later Barnes found the bite he felt he needed coming out of turn four to the low side on Gosselin and as the two reached the first corner they would brush wheels.

The momentum sent Barnes around and forced Gosselin into a wild broad slide through the first corner.  Barnes was unable to keep going and was tagged by Connors and Bellinger, ending their night.

Gosselin, however, was somehow able to keep his car going.

Port City Roller Derby to host Black Diamond Dames

Port City Roller Derby, sporting a four-game winning streak, will look to keep the momentum rolling at its next home bout, Aug. 17, against the Black Diamond Dames’ Dolls of Destruction in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for the fourth home bout in the league’s third season.

In its most recent competition, Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells traveled to Canada for a 245-160 win over a Kingston Derby Girls Disloyalists squad, ranked in the top 40 Canadian Travel/B teams.

Port City has never faced the Dolls of Destruction, comprised of skaters from Northern Pennsylvania and New York’s Southern Tier.

A portion of proceeds will support the Stuff A Bus program that helps children in Oswego County who need school supplies. Attendees are encouraged to bring new school supplies as well to bolster the effort.

Advance tickets, available from any league member, cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door but will cost $12 for adults. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

The group always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.

For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

Schartner leads all 50 laps for Race of Champions win

Andrew Schartner became Oswego Speedway’s eighth different winner of the season in the small block supermodified division, after leading all 50 laps of the division’s portion of the 62nd Annual Sunoco Race of Champions event.

Having been plagued with bad luck throughout the 2013 season, the win was a much needed shot in the arm for the weekly commuting Charlotte, N.C. resident.

Following last weekend’s bone-jarring collision with the outside confines of Oswego’s fast five-eighths mile paved oval that left both car and driver reeling for days afterward, Schartner was rewarded with his second consecutive ROC win.

It was the pilot of the No. 18’s eighth career win in the series, tying him with Chris Proud for ninth on the division’s all-time win list.

“The car was not good on restarts at all, we were having a hard time getting going,” said Schartner. “The car was great though in the long run and that is what we aim for. This has been a terrible year, we have had awful luck, and I think I am most happy for my crew. They are the ones that have to slave on this thing after the luck we’ve had. I definitely wanted to come back and defend my crown, but with the rain-out, I had to change my flights and now I’ll be paying the credit card off until I’m collecting social security.”

Chasing Schartner the entire distance, unable to beat the No. 18 to the first turn to grab the all-important early lead, was 15-year old rookie racer, Anthony Losurdo.

With 12th place being his previous best feature finish, Losurdo’s second-place run was almost a win in itself for the young Oswego native. Losurdo felt as though he had something for Schartner at race’s end. “He was getting a lot better restarts than us, but we were chasing him down a little bit,” said Losurdo. “I just have to thank all my sponsors – Chris and Carlee Heagerty, my dad and mom, Stu (Fenske) for all the hard work he puts in and everyone that comes out to support us.

“I’m not that good on the restarts yet, that’s something I really have to work on, but the car was good and I felt like we were just as fast or faster than Andrew but he was holding a good line and getting much better restarts than us.”

Sobus was solid all day, driving his No. 6 small block super to a third-place run.

Having scored a solid top 10 finish in each of his three International Classic 200 starts, Sobus says he’s actively searching for a ride in this year’s upcoming big block event.

“You know what, we were really good right from the start and then we we got that long yellow with all the speedy dry the car was just a handful after that,” said Sobus. “I knew if I could keep it on the bottom and not screw up I would be alright. Rob (Pullen) let me know he was there, but he ran me clean and I have to thank him for that.”

The top three feature finishers took Friday evening’s qualifying heat wins as well.

Big Block Modifieds rained out

The much-anticipated Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, which had been scheduled for July 27 at the Fulton Speedway, was canceled due to rain.

The winner of Saturday’s race would have qualified for a spot in the Sunoco Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200, which takes place on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Fulton Speedway.

The Speedway’s next race is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The Fulton Speedway offers a text message service to notify fans of weather-related cancellations. To sign up, visit fultonspeedway.com.