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Fulton baseball team qualifies for state all-star tournament

Fulton Seniors Team1by Rob Tetro 

The Fulton Senior Little League baseball team recently won the District 8 All-Star Championship to qualify for the New York State All-Star Tournament.

Fulton will now travel to Long Island for the New York State All-Star Tournament, which starts July 24.

Fulton cruised to an 8-2 win over Seneca River North to clinch its third championship of the season.

The team also captured the division and playoff championships.

Fulton takes a 16-1 record into the New York State All-Star Tournament following its win over Seneca River North.

However, paying for the trip to Long Island might be even more challenging than earning the trip was.

Anyone who wants to make a donation or has a fund raising suggestion may call Coach Dave Webber at 532-2598.

Loop Around the Lake and Kids Fun Run registration set

The Fulton Family YMCA’s annual “Loop around the Lake” is approaching.

This race is comprised of a 15 kilometer run, a 5 kilometer run, and a 5 kilometer walk. These three races cater to every one of all levels of physical fitness.

The YMCA offers three different races to help with encouraging everyone to participate. The YMCA’s goal is to include people who have never run a road race before. The objective is to defeat the stigma that road races are just for competitive runners.

The Loop’s 15K/5K Run and 5K Walk, start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday Aug. 24.

The 15K loops around Lake Neatahwanta, offering some flat roads as well as some challenging hills.

The 5K has a more scenic route, winding through local roads and neighborhoods.

In addition to the road races, the YMCA will also be hosting a Kids’ Fun Run. The fun run is geared for children ages 4-12.

The YMCA wants to make this event a fun day for the entire family to enjoy.

Race Applications are available at or by logging onto the Fulton Family YMCA’s website at

Pat Ward makes late charge for win at Fulton Speedway

Pat Ward, a fan favorite where ever he goes, has always been known as one of the most low-keyed drivers in modified racing.

After Saturday night’s win at the Fulton Speedway, Ward exited his car banging on the roof and waving the checkered flag in excitement after a late charge and pass of Chuck Bower in the caution free 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

While most of the modified front runners were using the top of the speedway, Ward found something on the bottom where his car worked as he made his way to the front.

On lap 27, he moved into second and took off after Chuck Bower finally making the winning pass with three laps to go.

Other winners on a Ingles Performance, Ehrlich Pest Control Night were Matt Janczuk, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Dale Caswell, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. out powered Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the early going of the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

With five laps complete, Sears running the top, opened around a ten car length advantage.

Behind the leader, you could of thrown a blanket over Bower, Larry Wight, Schneider and Chris Hile as they raced for second through fifth.

By lap 10, Bower was rapidly cutting into Sears’s lead with Wight just a couple cars behind Bower. Schneider and Ward showed in fourth and fifth.

On lap 15 exiting turn four, Bower pulled a perfect slide job coming up in front of Sears to be scored the new leader on lap 16.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bower held a slim, two-car lead over Wight as the laps started clicking off the lap counter. Ward, Tim Sears Jr., and Tom Sears Jr. were still in contention in the top five.

On lap 25, it was going to be a three-car fight over the last laps between Bower, Wight and Ward for the win.

On lap 27, Ward moved into second and took off after Bower.

After running the middle to the bottom of the track, Ward was able to make the winning pass exiting turn four and being scored the new leader as they crossed the line on lap 32.

Once out front, Ward was able to out run Wight to the checkers. Chuck Bower, Dale Planck and Tim Sears Jr. came home third through fifth.

“That was tough sledding — it was pretty slippery out there,” said Ward. “Me and Terry have been putting our heads together, and it’s seems I say this every time we get here, we haven’t been running good enough, but tonight was good.”

Ward related how his car worked really well down low compared to the rest of the field.

“It was pretty decent through three and four and I could get it slowed up enough getting into one,” he said. “I could really get off of two. That’s where I got Larry (Wight) and the other guys coming off of two.”

“Chuck’s (Bower) has been going good again,” Ward continued. “He’s like the rest of us, have a couple good nights, couple bad nights, seems to be the way it’s going for everybody. We just setup for a dry slippery track and it worked out for a change.”

In the wild and exciting 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature that had two-three wide racing from the front of the field to the back, and lead battles in heavy traffic found a new 2013 winner.

Scott Ford would hold off pressure from a number of drivers leading the first 15 laps with lapped traffic spelling the difference.

Matt Janczuk would use his years of experience going from fourth to lead in one lap, when the top-three were mired in back markers allowing Janczuk to go to the outside groove into the lead and the win on lap 16. Scott Ford, Ronnie Davis III, Kyle Fink and Beth Schneider finished second through fifth.

Shayne Tenace would lead the opening 5 laps of the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature before suddenly heading pit-side with mechanical problems.

The story of the race was Dale Caswell as he would dominate the rest of the way winning by over a straightaway. Rick Miller, Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Sean Beardsley would come home second through fifth.

The E&V Energy Novice Sportsman put on their best race so far this season. Throughout the 15-lap feature, it was a three-car barnburner between Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert  and Gary Hoppins.

Somehow on the last lap, Hoppins would bring a car with obvious suspension problems to victory lane.  Taylor Lamb, Jeremy Dygert, Brandon Kuhn and Ricky Yelle would chase Hoppins across the line.

After a long battle with Doug Williams for the top spot, Joe Isabell took the lead late and put his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite in victory lane in the 15-lap feature.

Williams, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo and Sterling Miller rounded out the top five. Mike Mullen, Josh DeSantis, Lowell Zehr, Justin Williams andJeremy Isabell completed the second five.

Skip DeGroff totally dominated the 15-lap Four Cylinder Stock feature increasing his overall point lead. Justin Buske, Chris Bonoffski, Wendall Washington and Dan Dupra finished second through fifth.

JJ Andrews: SBS ‘King’ of Oswego Speedway

In a mayhem-filled event at Oswego Speedway Saturday night, JJ Andrews had a run fit for a King, leading all 35 laps of the Pathfinder Bank SBS feature on route to his third career victory at the Speedway as a part of “King of Wings V.”

Andrews started the event from the fourth position, but several early accidents would hand the lead to the driver of the Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux No. 93 before a single lap could be completed.

From there, Andrews dominated, charging to as large as a full straight away lead, before having to fend off Russ Brown on a late race restart for the victory.

Brown, Chris Proud, AJ Bernys, Kreig Heroth, Dan Abt, Jason Simons, Jeremy Pitcher, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau would complete the top ten order of the SBS main event on Saturday night.

“This feels so good, I can’t catch my breath,” said Andrews.  “I need to give all the credit to Corey (Norton). He has been with me for as long as I have been doing this. He does all the work on the car and helped a lot this week with me out of town. He (Norton) owns at the go-kart track on Friday nights and he comes here and helps me get ownership on Saturdays.”

Andrews was not at all happy to see the late race caution fall at lap 31, giving Brown a chance at the lead.

“I said plenty of bad words,” said Andrews. “I figured Brownie was going to be there. I guess he was, but I don’t know how close he was, but this is so exciting and I am so unbelievably happy.  Who would have thought an old guy like me with high blood pressure, amazing hair, could win a feature at Oswego Speedway.”

Rookie Scott Shafer and Mike Bruce would start on the front row of the 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS main on Saturday, but it would take several attempts to get the main event on its feet.

A major pile-up would occur in the third turn on one start involving at least seven cars with Jack Patrick making heavy contact with the outside third turn foam.

As the field dove into the third corner, several cars jammed up, sending Patrick around and into the outside fence. Patrick would be okay, but the car was hooked off the Speedway.

On the next try, another multi-car accident would take place, this time in the second corner.

Front row starters Shafer and Bruce made contact in front of the entire field exiting turn two sending both cars around, forcing several more cars to take evasive action behind.

Andrew Schartner’s No. 18 and Greg O’Connor’s No. 90 would both pound the outside second turn steel, with Cameron Rowe, Jason Simmons, and Dalton Doyle also involved in the accident.

Doyle and O’Connor’s racecars would be hooked off the Speedway with Schartner requiring a flatbed to get his mangled machine off the race track.

A fourth start would see several cars already out of the event with Andrews now the race leader ahead of Bernys, Proud, Pitcher, Brown, Heroth, Abt, Dennis Rupert, Gareau, and David LaTulip.

As the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag waved yet again Andrews, Bernys, and Proud would check away from the field leaving Brown, Heroth, and Abt to do battle with Pitcher further behind.

Proud, driving a brand new SBS racer built by his brother Tim, was fast moving on the Speedway and quickly dove underneath Bernys in turn one on lap 3 to move into the runner-up spot.

Initially, it looked as though Proud may be able to reel in leader Andrews, but as the laps ticked away it was clear that Andrews was the class of the field as he continued to build a sizeable lead over the rest of the field.

Brown would be the main on the move in the No. 13 next moving by Pitcher in turn one on lap 9 to take over fourth.

Pitcher would back slide a touch as both Heroth and Abt found room underneath as well, dropping last week’s feature winner to seventh on the Speedway.

At the halfway point, Andrews continued to hold a commanding margin over Proud, who had built a nice lead on both Bernys and Brown as they battled further back.

At lap 18, Brown continued his pursuit of the leader, sliding underneath Bernys in turn three to take third with Prould now in his sights.

It took only eight circuits for Brown to chase down Proud, this time using the outside of the Speedway to drive by the No. 3 into the second position going into turn three, using lapped traffic to his advantage.

Brown started 11th on the grid and now sat second, but leader Andrews was nowhere in sight.

That was until caution waved at lap 31 for Bruce, who spun in the first corner trying to make his way by Gareau in the No. 17.

The caution allowed Brown to have one last shot at the No. 93 as both drivers were in search of their first victories of the 2013 season.

The restart order showed Andrews, Brown, Proud, Bernys, Heroth, Abt, Simmons, Pitcher, Bond, and Gareau in the top ten as the green flag waved.

As it turned out over the final four circuits that is exactly how they would stay with Andrews collecting win number one of 2013, the second victory of the year for Team Tapout, and the third career victory for the always entertaining Andrews.

Brown, who continues to lead the Pathfinder Bank SBS point standings, admitted he had nothing left for Andrews but was happy with his best finish of the year.

“That was a done deal,” said Brown. “They were faster than us tonight. I just have to thank the crew, they have been busting their butts on the car, and we are getting closer. Thanks to all the fans for showing up and we’re just going to keep digging and try to get one more spot.  At least a Hedger car won, I guess that is all that matters.”

Just like Brown, Proud had his best finish of the year in the No. 3 machine.

“It was pretty good, we just didn’t have anything for Jay,” said Proud. “We missed the set-up a hair but we are happy with third after our season so far.”

A total of 25 Pathfinder Bank SBS machines were in the pit area Saturday night with Bruce, Andrews, and Jon Tesoriero collecting Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories.

For Tesoriero, it was his first career checkered flag at Oswego Speedway.

Andrews would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader award as he paced all 35-laps on his way to victory.

Abt would take home the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer award with Gareau the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger.

AJ Bernys was the White’s Car Care 4th place finisher.

Outdoor Channel host promotes Wear It!

Campaign Brookfield Renewable Energy Group announced a new strategic partnership with veteran professional bass angler and Outdoor Channel series television host Joe Thomas to promote the Wear It! Campaign.

The Wear It! initiative raises public awareness about responsible and safe recreation on or near water, and the importance of wearing a life jacket.

“Brookfield first collaborated with Joe in 2012 for its Fish with a Pro sweepstakes, part of the Wear It! Oswego campaign,” said Shannon Ames, Brookfield’s director of community and stakeholder relations.“Joe follows many of the same common-sense safety tips Brookfield encourages when he’s fishing or hunting. We believe through this partnership, Joe and Brookfield can maximize our reach to more effectively convey the importance of the Wear It! water safety campaign.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity to really help make a difference,” said Thomas. “Having fished professionally for close to 30 years I understand the importance of water safety which starts simply by wearing a life jacket.”

The 2013 season of Thomas’ Outdoor Channel series Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors begins in July and will feature special public service announcements made possible by Brookfield. The PSAs will remind viewers to always wear a life jacket when recreating on and around the water.

In addition, Thomas will also make personal appearances at select Brookfield hydroelectric generating facilities in 2013 and 2014 to promote the Wear It! initiative.

Chad Rowe promoted to Phoenix head football coach

by Rob Tetro

Chad Rowe’s fifth season with the Phoenix varsity football team will be a little bit different than his four previous seasons.

This season, the longtime defensive coordinator has been promoted to head coach of the Firebirds.

Rowe takes over for Jeff Charles. Both coaches began at Phoenix in 2009. In light of Charles’ departure, Rowe credits Charles for getting the Phoenix football program moving in the right direction.

Rowe is no stranger to Football. He grew up in Cazenovia while playing football in the local Pop Warner leagues. He continued playing football in college, too. He attended Morrisville College before transferring to SUNY Cortland.

His coaching career began when he was hired as an assistant coach at Morrisville College.

Before making his way to Phoenix, Rowe served as the defensive coordinator at Baldwinsville High School for one season.

From top to bottom, Rowe said he is pleased with the group of coaches who are helping him pick up where Charles left off.


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Tight finishes highlight holiday victories at Fulton Speedway

A huge holiday crowd with fireworks on the track and in the sky saw the fourth of July holiday weekend end with a bang at the Fulton Speedway Saturday night.

On the track, the two big divisions, the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds and the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints saw their feature and A-Main come down to last lap with Jim Witko Jr. and Bryan Howland standing in victory lane.

Other winners on NAPA Auto Parts and Safety Kleen night were Beth Schneider, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. would lead the opening three laps of the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature before Matt Hulsizer, using the top of the speedway would take over the top spot on lap 4. With 10 laps showing on the lap counter, Hulsizer and Jim Witko would run nose to tail and side by side battling for the lead.

Behind the top-two, you could have thrown a blanket over Chris Hile, Sears, Pat Ward and Dan Vauter as they fought for third through sixth.

One lap later, after digging on the bottom Witko would take the narrow lead on lap 11. By lap 15, Witko and Hulsizer were in a two-car breakaway with Vauter, Hile and Ryan Phelps running third through fifth. At the halfway point, Witko was a man on a mission as he opened a half a straight lead on the field. All of a sudden, at that point Hulsizer slowed going to the pits while racing hard with Vauter and Phelps in the top five. With 10 laps to go, Witko was still on cruise control out front with Phelps giving chase as the final laps started clicking off.

Behind the top two, Vauter, Billy Decker and Pat Ward were in a tight fight of their own in the top five. When the starter gave the field the five laps to go sign, Phelps had cut Witko’s lead down to about 10 car lengths setting up a two car chase to the checkers for the win.

With two laps to go, Phelps caught Witko by using lapped traffic that was using up every inch of the speedway making it tough for Witko to get by. On the last lap in turns three and four, Phelps threw everything he had at Witko coming down for the checkers.

Witko didn’t flinch by hitting his marks to be the first across the line by a narrow margin over Phelps. Billy Decker, Dan Vauter and Chad Phelps finished third through fifth.

After getting out of his self-sponsored/No.24/Troyer and giving his wife, Barb a huge hug, Jim Witko talked about his first win since 2008. “I can’t describe it, it’s awesome, it’s unbelievable,” said Witko.

Witko and his wife travel every weekend from Clarks Summit, Pa. to compete at the Brewerton and Fulton speedways. They are usually the only two working on the car on race weekends, making the win even more special and popular with the fans. “Lapped cars were all over the place,” Witko said that allowed Phelps to catch him for the exciting finish. “They’re racing hard too, so you have to find a way around them.”


Kiwanis Baseball begins season with Opening Day ceremony

FirstPitchFulton Mayor Ron Woodward read a proclamation during the Opening Ceremony of the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season.

After many years of supporting local youth baseball, Woodward announced that the 2013 season will be dedicated to John Woodworth.

After having the 2013 Fulton Kiwanis Baseball season formally dedicated to him, Woodward threw out the ceremonial first pitch while his grandson, Matt served as honorary catcher.