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Bond bounces back for first SBS win of the year

One race after a dismal 24th place finish at Oswego Speedway, Mike Bond bounced back for his first win of the season behind the wheel of the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74 as a part of RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/C’s Farm Market & Beverage Center Night at the Races Saturday evening.

Bond started the event from the fifth position, quickly slicing his way through the field to the race lead on lap six holding off his Four Sevens Motorsports teammates Cameron Rowe and Dan Abt on his way to victory, the 28th of his career in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division.

Rowe, Abt, Russ Brown, and Jason Simmons would complete the top five order for the night’s main event.

“The car has been good all year, we’ve just been getting caught up in some other stuff,” said Bond.  “It is tough coming from the back, there are a lot of guys that are quick this year, starting spot is a lot of it.  The car was actually jumping out of gear on me so I was holding it in gear with one hand and trying to drive it with the other hand.”

Chris Proud, AJ Bernys, Tim Gareau, JJ Andrews, and Jack Patrick completed the top ten in Saturday night’s 30-lap main event.

Josh Kerr and Abt started the Pathfinder Bank SBS main from the front row with Abt stealing the lead at the drop of the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag.

Bond, who started to the inside of row three, quickly jumped to the runner-up spot passing several cars in consecutive laps.

Driving out of turn two on lap four, Bond stole fourth from Rowe before next diving under Bernys to third into turn three. Just one lap later, the No. 74 made quick work of Kerr heading into the third corner to take the second position.

With Bond now running second, the rookie Abt had built a comfortable lead at the head of the pack in the No. 57 until Brian Sobus found himself pointing the wrong direction in the No. 6 exiting turn two to bring out the caution.

The yellow would allow Bond, Kerr, Bernys, Rowe, Brown, Simmons, Proud, Mike Bruce, and Gareau to all close in for the restart.

On the restart, Bond would waste little time, slipping to the low side of Abt into turn three to take the lead putting a good bit of distance on his chasers out in front.

With Bond running away from the field, Rowe began to pick up the pace in the No. 77 as he moved by Kerr for third on lap 10 heading into turn three.

From there, Kerr would back slide some allowing both Brown and Simmons to slide on by as well.

The race’s next caution would wave at lap 11 for a spun Mark Castiglia on the back stretch, which would allow Kerr to regain his fourth position on the speedway.

But, when the lights went back to green Brown and Simmons reassumed their positions ahead of Kerr trying to give chase to front runners Bond, Abt, and Rowe.

Abt continued to run a great race in the runner up position near the halfway point, but would relinquish the second position to his teammate Rowe on lap 13 heading into turn three.

From there second through sixth including Rowe, Abt, Brown, Simmons, and Proud would be locked in a great battle as Bond had built an insurmountable full straight lead in the No. 74.

After several laps ticked away with drivers in that order, Bond’s pursuers would have another shot at him as Dalton Doyle found the third turn foam on lap 26 with the No. 01. Doyle was able to pull away and the caution tightened the field one last time.

With green lights on one more time Bond picked up where he left off, running away with his 28th career win leaving his teammates Rowe and Abt in second and third holding off Brown and Simmons for front five positions.

Brown, Bond, and Rowe would collect Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories on the evening.

Bond would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheel Lap Leader Award as well.

After starting deep in the field Kreig Heroth was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger in the No. 04, while Abt took home the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer prize.

Brown would be the White’s Car Care 4th place Award recipient.

Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton

Robbie Bellinger scores first career modified win at Fulton looked to have a Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature win well in hand June 15 until lapped traffic came into play.

On that night, Ryan Phelps was able to run down and pass Bellinger on lap 28 of the 35-lap main and go onto the win.

This past Saturday night, he wasn’t going to let that happen again. Bellinger saw his lead disappear with three laps to go with a caution period that put some heavy hitters right with him for the restart and race to the checkers.

When the green came back out, Bellinger outran 26 time Fulton Speedway feature winner Billy Decker to the checkers. For Robbie Bellinger it was his first career win at Fulton.

Other winners on RFH’s Hideaway Night were, Dave Emmons, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Model; Jeremy Dygert, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Joe Isabell, Mod Lites; and Tim Dunn, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Tim Sears Jr. and Bellinger led the 800 horse power Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds down to the green with Bellinger grabbing the early advantage in the 35-lap feature.

With 10 laps complete, Bellinger and Sears ran within a car length of each other with Jim Witko alone in third. Behind the top-three, you could of thrown a blanket over Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Chad Phelps and Billy Decker as they used every inch of the speedway fighting for fourth through seventh.

On lap 15, Bellinger and Sears still occupied the top-two spots as Witko started closing the gap on the top-two. Decker who started ninth and Wight showed in the top five.

With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Bellinger, still hugged the bottom of the speedway opening about a ten-car length lead over Witko who moved into second two-laps before. Sears, Decker and Wight were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Witko was still chasing Bellinger as the laps clicked off the lap counter towards the finish.

Decker ran alone in third as he tried to close the gap on the top-two, with Wight and Sears running fourth and fifth.

The last thing Bellinger wanted to see was a caution, and that happened on lap 32 for a slowing car. This put some heavy hitters right with Bellinger setting up a three-lap dash for the cash. When the green came back out,

Bellinger took off as Decker went to the top of the speedway moving into second and setting his sights on Bellinger. Bellinger didn’t flinch, hitting his marks and cruising the first under the checkers for his first career Fulton Speedway big block modified win. Billy Decker, Larry Wight , Jim Witko and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.

After doing the roof dance on his Thompson Road Tavern/Black-River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Co./No. 8R/ Bicknell, Bellinger talked about his big win.

“It’s been a long time here,” getting to victory lane,” he said. “We would be good early and seem to fade at the end. We were close the last time we were here.”

In the wild 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Dave Emmons led every lap but his first ever win was anything but easy.

Emmons was able to hold off different drivers till points leader Beth Schneider came into play when she took over second after coming from deep in the field on lap 13.

After dogging Emmons for six-laps Schneider moved to the top of the speedway on the last lap in an effort to get by the leader. Going down the back straight and into turn-three the pair were dead even setting up a drag race to the finish.

Exiting turn-four, Emmons slid off the bottom and up the track getting into Schneider as she made contact with the wall and somehow kept control of her car that allowed Emmons to be first under the checkers by a mere .083 of a second at the checkers over Schneider. Gregg Kimball, Ron Davis III and Kyle Fink came home third through fifth.

Emmons motor was taken for inspection and the results of that inspection will be on the Fulton Speedway web site when completed.

Rick Miller is now on a hot streak as he won his third straight NAPA Late Model feature. Miller took the lead from Alan Fink on a lap 4 restart and never looked back out distancing Dale Caswell at the end of 20 laps.

Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley and Aron Backus, who only has a few starts ever in a Late Model finished third through fifth.

In the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Jeremy Dygert picked up the victory over points leader Gary Hoppins. Wade Chrisman, Hilary Ward and James Carlson came home third through fifth.

Joe Isabell grabbed the lead on lap 2 behind the wheel of his Scott Bloomquist designed Mod Lite and never looked back in his 15 lap victory. Alan Fink, Justin Williams, Rick Demo and Jeremy Isabell chased Isabell across the line.

Tim Dunn made a rare appearance in the Four Cylinder Stocks pay off. Dunn took the lead from defending track champion Skip DeGroff on lap 6.

Once out front, Dunn had to hold off late challenges from Kyle Young who was making his first start at Fulton.

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UConn Huskies star visits Fulton basketball summer camp

Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27. From left are Fulton boys varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland, Stewart, and Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons.
Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27. From left are Fulton boys varsity basketball coach Matt Kimpland, Stewart, and Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons.

by Rob Tetro

Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27.

Fulton’s summer basketball camp is in its fourth year and is operated by boys and girls varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland and Derek Lyons.

Assisting Kimpland and Lyons with the camp is modified and junior varsity basketball coaches and current players in each of the basketball programs.

According to Lyons, the camp has grown in the four years since it began. This year, 60 campers between the fourth and eighth grades attended the camp.

Lyons suggested that current players in the program play a key role in the camp. He considers players on modified to varsity teams to be camp counselors because of their previous participation in the camp.

Serving as camp counselors also allow the current players to help develop the family atmosphere the Fulton coaches are trying to establish.

Lyons said that the camp is an eye opening experience for every player in the program.

Modified and junior varsity players watch the varsity teams play Friday nights during the season and see where they could end up.

Coaches believe that it’s a benefit to both programs that the camp allows varsity players to help junior varsity and modified players while they are helping the campers.

Campers rotated to and from five stations that aim to develop  fundamental abilities. Though the coaches hoped to touch on as many fundamental skills as possible, campers took part in stations that aimed to develop ball handling, shooting, defensive slides, rebounding and footwork skills.

Stewart took part in a station that allowed players to try to score on her in a one-on-one situation. Given her length, the players faced next to impossible odds of scoring against her.

Lyons said Stewart is an incredible basketball player whose presence left everyone in awe with how helpful and caring she was towards the campers.

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Up to speed: Hedger Chassis moves to head of class in SBS division

Six weeks into the “Road to the Championship” for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, a total of 31 different drivers have scored points in what has become one of the most competitive fields in recent memory.

After a half dozen races, the top twenty drivers in the current championship standings sit behind the wheel of either a Hedger Racing Chassis or an FFB Chassis, with the Hedger gang currently holding the front five positions in the title hunt.

Throughout the years, and especially in recent history, the Hedger Chassis and FFB Chassis have become the prominent racecars in the SBS division at Oswego Speedway.

Currently, of the top 20 drivers in the standings, 12 are sporting an FFB Chassis, while eight pilot a machine built by Hedger.

In what has turned into a storied chassis rivalry, Hedger currently holds the edge with Russ Brown, defending champion Kreig Heroth, two-time feature winner Dalton Doyle, Tony White Memorial winner Jason Simmons, and JJ Andrews leading the way in the yearlong race for the title.

Brown has yet to win a feature event behind the wheel of the No. 13 but does hold a 13-point advantage on Heroth in the standings.

With four top-five finishes so far this season, Brown leads the way in the category, coupled with a total of five top ten finishes in six starts.

Eyeing a record-breaking fifth SBS championship at Oswego Speedway, Brown looks to continue to hold court not only over his FFB combatants, but also his Hedger team members.

Heroth is moving through 2013 much the same as 2012: slow and steady. The only driver with a top 10 finish in every feature event this season, Heroth has just one top five, coming in the year’s most recent event on June 15.

With two qualifying heat race wins on the season in the Won4Racing No. 04, Heroth is likely sitting right where he wants to be heading into the summer stretch run of the season.

Catapulting to third in the standings with two consecutive main event wins is the driver of the No. 01, Dalton Doyle.

Doyle inherited the lead of the June 1 make-up main run on June 15 after Anthony Losurdo and Josh Kerr tangled, giving him a clear path to victory just one week after leading every lap to earn his first career win on June 8.

The former Oswego Kartway pilot holds a 10-point edge on the other Hedger Chassis driver to reach victory lane this season, Jason Simmons.

After several years of trying, Simmons finally reached Oswego victory lane back May 25 in the Tony White Memorial. With a feature win, two top-five finishes, and four top ten runs, Simmons is the next Hedger in line riding fourth in the point standings currently 31-markers out of the championship lead.

Trailing Simmons by only three points is his Team Tapout Racing teammate JJ Andrews in the No. 93.

A longtime pilot of Hedger racecars, Andrews rounds out the manufacture’s top five stranglehold with a total of three top-five finishes to start the year.

Consecutive podium finishes in the month of June has Andrews in prime position to continue his climb toward the top of the standings.

The sixth position is where the first FFB Chassis can be found as Mike Bond saw a recent free fall in the standings after a rough evening June 15 driving the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74.

Riding as high as second in the standings this season, Bond had rear end issues with his machine in the second feature two weeks ago, resulting in a dismal 24th place finish.

Now, despite two top-five finishes and four top ten runs, Bond sits four points out of the top five and a total of 38-points behind Brown.

Another FFB Chassis trails Bond in seventh with Rob Pullen only four points back in the No. 2.  Pullen has the most top five finishes of any FFB racer with three, but has failed to finish in the top ten in the other three events this season.

Another Hedger driver in Andrew Schartner rides eighth overall with FFB’s Jon Tesoriero in ninth, and Hedger’s Jack Patrick in tenth.

Arguably the most consistent of the FFB regulars in 2013 has been Tesoriero in the No. 47. Well on his way to most improved driver of the season, Tesoriero has five top-ten finishes in six starts, more than any other driver in the FFB camp.

Coupled with two top five finishes on the year, only a lowly 20th place finish on June 15 has kept Tesoriero down in the standings. In that event, Tesoriero climbed behind the wheel of the Dennis Rupert No. 99 in the eleventh hour, after the No. 47 was damaged beyond immediate repair in a heat racing incident.

With a total of eight races remaining, the Pathfinder Bank SBS “Road to the Championship” is still wide open with a list of unknowns ahead.

Fulton players selected to play in Brine National Lacrosse Classic

Seth DeLisle (far right), Mark Pollock (far left), and Matt Nelson, have been named  2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30-July 3, 2013. All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.
Seth DeLisle (far right), Mark Pollock (far left), and Matt Nelson, have been named  2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30-July 3, 2013. All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.

Seth DeLisle, son of Kathy and R.J. DeLisle; Mark Pollock, son of Mark and MaryBeth Pollock; and Matt Nelson, son of Tammy and Doug Feeney and Kirk and Ginger Nelson have been named 2013 Brine National High School All-Americans and have been selected to represent the Syracuse region at the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30 through July 3.

All three boys are juniors at G. Ray Bodely High School in Fulton.

The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top high school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams will compete to become the 2013 National Champion.

New Kiwanis director looks to develop future of local baseball and softball

by Rob Tetro

Derek Lyons, the new director of the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball and Softball program, said he is honored to be at the helm of a league that proved to be meaningful to him when he was growing up.

Lyons referred to his new position as rewarding. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of previous directors such as Dale Tombs, who is someone he looks up to.

According to Lyons, Tombs, Tombs’ son Derek and Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey were all influential directors before him.

Lyons’ main goal this summer is for every player to have an enjoyable experience while developing their skills.

One of the skills that Lyons noted is the ability to be a supportive teammate. He suggested that players who enjoy the experience of playing baseball, softball or t-ball tend to be supportive of their teammates.

In a few years time, Lyons hopes to see long-term participants develop and possibly be considered to play on local modified, junior varsity or even varsity teams.

It’s also important to him to see communities continue to support Fulton Kiwanis Baseball so that even more players can develop their skills every summer.

Lyons’ role as Fulton varsity softball coach was a key factor in his decision to accept the position of director of Fulton Kiwanis Baseball.

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Syracuse Shock will not return to Fulton this summer

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock has announced that it will not be playing its home games at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton this summer.

In a move that will allow its players to play closer to home, the Syracuse Shock will be playing its home games at Liverpool High School this season.

Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, offensive linemen Jamie Hantke, also known as 95X Radio Personality Big Smoothie, announced his retirement. However, shortly after his announcement, Hantke was named one of the Shock’s assistant coaches under head coach Ken Anderson.

However, Anderson recently resigned as head coach of the Syracuse Shock. Hantke quickly opted to do the same.

Currently, the Syracuse Shock is searching for a head coach for the 2013 season.

Former Syracuse University running back Robert Drummond has joined the Shock’s coaching staff. Though the entire coaching staff is yet to be completed, Drummond is considered a candidate to replace Anderson.

The Shock has home games against Glens Falls July 6, Watertown July 13, Plattsburgh Aug. 24 and Northeast Pennsylvania Sept. 14.

All games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Fulton employees’ golf tournament benefits Catholic Charities

Members of the Planning Committee for the City of Fulton Employees fourth annual golf tournament meet with at Catholic Charities to discuss details for the event. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to support Catholic Charities CYO and Emergency Services programs.  From left are Catholic Charities Community Services Supervisor Helen Hoefer, Fulton City employee Tom Schimpff, Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, and Fulton City employee Mark Cole.  Absent from photo are committee members Dan Davenport, Frank Veschio, Dave Perry, Mark Birkhead, and Angela Cole.
Members of the Planning Committee for the City of Fulton Employees fourth annual golf tournament meet with at Catholic Charities to discuss details for the event. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to support Catholic Charities CYO and Emergency Services programs. From left are Catholic Charities Community Services Supervisor Helen Hoefer, Fulton City employee Tom Schimpff, Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, and Fulton City employee Mark Cole. Absent from photo are committee members Dan Davenport, Frank Veschio, Dave Perry, Mark Birkhead, and Angela Cole.

When members of the planning committee for the City of Fulton Employees Annual Golf Tournament met to work on the details for this year’s tournament, they wanted to ensure that the proceeds would be used to help youth and families in the Fulton.

To achieve that goal, they have chosen Catholic Charities of Oswego County as the beneficiary of their fourth annual golf tournament.

A native of Fulton, committee member and Department of Sanitation employee Mark Cole said he is well aware of the services Catholic Charities offers.

Cole and his family have been longtime supporters of Catholic Charities Emergency Services program having sponsored families during the holidays and, as a boy, he spent much of his time at the CYO program.

“Many of us have ties to CYO,” said Cole. “I started attending CYO when I was 10 years old and went there everyday after school throughout my teens.  I had a lot of fun and met a lot of new friends.

“We want to make sure the money from this year’s tournament helped kids in our community and supporting CYO is the perfect way to do that,” he added.

Scheduled for Saturday, July 27, the golf tournament will be held at Emerald Crest Golf Course, Route 3 in Palermo.

Open to the public, the tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Committee member Tom Schimpff said that this year’s tournament promises to be the best ever.

“There will be plenty of on course games, including longest drive, closest to the pin, and putting contests; plus a 50 50 drawing, door prizes, shirts for each golfer, and a complete dinner following the tournament featuring appetizers, prime rib, chicken, seafood and all the fixings from Tavern on the Lock,” said Schrimpff.

All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Catholic Charities in support of the CYO program.

Additionally, the committee has announced that it will be doing something special for Catholic Charities Emergency Services.

“This year’s teams with the lowest score overall, lowest score mixed team, and highest score will be recognized in a special way,” said Cole. “Their entry fees will be donated in their name and used to sponsor a family during the holiday season through Catholic Charities Emergency Services program.”

A limited number of openings for teams are still available and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Those seeking more information or to register a team may call Tom Schimpff at 430-4899 or Mark Cole at 402-6151.