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‘Rock the Locks’ to be held June 29

Paddlers and spectators have a chance to win a new Perception Prodigy 12 kayak valued at $700 at the Oswego “Rock the Locks” Paddlefest Saturday, June 29.

The 12-foot Prodigy weighs 53 pounds and is designed for user-friendly comfort with a water-tight storage compartment to carry gear. The kayak package comes with a paddle and personal flotation device and is donated by Benjamin Turner of Murdock Sports and Jake Mulcahey of Pinnacle Construction.

The drawing benefits the Oswego YMCA Strong Kids campaign and Oswego Harborfest. Tickets are available at the YMCA on West First Street, Oswego Harborfest, Lake Street, Murdock’s Sports, West First Street, the Oswego Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings, and members of the organizing committee.

“Rock the Locks” Oswego Paddlefest will begin at Riverview Park in Minetto at 10 a.m. June 29 and continue to Lock 8 in Oswego, traveling through four locks of the historic Oswego River Canal along the way. Kayakers and canoeists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter the event.

At the conclusion of the paddle, there will be food and commercial vendors, children’s games, live music, and other activities near Lock 7 in Oswego. A free shuttle bus will take paddlers from the ending point back to Minetto where they can pick up their vehicles when the event is over.

Paddlefest pre-registration includes a meal. Additional meal tickets may be purchased. All paddlers will be entered into the drawing.

Single and tandem kayak rentals are available at a discounted rated for Paddlefest through River Run Kayak. Those seeking details may contact Rich Walberger at 593-9895 or Riverrunkayak@gmail.com.

Harborfest will hold a $1 floating “buck-a-ball” drawing in the river near Lock 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the “buck-a-ball” and a Harborfest 50-50 drawing may be purchased at Paddlefest and at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Paddlers may pre-register online at www.ezracereg.com or register beginning at 8 a.m. June 29 at Riverview Park in Minetto. Registration on June 29 will be $30 per canoe and $25 per kayak.

Kody Graham goes green to checkered for second win

Not long after leading 29 laps of the first Novelis Supermodified feature on Saturday night, Kody Graham had another shot at a front row starting spot in the Century 21 Galloway Realty night cap and this time he made good on the opportunity.

Graham started to the outside of Tim Snyder in the front row of the 50-lap main event, stole the lead from the drop of the green and led all 50-laps on the way to his second career win at the “Steel Palace.”

Graham out raced Shaun Gosselin, Michael Barnes, Joe Gosek, and Otto Sitterly on his way to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane becoming the fourth different Supermodified winner in as many races at Oswego this season.

“Since the opener we have been fighting gremlins left and right,” said Graham.  “Today the toe got knocked out in the first feature so I decided to pull it in instead of wrecking me and the rest of the field, but we’ve just been battling week after week.

“Tonight though, we finally got it.  You know, with the field like this you have to be on you’re A game. Obviously starting up front helps as always, you don’t want to have to pass all those guys and clear track is the best thing.”

Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr., Randy Ritskes, Jeff Holbrook, and Michael Muldoon were the top ten in the 50-lap Century 21 Galloway Realty main event.

A career best day for Gosselin would see him have the opportunity to chat with Danny Johnson on the Speedway’s main straight.

“Kody was just a little bit too fast in the open track,” said Gosselin. “I needed a lot of traffic to have a chance at him, but congratulations to those guys, they ran a great race.  It was a lot of fun to come from father in the back; we got to play with some traffic.”

With two third place finishes on the evening, Barnes continued his stellar campaign Saturday night after starting 18th in the field.

“We weren’t really all that good,” said Barnes. “We weren’t good in the heat, so to start 18th and get back up to third is pretty good. I knocked the right front part of the front wing out there I think when I got into the back of Holbrook, and it just started to pick up a push from the center out and that is why I couldn’t catch the guys at the end.

“I think if the wing would have stayed in once piece, we might have had a shot at them two at the end.”

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins would go to Connors, Graham, and Curran.

The Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’ was Barnes, while the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’ was Gosselin.

Phelps uses lapped traffic for Fulton Speedway win

It’s never over till the checker flag waves. Ryan Phelps proved that Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Phelps was able to run down and pass Robbie Bellinger  on lap 28 when the back of the field the bunched up making it tough for Bellinger to get by.

Once out front, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between him and the rest of the field in the caution free race.

Other winners on K-ROCK Night were Rocco Leone, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; Barney Waldron, Kevin Winton & Steve Marks; Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Robbie Bellinger got the jump on the field as he out hustled other front row starter Tim Schneider Jr. to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

By lap 10, Bellinger was out front alone, while behind him, Roy Bresnahan, Dale Planck and Ryan Phelps were in a tight fight for second, third and fourth. Chad Phelps was some distance back in fifth.

With 15 laps showing on the lap counter, Bellinger was on rails out front, as he built-up a full straightaway lead.

Planck and Phelps ran nose to tail and side by side running for second, while Bresnahan and Chad Phelps showed fourth and fifth.

When the starter showed the halfway sign, Bellinger started drawing in on the back of the field as Planck and Phelps would try to take advantage cutting into Bellinger’s advantage.

With 10 laps to go, Bellinger was having a tough time putting cars a lap-down because they were racing two-three wide.

This let Phelps, who moved into second two-laps before to catch Bellinger. Two laps later, Bellinger, running the top groove in four trying to lap cars, slipped out the groove allowing Phelps to shoot by on lap 28.

Over the final laps, Phelps was able to put lapped cars between himself and the rest of the field to be the first  under the checkers in the caution free race.

Last week’s feature winner Dale planck came home second, followed by, Robbie Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps to complete the top five.

“We just had a real good setup tonight,” said Phelps. “I felt bad with the crew tonight, the track kept getting drier and I kept making them do stuff to it. I think they are all happy now as it paid off. It was good anywhere I wanted to go, the lapped cars got a little hairy there for a while waiting for them to move over. What are you going to do…they’re racing, too.”

The Fulton Speedway will be back in action Saturday, June 29 when RFH’s Hideaway presents a full night of racing action. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks and Mod Lites.

The popular Jr. Fan Club Bike Giveaway will also take place.

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Eighteen kids participate in free fishing class

Mike Hutton of Fulton holds daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass. They participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.
Mike Hutton of Fulton holds daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass. They participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.

Eighteen children participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.

Mike McGrath kept several youngsters and their guardians hooked for hours discussing fishy subjects ranging from terminal tackle and tying knots to demonstrating how to mix and use chum to draw monster fish averaging 10 pounds to your line.

“I’m not just talking theory, I’m showing how it’s done,” McGrath explained, casting out a couple rigs.

A few minutes later, he had his first carp, followed by another several minutes later and then another. He landed a total of 15 fish ranging from eight to 25 pounds in less than three hours.

Meanwhile, at the boardwalk, Spider was teaching how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits. It had been raining for the past few days and the water was high and murky, but 14 kids caught something, mostly sunnies, white perch and strawberry bass.

Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day.

Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Those seeking more information may contact McGrath at mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com  or 882-1549.

North Bay Campgrounds to host annual fishing derby

North Bay Campgrounds will be hosting its sixth annual fishing derby on Lake Neahtahwanta Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration desk opens at 9:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Children ages 16 and under are welcome to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All children will be placed in three divisions depending on their age: Tadpole: age 6 and under; Perch: age 7-11; and Bass age 12 –16.

Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught, smallest fish caught and the most fish caught. There will also be a raffle for a new fishing rod for each age group.

Those seeking more information may call North Bay Campground at 592-2256.

Fulton boys track team to be loaded with potential in 2014

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys varsity track and field team earned three wins in 2013. The Red Raiders defeated Oswego, Fowler and Cortland.

Fulton was led by the senior leadership of Kyle Loftus, Pat Fink, Mike Ledger, Alan Cronk, Cody Pickreign and Tim Conners. Coach Joel Carroll said he has high regard for his six graduating seniors.

Loftus was one of the league leaders in distance events. Fink led the team in the discus event while also having a solid season in both the shot put and relay events. Ledger developed into an athlete who was solid in both the triple jump and sprint events.

Cronk’s specialty was in distance running but he also served as a solid substitute in other running events. Pickreign’s season was limited by injury and illness but he still managed to be decent in sprint events. Conners managed to take part in discus events throughout the season as well.

Carroll feels quite strongly that next season’s seniors could be impressive. The Red Raiders will be returning Jimmy Martin, Conner Aldasch, Chase Halstead, Mike Holcomb, Matt Holden, Brandon Ladd, Tony Paulich and Chance Porter.

Other athletes who will be returning for Fulton next season as juniors are All-League distance runner Bailey Lutz, Jacob Belcher, Jacob Cuyler, Logan Defenbacher, Nick Kenyon, Mike Lewchanin, Geof Michaels and Nick Reitz.

According to Carroll, the Red Raiders will be in search of more student-athletes next year to make up for their smaller group of sophomores. Sophomores who will be returning to the team next season are Ian Devendorf, Jake LaVea, Scott Littleton and Garet Roik.

Despite the smaller group of sophomores, the incoming freshmen appear to be a group that Carroll looks forward to developing.

Doyle dominates for first career SBS win at Oswego

For the second consecutive event, the Pathfinder Bank SBS series at Oswego Speedway enshrined a first time feature winner.

Saturday night, as a part of Crop Production Services Night at the Races, third-year competitor Dalton Doyle became the latest Oswego Kartway graduate to pull into victory lane.

Doyle’s win comes just two weeks after Jason Simmons earned his first career main event win at Oswego.

Doyle started in the fourth position, quickly moved his way to the runner-up spot, and then stole the lead from Jeremy Pitcher on a lap 1 restart to cruise away with the 35-lap victory behind the wheel of his No. 01 machine.

Rob Pullen, JJ Andrews, Jon Tesoriero, and Russ Brown filled the top five positions at race’s end.

“This is great,” said Doyle after the race. “Let me tell you, it is not east leading all of those laps. It’s a mental game. I am glad I had people telling me I was doing good. We over-drove it a couple times (lap 19 restart).  It got real loose coming off of four and (Rob) Pullen had the wood laid to it, but we kept it straight luckily.”

After leading a total of 34 laps on his way to victory Saturday night, Doyle will inherit the lead in the June 1 postponed feature coming up at the Speedway June 15, putting him in prime position to potentially become the first repeat SBS winner in 2013.

Rookies Anthony Losurdo and Pitcher brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Pitcher diving into the race lead off the start from the outside of row one.

Doyle, who started directly on Pitcher’s back bumper, followed the No. 14 through on the high side to the runner-up spot leaving Mark Castiglia, Losurdo, and Andrew Schartner in the top five very early.

Just as the first lap was completed, trouble hit corner number one, with Losurdo and Schartner coming together causing several cars to scatter.

With Losurdo and Schartner spinning across the Speedway in front of the field, Simmons, Chris Proud, and Nathan Noto all spun to avoid, but were able to continue on. Both Losurdo and Schartner took to pit lane, but did rejoin the field.

The lap 1 restart saw Pitcher out front over Doyle, Castiglia, Pullen, AJ Bernys, Cameron Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, Mike Bond, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on Doyle found good bite on the bottom of the Speedway and powered underneath Pitcher coming to the stripe to take the race lead. Pitcher would tuck back into line in second ahead of Castiglia, Pullen, and Bernys.

Doyle, who won his heat race convincingly the last two weeks showing good speed, immediately drew out to a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, running smooth and consistent.  Pitcher and Castiglia would check out on their own as well for second and third leaving a tight battle between Pullen, Bernys, Rowe, Andrews, Simmons, and Bond.

Championship leader Brown had to start the main event from 19th on the grid after failing to finish his qualifying heat race and winning the 8-lap consi. In no time at all, Brown was into the top 15, quickly pressuring Tesoriero, Mike Bruce, and Jack Patrick for top ten positions.

Running in a tight bunch behind Rowe in the No. 77, Simmons and Bond were applying heavy pressure to Andrews in the No. 93 for seventh. Eventually, Andrews’ teammate Simmons was able to drive underneath for the spot into turn three on lap 7 bringing Bond with him to the low side.

Bond was looking to take advantage of Brown’s poor starting position to try and cut into the championship lead, and early on it looked as though that would be the case, as in less than ten laps he had worked his way up to the eighth position.

With battles everywhere on the Speedway, except for the lead, the most intriguing became the race for the second position between Pitcher and Castiglia.  Castiglia, a feature winner at the Speedway back May 11, tried Pitcher low several times in turn three but was unable to make the move stick in the No. 67.

Finally on lap 14, Castiglia felt as though he had the room he needed moving down the back stretch, but he and Pitcher came together sending both racecars into the outside foam in turn three to bring out the race’s second caution.

Pitcher was able to pull away from the accident scene but completed only one more lap to finish 24th. Castiglia was hooked to the pit area, done for the night, in 25th.

The restart order on lap 14 continued to show Doyle out front with Pullen now riding second over Bernys, Rowe, Simmons, Bond, Andrews, Tesoriero, Bruce, and Brown.

When the green flag waved, Doyle again checked away from the field with the battle on the Speedway being between Rowe, Simmons, and Bond for.

Simmons tried every trick in the book to try and work his way by the No. 77 of Rowe, but was unable to do so.

In working Rowe, Simmons would leave the door open for Bond to move low into turn three on lap 18, taking the fifth spot away.  As Bond drove underneath Simmons, the Team Tapout driver tried to quickly move back into line and in doing so made contact with the No. 74 of Bond causing damage to the left front tire of the No.98, which would become significant later on.

Just one circuit later as both Rowe and Bond began to close in on runner-ups Pullen and Bernys, the field raced out of turn two to find a stopped Nathan Noto alongside the hubrail.

The front seven to eight drivers all jammed on the brakes taking evasive action, however, both Rowe and Bond would be collected tagging the outside wall as the yellow lights came on.

Bond was able to drive to the pit area, while Rowe’s racecar took on significant damage, dropping him out of the event in 23rd position.

Doyle would bring the field back to green at lap 19 ahead of Pullen, Bernys, Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero, Brown, Bruce, Patrick, and rookie Scott Shafer.

However, as the green lights came on another top five runner would head to the pits. This time it was opening night feature winner Bernys in the No. 24, who pulled low and into the pit area right at the drop of the green flag with apparent fuel pump issues.

With Bernys in the pits, Doyle and Pullen hooked up to pull away from the rest of the field including Simmons, Andrews, Tesoriero and now Brown just outside of the top five.

After starting 19th on the grid, Brown was able to pass a number of cars and also take advantage of several others misfortune to ride sixth.

After being involved in a lap one incident, Schartner was also working his way through the field in the No. 18. After restarting 24th early on, Schartner had charged back to eighth by lap 23, moving by Bruce in the No. 22.

As the field settled in past lap 25 Simmons’ left front tire, which had visible issues, finally let go in the second turn sending the No. 98 up into the wall for the night’s final caution.  The No. 98 would head pit side done for the night in 20th.

The race’s final restart saw Doyle pull away from the field yet again, charging into his first career SBS main event win over Pullen, Andrews, Teosriero, Brown, Schartner, Patrick, Bruce, Heroth, and Shafer in the top ten.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins went to Pullen, Castiglia, and Doyle.

The night’s Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader was Doyle leading all but one lap of the main event. With his first career win Doyle also took home the Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award for the evening.

Driving No. 13, Brown would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger driving from 19th to 5th on the grid with Tesoriero earning the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.

Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 15. Grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the Entergy Driver Autograph Session taking place at 5:15 p.m. The night’s first big race, which will be the make-up SBS feature from June 1 followed by the Supermodified make-up, will take the green at 6:30 p.m.

Dale Planck drives to Fulton Speedway victory lane

It had been since May 21, 2011 since Dale Planck had been to Fulton Speedway victory lane.

Saturday night, Planck jumped behind the wheel of a team car (No. 99L) of Larry Wight and put on a driving clinic in a convincing win in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

Other winners were Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Rick Miller, NAPA Late Models; Hilary Ward, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Chuck Powelczyk, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Before a lap was complete in the Modified feature in turn four, pole sitter Joe August Jr. got upside down causing a red flag period. He was not injured. On the second attempt to get the 35 lap feature underway, Tim Sears Jr. bolted out to a narrow lead over Dale Planck.

With five laps complete, Sears still set the pace with a two-car advantage over Planck. Just behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan raced for third through fifth.

On lap 10, Sears still led, but was now getting pressure from Planck. Just one lap later, Sears looked to have jumped the cushion allowing Planck to drive by to be scored the new leader on lap 11.

At the halfway point, Planck was on cruise control building up a three-quarters of a straightaway lead over Chris Hile. Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight were in a tight battle for third with Bresnahan showing in fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Planck appeared to be getting quicker as he built up an almost four-second lead over the rest of the field. Hile and Larry Wight battled for second, with Ryan Phelps and Bresnahan showing on the scoring tower in the top five.

On lap 31, Wight moved into the runner-up spot and needed a yellow to have any shot at Planck. No yellows would happen as Planck cruised the rest of the way to the win. Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps and Roy Bresnahan finished second through fifth.

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Ron Davis III would take the lead on a lap 9 restart and never look back for his second victory of the 2013 season. Kyle Fink, Justin Crisafulli, Matt Emmons and Jordan Bennett would round out the top-five.

After coming so close to a win this season in the NAPA Late Models, Rick Miller finally put his car in victory lane for the popular win. Miller outran teammate Shayne Tenace , AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Harry Halliday.

The loudest victory lane of the night came for E&V Energy Novice Sportsman driver Hilary Ward, who was fighting intense abdominal pain before surgery on her gallbladder. She not only found a way to race, but picked up her first ever win. Ward took the lead on lap 11 when then leader Taylor Lamb broke.

Then Ward survived a late yellow to be the first under the checkers. Wade Chrisman, Gary Hoppins, Jason Caldwell and Jeremy Dygert  chased Ward across the line.

It doesn’t matter where Chuck Powelczyk races, Brewerton or now Fulton, as he finds a way to victory lane in the Four Cylinder Stocks. The win Saturday night was anything but easy, as he narrowly beat Wendall Washington. Mark Johnston, Eric Zirbel and John West finished third through fifth.

This coming Saturday, June 15, K-ROCK 100.9 presents a night of exciting racing at Fulton Speedway .On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks plus a visit from the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club. Dads and Kids will be having a wiffle  Ball Game.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.