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Chad Phelps wins Fulton Speedway modified feature

During the week, Chad Phelps made a call to Billy Colton at Troyer looking for advice on car setup. 

That advice paid off as Phelps took the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win on Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway.

On lap 17, Phelps shot from third to the lead, and then outran Robbie Bellinger in the late stages for the popular win.

Other winners were, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; Skip DeGroff, Four Cylinder Stocks; and Jeff Isabell Jr., Mod Lites.

Dale Planck and Joe August Jr. brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature down to the green with Planck grabbing the top-spot in the 35-lap main.

On lap 5, Planck running the bottom held a slight lead over August who was running the top of the speedway. Within striking distance of the top-two was Jim Witko and Chad Phelps making it a good four-car battle at the front.

One lap later on lap 6, August, who didn’t even know if he’d be back at the speedway after engine problems the week before, powered by Planck to be scored the new leader. Between lap 6 and lap 8 August and Planck would swap the lead back and forth till August could open a few car length advantage.

With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower you could of almost thrown a blanket over August, Planck, Witko and Chris Hile as they used every inch of the speedway looking for any advantage.

The whole complexion of the race changed on the lap 17 when Chad Phelps found wicked bite on the bottom of the speedway blasting from third and into the lead.

A quick caution on lap 21 gave the field a chance to catch their breath after hot battles all over the speedway. The restart would line up Phelps, August, Chuck Bower, Planck, Hile, Witko, Billy Decker and Rob Bellinger.

With 10 laps to go, Phelps held onto a four-car advantage over Bower while August, Hile and Bellinger were in a tight fight for third through fifth.

Over the remaining laps, Phelps looked to get quicker as he pulled away for the win by a half-a-straightaway over Bellinger. Hile, Dan Vauter who came on late and Billy Decker rounded out the top-five.

After Phelps pulled his Haun Welding Supply/ Midstate Tree Service/ Ashley Lynn Winery/ Troyer/ No.X in victory lane he talked about his win.

“ It was unbelievable,” said Phelps. “I got to give hats off to Billy Colton (Troyer Race Cars). We were complete junk last week with this new car so we threw some stuff at it, let me tell you, it was way better than it was. I’m not like the professionals…sometimes we’re second rate as I sometimes like to say. The track had a lot of bite and that helped. We have it pointed in the right direction and we were able to hold them off.”

In the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Gregg Kimball would lead the opening laps. The fastest car on the track was that of Ronnie Davis III who would dog Kimball for a number of laps before he used an outside power move to grab the lead on lap 9.

Once out front, and as the laps clicked off, nobody had anything for Davis as he drove away for the win. Kimball held onto second, Fonda Speedway invader Rocky Warner grabbed third, Jordan Bennett over came heat race problems to finish fourth and Tony Finch II finished fifth.

For the second week in a row, the NAPA Late Models put on an impressive show at the front of the pack in their 20-lap feature. Alan Fink took the lead on lap 11 and then held off opening night winner Sean Beardsley, Dale Caswell, AJ Kingsley and Rick Miller at the finish.

Gary Hoppins picked up his second win in a row in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. The win was anything but easy for Hoppins as he had to hold off repeated challenges from former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle. Jeremy Dygert, Kyle Kiehn and Jacob Davis finished third through fifth.

Eric Zirbel looked to heading to the win in the 15 lap Four Cylinder Stock feature. With just two laps to go, Zirbel had a front flat ending his bid for the victory handing the lead over to Skip DeGroff, who went onto to his second win of the early season. Mark Johnston, Blake Fisher, Keith Zirbel and Justin Buske rounded out the top-five.

In the 20-lap Mod Lite feature, Joe Isabell and Jeff Isabell Jr. swapped the lead back and forth in the late going with Jeff Isabell Jr. picking up the win.

What made the win impressive was Isabell started dead last after heat race problems. Joe Isabell, Doug Williams, Jeremy Isabell and Alan Fink finished second through fifth.

This coming Saturday, May 18 the Fulton Speedway will swing back into action with another night of racing presented by Syracuse Haulers.

On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Four Cylinder Stocks.

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

Hannibal baseball team goes 2-4 in last six games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal Varsity Baseball Team has lost four out of its last six games.

April 26, an eight-run sixth inning helped Chittenango come away with an impressive win over Hannibal.

It didn’t get any easier when The Warriors took on Solvay May 1. Solvay scored seven unanswered runs en route to the win.

May 2, a late game surge helped Vernon-Verona-Sherrill top Hannibal.

A decent start helped Fulton come away with a 6-2 win over the Warriors May 3.

Hannibal finally snapped its losing streak when they took on Clyde-Savannah May 6. The Warriors scored six runs during the game’s final innings to ensure the shutout.

Hannibal went on to earn its second shutout in as many games when they took on Skaneateles.

The Warriors scored three runs during the first three innings of the game to set the tone for an impressive win.

In the Solvay game, Hannibal was led by Chris Benedict, Billy Cook and Greg Hadcock, who all had a hit.

Matt Wagner chipped in an RBI for the Warriors.

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Former Fulton laxmen win national championship

Former Fulton lacrosse players Ross Maxam (left) and Brett Williams (right) traveled to Long Island with their Onondaga Community College teammates May 11 and 12 to bring home the NJCAA National Championship. This was the Lazers fifth straight championship title and its 70th straight win, breaking the all-time record by any level college lacrosse team of most consecutive wins. Maxam will return next year to the Lazers while Williams moves on to join the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team.
Former Fulton lacrosse players Ross Maxam (left) and Brett Williams (right) traveled to Long Island with their Onondaga Community College teammates May 11 and 12 to bring home the NJCAA National Championship. This was the Lazers fifth straight championship title and its 70th straight win, breaking the all-time record by any level college lacrosse team of most consecutive wins. Maxam will return next year to the Lazers while Williams moves on to join the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team.

Fulton softball team loses four of last six games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team lost four of its last six games.

Jamesville-DeWitt scored 16 runs in a two-inning stretch en route to an win over Fulton April 25.

In this game, the Lady Raiders were led by Maureen McCann, who had two hits. Keisha Pierce and MiKayla Guernsey both finished with a hit and an RBI while Cheyenne Laun added a hit for Fulton.

MiKayla Guernsey, Ashley Cummins and Kassidy Kearns all saw time on the mound for the Lady Raiders.

In less than an inning of play, Guernsey allowed eight runs on six hits. Cummins allowed eight runs (3 earned) on 11 hits in four innings of work. Kearns had two strikeouts while allowing two runs on two hits.

The Lady Raiders couldn’t overcome Christian Brothers Academy’s decent start as it came away with a 7-4 win over Fulton April 29.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was MiKayla Guernsey and her three hits and two RBIs. One of her hits was a home run.

Cheyenne Laun and Hannah Jones finished with two hits each while Pierce chipped in a hit and an RBI. Cummins added a hit for Fulton.

MiKayla Guernsey, Laun and Cummins all saw time on the mound for the Lady Raiders.

Fulton took out its frustrations on Homer April 30. Fulton scored 13 runs in three innings to cruise past Homer 20-8.

Pierce finished with four hits and eight RBIs, including two home runs. McCann had three hits and four RBIs. Kearns tallied three hits and two RBIs and MiKayla Guernsey chipped in three hits and an RBI.

Laun and Hannah Jones added two hits and an RBI each while Jenna Capria, Anna Guernsey and Cummins combined for four hits and three RBIs.

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Larry Wight claims opening night win at Fulton Speedway

The Fulton Speedway opened the 2013 season with a flurry.

Larry Wight out ran teammate Billy Decker for the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win, while two other features were decided with last a lap pass and a win by .006 of a second.

Other winners on Ferris Industries Night were Jordan Bennett, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Sean Beardsley, NAPA Late Models; Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman; and Skip Degroff, Four Cylinder Stocks.

Wight and Tim Sears Jr. brought the field down to the green for the first Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature of the year with Wight grabbing the early advantage.

On lap 3, Sears blasted around Wight using the top of the speedway. Sears lead was short lived as Wight was able to drive back by one lap later and was able to buildup a half a straightaway lead by lap 5.

With 10 laps showing on the lap counter, Wight was on rails bolting to a full straightaway advantage over Sears who ran alone in second.

Behind the top-two, Chris Hile, Joe August Jr. and Matt Hulsizer raced for third through fifth.

On lap 15, Wight was like a man on mission showing more than a straightaway lead still running the outside. Sears, Hile, Billy Decker and August showed in the top-five just before August slowed and went pit-side with mechanical problems.

When the green came back out, Decker went from fourth to second in one move as he set his sights on the high flying Wight.

At the halfway point, Wight and Decker would run nose to tail and side by side on different points of the speedway as the pair took off from the rest of the field. Sears, Ryan Phelps and Robbie Bellinger  showed in the top-five.

On lap 20, Wight was able to open a ten car length advantage over Decker as back markers loomed ahead that would play a part in the race.

With the scoring tower showing 10 laps remaining, Wight and Decker ran within two-three cars of each other on the top as the track was getting wider and wider. Phelps, Sears and Bellinger still fought for top-five positions.

Over the remaining laps, Decker would throw everything he had at Wight, even taking the lead on the back straight in heavy traffic with 3 laps to go.

Wight didn’t flinch as he held his line and outdistance Decker to the checkers. Ryan Phelps, Robbie Bellinger and Tim Sears Jr. finished third through fifth.

“I knew we were good enough on the top that he wasn’t going to get us,” said Wight. “It was just the lapped traffic that was hurting us a little bit. Towards the end of the race we were starting to lose fuel pressure and it started stumbling on me, we were lucky to make it to the end.”

Cornwall, Ontario invader Shane Pecore jumped out to the early lead in the 20-lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature over a stout opening day field.

On lap 5, Pecore opened a 10-car length advantage over the field as Jordan Bennett, Rocco Leone and Ron Davis III gave chase with Earl Rudy running fifth.

At the halfway point, Pecore still showed the way, but Bennett erased the lead Pecore built up as he now started reeling in the leader. Leone, Davis and Scott Ford showed in the top five.

With five laps to go, Pecore and Bennett ran nose to tail and side by side setting up a shootout to the checkers.

Over the remaining laps, Pecore would run the bottom to the middle groove while Bennett ran the top of the speedway.

Exiting turn-four coming down for the final lap, Bennett, the defending track champion was able to blast by Pecore to grab the lead and go onto the win over Pecore.

Rocco Leone, Ron Davis III and Beth Schneider who came from deep in the pack finished third through fifth.

Dale Caswell, Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink and Rick Miller put on a battle royal as all four drivers ran in a tight pack the majority of the distance putting the winner in doubt till the checkers in the 20-lap NAPA Late Model feature

In the final lap exiting turn four, Beardsley was able to draw even with leader Caswell, setting up a drag race to the finish that saw Beardsley win by .006 of a second over Caswell. Alan Fink, Rick Miller and AJ Kingsley rounded out the top-five.

Defending track champion Gary Hoppins was able to grab the win in the 15-lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature over former Mod Lite driver Ricky Yelle.

Skip DeGroff and Jerry Herbert battled nose to tail and side by side almost the entire Four Cylinder Stock 15-lap feature. At the checkers DeGroff, the defending track champion picked up the narrow win over Herbert. Mark Johnston, Keith Zirbel and Colby Herzog rounded out the top-five.

This coming Saturday, May 11, 105.1 The WOLF/WOSW 1300 presents Girl Scouts Night. 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.

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

Bernys battles Pullen for second career SBS triumph

AJ Bernys made his opening night at Oswego Speedway count on Saturday, out dueling Rob Pullen in lapped traffic on lap 29 to take the race lead and go on to claim his second career Pathfinder Bank SBS victory.

Bernys started from position three on the grid and played the patience game before slipping under Pullen as he struggled to maneuver lap car Zach Amo in turn one.

From there, Bernys would cruise away from the field over the final seven circuits to hit pay dirt.

Pullen, Russ Brown, Jon Tesoriero, and Andrew Schartner would fill the top five feature positions.

The night began with a new twist on Pathfinder Bank SBS time trials as points were awarded for the first time to the eight fastest qualifiers.

Mike Bond would top the speed charts during the single car runs with a lap of 19.158 seconds in his new Four Sevens Motorsports FFB chassis, edging out defending SBS track champion Kreig Heroth by just over a tenth of a second on the watches.

Brown, Jason Simmons, JJ Andrews, Cameron Rowe, Tesoriero, and Schartner would complete the fast eight, all earning valuable championship points in the SBS “Road to the Championship.”

A total of 25 Pathfinder Bank SBS racers would file down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Pullen and Dalton Doyle starting from the first row.

The race’s initial green flag would see SBS rookie Scott Shafer in No. 76 spin off into the foam in turn one. Shafer would be hooked off the Speedway forcing a complete restart.

On the second go around, Doyle would surge into the lead behind the wheel of his Menter’s Ambulance Service No. 01, leaving Pullen, Bernys, Tesoriero, and Schartner in his tow early on.

While the top five racers tried to check away from the field Brown, who started 9th in the FX Caprara Car Companies No. 13, began to find the high side driving around the Andrews No. 93 to pick his way into 7th.

Another quick caution would fly on lap 2 for debris in the first turn, slowing the field.  However, when the green came back out, the racing field worked into a nice groove with Doyle continuing to lead the way over Pullen, Bernys, Tesoriero, Schartner, Rowe, and Brown.

As the laps ticked away Doyle, Pullen, and Bernys would emerge as the early favorites building a cushion over the remainder of the field.

Nose to tail the three leaders checked out, jockeying for position, and eventually Pullen would find the daylight he needed to claim the race lead.

On the 10th circuit, Pullen blasted to the lead on the low side of Doyle into turn one, opening the door for not only Bernys and Tesoriero to slip passed, but an entire freight train of SBS racers would fly by dropping the No. 01 from the race lead all the way back to 10th by lap 14.

The race’s third caution would wave on lap 15 for a slowing Simmons in the D&S Landscaping No. 98.

Simmons would manage to crawl into the pit area, but his night would be done.

The restart would show Pullen ahead of Bernys, Tesoriero, Brown, Schartner, Rowe, Bond, Andrews, and Mike Bruce.

When the field came back to green the Byrne Dairy No. 24 of Bernys came to life, quickly looking to the low side of Pullen on the restart into turn three.

Pullen, however, was able to fend off the advances, and continue to lead the speeding field around the fast 5/8 mile.

Further back Brown and Bond were battling their way through the pack, as Bond wheeled his way around teammate Rowe to the high side in turn three on lap 17.

The two most decorated drivers in the SBS division started 9th and 11th on the grid with Brown now running fourth and Bond in sixth.

By lap 24, Bernys, Tesoriero, and Brown were in a tight line applying heavy pressure to the Pullen’s Plumbing No. 2 and it became clear that lapped traffic may play a key role in the event.

Just four laps later, Pullen would drive up behind rookie Amo in the No. 44 down the front straight, and in trying to make his way by chose the wrong lane, leaving the inside groove wide open for Bernys to take advantage.

Bernys would go on to lead the 29th circuit ahead of Pullen and now Brown, who was also able to use traffic to make his way passed Tesoriero for 3rd in the line-up.

The No. 24 shined once in the lead, pulling out to a healthy margin over the field.

Three more cautions would slow the pace, all of which came on the 32nd lap. The first would be for Tim Gareau in the TNT Motorsports No. 17 as he tagged the foam in turn one.

The next caution flew for the No. 77 of Rowe as he spun down the back stretch while running 7th, and the final for early leader Doyle who cracked the foam in the first turn running ninth.

The event’s final restart showed Bernys out front leading Pullen, Brown, Tesoriero, Schartner, Bond, Andrews, Heroth, Jack Patrick, and Jeremy Pitcher.

As the green waved with only three laps remaining, Bernys proved to be unmatched leading the restart order to the finish, driving the No. 24 into Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane for the second time in his young career.

Patrick, driving the Longley Dodge No. 9, would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger for the evening driving from the back of the field to 9th in the final order.

Patrick was leading his heat race when contact between he and Bond on the final lap of the third qualifying heat sent both cars spinning. Each would rebound for top ten finishes in the main event.

The Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ and the recipient of the White’s Car Care 4th place Award was Tesoriero in No. 47.

The stellar run for Tesoriero, the defending Butler Disposal SBS Rookie of the Year, was his first career top five finish in the division.

Pullen would go on to claim the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award as he paced the field for a total of 19 circuits in the No. 2.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will next be in action on Saturday, May 11 as a part of the Mitchell’s Speedway Press/CJ Ferlito Aggregates Novelis Supermodified “Kick-Off” at Oswego Speedway.

Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. with hot laps and grandstand gates opening at 3 p.m.

Novelis Supermodified time trials will take the green at approximately 5 p.m. with racing action hitting the Speedwway at 6:30 p.m.

Fulton baseball team tops Hannibal for first win of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team won its first game of the season when it took on Hannibal Friday.

The Red Raiders win came following recent losses to Christian Brothers Academy, Homer and Bishop Ludden.

April 29, Christian Brothers Academy staged a late game rally to top Fulton while an impressive fourth inning helped Homer cruise past the Red Raiders April 30.

A six-run fifth inning proved to be key in Bishop Ludden’s May 2nd win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders let one get away from them when they took on Christian Brothers Academy. After falling behind 2-0 during the first inning, Fulton scored five runs during the second, third and fourth innings to take a 5-2 lead.

Christian Brothers Academy took over from there. CBA scored five unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to escape with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Peter Ravesi, who had three hits and an RBI, including a home run.

Jeremy Langdon and Cody Green both had two hits and an RBI and Michael Bolster and Chris Jones both chipped in a hit and an RBI. Jon Cummins and Daniel Coant also had hits for Fulton.

On the mound, Peter Ravesi allowed seven runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work.

The Red Raiders struggles continued when they took on Homer. By the end of the third inning, Homer had jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

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Hannibal softball team showing strong resolve

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team hasn’t had the season that it hoped it would have.

The adversity that the team has faced throughout the season might have bent them but in terms of effort, they are far from broken.

Chittenango delivered a crucial blow during the game’s later stages en route to a win April 26. Bishop Ludden topped the Lady Warriors in a shootout April 29 while Solvay asserted its dominance early and often in an impressive performance May 1.

The Lady Warriors concluded that five-game stretch with losses to Lansing (2-1) and St. Johnsville (9-1) in a doubleheader played May 4.

Chittenango got off to a decent start when it took on Hannibal. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first inning, the Lady Bears added another run during the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, Chittenango put the game out of reach during the sixth inning. The Lady Bears scored eight runs during the bottom of the sixth inning to cap off a 12-0 win over Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors were led by Kaylee Esposito and Samantha Bowers, who both had a hit.

On the mound, Adrienne Shortself pitched the entire game for Hannibal. She finished with two strikeouts while allowing 12 runs on 12 hits in six innings of work.

Bishop Ludden topped the Lady Warriors in a firework-filled game. After a scoreless first inning, Bishop Ludden scored six unanswered runs during the second and third innings.

Ludden refused to slow down during the fourth and fifth innings. During the next two innings, Bishop Ludden scored 11 more runs to expand its lead to 17-0.

Ludden capped it off by scoring six more runs during the top of the sixth inning to take a 23-0 lead.

However, Hannibal began to chip into the lead. During the final two innings of the game, Hannibal fired back with 10 runs of its own to cut into the deficit.

The deficit they faced proved to be far too much to overcome as Bishop Ludden came away with a 23-10 win.

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