Johnstown, Gloversville to combine for alpine, Nordic skiing

Johnstown, Gloversville to combine for alpine, Nordic skiing

JOHNSTOWN, GLOVERSVILLE - For the first time, Johnstown and Gloversville will field a joint athletic team this winter. The area rivals have had battles in nearly every sport, but now the schools have agreed to combine for alpine and Nordic skiing. The merged program was recently approved by the Johnstown school board. “It’s one of those programs that it’s always a struggle to field a full team,” Gloversville athletic director Mike DeMagistris said. “I think it will be a great opportunity for student-athletes at both schools.” Gloversville had an alpine program of its own until the 2009-10 school year. Gloversville…
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Racing Around: DeLorenzo wins Fonda modified track championship; other champions crowned

Racing Around: DeLorenzo wins Fonda modified track championship; other champions crowned

By JAMES A. ELLISFONDA — On a night when Demetrios Drellos parked his family’s iconic 111 in Victory Lane for the first time in decades, Matt DeLorenzo locked up his second career modified track championship Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.“It wasn’t our plan to be here every week,” said DeLorenzo during the championship awards ceremony. “We started running really well at the beginning of the year so we kind of worked it out so I could race here every Saturday. The track kind of threw me a curveball the last month being choppy and stuff and I wasn’t really comfortable.…
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Several area riders notch wins at Royal Mountain

Several area riders notch wins at Royal Mountain

 CAROGA LAKE — A total of 12 area riders picked up wins during supercross competition Wednesday at Royal Mountain Ski Area.Johnstown's Kip Simonds, Maxx Miller, Michael Ward and Tom Hogan were among the winners, along with Amsterdam's Joey Vitalis and Mia Richards.Also notching victories were Canajoharie's C.J. Renzi, Fonda's Charles Rose, Pattersonville's Eason Baker, Galway's Trevor Patterson, Gloversville's Shane Graham and Northville's Troy Palmer.Ward swept all four of his motos to win the plus-30 expert and plus-50 open classes.Renzi was second in the first moto and first in the second moto to win the 122-250 novice class. Renzi also was…
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Local high school programs honored for academic excellence

Local high school programs honored for academic excellence

Twenty-seven Section II athletic programs were recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for academic achievements by their respective sports teams during the 2021-22 academic year, with several programs setting themselves apart.There were 11 high schools in the Capital Region that had athletic programs in which each varsity squad had a combined GPA of 90.0% or higher — recognized as Schools of Distinction.Athletic programs that had 75% or more of its programs reach the 90th percentile mark were recognized as Schools of Excellence by NYSPHSAA.“We fell just shy last year and ended up with school of…
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Racing Around: Fonda’s championship night could be historic

Racing Around: Fonda’s championship night could be historic

By James A. Ellis For The Leader-Herald It's possible that history could repeat itself Saturday night at Fonda Speedway. Last year, Rocky Warner put together a late-race charge to tie Ronnie Johnson for the modified track championship, making them the first modified co-champions in track history. Heading into this Saturday’s Benjamin Moore Paints-sponsored championship night, Johnson and Warner are separated by six points. However, after points leader Matt DeLorenzo, the 2007 track champion, placed 21st after retiring from last Saturday’s modified feature with a bent front axle, coupled with strong runs from Johnson and Warner, the race for the track championship…
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Despite wide move, Naughty Gal gives Lukas seventh Adirondack

Despite wide move, Naughty Gal gives Lukas seventh Adirondack

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Naughty Gal had never set foot on the Saratoga Race Course main track until the Adirondack on Sunday.She got her money’s worth out of the first tour.Fanning 10 paths away from the inside rail coming off the turn, she and jockey Luis Saez ran over ground that seldom sees footfall during a race, but she was still plenty good enough to overcome that super-wide move to win the $200,000 Grade III race for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths.It was the seventh Adirondack win for 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who first won this race…
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