Racing Around: It was a rough night for points leaders at Fonda

Racing Around: It was a rough night for points leaders at Fonda

FONDA — It was a rough night Saturday for the division point leaders at Fonda Speedway, but a good night for Stewart Friesen, Ivan Joslin, Danny Varin and Brett Mortensen.Friesen claimed his second straight modified feature win, Joslin got his second straight pro stock feature win and Varin drove to his sixth-straight Empire Super Sprints victory at Fonda Speedway. For Mortensen, Saturday ended a year of frustration as he recorded his first career 602 crate sportsman feature win at the Track of Champions.“I am kind of speechless. That was probably the easiest I drove the car,” Mortensen said in victory…
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Broadalbin-Perth brings in new boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches

Broadalbin-Perth brings in new boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches

BROADALBIN — In 2019, Broadalbin-Perth athletic director Tucker Gifford was juggling three jobs at once. Now, he's down to just one.Gifford, the Patriots' boys' varsity basketball coach since the 2004-05 season, also led the girls' varsity program from 2017-2019. After 18 seasons at the helm of the boys program, he decided to step down from that position to devote his time to leading the district's athletics as a whole.“It was more of a time commitment thing from my end,” Gifford said. “By focusing on the athletic director position, now I can spend a lot of time with every sport."As athletic director, Gifford…
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Wrapping up the Amsterdam Mohawks’ historically dominant 2022 PGCBL season

Wrapping up the Amsterdam Mohawks’ historically dominant 2022 PGCBL season

The best statistical season in Amsterdam Mohawks history ended in perfect fashion, with Amsterdam regaining its status as Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champions.The Mohawks wrapped up their sixth PGCBL title since the league’s 2011 inception — and eighth league title since head coach Keith Griffin took over in 2009 — on Wednesday night by defeating the Batavia Muckdogs in the league’s best-of-three championship series.Hoisting the trophy capped off a season for the ages. The Mohawks celebrated 20 years in Amsterdam with a spectacular campaign that saw the team set a franchise and league record for best regular-season winning percentage…
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Everybody chasing Life Is Good in Whitney

Everybody chasing Life Is Good in Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a conclusion, or an observation. But it also came across like a warning, perhaps.A scenario was proposed on Wednesday morning to trainer Todd Pletcher in which a horse might attempt to put pressure on Life Is Good around the first turn in Saturday’s 95th running of the Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.Pletcher’s dry response amounted to, “Yeah, I would say that anybody who wants to go with Life Is Good early on is probably going to be compromised in the end.”So, maybe don’t do that.The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief is 6-5 on the morning line…
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Royal Mountain supercross draws season-high 256 entries

Royal Mountain supercross draws season-high 256 entries

CAROGA LAKE – The 10th race of the season saw 10 area riders claim wins during supercross competition Wednesday at Royal Mountain Ski Area.Johnstown’s Brett Unser, Kip Simonds, Ethan Cornell and Michael Ward all notched wins, while Amsterdam’s Joey Vitalis and Mia Richards also won.Fultonville’s Adam Dutcher, Pattersonville’s Eason Baker, Gloversville’s Shane Graham and Northville’s Troy Palmer also registered victories on a night when there were a season-high 256 entries on hand.Vitalis and Graham both won both of their motos to claim the victories in the pit bike mod and pit bike stock classes, respectively.Unser was second in the first…
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Well-traveled Hot Rod Charlie revving up for Saturday’s Whitney

Well-traveled Hot Rod Charlie revving up for Saturday’s Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS – His name suggests short bursts of travel at high speed.His resume suggests the opposite.Hot Rod Charlie’s rollicking long-distance tour continues on Saturday with his first-ever appearance at Saratoga Race Course, in the $1 million Grade I Whitney.This will be Hot Rod Charlie’s 10th different track in 17 career starts, and as an indication that he can run well anywhere, the 4-year-old son of 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow had an easy gallop on the Saratoga main track on Thursday morning with regular exercise rider C.J. Legette and did so without getting winded.“I love it,” trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant…
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