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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sports > Awards/Milestones

Veteran Bethel Motor Speedway racer/fan Allen McCave of Liberty.

Bethel Motor Speedway has new owner

As 60th anniversary nears

By Rich KleinBETHEL - If Saturday's packed crowd at the Bethel Motor Speedway is any indicator, the local institution has a bright future under its new ownership.
As it nears its 60th anniversary, both the immediate past owner and new owner of the track are confident in its future success.
Joseph A. Graf, Sr. who bought The Bethel Motor Speedway in 2008, sold the property earlier this year to Mahwah, NJ resident Jeffrey Lefcourt, whose family owns Alliance Shippers, Inc. Lefcourt could not be reached for comment but Graf said he will remain involved as a senior advisor and that the management team is largely the same.
Graf said he was happy to sell it to a friend, who shares his passion for auto racing. (A developer from Queens was a potential purchaser, but, upon learning that the developer was not committed to keeping the property functioning as a racetrack, Graf said he terminated the talks. )
“He's (Lefcourt) a friend, he's been a supporter of the speedway, and Jeff is a passionate, accomplished racer,” Graf said. “And we quickly came to an agreement. I feel really good about it."
The Speedway, a quarter-mile paved track, is open every Saturday from April through October, ...read more





In Other Sports News

River Run this weekend!

CALLICOON - Runners and walkers showing up to the Delaware Youth Center River Run will notice a big change this year.
For the first time in its 19 year history, race registration has been moved to the youth center facility on Creamery Road. The race starting point is moving too - to Main ... read more


Further Review

Once again professional golf was embarrassed by a rules situation. The governing bodies just can't get out of their own way. Usually, we're here saying how ridiculous it was for so and so to be assessed a penalty or worse yet disqualified either because it was something beyond a player's control or ... read more


Archers host sleep over camp for youngsters

BETHEL - Watching the skill of thirteen young archers target shoot at the 2017 Bowhunters Youth Camp held at the Sullivan County Conservation Club (SCCC) was mind blowing. Like others who love the “Hunger Games” movies, these kids are archery crazy. They follow the rules of all good hunters ... read more


Courtyard cruises past Van Keuren's

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Courtyard and Van Keuren Landscaping, two members of the Sullivan County Women's Softball League's B Division, clashed at Gary A. Bradley Memorial Field on Tuesday evening, with Courtyard earning an impressive 18-4 victory. The contest was the final game of the two teams ... read more


Sullivan County Friends of NRA chairman wins major award

SULLIVAN COUNTY - Jim Hemmer, chairman of the Sullivan County Friends of the NRA, recently won a major award. He and co-chairman, Wendy Galligan- Weiner, were flown to Atlanta, Ga., where he received the Friends of the NRA Region Volunteer of the Year Award for the Northeast, at the NRA's National ... read more


Democrat Golf Tourney full; field to expand by 8 teams

CALLICOON - The 36th Annual Sullivan County Democrat Men's Golf Tournament is filled - with 56 teams already signed up to play on August 4-6 at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon.
“The turnout was again very strong and we are delighted that 112 golfers have already put their names in to ... read more


Shooting for the 'Rising Stars'

LIBERTY — The Second Annual Sam Sanders Rising Stars Basketball Clinic is set for July 15 at 10 a.m. Sanders, a former Liberty basketball player, hosts the event. Its purpose is for everyone to have fun and learn some new skills. The event, which features a live DJ, will be hosted at the Liberty ... read more


Striders award scholarships

The Sullivan Striders Walking and Running Club recently awarded $5000 in scholarships at their annual awards dinner at Danny's Restaurant in Wurtsboro to four deserving students. The recipients, from the left, are Ayden Gann (Sullivan West), Jillian McEneaney (Monticello), Marina March (Sullivan ... read more


Sullivan County Women's Softball teams compete at Collins Field

MONGAUP VALLEY - Triple-header Sullivan County Women's Softball league action took place last Thursday night at Collins field in Mongaup Valley, but two of the games were short-lived as a result of the 15-run rule.
The first game of the night between A division Charlie's Angels (7-7) and B ... read more


Sullivan Explorers move into second

LOCH SHELDRAKE - The Sullivan Explorers are in second place in the Empire Pro League after beating the Puerto Rico Islanders on Friday. The score was 7-4, and it featured great starting pitching from both teams.
Chris Ross started for the Explorers, striking out six and giving up two earned runs ... read more


Turtle Trot helps local families

KENOZA LAKE - The Fourth Annual Turtle Trot 10K sent some 50 runners and walkers out onto the streets of Kenoza Lake Saturday morning.
Organized by local runner April Ackermann, the race is held each year in honor of April's dad Doug Ackermann and cousin Brenna Darling who each passed away ... read more


Kirby Tyler retires after 41 years at Roche's Garage in Callicoon

CALLICOON - Last Friday, Kirby Tyler walked into Roche's Garage in Callicoon, the place he's worked for the past 41 years, for the last time as an employee.
When asked what it would be like without Kirby in the office, Co- Owner Tom Roche said, “It's going to be very strange and different. His ... read more


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In Sports Columns

Sportsman Outdoors

Midway-USA honored!

The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently presented the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Award to Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of Midway-USA of Columbia, MO, one of the largest retailers of firearm products.
Larry said, “For 40 years now, we've been a family-owned company with a ...read more


Further Review

There's talent out there

A friend of my wife sent us a video last week of her 12-year-old son hitting a golf ball in their backyard. He doesn't play golf but was just taking a few random swings. After watching the video for the first time, I said, “wow, look at his natural position through impact.” It was just the way a ...read more


Golfing Highlights

Swan Lake Golf Club Management

Continuing our feature event this season with behind the scenes management at our local golf courses, we take a look at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club where Todd Gallo is the general manager and owner, assuming that position in 2001.
The professional golf pro is Robert Menges. Bob, 51, ...read more


Bowling Highlights

Ball reps are professional consultants

Professional bowlers have a great amount of respect for their “ball reps” who follow them from tour stop to tour stop offering highly technical advice on what ball or balls works best of the condition the PBA members are shooting on.
Since I previously covered a number of the PBA tour stops on ...read more


Raceway Wrap

Lohmeyer winning the race against time

When Eddie Lohmeyer was a youngster, he always knew he wanted a career in harness racing. At age 12, he worked with his uncle, Al Manzi (Catello's father) who at that time trained horses at the fabled Good Time Park in Goshen. Every chance he had, Lohmeyer would go to a training or racing facility ...read more



In Sports Calendar

Sports Calendar

Friday, April 14
College Baseball
Westchester CC @ SCCC, 3:30pm (doubleheader)

Monday, April 17
Baseball
Tuxedo @ LM, 1:30pm
SW @ S.S. Seward, 4pm
Eldred @ Monticello, 4pm
Liberty @ Burke, 4:15pm

Softball
Liberty @ Goshen, ...read more


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