Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
What a fantastic weekend for local sports fans. There was literally something for almost everyone.
The Albany Empitre won their second championship in the last three years as they defeated the Columbus Lion 78-62 to win the National Arena League crown at the Times Union Center. The Empire won the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl XXXII in 2019.
Covid-19 wiped out all of last year's arena football action, but even though it was a new league the Empire didn't miss a beat.
Staying on football for a bit, the Glens Falls Greenjackets moved to 2-0 on the season to defeat the Plattsburgh North Stars 34-7. The win gives the Greenjackets the annual Mayor's Cup.
Saturday at Saratoga Race Course was the Fourstar Dave Stakes. Won of the biggest stars in horse racing the past several years, Got Stormy roared to victory to claim the race honoring one of Saratoga's all-time most popular horses.
Finally, last night I was in attendance for "The Battle at the Bowl at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont. Many of the biggest stars in Northeast dirt racing were in the house including Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Demetrios Drellos and Ken Tremont, along with the weekly top drivers.
Sheppard came home with the checkers in the big race of the night, the 50 lap Battle of the Bowl, taking the big $10,000 winner's check back to Waterloo, New York.
A couple of special congratulations going out to Katrina Bean who picked up he first career win in the limited sportsmen division and my former student Kaydan Rice on his first top 5 finish in the mini stock feature.
Battle of the Bowl Results
Modified Main Event - 50 Laps 1. 9s Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, NY - $10,000 2. 44 Stewart Friesen - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON 3. 111 Demetrios Drellos - Queensbury, NY 4. 35 Mike Mahaney - Elizabethtown, NY 5. 215 Adam Pierson - East Corinth, VT
Modified Preliminary Feature #1 - 25 Laps 1. 44 Anthony Perrego - Middletown, NY 2. 9s Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, NY 3. 35 Mike Mahaney - Elizabethtown, NY 4. 19 Jessey Mueller - Chestertown, NY 5. 215 Adam Pierson - East Corinth, VT
Modified Preliminary Feature #2 - 25 Laps 1. 44 Stewart Friesen - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON 2. 35 Mike Mahaney - Elizabethtown, NY 3. 111 Demetrios Drellos - Queensbury, NY 4. 215 Adam Pierson - East Corinth, VT 5. 19 Tim Fuller - Edwards, NY
Sportsman Modified Feature - 40 Laps 1. 111 Demetrios Drellos - Queensbury, NY - $2,000 2. 15 Adam Pierson - East Corinth, VT 3. 51 Justin Comes - Middlebury, VT 4. 10 Don Mattison - Wells, VT 5. 02 David Boisclair - Watervliet, NY
O'Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature #1 - 20 Laps 1. 13 Troy Audet - Bridport, VT 2. 77J Bob Kilburn - Fair Haven, VT 3. 14s Timmy Aldrighetti - Bethel, VT 4. 7 Josh LeClaire - Plattsburgh, NY 5. 89 Dylan Madsen - Stephentown, NY
O'Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature #2 - 20 Laps 1. 12 Katrina Bean - Benson, VT - FIRST CAREER WIN 2. 50X Evan Roberts - Fletcher, VT 3. 44D Bill Duprey - Hydeville, VT 4. 60 Randy Ryan - Orwell, VT 5. 44 Justin Lilly - Castleton, VT
Summit Up Construction Mini Stock Feature #1 - 15 Laps 1. 75 Derrick Counter - Leicester, VT 2. 19 Chris Sumner - Ripton, VT 3. 4 Chase Allen - Fair Haven, VT 4. 11 T.J. Knight - Wells, VT
5. 6 Scott Chandler - Pittsford, VT
Summit Up Construction Mini Stock Feature #2 - 15 Laps 1. 18 Daryl Gebo - Orwell, VT 2. 18X Jake Barrows - Middlebury, VT 3. 93 Josh Ostertag - Deering, NH 4. 73 Willie Rice - Poultney, VT 5. 54 Kaydan Rice - Poultney, VT
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.