All-American Barry Kramer to Houston’s Elvin Hayes

Barry Kramer – When Barry Kramer was playing for NYU, he was named to the All-America second team in 1963.  The Violet super-star narrowly lost out in the voting to Ohio State’s Gary Bradds for the fifth spot on the first team.  Bradds’ name appeared on 111 first or second team ballots and Kramer’s on 109.

Bill Rapavy – Former Linton coach Bill Rapavy played on Siena College’s nationally ranked 1951-52 basketball team that finished the season with a 24-6 record.  Rapavy was a defensive specialist.

James Thomas – James Thomas, who played on Schenectady High’s State Championship team, was a fabulous rebounder when he played for Texas, where he set the Longhorn career rebound record.  He snagged 17 rebounds in only 29 minutes in a game against Providence, and 17 more in only 24 minutes against Baylor his senior year.  As a junior, he had two 17 and four 16-rebound games.

Joe Donato – Schenectady’s “Mr. Bowling,” Joe Donato, averaged 200 for 35 years, and in 1962 he converted 5 consecutive spares on ABC’s Make That Spare and earned $4,200.

Michelle Smith – Smith of Rotterdam, won the New York State Black Belt Championship eight times, two medals at the Olympic trials, and she has been a 12 -time USA National Taekwondo Champion. 

David Modest – Only about 5’10”, Modest was a basketball super-star for Linton in the early 1970s.  He averaged over 27 points per games his senior year.

John Audino – When Audino served as the Union College offensive coordinator in 1983, the Dutchmen were 8-1, and they lost to Augustana in the final minutes of the Stagg Bowl.  They went 8-1 again in 1984 and were beaten once again by Augustana in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Rashaun Freeman – On January 2, 2005, while playing for the University of Massachusetts,  former Schenectady High basketball star, Rashaun Freeman, was named Co-Player of the Week.  He scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds vs. Boston College on December 28.  Freeman was 6-11 from the field and 13-14 from the free throw line.

Elvin Hayes – The college All-Americans who competed against the Schenectady pro basketball team called the Schaefer Brewers in the 1960s were Elvin Hayes (Houston), Calvin Murphy (Niagara) who scored 73 points in one game, Jo Jo White (Kansas), Julius Erving (UMass), Cazzie Russell (Michigan), Austin Carr (Notre Dame), Artis Gilmore (Jacksonville), and Dave Bing (Syracuse).

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