Amsterdam’s “Fab Five” or “Fearsome Foursome” Among the Region’s Greatest Basketball Teams

“Fab Five” or “Fearsome Foursome” was the nickname of Amsterdam High School’s super 1962-63 basketball team.  This well-rounded squad  would have to rank among the best teams ever assembled in the Capital Region.  They dominated most opponents and went undefeated that season.  Coached by the cagey veteran, Johnny Varsoke, Amsterdam was a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine who played unselfish basketball.  This squad had four outstanding players.  Junior Tim Kolodziej, a 6’5″ center, was their top gun.  He was a bull off the boards and one of their top scorers.  Kolodziej was most effective offensively facing the basket.  After his senior year, he was awarded a scholarship to Duke.  Tom Urbelis, a 6’1″ guard, ran the offense proficiently.  He later played for Union College.  Gary Blongiewicz, a swing man, was one of their most consistent scorers and very creative on the basketball floor.  Some might argue that he was the best player on the team.  He played his college ball at Colgate.  Phil Schuyler, a 6’5″ forward, was one of their leading rebounders.  He grabbed many caroms at the offensive end of the floor.  Schuyler attended UConn, who at that time was a member of the Yankee Conference.

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