Amsterdam’s “Fab Five” or “Fearsome Foursome”

“Fab Five” and “Fearsome Foursome” were the nicknames Amsterdam High School’s super 1962-63 basketball team. It was one of the greatest teams ever assembled in the Capital Region.  A member of the old Class A League, they dominated most opponents and went undefeated.  Coached by the cagey veteran, Johnny Varsoke, The Hilltoppers were a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine that played unselfish basketball.  This squad had four oustanding 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.  After his senior year, he was awarded a scholarship to DukeTom Urbelis, a 6’1″ guard, ran the offense.  He later played for Union College.  Gary Blongiewicz, a swing man, was one of their most consistent players at both ends of the floor, and perhaps the most versatile player on the team.  Blongiewicz  played his college ball at Colgate.  Phil Schuyler, a 6’5″ forward, loved to pound the boards, and he was one of their leading rebounders.  Schuyler  attended the University of Connecticut, and played in the Yankee Conference.

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