Boxing Trainer Pep Casillo to Cassius Clay

Pep Casillo – He was a loquacious, friendly man who loved a good cigar and trained up and coming fighters upstairs at the Schenectady YMCA for many years.

Mike DeBrino Jr. – The ace among Schenectady County high school pitchers in the 1960s, DeBrino was in double-digits in strikeouts in every start and fanned 17 batters in one game for Bishop Gibbons.

Amanda Blackstone – The Mohonasen basketball star in 2002, Blackstone scored the winning bucket with just a tick left on the clock in regulation play in the New York State All-Star game that year.  She amassed more than 1,300 career points.

Lenny Riley – The older brother of Pat Riley won the Schenectady County scoring crown in 1952 while playing for Tom Howley.  Howley later called Riley the best college prospect in the entire Capital District.

Union College – The Union College football team was undefeated in 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, and 1993.  They also had three seasons in which they lost just one game.

Tom Cahill – Army’s Tom Cahill was named the Division I-A College Football Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 1966.  Later, he coached at Union College.

Feldman & Servo – Some Schenectady County scribes rated Abe Feldman number one and Marty Servo number two as Schenectady’s top boxers of all-time.

Art Allen – He was the New York Track Athlete of the Year in 1980, and Track & Field Magazine named him to their All-American Indoor Track Team.

Walt SuprunowiczLook Magazine named the former Mont Pleasant basketball star to its District I All-American Team when he played for Holy Cross in the 1950s.  His Crusader teammate was a guy named Tommy Heinsohn, who later played for the Celtics.  Suprunowicz’s senior year, Holy Cross was 26-2 and ranked number three in the country.

Mike Lephart – The Niskayuna grad was scholarshipped by Boston College for hockey, and he and his Eagle teammates played in four Frozen Fours.  He was named the outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete two years.

Danny White – A Bishop Gibbons bowler in 1995, White rolled a record-breaking 1526 six-game total in tournament play.  He went to the University of Nebraska, where he had a very productive college career.  One year he had the conference high average, and a couple of years later, he earned a spot in the U.S. open in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cassius Clay – Many Schenectady County boxing fans made the trip to Albany in 1963 to see Cassius Clay.  He had his mind set on winning the heavyweight title.  “If Sonny liston beats me, I’ll crawl to his corner, kiss his feet and tell him he’s the greatest,” blurted the great one.  He beat Liston for the title the following year.

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