Draper’s Karl Bankowski to Golfer Gail Sykes

Karl Bankowski – When Draper/Bishop Gibbons grad Karl Bankowski was playing for Utah, he played alongside future NBA players Danny Vranes and Tom Chambers.  Bankowski still managed to average around 10 points per game.

Pete Shulha – Coach Pete Shulha’s 1953 Nott Terrace football team outscored their opponents 277-6.  It was a gritty, tough as nails defensive football team.

Bill Scanlon – Scanlon won more basketball games than any coach in Union College basketball history.  He finished his career with 232 wins.

Ernie Stautner – A Vincentian grad,  Stautner, who played fourteen seaons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was selected for the Pro Bowl nine times.

Randy Strijek – The Rotterdam native played baseball for Hagerstown, Maryland (Class A) and was selected to the Carolina League All-Star Team as a shortstop in 1988.

Blossom – We called him blossom, and he was the custodian of Oneida Junior High School in 1959.  He attended most of my basketball games when I was playing for Linton, and he would sit beside me in the bleachers and watch the junior varsity game, which was the preliminary to our varsity tilt.  Blossom would look at me and say, “Why are you so nervous, your game ain’t even started yet.”  His name was Owen Baggerly, and we all loved him.

Joe Bena – At one time, and he probably still is, Bena was the third winningest wrestling coach in New York state history.  He has been named Section II Coach of the Year five times.

Bill Leonard – Leonard is the former Nott Terrace/Linton track coach.  As an athlete, he attended Notre Dame and was a track star  himself.  He set the Fighting Irish mile record with a time of 4:15 and the half-mile mark with a 1:54.

Bob DeLuca – The former Linton deadeye went to Cornell, where he was named to the All-Ivy League first Team two years.  While at Cornell, he competed against Princeton’s Bill Bradley.

Secretariat – Secretariat, perhaps the greatest thoroughbred of all-time, won his second race on opening day at Saratoga Race Course in 1972.  He also was a 1-10 shot in the Whitney Stakes in 1973 and was upset by a horse named Onion.  It brought tears to the eyes of the Secretariat faithful.

Mike Catino – Mike Catino set a Siena College scoring record with a 41-point output, then came right back with 42 against Drexel in 1978 to break his own mark.

Jimmy Barbieri – Barbieri, a Schenectady native, played minor league baseball for Spokane, Washington (Triple A) and was named their team MVP seven times.  He also played for their parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers  in 1966 and batted .280.

Gail Sykes – A Schenectady golfer,  Sykes set a women’s course record at Ballston Spa Country Club with a 73 in 1963.

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