McKrieth Posts Triple-Double – Former Schenectady High basketball star, Jason McKrieth, posted a triple-double to lead the Rice Owls to a 66-64 overtime win over Southern Methodist University in December, 2004. McKrieth, a senior guard, scored 15 points, pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. It was considered to be the first triple-double in Rice history. McKrieth also had 5 steals.
Bryan Bigley – The Schalmont High grad who later attended Siena College, was and still is a superb golfer. He qualified for the sectional round of the United States Open in 2003; Won the Normanside Invitational with his brother Rob in 2004; Finished fourth at the Edison Invitational, and placed second at the Pewter Cup with brother Rob in 2004.
Notre Dame’s First Girls’ Team – In the early 1960s, Notre Dame High School put together its first basketball team ever and finished the season 2-2. They defeated St. Columba’s of Schenectady and St. Ann’s of Albany. Mother Rita Rose was the head coach. Team members were Kathy Briaddy, Kathy Kennedy, Patty Kennedy, Nancy Payne, Linda Wolt, Lorraine Kindlon, Mary Bienkowski, Eileen Nevole, Mary Lou Hoffman, Kathy Gill, Andrea Stilson, Diane Pawlik, and Mary Brzostowski.
Bishop Gibbons Wins Titles – Don Blaha, a former Mont Pleasant/NYU baseball/basketball star, guided Bishop Gibbons to Diocesan League basketball titles in 1964, 1965, and 1967. He coached sensational all-around player, Dick Grubar. Grubar was the Schenectady County Player of the Year, and later an outstanding point guard for North Carolina.
Shades of Bob Cousy – In the late 1950s, Billy Connors, a magician with the basketball, was bringing Linton High basketball fans to their feet with his picture-perfect behind-the-back passes to All-American Barry Kramer off the break.
Saratoga Raceway – 1946 – A major fire killed 23 horses; 1969 – Nevele Pride set the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track for trotters (1:56.4); 1973 – Jimmy Allen set the track record for starts with 1,003; 1977 – the first triple dead heat for show was posted, Jean Paul Morel became the first driver to score six wins in one night and Kim Crawford, at the age of 22, became the youngest driver ever to register 100 wins in one season.
Kerry Murphy – Murphy has won the Gazette Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament four times (1997-2000), and Betsy Drambour was the tournament champ three times (1991, 1994, and 1995). Gail Sykes, Sara Jane Stuhler, Alice Baker, Dottie Pepper, Tiffany Maurycy, and Sue Kahler have won it twice.
Inder Singh – in 2001, when he was in his sixties, Schenectady County tennis star, Inder Singh, won 10 national and regional tournament titles. Singh, from New Delhi, India, won the college tennis championship while he was attending Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta. When Singh was living in Cincinnati, Ohio, he won the city title three times.