Leo McDermott & Gary McKee Two of the Top Players in Class of 1958

Leo McDermott of St. Columba’s and Gary McKee of Nott Terrace were two of the top basketball players in Schenectady County in 1958.  The other two were Billy Kirvin of Mont Pleasant and Rit Keith of Draper.  McDermott was named the county’s Most Valuable Player by the Schenectady Gazette.  He also was named Co-Player of the Year along with Kirvin by the Schenectady Union Star.  McDermott  was a  6’2″ junior who could score, and he rebounded with a vengeance.  McDermott led the Crusaders to a 17-1 mark and the Associate Parochial League Championship.  He score 90 points in three games in the Northeastern New York Catholic Sectional Playoffs and was named Tournament MVP.  McKee led the Walt Przybylo-coached Blue Devils, and  he was a first team All-County pick by both Schenectady newspapers.  After losing to Mont Pleasant twice during the regular season, McKee led the Devils to their fourth Intersectional title.  He was a smooth guard with deft ballhandling skills, and he could score.  McKee averaged better than 25 points per game.

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