Neil Golub – It began in 1979, and through 2003, Neil Golub of the Price Chopper chain, won the Gazette Senior Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament four times (1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999). Mike Baziluk, Bill Moll and Fred Adinolfi won it three times.
Joe Donato – Donato was defending two TV bowling titles in the early 1960s in weekend TV pin action. One was the Capital Bowling Show televised by WAST, Channel 13 from the Bowler’s Club, and the other was from Schade’s Academy, Albany on TV Tournament Time (WRGB, Channel 6).
BG Football – The 1968 Bishop Gibbons football team won the Diocesan League title, and five players were named to the Gazette All-Star Team. They were running back Tom DeCrosta, tackle Paul Vellano, guard Tom Mullen, end Bill Daviero, and guard Pat Mastroianni. Vellano went on to Maryland, Daviero to Boston University, Mullen to UMass, and DeCrosta to Union College.
Barry Kramer Kramer was the nation’s second leading scorer his junior year at NYU. He lost out to Seton Hall’s Nick Werkman by just a couple of points. He was also named to the All-America second team.
Summer Basketball Leagues – In the 1950s and 1960s, the outdoor summer basketball leagues were going strong in Schenectady County. Games were being played at the outdoor YMCA on Chrisler Avenue and the outdoor courts on Curry Road (next to the Rotterdam Boys’ Club) . McKee’s Esso, which was located on upper Union Street, always seemed to sponsor a team.
Val Higgins – The former Schalmont basketball star played her college ball at Siena. When she graduated from Siena in the mid-1990s, Higgins ranked ninth on the all-time career scoring list with 1,137 points, sixth on the single-season scoring list with 539 points, and she scored the second most points in a single game, 37. She also was eighth on the all-time career rebounding list with 682.
Mark Mindel – At one time one of the area’s premier runners, Mindel ‘s best perfarmance, perhaps, came when he won the Montreal Marathon on August 25, 1979 with a time of 2 hours and 26 minutes. There were over 10,000 runners in that race. Mindel also started the 15K Schenectady Stockade-athon in 1976 with Chris Carroll and Joe Notar.
Harry Polomaine – Polomaine was a familiar face on TV Tournament Time which was broadcasted by WRGB. He appeared on the show close to 50 times, which included a stretch of ten consecutive weeks.
Redwood Lanes – Schenectady County bowling faithful headed over to the Redwood Lanes in Colonie to see the first Professional Bowler’s Tour Tournament. The host was Chris Schenkel, and bowling greats Carmen Salvino, Ray Bluth, and Don Carter all participated.
Jim Bonaquist – Bonaquist was somewhat of an unheralded player on the 1978 Niskayuna basketball team that won the New York State Title. Dan Terwilliger and John Leonard were the big guns on that squad. Bonaquist made big contributions at both ends of the floor, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team in the state tourney.