Race Walker Jimmy Commarto to Wrestling’s Joe DeMeo

Jimmy Commarto – Former Schenectady downtown property owner and boxing fan, Jimmy Commarto, was a world class race-walker in the 60-plus age bracket.  One of his best performances came in the United States Senior Olympics in the 1980s.  The energetic Commarto nailed down a seventh-place finish in the 55-64 age group in his specialty, the 1500 meter race.

David Modest –  The 5’9″ Linton basketball whiz of the early 1970s lost his life in a fire just outside of Plattsburgh.

Ticky Burden – He was a deadly marksman for Phillip Schuyler in the early 1970s.  Burden, who was as smooth as silk on the hardwoods, ran Mont Pleasant ragged one night, bucketing 50 points with very little wasted motion.  He did it on the Red Raider court.

Marc Brown – Brown was worth the price of admission for Schenectady basketball fans when he was lighting it up for Siena College.  When he was playing, the Sporting News rated him the country’s eleventh best point guard, and Inside Sports called him a clever penetrator with a deadly outside jumper, and one of the nations most exciting point guards.  When he graduated from Siena, he was their all-time assist leader.

Mike Eruzione  & Jim Craig – Schenectady County fans were more than thrilled when Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal, a 25-footer against Russia, to give the U.S. a 4-3 win in the 1980 Olympic Games which were held just up the Northway in Lake Placid.  The U.S. beat Finland in the final game for the gold medal.  Jim Craig’s sterling performance in the goal was a key factor in both wins.

Blue Devils Erase Huge Deficit – One of the most magnificent comebacks in Linton basketball history came the 1968-69 season.  The Blue Devils erased a 22-point deficit against Phillip Schuyler to win the Class A-B Sectionals.

Joe DeMeo & the ATWA – Former Mont Pleasant wrestler, Joe DeMeo, who once coached the Stanford wrestling team, came back to Schenectady and started the Adirondack Threestyle Wrestling Association in the mid-1970s.  Since the inception of the ATWA, our area has produced a long and growing list of grapplers who have reached national and international prominence.  This list includes Jeff Blatnick, Shawn Sheldon, Frank Famiano, Andy Seras, John Parisella, John Placek, John Cardi, and Jake Sabo.

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