Rocky Marciano to Dick Grubar

Rocky Marciano Comes to Town – The Rotterdam AC selected All-American Barry Kramer as its Athlete of the Year,  and World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano was the guest speaker at the feat.

Go West Young Man – Schenectady stock car racing fans sped west to Fonda Speedway on saturday nights to root for their favorite drivers.  Kenny Shoemaker, Pete Corey, and Jeep Herbert were among their heroes in the 1950s.  Fans would give their eye teeth to have just one of them sign their program.

The Mayor of State Street – Harry Leva, affectionately called the “Mayor of State Street”, ran Baum’s newsroom, and the focal point of all conversations was Schenectady athletes and teams.  The walls were decked with photographs of some of the great ones.

2001-2002 Champs – The 2001-2002 Schenectady High basketball team won the state title.  Jason McKrieth and Rashaun Freeman were the stars, but let’s not forget about the other three starters on that squad. Adonist Barber, Fred Harris, and Sequon Young.  All three players made major contributions that season, scoring, rebounding, and dishing the basketball off.  Unselfish players, they helped the Patriots win 28 games.

Chuck Abba & Voorheesville – Former Linton High basketball player, Chuck Abba, who played on The Blue Devil’s undefeated team alongside Sidney Edwards in the late 1960s, coached the Schenectady High team the 1993-1994 season.  Abba really made his coaching mark at Voorheesville from 1981 to 1984, where his teams put together a 47-24 record.

Joe Bena Coach of the Year – Former Niskayuna High wrestling coach, Joe Bena, was named Section II Coach of the Year five times, and five of his wrestlers became College All-Americans. Three of them competed in the Olympics.

The Dutchman, Bonnie Gehling – Union College women’s basketball coach, Bonnie Gehling, instilled a winning attitude and laid the foundation necessary to turn the Lady Dutchmen into basketball winners.  Union’s  10-win season (1988-89) marked only the fourth time since 1980 that Union had posted more than eight victories in a season.  Previous to Union, Gehling coached at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, where she amassed 84 wins, a school record.

Dick Grubar Dishes it Off – Former Bishop Gibbons basketball star, Dick Grubar, had 19 assists in one game for the Golden Knights.  He went on to a splendid career  with Dean Smith at North Carolina.

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