Sam Perkins, Anita Kaplan & the 1953 Nott Terrace Football Team

Sam Perkins – Perkins played basketball for Julius Girmindl at Shaker High School, then for Dean Smith at North Carolina, and professionally.  While playing for the Dallas Mavericks, he recorded the first 30-20 game  in Mavericks’ history.  Perkins scored 30 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against Houston.  He also scored a career-high 45 pointsa against Golden State in 1990, and when he retired, ranked second in Mavericks history with 3,767 rebounds.  He once hit eight 3-pointers in a row against Toronto in 1997.

Anita Kaplan – Kaplan ranks among the greatest female basketball players ever to grace the hardwoods of the Capital Region.  She played her high school ball at Bethlehem Central and collegiately at Stanford.  Her senior year, Kaplan led Stanford in scoring with a 16.7 point average and in blocked shots with 20.  She also had 30 and 31 point nights.  Kaplan made the All Pac-Ten first team and was named Stanford’s Most Valuable Player.

The 1953 Nott Terrace Football Team – This Schenectady Blue Devil football team, under head coach Pete Shulha, went undefeated in 1953, and they outscored their opponents by the incredible margin of 277-6.  Bob Czub, a tough as nails linebacker, was the team leader.  He was an All-County pick and winner of the Tom McCann Award for the best player in the county.  Czub went on and played for Cornell.

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