Schenectady County’s Randy Cross to Brendan Mitchell

Randy Cross -A lot of people have forgotten about former Mont Peasant basketball player Randy Cross.   During his high school playing days, he was somewhat overshadowed by players like Jerry Vinehout.  Cross was about 6’3″ and a very good corner jumpshooter, rebounder , and defensive player.  He appeared to release his jumpshot in an unusual manner, which was with two hands, but it still caught net.  He was an All-County pick in the early 1960s, then went on to a productive career at Boston University.

Meghan Doyle & Anka Parzych – Through early October, 2012, they led the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team to a 10-0 mark.  Both girls have been making big contributions  with goals scored and assists.

Jumpin’ Joe – They called him Jumpin’ Joe Grubar, and he was the older brother of former Bishop Gibbons two-time Schenectady County Player of the Year Dick Grubar.  Joe played for Draper in the 1950s alongside Jerry Kowalczyk, and both players were among the area’s leading point producers.  Grubar had a deadly jumpshot, and Kowalczyk, who was 6’4″, went to the hoop like a man possessed.

All-Out Hustler – Chuck DeLorey, who owned a tavern on Broadway in Bellevue at one time, was an all-out hustler when he played for Freddie Smith at Schalmont in the early 1960s.  He did it while being hampered by a leg which was underdeveloped.  He was a typical Smith-type player, whose teams often played the role of giant-killers.

Jack Schaffer – Schaffer, known around town as the bubble gum man,  who was a track star and solid basketball player at Linton, is still throwin’ ’em up at the Schenectady YMCA.  He sometimes is joined by another Former Linton hooper, David Przybylo.  Schaffer once held the Linton record for the 100-yard dash.  He could really motor.  He had great battles in the sprint events against Mont Pleasant’s Paul DellaVilla in 1963.

Grastorf & Bayly – Bryan Grastorf and Kyle Bayly have the two highest section II passing yardage totals for a single game.  Grastorf did it in 2005 with 436 yards through the airways against Schenectady, and Bayly threw for 426 yards against Ballston Spa in 2010.  These are incredible numbers for high school quarterbacks.

Barnowski & Vitallo – Eddie Barnowski of Mont Pleasant  and Rusty Vitallo of Linton were two of Schenectady’s most heralded pitchers in the 1960s, and both were considered by opponents and scouts to be real speedballers.  Two of the fastest ever to come out of this area.  The differences between the the two were that Barnowski’s fastball jumped more and he had better control.  Vitallo might have been a little faster. Barnowski, a two-time Schenectady County baseball Player of the Year, later played in the Baltimore Oriole chain.  Vitallo made his mark playing in the Oakland A chain.  One of his minor league teammates and roommates was the great pitcher, Vida Blue. 

Brendan Mitchell – In 1981, Mont Pleasant basketball standout Brendan Mitchell finished his career with 1,658 points to become the top high school scorer in Schenectady history.  Mitchell was named Division III Player of the Year when he played his college ball for Pottsdam State in 1987.  He went on to become the project manager for a cleaning service in Atlanta, Georgia.

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