Schenectady’s Neil Golub to Killer Kowalski

Neil Golub – The Price Chopper chain entrepreneur who is constantly giving back to the community, has won the Gazette Senior Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament which is held at Schenectady Muny at least four times that I know of:  1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

Kicked Off – One year, six Mont Pleasant basketball players were kicked off the team by coach Danny Cafarelli for breaking training rules on a trip to Westchester County.  The squad was 0-12 at the time.

Little Falls – Little Falls High School was always on the Nott Terrace basketball schedule in the 1950s.  It was at the time when Ducky Castelle, Tom Mossey, and Murray Melton were the big guns for the Blue Devils.

Nott Terrace Southpaw – Nott Terrace southpaw basketball player, Murray Melton, was drawing nothing but net on his patented jumpshot from the perimeter in the mid-1950s.  Coach Walt Przybylo called him “his best pure-shooter ever.”  Melton also excelled at the game of Bridge.  Later, he spent some time in Vegas running card games.

Lew DeFilippo – One of the touchdown twins (Tony Insogna was the other) on the 1960 Linton junior varsity football team, who also caught a TD pass from Pat Riley in Linton’s 14-13 loss to Mont Pleasant in 1962, is a retired Superintendent of the Duanesburg School District.  DeFilippo resides in Duanesburg and is an active and very good pickleball player.

DeSantis & Heiner – When good guys Warren DeSantis and Paul Heiner, two former Linton High basketball players, return to Schenectady from time to time, they ride over to the Central Park basketball courts and shoot a few hoops.  It’s a bit nostalgic. 

Jerry Pedinotti & Rit DiSarro – They were two of the finer YMCA basketball players in both pick up and league games in the late 1960s, and they were two of the most competitive. Pedinotti had a solid corner jumpshot, and he went to the boards with authority.  DiSarro, an area contractor, blossomed after high school and played at Bridgeport.  He was very aggressive an the boards, and he had some nice in-close shots, especially banking it off the glass.  Another was Roy Peters.  He was a bit  older, but he could really play.  He always seemed to show up for the lunchtime pick up games.  A true gym rat.

Jerry Montgomery – The Bishop Gibbons cross country team of 1967 was one of their youngest ever, and they won the Diocesan League title.  Their record was 147-19.  Montgomery, a sophomore, was the year’s super-star.  He set the sophomore record with a time of 12:15 on the 2 1/2 mile Grout Course.

Versocki & Gallo – Tom Versocki was a great blocker who anchored the Mont Pleasant offensive line, and he was the leading vote-getter on the Schenectady Gazette High School All-Star Football Team in 1961.  Al Gallo, a Red Raider guard, who went both ways, garnered the most votes on the 1962 team.

Nick Constantino – The Rotterdam Elks Club named the Mohonasen basketball player its first Rotterdam Scholastic Basketball Player of the Year in the mid-1960s.  He was the leading scorer in the Suburban Council.

Killer Kowalski – On March 17, 2003, wrestling legends came to the Schenectady Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in downtown Schenectady to be honored as the first group of inductees. Among the new inductees were Walter “Killer” Kowalski, The Fabulous Moolah,  Nick Bockwinkel, and Dick “The Destroyer”  Beyers.

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