On April 13, 2012, former Mont Peasant High school track star Art Allen was elected to the Northeastern Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame. Allen, who graduated from Northeastern in 1986, was the New England indoor and outdoor champion as well as the IC4A champion, setting records in four different events. Allen graduated as the the greatest sprinter in Northeastern history. At Mont Pleasant, Allen set state records in the 60, 100 and 220-yard sprints.
October 26, 2014 – The Schenectady High football team has struggled all Fall. The Patriots’ season ended with a 47-34 loss to Guilderland on Friday night. One of the few bright spots on the Schenectady team this year was quarterback Brandon Gwinner. Gwinner once again was superb in that Guilderland loss, passing for 309 yards. It’s not too often that you see a 300 plus yards passing stat at the high school level.
October 21, 2014 – Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that bowler Laura Yager has put together three-game totals that have placed her near or at the top of the list of kegglers in the Union College Bowling League. Most recently, Yager rolled a 246-716 for top honors.
October 17, 2014 – In the most prolific scoring outburst that I have ever seen locally, the Schalmont football team put 88 points on the board and blanked Ichabod Crane, 88-0. Nick Gallo scored three times, and Hunter Gac and Cameron Brooks each hit paydirt twice.
Joe Burke or Tim Linehan – Bishop Maginn running backs
Eddie Catino or Billy Kirvin – Mont Pleasant basketball players
Ron Oyer or Charlie Leigh – Linton and Albany High running backs
Gary Trout or Jack Edwards – Mont Peasant ends
Ron Page or Paul DellaVilla – Mont Pleasant running backs
Billy Hojohn or Dave Santos – Amsterdam High basketball players
I Got to see Niskayuna lose a heartbreaker in overtime to Averill Park on October 10, 2014. The final score was 28-27. The Silver Warriors are now 0-6. I must say, however, that Niskayuna quarterback Jake Shephard has got to be the best 0-6 quarterback in the Capital Region or among all QBs on teams with losing records. He plays every play like it is the final play of his career. Shephard has a very strong upper body, and he is very difficult to bring down. He was very focused and played with a great deal of intensity. A true workhorse, Shephard never seemed to tire after running the football time and time again. Shephard also has a fine passing arm. In that one-point loss, he scored three times on runs of 1, 10 and 11 yards.
October 10, 2014 – Schalmont’s 76-6 football win over Hudson was the biggest margin of victory that I have ever seen in an area high school game. Some high school basketball teams have trouble putting 76 points on the board. Speedy running back Hunter Gac scored five touchdowns in that game.
Local sportswriter Bill Arsenault was the guest speaker at the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner a few years back. Arsenault talked a great deal about the previous Hall of Fame inductees, and at one point made a very interesting statement. Arsenault said, “You can have Kramer and Riley, I’ll take Ed Catino as the best basketball player to come out of Schenectady.” Barry Kramer and Pat Riley played for Linton and Catino for Mont Pleasant.
Many late afternoons during the summer months, I stop by the basketball courts in Central Park in Schenectady. They are always packed with aspiring young and old basketball players. It’s a nice thing to see. Many who, by the way, are very talented. During the summer and early Fall, I stop by the baseball diamond on Golf Road, and it seems like every other night there is a practice or game going on. Hats off to the coaches and parents who volunteer whatever time they have left in their very busy days to support the youngsters.
September 28, 2014 – Andrea Barton’s three goals led Duanesburg to a 7-1 girls’ soccer win over Sharon Springs. Miranda Schalkham added 2 goals in the Eagles’ win.
September 27, 2014 – Schalmont High School football star Nick Gallo seems to get most of the accolades and rightly so because of his offensive prowess at quarterback and his excellent play as a linebacker on defense. Hunter Gac, however, is the Sabres’ unsung hero. A running back, Gac has great field instincts, and he has been a big contributor to the Schalmont offense all season. Once again, the talented athlete was superb in the Sabres’ big win over a very tough Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team. Gac scored twice on runs of 67 and 60 yards in a close 34-28 Schalmont win over the Spartans.
September, 19, 2014 – In one of the top offensive high school football performances this season, Scotia-Glenville quarterback Dan Zeglen tossed four touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Tartans defeated South Glens Falls, 42-6. Zeglen scored on runs of 46 and 66 yards and threw TD passes of 35, 60, 45, and 7 yards.
Ron Oyer, the star player on the 1961 Linton High School football team, is a member of the Syracuse University Athletic Hall of Fame. Floyd Little, the sensational Syracuse and Denver Broncos running back, nominated Oyer for that honor.
New York Capital Region Sports Memories 1900-2013 is now available in softcover at the Open Door Bookstore on Jay Street in Schenectady & the Union College Bookstore.
September 13, 2014 – Schenectady High quarterback Brandon Gwinner threw three of four touchdown passes to the versatile Alex Rodriguez to lift the Patriots to a 46-6 manhandling of Albany at Bob Ford Field. Schenectady is now 2-0.