Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

Join Mikey and discuss his hometown sports moments from Schenectady, NY. Linton High School, Union college and more.

Jake Shephard the Best 0-6 Quarterback

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.

Ed Catino over Barry Kramer & Pat Riley?

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.

Hats Off!

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.

Schalmont’s Hunter Gac An Unsung Hero

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.

A Heartbreaker for Schalmont

The Schalmont football team was a juggernaut the entire 2013 football season, blowing away opponents by substantial margins and annihilating Marlboro 66-0 in the state semi-final.  In the state final at the CarrierDome in Syracuse, the Sabres jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead.  Their opponent, Maine-Endwell, came back and scored a third period touchdown, followed by a fourth quarter score with 5:56 left in the game.  Speedy Trevon-Perez Tucker returned a punt for a score to put Schalmont on top, 21-14.  Maine-Endwell got the football back on their own 25-yardline with 1:23 left in the contest.  Three pass completions later, and they were on the Sabres’ six-yardline.  A couple of plays later, with just six seconds left on the clock, they scored on a pass play, then won the game 22-21 on a two-point conversion.  So close, yet so far, and a real bitter pill to swallow for a classy group of Schalmont players and coaches who didn’t know the word quit.