Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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Union’s Joe Clinton Could Find the Open Man

Union College basketball player Joe Clinton of the class of 1983 was an unselfish player who always seem to find the open man which led to many scores for the Dutchmen.  Clinton holds Union College’s single-season and game records for assists.  Clinton’s  single game record is 15, and the superb ball-handler dished out 182 assists in one season.

Mont Pleasant Athletic Club’s Athletes of the Year

Here are the Mont Pleasant Athletic Club’s Athletes of the Year from 1946 to 1950;  Marty Servo, World Welterweight Champion (1946), Dave Guest, basketball player (1947), Eddie Rimkus, Olympic bobsledder(1948), Mack Suprunowicz, Mont Pleasant High basketball star and Jim Scholz (1949), and Sig Makofski, basketball coach of the Mont Pleasant High “wonder teams” (1950).  Jim Konstanty, the great Philadelphia relief pitcher, was the guest speaker for the 1950 event which was held at Dinty’s Terrace Gardens, Latham.

Terrence Coppola was a High Scoring Tartan

Terrence Coppola scored 26 points against previously unbeaten Ballston Spa on January 16, 2004 to become the all-time leading scorer in Scotia-Glenville High history.  Scotia-Glenville beat the Scotties 68-48.  Coppola’s 1,072 career points surpassed the previous record which had been set by Chris Rogers in 1993.  Warren Prehmus was the only other Scotia-Glenville player at that time to score more than 1,000 points.  Prehmus broke 1,000 in 1973.  Coppola had games of 40, 33, 26, 27, 32, and 19 points during the season.  He had eight three-point baskets, and he scored 20 points in the second quarter, the night he scored 40.

Dick Peckham was Some Kegler

Dick Peckham of Scotia, who once owned a flooring business, rolled an 868 three-game series in 1998, stringing together two perfect games and a 268.  It set a Schenectady Bowling Association record.  Among Peckham’s bowling accomplishments were more than twenty 300 games.  In his early career, Peckham appeared on TV Tournament Time 32 times, and his high game was 299.

Gale Knull Leads Mont Pleasant to Undefeated Season

Gale Knull, a tough as nails linebacker who played for Mont Pleasant, led the Red Raiders to an undefeated season in the late 1960s.  Knull was named to the Parade Magazine  All-American team.  Knull went on to St. Lawrence University and was named team Most Valuable Player three years.  He also excelled at wrestling and had a career mark of 53-1 at St. Lawrence.

 

A Mont Pleasant “Wonder Team” is Taken Down by Albany High

Sig Makofski and Mont Pleasant High School were known for the court success of their well-known “Wonder Teams” that ran up long win streaks in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  In the early 1950s, one of those fab 5s, on a 41-game winning streak, was upset by Albany High School, 42-32.  The Red Raiders were without their fine all-around player Walt Suprunowicz, who had transferred to Admiral Bullard Academy, and their usual big point producer, Earl “Sonny” Skiff, was held to one field goal and a single free throw for three points.

Jim Ringo Beat Out Doug Erickson

Doug Erickson was the highly respected and very successful football coach at Draper High School for many many years.  His Vikings were always very fundamentally sound, and they consistently fared well against Class B opponents.  Erickson was a pretty good college football player.  He played for Syracuse, where he was beaten out for the starting center posiition by future Green Bay Packer and All-Pro, Jim Ringo.