Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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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.

Mike Naumoff of Slick’s Tavern was an All-County Lineman

Mike Naumoff, the owner of Slick’s Tavern which is located in the Stockade area of Schenectady, was an All-County lineman when he played for Niskayuna High School in 1962.  That Silver Warrior team was one of the best Niskayuna teams ever assembled.  Bruce Raymer, an elusive runnning back, speedy Chuck Heiden, punishing fullback Jay Fowler, and cerebral quarterback Pete Johnson made up their fullhouse backfield.  All four players were either a first, second or third team All-County selection.

Bob DeLuca & Cornell Beat Bill Bradley

Bob DeLuca, a 1962 graduate of Linton High School, scored 18 points to lead the “Big Red” of Cornell over All-American Bill Bradley and the Princeton Tigers.  Bradley scored 40 points in defeat.  It was the last Princeton defeat  before losing to Michigan in the final four that year.  In another game against Princeton in 1966, DeLuca tallied 30 points in an 86-77 win over the Tigers.

Schenectady’s Pro Basketball Team Faced Many College Super-Stars

In the 1960s, Schenectady Union Star sportswriter Al DeSantis organized and promoted a Schenectady-based pro basketball team known as the Wedekind Pros and later the Schaefer Brewers .  They often competed against teams made up of college all-stars, and their games were played in the Linton High gymnasium.  Some of the college super-stars they faced were Jo Jo White (Kansas), Cazzie Russell (Michigan), Austin Carr (Notre Dame), Artis Gilmore (Jacksonville), Julius Erving (Massachusetts), Dave Bing (Syracuse), Elvin Hayes (Houston), and Calvin Murphy (Niagara).    Murphy once scored 73 points against the Brewers. Some of the talented Brewers players were Barry Kramer, Billy Kirvin, Joe Geiger, Armand Reo, and Bill Telasky.