Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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

The Versatile Scott Stopera

December 17, 2014 – Scott Stopera has been the starting point guard for the Scotia-Glenville basketball team the last two years.  Stopera played the  very important role of playmaker on last season’s finely-tuned Tartan machine that went undefeated and won the state title.  A great floor general, who sees the floor well, Stopera racked up a great number of assists dishing it off to offense-minded teammates.  This season, Stopera is still dishing it off and producing high numbers in that department, but he also is aware of the team’s need for him to score more if they are to be successful.  The versatile team leader has stepped up in the last two games, scoring 15 and 19 points in wins over Amsterdam and Johnstown, as the Tartans remain undefeated.

Scotia’s Joe Almond & Diamond Corker Shine

December 6, 2014 - Joe Almond and CBA transfer Diamond Corker picked right up where Alex Sausville and Dom LeMorta of last year’s team left off, helping to lead Scotia-Glenville to A 72-50 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy for the Tartans’ 40th straight regular season win.  Almond sank two three-pointers and tallied 10 points.  He also was aggressive defensively from his top middle position in Scotia’s three-two zone.  Corker, a senior, rang up 10 points and pulled down 10 rebouds to lead the Tartans in that category.

75 Pound, 11 ounce Carp

I remember fishing for carp in the Mohawk River as a young person.  We used cornmeal, worms, or whatever bait would attract them to our line.  We often set up on the banks somewhere between Freeman’s Bridge and the Rexford Bridge.  We caught some beauties that fought for long periods of time, but nothing like the world record 75 pound, 11 ounce lunker that was landed by an angler at Lac de St. Cassier, France.

Guns Along the Mohawk

It was the 1950s, and Schenectady’s Fred Pedinotti, a meticulous carpenter, whose workmanship was second to none, and Armando Berti, the father of former Bishop Gibbons and Houston Astros farm team catcher, Don Berti,  were rustling through the Fall brush along the Mohawk River on Aqueduct Road, looking to slay a rabbit.  They toted either a 14 or 16-gage shotgun.

Nice Guy Leo Sykes

Nice guy, athlete and sports fan Leo Sykes passed away recently.  I remember Leo attending our basketball games at Linton High School in the early 1960s. (he lived just a couple of blocks down the street).  He was one of our most avid fans and was instrumental in getting my teammate, Phil Tama, a basketball scholarship to his alma mater, Fordham University.  John Bach was Fordham’s head coach at the time.  Leo attended Mont Pleasant High School, then went on, and I believe played football and basketball at Fordham.  One of his college classmates was Vince Scully.

Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica spoke in mid-November at Schenectady County Community College to benefit the Foundation for Mohawk Valley Libraries.  Lupica grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire and attended Boston College.  He presently writes a column for Travel and Leisure Golf, and he has also written for Golf Digest, Parade and Men’s Journal.  Lupica might be best known for writing sports columns for the Daily News.  The column that I am most familiar with is titled “Shooting from the Lip,” which appears in the Daily News on Sundays.    Over the years, Lupica’s favorite targets have been the New York Yankees (mainly because of their exhorbitant payroll), James Dolan (owner of the New York Knicks),  Isiah Thomas (former Knicks general manager), Michael Bloomberg (mayor of New York City), and Rudy Guliani.  He also loved to get on former President George W. Bush.

Dante’s Inferno

November 11, 2014 – Union College freshman quarterback Dante Cioffi was on fire, passing for 389 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-32 Garnet win over Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday afternoon.  The six TD passes broke a school record, and the 389 yards through the airways was the third highest single-game total in Union history.  Kyle Reynolds, a senior, was at the receiving end of four of Cioffi’s scoring strikes.