Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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Schalmont Basketball Star Zac O’Dell’s Mom had Some Smarts & Wasn’t a Bad Player

6’5″ Schalmont junior basketball star Zac O’Dell bucketed 22 points, rejected 6 shots and had 5 steals in a 59-50 sectional win over Cohoes.  O’Dell’s mom Val Higgins O’Dell was an Academic All-American at Siena College in 1991.  A Schalmont graduate herself, Val Higgins was named MAAC Player of the Year her senior season.  When she graduated, Higgins ranked ninth on Siena’s list of all-time career scorers with 1,137 points.  She tallied 37 points in one game.  Higgins also ranked eighth on the all-time career rebounding list with 682. 


Schenectady’s Todd Spottswood & Cincinnati’s Paul Hogue

Schenectady High School’s Todd Spottswood, who had a double-double (22 points and 14 rebounds) in a sectional win over Columbia  last night, reminds me of former Cincinnati University star Paul Hogue.  Hogue was the big center for coach Ed Jucker’s Bearcats in 1962, when they beat a very talented Ohio State team in the NCAA final.  Spottswood like Hogue is not a great leaper, but he is big , strong and powerful , and he has a real presence on the basketball floor.  Spottswood is a great player to go to first when starting your halfcourt offense.

Schenectady’s Tom Chestnut was President of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Linton High/Princeton graduate Tom Chestnut played pro basketball in Europe, then was named President of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.  He also served as the CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers.  A whiz in the classroom, Chestnut played for Pete Carril at Princeton, and they were ranked number three in the land in 1967.

Will Niskayuna’s Garrett Whitley be a Number 1 Draft Pick?

Niskayuna High baseball player Garrett Whitley rates high on the list of many major league scouts.  According to baseball experts, the 6’2, 200-pound centerfielder has the speed and power, and just might be picked in the first round.  If so, it will be the first time this has been accomplished by a Capital Region player.  ESPN rates Whitley the number 21 draft prospect, and Baseball America places him at number 29.  Whitley has committed to play at Wake Forest but is prepared to turn pro instead.  Whitley hit .474 for the Silver Warriors last year (his junior year), with 2 homeruns and  25 RBI’s.

Zac O’Dell Pounds the Boards

Zac O’Dell has been a prolific scorer for the undefeated Schalmont basketball team all season.  O’Dell has poured-in 20 or more points in each of the first eight games of the season.  His record-tying streak came to an end Friday night, when the Sabres defeated Voorheesville 59-53.  O’Dell was “held” to 12 points, but managed to show his versatility and just how valuable he is to the team by pulling down 16 rebounds.

Don Blaha’s Impressive Feat

One of the most impressive feats by a Schenectady County athlete was accomplished by Don Blaha, President of the Schenectady Baseball Club.  Blaha was a basketball, baseball, track star at Mont Pleasant in the late 1950s, and he later played basketball and baseball at NYU.  A pitcher on the Violets’ baseball team, Blaha  pitched both halves of a double-header against Hofstra in 1963 and fanned 20 batters.

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.