Richelle Depold, a swimmer from Scotia, New York who trained at the Parkside YMCA, was named an alternate to the U.S. Olympic swim team in 1996 and 2002.
One of the greatest individual Mont Pleasant vs. Nott Terrace/Linton Election Day efforts was in the early 1950s, when powerful running back Walt Jablonski of the Red Raiders accounted for 299 yards. Jablonski rushed for 250 yards and picked up another 49 on pass receptions. He also scored three touchdowns.
In the early 1970s, Bishop Gibbons football coach Johnny Vera had his defensive backs take ballet lessons, and it helped them make more pass interceptions that year.
The Schenectady Schaefer Brewers, a professional basketball team, scored 194 points against the Cal-Vics of Troy, Pennsylvania in the late 1960s. Former NYU All-American Barry Kramer led the way with 38 points, Dave Bleau bucketed 30, and Joe Geiger and Bill Telasky tallied 28 each.
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.
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.
Dave Bleau, once the head basketball coach at Mont Pleasant, then the athletic director at Mohonasen, once bucketed more than 60 points in a game for Cortland State in the early 1960s. Bleau later played for the Schenectady Schaefer Brewers. A 6’2″ guard, he ran the floor tirelessly and had great range on his shot.
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.
Mabe it is too bad that former Schenectady High pitching sensation Casper Wells hit with such power and manned the outfield so efficiently when he played college ball. Perhaps his true calling was to be a pitcher at the pro level.
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.
Army football coachTom Cahill was named the Division 1-A College Football Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 1966. Later, he became the head coach of Union College.
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.
Billy Kirvin, a sensational scorer for Mont Pleasant in 1958, was named to the Dell Magazine All-Midwest Sectional Team when he was playing for Xavier in the early 1960s. Ohio State stars John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas were also named to the team.
They called him “Squeaky”, and he lived on Lenox Road on the northside of Schenectady, above Yates Village. “Squeaky” gathered errant golf balls from the brush alongside the Edison Club Golf Course on Nott Road in Rexford. He took them home, got them sparkling clean, then sold them to area golf courses for five or six dollars a bushel.
Bob Murray, the former Superintendent of the Schenectady City School District, was a football, basketball and lacrosse player for Union College. He also boxed and won the intramural light-heavyweight title twice. In the late 1950s, Murray was named to Sports Illustrated’s 25-man silver anniversary All-America football team.
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.