Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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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.

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.