Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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Zac O’Dell is the Son of Val Higgins

Zac O’Dell, the football/basketball star of Schalmont high School, who scored 21 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in a recent  Sabres’ win over New Hartford, is the son of former Schalmont and Siena College star Val Higgins.   Val Higgins, an All-MAAC first team selection in the early 1990s, was also named the MAAC Player of the Year her senior season.  When she graduated, Higgins was ninth on Siena’s all-time career scoring list with 1,137 points.  She also had the second highest single-game on record with 37 points.

The “Dust Bowl”

The Nott Terrace football teams of the 1950s practiced in the “Dust Bowl”, which was across the street and up the hill from the high school which was located on Nott Terrace where Denny’s now sits.  The Schenectady Museum is now located where the “Dust Bowl” once was.  I guess it’s true that we swallow a pound of dirt before we die.  Those Terrace players probably reached that consumption level in three years.

Kenny Getsch Got It From David Bowie

The Albany Diamond Dogs baseball team that once played their games at Heritage Park , near the Albany International Airport in Colonie, got its name from Kenny Getsch of Schenectady, after he listened to a song by David Bowie by the same name.  The Albany Senators of the Eastern League got their name through a name-the-team contest.  There were 115 entries.  Among them were Capitals, Aces, Running Squirrels, Airports, and the Senators.  The Albany Senators folded in 1959, and Hawkins Stadium was sold for back taxes and razed in 1960.

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Knocks Off Berne-Knox-Westerlo

I thought Berne-Knox Westerlo might have an easy time with Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons on the Golden Knights’ home floor.  No way!  ND-BG, led by William Carmello who scored 20 points and Kyle Dikeman who tallied 16, beat the Zach Hilton-Justin Houck-led Berne-Knox-Westerlo 61-51 on January 20.  Hilton scored 23 and Houck 20 points for the losers.

Scotia-Glenville Prospect Aleyna Landolfo

Scotia-Glenville underclassman Aleyna Landolfo, a player with a lot of talent, is the granddaughter of recently deceased Paul Landolfo Junior, who did some coaching at Bishop Gibbons in the late 1960s.  Grandpa spent many hours working with Aleyna to hone her many skills.  Aleyna’s great gradfather, Paul Landolfo Senior, was one of the top ten fighters ever to come out of Schenectady.  Aleyna scored 19 points in a game on December 28 and 17 more on January 14 in a close win over Broadalbin-Perth.  I’m sure grandpa Paul flashes a big smile in heaven every time his beloved granddaughter scores double figures.

The Niskayuna Girls Can Run!

January 11, 2016 – The Niskayuna High girls’ track team finished fifth out of a field of sixty schools in the Dartmouth Relays recently.  It was the best-ever performance for the Silver Warriors.  Amelia Kokernak, Marisa DeVietro (also a lacrosse star who is headed for North Carolina in the Fall), Lexi Sciortino, and Erica Wasserbach are the team anchors who performed best at the meet.