Former Niskayuna football and track star, Andre Davis, was the 47th overall pick in the NFL draft in 2003. The Cleveland Browns selected the 6-foot, 195-pound flanker in the second round. Davis played college football for Virginia Tech and was a first-team All-American. He appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.
Schenectady’s Joe Donato was named Schenectady County Bowler of the Year seven consecutive years. The string began in 1955. Appearing on ABC’s “Make That Spare”, Mr. Bowling converted 5 spares in a row and earned $4,200.
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.
Mike Meola’s new book, titled New York Capital Region Sports Memories-1900-2013, Volume 1, is available locally at the Open Door Bookstore on Jay Street in Schenectady. The book’s content includes more than 400 Capital Region athletes, coaches and teams of yesteryear, plus trivia.
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.
Mike Meola’s New book, titled New York Capital Region Sports Memories 1900-2013, Volume I, is available at theOpen Door Bookstore on Jay Street in Schenectady. A unique gift idea, the book includes more than 400 Capital Region athletes, coaches and teams of yesteryear. Take a walk down memory lane.
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 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.
Joe Cremo led the Scotia-Glenville baasketball team to the state championship last year. The 6’4″ sensation, who will be attending UAlbany after graduation, put up big numbers for the 27-0 Tartans. Cremo averaged close to 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and a shade over 4 steals per game.
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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.
I’ve seen him play. I’ve read a lot about him. I am certain that Class B Schalmont High School football star Nick Gallo, known as “The Beast”, would be a star at the Class A and AA high school levels. The Sabre quarterback has consistently put up big numbers on offense both though the air and on the ground the last two years. He also has given opponents fits from his linebacker position on the defensive side of the ball. The last Schalmont game, played on November 8, was no different. Gallo led the Sabres to a resounding 40-8 win over a highly-rated Schuylerville team to for the Sabres’ fifth Section II Class B championship in six years. “The Beast” hammered away at the Black Horses, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another. He scored on runs of 14, 31, 17, and 30 yards. There is no doubt that Nick Gallo is truly “a beast”.
The MVP Stockade-athon, which is run in Schenectady, has shown a dramatic increase in number of participants over the last six or seven years. This year’s event is expecting well over 1,800 runners. The race has increased in number of participants every year since 2007. The race will take place on Sunday, November 9. Runners will begin their trek from Veterans Park and the MVP building on State Street at 8:30 a.m. and finish on Franklin Street next to City Hall. Runners will run through the Stockade, up Nott Street and over other city streets, through Central Park, and then head downtown by way of Vale Cemetary and Vale Park. Vince Juliano is the race director.
Schenectady’s 1954 Nott Terrace and Mont Pleasant High School football teams were 5-0 under coaches Pete Shulha and Larry Mulvaney. Both teams finished the season at 5-0. The Red Raiders gave up only one touchdown against Amsterdam, and outscored its opponents 171-6. The Blue Devils scored 193 points and gave up just 33, extending its two-year undefeated record to 12-0. Unfortunately, due to an outbreak of polio and postponement of the game, the two juggernauts never got to play each other. Together, the two “loaded” teams combined to place 11 players on the All-County team that year. Nott Terrace’s Alonzo Burnham, John Bezio, Derry Cooke, Dick Kaczmarek, and Ed Wilgocki, and Mont Pleasant’s Joe Green, Larry Pivacek, Mickey Petrolle, Lou DeMarco, Mickey Ferraro, and Bob Patrick were named to the team.
Pat Riley played basketball for Central Park Junior High School in the late 1950s. They competed against cross-city rival Oneida twice yearly. Oneida always beat Riley’s teams by scores of something like 65-34. Oneida had balanced scoring, and Riley would score 28 or 29 of his team’s points. Talk about a man among boys and a real dominant force on the basketball floor.
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