Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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Ron Oyer Passes

Ron Oyer, the Linton High football star of 1961, who was named County Player of the Year and to the All-American Team, passed away a couple of nights ago.  I remember being a teammate of Ron’s that year, and I would consider him to be the greatest Linton player of all-time.   A powerful and shifty running back, Oyer was, perhaps, an even better linebacker.  He went on to play for Syracuse, where he was a starter in a backfield that featured some of the Orangemen’s greatest talent ever. Larry Csonka was among those talented running backs. Ron Oyer was a great guy and a class act.  May he rest in peace.

Nott Terrace Landed 10 Players on the All-County Team in 1953

The 1953 Nott Terrace High School football team that outscored its opponents 277-6,  placed 10 players on the All-County Scholastic Football Team.  They were Dick Stack (E), Chet Cavoli (E), John Bezio (T), Bob Czub (G), Pat LaPorta (G), Al Prysmont (C), Dick Richards (QB), Tony Berry (HB), Frank Elia (HB), & Derry Cooke (FB).  Czub and LaPorta were high school All-Americans.

Digger Phelps was the Maestro Who Orchestrated Rider’s Upset of Barry Kramer & NYU

Digger Phelps, a volunteer assistant at Rider College, put together the defense that stymied New York University in Rider College’s David slews Goliath 66-63 win over Schenectady’s Barry Kramer & the Violets in 1964. It was the Digger Phelps who went on to eventually take over the Notre Dame program, where he had great success for two decades.

Schenectady’s Central Park a Sports Hotspot

I drive through Schenectady’s Central Park quite often, and on any given springtime day, there is an abundance of sports activity in every nook and cranny of this beautiful park. Cricket, baseball games on two different fields, a soccer game and a baseball game on Golf Road, as well as a large number of aspiring young basketball players competing on the basketball courts. If any room remains, a small group of people can be found flying remote control helicopters in the wide open field area. You may even find young Anglers looking for their lunker catch while fishing the pond.