The Big Draper Upset to All-American Gale Knull

Nels LaRoe – The Nels LaRoe-coached Draper Vikings basketball team was running on all cylinders and defeated the Julius Girmindl-coached Cobleskill juggernaut in 1963.  It ended Cobleskill’s magnificent 34-game win streak.

Syracuse University – The orangemen offered Mont Pleasant basketball coaching genius Sig Makofski a five-year contract worth $10,000 a year in 1950.  Makofski turned down the lucrative offer and stayed on as the Red Raider head coach for the 1950-51 season.

Norm Kitching – Kitching’s Mont Pleasant relay team , anchored by Steve Szumachowski, came within 2.6 seconds of a world record in 1933.

Jerry Rosen – Schenectady High baseball coach Jerry Rosen won three straight Big-Ten baseball championships from 2000-2002.

Charlene Fields – The Bishop Gibbons girls’ basketball team, led by high-scoring Charlene Fields, finished the 1987-88 season at 23-2.  Fields racked up over 1,000 career points during her illustrious years with the Golden Knights.  She went to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where she set many school records.

Al Hammond – He scored 41 points to lead St. Joseph’s of Scotia to a 66-57 win over St. Peter’s of Stillwater in the first annual St. Joseph’s Parochial Invitational Basketball Tournament on the Placid Hall Court in Scotia in the early 1950s.  Lou Gwinner of K of C was the tourney MVP.

Jack Chlopecki –  Chlopecki led Albany Business College in scoring in the mid-1960s and was named to the ten member Northeastern Collegiate Conference All-Star Team.  The 6’1″ former Bishop Gibbons cager led Albany to a 9-1 NCC championship season.

Gene Stemm – Stemm of Scotia won 12 and lost 10 games for Stroudsburg, PA. of the Class D Atlantic League in the early 1950s.  Stemm worked in more than forty games and chalked up more than 100 strikeouts.

Gale Knull – Knull was an All-American linebacker, and he led Mont Pleasant to an undefeated season and the number I ranking in New York State in 1967.  Larry Mulvaney was the Red Raider coach.


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