Verrol Jackson, Bob Costas & More…

Verrol Jackson – In 2003, Schenectady High’s Verrol Jackson was considered by many to be the best indoor track runner in New York state.  He won the state and federation championships in the 55-meter hurdles at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  The runner he beat was ranked number one in the nation.  That year, Jackson owned the sixth fastest time in the country.

Eddie Fyvie – When he was fifteen years-old, Schenectady’s Eddie Fyvie held a yellow belt in Jiu Jitsu.  It is the highest level in the 15-17 year-old age bracket, and  he rated among the greatest grapplers in the nation.  In 2002, Fyvie had a magnificent year.  He won the Nationals in Bayonne, New Jersey, the New Jersey State Title, the New York State Championship, the Battle of the Beach Tourney in Wildwood, New Jersey, and the New England Championship.

Gary Kolod – Former Mont Pleasant High pitching ace, Gary Kolod, was selected to manage the Fort Meade, Maryland Generals of the U.S. Army.  Kolod also pitched for them.  While attending Mont Pleasant, his pitching prowess caught the attention of major league scouts from fifteen different teams.

Dalton & Hewig – Rotterdam’s Tom Dalton and Lori Hewig of North Chatham won the Schenectady Stockade-athon in 1993.  Dalton, a winner for the fifth time, finished the race with a time of 47:31.  Hewig won for the fourth time in a race record 51:34.

Anthony Bellai – Anthony Bellai had an outstanding wrestling career at Mont Pleasant High, and he went on to many successful years at SUNY Delhi and the University of Oklahoma.  As a Red Raider grappler, Bellai won 122 matches for a school record.  He also was the Section II and New York state champion.

Peppie Saruth – Sarruth, a Schenectady fighter, beat Charlie Tucker in a magnificent 3-round bout in an Amatuer Sports Club fight held at PNA Hall on Crane Street in the 1950s.  They battled toe-to-toe, throwing everything into every punch.

Chuck Heiden – Niskayuna’s Chuck Heiden, a 1962 All-County running back with blazing speed to the outside, later became a finance director for GE Lighting in Mentor, Ohio, and he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Greenwood.

Tommy Wood – Wood, the rangy shortstop with the flawless glove on the Schenectady Little League all-star team that finished third in the Little League World Series in 1959, is a low handicap golfer, and he was an auto parts salesman.

Neil Buhrmaster – Scotia High School workhorse, Neil Buhrmaster, rushed for 164 yards to lead the Tartans to a 20-14 win over Ballston Spa in 1989.  His rushing total put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season.

Bob Costas – Pat Riley earned about $500,000 a year when he did the NBA pre-game show with Bob Costas for NBC from December to Easter one year.  The program was appropriately called “Showtime.”  Pat never really enjoyed it very much.  He missed the locker room, the practices, the coaches, and the players.

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