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Capital Region Scrapbook: Athletes wore numbers with pride, purpose in 1986-87

Scotia quarterback Chris Staszak takes a knee during the early autumn of 1986. Standing from left are running backs Kregg Grippo, Brent Rapavy and Jeff Clark.
Scotia quarterback Chris Staszak takes a knee during the early autumn of 1986. Standing from left are running backs Kregg Grippo, Brent Rapavy and Jeff Clark.
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Secret agents are used to the routine — “They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.” Many high school athletes sign up for the situation during autumn. Kids on football, soccer and field hockey teams pull down jerseys and are glad to be known as a hard-running 9, strong-armed 10 or fleet-footed 16. In 1986, Andre Howard had 9 on his mind as a running back for Mont Pleasant’s football team. Scotia-Glenville quarterback ...


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