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Pride of Schenectady: Popolizio excelled on mat, but first love was football

Sev Popolizio receives a trophy after one of his many high school victories.
Sev Popolizio receives a trophy after one of his many high school victories.
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When Severino Popolizio, a few years removed from his native Italy, found himself looking for a high school sport, nothing looked familiar. “I came here from Italy at 11. I had always played soccer, but none of the inner city schools had soccer back then,” he said. It turned out that Popolizio’s natural athletic ability was more than enough transfer to American high school sports. Enough, in fact, to earn him a spot in the ...


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