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Pride of Schenectady: Jordan turned down Yankees, Pistons to pursue career in orthopedic surgery

Pride of Schenectady: Jordan turned down Yankees, Pistons to pursue career in orthopedic surgery

The Pistons wanted his jump shot; the Yankees loved his screwball. Lou Jordan, however, had other ideas.

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

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

When Severino Popolizio, a few years removed from his native Italy, found himself looking for a high school sport, nothing looked familiar.

Pride of Schenectady: Donato lived and breathed bowling - playing and promoting

Pride of Schenectady: Donato lived and breathed bowling - playing and promoting

At a time when bowling was a game of accuracy and finesse, the late Joe Donato’s exploits on the lanes were legendary.

Pride of Schenectady: Sweet swing made Farina a golfing legend

Pride of Schenectady: Sweet swing made Farina a golfing legend

Quiet and reserved, the late Armand Farina consistently put red numbers on scorecards like a deadly golfing assassin. Known for a smooth swing that late Gazette golf writer Lou Torre termed perfect, Farina continued to break par with relative ease from the time he starred on the Nott Terrace High School golf team in the 1930s until he himself was in his late 70s.

Pride of Schenectady: Legacy Tribute - Poiriers on both sides of classic football rivalry

Pride of Schenectady: Legacy Tribute - Poiriers on both sides of classic football rivalry

For Jim Poirier, playing quarterback for the “other” public school football team in Schenectady was, among other things, a source of amusement.

Pride of Schenectady: Queen of Speed

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Pride of Schenectady: Queen of Speed

Appropriately, for someone known for speed, Rhonda Phillips Scott, the former Mont Pleasant High School star, will be the fastest person to enter the Hall of Fame at its annual dinner on Monday, meaning, at 45, she’s the youngest to be so honored since the hall was established in 1998. At left, Phillips Scott is seen running the 100 meter hurdles at the Schenectady Invitational during her time at Mont Pleasant High School.

“Pride of Schenectady” previews 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction (with photo gallery)

“Pride of Schenectady” previews 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction (with photo gallery)

The Daily Gazette previews the 2010 Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame Induction.

“Pride of Schenectady:” Three teams distinguished themselves with perfect records 50 years ago

“Pride of Schenectady:” Three teams distinguished themselves with perfect records 50 years ago

With four future Division I college players in the starting lineup, a brilliant coach, a superstar 30-point scorer and a strong bond of friendship that kept the group clicking on all cylinders throughout a challenging schedule, it’s no wonder the 1959-60 undefeated Linton High School basketball team was considered one of the greatest in Capital Region history.

“Pride of Schenectady:” Ray Trail's short but brilliant running career earns a place in Hall of Fame

“Pride of Schenectady:” Ray Trail's short but brilliant running career earns a place in Hall of Fame

Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Ray Trail won two national cross country championships and set world interscholastic mile records during his 1 1/2-year stay at Mont Pleasant High School from 1935-36, but his life took a tragic turn after those glorious years, leading to his death at the young age of 29.

“Pride of Schenectady:” Warren Crow, sectional wrestling champion, went on to NCAA titles

“Pride of Schenectady:” Warren Crow, sectional wrestling champion, went on to NCAA titles

While a lot of attention went to future All-American Pat Riley and the Linton High School basketball team in the winter of 1961-62, there was another athlete, in another winter sport, who would go on to enjoy an outstanding college career. “There were so many good athletes and so many good teams,” said Warren Crow, who had an undefeated season that winter to cap a three-year varsity wrestling career that included two Section II championships. “It was a great time for athletics in the city of Schenectady."

Pride of Schenectady: Together Once Again

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Pride of Schenectady: Together Once Again

The game was on. No pads, no helmets, just sweatshirts, jeans and an intense desire to knock somebody’s head off. It wasn’t just a physical collision of boys from “two sides of the track,” as Pat Riley said, it became a fusion of competitive spirit, a quality he quickly identified in the dark-haired Italian kid from Oneida, Mike Meola.

Pride of Schenectady: Mont Pleasant great Dick Bennett starred on 1937-40 Makofski squads

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Pride of Schenectady: Mont Pleasant great Dick Bennett starred on 1937-40 Makofski squads

For space purposes, Dick Bennett could have done the headline writers of the Schenectady Gazette and Schenectady Union-Star a big favor by shortening his name before World War II, and not after. That’s because before the war, when he was in high school, his name was in the headlines all the time.

Legacy Tribute: Great ’54 teams never got chance to meet

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Legacy Tribute: Great ’54 teams never got chance to meet

Mont Pleasant and Nott Terrace never played what was one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of Schenectady high school sports because Monaco, then Nott Terrace’s Oliver DeVito, were diagnosed with polio.

Bishop Maginn junior Taran Buie can do it all

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Bishop Maginn junior Taran Buie can do it all

Taran Buie is going to have the basketball in his hands more often this season when Bishop Maginn is digging for points.

Academy winds up being odd man out

Albany Academy basketball coach Brian Fruscio should be ecstatic, considering he returns the nucleus from a powerhouse team that swept through the Colonial Council undefeated and finished 19-4 overall. But Fruscio’s Cadets won’t be playing any league games this year and instead will play an independent schedule.

Blackbirds may be ready to soar in Colonial

With powerful Albany Academy becoming an independent, parity returns to the Colonial Council this season.

Coaches will need pre-game introductions in CHVL

From the bench to the court, the 2008-09 season will be one of change in the Central Hudson Valley League.

Tartans the team to beat in Foothills

After three straight second-place finishes in the Foothills Council, Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei figures it’s time for the Tartans to grab the brass ring.

Healthy Blue Streaks should be contenders in Suburban

Saratoga Springs coach Mitch Snyder is ready to write off the 2007-08 season as an anomaly.

Support cast the key for Maginn

Bunduka Kargbo. James Torres. Taran Buie. You know their names and what they’ve done for Bishop Maginn basketball over the last few years. Now, name three other players who will suit up a week from tonight when the defending Big 10, Section II and state Class AA champions make their season debut at Catholic Central.

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