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School notes: Football HOF

Former Mont Pleasant fullback Tony Parisi will be among the players inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame in August.

Line star Matt Tarullo of Colonie, record-setting quarterback Don Kehn of Watervliet and state championship-winning coaches Frank Derrico of Amsterdam and Jack Burger of Troy will be also be part of the newest class announced by the Capital District Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Parisi played football for three varsity seasons and led Mont Pleasant to a 6-0 record as a senior in 1949. He also earned three varsity letters in baseball, and played both sports at Holy Cross. Parisi was the catcher on Holy Cross’s 1952 NCAA title-winning team.

Parisi was a two-sport coach at Mont Pleasant and served as a social studies teacher and administrator in the school district before his passing in 1990 at the age of 58. He was inducted into the Schenectady Baseball Club Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Capital Region Football Hall of Fame’s fourth class will also feature players Mike Burke (Lake George), Scott Dmitrenko (Shenendehowa), David Gamble (Colonie), Gary Guenther (Shaker), Rob Harrington (Cambridge), Jim Hisgen (Christian Brothers Academy), John Kraham (Chatham), Stan Lewza (LaSalle) and Shyron Sanford (Bishop Maginn), and John Millett (Whitehall) in the head coaching category.

The list of honorees will also include assistant coaches Ed Dempsey (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and Gene Stafanacci (Shenendehowa), and officials Mike Cronin (Adirondack) and Matt Fitzgerald (Capital District). Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk coach and Section II football chairman Gary VanDerzee will be inducted in the service to football category, and Harry J. Gully Jr. (North Troy) and Roger Holcomb (Cambridge) will be inducted in the service to youth football category.

The Aug. 10 induction ceremony will take place at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham, starting at 6. Tickets are $45. Contact Nick Fitzgerald (, 260-1231) for more information.


Twin sisters Grace and Meredith Hungerford of Saratoga Springs High School will continue their running careers at the University of Tampa and St. Anselm College, respectively.

Blue Streak senior Matt Flynn will also attend St. Anselm, and play baseball for the New Hampshire institution. Flynn also played ice hockey for Saratoga.


The inaugural John West Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, June 28, at Hales Mills Country Club in Johnstown with a 2 p.m. shotgun start.

West, a former Fonda-Fultonville football coach, wrestling coach, athletic director and middle school principal, recently passed away. The golf event will serve as a fundraiser for scholarships in his name.

To register, contact Jason Walton (848-6087,

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