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School notes: Shabazz honored

Schenectady resident Bilal Shabazz was named the top male scholar-athlete at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ annual year-end awards banquet.

The Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons graduate received the prestigious Louis Parisien Award as a capper to his MCLA career, in which he achieved a 3.0 grade-point average and set a program record for basketball games played with 104.

The 5-foot-10 guard gained a reputation as one the top defensive players in his region, and collected 37 steals during his senior season while averaging 8.4 points and 3.0 assists. Though MCLA put together a 14-13 record, the business major helped the Division III Trailblazers go 11-4 down the stretch and reach the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference title game.

Shabazz finished sixth in steals and eighth in assists on the MCLA career lists.

Shabazz was a key contributor on Bishop Gibbons’ Section II Class A semifinal team in 2009 with nine double-digit scoring efforts. He scored a season-high 21 points that season in a 57-53 win over Troy, netted 16 when the Golden Knights defeated Schenectady, 73-71.

Columbia High School graduate Lucy Tremblay was honored with the Sue Getchell Award as MCLA’s top female scholar-athlete.

Tremblay finished her basketball career as MCLA’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,355 points. The senior guard was named MCLA’s MVP and earned a spot on the all-conference second team after averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.


Senior Amy LeBel will break new ground next school year when she becomes the first female from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake lacrosse program to play at the Division I level.

LeBel has signed a national letter to attend the University of New Hampshire. Spartans’ junior Nicole Beardsley will follow LeBel’s path, having recently given a verbal commitment to play at Division I Northwestern.

Burnt Hills senior Jordyn Godfrey will continue her lacrosse career at Plymouth State.

The trio has helped BH-BL reach three consecutive Section II Class B championship games. On Thursday, when the Spartans posted an 11-10 overtime win against Niskayuna in the sectional semifinals, each of them scored a goal. Godfrey also had a team-leading three assists.

Following her junior lacrosse season, LeBel was named a second-team Suburban Council all-star and achieved Academic All-American status. She has twice been named a first-team Suburban Council all-star for field field hockey.


Albany Academy secured its third Section II Class A tennis championship in five years with a 4-3 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Thursday.

The match was even at 3-3 when Michael Haelen outlasted Matthew Bunch, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2, in a battle between No. 1 singles players. The Cadets also got two-game wins from singles players Peter Campito, Matt Benton and Alex Silver.

Burnt Hills beat Scotia-Glenville in the 2012 Class A tennis final, 5-2.


Ralph “Rudy’ St. Pierre, a track and field star whose records still stand at Glens Falls High School and Fordham University, passed away recently at the age of 95.

St. Pierre set Glens Falls utdoor records in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, quarter mile and long jump. His long jump record of 23 1/4 set in 1934 remains on the school’s books, and to this day is No. 13 on the all-time area list.

St. Pierre holds some the oldest school records in Fordham men’s track and field history. In 1939, he set indoor and outdoor long jump marks by clearing 23-1 and 24-1, respectively. He was the leadoff man that year when the school’s relay team set the one-mile world record of 3:15.2 at Dartmouth College.

Following graduation, he went on to capture three Adirondack AAU long jump championships.

St. Pierre is a member of the Glens Falls High School and Fordham University athletic halls of fame.


Amsterdam senior Megan Ottati set a school record in the 800-meter run with 2:24.28 at last weekend’s Johnstown Invitational at Knox Field.

Ottati placed fourth behind a trio of runners from Holy Names, including winner Leah Triller (2:12.0).

“She’s been aiming to do that since last year,” said Amsterdam coach Kevin Wilary. “She had girls from Holy Names to runwith, and that helped.”

Ottati came back Monday and notched an 800 win at the Big 10 championship met at Schenectady High School.


All-state basketball first-teammer Jordan Gleason of Watervliet signed his national letter of intent with Sacred Heart University Wednesday.

Gleason led the Cannoneers in scoring during their run to the state Class B championship, and was selected the tournament MVP. He was also the Colonial Council and Section II tourney MVP.

The senior guard will attend Sacred Heart on a full athletic scholarship.

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