School notes: Shen hoop team to hall
One of Section II’s greatest boys’ basketball teams will be inducted into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 17 at the Hall of Springs Restaurant in Saratoga Springs.
Coach Jim Zullo’s 1986-87 Plainsmen, who captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championship, will be part of the hall’s fifth class with individuals Brad Acker, Brenna Doty, David Jakob, Bill Norris, Bill MacArthur, Connie Hosterman and Tom O’Donnell.
Shenendehowa went 14-0 against Suburban Council competition and 20-0 overall in the 1986-87 regular season before topping Colonie, CBA and Albany for the Section II basketball banner. Regional wins over New Rochelle and Monroe-Woodbury followed, and the Plainsmen took down Hempstead and Bishop Ludden afterward for the state flag.
Greg Koubek had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Tom King had 16 points and six assists in Shenendehowa’s 69-52 win over Bishop Ludden. With that victory, Shenendehowa became only the third Section II team to win a state public school title following Niskayuna and Schuylerville in 1978.
Koubek was selected the state tournament MVP, and teammate Brendan O’Sullivan made the all-tourney team. Along with King, Jeff Farnsworth and Larry Smith completed the team’s starting five.
Shenendehowa lost in the Federation Tournament of Champions semifinals to Archbishop Molloy. Shenendehowa’s 27 wins that season set a Section II record that has since been surpassed.
Koubek was the co-Mr. New York Basketball Award winner that season, and later made NCAA history while at Duke as the only player to appear in four consecutive Final Fours.
Koubek was inducted into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and Zullo and O’Sullivan were inducted the following year.
Shenendehowa’s 1972 football team (2012) and its 1988 boys’ soccer team (2011) previously earned hall recognition.