Newsome gives Colonie big lift

Colonie boys’ basketball coach Doug Kilmer didn’t expect to have standout guard Tashan Newsome avail

Colonie boys’ basketball coach Doug Kilmer didn’t expect to have standout guard Tashan Newsome available until sometime around the Christmas break. Newsome had other ideas.

“I told coach I was determined to get back,” Newsome said Friday night, after scoring 21 points in a 62-40 win at Niskayuna. “I told him, ‘I’m not going to miss a game.’ ”

Newsome didn’t, scoring 10 points in a 95-26 season-opening win against Berkshire on Nov. 30. The 6-foot-2 Daily Gazette second-team all-star has reached double scoring digits in every game since, in a remarkable comeback story.

“He had surgery in late September for a stress fracture in his shin. It didn’t mend, so they put a little rod in there, under his [left] knee,” Kilmer said. “I didn’t think he’d be back until Christmas.”

“The [second] surgery was in late October, maybe the first of November, when they put the rod in there,” Newsome said. “It’s about a foot long.”

Newsome averaged 13.7 points in his first four games, and has averaged 19.1 over the last 10, helping Colonie (8-2, 11-3) take over the lead in the Suburban Council Blue Div-ision race. He scored a season-high 27 points in a win over Troy four days after Christmas.

“I’m about 80, 85 percent right now,” said Newsome, who had a dunk, five steals and four assists Friday in Colonie’s fourth straight victory. “I’m just now getting back to where I was.”

“He didn’t do anything for eight weeks, and there was some tent-ativeness when he came back. He was hobbling for a little while, and couldn’t go by people,” Kilmer said. “For a kid who’s used to doing that, it was a little frustrating, but he’s starting to hit his stride. He’s doing what he usually does. He’s shooting well, getting four or five rebounds, four or five assists, and getting to the line.

“In another two, 21⁄2 weeks, I think he’ll be even quicker.”

Newsome said he played in pain throughout his junior season at Colonie, after transferring from Bishop Maginn. He averaged 18.2 points last season, scored a career-high 28 in a sectional win over Amsterdam, and earned a spot on the Suburban Council all-star team.

“It got to the point where the pain was killing me,” Newsome said. “Something had to be done.”

mee among inductees

Former Amsterdam High School coach Brian Mee will be among the first class to be inducted into the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place Feb. 9 at Crystal Risorante, and former New York Mets all-star first baseman Ed Kranepool will be the keynote speaker. Fox 23 Sports anchor Rich Becker will emcee the event.

Mee coached baseball for a year at Duanesburg, and spent three more at Broadalbin before moving to Amsterdam in 1968, and turning the Rams into a powerhouse. His teams won a state public school-record 53 consecutive games from 1973-75, to go along with three Class A league championships and a pair of Section II titles during that span.

Mee ended his coaching run after the 1995 season, and went on to serve as Amsterdam’s athletic director. His baseball teams at the three schools combined for a

413-259 record, placing him in the top 10 for all-time Section II victories.

A former catcher, Mee competed in baseball at Johnstown High School and Ithaca College, and played four years in the Chic-ago Cubs organization. He was a coaching success right from the start, with his lone Duanesburg team going 13-2, and his Broadalbin teams going 41-16.

Bill McGillin, the late Bob Bellizzi and Matt Quatraro will also be inducted into the hall of fame. McGillin was a longtime and successful coach of Amsterdam’s Bergen Post and Post 701 American Legion teams. Bellizzi coached the Amsterdam Mohawks before becoming their owner, and was influential in their move from Schenectady. Quatraro played for the Mohawks and in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization. He serves as a minor league coach and hitting instructor with Tampa Bay.

The induction ceremony will coincide with a dinner, silent auction and autograph session with Kranepool. Tickets are $35, and sales will be closed Feb. 5. Contact Brian Spagnola (791-7546, [email protected]) for more information.

scotties run fast

Ballston Spa’s distance medley relay group of Devin Bennett, Brian Yingling, Scott Molongoski and Mike Lyons set a school record (10:55.51) while placing third Friday at the 26th annual Yale Invitational.

Molongoski, Bennett, Ryan Halpin and Matt Pastore placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:36.52), and Yingling, Pastore, Halpin and Matt Strait took second in the 800 relay (1:35.98).

The Ballston Spa girls set a pair of school records at Yale. Becky Martin, Emily Wanerka, Erica Brockman and Katie Dickman set one in the distance medley relay (12:41.40) while placing fifth, and Molly Myers, Brockman, Dickman and Martin produced another in the 3,200 relay (9:53.31) while finishing fourth.

here and there

The boys’ swimming and diving teams from Shenendehowa (9-0) and Bethlehem (8-0) remained unbeaten with victories last week, as the Plainsmen topped Queensbury, and the Eagles outpointed Albany and Ballston Spa. Both teams are 6-0 in the Suburban Council, and will collide at Bethlehem on Thursday, Jan. 31, in a sectional preview. Shenendehowa will compete at the Long Island Invitational (Saturday) and at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Tuesday, Jan. 29) before that, while Bethlehem hosts Saratoga Springs (Friday) prior to the showdown. Shenendehowa went undefeated last season in dual meets before winning its fourth Section II championship in five years. . . .

Fort Plain’s 2007 state Class C champion baseball team will be holding a bottle drive and car wash fundraiser on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Plain bus garage next to the elementary school. . . .

Matt Roberts rolled a 300 game, and Mohonasen teammate Tom Egan fired a 299 in a Suburban Council bowling victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last week. Ian Delaney of Saratoga Springs tossed a 299 in a win over Niskayuna, and Kevin Morrissey of Shenendehowa rolled a 298 in a win over Ballston Spa. . . .

The Hoosic Valley (15-0) girls’ basketball team beat Schuylerville Friday, 54-12, marking the sixth time the Indians have held an opponent under 20 points. Only one team has scored more than 30 against Hoosic Valley, and that was Ichabod Crane in a 55-32 loss. Hoosic Valley

(No. 3 state Class B), Amsterdam (14-0, No. 1 state Class AA) and Schenectady Christian (15-0, No. 12 state Class C) are the only unbeaten girls’ teams remaining in Section II.

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