Schiltz named to Capital Region Football Hall of Fame

Longtime Gazette sportswriter and Class of 2019 will be inducted Aug. 3 in Colonie
Jim Schiltz
Jim Schiltz

ALBANY — Daily Gazette sportswriter Jim Schiltz has been named to the 10th annual Capital Region Football Hall of Fame induction class of 2019.

The induction ceremony will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Red Lion Hotel on Wolf Road in Colonie.

A graduate of Guilderland High School, SUNY Morrisville and SUNY Oswego, Schiltz has been a member of the Gazette sports staff since 1985, and has concentrated on high school sports since 1988.

Schiltz, who played football and lacrosse at Guilderland, will be joined by Steve Grandin (New York State Sports Writer Association) Dave Bochette (Lansingburgh, Stillwater, HVCC) as inductees in the Service to Football category.

Players who will be inducted include Jimmer Bennett (Albany Academy), Scott Bishop (Hudson Falls), Allan Durkovic (Ballston Spa), Anthony Canty (Troy), Bob Friedlund (Nott Terrace), David Fruscio (LaSalle), Tony Fruscio (Watervliet), Bill Goebel (Fonda-Fultonville), Walter Jones (Glens Falls), Paul Layton (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Joe McMurry (Hudson Falls), Ed Meixler (Saratoga Springs), Marc Miranda (Mechanicville), Vincent Nicosia (Amsterdam) and Dan Vergine (Ballston Spa).

Al Rapp (Cambridge, LaSalle) will be inducted as a coach, and Charles “Butch” Becker (Ballston Spa, St. Peter’s, Watervliet, RPI), Tonny Curro (Watervliet) and Gary Holtz (Columbia, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, HVCC, Union) will be inducted as assistant coaches.

The Class of 2019 will also include Bill Higgins for his work as a member of the Adirondack Officials, and Tom McGivern (Johnstown) for Service to Youth Football.

The 1953 Nott Terrace squad will be honored as a team.

Tickets for the event are $55 and will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and admission to the ceremony. Attendees can register for the induction ceremony at

The Capital Region Football Hall of Fame is conducted by the Capital District chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Categories: High School Sports, Sports

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