They said it: Top sports quotes from April 2021

The top sports quotes of April 2021. (Gazette file photos)

The top sports quotes of April 2021. (Gazette file photos)

From each month this year, The Daily Gazette sports department is compiling the 10 quotes from our interview subjects that stuck out the most for us, based on how they either made us think or laugh — or some combination of both.

Selected quotes come both from reporting for stories that appeared in The Daily Gazette and interviews associated with episodes of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.” Not all quotes used were previously published.

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“That’s my life since my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I’m all about the moment. Every day, we do it, and with the pandemic and volleyball, it’s been the same with these kids. What do we have for today? What can we do today? Instead of what can’t we do, let’s figure out what we can do today. And that’s how I lead my life these days.”

Mayfield girls’ volleyball coach Eileen Rovito, who is retiring to devote all of her time to husband Kevin, on April 7.

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“He was hungry, so we just kept feeding him.”

— Amsterdam football coach John Homich describing the team’s strategy in getting the ball to senior wide receiver Josiah Newborn when he set a new single-game state record of 22 receptions in an April 9 game against Averill Park.

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“Last night, I was just thinking, ‘I’ve got this feeling that we’re going to head to PKs, and you’ve got to score it.’”

— Siena women’s soccer player Emily McNelis on April 16, after she converted the penalty kick that clinched the MAAC championship against Monmouth.

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“I’m still pinching myself. You walk around Colorado College and you see the $65 million arena that’s just about to be finished, and the world-class education people [get] there. And you’re in Colorado Springs, and I feel like I’ve been given the keys to a program that has the potential to be the best in the country.”

— Former Union College hockey goalie Kris Mayotte talking about being named the new Colorado College head coach on the April 15 “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

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“I’ve seen him pitch games before, but this is really going to be something.”

— Rotterdam resident Beverly Anderson discussing on April 19 her plans to head to watch her grandson pitch in a baseball game later that week. Her grandson Ian Anderson, pitching for the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium, ended up shutting out the Yankees in 6 2-3 innings and earned the win in the first MLB game he pitched with his 83-year-old grandmother in attendance.

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“She put her life on hold for this.”

— Siena women’s lacrosse head coach Abby Rehfuss on April 20, describing fifth-year senior Annie Brennan’s decision to play one final year of lacrosse for the Saints. Brennan delayed starting in Roberts Wesleyan College’s clinical psychology doctoral program for a year after the pandemic canceled the majority of her true senior season.

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“If you had 25 of him, you could take over a small country.”

— Mohonasen football coach John Gallo on April 23, describing the effort of Jake Deguire in a 15-12 win against Amsterdam. Deguire scored two touchdowns and made a game-saving interception late in a contest that saw him separate his shoulder in the opening minutes.

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“It’s something I’ve been dreaming of. This is my fifth year playing football, and it’s my first touchdown.”

— Burnt Hills football’s Jack Shea on April 23, after blocking a punt and returning the ball 45 yards for a score in the Spartans’ 28-0 Class A semifinal win.

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“I was worried about not playing my senior year. The fact that we got it and got to play, it’s incredible. Even when we played five games in six days, it wasn’t a bad thing. It was great.”

— Burnt Hills senior Claire Isaksen on April 24, discussing playing girls’ volleyball during the unusual “Fall II” season.

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“Any plan that can’t be changed is a bad plan.”

— Section II executive director Ed Dopp on April 28,  on planning for sports seasons played amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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