They said it: Top sports quotes from June 2021

(Gazette file, provided photos)

(Gazette file, provided photos)

From each month, The Daily Gazette sports department compiles 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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“It was just a really cool moment. Asa was the goalie I looked up to when I was growing up.”

— Boston College rising senior Rachel Hall on June 1, days after helping to lead her team to an NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship. Hall and Asa Goldstock, both of the game’s starting goalies, attended the Niskayuna Central School District as youngsters.

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“He told people he was going to Philly on a business trip.”

— Frank Cermak on June 4, discussing how Union College athletics fan — and long-time school employee — Raymond Cook viewed his attendance at the 2014 Frozen Four in support of the Union men’s hockey team. Cook died in early June, on the eve of starting his 31st year working at the college as a cleaner in facilities services.

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“I’ve retired seven times. This is the final time.”

— Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips on June 8, who has said he is retiring — for real — this time after a career that’s seen him secure 806 wins, more than any other coach in NYSPHSAA history.

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“I was nervous out of my mind.”

— Shenendehowa softball’s Kelsey Higgins on June 12, describing how she felt during an at-bat that saw her deliver the game-winning hit in the Section II Class AA softball championship game.

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“She’s somebody that always does the right thing, even when nobody is looking.”

— Stillwater girls’ soccer head coach Christine Ihnatolya on June 14, describing graduating senior Devon Wagner. During her years at Stillwater High School, Wagner helped the girls’ soccer team win two state championships and led a fundraising campaign of $64,000 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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“Anything to get him home. Didn’t matter if it was another home run or a pop-out to center — as long as he scored, I didn’t care.”

— Broadalbin-Perth baseball’s Ryan Visco, on June 15, regarding his mindset during the game-winning at-bat of the Section II Class B championship game. Visco’s walk-off single scored Ryan Hertik to deliver Broadalbin-Perth its first Section II title. The previous game, Visco had hit a walk-off home run.

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“We knew we were going to have that magic inning. It was a matter of when.”

— Canajoharie coach Joe Brown on June 16, after his second-seeded team completed a 15-1 season with a walk-off win that saw the team score three runs in the seventh inning.

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“He showed some moves a couple of times off the dribble that I didn’t know he had.”

NBA on ESPN Radio’s and Guilderland native Marc Kestecher on June 21, regarding Shenendehowa graduate Kevin Huerter’s 27-point effort for the Atlanta Hawks in a series-clinching 103-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, during an appearance on “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

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“It’s really been busy, ever since Memorial Day. It was crazy. They won the national championship, shortly after that was when Gary Gait made his announcement that he was going to the men’s side — and, then, it got a little crazier.”

— Mark Treanor on June 23, regarding his daughter Kayla Treanor’s whirlwind few weeks that saw her help coach Boston College women’s lacrosse to a national-championship win against Gait’s Syracuse program, then take over the program at her alma mater when Gait became the Orange’s men’s coach.

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“I saw it all, obviously. But, you know, I’ve had to deal with that since high school, so it wasn’t too hard on me because I knew who to listen to, the right people to listen to — all that kind of thing.”

— Syracuse men’s basketball rising junior Joseph Girard III, on June 24, regarding the social-media criticism he received during the 2020-21 season from Orange fans. In the postseason, the Glens Falls native helped lead Syracuse to a Sweet 16 appearance.

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