They said it: Top sports quotes from April 2022

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They said it: Top sports quotes from April 2022

From each month in 2022, The Daily Gazette sports department is compiling 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’s different to be sure,” Smith said. “It felt great to be coaching in my first game, but it’s definitely different. This was my first varsity game since I was an assistant in 2011, and it’s a little different vibe.”

— Fort Plain baseball head coach Dale Smith, on April 9, after becoming the first person since 1975 other than Craig Phillips to lead the Hilltoppers. Before retiring following the 2021 season, Phillips won 806 games in his career, a record for New York State Public High School Athletic Association baseball coaches.

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“Union Hockey is Schenectady’s hockey team. With this facility, it’s really Schenectady’s hockey team.”

– Union College president David Harris, on April 11, after the school secured $10 million in funding for a new hockey rink to be built at Mohawk Harbor.

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“I think for us, it starts with the group we have in the locker room right now and getting those guys to set the culture and the standard. I mentioned to them, when I was able to talk to them on campus, that I don’t know how far we’re going to get this year. I can’t guarantee them anything. I can’t make any promises. I’m not telling them we’re going to have an undefeated season, [that] we’re going to be lifting up a trophy at the end of the year. But Union College will [win], and it’s going to happen, and they’re going to set the foundation for it. And when that time comes, and when it does happen — hopefully it’s this year, but if it’s not — they’re going to be my first phone call and I’m going to thank them for setting the standard.”

– New Union hockey men’s head coach Josh Hauge on April 15.

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“Phew. I’ve never been a part of something like that. That was a super-cool environment here at Casey. The fans were behind us the entire game. So many kids running around . . . I think the kids were the coolest part for me. All the kids running up and down the lawn, asking for balls, yelling. They’re on the ramp giving us high-fives afterwards, asking for autographs.”

– UAlbany men’s lacrosse freshman midfielder Adam Thistlethwaite, on April 7, after the Great Danes hosted Syracuse for the first time ever, and won.

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“That was the only game in town. To me, that building [Glens Falls Civic Center] and the Adirondack Red Wings, it’s the most important moment in sports [in the Capital Region] in the second half of the 20th century. The horse racing was already popular and already here. When this came around in 1979, it changed this market.”

– Former Gazette sportswriter Mike Kane, reflecting on April 15 about covering the Red Wings for 20 years, for which he was inducted to the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame.

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“I’ve always maintained that you could take Michael Bossy, blindfold him, spin him around until he was dizzier than anybody wanted to be, put the puck on his stick and he would hit the net. He had that uncanny ability.”  

– Former New York Islanders television broadcaster Jiggs McDonald discussing New York Islanders scoring legend and four-time Stanley Cup-champion Mike Bossy, who died of lung cancer April 15, on the April 20 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

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“I was in the same boat as a lot of people, in that I was pretty surprised by it. I know some of my former teammates there were surprised by it, too. But I’m also so happy for him. He deserves it, and gets to go out on his own terms.”

— Joe Cremo, on April 21, regarding the surprise resignation of Villanova men’s basketball head coach Jay Wright. Cremo, a former Scotia-Glenville High School and University at Albany standout, played his final college season for Wright at Villanova.

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“It’s Rotterdam. Crosstown rivalry. Everyone knows each other. You want to beat your friend’s team.”

— Kiera Rogers after her Mohonasen softball team defeated Schalmont 5-3 on April 25. In the game, Rogers pitched a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and five walks in a complete-game effort.

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“For me, would I rather have a play-in game or advance straight to the semifinals? It’s advance straight to the semifinals every time.”

– Siena women’s lacrosse coach Abigail Rehfuss, on April 27, on having to wait two weeks between the regular-season finale and conference tournament semifinal.

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“He’s a hard pitcher to catch. Everything he throws, it moves a lot.”

— Schalmont baseball’s Christian Tortorici, on April 27, regarding catching for pitcher Jerek Hobb who is one of Section II’s top players this spring.

 

Categories: College Sports, High School Sports, Parting Schotts, Siena College, Sports, UAlbany, Union College

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