Tickets are available for the 24th annual Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame & Reunion Dinner.
This year’s dinner is on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Event Center at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. A reception will start at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. Tickets cost $65 and are available by calling Bob Pezzano at 518-346-9297.
This year’s inductees are Casper Wells, Jack Edwards and Ernie Marshall. The six consecutive undefeated Nott Terrace High School tennis teams (1949 through 1954) and the 1961 Linton HS football team will be honored with legacy tributes.
Wells played on three consecutive Big Ten championship baseball teams at Schenectady High School, including the 2002 team that advanced to the state championship game. He played college baseball at Towson University where he was named 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played for five Major League teams (Tigers, Mariners, A’s, White Sox & Phillies).
Jack Edwards was a standout athlete at Mont Pleasant High School where he was an All-American football player. He played in the 1960 Prep All-American Football Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He also won multiple Section II high and low hurdles championships. He set the sectional meet 180-yard low hurdles record, as well as records at the Utica Invitational, Rye Invitational and Schenectady Interscholastic Sports Carnival (now the Eddy Meet). He played football at Boston University and is currently the mayor of Pineville, North Carolina.
Ernie Marshall was a sprinter at Mont Pleasant. He ran on two relay teams that won Championships of America at the Penn Relays. He was named to the 1938 National All-Scholastic track team, and his 220-yard sectional record stood for 19 years, while his 440-yard sectional record stood for 23 years. He was the National Junior AAU 440-yard champion. He will be inducted posthumously.
Nott Terrace had six consecutive undefeated tennis teams from 1949 through 1954. These teams won 76 consecutive matches and produced four Section II singles champions with Stewart Stearns (1950), Justus Kusserow (1952), Stan Majerowski (1953) and Floyd Downs (1954). Lou Gwinner and Howie Hubbard won the 1951 sectional doubles title.
The 1961 Linton football team won the Class “A” League championship and finished 7-1. It shut out all Section II opponents. Its only loss was to powerful Easton High School in Pennsylvania. Dick Lalla was the head coach and Dom Denio was the assistant coach. Halfback Ron Oyer was an All-American, while quarterback Paul Bricoccoli and fullback Rit Wilgocki were honorable mention All-Americans. Denio, Oyer, Bricoccoli and end Mike Meola are SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame members.
BARRY MELROSE’S SON NAMED CBA COACH
Adrien Melrose, the son of former NHL player and head coach Barry Melrose, was announced Tuesday as the new head coach of the Christian Brothers Academy varsity ice hockey team.
Previously, Adrien Melrose led teams at Vermont’s Stowe High School. Melrose led the school’s girls’ program to a state championship and the boys’ team to a state runner-up finish during his tenure at Stowe.
Barry Melrose played in the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League, and currently works for ESPN as a hockey analyst and is a contributor for the NHL Network. Melrose also played for the Adirondack Red Wings in Glens Falls, then later was the team’s head coach from 1989 to 1992. He led the Red Wings to a Calder Cup championship in 1992, then became the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and led that team to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 1993.