They said it: Top sports quotes from June 2022

Clockwise, from top left: Jordan Kellier, Lindsay Steenland, Allie Ostrander and Jack Scalise. (Gazette file photos)

Clockwise, from top left: Jordan Kellier, Lindsay Steenland, Allie Ostrander and Jack Scalise. (Gazette file photos)

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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“I feel like it’s super-important to send the message that focusing on your mental health and your physical health is not a sign of weakness. It’s not being wimpy. It’s not being afraid of competition or failure. It’s making sure that you are in your best state to perform and to have lifelong wellness.”

— Allie Ostrander of Seattle, who won the Freihofer’s Run for Women on June 3, on her first race back in almost a year after taking a sabbatical that included six weeks of treatment for an eating disorder.

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“It’s not about gender to me. It’s about, ‘How hard can you push your athletes? How well can you prepare them?’ To me, you can either coach or you can’t.”

— Lindsay Steenland, on June 7, regarding her new role as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Mohonasen High School.

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“All good things come to an end, but I’m so glad I was able to go on this ride.”

— Jack Scalise, one of 12 seniors on the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ lacrosse team, after the Spartans’ season closed June 8 in the state semifinals.

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“Right away, we got along with each other. He knew I respected what he did last year. I spoke with the players, and they really valued their relationship with him. I thought it was important that we work together if he wanted to be here.”

— New Union men’s hockey head coach Josh Hauge on June 9, talking about John Ronan staying on as the Dutchmen’s assistant coach after serving as interim head coach the final 17 games of the season.

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“This is my 15th year of training, and I’ve never had a dirt horse with this much pure brilliance. He reminds me a lot of Ghostzapper when I worked for Bobby Frankel. He’s a brilliant horse that can probably run any distance. Everybody wants to have horses like this — horse of a lifetime — including me.”

— Trainer Chad Brown, after Jack Christopher won the Woody Stephens by 10 lengths on Belmont Stakes Day June 10

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“Dave is our coach! The University does not discuss personnel matters.”

— RPI athletic director Lee McElroy in a text message on June 16 regarding the status of Engineers men’s hockey head coach Dave Smith, whose five-year contract has expired and no new deal had yet to be announced.

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“I’m going to have to improve my rapport with the referees, right off the bat.”

— A laughing Peter MacArthur, on June 21, regarding his switch from playing for the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder to coaching the hockey team. MacArthur is a Clifton Park native.

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“He’s a volunteer assistant at Union, volunteer assistant at Russell Sage and full-time babysitter for me. He thought retirement would look one way, but it totally looks another.”

— New Union College women’s lacrosse coach and Niskayuna native Alyssa Treanor, on June 21, regarding her father, Mark, and his many duties, including babysitting Alyssa’s two children, ages 4 years and 9 months old.

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“It was a blessed situation. Being able to see my family — my mom, my dad, my sisters — and being in that culture again, experiencing that family love. . . . The seven years kind of take a toll on your mind. Being around them again was just a blessing, and I embraced it. Before I left, I gave them a lot of trouble, a lot of problems. Being back and just being able to touch them, being around them, was just a blessing.”

— Siena men’s basketball forward Jordan Kellier, on June 23, describing his emotions on his recent return to his native Jamaica to see his family for the first time since leaving the island nation to enroll at Redemption Christian Academy in Troy in 2015.

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“The minute Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson] and Draymond [Green] got healthy, they won a championship again.”

— San Francisco sports talk show host and Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons graduate Damon Bruce regarding the Golden State Warriors winning their fourth NBA title in eight years, on the June 23 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

Categories: At The Track, College Sports, High School Sports, Siena College, Sports, Union College

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