The 1954 undefeated football teams from Mont Pleasant and Nott Terrace high schools will be honored in a special legacy tribute as part of the 12th annual Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner in September.
Mike Meola, a three-sport star at Linton High School, and Dick Bennett, who is considered one of the greatest basketball players of the Sig Makofski era at Mont Pleasant, will be this year’s hall of fame inductees.
The 1954 football teams from Mont Pleasant, under coach Larry Mulvaney, and Nott Terrace, under coach Pete Shulha, both went 5-0. Mont Pleasant gave up only one touchdown, against Amsterdam, while outscoring its opponents, 171-6. Nott Terrace outscored its opponents, 193-33, in extending its two-year record to 12-0.
The teams did not play each other during the 1954 campaign due to a polio outbreak. The two teams combined to place 11 players on the All-County team that year: Mont Pleasant’s Larry Pivacek, Joe Green, Lou DeMarco, Mickey Petrolle, Mickey Ferraro and Bob Patrick, and Nott Terrace’s John Bezio, Alonzo Burnham, Derry Cooke, Ed Wilgocki and Dick Kaczmarek.
Meola played three years of varsity football, basketball and baseball at Linton before graduating in 1963, and was the first athlete to earn first-team All-County honors in three sports as a junior and senior. He helped the Blue Devils win 21 of 24 football games, while Linton’s basketball teams went 46-7 with Meola in the lineup.
Meola played basketball at the University of Massachusetts, and taught in the Schenectady City School District for 38 years.
Bennett played basketball at Mont Pleasant from 1937-40, and helped the Red Raiders post a 56-4 record while winning a pair of league championships. He later played at Siena College before his career was interrupted by World War II, and he went on to play pro basketball for both the Schenectady Comets and Schenectady Packers.
Bennett is a member of the Mont Pleasant Sports Hall of Fame.
Records for dyer
Shaker junior Frankie Dyer set two Albany Academy swimming pool records Thursday, including a 46.96 in the 100-yard freestyle for the state’s fastest time this season.
Dyer also went 1:44.16 to set a pool mark in the 200 free, though the Cadets won the meet, 94-92.
Last season, Dyer was a member of Shaker’s state-champion 200 medley relay group that set a Section II record in 1:37.78 and earned All-America status. At the 2008 sectionals, Dyer won the large-school 200 free and placed second in the 100 backstroke after helping the Blue Bison place first in the 200 medley relay.
TOP SC PLAYER
Columbia senior guard Steven King was selected the Suburban Council player of the week for Jan. 14-20 after leading the Blue Devils to a pair of basketball victories over division title contenders.
King had 19 points and eight steals in a 65-40 win over Guilderland, and scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lift Columbia over Saratoga Springs, 75-70. King also scored eight points in an overtime loss to Mohonasen.
King made seven three-point baskets in the two victories, and is averaging a team-high 14 points per game.
Final Four tickets
Tickets for the five-class New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball semifinals and championships set for March 20-22 at the Glens Falls Civic Center are on sale.
Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office or by phone (798-0202). Purchases also can be made at all Ticketmaster locations, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000 or (802) 862-5300. Ticket prices are $10 for each session and $50 for all sessions.
Champions from Classes AA, A and B of the NYSPHSAA tournament advance to the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions March 27-29 at the Civic Center. Federation tickets are also on sale.
Hall of fame tickets
Tickets are still available for the second annual Amsterdam Mohawks/Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for Feb. 7 at Crystal Ristorante in Amsterdam.
Former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John will be the keynote speaker, and the inductees will include the Amsterdam High School baseball teams of 1973-75 that won 53 consecutive games. Contact Kevin Breen (518 588-9471) for ticket information.
Here and There
Mohonasen bowler Matt Fazzone rolled a 299 single as part of an 812 triple, and the Mighty Warriors dealt Colonie its first loss of the season, 20-12, in a Suburban Council match Thursday. Mohonasen piled up 4,031 total pins to Colonie’s 3,978. …
Jordan Schellenger rolled a 300 game for Schenectady Friday in its Big 10 win over CBA. …
The Glens Falls boys’ swim team posted 30 best times in its 98-60 Foothills Council win over Hudson Falls Friday. Freshman Max Frost got his first varsity win as part of the Indians’ 200 free relay, and junior Bryan Davidson won the 100 back while qualifying for the sectionals. …
Queensbury’s ice hockey team (14-2-2) jumped to No. 2 in the state Division II rankings after posting recent road wins over Canandaigua (4-3 OT) and Irondequoit (3-1).