The only football player to be actively recruited in Schoburg/Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s brief history has found a home for the future.
Colin Kenyon, who started at quarterback, linebacker and safety in the program’s first two varsity seasons, gave Division II Merrimack College a verbal commitment Wednesday night.
Kenyon also drew interest from Springfield, where his father Kevin played, Brockport, Alfred, Sacred Heart and Endicott.
“Coming out of a program in its early stages, I never thought I’d have this kind of opportunity,” said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior from Duanesburg. “I never thought it would happen.”
Kenyon heard good things about the Massachusetts-based college and its athletic programs from Guilderland graduate Paul Jones, who played lacrosse there.
“He said he loved it there, and I should check it out,” said Kenyon. “I went on a visit and attended a camp. It involved a lot of things you’d see at a combine.”
The Merrimack staff thought enough of Kenyon to ask for some game film, and an invitation eventually followed. He’ll receive an athletic scholarship, and study athletic training.
“It seemed like the best fit. The other night, I said, OK,” said Kenyon. “I had a good talk with Andrew Dresner, who is the quarterbacks coach and their recruiting coordinator.”
Kenyon was recruited to play safety for Merrimack, which went 4-5 in the Northeast-10 last season and 4-7 overall. Schalmont senior quarterback/linebacker Nick Gallo, the Daily Gazette two-time Defensive Player of the Year, is also headed to Merrimack.
“They’re going Division I in a couple of years, and they’re going to build a new stadium,” said Kenyon. “There’s a lot to like about it.”
Kenyon is a member of the Duanesburg basketball team, and he’ll compete for the Eagles’ track and field team in the spring. The 17-year-old is the grandson of former Guilderland, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich football coach Bud Kenyon.
More than a fan
Phil Fisher knows it’s a no-no to root for the home team when working the table at a basketball game, but inside, he was feeling awfully good Tuesday night as Schenectady raced past Bishop Maginn in its regular-season finale and enhanced its hopes for a playoff game at the Pat Riley Sports Center.
“I hope they get it. It will give them a better chance to win,” said the 25-year-old Schenectady alum. “This team plays better at home.”
Fisher should know. He’s been watching Schenectady boys’ basketball teams close up for years. He began his official affiliation with the Patriots as a seventh-grader keeping the scorebook for the modified team, and is nearing the end of his fourth season as the public address announcer for home contests.
“I’ve pretty much touched everything here in basketball with the exception of coaching,” said Fisher. “I been involved since 2001, and feel like I am part of the team. When they lose, I feel like I lost. When they win, it’s always a good feeling.”
Fisher was in a particularly jovial mood midway through last season when Schenectady ended its 17-game losing streak against Christian Brothers Academy with a homecourt triumph.
“That’s a game I really enjoyed. That was a big one because they’ve always been such a big rival,” Fisher said. “They always got us.”
Catholic Central got Schenectady in a game years back, but Fisher remembers it like it was yesterday.
“I think it was the ’05-06 season right before Christmas, and it was one of the toughest losses I’ve seen,” Fisher said. “We were up by 15 in the fourth quarter. Catholic Central came back and won by eight. I was broadcasting that game for the school’s television channel.”
Fisher also filmed games for Schenectady coaches to study, and ran the shot clock for several years before taking over as Schenectady’s PA announcer.
“I’ve seen a lot of great players like Talor Battle and Jimmer Fredette,” said Fisher, a 2007 Schenectady graduate who played tennis, soccer, lacrosse and bowled for the Patriots. “I remember Fredette at the Hilliard tournament, shooting from mid-court and making them.”
Fisher is employed by Afrim’s Sports. His basketball resumé includes scorebook duties, clock operation and on-line work with the Albany Patroons and Schenectady Legends
Senior guard Jesse DeMarsh set Hadley-Luzerne records with 44 points and 10 three-point baskets in Wednesday night’s 81-40 Adirondack League win over Johnsburg.
DeMarsh hit the 1,000-point mark on his final three, and that three tied him with Mike Mann of Mekeel Christian Academy for the most baskets beyond the arc in a Section II game this season.
DeMarsh is part of a large group that has joined the Section II 1,000-point club this season. The group includes Dylan Klock and Rylie Smith of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Shea Irish of Warrensburg, Greg Depaolis of Berlin, Austin Horton of Heatly, Kiana Patterson of Troy, Emily Parslow of Fonda-Fultonville, Hailee Metzold of Schalmont, Carly Boland of Shenendehowa, Gabby Giacone of Bethlehem, Macie Holmes of Mekeel, Rachel Gamache of Duanesburg and Courtney Lane of Bishop Maginn.
Andrew Platek of Guilderland entered Friday’s game at Averill Park 24 points shy of 1,000.