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This week in area sports history

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

This week in 1939 ...

* Joe Levandusky and George Rink were given a handicap of 20 in the Recreation League's annual high-low doubles tournament, but while it didn't serve as a burden, neither did it make a difference, for this pair had more than enough on the ball to win without free pins.

In four games, the pair knocked down 1,514 pins, beating out Art Snyder and Abe Albright by 65 pins.

John Ashe, president of the league, and Percy Cudmore paired up to take third place with 14,66 pins.

Cudmore rolled an 835 to take first prize in the singles category.

* The West End Bowling League, considered to be the oldest running league in the city, released its final averages for the 1938-39 season.

Art Walsh took top honors finishing with a 186 average. He was followed by Walt Corey, who ended up hitting the pins at a 185 clip. Third place went to Walt Corey (182) followed by "Reg" Sheldon (181).

* It isn't often that father and son get into the same bowling tournament, let alone finish in the prize list, but that's what Edward Buhrmaster, junior and senior, both did in the Holy Name League's annual high-low singles and doubles event.

Edward Jr. paired up with Tony Senese to win top money in the doubles with a gross score of 1,148 while the older Buhrmaster rolled along with Hagen as a partner to finish third with a score of 1,126. Third place went to Art Bailey and George Harrington.

* Both Dunk Baia and Duke Duchessi punched out decisions at the Bucci A.C. amateur boxing program in Schenectady.

Baia defeated Rexford's Tom McCann while Duchessi outpointed Cliff LeGore of Schenectady.

Amsterdam's Matt Perfetti punched his way closer to stardom when he won a clear-cut decision over Richie Carangelo of New Jersey in an eight-round fight at Laurel Gardens.

* The A.L.C. basketball team advanced to national competition to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.

Four members of a recent Amsterdam High School squad, all seniors were among the 10 players who made the trip: Vince Dargus, Johnny Varsoke, Walt Gavry and Felix Zyzes.

* DeWitt Benjamin was selected by the Recreation Commission as chairman of the softball arbitration board. The other four members of this body are Arthur Glamm, Walter Willis, Joseph Golden and Casimir Nevulis. The arbiters were invested with power to settle all disputes in both the City League and Church circuits. They were also slated to select the six umpires to work the season.

This week in 1964 ...

* Following in their coach's footsteps, Bill Bresonis and Danny Krawczeski of St. Mary's Institute both made the decision to enter Manhattan College in New York City where they were expected to continue athletic careers.

Coach Dutch Howlan of SMI, who played both varsity basketball and baseball in his undergraduate days at Manhattan College, confirmed the news.

Bresonis, SMI's record-shattering cager, who was much sought after by other schools, including Union College and LeMoyne, was given a basketball scholarship, while Krawczewski was to enter the New York school under a grant-in-aid package.

* Tim Kolodziej, Amsterdam's fabled basketball star, was named high school All-American for the second straight year in a fitting conclusion to a fabulous scholastic career.

Kolodziej was the only upstate New York player named to the Scholastic Magazine's All-American high school basketball team, the squad considered to be one of the best in the country.

Also named to the team was Lew Alcindor of Power Memorial of New York City.

Kolodziej, who was headed to Duke University, scored 1,104 points during his high school career. Kolodziej was part of the now legendary Fab Five that also included Tom Urbelis, Phil Schuyler, Gary Blonglewicz and Dave Smith, which swept two straight Class A league and Section 2 A-B championships and rolled to 20 straight victories over a two-season span.

* St. Mary's Institute was gearing up for a busy 19-game schedule and the focus will be on a pitching staff that included Terry Conti, Dick Wells, Jerry Kopraski, Tom Rutkowski and Frank Turo. The team was to be without top pitcher Wally Karp, who suffered a shoulder injury.

St. Mary's was looking to win its fourth straight Parochial league pennant.

Members of the varsity squad were Terry Conti, Mike Eckelman, Dan Kawczewski, Paul Jankowski, Dick Wells, Jim Costello, Jerry Kopraski, Dave Hugo, Frank Turo, Bill McNight, Jon Lucynski, Tom Rutkowsky, Cleary Eckelman and John Tighe.

The junior varsity roster included Larry Constantine, Paul Marrone, Andy Spanburgh, Bob Picinich, Broan Mochrie, James Martuscello, Joe Fondacaro, Tom Eckert, Chris Perron, Dabe Montenaro, Mark Stanley, Tom Cushing, Mike Downey, Jerry Kolodziej and Kevin Devine.

* Carl Lucynski, a 6-foot-5 righthander from Amsterdam, was off to a good start for the McNeese State College baseball squad. The former St. Mary's Institute standout, was 4-1 on the season.

* Bill Stanley, a former St. Mary's Institute and LeMoyne College basketball and baseball standout, was named head baseball coach at Galway High School.

* Antlers Country Club undertook an ambitious schedule for the 1964 golf season starting on May 16, according to tournament committee chairman Ed Opiela.

The schedule, which included all the familiar tournaments, was highlighted by the annual Labor Day Weekend Invitational Member-Guest, which annually brought the top golfers in the area to the 18-hole layout.

* Tony Fariello Jr. banged out a solid 643 in the Ward Products League and Barbara Baia of the Fifth Ward Women registered a 588 to take top honors for the ladies at Wil-Ton Lanes.

Fariello shot single game scores of 236, 208, 199 while Baia tallied scores of 211, 167, 210.

* For the previous three weeks, local youngsters were afforded the chance to register for Wee Men and Prep League baseball and Little Giants football, but to date, only half the number of youngsters needed had a signified desire to compete on the various teams.

The Little Giants signed up about 50 new boys, but needed at least 80 to fill its requirements.

Both the Wee-Men and Prep Leagues were to have problems filling rosters unless there is a last-minute rush on the Recreation office to sign up. At the time, the breakdown of candidates was as follows: 35 nine-year-olds; 13 10-year-olds; 20 11-year-olds and only 11 12-year-olds.

* Amsterdam mayor Marc Breier hit the first shot to signal the start of the golf season at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

The shot was witnessed by Amsterdam Muni professional Jim Murray, Peg Bostwick, Don Bellinger, Win Brown, greenkeeper Tony Belpulsi, Mario Villa, Joe Riley, Dick Sponable, alderman Angela Sardonia, Fred Kozlol and Leo Clonek.

This week in 1989 ...

* Fort Plain pitcher Travis Greene scattered three hits over six innings and helped himself with a bases-clearing double to right field to lead Fort Plain to a 15-4 victory over Bishop Scully in a Tri-Valley League baseball game.

Rod Summerfield helped the Hilltoppers with a double and three singles.

"We played well and really hit the ball," said Fort Plain coach Craig Phillips. "Travis (Greene) was outstanding once again. If we only played once a week, we'd be in great shape."

* Anne Novak lined a double, but it wasn't enough as the Amsterdam girls softball team dropped an 18-0 decision to Troy.

* The Mayfield softball team unleashed a 27-hit attack and scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 28-4 thrashing of Fonda-Fultonville in a Tri-Valley League contest.

Kelly Hartman, Stacy Hime and Holly Whipple-Croucher each belted a homer for the winners, who improved their record to 3-0 overall.

* Stef D'Arcangelis scored the winning run on a passed ball in the sixth inning as the Lady Hilltoppers topped Bishop Scully 7-6 in Tri-Valley League girls softball.

Michelle Smith stymied Scully on one hit, a second-inning single by Maria Scheckton and struck out 13.

Carrie Clapper had a pair of singles for Fort Plain.

* St. Johnsville successfully opened up the defense of its Northern Division baseball title with a 3-0 victory over Canajoharie.

* P.J. Brown tossed a complete-game two-hitter for Canajoharie. He struck out 13 and walked five.

* Freshman R.B. Ingallis scattered four hits to propel Canajoharie to a 6-1 victory over Cooperstown.

Ingallis, making his first varsity start, helped his own cause with a two-run single.

* Joe Kadle and Ted Wells came through with run-scoring doubles to lift Mayfield to a 6-4 win over Duanesburg.

* Chris Dodson and Chad Stewart combined for a two-hitter to key Johnstown's 7-1 victory over Fonda-Fultonville.

Justin Smith laced a double and Jeremy Travins added a single for Fonda-Fultonville.

* Holly Wachowicz went 4-for-4 with a double and five stolen bases to help the Broadalbin-Perth girls softball team to a 27-4 win over Ballston Spa.

Melanie Kobes added two doubles and a single for the Lady Patriots.

* Ron O'Bryan and Bill Gonzales each rolled a perfect 300 game to lead area bowling action.

O'Bryan, in the Galway Bowlers League, sandwiched games of 180 and 256 for a 736 triple.

* Pam Doherty recorded four wins to help Fonda-Fultonville to an easy 108-15 win over Ballston Spa in a non-league dual track and field meet.

She took first in both the 100 (13.9) and 200 (29.5), and was a part of both the 400 and 1,600 relay teams that were victorious.

The boys team also competed in a tri-meet and beating Lansingburgh 73-68, but losing out to Ballston Spa 73-68.

Rich DaBiere and David Fisher were double-winners for Fonda-Fultonville.

* Robert Mazur and Justice Smith each garnered a first place and second place finish to help the Amsterdam track team earn a split in its Big 10 tri-meet opener against CBA and Bishop Maginn.

Mazur took first in the 3,200 meter run and was second in the 1,600 meters. Smith gained first place in the 200 meter sprint and placed second in the 400 meters.

* The Amsterdam baseball team got off to a good start as righthander Bill Karp hurled a complete-game five-hitter to lead the Rams to a 7-2 Big 10 win over CBA.

Karp struck out 12 and walked only one.

This week in 2004 ...

* Justin Crawford crushed two home runs, including a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Amsterdam to a 10-7 victory over Catholic Central in a baseball game played at Shuttleworth Park.

C.J. Bellinger was the winning pitcher for Amsterdam, winners of four straight games.

The Amsterdam junior varsity posted a 9-2 win over Catholic Central to improve to 4-0. Mike Deamer had a triple, double and single while Jim Caceres and Vinny VanDetta each drove in two runs.

* The Fort Plain baseball team brought the Rich Bower Memorial Tournament championship back home with a thrilling 3-2 win over Hoosick Falls.

Charlie Updyke doubled in Chad Prevost with the winning run in the fifth inning to earn the title.

Offensively, Updyke delivered a triple and single and two RBIs, while David Ouderkirk, Prevost, Dan Hanifin and Shawn Fisher singled for Fort Plain.

* Mitch Kierpiec took the spotlight with a four-hit, 17-strikeout effort and helped himself with a two-run single in the ninth inning to lead Fonda-Fultonville to a 5-2 win over Northville.

* Matt Delorenzo took the feature race at Fonda Speedway.

* Bridget Francisco of Amsterdam was named Athlete of the Week at the College of Saint Rose.

Francisco, a sophomore catcher, hit .300 (3-for-10) in four games.

* Ryan Tatlock of Amsterdam hurled a complete-game six-hitter to lead the College of Saint Rose to a 4-1 victory over Stonehill College.

Tatlock allowed one run and fanned nine batters.

* Amsterdam's Stephanie Kruger scored two goals to lift Pace to a 4-0 victory over Southern Connecticut in a spring soccer game last week.

* Tim Grant and Jen Miseno fired the top bowling scores.

Grant, in the Hagaman Merchants League, ripped a 772 triple on scores of 234, 259 and 279.

Miseno, in the Canjo Classic, at Iroquois Lanes, blasted a 699 series on games of 267, 250 and 162.

This week in 2009 ...

* Senior Ethan McCoski scored four goals and Angel Valentin added two goals to lead the Amsterdam lacrosse team to a 9-4 victory over Greenwich.

Jake Dygon, Drew Hastings and Matt Lorman also scored for the Rams.

* Jim Clary rolled a 278-675 to highlight bowling action for the week.

Mary Lou Romano led the women with a season-best 288 single game. She finished with a 582 triple.

* Amsterdam's Caitlin Czelusniak ripped an inside-the-park home run to lead the Lady Rams to a 6-5 non-league victory over Canajoharie.

* John Samples' walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning allowed Broadalbin-Perth to post an 8-7 victory over South Glens Falls.

Samples' game-winner completed a 2-for-5 day with a double and two runs batted in, while Corey Caswell reached base six times, scored four runs and stole three bases.

* Josh Nethaway hurled five shutout innings to lead Fonda-Fultonville to a 6-2 home win over previously unbeaten Watervliet.

Nethaway allowed just two hits while striking out nine. He had an RBI double while Pat Sperow knocked in a pair of runs.

* Sean Whitty belted a grand slam to highlight a day in which he drove in six runs, and the Amsterdam Rams worked 17 walks to stun Big 10 power La Salle.

Whitty also doubled for the Rams.

Kyle Rufer earned the win for the Rams, allowing four runs on seven hits.

* Alex Casimiro drove in three runs and Mike Rose scattered four singles in a complete-game showing as Mayfield defeated Broadalbin-Perth 9-1.

Dale Schoolcraft doubled, singled and knocked in a pair of runs for the Panthers.

* A week prior, Bobby Varin seemingly needed one more lap to win the season-opening Ice Jam event at the Fonda Speedway. In the next week, the Sharon Springs driver picked up where he left off by winning the 30-lap points opener for the Modified division.

* Broadalbin-Perth's Elizabeth Ferlazzo captured girls' Athlete of the Meet honors and teammate Nicole Wojciechowski took home the Track Athlete of the Meet to highlight the annual Ken Smith/B-Couinty Kiwanis Invitational track meet.

-- Compiled by Paul Antonelli


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