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This week in area sports history

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Updated: 4:08 AM

100 years ago ...

* Roller polo season opened in Schenectady, and more than 2,000 supporters -- including a large contingent from Amsterdam -- came out to watch local favorite Fred Lincoln lead Schenectady to an 8-2 victory over Providence.

* Hailett's Stars beat Montgomery A.C. in a bowling match at Hotel Conrad, winning 3-1 overall and 2,575-2,356 on total pins. Team captain Charles Hailett led the way with a 630 series.

* The Amsterdam Rough Riders football team posted a 28-7 when over the Schenectady All-Star squad.

75 years ago ...

* Steve Roz was the owner of a 185 average that made him the top performer on the Reid Hill bowling circuit.

* In the opening day of Amsterdam City League basketball play, Mohawk Mills posted a 35-27 win over Utica A.C., the Cavaliers won a 22-8 decision over Hanson & Dickson and Bigelow Weavers notched an 18-10 win over Marotta Service.

Later in the week in City League play, D. Gomulka's overhand toss from underneath the hoop in the final three seconds gave the Amsterdam Merchants a 20-19 victory over the Americans.

50 years ago ...

* In the aftermath of the assasination of President John F. Kennedy, the bulk of the area's sports action was postponed.

Among high school basketball games that were called off were five Tri-Valley League contests -- St. Johnsville at Fort Plain, Canajoharie at Mayfield, Fonda-Fultonville at Galway, Northville at Perth and Broadalbin at Wells.

The Amsterdam CYO basketball league also canceled its games, while most local bowling was postponed with only seven leagues reporting scores across the area.

* In the opening weekend of Amsterdam CYO junior basketball play, wins were posted by St. John's, St. Mary's Knights, St. Michael's and St. Mary's Gaels.

* St. Mary's Institute basketball coach Dutch Howlan picked his team for the 1963-64 season. The 10-man team was based around a veteran core of six returning players.

"This stacks up as a squad where all 10 members will be available for action in any given situation," Howlan said.

* The Recorder nominated Amsterdam High School quarterback Mike Krochina for Prep All-American honors after the senior three-sport athlete led AHS to a 5-3 season, its best record in 15 years. Meanwhile, Amsterdam's Howie Seymour received the Golden Shoe award presented by The Recorder and the Thom McAn Shoe Co. after a season where he rushed for 488 yards and scored a team-best six touchdowns.

25 years ago ...

* After two straight years ended with losses in the state semifinals, the Northville High School boys soccer team was finally able to celebrate when the Falcons traveled to Elmira and rolled past Section X's Angelica, 4-1, to capture the New York State Class D championship.

After Chris Spath put Angelica on top with 15:37 left in the first half, Northville's John Weaver hit a cross that was tapped in by Greg Sweet to tie the game before halftime. The Falcons added the go-ahead goal a little more than five minutes into the second half, and Art Wadsworth scored twice in the second half to help the Falcons pull away.

"They deserved this and they've all put forth that effort," Northville coach Wayne Beck said. "I'm pleased for them more than anything else."

* The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men's basketball team went on the road and notched a 78-62 win over Morrsiville Ag & Tech. Teddy Zimmerman led the Raiders wil 23 points, while Leroy Fludd chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds.

* The Amsterdam, Bishop Scully and Broadalbin-Perth High School boys basketball teams were all set to compete in the season opening Gateway Classic tournament at AHS, with Scotia-Glenville also slated to participate.

"It's an exciting event that's great for the community," Amsterdam coach Tony Orapello said.

* Five Amsterdam High School football players earned first-team All-Big 10 recognition.

Freshman running back Justice Smith, offensive guard Bill Chirico, offensive tackle Chris Gugliemelli, linebacker Scott Peconie and defensive back Tom Puszkarczuk were all honored. Meanwhile, quarterback Chris Green, nose guard Steve Garcia and defensive end Bob Thomas were named to the second team.

10 years ago ...

* For the second straight season, the Amsterdam High School football team had its season ended by Nyack in the New York State Class A regional final at Kingston's Dietz Stadium as Pete Sanyolo ran for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns to give Nyack a 28-11 victory.

Mike Altieri scored the lone touchdown for the Rugged Rams on a two-yard plunge, but came up short on a momentum-altering sequence just before halftime when he was stuffed short of the goal line while Amsterdam trailed 7-3.

"These kids didn't quit," Amsterdam coach Pat Liverio said. "Even down 21-3, we were still in the game. But, we fell short."

* Amsterdam High School diver Rachel Smith finished 10th in the 1-meter springboard event at the New York State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island.

Smith finished with a total of 402.55 points.

5 years ago ...

* Matt Kryzak's 613 triple led the Amsterdam High School bowling team to a 3-1 win over Troy at Uncle Sam Lanes in the Rams' opening match of the season.

* Tommy Taylor fired a 790 triple and came one pin short of a perfect game with a 299 high game to lead action in the Amsterdam Men's City League at Imperial Lanes.

* Craig Phillips returned to the bench to coach the Fort Plain High School boys basketball team after two years away from the job.

Phillips retired from basketball coaching after 14 seasons and more than 200 wins, but was convinced by his team to return for a 15th season after his brief hiatus.

"The job opened up, and four or five of the kids, after we lost in the (state baseball tournament), they came up to me when they got home and asked me if I would consider coming back to coach," Phillips said. "I said that I would only come back if they made a better commitment to basketball than what they've had in the last four or five years."

* Northville senior goalkeeper Chelsea Paul was named the North Division Most Valuable Player and the league's goalkeeper of the year when the Western Athletic Conference released its list of girls soccer all-stars.

Also named to the first team were Fonda-Fultonville's Amanda Baker, Galway's Lisa Bates and Stephanie Doyle, Mayfield's Laken Bradt and Evitza Nikollaj, Fort Plain's Kelsey Logan and Jenna Stever, St. Johnsville's Shiree Lyons, Canajoharie's Bethany Young and Northville's Annie Ryan.

1 year ago ...

* The Recorder released its All-Area team for the 2012 high school football season, with Canajoharie's Kevin Shannon and Fonda-Fultonville's Eric Moyer leading the honorees.

Shannon was named the Offensive Player of the Year after running for 1,267 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Moyer was named Defensive Player of the Year for his disruptive work on the Braves' defensive line. Broadalbin-Perth's Jim Pelneau earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Patriots to the Section II Class B playoffs for the first time since 2009.

* The Greater Amsterdam School District approved the creation of an indoor track and field team for the winter season at Amsterdam High School.

"It really is something that we could really get into this season," GASD Superintendent Thomas Perillo said.

In the indoor track team's inaugural season, AHS sophomore Izaiah Brown went on to win a state championship in the 300-meter dash.

* Galway High School senior Breanna Flint signed a letter of intent for a scholarship to compete on the rifle team at Division I University of Tennessee at Martin. Smith trained under the tutelage of Chuck Boykin at the Galway Fish and Game Club.

"My mother signed me up and I was good at it, so I stuck with it," Flint said.

* The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced the addition of two teams for the 2013 season -- the Adirondack Trail Blazers and the Utica Brewers.


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