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10th Annual Schenectady City School District
Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner
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Date Set for 10th Annual Sch’dy School District Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner

Barry Kramer and Pat Riley to Speak

The Tenth Annual Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga.  Former Linton High School basketball All-Americans and Athletic Hall of Fame members Barry Kramer and Pat Riley are slated to speak at the event.  Most living members of the Athletic Hall of Fame, including 2006 inductee Shirley Muldowney, are expected to attend.

2007 inductees include:

Sidney Edwards – an All-American basketball player at Linton High School where he led his team to an undefeated season and #1 ranking in New York State in 1970.  He later played at the University of Houston and with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Bill Manikas -  a standout basketball player at Mont Pleasant High School where he led his team to an undefeated season and an Intersectional title in 1949.  He played at Syracuse University and was invited to a tryout for the Syracuse Nationals (NBA).

Ron Oyer – an All-American football player on Linton’s Class “A” League championship football team in 1961.  He also won the New York State high school shot put title in 1962.  Oyer played football at Syracuse University where he started in backfields with Jim Nance, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.

Tickets are available by contacting Bob Pezzano at 346-9297.

 

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Biographies

Sidney Edwards

  • Graduate of Linton High School (Class of 1970)
  • Three-year starter on the varsity basketball team
  • 1968-1969 team won the Class A League title, Section II Class A title and Class A-B title
  • Averaged 21 points per game and 15 rebounds per game as a junior
  • 1969-1970 team finished undefeated (22-0), won the Class A League title, Section II Class A title and Class A-B title
  • Scored 50 points in a sectional basketball game vs. Mont Pleasant (a record for public high schools in Schenectady)
  • Averaged 27 points per game and 17 rebounds per game as a senior
  • Finished his career with 1,432 points (a record for public high schools in Schenectady at the time)
  • Selected Player of the Year by the Times Union and the Daily Gazette (1970)
  • Selected as a high school All-American in 1970
  • Received a basketball scholarship to the University of Houston
  • Averaged 22 points per game on the University of Houston freshmen team
  • Played three years for Guy Lewis at Houston
  • Played on NCAA Tournament teams in 1971-72 and 1972-73
  • Houston finished 23-4 in 1971-72 (ranked 13th in final AP poll)
  • Captain of the 1973 – 74 Houston team (finished 17-9)
  • Averaged 15.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game as a senior
  • Pulled down 20 rebounds in his final collegiate game vs. Rice
  • Ranks 28th on Houston’s all-time career rebounding list
  • Made the Pizza Hut All-Star team as a senior
  • Played three years with the Harlem Globetrotters

 Ron Oyer

  • Graduate of Linton High School (1962)
  • Halfback & linebacker on Linton’s outstanding 1961 football team
  • Linton won the Class A League championship and finished 7-1
  • No Section II team scored against Linton in 1961
  • Only loss was to powerful Easton High School (PA)
  • Scored 21 touchdowns in 8 games
  • First team All-County
  • Schenectady County Scholastic Player of the Year
  • Tom McCann Player of the Year
  • Scholastic All-American football player
  • Linton High School retired his jersey - #22
  • Member of the Linton High School track and field team
  • Won the 1962 Section II shot put and discus championships
  • Won the NYS shot put title (1962)
  • Finished third in NYS discus competition (1962)
  • Played football at Syracuse University (earned three varsity letters)
  • Started in SU backfields which included Jim Nance, Floyd Little & Larry Csonka
  • Returned punts and kickoffs during his career
  • Punted and kicked off
  • Undefeated vs. Penn State and Notre Dame during his career at SU
  • 1963 SU team finished 12th in the final Coaches’ Poll
  • 1964 SU team finished 12th in the final Coaches’ Poll & played in the Sugar Bowl
  • SU ranked #1 in the nation in rushing offense (1964)
  • Co-captain as a senior
  • Played football in the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia
  • Served as assistant director of athletics, associate director of athletics and director of athletics at Syracuse University
  • During his one year as director of athletics at SU, he was the youngest director of athletics of any major university in the country
  • Director of athletics and recreation at the University of Denver
  • Vice president for development of YMCA’s in the greater St. Louis area
  • Vice president for development at Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Vice president for development and admissions at St. Mary’s College (KA)

Bill Manikas

  • Played basketball for Sig Makofski at Mont Pleasant (1947 – 1949)
  • 1947-48 team won the Section II championship
  • 1948-49 team finished undefeated (15-0), won the Class A League championship, Section II championship and Intersectional championship
  • Mont Pleasant outscored opponents by an average of 23 points per game
  • Unanimous coaches’ selection to the 1948-49 All-County Team
  • Awarded a basketball scholarship to Syracuse University
  • Co-captain of the SU freshmen basketball team (1949-50)
  • Three-year varsity letter winner at SU
  • Won SU “Athlete of the Week” award
  • Played in Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament as a sophomore
  • Played on National Campus Basketball Tournament championship team in 1951
  • Captain of SU basketball team (1952-53)
  • Invited to a tryout for the Syracuse Nationals (NBA) in 1954
  • Co-captain of Camp Zama Basketball Team (Far East Basketball League) in 1954
  • Member of the Mont Pleasant High School Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Teacher at Shenendehowa  and Mohonasen
  • Varsity boys’ basketball coach at Mohonasen (1960-62)
  • Principal, assistant superintendent and acting superintendent (Mohonasen Central Schools)




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