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SCSD Hall of Fame: Page, Melton, Rimkus to be inducted Sept. 8

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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— One of the greatest shooters of his time in scholastic basketball and two outstanding former football stars will be inducted into the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former Mont Pleasant football/track standout Ron Page, Nott Terrace basketball/baseball player Murray Melton and the late Schenectady/Mont Pleasant football great Ed Rimkus will be inducted at the 17th annual SCSD Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner Sept. 8 at Proctors.

Page was a Parade and Sunkist All-America football player at Mont Pleasant High School in 1968. He was a standout player on Mont Pleasant’s undefeated 1967 football team that was ranked No. 1 in New York state. He was a first team All-NYS selection in 1968. He was also a four-year member of the varsity track team at MP, and was the 1968 Section II high and low hurdles champion. Page also played three years of varsity basketball.

Following his graduation, he went to Syracuse University, where he was a running back on the football team. He scored a touchdown on his first varsity carry (50 yards), and was given the game ball following his first varsity game (vs. Holy Cross). He won the 2008 Zunic Award (presented by the SU Football Club to the person who exemplifies courage, self-sacrifice and spirit). Page is a member of the Mont Pleasant High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.

Melton was the most prolific scorer in the history of Nott Terrace High School basketball. He led the Class A League in scoring as a junior and a senior. He set the single game NT scoring record with 42 points against Watertown. He was the first SCSD player to score over 500 points in a season. His Nott Terrace teams won Intersectional championships in 1955 and 1956, and reached the Intersectional semifinals in 1957. Melton was a first baseman and undefeated pitcher on three Class A League championship baseball teams.

Melton was 5-0 for the undefeated 1957 Blue Devils’ baseball team. He also lettered in tennis. After his graduation, Melton went to Columbia University, where he broke Chet Forte’s freshman basketball scoring record. He averaged 18 points per game as a sophomore, and was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in 1959. He was once third on Columbia’s career points per game list (currently 10th). He also pitched for the Columbia baseball team as a senior, finishing with a 5-0 record.

Rimkus was a multisport athlete at the original Schenectady High School and Mont Pleasant High School. He was a member of Sig Makofski’s undefeated 1931 Mont Pleasant football team. He went to St. Lawrence University where he was a lineman, blocking back and kicker on the football team, and helped SLU upset Cornell in 1936. He was a team captain. He was also a track and field athlete at SLU.

He was introduced to bobsledding in 1947, and his four-man bobsled team qualified for the 1948 Winter Olympics. Rimkus won a gold medal as a member of the United States four-man bobsled team at the 1948 Gmes in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was named the 1948 Schenectady Athlete of the Year by the Mont Pleasant AC. Rimkus is a member of the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be inducted posthumously.

Contact Bob Pezzano at 346-9297 for reservations.

 
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