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School notes: Platek sets record

Guilderland sophomore Andrew Platek set a school record with nine three-point baskets in Friday’s 73-66 Suburban Council win at Averill Park.

Jay Watts had held the one-game record with eight threes in a loss to Columbia in December of 1994. Platek, like Watts, finished with 33 points.

Platek is the second Suburban Council player to make nine threes this season. Jahlil Nails tied a Columbia record with nine threes and set a school mark with 44 points in a late December loss to Schenectady.

Milestone watch
North Warren junior guard Nick Sapienza scored 25 points to push his career total to 1,005 in Friday’s 70-34 Adirondack League win over Warrensburg.

John Rooney of Hoosic Valley, Joe Cremo of Scotia-Glenville and Tad Jones of Hartford hit the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.

Schenectady JV champ
Schenectady’s junior varsity basketball team completed its Big 10 championship season with a 72-39 win over LaSalle Friday night.

Sophomore Keivonty Williams scored 20 points in the victory, which left the Patriots 15-1 in the league and 17-1 overall. Coach John Miller’s Patriots lost their only game Tuesday at Albany.

Among Schenectady’s season highlights was a 44-point effort by freshman Davon Barkley against Catholic Central and a 40-point performance by sophomore Neftali Lind against Columbia.

Christian Brothers Academy claimed the five previous Big 10 JV titles.

Blaha to another HoF
Multi-sport standout Don Blaha will be part of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class. The entire group of inductees will be announced at a 5:30 press conference Monday at the Times Union Center.

Blaha’s inclusion is noteworthy because in 2012 he was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame. Blaha excelled on the diamond and the hardcourt at Mont Pleasant High School and later at New York University.

Blaha coached the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons basketball team in two stints, and in his first from 1963-67, he led the Golden Knights to a 60-27 record and three Diocesan League titles. He is a member of the ND-BG Hall of Fame as well as the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

While at Mont Pleasant, Blaha was also a state high jump champion.

Monette has spirit

Northville soccer and basketball player Tim Monette is the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Spirit of Sport winner for New York state.

The award is given annually to a high school student-athlete, coach, administrator or trainer who has demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship, exceeded normal expectations in assisting others in their school or community and has overcome adversity or a challenging circumstance.

Monette was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma last November after doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in his abdomen. Monette began chemotherapy and the senior was back on the basketball court by late December.

Monette was Northville’s basketball MVP following his junior season. He was selected the Section II Class D soccer Goalkeeper of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and the 2013 Western Athletic Conference soccer MVP.

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