From each month in 2022, the Daily Gazette’s sports section compiles 10 quotes from our interview topics that caught our eye the most, based on how they made us either think, laugh, or a combination of both.
Selected quotes come from both reports of stories that have appeared in The Daily Gazette and interviews related to episodes of The Parting Schotts Podcast. Not all citations used have been previously published.
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“So where it’s not customary to raise middle school students when their talent is undeniable, we don’t want to leave them where they don’t belong.”
— Mohonasen girls’ soccer coach Clint DeMyer on Oct. 5 on raising his first-grader, seventh-grader Ella Mullin, as well as several eighth-graders in the past.
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“High school football isn’t going to do her any good. It will be about club and national team programmes. In which case what do we have available here while she is at school and as a student that will help her? boys teams.”
– Niskayuna girls soccer coach Bryce Colby spoke Oct. 6 about Claire Hutton, the standout Bethlehem player who played on her school’s boys soccer team that season.
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“I can’t find the words to lose this game. I don’t have much to say. I’m heartbroken for our children, but it’s the same script over and over again. We have to get out of there.”
— Greg Gattuso, head coach of UAlbany football, on October 15 after the Great Danes lost 38-37 to Hampton in overtime after a failed 2-point conversion attempt.
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“I call them ‘kids,’ but I’m a kid too.”
— Valencia Fontenelle-Posson, Siena’s women’s basketball sophomore on Oct. 18 discusses taking on a leadership role at a team that has nine freshmen on its 2022-23 roster.
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“It was a reminder that the NBA doesn’t have an off-season.”
— Tim Reynolds, NBA beat writer for The Associated Press, discusses the suspension of Boston Celtics coach Ime-Udoka for violating team policies on the Oct. 19 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”
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“I’m honestly very surprised that the season ended so abruptly. If you think back, say, a week before the end of the regular season, it was very, very likely that the Mets would at least make the Division Series. But they were basically given the nightmare scenario of being swept in Atlanta, which cost them the division, and then getting beaten by the Padres, so their season of wild card series was over. Even a week later, honestly, it’s still a pretty amazing turn of events for the Mets, as good as they’ve been for 5 1/2, almost six months until it ends the way it did.”
— Newsday Mets slammed writer Tim Healey over knocking the Mets out of the MLB playoffs on the Oct. 19 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”
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“You’re going to see people in the grocery store, you’re going to see people wearing shirts and jerseys this week. It’s a fun time. Sometimes you might have a neighbor and he realizes you won’t be having a barbecue with him this summer. It’s fun to see where the limits are.”
– Josh Hauge, head coach of Union men’s hockey, talks about the Dutch rivalry with RPI on October 25.
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“I left everything about this whole process to him [UAlbany athletic director] To mark [Benson]. I said, ‘Whatever you think is best for the program, give me the situation and I’ll adjust from there.’ He was an incredible partner and friend to me. We’re going to go through really good things and really tough times, and we’re going to find them out together.”
– UAAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings on Oct. 26 discussed the dates of his five-game suspension, which will allow the head coach as a sophomore to return to the bench for the Albany Cup against Siena on Nov. 12.
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“It’s been quite a run. My approach, which is very similar to the Eagles’ start of the season, is just live in the moment. Let’s just not think about what will happen tomorrow. Let’s just enjoy where we are right now. And honestly, it paid off throughout the October run where this team was in mid-September and I think they embraced that experience too. So I have no plans to come down.”
– Kevin Negandhi, ESPN “SportsCenter” host and Philadelphia native, on the Phillies’ postseason run on the October 26 edition of The Parting Schotts Podcast.
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“My question is, would they even have suggested that if we had won the championship?”
– Ballston Spa softball coach Amanda Fifield on Oct. 27 expressed some of her mixed feelings about the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee approving a two-day state softball tournament beginning this year. In 2019, Ballston Spa won a state-record 20-inning semifinal before losing the final on the same day.
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