Every month in 2022, the Sports Division of the Daily Gazette compiles 10 quotes from our interview topics that stuck with us the most, based on how they made us think or laugh — or a combination of both.
The selected quotes come from reports on stories that appeared in the daily newspaper and interviews linked to episodes of “The Parting Schotts Podcast”. Not all previously used quotes have been published.
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“When I looked at them, I did a double-take. What are you guys doing here?” They’re like, “Come on, do you think we’re going to miss this?” Even better, they said, “Our season tickets are at the end of the other team’s bench, so we’re going to harass the team.” The other throughout the game.” I’m like, “Beautiful.”
— Will Brown, former UAlbany men’s basketball coach, on March 4, announces two former UAlbany season ticket holders of Long Island who first drove for Brown as head coach for the Albany Patroons.
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“They are the second team in the state for a reason. I think Waterloo is No. 1. Oh my God, I’d love to see them play.”
– Fonda-Fultonville girls’ basketball coach Flip Boshart, on March 5, after his team lost to Chalemont in the Class B Division Two final. Two weeks later, Chalemont defeated Waterloo 56-54 in the state championship match.
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“She was crying a lot after the match. She is very happy.”
– Helen Hegerstrand of the UAlbany women’s basketball team describes teammate Lucia Decortes after America’s Eastern semifinal win on March 8 against Vermont. Decortes was visibly in pain when she left the game with injury after two minutes of play, but cheered off the bench for the rest of the match and was in the middle of the team’s celebration on the field after the win. A few days later, the Great Danes won the America East Championship, and a week later their season ended with a loss to top seed Louisville in the NCAA Championship.
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“Yeah. I wish I hadn’t said that. Then someone put him down on Twitter, but you know how this business works.”
– Dave Lyon, native of Saratoga Springs, laughs, March 10, about his transfer saying he’d rather win the Travers’ race than the Kentucky Derby with Wood Memorial winner Murillo.
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“I don’t want to take [the uniform] turning off. It was a crazy trip. I thought we’d get that out. The trip was quiet. I cannot thank my teammates, coaching staff, and coaches for making me so happy to come to the rink every day. But, I will miss her, I will miss her very much.”
Union 1 hockey player Josh Cusack, on March 12, after Clarkson eliminated the Dutch in Game Two of the ECAC Hockey League quarter-finals.
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“It’s crazy to think that two years ago, if you asked me where I’d be in two years, it wouldn’t have been like this, but as the years go by, it all makes sense.”
— UConn hockey goalkeeper, and former netizen, Darion Hanson, on the March 16 edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast,” looking back at his transition from Union to UConn as all the huskies prepare for their debut in the Eastern Hockey Championship round semi-final.
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“The only reason I’m crying now is because I feel like I let my city down. That’s the only reason. I’m not sad about losing. At the end of the day, I told my team that everyone is proud of the way we played, everyone is proud of the way we got here and keep your heads up.” .
— Duansburg, Madison Mayer, March 19, after the school’s best girls’ basketball season ended with a state semifinal loss with a large crowd of fans on hand to watch the Eagles at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
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“Haley was going to come back with a broken leg. It’s that hard.”
– Jeff van Heusen, Chalemont girls’ basketball coach, on March 19, regarding the return of top squad Halle Borchardt after missing several minutes with an ankle injury. Borchardt helped Chalemont win the second division semi-final that day, and Chalemont won his first-ever championship the next day.
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“Watching the tape is like watching a football coach’s horror movie.”
— UAlbany Soccer head coach Greg Gattuso, on March 22, discusses his early scouting work for his 2022 season opener against Baylor of the Big 12 Conference, which will surely be the program’s first-ever game against an NCAA Football Bowl division seeded opponent.
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“St. Peter’s Basketball: Gritti. We play defense. Always play defense, and… nobody gets scared. Everyone gets out there and plays as hard as they can, and sees what happens in the end. Make the game ugly. Teams don’t like playing with us. Maybe. Kentucky was shocked by the way we came out and defended it. I think a lot of teams can’t adapt to basketball in Jersey City. We’re going to hit you in the throat in every game and every possession. Make it hard.”
Albany Patroons point guard Trevis Wyche on March 30, describing his alma mater, which reached an Elite Eight in the NCAA Championship.
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