25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 03.27.14

Local sports history

March 23, 1989
    It was back to Glens Falls for the East Hampton High School boys basketball team last weekend for a state class B Federation tournament in which East Hampton, the state public high school B champion, was pitted against New York City schools from the Public School Athletic Association and the Catholic High School Athletic Association.

    Inevitably, the encore was somewhat anticlimactic for the Bonackers, who had risen to the occasion in the same Glens Falls Civic Center the weekend before to upset top-ranked Gloversville 58-57 in a state public high school class B semifinal, and had upended third-ranked Rye in the final, 57-53.

    In the Federation tourney, East Hampton, as the result of a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, defeated New York City’s class B champion, Mabel Dean Bacon, 73-67, before losing 54-36 in the final to Nazareth, the state Catholic school champion, from Brooklyn.
    . . . East Hampton’s star center, Kenny Wood, was getting free in the final, but the ball-handlers were so preoccupied with their defenders that they rarely got the ball to him.

    Thus, Wood, who needed 24 points to break Kenny Anderson’s overall state career record of 2,621, was held to 15 points, falling eight shy. Afterward, he said, “I think it’s an honor being second in scoring behind Kenny Anderson. He’s the player of the year in the nation.”

    There was no doubt, however, that Wood had left an indelible mark at Glens Falls. Besides his single-game scoring, rebounding, and field goal records, he played in the game with Gloversville what is deemed the finest stretch of basketball — a 15-point third quarter — seen there in the tourney’s 11-year history. He was the B tournament’s most valuable player, and, along with Troy Scribner, was named to the Federation tourney’s all-star team.

March 30, 1989
    John Conner, the fleet 54-year-old Springs realtor, won the 1,500-meter race among the 50-to-54-year-olds recently at the Eastern Regional Masters Indoor Championships at Brown University in Providence, R.I., his alma mater.

    Conner, who was unchallenged, ran wire-to-wire in 4 minutes and 28.3 seconds, a national record in his age group. It was the fastest time Conner had posted indoors since turning 50. “When you’re under 4:30, you’re moving,” he said.