Riddle me this
Test your local sports knowledge with another 20-question quiz
The first Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties sports quiz was unveiled early last week and, because it was met with such a favorable response, a second 20-question test of local knowledge follows below.
Answers can be found at the end. No fair cheating.
1. Name this late Jamestown resident who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, including four years at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he played left field on the baseball team. By the spring of 1944, the best military baseball players were stationed in Hawaii, including Joe DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and Johnny Mize.
2. This former Jamestown Falcon posted a 20-10 record on the mound in 1944, but his greatest baseball thrill was giving up a home run to Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial in a spring training game. And, by the way, he was a local umpire for 50 years.
3. This boxer and Jamestown resident collected 23 titles as an amateur and eventually earned a spot on the 1936 United States Olympic team as a middleweight. He qualified for the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany by virtue of scoring five knockouts in the Olympic Trials.
4. This Falconer Central School graduate was a talented multi-sport athlete, who took her talents to Eastern Connecticut State University where she starred in softball and basketball. Incredibly, she became one of the finest women’s athletes in school history despite suffering multiple facial fractures after she was hit by a bat during a practice her sophomore year.
5. This Silver Creek Central School graduate was a star in basketball and football earlier this decade for the Black Knights, but it was lacrosse that earned him a Division I scholarship to the University of Virginia. He is now playing professionally in the National Lacrosse League.
6. This Bemus Point resident made his mark through his high school coaching at Maple Grove and Frewsburg, and through his involvement with the Special Olympics, dating back almost 50 years. It was during a trip to Dublin, Ireland with Team USA that he had a chance to meet Muhammad Ali.
7. This legendary girls basketball coach posted a 94-10 record in six years at Southwestern Central School, including a 41-game winning streak. She went on to have success coaching basketball and softball at Allegheny College.
8. This northern Chautauqua County radio broadcaster is a member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Joining him in that 2016 class were the New York Yankees radio broadcast team of John Sterling and Suszyn Waldman, and NBC News White House correspondent Chris Jansing.
9. This Dunkirk native wasn’t introduced to golf until she was 15, but she more than made up for lost time, ultimately being named the captain for the University of Miami women’s team for two years, graduating as an All-American in 1978. Years later, she was among Golf Digest’s Top 100 Teachers in America, and, in 2012 she was listed 14th in the magazine’s 50 Best Women Teachers.
10. Speaking of the links, this former director of golf at Chautauqua Golf Club has had a decorated career in the game, but he claims his No.1 thrill came in 1968 when his summer job included working for Arnold Palmer.
11. This northern Chautauqua County coach directed teams to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four in two different sports.
12. One of the stalwarts on two national championship modified softball teams, this Jamestown Community College graduate also coached Frewsburg High School to three state baseball titles.
13. A five-year starter on the Dunkirk High School varsity softball team, this all-around athlete led the Marauders to five division and three Section VI Class B-2 championships, and was an All-Western New York selection and WNY All-Academic team member in 2000 and 2002. She finished her career with two state records — hits in a career (176) and hits in a single season (55). On the soccer pitch, she was also a five-year starter, a three-year captain and five-time Most Valuable Player. Upon her graduation, she attended Union College where he was a decorated softball and soccer player where her combined won-loss-tied record was 183-35-6.
14. This Randolph Central School graduate lettered three years at Colgate University and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968. He finished his career, which included a stint with Detroit, with 4,544 yards, 23 touchdowns, three Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl title. His 4.82 yards per carry is higher than the likes of Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk.
15. This Jamestown native is the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and the University of Cincinnati football and men’s basketball teams.
16. This man coached more than 1,550 basketball games during his more than 40 years at Sherman Central School, including nearly 850 as the varsity girls coach.
17. This Cardinal Mindszenty grad coached college and professional football for years. Beginning as a high school coach in Dayton, Ohio, he ultimately landed jobs at the University of Dayton, Ball State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona, USC, UCLA and SMU; spent two years in the Canadian Football League where he coached the Toronto Argonauts in two Grey Cup games, winning one; served coaching stints in the NFL with four different teams; and even was a consultant with a professional team in Slovenia.
18. These two stellar high school football players from Salamanca and Pine Valley Central schools respectively, ended up being teammates at the University at Buffalo. They also signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams.
19. This Falconer native, played on the first girls softball team at Falconer Central School; played on the first women’s basketball team at Jamestown Community College; and became the county’s first female professional team athlete with the Buffalo Breskis of the National Women’s Softball League.
20. The men’s head track and field coach at SUNY Fredonia from 1974-1998, this man led the Blue Devils to 27 New York State Collegiate Track & Field Conference men’s championships (14 indoors, 13 outdoors) and 35 SUNY championships (14 outdoors and 21 outdoors, including 20 in a row). Oh, by the way, he was an All-American at Indiana State University and was named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1968.
ANSWERS: 1. Bob Bender; 2. Lyle Parkhurst; 3. Jimmy Clark; 4. Lori Franchina; 5. Zed Williams; 6. Bob Goold; 7. Kay Gould; 8. Dan Palmer; 9. Cindy Miller; 10. Stan Marshaus; 11. Dave Polechetti. 12. Bob Schmitt; 13. Julie Gauronski-Tickle; 14. Marv Hubbard; 15. Dan Hoard; 16. Mel Swanson; 17. Bob Palcic; 18. Chad Bartoszek and Josh Roth; 19. Leda Peterson; 20. Jim Ulrich.