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THE GARNET AND GRAY 9
We started the football season this year with a new coach whose
methods were unknown to the players, about forty fellows who were built
with fight in their hearts but otherwise unqualified, and only three gruelling
battles from the cup. Mr. Clyde Russell looked us over and the light
was on. The group worked hard at Ridgefield every afternoon, coach and
men pulling together in a manner which was the envy of more than one
high school coach in the State.
We started the season by rolling up a Z0 to 6 score against Edison
Drafting School, a big bunch of huskies from Schenectady. Nine games
have been played since that day, a total that balanced in a 7 to 3 scale,
with 208 points scored by the champions and 99 for opponents. The annual
game with our arch-rival, the Albany Academy, was the only shutout of
the season, the tally being 26 to O.
The Alumni game was an occasion waited for and to be remembered
by all who saw it. It was anybody's game throughout the first half, but
lack of training began to tell and our boys stepped out in front. For more
reasons than one that game will be remembered. Every time the lines
crashed a few more reasons developed. The following Saturday we played
in Gloversville. The circumstances were investigated by the A. A. U.
officials, who decided not to count that score since the team Gloversville
put on the field was not representative of the High School.
This was certainly a crisis, it being conceded by the followers of the
league that the winner of the Gloversville-Albany game would be champions.
We played the game over at Union College and defeated them to the tune
of '20 to 13 and drenched a confident bunch of rooters with gloom. In
the interim between the two Gloversville games we beat Troy High at Troy
on a rock-bottom field. This game was the first in which our men approached
their characteristic form. No line charge was like ours. Albany had a
brand of tackling all its own-and the coordination between backfield and
line was commented upon by several college coaches.
We gave the Union Frosh the toughest gridiron battle of their schedule,
according to their Captain and Coach, holding them to a 13 to 6 win. The
Troy Conference Academy defeated our lineup at Poultney, Vt. The trip
was an experience worth having, but the team was in no condition to play
the game they did after covering the eighty-five miles. NVe certainly
showed that school what we're made of when in the third period the second
squad made a track meet out of it and ploughed that bunch of ex-high-school
stars up the field for a touch-down, and down again to lose the ball on the
one yard line and then tackle the kicker behind his own goal line which
made our 9 points to stand against 26.
Our defeat of Gloversville at Alexander Field gave us the hard won
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8 THE GARNET AND GRAY
warmed by the radiance from its magnetic influence? The troubled are
soothed, the weary invigorated, and the sorrowful cheered by it.
The range and influence of the Christmas spirit is wider, and its power
greater than that of any other holiday in the year. It penetrates to all
classes of people, to localities in which the spirit of other holidays holds a
place of no importance, and lends a delightfully festive atmosphere of good-
will to the actions and motives of everyone who possesses ity so that the
people with whom he is in contact are necessarily better for having asso-
ciated with him.
At last we are commencing probably the most enjoyable and the most
anticipated season of the year, and we have concluded that the best motto
for it is one that is commonplace but especially favored by our noble cheer
leader: " Get some spirit into this, now! "
CHARLOTTE LEONARD, '24
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?
As soon as we were old enough to understand, our mothers told us
about a kindly white whiskered old gentleman, who was very fat and wore
a red fur-trimmed hat and suit. This fact often made us wonder how
he could slide down the small opening of the chimney, as mother said
he did, and H11 the stockings, which we had expectantly placed before the
fire-place, from a magic sack, which he carried on his back.
When we arrived at the advanced age of eight years, having been
told by playmates that there was no Santa Claus, we decided to lie awake
and find out the true facts for ourselves. This we did and soon discovered,
with breaking hearts, our parents distributing presents and trimming the
tree, and we decided we had solved the mystery of Santa Claus. Now
we were sure there wasn't any Santa Claus and from that time on, we
laughed in scorn at all reference to him.
But do we remember what Santa Claus originally meant to us? He
was kindness and generosity. For no reason whatever he would come
around distributing gifts and happiness at Christmas time. Hundreds of
years ago there was a true Santa Claus. Because he so admired the kindli-
ness and generosity of Christ, Saint Nicholas did his 'best to imitate him
and went about distributing his wealth a.mong the poor. After his death
his goodness did not go for naught. People seeing the happiness derived
from the gifts, decided to keep up the custom established by Saint Nicholas,
and once a year on Christmas Day in almost all the homes in the world,
gifts are given in his memory and in his name. So you see there is really
a Santa Claus.
.ADALINE GERTSKIN, '25
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10 THE GARNET AND GRAY
privilege to play Cambridge, the champions of the more northern corner
of the State, and a team with a reputation. They probably knew little about
the type of game we played and we knew less about them. In that game
our team played football which would do honor to a college team. It would
have been a shutout fAlbany, 455 if it hadn't been for a fumble which
presented the opportunity for their single touch-down, they were given
the point for the drop kick because Albany was off-side, making their tally
7 and us the champions of N. E. N. Y.
We closed the season on the field at Chadwick by defeating Newburgh
Free Academy, the champions of the Hudson Valley, 23 to 14. The team
deserves all the praise we can possibly give them, and Folks, " We have a
silver football, we have the cheers of a multitude and their handshakesg
but we have more than thatg we have a group of fellows than whom you
will find no better sportsmen, no truer friends nor honorable men this
side of Kingdom Come." And we'll have to blame Coach Russell.
HUBERT V. MILLER, '23
Albany High School Athletic Association
Balance on hand, September 1, 1922 .,........... .. S431 79
Student ....... 971 00
Associate .... 16 50
Football ..,.. 397 68
Basketball ....... 913 O2
' Baseball ........... 26 08
Miscellaneous receipts .. 314 08
Total receipts ...... 33,070 15
Football ..... ................ . . S740 75
Basketball 726 46
Track ....... 235 60
Baseball ......... l9l 35
Girl's Athletics .. 44 07
Bleachers . ..... 436 17
Cross Country 60 00
Miscellaneous . ............. .. 531 86
Total Disbursements . ...... ...... R2 ,966 26
Balance on hand, September 1, 1922. .... S103 89
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