February 26 – Happy Birthday Todd Cetnar

I started attending Amsterdam High School basketball games at the tail end of the 1964 basketball season. I was just ten years old at the time and the only thing I remember about Tim Kolodziej was the huge ovation he got from the fans at his very last home game. But to earn High School All American honors, be the featured player of a team that won 30 straight games in an amazingly tough and star-filled Class A league, plus earn a full ride to Duke, well he must have been very very special.

Since then, there have been other outstanding individual AHS players. Tony Torani and Erik Johnson helped Amsterdam stay competitive in that great Class A League right after Kolodziej graduated and the duo of Buddy Flesh and Thom Safran kept that run going into the early 1970s during their fine AHS careers.  I loved the toughness of Jimmy Ottati and the gunslinger-like shooting skill of Mike Sollecito. Lou Fedullo was a big guy who could mix it up underneath but also go outside and shoot and ditto for the very talented Jason Mathias. My dark horse favorite was a kid named Jason Blood because of his defensive tenacity.

But the best I ever saw play the game for AHS was today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant, Todd Cetnar…

You can read the rest of my story about this great Amsterdam hoopster in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.