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Anthony Bellai

Long time Wrestling Coach and Physical Education teacher at Saratoga High School, Anthony Bellai, passed away Saturday.  

 

The following is the link to the obituary in the Daily Gazette:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailygazette/obituary.aspx?n=anthony-p-ballai&pid=181453784&fhid=8189

 

Saratoga Springs coach Anthony Bellai dead at 51

 
 

 

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> There will be one less smile in the halls of Saratoga Springs High School’s halls on Monday morning as students and faculty come to grips with the sudden passing of long-time educator and coach Anthony Bellai who died suddenly at the age of 51 over the weekend.

 

 

Bellai coached the Blue Streaks varsity wrestling team for 10 years and then stepped down to watch his son and daughter compete at Schalmont High School in basketball, football and wrestling. He returned to the sidelines since and coached the Saratoga Springs modified wrestling squad through last season.

 

 

The news of the sudden passing of Bellai shook students at Saratoga and surrounding communities who knew him as a coach, a gym teacher and a consistent ray of laughs and a constant smile with numerous mentions on Twitter Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

A state champion wrestler with Mont Pleasant in 1981 at 105-pounds, his passion for the sport carried through during his tenure at Saratoga Springs, passing on a legacy that includes current Blue Streak coach and former wrestler Kris West.

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“I think everyone is shocked,” Kris West said. “He was such a young guy, so full of life. He was a guy that everyone was drawn to and attracted to and a great person to be around.

 

 

“He’s always laughing, in a good mood; he always put you in a good mood. He always knew how to put a smile on someone’s face, cheer them up and make their day better. He is going to be sorely missed.”

 

 

During West’s junior year at Saratoga Springs Bellai joined the program as the JV coach under Bob Stulmaker.

 

 

“He was one of the main reasons I was a sectional champ,” West said. “I had an opportunity to wrestle for him, a chance to coach with him for the last 15 years. I was pretty lucky.”

 

 

Bellai’s personality was larger than his size according to West.

 

 

“He made everyone happy, you didn’t have to be one of his wrestlers or you didn’t have to be in one of his phys. Ed classes, you could just be a kid walking down the hallway, people loved him,” West said. “People that didn’t know him came into contact with him once and loved him, loved the guy. He just had that type of personality that people wanted to be around him.”

 

 

His magnetic personality even carried across the mat in the sport as he was remembered by his rival coach and friend, Shenendehowa varsity coach Rob Weeks.

 

 

“He was one of the pioneers of my generation and one of the guys that we looked up to as a hero as a wrestler and a great ambassador for the sport afterwards, it is sad,” Rob Weeks said. “We had a nice, healthy rivalry with them and he invested his time and effort into the program.”

 

 

Weeks said can appreciate what the Saratoga community will be going through as classes resume today.

 

 

“Monday will be a somber day in the school district and rightfully so,” Weeks said. “There will be a lot of questions, concerns, outpouring and it’s a sad reality that people who influence a lot of people are the ones that leave the biggest void when they are gone. I’m sure Saratoga will be recognizing that in the next days and weeks ahead.”

 

 

Calling hours for Bellai and his family will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home at 1605 Helderberg Avenue in Rotterdam. A memorial mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 210 Princetown Road in Rotterdam.

 

 

 

Section 2 Executive Director

Attached is a posting for the position of Executive Director of Section 2.

Attachments:
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Bryan Wotherspoon

Bryan Wotherspoon, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016.  Bryan was a member of the Schenectady Baseball Umpire Association and the Capital District Football Officials Association.  He was the son of Dale Wotherspoon (long time Athletic Administrator of Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School and member of three Section 2 Officials Organizations).

Here is the link to view the entire obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailygazette/obituary.aspx?n=bryan-a-wotherspoon&pid=180726071&fhid=22158

Section 2 extends sincere condolences to Dale and his family at this difficult time.

Sportsmanship Award - Columbia

East Greenbush HS won the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Promotion Award for the 4th straight year.  Congratulations to Mike Leonard and the entire East Greenbush School District for a great job.

Click on the attached photo to see BOE President Joanne Taylor, Athletic Director Mike Leonard and Superintendent, Jeffrey Simons accepting the banner.

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