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2013 Year in Review: Battles won and lost

Football final between CBA and Shaker among second half highlights

CBA quarterback Joe Kolbe scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Brothers' 13-8 victory over Shaker in the Section II Class AA finals Nov. 8 at Bob Ford Field.

CBA quarterback Joe Kolbe scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Brothers' 13-8 victory over Shaker in the Section II Class AA finals Nov. 8 at Bob Ford Field. Spotlight file photo

“Going into the tournament, I knew I could compete with these guys,” said Fox, who is a freshman at the University of Maryland. “This course really set up well for me.”

Fox led through the first two rounds and only lost the lead twice on the third day – once after the first four holes, and then on the 18th hole.

Pete Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader, stopped at Crossgates Mall to appear on a local sports talk radio show and sign autographs at The Stadium. While in town, Rose was asked about the latest steroids scandal to hit the sport he played and managed for three decades.

“If you break the rules and you cheat, that’s not good for the game,” said Rose.

The former Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies star knows what can happen when a player breaks the rules. Rose was banned for life from the game in 1989 after a report revealed that he bet on baseball games while managing the Reds. Rose publicly denied that he did bet on games before confessing to it in an autobiography he released in 2007.

• The Albany Athletics earned their second straight trip to the AABC Stan Musial World Series after claiming the North Atlantic Regional title, but they failed in their quest to repeat as world champions after losing their first two games of the tournament.

“This was a great season, despite a tough ending in the World Series,” said Athletics manager and Guilderland High School graduate Joe Altieri. “We made a great run through the regular season and postseason, and represented our league and region with class and pride in the World Series.”

The Athletics posted one of the best regular season records in Albany Twilight League history with a 22-2 mark and had an overall record of 38-11. They scored 198 runs during the league season, which was three runs off their record of 201 runs during the 2012 campaign.

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