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Girmindl's Ghost

A diary of Shaker High School's 2005-2006 basketball season, a retelling of Shaker's fabled 1979-1980 season, and general commentary on high school hoops, updated daily...


"I like sitting in the back row. I found that sitting against the wall is just easier on your back." -Dean Smith, on the comfort of the H-gym bleachers

Reader's choice awards

Reader's Choice awards: I got so many emails last month bickering with my midterm awards that I decided the regular season wrap-up awards should be reader's choice. So read through the nominees, send in your picks, and I'll tally them sometime in the next four or five days. And feel free to both nominate your own candidates and also come up with your own awards. Remember, these awards cover the entire season.

Without further ado, the nominees are:

For "best dunk..."

A. Brad Sheehan alley-oop slam against Colonie in SC tourney.
B. Tom Duclos alley-oop slam to open senior night.
C. Brad Sheehan "I'm really pissed we're losing" jam against Guilderland.
D. Tom Duclos breakawy jam against Bishop Maginn.

For "best surprise cameo in the bleachers..."

A. Paul Hewitt shows up against Columbia...
B. Greg Holle shows up against Shen...
C. The Times Union shows up for the SC tourney...
D. The JV team shows up in the student section...

For "most ridiculous reason to hold up a game..."

A. Having a 2-minute speech for all 10 seniors for senior night (at Bethlehem).
B. Opposing player searches for his lost contact at midcourt (at Guilderland.)
C. Coach Holmes and Coach Brehmn mop up spilt water (SC tourney finals).

For "best performance by a bench player..."

A. Hooks 18 points (5 threes) against Columbia...
B. Hooks 13 points against Colonie in the SC tourney..
C. Bodgan 3 sweet assists and tough D on Battle in the Maginn game...
D. Vernon 9 points against B. Spa...

For "most ridiculous Times Union statement..."

A. printing a 6pm game time agaisnt Columbia...
B. ranking Shaker 7th among big schools in December...
C. writing that Lasalle played a "smothering defense"...
D. miscaptioning this photo (this deserves its own award/column)...

Seriously, what would you caption this photo?

A. "Brad Sheehan takes a hard foul in the lane."

B. "Brad Sheehan powers over two Nisky defenders for a basket."

C. "Shaker's Brad Sheehn elevates above a Nisky player."

D. ""Nisky's Dan Halyako blocks a shot by Shaker's Brad Sheehan."

The Times Union picked "D." I'm not even convinced they know that Brad is wearing white in the photo and Halayko red. Because "Shaker's Brad Sheehn blocks a shot by Nisky's Dan Halayko" might be a more plausible quote for that picture.


For "best performance by a starter (non-Brad)..."

A. Duclos in the Maginn holiday tourney (13 points / 14 points)...
B. Griff against Columbia (13 points, zillion boards)...
C. Hans against Saratoga (17 points, 4 threes)...
D. Eddie against Shen (13 points, clutch foul shooting...)

For "best performance by Brad..."

A. Against CBA (triple double / game winning shot)...
B. At Saratoga (25 points in the 2nd half)...
C. Against Columbia (28 points, lots of long jumpers)...
D. At Guilderland (26 points, inspiring 2nd half)...

For "thank god that just happened or we mighta lost a bad one..."

A. Hooks takes a charge late in the Bethlehem game...
B. Eddie makes his free throws against Shen...
C. Alex Zampier cools off in the 4th quarter of the Columbia game...
D. The Nisky game didn't go another 45 seconds...

For "worst crowd turnout..."

A. Averill Park game...
B. Shen game...
C. Suburban Council Championship game...
D. Mohon game...

For "worst officiating..."

A. SC championship (Shaker goes to line just 9 times)...
B. Mohon game (only two fouls total in first half)...
C. Bethlehem game (outrageously inconsistent reffing)...
D. Guilderland game (phantom calls everywhere)...

For "strangest non-game occurance"...

A. Guilderland cheerleaders rock out to the Beatie Boys...
B. Nisky cheerleaders try out for a rap video...
C. Nisky decides to skip the national anthem...
D. Saratoga's 150 person 6th sits there like its a funeral...

For "scariest 'there-goes-the-season' moment"...

A. Griff limps off against Shen...
B. Brad comes down hard against B. Spa...
C. Eddie limps off against Shen...
D. Hans takes a beating at B. Spa...

For "coolest player interaction with fans during game..."

A. Bodgan nods head to the 6th man agaisnt Nisky...
B. Vernon ackowledges crowd against Guilderland...
C. Brad waves to the opposing fans against BHBL...
D. Seniors carry a running conversation with 6th man against Saratoga...
E. Team wears 6th man shirts to warm up against Saratoga...
F. Holmes urges the 6th man on as seniors depart, agaisnt Saratoga...

For "worst moment of the season..."

A. Maginn fans celebrate after final second victory...
B. AP's coach chest-bumps players after OT victory...
C. Logging into TimesUnion.com and seeing they scored 37 against Lasalle...
D. Receiving several taunting emails from Nisky fans after SC tourney...

For "closest heart attack that didn't happen..."

A. Guilderland misses a three at the buzzer, Shaker wins 50-48...
B. Nisky rimms out a half-court shot at the buzzer, Shaker wins 53-51...
C. Bethlehem pulls within 3 in the fourth quarter...
D. Shen takes the lead with two minutes to go...

For "best 6th man chant..."

A. "What is this?" while mimicking wierd motion of CBA students...
B. "You're not worth it!" against Columbia...
C. "Warm up the tractor!" against BHBL...
D. "Brad is legal!" on Brad's 18th birthday...
E. "Gooooooo, VERNON!!", various times...

For "best 6th man showcase..."

A. Home vs. Colonie...
B. Senior night vs. Saratoga...
C. Home vs. CBA...
D. Home vs. Columbia...

For "best concession stand..."

A. Shaker (cheap Twix)...
B. Nisky (good pizza)...
C. Saratoga (good crowd management)...
D. Armory (no line)...

For "best gym..."

A. Shaker...
B. Saratoga...
C. Guilderland...

For "worst gym..."

A. Nisky...
B. Bethlehem...

For "best moment of the regular season..."

A. Brad hits the game winner against CBA...
B. Seniors take a 7-0 lead against Saratoga on senior night...
C. Brad blocks Holle on a breakaway dunk against CBA...
D. Seniors exit one by one after whipping Saratoga...

For "best essay on Girmindl's Ghost..."

A. Student section cheering...
B. H-gym photo essay...
C. Ahhh, the H-gym new gym...
D. Interview: Brad Sheehan...
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