— In case you missed it, one of our columnist, Sam Borden, wrote a story about Troy Kay, a Clarkstown resident who is a record-breaking power lifter. Kay can deadlift 500 pounds, but he said throughout the story that he is not trying to break records, just improve at football. Like many of Rockland’s finest, Kay plays at Don Bosco.
There’s some interesting things in the story. Kay defends himself against the claims from others that he could only add so much muscle through the use of steroids. He says he is no Brian Cushing; that he will never let those who support him down like that.
— Another person of note is Jerry Houston Sr., the father of Pearl River coach Jerry Houston. The elder Houston was recently inducted into the Basketball Old Timers of America Hall of Fame. The former St. John’s star was inducted alongside another Redmen great, Chris Mullin.
For those of you who don’t know how great Houston Sr. was, remember: He once scored 69 points in a CHSAA game for LaSalle Academy. The mark stood as a league record for 28 years — and he did it without a 3-point line. He also led St. John’s to an upset of No. 1-ranked Michigan and an NIT championship.