Joel Alicea throws second straight no-hitter; three generations celebrate at East

Joel Alicea throws second straight no-hitter; three generations celebrate at East

East teacher Paul Conrow ’95 and family. Michael ’22 to his right. Elizabeth Conrow with Emily ’30. To their right is Barbara DeMatters, mother and mother-in-law. Paul’s mother ’68 was at the game earlier. Paul’s children are third generation East.

As we did during last year’s magical season, in Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters. and Excitement grows on Culver Road as East wins third straight. we’ve been following what can be another historic season for East baseball.


Democrat and Chronicle, 4/11/17


Joel Alicea pitched his second straight no-hitter. This season Joel has given up only one ball hit out of the infield, striking out double digits in each game.

Today, East ran its record to 4-0 with a lopsided victory over Wilson.  I had a great view from the press box where East senior Yonatan Montes was running the scoreboard.  Yonatan had gotten a got a quick primer on pressing the ball and strike buttons and was flawless.

(More pics of the game at “High School: East beats Wilson,”D&C)


Wilson fan Patricia Gallivan. The large dog is Riley and the smaller one is Mona.

Like the whole East community, Yonatan is psyched about this season that so far has been all East.  Yonathon knows many of the team’s top players: Joel Alicea, Pablo Garcia, Jordi Agosto, John Segarra, Lemuel Matos, Sam Rapp and Jean Carlos.


Actually, East beat Wilson by more than 10 runs. But in the common sportsmanship within the RCAC the scoreboard stays at ten.

After last season’s loss in the sectionals, Yonatan says the players dedicated themselves to this season; all played summer ball to hone their skills.  Yonatan says the young men live for baseball, each hoping to win an athletic or academic scholarship to play in college.

Today, Wilson was a little overmatched, but Wilson super mom Patricia Gallivan was rooting on the team. Her son Finn pitches for Wilson and her daughter Sophie is a Wilson alum.  Patricia says even though she is for the Wildcats, RCAC fans are proud of East’s accomplishments.

East senior Yonatan Montes in the press box.


Paul Conrow’s daughter, Samantha ’21 is the catcher.


East softball coach Robert Moten


Thanks to Angelis Agosto for taking the picture. Angelis is a junior who pitches and plays left field.

With all the excitement on the baseball field, the girl’s softball also drew a big crowd on this picture perfect spring afternoon.  The East squad fell to Monroe.  But East coach Robert Moten was leading the charge with gusto.


Julia Schmalz of The Chronicle for Higher Education at work on a documentary on the University of Rochester/East High partnership.

Things are going so well at East this year that Julia Schmalz, a multimedia producer at The Chronicle of Higher Education was at the game making a video. Julia is in Rochester to chronicle the partnership between the University of Rochester and East High. As Julia said, the partnership is one of UR President Joel Seligman’s proudest achievements during his tenure.

Finally, at the game was East optics teacher Paul Conrow ’95.  Paul’s son, Michael ’22 is on the modified baseball team and his daughter Samantha ’21 is a catcher on the softball team.

If you aren’t sure about Paul’s East pedigree, he provided a family tree.  That was three East generations cheering today on Culver Road!


Family tree provide by Paul Conway, East ’95 and an optics teacher at East.


Congratulations East on a magical season. So Jefferson and Rocky DiPonzio’s 1980 mark still stands.

Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.

Excitement grows on Culver Road as East wins third straight. Bishop Kearney is next.

Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

East beats Lyons to stay unbeaten; Crandall retrieves balls and sweeps home plate

Eagles (8-0) win East Tournament; pizza for all

No longer undefeated, East bounces back nicely

East falls just short. And views from the press box

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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