GIRARD TO PLAY FOR SHEN

Section: SPORTS,  Page: D1

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 1989

Joe Girard Jr., the SectionII boys basketball scoring champion this past winter for St. Mary's of Glens Falls with a 35.8 average, said Monday he will transfer to Shenendehowa for his senior year.


Girard, who has 1,749 career points, is sixth on the section's all- time career scoring list and needs just 440 points to tie career leader Tony Traver. Traver graduated from Greenwich in 1980 with 2,189 points before going on to William & Mary. Girard, son of St. Mary's coach Joe Girard Sr., had to transfer because St. Mary's is closing its doors in June due to ever-increasing operating costs and dwindling enrollment.


He had been considering Shenendehowa, Gloversville and Christian Brothers Academy.


"I know Todd Duval (Shen junior point guard), and overall, people were nice there when I went down to visit the campus," Girard said. "They have a great tradition. I used to sit back and watch the great players like (Greg) Koubek and (Brendan) O'Sullivan and cheer with all the other fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center."


Academically, Girard said he had already completed most of his course requirements and will take "basic stuff" at the Clifton Park school, which he said is a 40-minute drive from his home.


Coach Girard said of his son's choice: "He's going to play better competition. He's going to have to work harder now."


Shenendehowa basketball coach Jim Zullo was quick to agree with coach Girard.


"I've only seen him play for about five minutes during a tournament game this year," Zullo said. "All I know about Joe is what I've read and heard. If he's as good as people say he is, he should help us. But we're going to be a good team next year anyway. This boy will have to fit in with some other outstanding boys and play team basketball. I'm sure he will."