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Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Six to be inducted into NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame

   Leading off today: A trio of Section 2 figures is among the list of inductees in the 2019 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class that will be enshrined during the annual Central Committee meeting July 31 at the Turning Stone Resort, the organization announced Wednesday.

   Nominations were endorsed by the inductees' respective sections before being advanced to the NYSPHSAA Screening Committee for consideration and then to the Selection Committee.

   Those being inducted are:

    • Dick Cerone, a Section 5 football coach and athletic director in a career spanning more than five decades as well as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association football chairman from 1981-2014. He was central to the complex negotiations and planning that led to the introduction of the first state regional football championships and then the inaugural state finals at the Carrier Dome in 1993. He has previously been inducted into numerous school and community organization halls of fame in the Rochester area.

    Anthony Famiglietti, a highly accomplished distance runner for Patchogue-Medford in the 1990s who went on to represent the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games. Famiglietti, who recently announced his attempt to become the fourth master's division runner to break the four-minute mile barrier, was a state champion in the 3,200 meters in 1996 and went on to compete for Appalachian State and then the University of Tennessee, setting the stage for six U.S. national titles as a professional.

    Cathy Stanilka, one of the most successful volleyball and softball coaches in state history during her tenure at Lake George, where she was also an athletic director for six years. Stanilka compiled a 673-182 mark in volleyball with 19 Section 2 titles, one state crown and 12 trips to the NYSPHSAA final fours in 40 seasons. On the softball field, she won 326 games and one state championship over a 26-year span. She served on numerous sectional and state committees in both sports as well as the NYSPHSAA Safety Committee.

    Ken Strube, whose Shenendehowa girls basketball teams were the model of consistency from 1979 until his retirement in 2012. Strube's teams compiled a 588-156 record with four state championships and 10 Section 2 titles. His teams' achievements included 112 consecutive wins in Suburban Council action. Strube was also a league basketball chairman and a member of the Section 2 girls basketball committee from 1982-99.

    Eileen Troy, whose coaching success in basketball, softball and field hockey alone would have been enough to merit hall of fame consideration but has also been a fixture in Section 2 and state athletics governance. A former NYSPHSAA president, Troy began her career as a coach and AD at Greenwich, where she served 32 years. She spent a decade as the girls state basketball chair, 31 years on the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee and is in her 22nd year as a member of the NYSPHSAA Championship Advisory Committee. Her 2003 Greenwich softball team was one of her nine Section 2 champions and went on to a state title.


    James Wolfe, a longtime coach and athletic director at Goshen until his retirement in 1995. Besides coaching track, football, and wrestling during his career, he officiated high school football for 31 seasons and worked state title games at the Carrier Dome four times. He served in the NYSPHSAA the past 29 years as a member of its Executive Committee and remains active with Section 9 athletics.

   No. 13 for Stiles: Deposit pitcher Makenzie Stiles threw her second perfect game of the season and the 13th in her career during a 15-0 softball victory over Oxford on Tuesday.

   Styles struck out 12 batters in improving to 5-0 this spring. She got support at the plate from catcher Bryn Martin, who went 4-for-4 with a home run, five runs batted in and three runs scored.



   More perfection: Eighth-grader Madi Gould pitched a perfect game with 17 strikeouts as Whitehall edged top-rated Fort Ann 1-0 in a matchup of state-ranked Adirondack League Class D softball teams.

   Gould didn't allow a ball out of the infield as the Railroaders, ranked sixth in the state knocked off the defending state champions.

   "You wouldn't know she was an eighth-grader to watch her play," Whitehall coach Pam Putorti said.

   Gould outdueled Fort Ann's Kayla Bailey, who struck out 11 and allowed three hits.

   Whitehall scored in the sixth inning as Jess Moore reached on a one-out error, stole second and then came home on another error as she stole third.    More softball: Horseheads junior right-hander Maddie Rogers has thrown back-to-back no-hitters on consecutive days. After retiring all 18 batters she faced in Monday's 13-0, six-inning win over Elmira for a perfect game, Rogers threw a no-hitter in a 9-0 triumph against Vestal on Tuesday.

   Rogers struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter as Horseheads improved to 10-1. She retired the first 11 batters before a two-out error in the fourth inning.

   "I feel like I'm getting better as (the season) goes along," said Rogers, who is in her second varsity season. "I'm just getting more comfortable on the mound. I just know what pitches to throw now more, what works for me."

   Kori Thornton had two doubles and drove in all of Bainbridge-Guilford's runs in t 4-1 victory over No. 8 Greene as two team ranked in the state in Class C faced off.

   Thornton's four RBIs came from a pair of two-run doubles to left field for No. 13 Bainbridge-Guilford.

   Boys lacrosse: Sophomore attackman John Mitchell had five goals and two assists as Iona Prep downed Bronxville 16-6.

   Iona Prep is ranked 13th in the state in Class A and Bronxville began the week at No. 1 in Class D.

   Dylan Nelson and John Schreiber each added three goals and two assists for the winners. The Gaels had a 3-1 lead after the first quarter, then connected eight more time for an 11-2 halftime advantage.

   Baseball: Senior Will Carlone had a pair of hits in becoming the school's career leader in that department during St. Joseph's 9-2 victory over St. Francis. Carlone, an infielder and pitcher, has 96 hits in his career, breaking the record set by Jared Baldinelli in 2013.

   Streak snapped: Owen Strommer and Jack Godfrey earned a straight-sets win in doubled to help Washingtonville pull out a 4-3 boys tennis win Monday over Cornwall. The result ended Cornwall's 91-match winning streak dating back to 2012.

   Strommer and Godfrey defeated Dan Lee and Noah Grossman 6-3, 6-2.

   First-year Washingtonville coach Matt Anastasi helped Cornwall start its streak. The 2013 Cornwall graduate captured the 2012 Section 9 doubles title and won Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association doubles championships his final two seasons.

   "A couple of my friends from the Cornwall team texted me congratulations when I got the job," Anastasi said. "They said, 'If you end the streak, I'm not talking to you again.'"

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