Canton Central to honor individuals, teams at Athletic Hall of Fame
CANTON -- Canton’s Williams High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates individual athletes, a basketball team, a longtime coach, and a longtime supporter at induction ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 9.
The ceremony starts at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium.Other Canton standouts from the past will also be at the school earlier that day to participate in open basketball and wrestling clinics.
The 2010 inductees are:
• Coach David Bradman, who coached varsity football, winning two league championships, and varsity lacrosse, taking numerous league and sectional championships, between 1984 to 2008. The U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee led the lacrosse teams as they racked up 96 games without a defeat between 2002 and 2007.
• John Clark, a soccer and wrestling standout,. graduated in 1999. Clark was the first state wrestling champ ever from Section 10, taking the state contest twice. In soccer, he was rated All Northern during three seasons.
• Sara Graveline graduated in 1995 as a champion in three sports, winning All-Northern accolades in softball, soccer and basketball. She earned a spot on the 1995 All-State second soccer team.
• Gordon Leonard was on the track and field, basketball and football teams. By the time he graduated in 1985, he had earned spots on first and second All-Northern teams in each sport.
• James Hayden, who graduated in 1973, earned All-Northern football and basketball honors while in Canton, and played golf on the varsity team.
• 1973-74 Basketball Team, went 18-2 that season, 15-0 in Northern League play, coached by Jerry Hourihan and Mike Seymour.
• Daniel G. Fay will be honored for his work supporting sports in Canton, both at the schools and with the Pee Wee programs.
There will be a reception after the ceremony at Partridge Run Golf Course, Sullivan Drive, in Mulligan’s.
At least two members of the 1973-74 basketball team, and individual Canton Hall of Famers, Bob McKenney and Hal Cohen, will be in the gym between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. passing along some of their athletic wisdom in an open clinic for boys and girls in grades 2 to 12.
McKenney, now coach of the Jamesville-Dewitt, just east of Syracuse, boasts over 300 wins, three Class A State Championships, 10 league titles, and has sent numerous players to the Division I, II and III ranks. For those that follow the Syracuse Orange, both Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche played in the Jamesville-Dewitt program. McKenney is currently coaching the number three recruit in the nation, DaJuan Coleman, and his team remains nationally ranked.
Alongside Coach McKenney will be his longtime backcourt mate Dr. Hal Cohen. Cohen remains the all-time leading scorer in Section X, and his sinking 598 consecutive free throws is something that continues to awe those who have ever attempted to match it.
The clinic will focus on fundamentals and skill improvement.
The wrestling clinic, at the same time but in the wrestling room, will feature former two-time New York State Champion John Clark. John is the son of former St. Lawrence University National Championship Coach John Clark and has become a prominent coach in the wrestling world himself. He had an outstanding career at The Ohio State University where he was a two-time All American. His has coached at Stanford and Lehigh Universities, and is now at Brown University.
Registration for the clinics is free, taking place on the morning of the clinics. Athletes should bring appropriate gear.
If you have questions, call Canton Central Director of Athletics Bill Porter at 386-8561 ext. 321.