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Sixteen make up inaugural class to Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame

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The first annual induction class into the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame was introduced Thursday. The 16 member class will officially be inducted during a dinner on April 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton. Former New York Giant and Motnrose, PA native Chris Snee will be the featured speaker at the dinner.

The Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor those people that have shown a dedication to sports in the Southern Tier, and have or maintain a connection to the area. There are three criteria for induction: 1) Person must either be born in the Greater Binghamton Community, or have a long term association (10 years), or be considered "home town" and community associated with our area in the general public; 2) The person should exemplify ethical conduct, high standards of sportsmanship, and be respected by the general community; 3) The person must meet one of the following criteria: a) is or was an outstanding athlete in high school, college, amateur, or professional sports; b) is or was a coach, manager, trainer, official, administrator, or news media person who has made a significant contribution to sports; c) is a person who is performing or has performed unusual or distinguished services in fostering, developing, or effectively helping a sport to prosper.

The seven member selection committee elected the following 16 people to represent the first induction class:

Fran Angeline
U-E HS Varsity Football Coach - 32 years (216-88-9)
#1 Ranked Football Coach in USA in 1979
Colgate University Football Player and Captain
UEHS Football Player

Bob Campbell
Vestal High School Football Halfback
Penn State Football Player (1968 - 11-0, Ranked #2 in the nation)
NFL Player for Pittsburgh Steelers

John W. Fox
Sports Columnist Emeritus, Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (60 years)

Carl Gaffney
Executive Director of STAC
Assignor of the Southern Tier Basketball Officials

Bess Greenberg
BU Women's Basketball Player (All-Time scoring leader and 2x Athlete of the Year)
Played pro basketball in Israel and Denmark
Woman of the Year in NYS (2001)

Jack Hollaran
Whitney Point Boys Basketball Coach (41 years, 630 wins)
NYS Basketball HoF member

Isaiah Kacyvenski
NFL Player (Seahawks, Rams, Raiders)
Harvard University Football All-American (1999)
UEHS Football Player

Master Hidy Ochiai
Est. Washin-Ryu Style of Karate in USA
5x winner of the USA Grand National Karate Championship
Inductee of the Black Belt Magazine HoF
Author of 5 books

King Rice
BHS Basketball, McDonald's All American (1987), NYS Champion (1986)
UNC Point Guard and Team Captain
Head Basketball Coach for Bahamian National Team
Head Coach at Monmouth University

Ray Stanton, Sr.
Owner/Coach/QB of the Triple Cities Jets semi-pro football team
American Football Association HoF member
Quarterback at Binghamton North High

Six other members will be inducted posthumously:

Alex Alexander
Founder of the PGA BC Open Golf Tournament
Executive Director of BC Community Charities

Dick Baldwin
Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director, BCC
Men's Basketball Coach at Binghamton University
Collegiate Coaching Career - 46 years, 961 wins
Basketball Player, University of Rochester

Dick Hoover
Vestal High School Football Coach (28 years, 182 wins)
#1 Ranked Coach in USA (1973)

Johnny Logan
MLB Shortstop with Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates
Four-time MLB All-Star
World Series Champion (1957)

Ron Luciano
MLB Umpire (10 years)
Syracuse University Football Player (All-American, 1958; NCAA Champion in 1959, teammate with Ernie Davis)
Author of 4 books

Jim Matthews, Sr.
Founder of the Broome Dusters Professional Ice Hockey Team
Clarkson University Hockey Player

All of the living inductees will be present at the April 20th dinner, at least one member from the families of all the deceased inductees will also be present.

Tickets for the dinner are open to the public with a cost of $65. The dinner begins with a 5:30 cocktail hour and the 6:30 dinner. You can purchase tickets at www.AJQsports.com

Proceeds from the dinner go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton and Western Broome and also to finding a permanent home for the Hall of Fame. Until that time, the Hall of Fame's interim location will be in a section of the Oakdale Mall.