We begin Fox 40's Top 40 Most Impactful Local Sports Figures in Southern Tier History today! Over the next 40 weekdays spanning until August 30th, we'll reveal one athlete, coach, media member or contributor who impacted both the Southern Tier and greater sports World. Fox 40's Top 40 is sponsored by UHS Sports Medicine and UHS Orthopedic.

We begin our list with Bess Greenberg.

Greenberg is the daughter of a coaching legend, Mickey Greenberg, but quickly forged her own legacy. Winning a Section IV title in 1996 and finishing her high school career with 1,473, the most ever for a Vestal Golden Bear. But that was just the beginning of Bess' story. The Southern Tier native opted to stay home for college, attending Binghamton University and becoming a star for the then Division III Bearcats. Greenberg and the BU women's basketball program grew together and became synonymous with one another in the late 90's. Greenberg spearheaded BU's transition from D3 to D2 and eventually to Division I. Along the way, Greenberg earned a pair of D2 All-American nods and ended her collegiate career as the program's leading scorer with over 2,000 points. After finishing her collegiate career, Greenberg played professionally overseas and now is the lead singer for KidBess and the Magic Ring. 

Greenberg's legacy as a Section IV star and as one of the most important Binghamton University athletes of all time lands her at number 40 on our most impactful Southern Tier Athletes of all time.

Stick with Fox 40 every weeknight at 6 & 10 pm as we announce one pick per night until August 30th.