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Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Team of Honor



The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Presenting Dinner Sponsor, Blue Rock Energy, today announced the recipient of this year’s Team of Honor that will be recognized for its outstanding achievements at the 29th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7pm at Drumlins Country Club.

Joe Russo, Hall of Fame President, and Phil Van Horne, Blue Rock Energy CEO, made the announcement that this year’s Team of Honor will be the 1968-69 Bishop Ludden High School Boys’ Basketball team that came to be known as “The Green Machine” and put together an amazing 21-0 record – a feat never accomplished in the 44 year history of the Syracuse City League (and later the Central New York Cities League).

Ludden Coach Terry Quigley who started the boys’ basketball program from its infancy in 1963 and brought the team to the Number 1 NYS ranked team a mere five years later was at today’s announcement and stated “how proud I am of this team’s accomplishments and how honored I am to have the team recognized by the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the community.”   Two of Coach Quigley’s players – Mark Wadach and Phil Harlow (both Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Famers and All-State performers for the team) were on hand at today’s press conference along with Danny Craver – a starting forward on the team.  All three of the players spoke of the togetherness on their special 18 player team that included Terry Ianniello, Pete Tartaro, John O’Hearn, Bob Bachman, and Ken McKinley in the top eight that won games by an average of 21 points and defeated four-time defending NYS Diocesan champ Utica Notre Dame by 30 points in the playoffs on its way to a truly remarkable undefeated season.

Blue Rock Energy CEO Phil Van Horne said that “Blue Rock Energy is proud to be the new Presenting Sponsor of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony and even prouder to be associated with an organization that recognizes the athletic achievements of teams such as The Green Machine as well as the athletes, coaches, and administrators who have and will be recognized by the Hall of Fame.”

Media Contact: Bill Motto, Dinner Chairman/Board Member – 315-657-3718                                   

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