Nominees Added for 2019 Consideration
The following people were added to the master list of nominees to be considered for the Class of 2019 and beyond....
GREG BLAICH (official) – Homegrown basketball official and decorated member of Board 38 for decades … Won Al DiStaola Silver Whistle Award … Operated restaurant/bar, which used to be called Dublin’s, for many years … Owner/manager of Hill ’n Dale golf course … Son of the late Don Blaich, who was an outstanding local official.
DICK CAMPBELL (coach wrestling/golf) – Was a 98-pound scholastic wrestler for Marcellus who went on to Michigan State … Over 40 years coaching golf at Skaneateles, Dick’s teams won a New York State-record 569 matches. Among his many fine players on the links, the most heralded was Hall of Famer/Tour winner Tom Scherrer … Over 20 years of coaching wrestling at Skaneateles, his teams posted an overall mark of 173-73-1. Even more impressive was a 166-49 record following a slow start … And he later reestablished the school’s wrestling program … A fine golfer himself, daughter Julie is a former Herald Women’s champion … Officiated wrestling … Dick is a 2010 Section 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.
PATRICK CORBIN (baseball) – While at Cicero-North Syracuse, Pat was a Central New York all-star in basketball, setting a C-NS record for 3-point shots made in a game … A collegiate product of Mohawk Valley CC and Chipola College in Florida … A second-round draft pick of the California Angels, his big league career — while curtailed at times by injuries — has been impressive. He’s 56-54 lifetime, and last season posted an 11-7 record, excellent 3.15 earned run average stellar 11.1 strikeouts-per-nine innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks … It has all led to a lucrative multi-year deal with the Washington Nationals—a six-year deal paying him nearly $13 million this season and more than $35 million in 2024.
BILLY EWANISZYK (basketball) – Among the legends of Parochial League basketball, Sacred Heart’s ‘Billy E’ was one of the top coaches in PL history … Need more statistical information, but suffice it for now to mention that the ’75 Hearts were the undefeated league and playoff champions … Ewaniszyk’s team went 21-1 (lone loss to CBA) and were the top small school in the state (ahead of Roosevelt Boule-Led Kendall) … That team was the only state champion from the Parochial League.
CARMEN HARLOW (football/coach/umpire) - Played football, basketball and indoor/outdoor track at Nottingham H.S. ’71-’74; Two-time CNY League passing champion, ’72’ & ’73, one of Nottingham’s all-time leading total offense leaders (passing/rushing) Named CNY All-City in ’72 & ’73 (offense and defense), Section III indoor track silver medalist ’73-’74; Member of Syracuse University Orangemen, ’74-’77, Pop Warner football official, NYS high school and collegiate baseball umpire ’80 - ’89; Coached varsity football at Nottingham (’85 - ’88); Varsity Assistant Coach at CBA ’89; Modified Asst. Coach at FM-HS ’92, Coach VJAA basketball, ’02; Valley Pop Warner mighty might and midget football coach ’05 & ‘07 and President of the Valley Pop Warner org. ’06 -’11; Founder and President of the Urban Sports Hall of Fame ’87 - present. Elected to the Onondaga County Legislator twice, Involved in numerous community agencies and boards as a volunteer.
JENNIFER HUGHES (soccer) – 1993 ES-M grad … All-County; also played basketball (Dad, Bob Hughes, was Top 50 all-time Parochial League players) … Jen’s in ES-M Athletic Hall of Fame (’07) … Four-time All-Patriot League midfielder, she graduated (’97) as Colgate’s all-time scorer, member of league’s Decade and 25th Anniversary women’s soccer teams … Played on three league championship teams for coach Kathy Brawn, was MVP of ’95 and ’96 tourneys, co-captained ’96 team (19-2) … Colgate Hall of Honor (’06); jersey retired … Entered 15th season as Amherst head coach with a stellar 164-52-30 record, two NESCAC titles, nine NCAA Div. III appearances (six consecutive), three times in the quarter-finals … Twice NESCAC Coach of the Year, once New England COY … Worked in NYC for Goldman Sachs … Played professionally in Sweden … MBA and MS (UMass), law degree (UConn), passed the Massachusetts bar exam.
JOHNNY McARDELL (DIRT racing) – Liverpool resident who worked at Crucible … Was a dominant DIRT track driver in the 1960’s … Began in 1952 at Lafayette … Johnny had a big year in ’64, winning 27 feature races at Weedsport, Waterloo and Canandaigua, and is the only Central New Yorker to win championships at was called the ‘Big Four’ — Waterloo, Weedsport, Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels … Over his long career, he won well over 100 features … Was 1974 Driver of the Year at Rolling Wheels … In 1995, McArdell was inducted into the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame … And as a bowler, he once rolled a 299 game.
LATAVIUS MURRAY (football) – Born in Florida, Latavius was a 3-sport high school star at Onondaga (football, basketball, track & field) … All-CNY three consecutive years on the gridiron: 3rd team All-State as a sophomore (1,609 yards, 11 TDs rushing), 1st team as a junior (2,030 yards, 30 TDs), 1st team/2007 Gatorade NY State Player of the Year as a senior. Those 3 years, he amassed 5,833 yards on the grounds, 72 rushing TDs … At the University of Central Florida, he ran for 2,424 yards (5.4 per carry) and 37 TDs, despite torn ACL after his 1st year. His final season, he gained 1,106 ground yards, had 15 TDs, caught 27 passes … Not invited to the NFL Combine, he was Oakland’s 6th round pick in 2014 and had a 90-yard TD run vs. Kansas City … The 6-3, 230-lb. Murray is currently in the third year of 3-year, $3,650,000 deal with Minnesota. His NFL career stats: 3,698 yards (4.1 average), 34 TDs rushing, 128 catches, only 2 lost fumbles.
PAUL PASQUALONI (football coach) – Played linebacker a Penn State … After coaching at Central Connecticut State, Paul served on Coach Mac’s staff from 1987-90, then became Syracuse University’s head football coach … His Orange squads from 1991-2004 had an overall record of 107-59-1 (.644, highest winning percentage in more than 90 years) … During his reign, SU won four Big East Conference titles (two outright) and won six of nine bowl games … Paul’s first two editions went a combined 20-4 (11-1 Big East) and were ranked 11th and 6th nationally … Since coaching the Orange, he’s coached collegiately at Connecticut (head coach) and Boston College, and been on FL staffs in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Detroit.
RYAN POWELL (lacrosse) – Middle one of three Powell brothers from Carthage who starred for Syracuse … In the 2000 NCAA Championship win over Princeton, Powell assisted on Ethan Mills’ game-winner for Ryan’s 96th point and record-287th of his career (tying brother Casey). That mark would be surpassed by brother Michael … Considered the least-talented of the Powells, he exhibited a toughness that earned him the nickname ‘Rhino.’ … Won prestigious Enners Award (top player), Turnbull Award (attackman) … After SU, played with Casey in the MLL’s initial season … Was on U.S. teams in 2006 and ’10 World Championships; he captained gold medal-winning team in ’10 … Has been involved with Rhino Lacrosse and Powell Lacrosse … Joined Cazenovia College coaching staff in 2014 and is now part of the SU lacrosse family, dealing with camps, clinics and player identification.
PAUL TRIPOLI (football) — Born in Utica, Paul starred at Liverpool High on the gridiron, also in basketball, golf and track … The 1980 grad was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame with a Class of ’89 that included Hall of Famer Tim Green … He played collegiately at Alabama … A 6-foot, 197-pound defensive back, Tripoli played pro football in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (’87) and in Canada for the Toronto Argonauts (’86-87) … In ’86, he had three interceptions in nine games as the Argos won the CFL East. In ’87, he played two games for the Argos (who reached the Grey Cup), returning three missed field goals 57 yards, returning punts and intercepting two passes … Paul started four of the 13 games he played for the ’87 Bucs and had three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. His most outstanding NFL game was at Detroit, where he picked off two passes, returning one for a touchdown.
ALEX TUCH (hockey) – Born in Syracuse, raised in Baldwinsville, was already a stud on the ice as a 15-year-old scoring 101 points in 40 games for the Syracuse Jr. Stars … Alex won a Bronze medal in 2013 World Under-17 team, Gold in ’14 with Under-18 team, scoring 64 points in 61 games … Was 18th overall pick in 1st round of ’14 NHL Entry Draft by Minnesota Wild … Led Boston College to the Frozen Four as a sophomore. Scored 62 points (32 goals) in 77 games for BC … Minnesota dealt Tuch to Las Vegas, where his NHL career has taken off at an early age —the 6-4, 223-pound right wing turns 23 in May. He’s already accounted for 77 points (31 goals) in two seasons with the Golden Knights, who reached the 2018 Stanley Cup finals. In 20 playoff games that year, he scored 10 points … In the midst of a 7-year, $33.25 million contract.