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War Memorial

Rick Aronberg
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2002 
(top left) At Fairport High School, (top right) at Nazareth College
Click on bottom row Clemson University photos for larger images.
(bottom middle) Graduating in 1990... (bottom right) Named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary swimming team in 2002.
A seven-time swimming All-American at Fairport and a four-time All-American at Clemson University, Aronberg still holds the ACC record for the 1,650-yard freestyle. He participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 and competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1985 and '89, winning 11 medals. Aronberg was also ranked #1 in the world in the 400-meter freestyle in 1989. He has coached the Nazareth men's and women's swim teams for the past nine years.
Bio, Star Swimming
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Clemson University Hall of Fame, Class of 2001
WGRZ-TV Buffalo, Aronberg on Ryan Lochte

Cleveland Cooper
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2002 
A star running back at Madison High, Cooper went to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he became the third leading rusher in Midshipmen history. Cooper was at his best in the annual Army-Navy game. The Middies won two of the three games Cooper played in, including a 51-0 victory in 1973 that saw him rush for 135 yards and three scores. He received a game ball for his efforts. After fulfilling his military commitment, Cooper joined Xerox, where he became an executive.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2002
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Wide Receivers

Tom Emmanuel
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2002
A long-time area basketball official and rules interpreter, he was inducted into the inaugural Section V Basketball Hall of Fame last year. He was considered the dean of local high school basketball officials. The annual Section V tournament presents a sportsmanship award in his name to the team that "most conscientiously upheld those qualities of sportsmanship that Tom Emmanuel so generously displayed for so many years."
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, Bruno Sniders, Emmanuel hasn't slowed up
Democrat and Chronicle, For the Record Profile
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle, Tom Emmanuel dies at 80; long-time basketball official
G. Thomas Emmanuel Scholarship



Pat Ercoli
Professional Sports, Inducted 2002 
(top) Ercoli sometime during his 1978-80 days with the Lancers, and Ercoli's 1978-79 home Lancers jersey.
(middle) Scoring for the Baltimore Blast of the MISL.
(bottom) Ercoli, left, with the 1980 Rochester Lancers...and right, with the 1978-79 New York Arrows.
Click jersey, middle row and team photos for larger images.
The former Rochester Lancers forward has coached the Rhinos to a 107-52-6 record in six seasons, winning three A-League titles and the prestigious 1999 U.S. Open Cup championship. His playoff record is 21-8-1.
Pat Ercoli soccer statistics
Bio, Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame, Class of 2011
United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame



Jeff Fitch
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2002 
(bottom right) With Fairport center George Slade.
Retired last March with a 459-219 record in 33 seasons as Fairport High's boys basketball coach. He led the Red Raiders to one Section V title and 12 Monroe County League Championships.
Retirement Party Flyer, 2002
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame




Marv Foley
Professional Sports, Inducted 2002 
The only manager to win Tripe-A titles in three different leagues, he led the Red Wings to the 1997 Governors' Cup championship in their first season at Frontier Field. Compiled a 363-349 record, second only to legendary Joe Altobelli (502) for wins since Baltimore became Rochester's parent club in 1961.
Marv Foley baseball statistics
Marv Foley, Retrosheet
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History
Marv Foley baseball cards



Lanny Frattare
Media, Inducted 2002  
Lanny, right, with ex-Pirates pitcher Steve Blass mike-side.
A former standout athlete at Charlotte High School. A broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Frattare began his broadcasting career making public address announcements at Charlotte swim meets. After graduating from Ithaca College, Frattare spent two seasons doing play-by-play for the Rochester Americans.
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame
YouTube, 1981 Pittsburgh Pirates TV promo
YouTube, 1984 Pittsburgh Pirates TV promo
YouTube, The Story of the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tribune-Review, Lanny Frattare's voice has become synonymous with Pirates baseball
Play-by-play, Frattare home run call
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Former Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare ready for another WPIAL football season



Glenn Hagan
Professional Sports, Inducted 2002
(top) With the Rochester Zeniths. (bottom) With the St.Bonaventure Bonnies.
A standout guard at Cardinal Mooney, Hagan was named one of the greatest players in Section V history by a blue ribbon panel six years ago. He went to St. Bonaventure University and averaged 6.4 assists per game while leading the Bonnies to the National Invitation Tournament title in 1977-78. He was selected in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers before heading to the CBA, where he became a superstar, averaging 23.4 points and 7.4 assists for the Rochester Zeniths.
Glenn Hagan basketball statistics
St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame Plaque
St. Bonaventure University, Bonnie Speaks About Drugs



Dave Martens
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2002
Martens with Olympic gold medal winner Cathy Turner at the
1998 WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon.
Athletic director at Fairport High from 1973 until his retirement in 1991, Martens is credited with building the most successful sports program in Section V. During his tenure, Martens hired 14 coaches, including Don Santini, who guided the Red Raiders to seven sectional titles and two mythical state championships. When Martens took over, there were seven girls programs. That number doubled by the time he left.
Obituary, Fairport-East Rochester Post



George Monagan
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2002
The first person hired at Monroe Community College, he was the athletic director from 1962 to 1989. He also was the college's first basketball coach, leading the Tribunes to three conference titles. He pioneered the growth of the MCC athletic department from one sport to 16. Monagan is now a published poet and novelist.
Bio, McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame
Monroe Community College, Remembering George C. Monagan, Jr.
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Joan and George C. Monagan Endowed Scholarship Fund
MCC Basketball Court Named After George Monagan



Gene Monje
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2002
College basketball officials, left to right, Pete Pavia, Dick Slomkowski and Gene Monje.
The former three-sport star at Franklin coached Rush-Henrietta Sperry to the 1976 Section V Class AAA basketball championship. He has been a Division I college basketball referee since 1974 and has worked more than a dozen NCAA Tournaments, including the Final Four.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame
Golden Whistle Awards



Cathy Morse
Professional Sports, Inducted 2002 
A Pittsford-Sutherland graduate, Morse was the first Rochester-area golfer to compete on the LPGA Tour. She spent 16 years on the tour, winning $771,694 before retiring in 1992. Highlights included a victory in the 1982 Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Classic and a hole-in-one at the 1983 Rochester International. Before turning pro, Morse had a distinguished amateur career, twice winning the New York State Women's Amateur.
UPI / Bangor Daily News, May 24, 1982, First LPGA Win
Pittsford Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 1992
Bio, University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame
YouTube, University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame induction



Ann Nealon
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2002 
Nealon, left, accepts the Jean Giambrone Award from Giambrone at the 1984 Press-Radio Club dinner.
Started the RIT women's tennis program in 1971 and is still the coach, compiling a 189-87-3 record. Nealon is a longtime teaching professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association and for the past 22 years has been the head tennis pro at Oak Hill Country Club.
Bio, RIT Athletics Hall of Fame



1950-51 Rochester Royals
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2002
Claimed Rochester's only major sports championship when they defeated the New York Knicks 79-75 in Game 7 of the NBA finals at the Edgerton Park Sports Arena. The Royals were co-owned and coached by Les Harrison, and featured future Basketball Hall of Famers Bob Davies, Bobby Wanzer, Red Holzman and Arnie Risen. Defeated the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers to reach the finals. They were named Rochester's sports team of the century by the Rochester Press-Radio Club in 1991.
Youtube, Rochester Royals
Rochester Royals, Sacramento Fan Page
Rochester Public Library, The Rochester Royals - The Story of Professional Basketball
NBA Encyclopedia
Sportsecyclopedia, Rochester Royals
April 21, 1951 boxscore, Rochester Royals win NBA Championhip
Democrat and Chronicle, Whatever Happened To ... The Rochester Royals?



Rochester Community War Memorial
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2002 
(top) The Rochester Community War Memorial opens for its first event, Sunday October 16, 1955,
with the Catholic Mission Scenerama... (middle) Hosting the 1956 American Bowling Congress,
March 3 thru May 20, 1956, click photo to enlarge... (bottom) Exterior view in 1973.
The longtime home of the Rochester Americans has hosted the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Brothers circus, Section V basketball tournament, 1956 NBA All-Star Game, Kodak Classic (featuring Syracuse and Georgetown), figure skating exhibitions, pro wrestling, boxing, Olympic gymnastics qualifying and Zeniths, Knighthawks and Brigade games.
Website, Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial
Arena timeline



Bill Scharr
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2002 
Click photo for larger size.
Generally regarded as the greatest quarterback Section V has ever produced. While at Canandaigua Academy in the mid-1980's, Scharr established a New York state high school record for career touchdown passes (73) while leading the Braves to a 33-1 record and three sectional titles. Scharr turned down scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Miami, and UCLA to attend Syracuse University, where he tied the school record for most touchdown passes in a game (4) and finished sixth in the nation in passing efficiency in 1989.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2000
Canandaigua Academy Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 1996
YouTube, Bill Scharr Season Kickoff Speech - 2012 Canandaigua Football



Bruno Sniders
Media, Inducted 2002
A controversial sports columnist for the Times-Union and Democrat and Chronicle from 1969-1980, he won the Rochester Press Radio Club's Charlie Wagner Award for sportswriting excellence in 1978 and was president of the club in 1979.
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle



George Steitz
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2002 
Steitz, in 2004.
Recorded 408 wins as Penfield's boys varsity soccer coach from 1954 to 1984, ranking among the top five winningest coaches in the nation. Led the Chiefs to six Section V titles. He won more than 300 games in baseball and also coached softball, basketball and skiing. He is a charter member of the Penfield Athletic Hall of Fame and a member of the Ithaca College and New York State Coaches halls of fame.
Penfield Patriots Soccer
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame
Section V Soccer Hall of Fame
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2014
Democrat and Chronicle, George Steitz refuses to sit still at 89



Jeff Weston
Professional Sports, Inducted 2002 
Weston, in action playing for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
A former All-State two-way lineman at Cardinal Mooney, Weston starred on Notre Dame's 1977 national championship football team. He played four seasons with the New York Giants before a knee injury ended his career in 1982. After retiring from football, he worked as a U.S. Secret Service agent for eight years. He is now a U.S. Marshal in Honolulu.
Jeff Weston football statistics

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