Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 2016

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    Class of 2016 

 East Rochester
1966 Little League
John DiTullio  
Media, Inducted 2016 
Top, banner ad for the Ditullio and Moran Show, Bill Moran right
Bottom, far right, bobblehead, click to enlarge
John moved to Rochester in 1997, where he served as the Sports Director and Weekday Sports Anchor at Fox Rochester until 2003. After he left, he was the weekend anchor and reporter at RNews until 2008. You can find John on 95.1 as the Co-host of the DiTullio & Moran Show. Additionally, John is the Sports Director of WHAM, and has been for the last 10 years.
Blog, radio 95.1, John Ditullio: The raspy-throated sports man
Youtube, talks with Rochester sportscaster John DiTullio
Youtube, John DiTullio Bobblehead Night at Frontier Field (August 12, 2011)



1966 East Rochester Senior
Little League World Series Champions
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2016
Top, the 1966 Senior Little League World Series Champions- click to enlarge.
Back Row left to right: Coach Jacques Brothers, Joe Toomey, Ross Brothers, Dave Consaul, Scott Becker, Bill Kreger, Mike Duffy, Rich Herb, Coach Lionel Courtemanche... Front Row: Mike Florack, Dick Joseph, Vinnie Carrozzi,
Larry Brothers, Brian Manns, Jim Carli, John Kokinda
The name says it all! The team won 11 consecutive games in less than a month (by a combined 55 runs) to capture the Senior Little League World Series Championship. The squad defeated teams from Canada and defending champions from Del Norte, Mexico. East Rochester is the smallest community to sponsor a team that has earned this recognition, and no team from New York state has accomplished this feat since!
Past Divisional Champs - Senior League Baseball
Democrat and Chronicle, Little League World Series clippings
Fairport-East Rochester Post, East Rochester to celebrate Little League World Series anniversary
Team interviews, town celebration (enter "little league" in search box)



Stephen Gionta
Professional Sports, Inducted 2016
Click bottom row of photos.
Stephen is a professional hockey player for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He made his NHL debut on November 5, 2010, in a 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers. In his career, he has appeared in 270 regular season games, gathering 15 goals, 35 assists as well as 3 playoff goals and 4 playoff assists.
Stephen Gionta hockey statistics
Youtube, Stephen Gionta 2010-11 Highlights, Albany Devils
Profile, New Jersey Devils
Youtube, First NHL goal
Bio, 2013 U.S. Men's National Hockey Team
Youtube, Power Play Break - Stephen Gionta Part 1
Youtube, Power Play Break - Stephen Gionta Part 2
Youtube, Power Play Break - Stephen Gionta Part 3



Craig Jones
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2016
The 2003 inductees of the RIT Athetics Hall of Fame, from left, Tony Fraij í96, Allan Shepard í62,
Jones í98, Kristina Schulze Keer í93, Ronald Rice í77, and Frederick Bleiler.
Craig is a former NCAA DIII Player of the Year (1997), and earned three AllAmerican honors. His career numbers amount to 1,984 points scored and 1,085 rebounds, including a nation leading 14 rebounds per game in 1997. He was inducted into the RIT Hall of Fame in 2003.
Bio, RIT Athletics Hall of Fame



McQuaid Invitational
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2016
This race is one of the largest scholastic cross country meets in the USA, and has been hosted for the past 52 years. The 2015 meet drew more than 7,000 entrants from 246 schools from 5 states, as well as Canada (an increase from 290 runners from 12 schools in its first meet in 1965). The 2016 meet brings a total of 25 races, over a span of eight and a half hours on October 1st at Genesee Valley Park.
McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2015
McQuaid Invitational info, results



Mark Morris
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2016 
Mark was the Pittsford boys swimming coach for 41 years. He coached 74 All-Americans and 49 state champions. Mark finished his career by leading his team to an 11th straight sectional title.
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque info
Daily Messenger, Boys Swimming: Morris ends memorable coaching career
Democrat and Chronicle, 2013 All-Greater Rochester Coach of the Year
Henrietta Post, Boys Swimming: Pittsford wins on senior day



Joe Nucci
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2016
The late Joe Nucci is a USSSA Hall of Fame Slow Pitch Softball Manager. The highlight of his career was guiding his team to a stunning Menís Major World Series Championship in 1977. In his career, he collected more than 600 wins in major tournaments, including guiding many teams to top ten rankings in the country.
Bio, New York State USSSA Hall of Fame
New York State USSSA Hall of Fame, Joe Nucci - Dedication to Excellence Award
Democrat and Chronicle, It's a Hit!, May 28, 1978
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle



Chuck Smith
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2016
Chuck is a fast-pitch softball legend. He has played in more than 2,000 games, including 16 perfect games and 31 no-hitters to his credit. He has more than 10 tournament MVP awards, 3 national titles, and 6 other national awards to his name.
Bio, National Softball Association Hall of Fame
Website, Rochester Fast Pitch



Fred Strauss
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2016
The late Fred Strauss served as the President (1984-90) and Chairman of the Board (1991-99) of Rochester Community Baseball. He was instrumental in the building of Frontier Field, and also was a founding member of a committee that led to the opening of Park Ridge Hospital in 1975. Additionally, he helped found Greece Rotary as well as the Greece Volunteer Ambulance. Fred passed away in July of 2015.
Democrat and Chronicle, Genesee Valley Union Trust Company advertisement
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, Former Red Wings president Fred Strauss dies



Lyndsay Wall
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2016
Olympians, 2002, 2006 Winter Games-Ice Hockey
Lyndsay played high school hockey at Churchville-Chili High School. As a junior, she joined Team USA at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where she helped the team take home a silver medal. During those games, she tallied one assist and had a team best plus/minus rating of +11.
Lyndsay Wall Olympics statistics, Q&A with Lyndsay Wall
Democrat and Chronicle, May 12 Ė Happy Birthday to a Rochester Olympian
Democrat and Chronicle, RocJocks



Bob Ward
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2016
(bottom, left) Ward at the Senior-Student-Athlete Awards banquet on May 4, 2016... Corey Haas (left)
and (right) Kyle Koehler were honored with the Bob Ward Award as male senior athletes of the year-
click to enlarge.
Bob served as the St. John Fisher College Menís Basketball Coach from 1987-2001, compiling a record of 261-106, including 8 NCAA DIII Championship appearances. His .711 winning percentage ranks him 16th all-time among DIII Coaches. He currently serves as the Athletic Director at SJFC.
Bio, St.John Fisher College, Ward to step down, Kornaker promoted at St. John Fisher  



Kent Weisbeck
Professional Sports, Inducted 2016
Kent will be entering his 31st season as an athletic trainer for the Rochester Americans. During his tenure he has missed only 7 contests and worked more than 2,000 games. Over his 30 year career, he has earned two Calder Cup rings (as well as five other appearances in the finals). He became the first-ever athletic trainer to be inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bio, Rochester Americans
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame, Weisbeck Honored by Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society
Youtube, Kent Weisbeck Inducted to Frontier Field Walk of Fame



Josh Whetzel
Media, Inducted 2016
Top right, Josh's tweet says: "This is what happens when you make the playoffs!" Click on photo.
(bottom) Whetzel honored for calling his 2000th Wings broadcast August 7th, 2016. Flanked by (left) Wings Chairman of the Board Gary Larder and (right) Wings President, CEO & COO Naomi Silver.
Josh has been the voice of the Red Wings since 2003, and is currently completing his 20th season of broadcasting professional baseball. After graduating from the University of Kansas, he spent time with the Albany Polekats, Kinston Indians and Binghamton Mets before joining the Red Wings. In the winter months, you can listen to Josh calling the University at Buffalo Menís Basketball games.
Bio, Rochester Red Wings
Democrat and Chronicle, Red Wings Broadcaster Josh Whetzel
Minor Issues, Broadcasting the Minors with Josh Whetzel
Youtube, Red Wings Close-Up: Josh Whetzel
Daily Messenger, Q&A with Red Wings play-by-play man Josh Whetzel
Ballpark Digest, 2015 Broadcaster of the Year



Janet Whitaker
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2016
Click on the photos.
Janet has received many accolades in the world of canoeing. In addition to her 40 National Titles, she serves as the Chairman for the US Canoe Assn. Adaptive Paddling Committee, and as the President and founder of Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, Inc., a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. She is also credited with bringing the sport of outrigger canoeing to Rochester in 1997.
Website, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, Inc.
Website, United States Canoe Association, Adaptaptive Paddling
General Clinton Canoe Regatta Hall of Fame

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