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Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2017

December 7, 2016
Westfield Republican

The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees who will comprise the Class of 2017.

The living inductees are Paul Cooley, Jake Ensign, Charlie LaDuca, Sammy LaMancuso, Deb Palmer, Bob Patterson, Dave Polechetti, Sam Restivo, Michael Sayers and Maceo Wofford; and the deceased honoree is Francis "Doc" Malinoski.

These 11 individuals will be formally inducted at the CSHOF's 36th annual banquet on Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. The new honorees will bring the total number of CSHOF inductees to 183.

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The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees who will comprise the Class of 2017. The living inductees are Paul Cooley, Jake Ensign, Charlie LaDuca, Sammy LaMancuso, Deb Palmer, Bob Patterson, Dave Polechetti, Sam Restivo, Michael Sayers and Maceo Wofford; and the deceased honoree is Francis “Doc” Malinoski.

Tickets for the induction dinner are $50. Banquet reservations can be made by calling Chairman Chip Johnson at 485-6991.

DEB PALMER

*Born 1951, graduate Chautauqua Central, nee Williams, 65 years in Chautauqua County, lives in Blockville

*Teacher, coach, athletic director at Panama Central 36 years

*Softball field at Panama named "Debbie Palmer Field"

*Softball coach 31 years: 380-202, 11 division and four Section VI titles

*Volleyball coach 35 years: 388-248, 13 division, three Section VI and one Far West Regional championships

*Honored by Scholastic Coach magazine in 1987

*Outstanding first baseman on many area softball teams

FRANCIS 'DOC'

MALINOSKI

*Born 1926, died 2014, lived in Chautauqua County 57 years

*Teacher, coach, athletic director at former Mayville Central for 27 years

*Mayville gym named for Doc Malinoski in 1983

*Mayville Lakeside Park recreation director 31 years

*Pioneered 11-man football for Class C schools in 1960

*His teams won five league titles in football and two in basketball

*Won 49 consecutive track and field dual meets

*Captured eight county and six Section VI titles in track and field

PAUL COOLEY

*Born 1935, 58-year resident of Chautauqua County, lives in Gerry

*50-plus years IAABO basketball official; 35-plus years Little League and Babe Ruth umpire

*Coach at Cassadaga Valley Central: softball, baseball, track

*1999 Post-Journal Softball Coach of the Year; led Cassadaga Valley to NYSPHSAA Final Four

*55-plus years volunteer at Gerry Rodeo, over 20 as media coordinator

*Coached Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball in Gerry

*Played 35 years of softball in Church League and Fireman's League

*Grape Belt Hall of Fame

JAKE ENSIGN

*Born 1956, attended Westfield High, 60-year resident of Chautauqua County, lives in Busti

*Internationally acclaimed bow hunter

*Active mentor, teacher and promotor of hunting and conservation

*One of less than 20 bow hunters to achieve North American Super Slam

*Took all 29 North American big game animals with a bow and arrow: four types of bears, five types of caribou, five types of deer, three types of elk, three types of moose, four types of deer, mountain goat, bison, antelope, musk ox, mountain lion

*Only person to take all four North American sheep with a bow in a single year

CHARLIE LADUCA

*Born 1951, 42-year resident of Chautauqua County, lives in Fredonia

*Grape Belt Hall of Fame, Cardinal O'Hara Hall of Fame

*Baseball coach Pine Valley 22 years: 12 league, five Section VI and three Far West Regional titles

*2007 Class D NYS champion and Coach of the Year

*Four-time Post-Journal Coach of the Year

*Baseball field at Pine Valley named "Charlie LaDuca Field"

*Founder of Chautauqua Men's Senior Baseball League

*Accomplished baseball and softball player with several area teams

SAMMY LAMANCUSO

*Born 1929, attended Jamestown High, 87 years in Chautauqua County, lives in Jamestown

*Auto racer for four decades ('40s, '50s, '60s and '70s)

*Competed at nearly 20 tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio

*Scored wins at Penny-Royal, Skyline, Jamestown, Stateline and Eriez Speedways

*Subject of 2016 documentary movie "Sammy"

*Master mechanic, ambassador and promotor of stock car racing

*Sammy LaMancuso Day at Stateline Speedway in 2010 awarded lifetime pit pass

BOB PATTERSON

*Born 1944, graduate Dunkirk High and SUNY Fredonia, 66 years in Chautauqua County, lives in Dunkirk

*Earned 10 letters in five sports in high school, played three varsity sports in college

*City of Dunkirk Recreation and Youth Bureau Director 27 years

*IAABO Basketball official 39 years

*30-year official of rec league softball, basketball, football, floor hockey and baseball

*Dunkirk Babe Ruth stadium named "Bob Patterson Field" in 2008

*Coached Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball; outstanding rec league player in basketball, touch football, fast and slo-pitch softball and racquetball

DAVE POLECHETTI

*Born 1950, graduate Dunkirk High, Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia, 49 years in Chautauqua County

*Basketball coach at Fredonia High 21 years: 281-180, six league, two Section VI, one Far West Regional title

*1992 Post-Journal Basketball Coach of the Year

*Softball coach at Fredonia High 20 years: 286-116, seven league, five Section VI and three Far West Regional titles

*2007 Post-Journal softball Coach of the Year

*Served on Section VI basketball committee 1988-2011

*Served on Section VI softball committee 1988-1994

SAM RESTIVO

*Born 1961, graduate of Jamestown High School, 55 years in Chautauqua County

*First Team all-state football player in1979, Connolly Cup finalist

*Set Rich Stadium record for tackles in a game with 22 at 1979 Section VI final

*Received a full scholarship to D-1 powerhouse Florida State where he lettered three years, serving as a long snapper on special teams and splitting time at center

*Played in three college bowl games Orange (1981), Peach (1983) and Gator (1984)

*Former JHS coach Wally Huckno calls him the "greatest football player in JHS history."

*Two-year starter JHS basketball, Section VI champs 1980

MICHAEL SAYERS

*Born 1954, graduate Fredonia Central, 62 years in Chautauqua County, lives in Lakewood

*No. 1-ranked javelin thrower in the world in age group 60-64 49.97 meters (about 164 feet)

*Multiple medalist at senior games in javelin, discuss and shot put

*18-time senior games All-American

*1974 Division III All-American at SUNY Brockport for javelin

*Football and track & field at Fredonia Central; gymnastics and track & field at Brockport

*Active in track & field 1969 to present, 35-year Special Olympics volunteer

MACEO WOFFORD

*Born 1979, 26 years in Chautauqua County, lives in Jamestown

*Scored the most points in Chautauqua County basketball history with 2,259

*Western New York Player of the Year 1997-98, Second Team all-state Class AA

*Three-time Post-Journal Player of the Year, three-time All-ECIC First Team all-star

*Set JHS record 53 points in a single game

*Holds JHS records for career points, assists and steals, is second in career rebounds

*Played 120 games at Division I Iona College, 868 points, two NCAA Tourneys, team captain

*Has won 25 Gus Macker Tournament titles

 
 
 

 

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