June 24, 2009


Marathon welcomes 10 into Hall of Fame

MARATHON — Marathon Central will be inducting 10 new members as its second class into school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies this Friday night.
Chip Stewart, Colette Fritts, Dave McEvoy, Don Atwood, Don McEvoy, Gerry Kimble, Jim O’Neil, Mike Ondrako, Peg McDonald Davis and Roxanne Horner Lumsden are the former Olympian standouts sharing this special spotlight.
There will be a reception for the inductees, their families and guests at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria prior to the actual induction ceremony in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to the induction ceremony to honor the inductees and celebrate the history and traditions of the Marathon athletic program.
Inductees are selected by Hall of Fame Committee members in the spring of each year from a group of individuals nominated by coaches, teammates and the general public.
Following are the new Hall of Fame members and their accomplishments:
Howard “Chip” Stewart
(Athlete - Class of 1979)
Stewart was a lightning quick and fierce team player who participated for two varsity seasons of basketball and three varsity seasons each of soccer and baseball. He served as captain of all three teams in his senior year. His soccer teams were Section 4 champions in 1976 and IAC champions in 1977.
At the time of his graduation, Stewart left Marathon ranked as the 12th all-time soccer goal scorer and sixth in career assists. In basketball, he averaged nine assists per game with school records of 14 for a single game and 154 for a career total. In his senior year, he led the team in steals and consecutive made free throws hitting 22 straight, the second best all-time.
Stewart received numerous individual honors during his Marathon career. He achieved first team All-Star status in both soccer and baseball and honorable mention in Basketball. He was named Marathon Athlete of the Year and received the Ron Smith Memorial Award in 1979.
After leaving Marathon, Stewart earned associate, bachelor, and master degrees while continuing to play soccer. In two seasons as a starter at Broome Community College he was named MVP and received All-Regional honors. Playing one season at Elon University in North Carolina, he was a starter competing against such powerhouses as Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Currently Stewart is a respected teacher who coaches soccer and golf for the Olympians, and also directed championship basketball squads in the past.
Colette A. Fritts
(Athlete - Class of 1975)
Fritts was a pioneer for women’s athletics at Marathon. Prior to Colette’s senior year, opportunities for women’s athletic participation were limited to intramurals and “Play Days.” The school year 1974-75 witnessed the historic inauguration of Marathon women’s athletics in a full varsity league schedule. Fritts took full advantage of the newly expanded opportunities by participating and serving as a team captain in field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball.
An outstanding athlete, Fritts immediately set the early standards for participation, leadership, and performance for the many great female athletes that have followed. She was recognized as the Most Valuable Player in field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball and was the first to be named Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduation from Marathon, Fritts earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 1979. Fritts has been employed by the State of Florida for over 25 years. She resides in Cape Coral where she serves as an Operations and Management Consultant at the Gulf Coast Center for Children and Families of Special Needs.
David J. McEvoy
(Athlete - Class of 1978)
McEvoy was the quintessential determined team player who participated for three seasons in varsity soccer and for two seasons in varsity basketball. He served as a captain of both soccer and basketball teams. He was an All-Star soccer goal keeper for the 1976 Section 4 champions and the 1977 IAC champions, the first IAC soccer championship for Marathon.
As the soccer goal keeper, he recorded 154 saves and seven shutouts in 1975, 105 saves and seven shutouts in 1976, and 115 saves and 10 shutouts in 1977. His game goals-against averages for his final two seasons were 0.83 and 0.80. Some of his most memorable personal performances came even in losses such as the infamous eight-overtime loss to Cincinnatus in the 1976 IAC title game and a disappointing 1-0 loss in Marathon’s first regional game.
McAvoy approached basketball with the same exuberance and determination. He scored 201 points for a 12.1 points-per-game average in 76-77 and 229 points for a 9.1 point average in 77-78. He had the distinction of scoring the first points in the new McDonald gym shortly before brother Don scored the first for the varsity.
McEvoy has been a life-long Cortland County resident. He currently lives in Cortland and is employed by the Village of Homer.
Donald Atwood
(Athlete - Class of 1966)
Atwood earned 14 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, baseball and track as a standout Marathon student athlete in the years 1962-1965. A very good athlete in all sports, Atwood particularly excelled in soccer. In 1965, his senior year, Atwood as team captain and premier performer, led his team to Cortland County League and Section 4 championships with a record of 15-0-1. To help achieve those milestones Atwood scored a school, league, and section record 31 goals in the 16 games. That 31-goal performance still remains the second highest seasonal total ever scored by a Marathon player even though the number of games played is currently often higher. Atwood’s career total of 55 goals still ranks third among all-time Marathon scoring leaders.
Atwood earned degrees from Auburn CC and SUNY Cortland. He returned to Marathon to coach soccer during the years 1977-80. During that period Atwood’s teams won two IAC championships, appeared in three sectional final games and won one sectional championship. In 1979 his team, with a final record of 21-1, lost the sectional final game by a score of 4-3 in field conditions that would be ruled unplayable today.
A lifetime Marathon resident, Atwood currently coaches Marathon teams in basketball, soccer, and softball at various levels.
Donald R. McEvoy
(Athlete - Class of 1977)
Don McEvoy earned 10 varsity letters participating in varsity soccer and baseball for three years each and basketball for four years. He served as team captain in all three sports. He helped his teams to sectional finals in three sports, winning Section 4 championships in baseball and soccer in 1976. He was named to IAC All Star Teams in basketball in 1976 and in soccer in 1975 and 1976. McAvoy was named a Soccer All-American in 1976. He was inducted into the Section 4 Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete in 1995.
McAvoy was blessed with outstanding size, strength, and coordination. He added to them a keen understanding of each game and a fierce competitive spirit masked by his calm, polite and friendly demeanor. In soccer he was a standout in all parts of the field, particularly in scoring. His 31 goals in the 1976 season tied a school record set by Atwood, a fellow inductee. His six goals in a single game tied a record shared by three other Hall of Fame members. His 57 career goal total was the school record when he graduated and still ranks second all-time. In basketball, McAvoy’s 959 career point total ranks among the top 15 all-time Marathon scorers. He scored the first varsity points in McDonald Gym on the same night brother David scored the first for the JVs.
After leaving Marathon, McAvoy played soccer and basketball for Broome CC and SUNY Oneonta. He remains active officiating high school and college soccer and basketball. He had the distinction of officiating the 1970 Division III Men’s National Basketball Championship Game and currently is a basketball referee for Division I basketball in the America East Conference and Ivy and Patriot Leagues.
McAvoy lives in Cortland and is employed by Suit-Kote.
Gerald L. Kimble
(Athlete - Class of 1966)
Kimble participated in soccer, basketball, and baseball each for three seasons. He was a member of the 1965 soccer team that won the Cortland County League and Section 4 championships with a record of 15-0-1. Playing as a strong defensive midfielder, Kimble still scored four goals during his soccer career.
A strong player in all three sports, Kimble’s strongest sport was basketball. In his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons he scored respectively 154, 232 and 443 points for a career total of 819. His senior year scoring performance ranked fourth behind only those of Carl Hayden, Jim Wainwright, and Jack Wainwright, all prior inductees. That performance was also tops in the Cortland County League season with an average of 20.1 points per game.
Kimble’s most outstanding performance was an amazing 50-point scoring spree in a game against Dryden. His individual points and the team’s 117 were the highest recorded in Marathon history.
After graduation, Kimble attended and played basketball at Auburn CC, College of the Albemarle in North Carolina, and Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY. He earned numerous individual honors for his college performances.
Kimble is currently a Regional Vice President in the Estate Planning Department at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Dr. James M. O’Neil
(Athlete - Class of 1966)
O’Neil was described by his coach as intense, serious and a good example for younger players. His quiet and fair approach to competition resulted in his being awarded tournament sportsmanship awards. He was a three-year varsity player in soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball and a two year participant in track and field. He served as a captain of soccer and basketball teams. O’Neil was a key member of the 15-0-1 Cortland County League and Section 4 champion soccer team. In the record setting 1965-66 basketball game, O’Neil scored 26 of the team’s 117 points and contributed numerous assists. He scored 679 career points in basketball and 22 career goals in soccer, including 16 in his senior year. O’Neil’s mother fondly remembers his half court heave to score at the buzzer at St. Mary’s.O’Neil ranked among the top 10 percent of his high school class academically and went on to bring great credit to his school and community. Following graduation he attended and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at LeMoyne College where he also found time to play freshmen basketball and two years of soccer. O’Neil continued on earning MA and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Russia in 1972. He has published 70 journal articles, 15 book chapters and two books.
O’Neil is currently a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice and a Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Counseling, Psychology and Education.
Michael Ondrako
(Athlete - Class of 1972)
Ondrako was a standout, three-sport Marathon athlete in the late 1960s and early ‘70s playing three seasons each of varsity soccer and baseball, and two seasons of varsity basketball,. He was a team captain for soccer and baseball teams. He earned IAC first team all-star honors in both soccer and baseball and Honorable Mention in basketball for the IAC in the 1971-1972 school year, the first time such honors were awarded. Ondrako was the team leading scorer during all three of his soccer seasons, his career total 41 goals accounting for 60% of team scoring. In his senior year he scored an amazing 21 of 34 team goals while being closely guarded by usually more than one defender.
Ondrako’s strongest sport may have been baseball where he led his team to an IAC Championship in 1972, Marathon’s first IAC title in any sport. During that season, Ondrako batted over .400, had a pitching record of 5 wins-0 losses-2 no decisions, and a remarkable earned- run-average of 0.50 in league games and 1.22 overall. His most outstanding performance was a game in which he recorded 18 strikeouts in seven innings.
After graduation, Ondrako remained active in sports. He played several years of fast pitch softball including time as centerfielder for the Syracuse Salts professional team in the years 1978-1980
Ondrako is currently a Captain in the City of Cortland Fire Department and is also an assistant SUNY Cortland baseball coach.
Margaret “Peg” McDonald Davis
(Contributor - Class of 1959)
The daughter of legendary coach and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Gerald McDonald, Davis has been a loyal supporter of Marathon athletics since well before her graduation. She was a key founding member of the Marathon Booster Club that has provided fostering and financial support to the MCS athletic program and athletes for the past three decades. Davis served as its treasurer for more than twenty years, guiding its financial future through its fledgling years.
Davis always displayed an outstanding work ethic in her volunteer capacity, as well as in the paid positions she held over the years. She is quiet, extremely capable, always stepping up as necessary to get a job done. Davis served as deputy clerk/treasurer of the Village of Marathon for more than twenty six years. In addition, she has volunteered as secretary/treasurer of Pioneer Pinsters Bowling League; director of Cortland Women’s Bowling Association; secretary/treasurer of Marathon Junior Bowling; secretary/treasurer of Marathon Firemen’s Auxiliary; treasurer of Cortland County Firemen’s Auxiliary; treasurer of Pack 90 Cub Scouts; member of Marathon Maple Festival Committee.
Davis is a life-long resident of the Village of Marathon. She retired after 26 years of service in the Marathon Village Office. She continues her interest in bowling and coaching youth bowling.
Roxanne Horner Lumsden
(Athlete - Class of 1978)
Lumsden was among the first female participants in multiple sports for multiple years. She played four years of varsity softball and three years each of varsity field hockey, volleyball and basketball. She was a captain of field hockey and softball teams. She also participated in several other extracurricular activities including journalism, ecology and yearbook clubs.
Lumsden was a talented and intense competitor in every sport. She was named a field hockey league first team all-star in her junior and senior seasons, a softball league first team all-star in her senior season and a volleyball Second Team All-Star in her junior and senior seasons.
Lumsden was the first Marathon female athlete to compete at the intercollegiate level when she played field hockey for two seasons at SUNY Delhi.
Lumsden earned an Associate in Business degree and was employed by IBM before starting and operating a retail business with her husband.