August 04 , 2007


Family feel to Homer’s latest Hall of Fame class

The Class of 2007 inductees into the Homer Central Athletic Hall of Fame has a family feel to it.
Brothers Bill and John Lindberg will head up the list of a half-dozen new inductees, Bill Lindberg (Class of 1951) as an athlete/coach while John Lindberg (Class of 1952) goes into the Hall of Fame as an athletic/contributor.
The late Emerson Avery (Class of 1972) and his niece Colette Dafoe (Class of 1997) will be honored in the athletic category during halftime of the Homer-Westhill football game being played on Friday, Aug. 13, on George Butts Field. Avery will also be joining Bob Avery in the Hall of Fame, his younger brother part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class honored in the spring of 2006.
Also sharing the spotlight are former all-state football performer Mike Jasper (Class of 1986) and past athletic director Evelyn Sammons as a coach/administrator.
Following are brief biographies of each inductee:
Emerson Avery, Jr. - Athlete
Avery, Jr. was a standout two-sport athlete at Homer graduating in 1972. He played football and wrestled while in high school. He was a two-time Section 4 wrestling champion in 1971 and 1972. He was also selected as the 1972 Wrestling MVP for the Trojans. Avery tragically passed away this past year following a long illness.
Colette Dafoe - Athlete
Dafoe was a three-sport athlete who graduated from Homer in 1997. She participated in soccer, basketball and softball. She was an integral part of the 1997 softball team that won a Section 3 title, the pitcher leading the Trojans into the New York State softball tournament semifinals. Dafoe was named CNY Softball Player of the Year and Homer’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Mike Jasper - Athlete
Jasper was an All-Star football and baseball player for Homer High School. He played linebacker and offensive tackle on the 1986 football team that won a Section 3 title and was ranked number-one in New York State. Jasper continued his outstanding football career at Colgate University, where he was a team captain. He is currently coaching football for Sherburne-Earlville High School.
Bill Lindberg – Athlete/Coach
Lindberg was a soccer, basketball and baseball player during his high school years at Homer. He continued his soccer career playing in college at SUNY Albany where he was an honorable mention All-American during his senior year. Lindberg eventually came back to Homer in 1959 to teach history and coach for 26 seasons. He coached athletes in football, soccer, baseball and basketball.
John Lindberg – Athlete/Contributor
Lindberg was an outstanding sport athlete at Homer participating in soccer, basketball and track. Lindberg continued his soccer career by playing in college at SUNY Albany & SUNY Brockport where he was a three time All-American. Lindberg has also donated back to the Homer Athletic Department and the Homer Booster Club over the years to ensure that future generations of athletes in Homer have excellent facilities, equipment and opportunities.
Evelyn Sammons – Coach/Admin.
Sammons was an outstanding teacher, coach and administrator for the Homer District for 33 years. She coached many athletes in basketball, volleyball, field hockey, cross-country, track and lacrosse. She became the Athletic Director for Homer and has represented Homer in the Onondaga High School League, Section 3 and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. She has dedicated her life to making Homer a great place for our student-athletes and has been a positive influence on many of the school’s current coaches.



Quali-D feeling ‘grand’

A two-out grand-slam home run by Art Buchanan, Jr. in the top of the third inning gave Quali-D Automotive a 9-3 lead, but the Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League regular season champions in C Division still needed a single run in the top of the seventh inning to stay alive in semifinal round playoff action Friday.
Quali-D held on for a 15-14 win over Graph-Tex to even the best-of-three series at one game each and force the deciding game to be played Tuesday.
The winner of the Tuesday night showdown will meet CCRP, who swept its series two games to none with a nail-biting 11-10 win over King Sub Friday.
In B Division quarterfinal action, Friends and NAPA completed two-game sweeps Friday and move on to the semifinal round. Friends posted a 21-4 win in five innings over X-treme Perofrmance while NAPA was a 13-3 victor over Aflac. There were no reports submitted on the Beach House-Time Warner Cable or Red Jug Pub-Ivan’s games.
Quali-D Automotive 15, Graph- Tex 14: Quali-D added three more runs in the top of the fourth, but Graph Tex hung close thanks to three runs in the third and three more in the fourth to trail 12-11. The Collegiate Catrastrophe tied the game in the fifth with one run. Quali-D took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the sixth and scored the eventual wining run in the seventh.
Buchanan went 3-for-5 on the evening while Quail-D was led by John Wright and Scott Knight, who each went 4-for-4. Knight hit a home run and Wright had a triple.
Pat Semeraro paced Graph-Tex by going 5-for-5 with three doubles. Brian Pepper added a 4-for-5 bat with one double while Brian Silvers was 3-for-4.
CCRP 11, King Sub 10: CCRP held an 8-6 lead after two innings before King Sub plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning and added one run in the fourth for a 10-8 advantage. CCRP close the gap to 10-9 in the sixth before a tow-out single by Ozzie Heath in the seventh plated the winning run as CCRP scored twice.
Jeremy Baker, Rob Benson (HR) and D.J. Marks (double) each went 3-for-4 for CCRP.
Dan Warner and Bob Durbin were each 3-for-4 for King Sub.
Friends 21, X-treme Performance 4, 5 innings: Friends scored eight runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Leading the attack with Kevin Willcox (4-for-5, double, home run) and Chris Willcox (3-for-4, double, triple). Tim Robison was 4-for-4 with three double and a triple while Mike Russell was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and home run.
Lance Finnerty went 3-for-3 with a triple while Bryan Parker was 2-for-3 with a double for X-treme Performance.
NAPA 13, Aflac 3: NAPA led 4-0 after three innings before a big six-run spurt in the top of the fifth put the game out of reach. Lance Price went 3-for-3 to lead NAPA with help from Greg Zacek (3-for-4, two doubles) and Dan Jampole (3-for-4, triple).
Dave Morris and Nate Forehand each collected two hits for Aflac.