September 1, 2009
Homer adds on to Hall of Fame
The fifth induction ceremony for the Homer Central Athletic Hall of Fame will take place this Friday night, the Class of 2009 to be honored at half-time of the 7 p.m. season-opening football game when the Trojans play host to rival Cortland High.
The new Hall of Famers to be honored at Butts Field are former Trojan athletes Leidy Klotz, Gary Loudon, Brad Roos and John Wanish; coach/athletic contributor Rich Cecconi and athletic contributor Dave Boyland.
Here’s a closer look at each new inductee:
Dave Boyland (Athletic Contributor): Boyland has been volunteering his time as an athletic trainer for Homer athletic teams for many years, having assisted athletes and coaches with injury assessments, evaluations and treatments.
Boyland has also guided the coaching staff in the latest research and developments of the training world and is always ready to assist in any way possible.
Rich Cecconi (Coach and Athletic Contributor): Though Cecconi has retired from teaching science at the junior high school, he remains active coaching lacrosse. Cecconi has spent over 35 years in the lacrosse field as a coach, mentor and assistant at Homer.
He is actively involved with summer camps, the lacrosse booster club and recently organized the first annual Homer Alumni lacrosse weekend this past summer. His contributions have helped make the Trojans was of the top programs in Section 3 and New York State.
Leidy Klotz (Athlete): Klotz was an outstanding two-sport athlete for Homer in soccer and basketball. He excelled in soccer and is Homer’s all-time leading scorer for both season and career records. In 1995, Leidy led the Trojans to a 21-1-1 record and a spot in the New York State soccer finals.
Klotz continued his outstanding soccer career at Lafayette College where he was a four-year starter and a two-time All-American. He then played professional soccer for two seasons with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Harrisburg Heat.
Gary Loudon (Athlete): Loudon was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball for Homer. He was a first-team all-star in baseball where he earned an 8-1 record as a pitcher in 1994. He holds the record for most strikeouts in a season at 101 and most strikeouts in a game at 17.
This Athlete of the Year in 1994, Loudon continued his baseball career in college at LeMoyne and then Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Loudon was drafted to play professional baseball by the Cincinnati Reds and later by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brad Roos (Athlete): Roos was an outstanding basketball and lacrosse player before graduating in 1982, earning all-league honors in both sports. He was the captain and MVP on the 1982 lacrosse team.
He continued his excellent lacrosse career at Rutgers University and then later at Syracuse University where he won a national championship in 1988.
John Wanish (Athlete): Golfer Wanish, a 1979 graduate, was the New York State champion in 1975 and competed in many state and national golf championships while a student at Homer.
He was named a High School All- American in 1976 and 1977 and was the golf team’s MVP from 1977-1979. Wanish continued his golf career at Miami-Dade and Hillsborough Colleges and has captured numerous local tournament titles since his school days.
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