October 25, 2006
Six to share C-Club Hall of Fame spotlight
The SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members during its 38th annual banquet and ceremonies being held Saturday at Corey Union.
The distinguished class will feature two women — all-around athlete and successful college coach Bonnie May (Class of 1977) along with dancer Marion “Bonnie” Yates Butcher (Class of 1941), whose life story is featured at the National Dance Museum located in Saratoga Springs.
Former football and basketball standout Frank Dawson (’57), Red Dragon lacrosse player and five-time national coach of the year winner at Fayetteville-Manlius High School Tom Hall (’63), wrestler and soccer standout Frank Millard (’63) and former stellar athlete and long-time Bucknell lacrosse coach Sidney Jamieson (’64) will also share the spotlight.
In addition to Saturday night’s official ceremony, the inductees also will be introduced at halftime of the Red Dragons football game against The College of New Jersey football game that kicks off at 1 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Established in 1969, the C-Club Hall of Fame recognizes Cortland alumni who competed as athletes at the College and who have since distinguished themselves in their professions and within their communities. Honorary members are recognized for their long_and significant contributions to SUNY Cortland athletics.
New C-Club members have been added annually and this year’s ceremony will bring the Hall of Fame roster to 188 alumni and 20 honorary members.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s inductees.
Bonnie S. May
Class of 1977
An outstanding all-around athlete for the Red Dragons in the 1970s, May made her professional mark as a successful head volleyball and softball coach at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., for the past quarter-century.
A native of Poughkeepsie, May graduated from Poughkeepsie High School. She was a four-year member of both the SUNY Cortland basketball and softball teams in the earliest days of intercollegiate competition.
Her Cortland basketball and softball squads both competed in the New York State championship and the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournaments. Her softball team won the 1977 New York State title, while she captained the basketball team as a senior. She also played three years for the Cortland ice hockey club in the newly constructed Park Center and two years with the soccer club.
May graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cortland and, in 1983, earned a master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State University in Kansas.
May joined the Smith College faculty in 1980 as a physical education instructor and the head volleyball and basketball coach.
In volleyball, May has 530 career victories at Smith — the second-most in New England ranked 13th among active volleyball coaches nationally. As the Smith softball coach since 1981, May has amassed 333 wins — sixth best in New England and ranked 28th nationally among softball coaches.
A New Agenda Northeast Hall of Fame member, May has been active in raising funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund and AIDS research, while also assisting in cleaning up local riverbanks and state hospital grounds.
Marion Yates Buchner
Class of 1941
Caroga Lake, N.Y.
When she was a 17-year-old college freshman in the late 1930s, Marion “Bonnie” Yates Buchner declined a job offer to dance with the famed Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in favor of earning her degree.
She graduated from Cortland and devoted 40 years to being a teacher and guidance counselor, but she never stopped dancing. Seventy years later, Buchner is still winning statewide competitions, entertaining young and old alike with her infectious love of dance and tap dancing weekly at the National Dance Museum in Saratoga Springs.
Raised in Caroga Lake and a graduate from Fultonville High School in New York, she took advantage of every sport opportunity available to female students at the time. She played tennis, basketball and field hockey. She swam and was secretary and treasurer of the Women’s Aquatic Club.
She danced under the direction of legendary Cortland instructor Mary Washington Ball, whom she credits as mentor and inspiration. An Alpha Delta sorority sister, Buchner taught dance to youngsters in the community at the Cortland YWCA on Saturday mornings and performed a figure skating exhibition at the newly opened Randall Field rink.
Buchner earned a master’s degree in counseling education from SUNY Oneonta and another master’s degree equivalency in political science and public administration from SUNY Albany. She received a presidential invitation to participate in the White House Conference on Children and Youth. She was appointed by the New York State governor to serve on the Conference on Aging and to chair Fulton County Physical Education.
A former New York State Fair “Volunteer Woman of the Year,” Buchner ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Assembly. She was a member of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s Speakers Corps and is a past president of the Women’s Republican Club of Fulton County.
Frank M. Dawson, Jr.
Class of 1957
An exceptional football and basketball player at Cortland in the mid-1950s, Dawson, devoted his entire career to guiding young athletes in Garfield, N.J., where he has been a legendary coach and athletic director since 1960.
A native of Pearl River, Dawson graduated from Pearl River High School.
Dawson earned three letters as a two-way offensive and defensive tackle for Coach Carl “Chugger” Davis at Cortland from 1954-56. As a punter, he was tied for fifth nationally with Penn State’s Milt Plum with his 41.8 yards-per-punt average. Dawson was invited to the Baltimore Colts camp in 1957 and 1958.
On the basketball court, Dawson also won a trio of letters competing on some of Coach Whitney T. “Pete” Corey’s 43 greatest squads. He was named the Red Letter Award winner on the 1956-57 team that went 18-3 and won the first championship of the newly formed SUNY Athletic Conference.
Dawson earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Cortland and, in 1965, a master’s degree in health and physical education from New York University. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1960, Dawson joined the Garfield High School faculty. He coached basketball (1960-63) and football (1963-72), including two conference championships and the 1965 New Jersey Group 4 state title. His squads had the finest records in Bergen County throughout the 1960s.
Dawson is now the director of health, physical education and athletics at Garfield High. He has been inducted in the Hall of Fames at Pearl River High School, Garfield High School and the Rockland County (N.Y.) Sports hall of Fame.
Thomas W. Hall
Class of 1963
A five-time national coach of the year and one of the architects of scholastic lacrosse in the United States, Hall created and then guided the Fayetteville-Manlius High School boys lacrosse program to a 454-185-1 record during his 36-year tenure as head coach.
The Syracuse native graduated from F-M. He competed in both junior varsity and varsity lacrosse at SUNY Cortland, where he recalled “the high quality of teaching from the faculty, their professionalism as well as a true concern for the students. The Cortland experience helped me develop a standard of excellence with my students and athletes.”
Hall, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from SUNY Cortland, played with the Syracuse Lacrosse Club from 1961-72.
In 1963, he joined the faculty at Fayetteville-Manlius High, where he also coached football for 29 years. He established a lacrosse team in 1964 and coached the sport there until his retirement in 1999.
The fourth all-time most victorious lacrosse coach in New York State, he is only one of seven in the U.S. with more than 400 career wins. His teams won six conference, four sectional and two Upstate championships and twice finished as state runner-up. Hall coached 350 Fayetteville-Manlius players who went on to play collegiate lacrosse, including 17 high school and 25 college All-Americans.
Elected the first president of the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association, he served from 1978-88. He also served on the first National Federation of High School Boys’ Lacrosse Rules Committee from 1999-2002.
A Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame and a U.S. Lacrosse Upstate New York Chapter Hall of Fame member, Hall has been named U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year five times and New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Section III Man of the Year three times.
He was the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2000 and received the national Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award in 1997.
Francis E. “Frank” Millard
Class of 1963
One of America’s top 10 all-time most victorious wrestling coaches, Millard established a junior college wrestling dynasty at SUNY Delhi. He then became the physical education and athletics director at Northfield Mount Hermon, the nation’s largest preparatory boarding school, in Massachusetts.
A native of Watertown, Millard was a New York State scholastic sectional wrestling champion for Watertown High School.
At SUNY Cortland, Millard was a four-year starter in wrestling and a two-time SUNYAC runner-up. A junior varsity soccer player, he was the sports editor of the student newspaper, served on the yearbook sports staff and was a Delta Kappa Beta fraternity brother. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from SUNY Cortland.
After jobs at Carthage, Manlius Prep School and SUNY Potsdam, Millard joined SUNY Delhi, where he would remain until 1985.
As the wrestling coach, he guided SUNY Delhi to seven Region III championships between 1977-85, including third place nationally in 1983 and 1984 — the second highest national finish ever by an Eastern junior college.
Millard is only one of nine wrestling coaches nationally, at all levels, to have amassed more than 600 coaching wins. His mark of 681-191-3 places him fourth in the country.
An eight-time NJCAA Region II Coach of the Year, Millard was inducted into the NJCAA Wresting Hall of Fame in 1982, the NJCAA Region III Hall of Fame in 1988, and the New York State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000 for his lifetime achievement.
While at SUNY Delhi, Millard also coached baseball, cross country and golf.
Class of 1964
Jamieson coached the NCAA Division I Bucknell University lacrosse program for 38 years, while also acting as a catalyst for advancing the Native American presence on the international lacrosse scene as the Iroquois National Team coach in the 1980s.
A 25-year member of the Bucknell University football coaching staff, Jamieson grew up in Youngstown and graduated from Lewiston-Porter Central High School.
At SUNY Cortland, Jamieson competed as a defensive back and wide receiver for four years on the football team, played lacrosse for three years and baseball for a season. He worked for two years as a residence hall counselor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
He joined the Bucknell staff in 1964. Over the years, his lacrosse teams captured seven conference titles in three different leagues — the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the East Coast Conference and the Patriot League. His 1996 squad finished unbeaten, while his 2001 Bison team was the first in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Jamieson was voted the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Coach of the Year in 1996. He was selected Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1996, 2001 and 2005, and from 1993-96
From 1983-86, Jamieson coached an international team of Native Americans from the U.S. and Canada. He led the team to the 1984 World Lacrosse Games, a part of the pre-Olympic cultural events of the Summer Olympics that year at Los Angeles. The following year, he coached the Iroquois National Team during a 10-day tour of Great Britain with the English National Team. In 1990, as the team’s executive director, he assisted in its participation at the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia.
A frequent lecturer to Native American youth on the subjects of education, self-motivation and self-esteem, Jamieson served on numerous campus committees at Bucknell, where he continues to work as a fund-raiser. For decades, he has presented at lacrosse camps and to professional lacrosse organizations across the nation.
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Cincy girls ousted, DeRuyter boys fall
SYRACUSE — The 11th-seeded Cincinnatus Central girls’ soccer team saw its season come to an end Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to sixth-seeded Faith Heritage in a first-round Section 3 Class D tournament game at Clary Middle School.
In a Class D boys’ game, No. 12 DeRuyter finished its season at 7-10-2 after a 4-2 loss to No. 5 Remsen at Utica Proctor.
Faith Heritage 1, Cincinnatus 0: Mel Cathcart scored the only goal of the game at 16:03 of the first half off an assist by Kim Schmitkons as the Saints, now 9-3-3, advanced to face No. 14 Madison (9-8-1) in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils_advanced Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Remsen.
“It was a great game, back and forth,” said Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler, whose team finished the season at 9-8-1. “It could have been anyone’s game. We had our opportunities.
“We had a great season; although starting out slow early in the season, the girls showed a lot of positive energy, fighting hard in the second round of league play to take second and earn a spot in sectionals. A lot of growth and commitment was displayed this season, and I wish our seniors well. Kim Wehner, KaraBeth Eaton and Sam Shepard were great leaders for our team.”
Cincy goalie Savannah Ward made eight saves in Tuesday’s game to four for Faith Heritage’s Alexa Thayer as the winners had an 11-6 shot advantage.
In another game of local interest, ninth-seeded Hamilton (10-5-3) beat No. 8 Old Forge 1-0 at Herkimer County CC on a goal by Kinzea Jones in the second overtime period and will visit top-seeded McGraw (16-0-1) at 3 p.m. Friday. That contest will be a matchup of last year’s first-round stunner, when the 16th-seeded Emerald Knights advanced past the top-seeded defending sectional and state D champions on penalty kicks.
The two teams also played in the first round in 2004, with McGraw scoring a 3-0 victory.
The 12-seeded DeRuyter girls (9-8-0) visit No. 5 Oriskany (11-3-2) at 3 p.m. today.
IN BOYS’ PLAY —
Remsen 4, DeRuyter 2: Steve Wilczek scored twice and added an assist as the Rams (13-5) advanced to the quarterfinals.
The winners led 2-0 at intermission and increased their lead to 3-0 just 24 seconds into the second half before Chris Roodenburg scored on a header with 18 minutes left and Nick Brown headed home a corner kick by Erik Skeele five minutes later for the Rockets to make it a 3-2 game.
“Nick scored again to tie the game with five minutes left but was incorrectly called off-sides, because the ball had deflected off a Remsen player but the official didn’t see it,” DeRuyter coach Mike Skeele said. “After we got our first goal the kids decided that they could play with Remsen and really pressed the action. I think we had them sweating.”
Wilczek closed out the scoring with two minutes left.
Remsen had a 18-13 shot advantage, with DeRuyter goalies Dustin McClure (first half) and Brandon Meacham (second half) combining for 12 saves to nine for the Rams’ Frank Carino.
The No. 8 Cincinnatus boys (11-6-1) host No. 9 Madison (9-5-2) at 3 p.m. today.
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