Basketball - 2013
John Tackett graduated from Corning West in 1968 as a three sport star for the Vikings. His best sport was basketball where he was named All-League two times. As a senior captain, John led the Vikings with a 16.1 scoring average which included a 27 points game that at the time was the second best single game effort at West. He was twice named the Outstanding Basketball Player by the Elmira All-Sports Committee. Following graduation, John played for many adult leagues in the area and was considered one of the top players in the prestigious Black Hawk League in Elmira. He also competed in the Craig Park Summer League, the Elkland League and CGW Adult League, along with numerous tournaments. During his playing days, John competed with and against such players as Tom McMillan, Reggie Lane, Essie Hollis and Mattie Leaks, all top Division I stars back in the 1970s.