The 42nd. annual HOF banquet was held at CMOG on Saturday, March 12, 2016

21 New members were inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame in front of a capacity crown of 290 people

 Derek Hmiel (Baseball), Kevin Donovan (Bowling),  Andrea Lehr (Skeet Shooting), John Knapp (Contributor), Kate Early & Kate Rosettie (Track & Field), Nick Dobson, Shawn Roe & John Tunney (Basketball), Cameron Flory, Coleman Flory & Thomas Galvin (Football), Matt Dale, Marianne Munson & Curtis Williams (Swimming), Jason Farrell, Lauren Lukefahr, Emily Miller, Justin Patterson, Mathew Roe & Jared Tuller (Lacrosse).  Continue

The following article was published in the Corning Leader on Monday, March 14

Class of 2016 ushers in 21 new members

By Bob Benz


Like most any year at the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, many of the honored star athletes from today and yesteryear spoke about perseverance, sacrifice and gratitude for a strong support system, whether family, coaches, teammates or often, all of the above.

The C-PP Sports Hall of Fame enshrined 21 new members in nine different categories Saturday at the Corning Museum of Glass.

They were certainly not the only ones honored, though.

Corning-Painted Post High School seniors Hailey Bicknell, Olivia LeBaron, Danny Madden and Devon Sullivan were honored as winners of the 2016 George Bacalles Memorial Award.

Special achievement awards went to Corning’s Jessica Lawson - a five-time state and federation champion in running events, along with the school’s national champion 400 relay team of Brian Bates, Peter Kane, Jared Moore and Kevin Moshier. None of the five were on hand to accept the award as they were each competing at indoor track and field nationals in New York City.

The evening’s festivities began with a surprise of sorts when Dave and Sharon Miller were presented with the Bob Box Award. Although the Millers have been a part of the Hall of Fame committee for 13 years, neither was privy to the honor.

The Frank Watts Memorial Award went to Ray and Andie Naylor for more than 40 years of involvement in a number of youth sports in the area.

Former Corning East and Johns Hopkins lacrosse standout A.T. Bailey served as the banquet’s guest speaker. After graduating from Hopkins, Bailey passed up a chance to play professional indoor lacrosse and went into the lacrosse business with legendary East grad Jim Darcangelo at Lax World. Bailey currently lives in Baltimore and recently helped found Down Stream Manufacturing, which makes sports apparel.

Bailey spoke of a life-changing moment during his freshman year at Johns Hopkins when he quickly realized during his first practice that the college game was going to be much tougher than high school.

“I was lost … and after about an hour of practice, the assistant coach Dave Pietramala - head coach now - he had had enough,” Bailey explained. “He blew the whistle, he came running down the sidelines, all my new teammates were watching and he grabbed me by my facemask, threw me down on the ground and said, this isn’t Corning anymore. Get off the field. I gave a very G-rated version of what he actually said.

“I put my head down and I jogged off the field and I was embarrassed, I was shaken,” Bailey said. “I got to the sidelines and sort of gathered myself and I really didn’t want to go back on the field. I was intimidated. But a little voice in my head I heard so many times spoke up. Get back in line, you’ve done this before. So I went back in, looked him in the eye, let him know he wasn’t going to intimidate me and went on to have a great career that I was very proud of.”

*Matt Dale, a 2008 West grad, was a state qualifier in four swimming events as a junior and senior. He graduated from Virginia Military Academy and swam four years at the NCAA Division I level.

Dale noted that he was actually coached by brothers Mike Nicholson in high school and Bill Nicholson in college at VMI.  He echoed a favorite quote from his college coach, “life’s tough - get a helmet”.

*Marianne Nye Munson, a 2006 West grad, set many individual records during a decorated five-year varsity career.  Munson was the Section IV, Class A champion in the 100 backstroke in 2004 and was named All-STAC West/Metro during each of her five seasons. She went on to swim and play lacrosse at SUNY Oswego.

*Curtis Williams, a 2008 East grad, was a four-year member of the Corning District swim team, but really excelled at the college level.  Williams qualified for the NCAA Division II championships as a freshman in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke at Southern Connecticut. He transferred to the University at Buffalo and helped the Bulls win a MAC title as a junior.

*Kate Early, a 2007 East grad, won the New York State championship in the pentathlon in 2007 after finishing fourth at states the previous year.  Early set school records in the pentathlon, high jump and 100 hurdles and was a multi-sport athlete, which made her a natural fit for the pentathlon.

“It takes a lot of people to get you here, especially for an athlete like myself where I couldn’t make up my mind,” Early said. “Soccer, basketball, track, gymnastics, softball. I wanted to do it all. And I think that’s when you get in the pentathlon and heptathlon and you do a bit of everything.”

*Kate Rosettie, a 2008 East grad, was named a high school All-American as a senior after finishing fourth in the two-mile run at nationals in 2009. She also won multiple STAC and Section IV championships.

Rosettie was absent from the banquet as she was competing in a marathon, but had a statement read on her behalf.

*Former East baseball coach John Knapp was honored as a contributor.  Knapp revealed a little-known story of coaching a game from the roof top of East High School after being ejected for arguing a call in the previous game.  “I got to the custodial staff at East High School and said, guys get me onto the roof, I will coach the game from the roof. They go, what?” Knapp explained, drawing laughter from the audience. “I had my binoculars. No one to this day really knew I was up there but the players. So I guarantee there’s not a coach in this district ever that’s coached a baseball or any game on top of East High School.”

*Andrea Lehr, a 1961 Corning Northside graduate, became the Hall’s first-ever inductee in the sport of skeet shooting.  Lehr is a two-time world ladies 20-gauge champion (1984, 2008) and also was a world ladies doubles champion in 1982, among a long list of accomplishments.  “I’m just plain lucky,” Lehr said. “Lucky to live where I do, in a hotbed of skeet, surrounded by some of the best shooters in the world. Lucky that when I took up the game, I was able to practice with the top shooters. I didn’t shoot like a girl, whatever that means.”

*Jason Farrell, a 1995 East grad, was a three-year varsity starter for teams that posted a 57-7 win-loss record.  Farrell went on to play at Princeton University, where he started as a junior and senior.

“I took a lot of what (my parents) did for granted growing up,” Farrell said. “I just kind of assumed that they would be at my practices to take me and drop me off. I lived in Beaver Dams, which is outside of Corning and they were at all my games. They were everywhere and I just assumed it was so. They were always there and I didn’t really appreciate it I don’t think until I started having my own kids and that’s when you think, wow, they did a lot of stuff.”

*Lauren Lukefahr, a 2008 East grad, played at the varsity level for four years and was named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior.  Lukefahr played for four seasons at Binghamton University and now works as a registered nurse in Charlotte, NC, where she has gotten a different perspective on life.  “You truly don’t appreciate what you have in life,” Lukefahr said. “It’s this constant balance in life and I think this moment right now and this ceremony has made me stop and reflect on how much I appreciate everything I’ve been given in this amazing life.”

*Emily Miller, a 2007 East grad, was a Section IV first-team all-star goalie as a junior and senior.

Miller played college ball at Albany for two years, before graduating from Binghamton.

*Mathew Roe, a 1994 East grad, was a starting defenseman and helped the Trojans compile a 39-5 record in his two seasons with the team.  Roe played college lacrosse at the University of Delaware and was named to the All American East Conference team as a sophomore.

*Justin Patterson, a 2009 East grad, was named an Adidas All-American as a junior and was the All-Leader Player of the Year as a senior.  Patterson played college lacrosse at C.W. Post where he helped the team win a Division II national championship as a freshman.  He spoke of his humble beginnings in the sport in grade school.  “I went to my first practice and (Chris) Ruocco was my coach,” Patterson said. “That night, he said, if you want to be a good lacrosse player, you’ve got to take care of your stick. Go home tonight and sleep with it. Well, that night, I was in my bed with my lacrosse stick and my mom came in and she goes, what’s that? She thought I was hiding something. I said, it’s my lacrosse stick. Coach Ruocco told me to sleep with it if I wanted to be a good player. So for that, thank you, Ruoc.”

*Jared Tuller, a 1996 East grad, helped the Trojans reach the state finals twice. Tuller was named Section IV’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

*Derek Hmiel, a 1991 East grad, received the John Leipold Award as a senior. In three seasons as a varsity player, Hmiel boasted a batting average over .400.  He went on to play college ball with the Division II powerhouse at Mansfield University, where he helped the Mounties win four PSAC titles and advance to the Division II World Series.

*Cameron Flory, a 2007 East grad, helped the Trojans win a state football title in 2006.

Flory rushed for 2,456 yards, boasted an 8.9 yards per carry average and scored 29 touchdowns.

He was inducted with his twin brother Coleman Flory, who was not in attendance.

*Coleman Flory, a 2007 East grad, was the starting quarterback for the state champion Trojans’ football team in 2006.  He rushed for 3,273 yards and 46 touchdowns as the trigger man for East’s triple-option offense.  Coleman and Cameron Flory each went to college at Coastal Carolina.

*Thomas Galvin, a 1948 graduate of Corning Free Academy, was honored by his grandson Mason Galvin, who spoke on his behalf.  Galvin spoke of his grandfather’s fondness for the trick play and how he executed it to perfection during his playing days.  “Unfortunately, more than 30 years ago, long before I was alive, he suffered a serious stroke and as a result, he developed dementia and he can barely remember anything from those past 30 years, let alone way back 70 years ago when he was playing football,” Mason Galvin said. “It means a great deal to me that my grandfather is being inducted into the sports Hall of Fame. I thank the committee for this honor and I’m pleased that he’ll always be remembered.”

*Kevin Donovan, a 2010 West grad, was a four-year starter for the Corning District team, where he compiled a 227 average as a senior.  Donovan and his parents helped spearhead efforts to bring bowling to the high school level in Corning and also at Corning Community College. He also bowled at Notre Dame College in Ohio.

*Nick Dobson, a 2009 West grad, was the All-Leader Basketball Player of the Year in 2009.

Dobson averaged 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game. Dobson went on to play college basketball for Rochester Institute of Technology.

*Shawn Roe, a 2007 East grad, was named the 2007 Basketball Coaches Association of New York Class B Player of the Year.  Roe scored 961 points during his high school career and averaged 15.8 points per game. He also played college ball at RIT, where he played with Dobson as a teammate.

*John Tunney, a 1963 graduate of Corning Free Academy, was named to the 1962-63 All-City team and closed the night with a funny line about his former teammate Pierce Baker, who nominated him for induction.  “And Pierce, I’ve never told you this, but since the very beginning, I’ve been keeping track,” Tunney said. “And you’re way behind. I don’t think either one of us will live long enough for you to possibly catch up. Even if perhaps we take up shuffleboard and play several times a day and you won them all, which history suggests would not happen.”

Pictures by Eric Wensel


                  Curtis Williams                                               John Knapp                                                           Kate Early


               Lauren Lukefahr


The following are the pictures provided by each inductee and the information provided by each inductee's sponsor as presented in the Power Point presentation at CMoG



         DEREK HMIEL 


  • Graduated from Corning East as a 3-year member of the varsity baseball team.
  • Received the John Leipold award as a senior.
  • Won 31 American Legion games including a 13-0 record in 1991.
  • High school career batting average over .400.
  • Pitched for Mansfield University following high school
  • Compiled a 7-4 record with 9 saves and set school record with 22 games as a junior
  • Helped Mounties win 4 PSAC titles
  • Had a 0.00 ERA in 4 innings of work in the NCAA Division II World Series versus Troy State and Florida Southern.
  • Member of Mansfield team that finished as runner-up in 1995 Division II World Series.
  • Graduated from Mansfield University in 1995.




  • Graduated from Corning West in 2010 as a 4-year starter on Corning District bowling team.
  • Attended Corning Community College and Notre Dame College of Ohio.
  • Will be first inductee from the Corning District bowling team.
  • Compiled a 211 composite average and a 227 average as a senior.
  • Was a Dexter High School All-American as a junior and senior.
  • Combined average at CCC and Notre Dame of Ohio was 208.
  • Ranked #3 in the country as a senior at ND.
  • Named to 11 All-Tournament teams.
  • Two-time national finalist. Finished 12th as a junior and 5th as a senior.
  • Was named Professional Bowlers Association East Region Rookie of the Year in 2014.
  • Has well over a dozen 300 games and counting.


         JOHN KNAPP


  • Served as Corning West JV baseball coach in 1985-86
  • Served as Corning East JV and varsity assistant baseball coach from 1987 to 1997.
  • Served as Mansfield University baseball instructor from 1992 to 1997.
  • Served as Corning East varsity baseball coach from 1998 to 2011.
  • Served as Corning-Painted High School varsity baseball coach from 2011 to 2013.
  • Member of staff at Corning East when they won state championship in 1995.
  • Was Section IV, Class A runner-up seven times.
  • Won 2012 Myrtle Beach Mingo Classic in 2012
  • Team finished ranked #7 in NYS, Class A in 2002 & #20 in 2008.

          Skeet Shooting



  • World Ladies Doubles Champion in 98x100 in 1982
  • World Ladies 20-gauge champion 100x100 in 1984 & 2008
  • U.S. Open championship 20-gauge LY RU in 2001
  • U.S. Open championship Doubles  LY RU in 2015
  • New York State Ladies Champion in 12-gauge eight times.
  • NYS Ladies Champion in 20-gauge three times.
  • NYS Ladies Champion in 28-gauge four times.
  • NYS Ladies Champion in 410-bore ten times.
  • NYS Ladies Doubles champion ten times.
  • All-American First Team in 1987.
  • All-American Second Team in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989.
  • Inducted into NYS Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Has served as a National Skeet Shooting Association Director since 1984.

          Track & Field

          KATE EARLY


  • Graduated from Corning East in 2007.
  • Won NYS championship in pentathlon in 2007 after finishing 4th the year before.
  • Set school records in pentathlon, high jump and 100m hurdles.
  • 2007 George Bacalles Memorial Award winner.
  • 2007 All-Leader Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
  • Graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2012.
  • Won heptathlon title in 2009 at America East Championships. Finished 2nd in 2011 with a school record for total points.
  • Won heptathlon title in 2010 in New England Championships and finished 2nd in 2012.
  • Recipient of Dean Williamson Award from University of New Hampshire.
  • Competed in 2007 Empire Games. Won the high jump, 2nd in 100m hurdles, 3rd in 400m hurdles.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2008.
  • Named All-Leader three times.
  • Named High School All-American as a senior after finishing fourth in two-mile run at Nationals in 2009.
  • Finished fist in nine different invitational meets at distances ranging from 1,000 meters in track to 5,000 meters in cross country.
  • Won multiple STAC and Section IV championships.
  • Qualified for state meet eleven times.
  • Graduated from Cornell University in 2012.
  • Ran four years of track and cross-country and was a consistent point scorer for the Big Red.





  • Graduated from Corning West in 2009 as a member of the basketball team.
  • Averaged 18.4 pts., 5.4 rebs. and 2 blocked shots per game
  • All-Leader Basketball Player of the Year as a senior
  • Named to the Star-Gazette All Twin Tier team as a senior
  • Named to STAC, First Team as a senior.
  • Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014.
  • Averaged 8 pts and 4 rebs. while shooting 55% from the field in his 75 games for RIT - 30 of those games as a starter.
  • Named team captain as a senior.
  • Volunteers as an assistant coach for the All Saints Academy 5th & 6th grade basketball teams and works YMCA summer sports camps.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2007.
  • Named All-Leader as a junior and senior.
  • 2007 Basketball coaches Association of New York, Class B Player of the Year.
  • Named to Star-Gazette, All Twin Tiers Team as a senior.
  • Scored 961 points in his high school career, averaging 15.8 pts per game.
  • Scored school record 35 points versus Wellsville as a junior.
  • Set single season school records for points scored (371) and scoring average (17.2) as a junior.
  • Was a member of the 2006 Corning East football team that won the state title.
  • Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology where a knee injury limited his playing time severely on the basketball team.



  • Graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1963.
  • Named to the 1962-63 All-City Basketball Team.
  • Played varsity basketball for three years, two years as a starter.
  • Was the valedictorian of his class.
  • Was the third leading scorer on the team behind C-PP Hall of Famers Alex Wilson and Pierce Baker.
  • Also a three-year starter on the CFA football team and a four-year starter on the CFA golf team.
  • After high school, John went to Holy Cross, where he was a standout in the basketball intramural program and then on to Cornell Law School.
  • Teamed up with many of his high school mates and dominated the local summer leagues during the late 1960s and early 1970s




  • Graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1948.
  • Played quarterback for the Bulldogs for three seasons and led the football team to a 20-1-3 record during that span.
  • The team was undefeated in 1946 and 1947.
  • Played for C-PP Hall of Fame coach Ernie Craumer.
  • Was a team leader throughout his high school career.
  • Was named team captain as a senior.
  • Went on to Niagara University where he graduated in 1952.
  • Note – Thomas’ accomplishments were compiled by his grandson Mason Galvin so complete statistics were very difficult to find despite numerous hours in the library. To find what he did after almost 70 years is truly remarkable.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2007.
  • Was named All-Leader three years.
  • Played varsity football for three years as a starting tailback.
  • Played key role as football team won the 2006 NYS Championship.
  • His teams finished with a 31-3 overall record.
  • Rushed for 2,456 yards for 8.9 yards per carry and scored 29 touchdowns.
  • Caught 17 passes for 338 yards and 5 TDs.
  • Led team in kickoff and punt return yardage.
  • Intercepted 15 passes on defense and recovered 9 fumbles.
  • Went to college at Coastal Carolina.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2007.
  • Was named All-Leader for three years.
  • Was the starting quarterback for three seasons and led the football team to the 2006 NYS championship.
  • Rushed for 3,273 yards for 6 yards per carry and scored 46 touchdowns.
  • Completed 81 of 128 passes for 1,119 yards and 16 touchdowns.
  • Intercepted 8 passes and recovered six fumbles along with 13 sacks.
  • Went to college at Coastal Carolina.


            JASON FARRELL


  • Graduated from Corning East in 1995.
  • Was a three-year varsity starter for the lacrosse team.
  • His teams posted a 57-7 won-loss record during those three years.
  • Named First-Team All-League as a senior.
  • Named to Empire Games, Western Team in 1994.
  • Went to Princeton University where he graduated in 1999.
  • Lettered all four years at Princeton and was a starter as a junior and senior.
  • His teams at Princeton won three National Championships while posting a 43-2 record at the highest level of collegiate play.
  • Was considered one of the best one-on-one defensemen in high school and college.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2008.
  • Was a four-year member of the Trojans girls lacrosse team that won four sectional titles.
  • Named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior.
  • Played for Western Team in the Empire Games as a senior.
  • Named All-conference as a senior.
  • Graduated from Binghamton University where she played lacrosse for four years.
  • Named to American East All-Conference, Second Team as a junior.
  • Earned Unsung Hero Award as a senior as the best defensive player on the team.
  • While at Binghamton, playing lacrosse, she earned a double-major in Biology and Environmental Studies.
  • Currently works as a registered nurse in Charlotte, NC.

            EMILY MILLER


  • Graduated from Corning East in 2007.
  • Was the starting goalie for the girl’s lacrosse team for two years.
  • Named to the All-Leader team as a junior and senior.
  • Named to the Section IV All-Star, First Team as a junior and senior.
  • Led team to state semi-finals as a junior and to the state regionals as a senior.
  • Attended University of Albany for two years.
  • Transferred to Binghamton University for her final two years of college.
  • Shared starting goalie duties and turned in a .361 save percentage as a junior in 12 games and a .348 percentage as a senior.
  • Graduated from Binghamton University in 2011



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2009.
  • Was named adidas All-American as a junior.
  • As a senior, he led Section IV in points scored.
  • Named All-Leader Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Graduated from C.W. Post in 2014.
  • Was a four-year starter at Post and helped team win the NCAA Division II National Championship as a freshman with one goal and two assists in title game.
  • Led team in scoring as a junior.
  • Finished college career with 113 points on 38 goals and 74 assists.
  • His college team posted a 49-12 record during his four years.
  • Currently an assistant coach at Houghton College.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 1994.
  • Was a starting defenseman for Trojans and helped team compile a 39-5 record in those two seasons.
  • Played for the Western Team in Empire Games as a senior.
  • As a senior, the Trojans won a school record 22 games before losing to Garden City, 13-7 in the title game.
  • Held standout Casey Powell to a single assist in quarterfinal game of that run.
  • His teams won 24 straight Section IV games and his team allowed an average of only 5 goals per game his senior season.
  • Also played two years of soccer and was All-Conference as a senior.
  • Graduated from University of Delaware in 1998.
  • Played on man down team as a freshman and started as a sophomore.
  • Named to the All American East Conference team as a sophomore.
  • A series of nagging injuries curtailed his collegiate career.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 1996.
  • Played two years as a defenseman for the Trojans.
  • Helped team reach two State Final games.
  • Named All-League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
  • While at East his teams lost just three games, two of those in state finals.
  • Played for Western Team in Empire State Games as a senior.
  • Graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2000.
  • Lettered at Penn as a freshman as he helped the team to its first .500 season in Ivy League play.
  • Currently board member for Corning Lacrosse Alumni Association.





  • Graduated from Corning West in 2008.
  • State qualifier in four events as a junior and senior.
  • State Consolation finalist in six events during junior and senior seasons.
  • Finalist in two events as a senior.
  • Held numerous team records when he graduated.
  • Graduated from Virginia Military Academy in 2012.
  • Swam four years at Division I level.
  • CCSA Conference finalist in 100 and 200 backstroke,
  • Earned team award for hardest worker.
  • Participated in Wounded Warrior bike ride from Richmond, VA to Washington DC.



  • Graduated from Corning West in 2006.
  • Was a member of the Corning District varsity swim team for five years.
  • Set many individual records during five-year career.
  • Section IV, Class A champion in 100 backstroke in 2004.
  • Named to All-STAC West/Metro team all five years of her varsity career.
  • Graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2010.
  • Graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical in 2013.
  • Member of SUNYAC conference championship team for Oswego as a junior.
  • Also played lacrosse while at Oswego.
  • Currently runs half marathons and triathlons with many top 3 finishes in her age group.



  • Graduated from Corning East in 2008.
  • Four-year member of Corning District swim team.
  • Named team captain as a senior.
  • State Consolation finalist and finalist in several events as a junior and senior.
  • Attended University of Southern Connecticut and graduated from University of Buffalo in 2012.
  • Qualified for NCAA< Division II Championships as a freshman in 200 medley and 100 breast stroke at USC.
  • Transferred to U of B after freshman year and competed at the Division I level for the next three years.
  • Helped U of B to win MAC title as a junior.
  • Team was runner-up to MAC his other two seasons.