The architect of Chenango Forks’ football dynasty and the Southern Tier Athletic Conference’s first 30-per-game basketball scorer are among those who’ll be inducted Saturday into the Section 4 Hall of Fame.
Twenty-two inductees — 18 athletes and four coaches or contributors — will be saluted following Saturday’s Class C girls basketball title game at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The game pitting Harpursville against Lansing is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Among those honored will be Kelsey Green, who in 12 seasons as head football coach guided the Blue Devils to six appearances in state title games — five in succession — and his teams established a Section 4-record win streak buoyed by consecutive perfect seasons in 2003 and 2004.
Melissa Manzer is a 2004 Johnson City High graduate who as a senior hit up opponents for 30.6 points per game, the first STAC male or female to achieve a 30-per-game norm.
The full list of inductees:
Athletes: Katherine S. Bramante (Union-Endicott); Jonathon (J.B.) Bump (Windsor); Peter Burton (Norwich); Travis D. Carey (Franklin); Thomas Hendricks (Unatego); Daphne Joy-Thompson (Morris); Matthew J. “Matt” Klumpp (Windsor); Emily Ling (Cotcamp) (Chenango Valley); Danielle S. Maye (Ingram) (Windsor); Melissa Manzer (Johnson City); Shelly N. Miles (Gilbertsville/Mount Upton); Gerard “Jeri” Mirabito (Sidney); Richard R. Mirabito (Sidney); Joseph Robinson (Tioga); Joshua Michael Scutt (Chenango Valley); Eric Tee (Lansing); Zach Vredenburgh (Chenango Forks); Mike Young (Vestal).
Coaches & contributors: Kelsey F. Green (Chenango Forks); John Allen (Section 4); Carl Koenig (Section 4); Mark Woitach (Section 4).
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His 1969 Windsor High School graduation completed an outstanding scholastic sports career, especially in football and wrestling, the same two sports that highlighted his coaching years at Catholic Central/Seton Catholic Central from 1975-1984.
A two-way starter his junior and senior years at Windsor, John was team captain of the undefeated Black Knights’ 1968 squad. As a wrestler, he lost only four dual meet bouts over three seasons, his final defeat in the state finals. Following his years at Windsor, John received a wrestling scholarship to Syracuse University, where he was Most Valuable Wrestler his junior and senior years.
As head football coach at SCC, he led the Saints to their first undefeated season (10-0) in 1983. He served as Athletic Director at Seton CC (1982-1987) and Chenango Valley (1987-2007), while providing both service and leadership to STAC and Section IV.
KATHERINE “KATIE” BRAMANTE
In her high school varsity career that began as a seventh grader at Union-Endicott, Katie won over 100 matches, with a 97-3 overall log in Section IV play. In STAC competition, she posted a record of 90-0, rarely losing more than a couple of games or even a set in most of her matches. She was named an All-Division and All-Conference player as well as a scholar-athlete each of her six years. The team MVP in five of her six years, she led the Tigers to both the STAC and the Section IV championships in her senior year.
As an individual, Katie was a four-time Section IV champion, winning the state qualifier each of those years, including her seventh grade year in doubles with her sister Julianne, and a runner-up each of the other two years. She is most proud, though, of achieving the Sportsmanship Award at the NYSPHAA tournament. This outstanding individual record has placed her at the top of Section IV in the history of tennis. However, she recalls her fondest memories were when helping her team to win the STAC and Section IV Class A tournament.
Katie was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Syracuse University in the fall of 2002. She achieved success at Syracuse as a four-year letter winner, scholar-athlete and Big East All-Conference player.
JONATHON “J.B.” BUMP
J.B. earned six varsity golf letters at Windsor High School from 1994-1999. As a sophomore, he set the school record for a nine-hole, away golf match with a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine at Afton Golf Club. He was a four-year Susquenango Association first-team golf all-star, with two of those years earning him the Sus MVP Award. For four years, he earned the NYSPHSAA Golf All-State Award with top-20 finishes in the state championship matches at Cornell University. As a senior, he culminated his scholastic career by winning the NYSPHSAA Championship at Cornell. He won by five shots with a 2-over-par score of 146 (72 and 74) to outdistance the field of 99 players from across New York State.
At the time, J.B. was just the eighth Section IV golfer in 28 years to become the New York State Golf Champion.
Peter earned nine varsity letters during his career at Norwich High School, three each in football, basketball and baseball. He was a tight end on football teams that went a combined 27-4-1, including a 20-game winning streak. He was a Section IV Division III All-Star all three years (1991-93) and first team All-State in 1993.
His three years of varsity basketball resulted in a 72-7 overall record, 56-2 in his fìnal two seasons and a pair of NYSPHSAA Class B State Championships and one Federation Championship. He totaled 756 points and 490 rebounds on one of Section IV’s all-time greatest teams. He was a STAC All-Division and All-Conference selection, twice was chosen to the All-Metro team and was a fourth-team All-State pick in 1993.
Peter was also a Division All-Star all three years as a varsity baseball pitcher and shortstop, finishing with a career batting average of .331.
A 2003 graduate of Franklin Central School, Travis set soccer records of 35 goals during his senior season and holds the career scoring record for boys with 65 goals and 19 assists in his career. He also helped lead the Purple Devils to a Tri-Valley League divisional title in 2002.
Travis was also the starting point guard for the Franklin boys’ basketball team, averaging 15.3 points a game as he led his team to a pair of appearances in the Tri-Valley League championship, winning it all in 2002.
During Travis’ track career he set a school record in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 1 inch, and won the Section IV Class D title in the long jump and triple jump in 2003. Travis went on to have a successful soccer career at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Cortland.
Kelsey Green’s 12 seasons as the head football coach at Chenango Forks were historical, to say the least.
His teams reached the Class B state championship game at the Carrier Dome six times _ five of those coming in record-setting succession _ including victories for the Blue Devils in 2003 and 2004. Overall, Kelsey’s teams posted a remarkable record of 117-19 (86 percent). He stepped down by choice following that l2th season, as he retired from the classroom, where he had taught social studies.
However, Kelsey remains conspicuous on the Forks football staff, where the 1970 grad has 35 years of service since returning to his alma mater_ the most recent as a sideline lieutenant during Forks’ return to a Dome championship last November.
Football isn’t Kelsey’s only state championship as he guided the 1994 softball team to a Class B state title as he called the shots for the Blue Devils for 13 years.
THOMAS “TOM” HENDRICKS
Tom was a student-athlete at Unatego Central School from 1979 to 1984. During those years, he participated in football, basketball and baseball, earning eight varsity letters _ four in basketball, three in baseball and one as a football player.
The all-time leading scorer in basketball at Unatego with 1,714 points, Tom is currently sixth on the list of scorers in Section IV. A Susquenango Association all-star every year between 1982-84, Tom was named to the All-Metro Team his senior year as well as being chosen “The Daily Star” MVP that same season as he led the Spartans to the Section IV finals.
His career batting average in baseball was .429, with a personal best of .478 achieved during his junior season, and his team won the Sus championship in 1984. Tom was a two-time all-star in baseball in 1983 and 1984.
Tom went on to an outstanding basketball career at Hartwick College, playing on a team that went to the Final Four of Division III in 1988.
Daphne Joy-Thompson was a student athlete at Morris Central School from 1981-1986. During that time, she earned 13 varsity letters _ five in basketball and four each in soccer and softball.
Her sport of note, however, was basketball, as she scored 1,587 points and pulled 1,096 rebounds. An All-Metro selection in 1986, Daphne was named “The Daily Star” MVP that same year as well as being tabbed a Tri-Valley League star three straight years _ 1984-1986. She also received numerous Tri-Valley League honors in soccer and softball while at Morris.
Daphne went on to play basketball at the University of Delaware on a full athletic scholarship. She is presently the head women’s basketball coach at SUNY Oneonta.
MATTHEW “MATT” KLUMPP
As a 1994 graduate of Windsor High School, Matt earned 10 varsity letters, four in baseball and three each in football and basketball. He was a three-year starting quarterback on teams that combined for a 25-8-7 record, which included a Section IV Division 4 championship and Bowl II winner in a 9-1-1 sophomore season. As a junior, Matt’s team again won the Division 4 and Class C titles before losing in state semifinals. Windsor also won the Class C Section IV championship Matt’s senior year in 1993.
His three-year stats include 227 pass completions in 439 attempts (51.7 percent), resulting in 4,042 yards and 30 touchdowns. Matt was selected as the first team All-Division 4 quarterback in both his junior and senior seasons.
A three-year starting forward on the Black Knights varsity basketball squad, Matt played on teams that were a combined 50-18, winning three Windsor Invitational titles and a Susquenango Large School Division and Association Championship during the 1992-93 season. He was league honorable mention as a sophomore, second team as a junior and first team All-Sus as a senior, plus a two-time All-Tourney Team selection in the Windsor Invitational. His combined three-year stats show an average of 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, with a 53 percent field goal and 74 percent free throw shooting percentage.
Matt was also one of very few Windsor athletes who started every game for four years as a baseball letterman. His teams had an overall record of 77-24, with second place finishes in the Sus West as a freshman and sophomore, and a Division and Association Championship as a junior in 1993. Matt was selected to the All-Division second team as a second baseman his freshman and sophomore years and a first team pick as a junior and senior. His four-year stats are highlighted by a .353 batting average, with 92 RBI. He also posted a .922 fielding percentage, threw a one-hit game as a freshman, had five hits in one game to tie a school record and hit .433 as a senior. Matt also received the Andy Grecko Umpires Scholarship in 1994.
Carl began as a teacher/coach at Oxford Academy in 1969, and coached junior varsity football, assisted with the varsity baseball program and was varsity coach for both track/cross country and wrestling. He has also served as the middle school principal at both Oxford and Greene, and did a stint as interim principal at both Unadilla Valley and Hancock.
But it is as a wrestling official that Carl has left his mark. Beginning in 1974 and running until 2006, Carl was the Section IV wrestling officials’ assigner. In that position he assigned officials for all the matches at modified, JV and varsity levels, as well as the college level. For the South Central Wrestling Officials Association, he served as president and vice president, and was selected to do the prestigious Army-Navy matches on several occasions. Carl has served in that capacity as well as on the New York State Wrestling Officials Association.
An official at many Section IV class and overall championships, he was selected the National Federation Officials Association “Wrestling Official of the Year” in 2000. What is so impressive about Carl, though, is his service to Section IV. He has been the sectional Modified Coordinator since 2000, and presented on a panel for the NYSPHSAA “Building a Successful Modified Athletic Program” at the New York State Athletic Administrators Conference – a capacity he continues to serve on to this day. He also serves as the Section IV Wrestling Assessors Consultant, organizing and being responsible for the very important weight assessment for some 1,000 Section IV student athletes. This responsibility requires training the assessors, securing sites and establishing times for each school to get their wrestlers’ weights assessed and finally having them certified at the correct weight, assuring their safety in the sport.
Finally, he is the Section IV Tournament Director for the class and state qualifying tournament. As such, he is responsible for the overall administration of this event. Carl’s work ethic, ability to communicate with people, knowledge, integrity and dedication to student athletes and the sport of wrestling as a coach, official and administrator are unmatched not only in Section IV, but in New York State.
EMILY LING (COTCAMP)
While attending Chenango Valley High School, Emily amassed 11 varsity letters in three sports _ soccer, volleyball, and softball, the latter of which was her forte. As she and the Warriors claimed the 2001 New York State Class C Championship. That season, Emily was selected the NYS Class B Player of the Year and was named a second team All-American as a pitcher. During her senior year, she did not allow a single earned run, and holds single-season state records for earned run average (0.00), strikeouts (384) and shutouts (24).
Following graduation from CV, she attended Lehigh University, where she was honored twice as Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and three-time Regional All-American. She holds Patriot League records in softball with 65 wins and 610 strikeouts.
Currently, she is an assistant coach for the Binghamton University softball team.
When Melissa graduated from Johnson City in 2004, she was Section IV’s all-time leading scorer with 1,988 points. A Press & Sun-Bulletin All-Metro selection, she led STAC in scoring her junior and senior years, the latter of which saw her average 30.6 points per game, a mark unprecedented in boys or girls endeavors. Following her senior year, when she led the Wildcats to the Section IV Class A title.
She went on to play at Siena College, where she finished third in the country in three-point field goal percentage. A standout player during Empire State Games competition, her small frame belied her huge heart, as she could score from nearly anywhere on the court.
DANIELLE “DANI’ MAYE (INGRAM)
Dani, who graduated from Windsor High School in 2002, earned nine varsity letters _ three each in field hockey, basketball and softball. An All-State selection in field hockey, Dani led her team in goals (10) and assists (5) her senior year, when she was named an All-Susquenango Association first team pick. She earned second team All-Sus status her junior year.
In basketball, she closed with 771 points (sixth in school history), 341 rebounds (l2tn), 243 steals (eighth), 31 three-pointers (fourth) and a 65.5 percent free throw percentage (sixth). She was named to the STAC East Division I first team her senior year, while adding second team All-Sus accolades both her junior and sophomore years.
In leading her softball squad in hits (23) and fielding percentage (1.000) her senior year, Dani was honored with a first team AII-STAC selection at second base. And, as a sophomore and junior, she gained admittance to the All-Sus second team.
Dani went on to play basketball at SUNY Cortland, where she started 109 out of 110 games.
SHELLY MILES (SLEEZER)
Shelly, a three-sport athlete _ soccer, basketball and softball _ earned many honors while at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton from 1998-2002. During her basketball career she scored 1,397 points, setting the GMU girls’ all-time scoring record. Her stats also include 140 three-pointers, nearly 400 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 assists. She led her team to a Tri-Valley League championship and a Section IV semifinal berth. Shelly also competed for five years with the Catskill Mountain AAU basketball team.
Shelly was also a team leader and prolific scorer for the soccer team. She helped lead her team to several Tri-Valley championships, along with a Section IV Championship. Some other honors include being named to “The Daily Star,” “The Evening Sun” and Tri-Valley all-star teams in all three sports. She was also named as a first team All- State player in soccer and a second team All -State player in basketball. Shelly was also chosen as both “The Daily Star” People’s Choice Player of the Year and “The Evening Sun” Female Athlete of the Year.
Shelly went on to have a successful collegiate career. She split her time between Green Mountain College and Hartwick College, where she was again a team leader in both soccer and basketball.
GERARD “JERI'” MIRABITO
A1979 graduate of Sidney, Jeri’s high school basketball career concluded with a 25-0 season and a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championship, where he was voted Most Valuable Player. Along the way, he helped lead Sidney to a pair of Section IV titles and two Susquenango Association championships. His l9 points per game average awarded him the 1979 Sus Association basketball coaches’ MVP award and second team all-state small schools honors. His high school athletic career concluded with his playing center field for the Sidney High School baseball team.
Jeri’s college career at Potsdam State University included a 1981 NCAA Division III National Championship. After assistant coaching at Potsdam, Jeri landed an assistant coaching job at St. John’s University, working for legendary coach Lou Carnesecca. Success continued to follow Jeri everywhere, as he helped St. John’s to the 1985 NCAA Basketball Final Four.
Jeri returned to the Sidney area to join with his father, Soddy, as Director of Golden Valley Sports Camp, and also became head coach of the SUNY Oneonta basketball team.
RICHARD “RICK” MIRABITO
Rick graduated in 1976 from from Sidney Central School, where he was a three-sport athlete earning first team all-star honors in the Susquenango Association in football, basketball and baseball. His basketball career included the 1974-75 Susquenango Association championship, Section IV Class A championship and a NYSPHSAA Class A Intersectional Regional Championship, with a 20-2 record. His senior year featured another Sus title as the Warriors were undefeated in league play and a Section IV Class A runner-up finish for the ninth-ranked Warriors in the NYS small school poll. Individual highlights of his basketball career include a 31-point varsity and 41-point JV performance, all prior to the three-point field goal. Rick’s football career included first team Sus Association honors as a defensive back and second team accolades at wide receiver. Known for his hard hitting, interceptions, speed and reception ability, he scored many long touchdowns.
His baseball career saw him earn first team Sus honors as a center fielder, as he was known for stealing bases and hitting for a high average. He was awarded the Ralph Pyle Award for outstanding Sidney High School male athlete in 1976. Rick went on to play basketball at Union College, while becoming Director of the well-known Golden Valley Sports Camp in Sidney from 1976-1981.
JOSEPH “JOE” ROBINSON
Joe Robinson was one of the most gifted athletes to ever attend Tioga Central, a standout performer in football, basketball and baseball. He also has enjoyed a successful coaching career at Tioga.
Many veteran football observers believe Joe was the finest quarterback in the long and storied history of Tioga football. He was a three-time IAC star, making the 1972 all-star team as both a quarterback and as a defensive back. In his senior season (1972), Joe was selected to the All-Upstate Team as a defensive back.
Joe’s basketball history includes being a three-time IAC all-star as he helped lead his team to a divisional championship in1972 and a league championship in I973.He finished his career with 954 points (a school record at the time), and still holds the school record for points scored in one quarter – 20 versus Newfield on Jan.7, 1973.
A two-time (1972,1973) IAC all-star in baseball, Joe compiled a .428 batting average over three seasons of play. He also won 12 games as a pitcher in his junior and senior years.
As a coach, his girls’ basketball teams won Section IV titles in 2008 and 2010, as well as four IAC division and two league championships. The 2010 team finished the year as a finalist at the NYS tournament. Joe’s golf teams have won seven IAC division championships. He also served as an assistant football coach for 10 years, with the Tigers winning a pair of division championships during that time.
JOSHUA “JOSH” SCUTT
Josh is a 1989 graduate of Chenango Valley High School, where he was an AII-STAC selection in football, basketball and baseball. An All-Metro selection in football, he was chosen first team All-State as a defensive back. Josh was inducted into the New York State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
After accepting a full, four-year scholarship to Northern Michigan University, he became team captain and was named Defensive Back of the Year. Later, he played in the Professional Arena Football League, where he earned “Iron Man of the Year”. He continued his athletic career as a nationally-ranked and professionally -sponsored racquetball player.
Josh, who coached at SUNY Cortland in 1996, was inducted into the New York State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Named Lansing’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete his senior year (1998), Eric lettered in three sports, four each coming in football and basketball, with three more in baseball.
In football, he helped the Bobcats compile a 30-6-1 record as Lansing captured four IAC titles, a Section IV championship and three runner-up finishes. The two-time All-State selection amassed 1,904 yards on 216 career carries (6.9 yards per carry), grabbed another 41 passes for 698 yards (17 yards per) and scored 34 touchdowns. As a senior, Eric finished as the Southern Tier’s second leading scorer with 110 points. And, on the defensive side, he rang up 84 solo tackles and 164 assisted sticks, while his 14 career interceptions are a Lansing record.
Selected as the IAC MVP following his senior year of basketball, Eric finished his Bobcat career as Lansing’s all-time leading scorer with 1,239 points. When spring sprang anew each year, Eric patrolled center field, where he helped Lansing to three consecutive division titles, three more IAC crowns and a Section IV championship in 1996 as he banged out 58 base hits in compiling a .312 career batting average. He also stole 53 bases in 56 attempts, and his 24 swipes as a junior is still a single-season Lansing record.
Following his stellar career at Lansing, Eric attended Colgate University on a football scholarship. He lettered four years for the Red Raiders as an outside linebacker and defensive end. At the end of his senior season at Colgate, he was awarded the Hal Lahar Defensive MVP Award.
A graduate of Chenango Forks, Zach was a two-time Press & Sun-Bulletin All-Metro pick in both football and basketball. He captained both a state champion Forks football team and the only sectional finalist basketball team in school history, as well as winning a gold medal in basketball at the Empire State Games_ all testament to his immense leadership qualities.
Although he played his entire senior year with a separated shoulder that he suffered during football season, Zach averaged about 17 points and 10 rebounds a game.
A preeminent Section IV all-around athlete of his era, he finished second in his class academically and went on to play football and study pre-med at Cornell University. He presently is interning in orthopedic medicine, specializing in sports injuries.
Mark Woitach has done as much as anyone to promote Section IV boys’ and girls’ basketball. He has been a successful coach of both sports at several schools in the section, as well as coaching at both SUNY-Oneonta and Delhi. He has been the Section IV Boys’ Basketball Coordinator for over 15 years and represented Section IV well at the state finals in Glens Falls. Mark was also the coach of the Central team for the Empire State Games for many years.
He is responsible for bringing the Stars and Stripes Boys’ and Girls’ Tournament, and the BCANY Boys’ and Girls’ Hoops Tournament to the Southern Tier. An advocate of bringing coaches and officials together by starting the Blind Men and Criers Golf Tournament, he has attended all the basketball officials interpretation meetings, advocating for coaches and officials to communicate better.
Mark is known throughout the state for his enthusiasm and strong support of the sport of basketball. There are not many individuals who have contributed more to Section IV basketball than Mark Woitach.
MICHAEL “MIKE” YOUNG
The quintessential leader, decision-maker and playmaker, Mike was a two-time Press & Sun-Bulletin All-Metro quarterback, who as a senior in 1997 was the clear-cut MVP of Vestal’s run to the Class A state football championship. He passed for 1,428 yards and l8 TDs while throwing six interceptions_ only one of those picks coming in the last eight wins, when he passed 95 times.
Vestal’s 11th consecutive win to close a l2-l season came by l4-11 over previously-unbeaten Queensbury in the state final, with the last of Young’s six rushing TDs that season _ a 22-yard, third-and-17 improvisation _ bringing the winning points. On Vestal’s first possession of overtime in the state semifinal against Niagara-Wheatfield, Young gained nine yards on a first-and-l0 quarterback sneak, and the Bears proceeded to a 13-7 win one play later. He also made five interceptions as starting cornerback for the Golden Bears that season.
He was named ’97 New York State Class A Football Player of the Year, and also Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete of the Year.
Chosen to the STAC All-Division I team his senior year in basketball, he helped Vestal to a l7-4 record in his third season of varsity play, and was twice named to the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s All-Janik team, which saluted tough guys who played basketball the way it was meant to be played. He went on to play collegiate football at Hartwick.