Two Section 4 championship-winning teams, four athletes who won a combined 31 letters, a coach and a program contributor make up this year’s class of the Lansing High Athletic Hall of Fame, announced last week.
This year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 26, at Lake Watch Inn on East Shore Drive in Lansing. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and induction ceremonies slated for 7.
The 2002 baseball team and the 1990-91 girls’ basketball team are among this year’s enshrinees, along with Jackie Ryan Moro (multi-sport), David Hatfield (contributor), Matt Biviano (multi-sport), Cathy Haight (coach), C.J. Wurster (multi-sport) and Tim Wright (multi-sport).
The ’02 baseball squad — coached by Ed Redmond along with current head coach Stu Dean, Mike Clark and Brian Bowman — finished the season 26-5 and advanced to the state Class C final four, where it lost to Pine Plains, 6-5. The squad was third in the final state Class C rankings.
The team won the IAC Large School title with a 13-2 victory over Moravia, and won the Section 4 Class C crown with another defeat of Moravia, 6-3. Gabe Baida pitched a no-hitter in the 4-0 sectional-semifinal victory over Cherry Valley-Springfield. Baida, Tucker Lind and Justin Kanellis all were named first-team all-state in Class C.
The ’90-91 girls’ basketball team went 21-4, setting a school record for wins in a season, and won the IAC Northeast Division and the Section 4 Class D championships. It was the first sectional title in program history, and was won when Renee Varga stole an inbounds pass and threw a half-court pass to Gretchen Moore, who laid the ball in just before the buzzer for a 42-40 Lansing victory.
The Bobcats, who were coached by Dean and Haight, fell to Syracuse’s Bishop Ludden in the state regionals, 44-30, at Ithaca High. Kirsten Combs, Moore and Beth Williams were all named first-team IAC all-stars.
Ryan (class of 2003) won eight letters in swimming, track and field, and basketball, and finished seventh as a member of the Bobcats’ medley relay at the 2000 state swim championships. She was also a two-time all-conference basketball player and a four-time IAC and Section 4 track champion in the 400 relay, 1,600 relay, 100 meters, 200 and 400. Her relay teams’ records still stand, and she was voted outstanding senior female athlete in 2003.
Hatfield is best known for his fundraising chicken barbecues and he estimates that, having done 12 to 15 fundraisers a year for 15 years, he’s contributed approximately $270,000 to the athletic program at Lansing. A 1975 Lansing graduate, he played basketball for two years under the late Fred Caliel.
Biviano (class of ’03) lettered eight times in football, bowling and baseball, captaining the football team in 2002 and playing in the Ernie Davis Senior All-Star Game. He averaged better than 200 in bowling his junior and senior years, leading the IAC both years, and rolled a 300 game in competition as a senior.
As a first baseman on the baseball team, Biviano hit .440 as a sophomore, .407 as a senior and posted a career average of .368 with 24 doubles, five home runs and 94 runs batted in. He helped Lansing to a three-year record of 77-11, with three sectional titles and a trip to the 2002 state final four.
Haight coached varsity girls’ soccer, volleyball and softball, as well as junior varsity boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball, and modified basketball. She was a three-time Ithaca Journal Female Coach of the Year (1993, ’99, 2000), and guided her teams to nine IAC and six Section 4 championships. She posted a 200-67 record in softball, a 67-21-4 record in soccer and a 50-39 record in volleyball.
Wurster (class of 1995) lettered six times combined in soccer, basketball and baseball. He helped the soccer team to its first IAC overall title, scoring the game-winning goal against Trumansburg in the final. He played two years of basketball, helping the Bobcats to a 37-9 record, including an IAC title and runner-up sectional finish his junior year.
He went on to play basketball at RIT, earning team MVP honors as a senior.
Wright (class of ’96) won a combined nine letters in soccer (4), baseball (3) and basketball. As a junior, he helped the soccer team to its first overall IAC title and a runner-up finish at sectionals. The team repeated as IAC champion before being upset in the first round of sectionals; Wright led the soccer team in scoring three straight years.
In baseball, Wright helped the Bobcats to a three-year record of 64-12 with three IAC division titles, two overall championships and a sectional crown. He hit .346 as a junior and .377 as a senior, and went on to play baseball at the University of Connecticut before transferring to SUNY Cortland. He helped the Red Dragons to Division III World Series appearances in 1999 and 2000.