Seven former Ithaca High athletes, who combined to win more than a dozen Section 4 individual and team championships, make up the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the selection committee announced Friday.
Kyle Armstrong (class of 1994), Tai Basilius (2000), Tom Carmean (1983), William Kohn (1962), Shane Mack (1993), Megan McKeown (1998) and Tyrone Russell (1999) will be inducted in a ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 1, at Ithaca High’s all-purpose room.
Armstrong was a two-year starter on the football team that captured back-to-back Section 4 Division I championships (1992, ’93), and was an all-Southern Tier Athletic Conference and all-West Division selection. He played in the Ernie Davis Senior Classic game. In hockey, he captained the 1993-94 state championship team and was a first-team Section 3 all-star. He was also a four-year starter in baseball, where he made all-STAC in ’94, when the team won the conference title. He played four years of baseball at Trinity College, where he was the starting shortstop.
Basilius ran cross country and track, earning All-STAC honors four years and all-state honors her last three. She went undefeated in STAC and Section 4 high jump competition from her sophomore through senior seasons, and still holds the school record in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches). She went on to compete for two years at Buffalo State.
Carmean was a three-year starter for the lacrosse team, leading the league in scoring and was named honorable mention All-America as a junior. As a senior, he led STAC in scoring and was named All-America, earning a berth in the North-South All-Star Game. He played at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a three-time All-New England pick and two-time All-American, then played indoors professionally for 11 years, including one year of Major League Lacrosse.
Kohn was a three-sport athlete, and played three years of varsity football. He was team captain and MVP his senior year, was named All-STAC and was the first recipient of the Joe Spano Award for leadership and team spirit. He accepted a football scholarship to Penn State, but transferred to Ithaca College and was starting left tackle on the 8-0 team of 1965.
Mack was a four-year varsity wrestler, earning All-STAC honors four times and winning two STAC championships. He was state champion in 1991, and a sectional finalist three times. He was named high school All-American in 1993, and placed fifth at nationals. He is sixth on Ithaca’s all-time wins list and finished his career with a record of 130-11-5. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier at the University of Maryland and ranked in the top 10 nationally in 1997-98.
McKeown played five years of varsity soccer, two years of lacrosse and two years of track. In soccer, she set school records for career goals (108) and assists (72) that stood until her younger sister, Allison, broke them in 2003. She was all-STAC and all-state three times, and was also all-conference in track and lacrosse once apiece. She was The Journal’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1996, and led the Little Red to the state quarterfinals in lacrosse in ’98. She played soccer at Penn State and was a three-time medalist in figure skating at the Empire State Games.
Russell was a Section 4 track champion in the long jump, high jump, 400 meters and 4×400 relay and was a member of Ithaca’s undefeated teams of 1998 and ’99. He scored in every meet he participated in for his last three seasons. Russell was also a two-year captain of the basketball team, and played three years of football. He went on to Colgate University, where he participated in track and football, and was all-Patriot League three times in the outdoor 200 and three times in the indoor 400. He still holds the indoor 200 school record (21.45).
This year’s class brings to 91 the total number of former athletes, coaches and benefactors in the Hall. The first class was inducted in 2002.