A total of 23 athletes, contributors and coaches were added to the Elmira Free Academy and Southside Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceremony was held June 11 at Elmira High School in conjunction with the school’s athletic awards event.
Tom Batrowny, Southside: The 1972 graduate earned two varsity letters in football and four in track and field. He was quarterback for the only unbeaten Southside football team in 1971. Batrowny was a member of the school’s record-breaking 880 relay.
Timothy Belloma, contributor: The 1980 Southside graduate was recognized for contributions to the Southside Booster Club.
Danielle Miller Cervantes, Southside: She played girls varsity tennis for five seasons and was a three-time All-STC pick. She graduated in 1997.
Michelle Emmick-Cronk, EFA: She graduated in 1991 after playing softball and swimming. She was school’s Co-Female Athlete of the Year in 1991, a first-team All-Sullivan Trail Conference pick in softball as a senior and the winner of the Molley Morsey Award in swimming as a senior.
Scott Erickson, EFA: He was the school’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2003. He helped Academy to two Section 4 titles in football and was a Star-Gazette All-Twin Tiers pick and Section 4 all-star. He also played baseball and helped Blue Devils to STAC West title and earned all-division honors.
Josh Furnas, EFA: He was a two-time All-Twin Tiers pick in football and the Star-Gazette’s 2002 Defensive Player of the Year. He was EFA Co-Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2003. Also earned STAC all-conference honors in baseball and was a two-time Section 4 doubles champion in badminton.
Mary Ellen Halm, coach: She was a founding member of the Greater Elmira Tennis Association and varsity coach for the EFA girls, Southside girls and Southside boys teams.
Kenny Hartnett, EFA: The 2003 graduate played football and was an all-conference and all-division selection in baseball. He was Section 4 runner-up in singles badminton as a junior and senior.
Paul Holleran, contributor: He was voted Southside High School Booster of the Year. He played basketball at the school for two years.
William Holleran, contributor: He was a member of the Southside Booster Club for five years, assisting on the stadium bathroom project.
Kristen Keeler, EFA: The 1995 grad played four seasons of tennis and basketball, ran cross country for two seasons, track for one and played softball three seasons.
Kylene Kiah (Knoll), EFA: She competed in basketball, volleyball and track for the Blue Devils before graduating in 2002. She won the Mike Holleran Memorial Award for basketball in 2002 and was named the track team’s top senior.
Quentin Kiah, EFA: The 2003 graduate was an all-state football player who also won a sportsmanship award for basketball.
Jim Kruckow, contributor: The 1969 Southside graduate was a member of the booster club for 10 years and helped with fundraising efforts for the Tom Hurley Athletic Complex.
Joe Manchester, Southside: He played three seasons of varsity football and three of varsity baseball for the Green Hornets. The 1971 grad was an All-STC pick at quarterback as a senior and an All-STC third baseman in baseball.
Bob Michaels, contributor: Longtime radio announcer in the area who has won the New York State Broadcasters Award for Sports Excellence three times.
Rick Milazzo, EFA: The 1966 EFA graduate was inducted as a contributor for coaching and officiating.
Troy Monks, coach: He coached varsity wrestling for 10 years at EFA and modified wrestling for seven years. Also coached JV football and modified football.
Rachel Pirozzolo, EFA: She excelled in soccer, basketball and softball. She was Defensive Player of the Year in soccer, a two-time All-Twin Tiers pick in basketball and a two-time all-state selection in softball.
Ivan Purifoy, EFA: He was a Section 4 all-star in football and EFA Player of the Year in basketball. He graduated in 2000.
Mary Russin-Cummings, EFA: She played tennis, soccer and softball. The 1994 graduate was a two-time All-STC first-team pick in softball.
Charley Thurber, EFA: Played five seasons of varsity baseball and was a four-time STAC all-conference pick. Played collegiately at Tennessee and was chosen in Major League draft by the Mets. He also played three seasons of varsity basketball at EFA.
Ed Trexler, coach: After coaching JV football, he was head varsity football coach at Southside for five seasons following the death of Tom Hurley. He coached the Green Hornets to a division title and two wins against EFA in the Erie Bell game. Trexler was also instrumental in establishing the first strength and conditioning program at Southside.
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