2010 Class Enters Potsdam Hall Of Fame

TOM MCMANUS
MARTY MANLEY
PETER STONE
HAL LINDLEY
STEVE GREENE
ELLEN HANSEN
BRAD JAMES
PETER DORAN
LEIGH MCCABE
MIKE LAMARCHE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010

 

POTSDAM - The Potsdam Hall of Fame will be inducting its class of 2010 at a dinner and induction ceremony at 5 p.m. tonight in the AAK Middle School cafeteria.

The hall of fame inductees will have an opportunity to view the unveiling of the Hall of Fame wall at 12:30 p.m. at the Gillette-Saunders Physical Education complex prior to the hall of fame game at 1:30 p.m. when the Sandstoners host their rivals from Canton High School.

The individuals being recognized in the class of 2010 are Tom McManus, '52; Marty Manley, '60; Peter Stone, '66; Hal Lindley, '68; Steve Greene, '78; Ellen Hansen, '80; Brad James, '84; Peter Doran, '85; Leigh McCabe, '86; and Mike Lamarche, '99.

They will be joined in the hall of fame by the 1968-69, '71-'72 and '72-'73 cross country teams and the 1968-69 and '69-'70 track and field squads.

Tom was a three-sport athlete from 1948 to 1952. He played football his junior and senior years, hockey his senior year and track all four years during his high school career.

Tom was a competitor in all of his sports, but he truly excelled in football. Coach Ray Harrington had been coaching football at Potsdam since 1945 and had seen many exceptional running backs. But, in the fall of 1951, Coach Harrington was quoted in the Potsdam Courier newspaper describing Tom as "the most outstanding breakaway runner we have ever had at Potsdam High School."

That year, Tom was selected by the league coaches as a 1st Team All-Northern running back.

Marty was a three-sport athlete earning eight varsity letters in football, hockey and baseball during his athletic career at Potsdam.

In football, during his sophomore year, Marty was on the team that beat Massena 13-0. The very next year, Marty scored the only touchdown to beat Massena again, 6-0. His senior year, Marty served as captain of the team.

Hockey was where Marty really excelled. He played all four years and was the leading scorer his last three years. Marty was named 1st Team All-Northern his junior and senior years. When he was a sophomore, the team beat Canton ending their 50-plus game winning streak.

Marty recalls that he, John Fiske and Steve Riggs played on the same line for eight years and were the first full line to be named All-Northern his senior year. Marty also received the Dale Talcott Memorial Award that year.

In baseball, Marty was the lead-off hitter due to his batting average. He was awarded the Babe Ruth Memorial Award.

Peter earned seven varsity letters while at Potsdam in football, hockey and track. Due to his athletic ability and his character, Peter was selected as captain of both the football and hockey teams his senior year.

Peter's senior football team "showed much determination and lots of hustle" according to Coach Ted Stratford. Peter was described by his coach as "showing up well on the gridiron'... as a strong running back.'

Hockey was one of the areas where Peter excelled. He played on the team his sophomore, junior and senior years. His accomplishments earned him All-Northern recognition in both his junior and his senior years.

After two years of junior varsity baseball, Peter switched over to track. Being a natural athlete, he quickly developed into a strong discus thrower. In his senior year, Peter set a new school record with a discus throw of 138'7". He placed 4th at the Van Dusen, and his effort, along with the other weightmen, garnered 18 points for the team which was the most by any of the team's field events trios.

Hal's athletic career at Potsdam included earning six varsity letters in basketball and track and field combined.

Hal was a fundamental basketball player, assisting his team both offensively and defensively. Hal's determination and competitive spirit resulted in his being the team's leading scorer his senior year.

It was during Hal's four years that the track and field team began its long standing winning streak. Hal's own success began his sophomore year with a sixth place Van Dusen finish in the triple jump. His junior year he also placed fourth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.

Hal's senior year was truly a record-breaking year for him. He claimed school records from Ron LaDuke by over a foot, with a 21' 10 1/2" long jump and by close to three feet in the triple jump with a mark of 45"11". These jumps were outstanding, then and now, as Hal still holds the school record in both events.

Hal was a double winner at the Van Dusen in the long jump and the triple jump. His triple jump of 45' 7" set a new Van Dusen record. With these accomplishments, it is easy to say that Hal was by far one of the best combination long jumper/triple jumper in the league.

Steve was a two-sport athlete in the mid-70s. He played soccer and wrestled all four years at Potsdam, earning six varsity letters.

Steve served as captain of the soccer team his senior year and was named 1st Team All-Northern. He also earned All-Northern recognition his junior year.

Wrestling was Steve's forte. He was an asset to the team from the beginning. He was a four-time placer at Sectionals. Steve is one of only three individuals in the history of wrestling at Potsdam to do this.

With his winning contributions, the team won the Sectionals all four years. In his freshman year, Steve placed second. In his sophomore year Steve finished fourth, but his junior and senior years he won it all, placing first.

As a Section 10 champion, Steve also competed against Section 7 in a dual meet to prepare for States. He won this contest, adding Intersectional Champion to his list of accomplishments. All of these accomplishments earned him 1st Team All-Northern. Steve led the team as captain his senior year.

Steve credits wrestling and Coach Daniels for giving him the confidence to start a career in law enforcement at the age of 21.

Ellen was an exceptional athlete, competing in five different sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and golf. During her career she earned 10 varsity letters.

Ellen was a natural leader, both by talent and work ethic, serving as captain for soccer her junior and senior years and for basketball and volleyball her senior year. At the senior banquet, Ellen was presented with the Joseph Corbett Memorial Athletic Award for scholastic average, number of varsity letters earned, and leadership.

In soccer, Ellen was considered a defensive specialist by her coach. Ellen was outstanding in basketball, receiving 2nd Team All-Northern her junior year and 1st Team All-Northern her senior year for her talents.

In her senior year, the team won the Colton Mid-Winter Invitational tournament, ending the undefeated streaks of both Massena and Norwood-Norfolk. Ellen was named MVP of that tournament. She also received the Michael Mein Memorial Award. In volleyball, Ellen helped lead her team to a second place finish her senior year.

Ellen was also one of the few girls at Potsdam to play golf. In her senior year, she was the only girl playing in the Section X. Ellen played in the NYS Women's Junior State Amateur for Golf tournament three years. Two of those years, Ellen made the championship cut, and her final year, she made it to Quarterfinal play.

Brad was a three-sport athlete during his career at PCS. He played on the varsity team for three years in both football and hockey. His senior year, he added baseball to his athletic repertoire, earning 7 varsity letters.

As a freshman, Brad played two games on the varsity football team. He moved up his sophomore year. As a senior, Brad led the team as captain, but due to a broken wrist, he only played in three games. Regardless, he was still recognized as an All-Northern player and he received the Gus Adami Award.

Combining strength and finesse, Brad was an outstanding hockey player. In Brad's senior year, the team handed Massena their only regular season loss beating them 1-0.

They also went on a nine-game win streak which was ended in the Section X championship game. This was the first time since 1971 that Potsdam was vying for the section title. Brad, a defenseman, was voted the League MVP and also named 1st Team All-Northern.

Peter's athletic career at Potsdam included three sports, starting with golf when he was in 8th grade. He continued in golf for five years. He also played varsity soccer for three years and hockey for four years. He served as captain for both hockey and golf as a senior.

In soccer, Peter remembers scoring two goals to beat Massena 2-0. He repeated this feat against Ogdensburg and Tupper Lake as well. He also recalls a time that he was put in as goalkeeper for a penalty shot. He said it was pure luck that he actually saved it, but Coach Daniels must have known he could do it.

Peter played hockey all four years. His junior year, the team was ranked number two in the state. His efforts on the ice earned him the captain position and lead him to 2nd Team All-Northern his senior year. He also received an Athletic Achievement Award and the Steve Riggs Memorial Award that year.

Peter was a true competitor and outstanding in golf. He went to States all five years. As an eighth grader, Peter remembers that his grandfather had passed away. While his father went to England for the services, Peter borrowed his dad's clubs and shot a 79 to make it into a playoff for a spot at States. He won the playoff on the 4th hole.

His freshman year, he was the only member to make it to States. His scoring average earned him All-Northern recognition his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.

Leigh was an outstanding athlete for Potsdam in soccer, softball and hockey. She earned seven varsity letters during her career. Aptly, Leigh was crowned "Most Athletic" her senior year.

In soccer, Leigh was one of the leading scorers each year she played. She had a nearly unstoppable shot from the top of the 18. A knee injury took her out of the line-up her junior year, but she returned strong her senior year to once again lead the team, earning 1st Team All-Northern recognition.

Leigh was the number one pitcher for softball all four years of her career. She led the team her senior year in a double win over then powerhouse OFA 16-7 and 20-5. Leigh was named All-Northern and the team MVP.

There was no hockey team for girls yet, so Leigh had to play with the Potsdam Jr. Hockey League. Her team was State runners-up for three of her four years and they went to Nationals three times.

Leigh's outstanding talent on the ice earned her a place on the Youth Girls' All-Star Team. She later returned to teach at Potsdam and organized and coached the first girls' hockey team at PCS.

Mike was an exceptional athlete at PCS. As a sophomore, he was playing at the varsity level in three sports including football, wrestling and lacrosse. Throughout his career, Mike collected nine varsity letters.

In football, Mike was a standout. His junior year he led the league in sacks and was named 2nd Team All-Northern. Mike was captain his senior year. A highlight of the season was when he held Gouverneur's Nate Leonard (averaging over 200 yards per game) to under 40 yards. He finished the season leading the league in sacks and tackles, earning 1st Team All-Northern recognition.

Mike's work ethic, strength and intelligence combined to produce one of Section 10's most outstanding wrestlers. Mike was captain his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was a three-time Sectional champion and was named 1st Team All-Northern. As a senior, he also placed fourth at States, the highest place ever achieved by Section 10.

He competed at the NYS High School Open National Championships placing 2nd and receiving NHSCA All-American Honors. His overall record was 122 wins (98 were pins) and only 22 losses.

In lacrosse, Mike served as captain his senior year and was named 2nd Team All-Northern his junior and senior years.

Courtesy of the Daily Courier-Observer