CLASS OF 1965
Santo DeSain was a three year starter in Varsity Football, 1962, 1963 and 1964 and Varsity Baseball, 1963, 1964, and 1965 and lettered in Varsity Basketball. He also served as co-captain his senior year for Varsity Football and Baseball. Santo received All-Conference recognition his junior and senior years in football and received the American Legion Baseball Award his senior year.
One of Santo’s fondest memories is when his brother, Tony, a senior, blocked a Geneva punt and Santo, a sophomore, recovered the ball in the end zone for the only score of the game.
In 1969 Santo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Brockport and a Masters Degree from the University at Buffalo in 1976. In 1971, Santo joined the staff at Erie Community College an Instructor, Administrator and Coach. Santo began his coaching career at Erie by guiding the baseball team to its first NJCAA region III championship in 1977. In 1980, Santo became the head Women’s Softball and Basketball coach. Santo coached fast pitch softball from 1980 to 1993. During this time his teams compiled a 404 and 92 record, won two NJCAA National Championships, 7 NJCAA Regional III Titles and 12 Conference Championships. Under his direction the softball program produced 19 NJCAA All-Americans, 42 NJCAA All Region III and 39 All-Conference Players. Santo was twice named NJCAA National Softball Coach of the year. In 1994 the Penn-York Conference Championship trophy was named in his honor and in 2008 the softball field at Erie Community College was named the Santo DeSain Softball Field.
Santo coached Women’s Basketball from 1977 to 1986. His team won 6 consecutive Conference Championships while compiling an overall record of 151 to 41. Santo was honored by being named NJCAA Region III Basketball Coach of the year for the ’80-’81, ’81-’82 and ’82-’83 season.
Santo was inducted in the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in 1993, NJCAA National Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999, Erie Community College Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2012, two National Championship teams which he coached were also inducted into the Erie Community College Hall of Fame.
Santo and his wife, Kathy, a retired teacher and a 1965 Lyons High School graduate, have been married for 48 years. “All accomplishments and awards are shared 100% with Kathy. It is her love and support that made it all possible.” Kathy and Santo are most proud of their 3 children, Kristin, Kelly and Jason and six grandchildren.
CLASS OF 1984
Greg Herbst was a three sport athlete at Lyons Central School playing football, wrestling and baseball.
Greg was a starter on the Varsity Football Team for three years. He received 1st Team All- League Honors his junior and senior years. He was team co-captain in his senior year. Greg was chosen to participate in the Eddie Meath All-Star football game the summer following his graduation.
Greg was on the Varsity Wrestling Team for three years. He earned All-League honors his junior and senior years. He was a champion in the Newark Tournament in 1984. He was team co-captain his senior year.
Greg, also, was a three year starter on the Varsity Baseball Team. He received All-League honors in his junior and senior years. Again, he was team co-captain his senior year. In 1984 he was the Male Athlete of the year.
After graduation, Greg attended St. Lawrence University and played four years of varsity football. He led the team in receiving in 1987. While there he earned his degree in Education.
Greg was a Physical Education teacher, K-12, for over 10 years at Canandaigua. He coached numerous seasons in high school football, wrestling and track. Greg has been an administrator with the Newark Central School District for over ten years.
Greg has been married to his wife, Marie, for 25 years. They are proud parents of three sons, Preston, Maxwell and Nicholas. He enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing, boating and reading.
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George Lawrence was a teacher at Lyons Central School from 1968 to 1987. He taught American History to juniors and Syracuse University Advanced American Government class to seniors.
George was head coach of the Varsity Football team from 1968 to 1971. George helped to revive the football program, and to start the football booster club. He was instrumental in getting lights installed on the football field.
George was the Boys’ Track Head Coach from 1969 to 1971. They won a league and sectional title in 1971.
George returned to Lyons coaching as the Girls’ Track Head Coach from the 1970’s until he retired in 1987. He established the program as a county and sectional power, winning six overall County Championships and four Sectional Championships.
One of Coach Lawrence’s highlights was the year they upset East High School in the 400 meter relay which qualified them to represent Section V in the State meet.
He coached LCS Hall of Famers, Larry Bailey, Roger Bernhardt, Louis Morris, Maureen Nolan-Decillis, Michelle Lewis, Heidi Blackwell and Lauren Felker. In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, George was also the County Girls’ Track Chairman for many years.
After retirement, George and his wife, Louise, moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and spent winters in Florida. In 2015, they moved permanently to Clearwater where they currently reside. They are the proud parents of four children, Kim, Kathy, Chip and Kara and the proud grandfather to Kyle, Maggie, Brittany, Karissa, Will, Miles and Jason.
CLASS OF 1969
Kevin Maine played guard for three years on the Varsity Basketball Team. He was named 1st Team Wayne Finger Lakes All-League, averaging 17.4 points per game in 1967. He was 2nd Team averaging 14.4 points per game in 1969. He scored 31 points in a 55-53 victory over Canandaigua including free throws in the closing seconds to preserve the win.
Kevin played Varsity Baseball for all four years as a pitcher and out-fielder. Kevin was a starter and major contributor on a senior laden team that made the Class AA finals.
Kevin was President of Varsity Club his junior year. He was awarded the American Legion Athletic Award as MVP for both basketball and baseball.
In 1969, after graduating from high school, Kevin signed with the New York Mets in the 22nd round as a pitcher. He played in three different levels in the Mets farm system.
After graduating from the University of Rochester with a BA in English and doing graduate work at the University of Virginia, he began his career as a high school English teacher in the Stafford County, Virginia school system for 31 years He also coached many teams through the years.
He was married for 45 years to Melody Harris and was the proud father of his daughter, Shannon, and twin sons, John and Justin. His son John played in the major leagues as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets for 5 years. Kevin also had five wonderful grandchildren.
In 2015, Kevin succumbed to cancer at the age of 65. Upon being inducted into the Lyons Hall of Fame, he now shares this honor with his two older brothers, Tommy and David, thus completing the Maine boys’ legacy.
CLASS OF 1995
Sean McFaul was a 3-year starter on the varsity basketball team, 2 time captain and team MVP his senior year. Sean led the ‘94-‘95 team to a 25-1 record and a section V title. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds on a team whose starters all averaged double figures in points. Sean was selected to the 1995 NYS Class C All-State Basketball team, Wayne County All-Star team, Finger Lakes Times’ ‘Fab Five’ and the Rochester Ronald McDonald All-Star game
Sean was also a 3-year starter on the varsity baseball team specializing as a pitcher and first baseman. During Sean’s three years, the team had a combined record of 51-10, including the 1995 team which Sean captained to a 18-2 record. Sean finished his career as an accomplished hitter batting .355 with 57 RBI’s and 5 HR’s. His favorite baseball position was pitching where he finished with an 11-1 career record including a 5-0 senior season where he posted a 0.54 ERA with 4 shutouts. He was a 2-time Wayne County All-Star selection.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Sean was selected as a delegate to Boys’ State by the American Legion, awarded the U.S. Army Reserve’s scholar athlete of the year, selected as a member of the National Honor Society and included in 1995’s Who’s Who among American High School Students.
After graduation, Sean began his college athletic career at Roberts Wesleyan where he played basketball under athletic and academic scholarships. Sean transferred after his freshman year to SUNY Geneseo where he played an additional year of basketball. He graduated from Geneseo in 1999 with a BA degree, majoring in communications and minoring in business. He continued his education after college with certification programs in risk management, business continuity and real estate. He currently works for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston as Sr. Director of Business Continuity and Global Real Estate. In 2016 Sean was a finalist for national risk manager of the year and was recently awarded Vertex’s outstanding contribution award. He has been married 16 years to his lovely wife Andrea and they are proud parents of three children Clare (8), Juliette (5) and Christian (2).
In addition to Sean’s professional work he has also been active in his community coaching basketball, soccer, teaching religious education, Life Teen ministry and serving as a lector and Eucharist minister.
CLASS OF 2004
Ron Smith was a three sport athlete: football, basketball and track.
In football, Ron played on both sides of the ball. His coach, Randy Wadhams, said, “Ron was the guy that would do anything you asked him to do”. He as All-Conference Defensive Back 2nd Team his junior year and 1st Team as a senior. He averaged 5/6 tackles per game. On offense, he played running back averaging 4 yards per carry as a junior and 5 yards per carry as a senior.
Ron was also a very good basketball player. As a junior, the team won their 14th Sectional V Title, a record 9th for Coach Dean Schott. As a senior, the team was Wayne County League Champions with a record of 19-2. Ron was 1st Team All-League, Honorable Mention Fab 5 and named to the Sectional All-Tournament Team. He finished with77% from the free throw line, averaged 12 points per game, six rebounds per game and had 33 steals.
Ron really excelled in track. His sophomore year he was 1st Team All-League in the discus, 2nd in discus at sectionals, County Champ discus and his team won Sectionals Class CC. His junior year he was 1st Team All-League in the discus, 2nd Team 200 meters, County Champ in the discus. In sectionals Class C, he was 3rd in the 200 meters, 3rd in the 100 meters, 1st in the 4x100 relay and the team won sectionals. In his senior year, Ron qualified for states in discus and the 4x100 relay. He was 1st Team All-League discus, 1st Team 4x100 relay, County Champ in the discus and sectional champion discus Class C. During his four years the team won three sectional championships and was runner-up once. Ron was co-athlete of the year his senior year.
Ron graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He just recently graduated from EMT and Fire Academy and is employed as a firefighter/EMT with Brevard County Fire Rescue.
None of us would be here tonight if it wasn’t for Ron Smith. For his senior benchmark project he worked with Eric Kuhn to create the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame. In the past 14 years we have honored hundreds of athletes all because of his idea.
Class of 2005
Gino can best be described in the words of the coaches that he works with. “Gino is the biggest Lyons Sports fan that I know. He comes to every game and is a well-respected member of the coaching staff. His relationship with our student athletes is very special and a good experience for both sides”, Zac Young, basketball coach.
“Gino has always been dedicated to the staff and the players. He values Lyons athletics and exemplifies what is great about high school sports”, Matt Barr, baseball coach.
“Gino helps me with equipment and gets stuff out for us. He can always make you laugh. He keeps me sane”, Coach Randy Wadhams, football.
“Gino has the biggest heart of any kid I know. The kids all love him and they show him the respect he deserves”, Dean Schott II, basketball and baseball coach.
Gino played football in his junior and senior years at Lyons. He was on two Sectional V Championship teams. Gino won the hearts of all the coaches, teammates, and fans when he made an inspirational touchdown in the Marcus Whitman game in 2004.
Since graduation Gino has been the team manager for football, basketball and baseball. He works with his father installing carpet and he works at the Lyons Community Center. He is also an altar server at the Lyons Catholic Church.
As Gino’s beloved grandmother, Tina, stated in her nomination, “Throughout his life Gino has always persevered and given 100%. He is an inspiration to all students to do their best to follow through and graduate from high school and lead a productive life”. As Matt Barr says, “anyone that knows Gino and his dedication would know that he belongs in the Lyons Hall of Fame”.
Gino is the son of Steve and Jodi Tricarico. Gino has a sister, Jackie who currently lives in South Carolina.
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1981-1982 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
The Varsity Basketball Team carried on its winning tradition by finishing the regular season with an undefeated recorded. They won most of their games by double digits only being challenged by Clyde 53-49 and Sodus 61-57. They easily won the Section V Class B final against Marion 82-29.
The excitement of the undefeated season continued as the Lions Lyons defeated Charlotte in an unbelievable finish for the chance to challenge Section VI in Class C of the state tournament. After defeating the Falconers, the Lions handed Trumansburg its first loss of the season and earned a place at the NYS Tournament finals at Glen Falls.
Even though the team lost in the finals 68-65, they brought great honor to Lyons Central School and themselves, finishing with a 25-1 record. Paul Amrose was named MVP in Section V, Class B and was named to the 2nd Team All-Greater Rochester. Teammates Mike Kemp and Tim DiSanto were also named as honorable Mention to that team. Coach Dean Schott, in his first full season as varsity coach, had his team seeded #1 in Class B Section V and was named Coach of the Year.
Travis Pentycofe, Tim DiSanto, Mike Kemp, Paul Amrose, Tony Clack, Randolph Scott
Coach Schott, Clarence Potter, S. Cooper, Stan Quetchenbach, Tim Lead, Jessie Williams, James Johnson
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1995 CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The 1995 Lyons Cross Country Team excelled both in athletic competition and in the classroom. The team posted a school record of 32 wins in the very competitive Wayne-Finger Lakes League. The league included traditional Wayne County schools, plus all the Finger Lakes schools, such as Canandaigua, Newark, Victor, and Geneva. As one of the smallest schools in the league, the team’s record is even more impressive.
The team won the West Division Championship, the second of four consecutive division championships from 1994-1997. All-League performers included Mike Irwin and Mike Atkinson. The team scored victories over powerhouse programs from Victor and Newark, signaling Lyons’ arrival as a very strong program in a very strong league.
The Sectional victory was the first of its kind for cross country. The team was led by individual sectional shield winner Mike Irwin, who finished second overall. As a result of its performance, finishing second out of 42 teams, the team also qualified for the State Meet for the only time in program history.
In addition to the victories on the field of competition, the team earned Scholar-Athlete recognition in one of the top scholastic performances for Section V. The team had a Scholar-Athlete cumulative average of 93.53, sixth-highest in Section V, regardless of school classification.
Division Champions. Sectional Champions. State Meet Representative. Scholar-Athlete Team. The 1995 Cross Country Team was exceptional by any standard, athletic or academic, and has rightly earned inclusion into the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame.
Team Members: Mike Atkinson, Hillary Cardin, Brian Carnevale, Brett Crandall, Jeremiah DeWolf, Joe Hoyt, Mike Irwin, Wesley Johnson, Jason McIntyre, Justin Paliotti, Matt Rohrer, John Morrissey-Coach