CLASS OF 2014
FINGER LAKES TIMES
At the Finger Lakes Times, we are extremely honored and humbled that our Sports Department has been selected for inclusion in the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s not often that you win an award like this simply for doing your job, but it’s also not often that a newspaper has the privilege of covering a sports program as outstanding as the one in the Lyons Central School District.
Any mention of the FLT’s sports coverage has to begin with our former Sports Editor Norm Jollow, who began his career with what was then the Geneva Daily Times in 1955. When he retired in 1991, Norm had built the Times’ sports department into one of the most respected ones in the state for small-town newspapers, and a large part of that was expanding out beyond Geneva to include coverage of the sports teams from other nearby districts, including Lyons. Norm passed away in 2000, but his legacy lives on at the FLT, especially because three of the people he hired to cover sports for the FLT are still at the newspaper. Former Sports Editor Mike Cutillo is now the paper’s Executive Editor; Alan Brignall, another former Sports Editor is now the News Editor; and former Sports Writer Mike Hibbard is now the paper’s crime and courts reporter. They may not cover sports any longer, but those three still are passionate about the paper’s sports coverage, and they t eam up with current Sports Coordinator Greg McNall and Sports Writer Josh DeSain to give the FLT an unusual amount of knowledge about the local high school sports scene.
Some of the other names who also have covered sports in recent decades at the FLT include Dick Patrick (who went on to USA Today), the late Tom Leo (who left the Times for the Syracuse Post-Standard), Charlie Hayes, Matt Dorney, Toni McNicholas (one of the first sportswriters in the state hired primarily to cover girls sports), Amy Faulkner, Elizabeth Foy, Rich Fyle, Jim Eichenhofer (who currently works for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans) and Joel Pinckney.
The FLT’s coverage of local high school sports would not be what it is without outstanding photographs of those touchdown catches, clutch 3-pointers, and home runs. Current Chief Photographer Spencer Tulis carries on in the tradition of former great FLT photographers, a list that includes Art Foxall, Dale Duchesne, Seth Siditsky, Kathleen Lange and Michaele Boncaro.
We would love to list some of the incredible players and great coaches in Lyons history here — including some of those who are joining our Sports Dept. as 2014 inductees — but there are way too many, and we know we’d forget some. So instead, we’ll close by saying, to all Lyons athletes and coaches: You keep playing, and we’ll keep chronicling your fantastic achievements.