Athletic Hall of Fame
Graduate of 1984
Colleen Tuffy was a standout athlete in five sports during her high school playing days for the Lady Lions. She ended up accruing 13 varsity letters before graduating in 1984. She made an impact in all sports that she participated and was an endearing teammate to those she played with.
She made second team all-league her junior and senior year of soccer and was voted the team MVP. As a member of the volleyball team, Colleen made first team all-league her junior and senior year and was twice voted to the Section V All-Tournament team. She was also named team MVP.
During her four varsity years on the hardwood, Colleen was recognized as all-league each year, culminating with a first team selection her senior year. She was named to the Section V All-Tournament team her sophomore and junior year. Again, Colleen was named team MVP at the conclusion of her senior year.
After participating in track for two successful seasons including a fourth place finish in the discus at sectionals, she was a member of the first varsity softball team at Lyons. She made first team all-league and was voted the team MVP. She was named the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in the spring of 1984.
Colleen went onto Cayuga Community College and played two more years of both volleyball and basketball. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and from SUNY Cortland with a Master’s Degree in Recreation.
She is currently the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Community Partnership Program for St. Josephs Villa of Rochester. She has been employed there for 17 years. Colleen resides in Walworth with her partner, Jane Wolford and their two children, Ethan and Adia.
Dean Schott II
Class of 1989
During his athletic career at LCS, Dean, an all around outstanding athlete, participated in football, basketball and baseball earning 10 varsity letters and was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
A three time Wayne County All Star in baseball, Dean truly was a versatile player, playing almost every position including pitcher.
An outstanding quarterback and defensive back for Coach Chuck Meyers, Dean won all-league honors his junior and senior years and was named to the All State team his senior year.
Starting all four years for his father’s varsity basketball team, Dean achieved his greatest success. He scored 1903 points during his high school career which also included his leading the Lions to the State and Federation titles in 1989. No one will ever forget the “miracle” full court half time shot Dean made at the War Memorial during the Western Regional. He was named all-league three years, and All-Greater Rochester two years and All-State his senior year.
He continued his basketball career at University of Buffalo where he played in every game for three years averaging 10 points and 3 assists per game. Dean then transferred to St John Fisher for one year where he averaged 18 points and 6 assists per game. While in college he amassed over 1000 points and was named to several all tournament teams. He finished his career playing for team Adidas and had a try out with the Westchester Stallions of the USBL.
Dean is currently employed at Lyons and has coached football, basketball and baseball at all levels. He lives in Lyons with his wife Renee and dog Barkley.
Graduate of 1948
George Justino was an outstanding Lyons High School athlete from 1944-l948. He earned two Varsity and one JV letter. He was a starter all four years in football and baseball, as well as three years in basketball. His enthusiastic play and leadership was acknowledged by his teammates and coach as he served as captain at various times in all three sports. The teams he played on won four league championships in baseball, three in basketball and one in football.
After graduation George continued to be involved in sports. He played semi-pro ball for several years, and was also an avid golfer and bowler. He was a popular figure on the local sports scene as a certified umpire for high school/college baseball for 50 years, and also a referee for football and basketball for 35 years. Throughout the years, George served his community by volunteering his services as a coach, umpire/referee for youth sports.
George retired from Newark Developmental Center as policeman/fireman after 30 years of service. He also worked as a part time advertising salesman for over 36 years. He resides in Lyons with his wife, Rita of 58 years. They have two married daughters and one granddaughter.
Graduate of 1989
Leslie DeWind, a 1989 graduate was an outstanding athlete who played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball for Lyons Central School. Leslie earned 14 varsity letters during her career at LCS.
Leslie was a Wayne County 1st team all-star in volleyball in 1988 and 1989. In 1989 she was MVP of her team which won the Division II Championship. In basketball, Leslie played four years at the varsity level. She earned the Fireman’s Award in 1986, Top Rebounder in 1987 and the Best All-Around Player in 1989.
Leslie was a five year varsity softball player. She was selected to the Wayne County All-Star 2nd team as a freshman and the All-Star 1st team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Her pitching record for four seasons was 67 wins and 13 losses. She holds a career batting average of .585 with 140 RBIs. In 1989 she led the team to a perfect 21-0 record. The team won the league title in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and Leslie was named MVP of the team all three years. In her senior year, Leslie was chosen as Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from LCS, Leslie earned an Associate’s Degree from FLCC. While at FLCC she played two years of soccer and one year of softball. Recently, Leslie has coached Little League Girl’s Softball for five years and Community Center Basketball for six years. In 2008 she was the JV volleyball coach for Lyons Central School.
Leslie currently works for the Wayne County Sheriffs’ Department. She and her two daughters, Jordan and Ryenn live in Lyons. The two girls attend LCS and are very active in sports following in their mother’s footsteps.
Melissa (Kemp) Volpe
Graduate of 1991
Melissa (Kemp) Volpe was a talented three sport athlete for Lyons Central School from 1987-1991. Melissa earned 13 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball.
In volleyball, Melissa was a 2nd team All-Star as a freshman and 1st team All-Star as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 1990 she set a record for most consecutive serves against Marion. In basketball Melissa was also named a 2nd team All-Star as a freshman and a 1st team All-Star as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also named to the All Greater Rochester Team her senior year. Melissa ended her career as the all time assist leader.
Melissa started on varsity for 5 years in softball. She was a 2nd team Wayne County All-Star as an 8th grader and freshman. She was a 1st team All-Star shortstop her sophomore, junior and senior years. Melissa was named MVP in the 1989 playoffs, batting .667 and scoring the winning run in the 8th inning of the Championship game completing Lyons’ 21-0 season.
Melissa went to Keuka College on a volleyball scholarship and played one year before transferring to SUNY Brockport. Melissa is currently a Center Director of a federally funded program that is part of the Department of Labor, Job Corps. She assists disadvantaged youth, ages 16-24, in obtaining their GED/HSD and in acquiring career skills. She finds her job very rewarding.
Melissa lives in Fairport and is married to J.J. Volpe. She has two children, a daughter, Jadyn and a son, Myles.
Class of 1982
Paul Amrose graduated from Lyons High School in 1982. He participated in basketball from his freshman year. As a junior and senior his teams had a combined 48 - 2 record winning consecutive Section 5 Class B and Wayne County Championships. Having the distinction of not starting one game his junior season, Paul was named Honorable Mention All Greater Rochester and the only junior named to the 1st Team All-Wayne County while leading the team in scoring (14 ppg / 10 rpg). He was awarded the Sixth Man of the Year Award that year. Paul’s senior season he averaged a team high 20 ppg / 12 rpg and was named Section V Class B MVP, All-Greater Rochester (2nd Team), All-State (8th team), and a unanimous selection to the 1st Team All-Wayne County. The 1981-82 team finished 2nd in the Class C NYS Public High School Athletic Association Championships and a season ending ranking of #2 in the NYS Sports Writers Association Polls (Small Schools).
Paul was a member of the golf team from eight grade thru his senior year being selected as the team MVP for three of those seasons. He participated in Cross Country his senior year leading the team to a 12-2 record. Paul was selected 1st team All-Wayne County, placed 21st in the Section 5 Championship, 11th in Class B and 6th in the Wayne County Championship Meet. Paul shared the 1981- 82 Senior Athlete of the Year Award with Tim DiSanto.
Paul graduated 4th in his class with a 90.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society. He attended Alfred University, graduating with honors and a dual major in Economics and Accounting. He was a member of Delta Mu Delta (National Honor Society) with a four year GPA of 3.10. He attained his Masters from Bridgeport University in 1992.
Paul played four years of Division III collegiate basketball. His junior year he averaged 12.3 ppg / 6 rpg and was named to the All ICAC 2nd Team leading the Alfred Saxons to a 17 – 10 record, winning the ICAC Conference Championship and their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. His senior season Paul captained the best team in Alfred University history with a 25 – 3 record; won a 2nd consecutive ICAC Championship; and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament before losing to the eventual NCAA champions.
Paul was a founding partner and the Chief Underwriting Officer of DirectFac, Inc from 2004 – 2008. In April 2009 Paul joined Ascot, Inc, a Lloyd’s of London based firm, to lead their expansion into the US property reinsurance market. Paul is a Senior Vice President and manages the Hartford, CT office.
Paul currently resides in Canton, CT with his wife of 14 years, Jennifer, and sons Nicholas (10), Thomas (7). Paul has been coaching basketball, baseball and football for five years and serves on the Board of the Canton Youth Basketball Association.
1988-89 Boys Basketball Team
The 1988-89 Boys Basketball Team, led by Coach Dean Schott put together one of the greatest seasons in Section V history. Many high scoring, lop-sided games were a theme throughout the season. Opening the season with a rout against state ranked West Hill in the Lyons Cage Tourney was a glimpse of things to come.
With a mild losing streak against Clyde entering the season, the Lions beat Clyde at home in front of standing room only crowd 98-78. While capturing the Midlakes Christmas Tournament with ease, the Lyons won 19 in a row with virtually no close games until the season finale at Clyde. The host Eagles defeated the Lions 71-68 for the team’s only blemish of the season. The team meeting in the gym immediately after the Clyde loss and the disappointment of not going undefeated made the team even hungrier to meet their goals of winning the Sectionals, State and Federation titles.
After cruising to the school’s first Section V title since 1982, and winning the state qualifier game against Kendall, the Lions met Buffalo Burgard in the Western Regional Final. Buffalo Burgard, ranked #1 in the state and led by Marcus Whitfield, the nation's leading scorer at 44 ppg were no match for Lyons. Spearheaded by Dean Schott’s three-quarter court shot at the halftime buzzer, the Lions ran Burgard off the court in the second half for a convincing 98-82 victory.
After beating Spa Catholic in the State Semifinals, Lyons faced Whitney Point for the state title. After trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter, Lyons, led by point guard Junior Kemp’s tremendous play down the stretch, won the state championship in dramatic fashion. The Lyons traveled back to Glens Falls the following week and capped off a storybook season with a 77-70 victory over Nichols Academy for the Federation Championship. Lyons remains just one of a few teams from upstate to capture a Federation title.
Rich Vanderlinde, Dean Schott and Junior Kemp all made first team all-league with Joe Bell garnering second team honors. Coach Schott was honored as Coach of the Year by numerous basketball organizations following the “Dream Season”.