Matthew Barr graduated from St. John Fisher in 2000, where he played club volleyball and varsity baseball. As a starting pitcher, Matt completed a four-year career as the second-winningest pitcher in program history. At the time of his graduation, he was 1st in career innings pitched and complete games, and second in career wins, strikeouts, ERA and total starts. His single season records in ERA and complete games still rank as best in program history.
Dr. Barr was hired as a Social Studies teacher at Lyons Central School District in 2000 and took over the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team in 2002. The team won its first Wayne County League title his first season, going 14-0 in league play. Dr. Barr’s teams tallied 10 of 11 league titles from 2002 – 2012 with a combined record of 151-3 in league play, winning 86 straight matches during one stretch. The Lady Lions made trips to the Sectional Finals in 10 of 11 years, earning six Sectional championships and five State Tournament bids. He won multiple Coach of the Year titles, guiding All-State, All-Greater Rochester, League, Sectional MVPs and Scholars Athlete award winners. Later, Coach Barr coached the Finger Lakes Community College Women’s Volleyball team to three 20-win seasons in as many years, including a Conference Tournament title. He then returned to guide the Lyons program for two additional seasons, earning league titles in both years. In total, Barr’s volleyball teams finished with a 178-4 league record (97.8 winning percentage) and 265-20 (90.1%) overall.
As a baseball coach, Coach Barr took over the Varsity program after a year at the JV level. In his inaugural season, Coach Barr guided the team to the Sectional title game. The team would make it back numerous times during Barr’s time at the helm, ultimately earning the first ever Sectional Championship in his final season. The Boys’ Baseball team won multiple league titles in his ten seasons, as he finished with a 165-50 career mark. The team was briefly ranked #1 in the state for class C in 2008 before dropping the season’s final game. Coach Barr’s team took multiple trips to play at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown and in 2005 traveled to North Carolina for spring training thanks to the support of Bob and Leslie Ohmann, the Lyons Community Center and the Lyons CSD administration.
Dr. Barr’s wife, Bridgette, is currently an administrator in the North Rose-Wolcott School District and served as an assistant coach during each Sectional Championship volleyball season. They have two children, Jackson and Ryan. Barr’s father, Don, served as an assistant coach for the Sectional Champion baseball team. He recently earned a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher college and is the new Superintendent at Lyons Central School District.
CLASS OF 1980
ANTHONY (MAGIC) JOHNSON
Anthony Johnson was a two-sport athlete at Lyons Central School. In basketball, he played two years on Junior Varsity and two years on Varsity. His senior year the team won the New York State Public High School Championship.
Anthony really excelled in track. During his sophomore year, he won sectionals in the 120-yard high hurdles, 330 yard hurdles and was the anchor on the 800 meter relay team. In his junior year, Anthony again won sectionals in those three events and added a victory in the 200 meter dash. The team went 8-0 and were the Wayne County Champions and Section V Class B champs. The relay team set a Wayne County record of 1:31:9. For his senior year, the team was again Wayne County Champs and Section V Class B Champions. The team was 11-1. Anthony won Sectionals in the 110 meter high hurdles, 200 meter dash and the 800 meter relay. He represented Lyons in the State Meet for the 110 meter high hurdles..
Anthony continued running track at Buffalo State College, where his 800 meter relay team finished fourth in the nation.
Anthony lived in Jacksonville, Florida for 20 years where he enjoyed playing on City League Basketball and Softball teams. He worked for a variety of companies, American Express, AT&T and Proctor & Gamble. He is now a professional truck driver, driving across North America. He has visited every state in the U.S. except Alaska. For the past fifteen years, he has lived in Waynesboro, Georgia. He enjoys doing charity work through his church and spending time with his family, especially his son, Anthony James Johnson II and his grand-daughter Alisiana Nicole Johnson.
Class of 1978
Jeff Leonard was a three-sport athlete: football, wrestling and track. Jeff wrestled at the 145- pound class. He won the title at the West Finger Lakes Wrestling Tournament. Jeff was undefeated in eight dual matches. The team defeated Bloomfield 75-0.
Jeff was also very successful in football. Jeff was a starter for all 9 games as a Junior. The first three games he was a defensive back and then moved to the tailback position for the last six games. He gained over 700 yards. Senior year, he started at tailback for all 9 games and gained over 1000 yards. The team was 17-1 over the two years. Jeff was honorable mention as running back his junior year and made All-Conference team his senior year.
The team won the 1977 Wayne Finger Lakes Western Division Championship with a 9-0 record and they were ranked 8th in the state. The team set a school record for the longest winning streak with 16 straight wins.
Jeff played one year of JV ball at Union College. He played two years in Germany while in the Air Force. They won the Continental Sports Conference and went to the championship game against a team from the UK twice, winning once.
Jeff left the Air Force in 1988 and has lived in Texas with his wife Julie since then. He finished his Bachelors in 2006 and has spent his career in Security Systems. He has a daughter, Kristin and a granddaughter.
CLASS OF 2009
During her years at Lyons Central School, Alexis played basketball and soccer but found her true passion in Indoor and Outdoor Track.
In the 2007-2008 indoor track season, she was a three-time sectional champion in the 55-meter dash, long jump and triple jump. In the state qualifier meet she finished third in the triple jump, which qualified her for the state indoor meet. They finished 6th in the state which qualified her for the National meet in New York City.
In her senior year, Alexis again won sectionals in the triple jump. She was runner-up in the long jump and was selected as the outstanding field event performer in the sectional championships. In the state qualifiers, she was the overall champion in Section V and again competed in the state meet. Alexis then qualified for her second National Meet in Boston. She is the only Lyons student to ever participate in two national competitions.
Alexis still holds our indoor school records in both the long jump and the triple jump, both set in 2008. She also currently holds the Wayne Finger Lakes record in indoor triple jump. Alexis was named Senior Athlete of the year in 2008-2009.
Alexis earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Louisiana at LaFayette where she participated in Track and Field for four years. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and went on to receive a M.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Alexis is the daughter of Ron and Charlotte Smith. She is the sister of Ron Smith, Jr., who is a Hall of Fame member and who proposed the creation of the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame as his senior benchmark program in 2004.
Alexis currently resides in Louisiana with her husband Greg Allen. She works in the Mental Health Field.
CLASS OF 1977
ANDREA EVERHART WEHRMEISTER
When Andrea started high school there were no organized women’s sports in either track and field or cross country. Andrea was literally a pioneer in women’s running sports in Lyons.
In the fall of 1975, Coach Roger Clark asked her if she wanted to run with the cross-country program that he had started for boys. She could train with them and run exhibition. The following Spring, she did the same with the track and field team. This continued until the Spring of her senior year.
At that time, the first organized girl’s sectional championships were held at SUNY Brockport. She still had to be exhibition, but she completed as an entry from Lyons in the 1500-meter run.
Andrea was an AFS exchange student to South Africa in 1976. She graduated as valedictorian of her class and graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1981 with a double major in Biology and Geology. She later earned her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University.
She married Robert Wehrmeister and in 1982 had twin boys. She loved boating, sailing, water skiing and kayaking, but never lost her love of running. She completed in numerous road races, half marathons and full marathons.
1979 GIRLS’ TRACK TEAM
The Lyons Lions 1979 Girls Track team had an outstanding season. With the hard work and strategic planning of Coach Lawrence and many deeply talented and versatile girls, the team accomplished three lofty goals.
First, they completed their regular season undefeated, taking the league champion title from Marion, who had held it for seven consecutive years. They also defeated non-league powers, Midlakes, Victor and Mynderse.
Second, they went on to win the County Championship and then the highlight of the year, they won the Section V Class C Sectional Title. Not only did they win by a score of almost double the second place team but also secured six first place finishes and three seconds. Coach Lawrence and his Lions brought home the 1st Section V title in any girls sports in the school history.
“It’s been a great year for us. They’ve been unbelievable to work with. My kids can’t wait to get out on the track and run”. (Coach Lawrence)
Sarah Bauer Diane (Blackwell) Greco Heidi Blackwell
Lauren (Blaisdell) Felker Jennifer (Blandino) Murray Cheryl (Clark) Hudson
Kelly (Filippello) Volkmer Marjorie (Garner) Detaege Becky Hannon
Heidi Heidenreich Heidi Jordan Amy Keifer
Dawn Krusemark Brenda Kuhlman Lee Lauster
Dawn (Loveless) Gardner Laura (McDannel) Himpler Dawn McDonald
Deborah Mead Barb (Sipes) Chiponis Josie (Solomon) Bell
Robin Stoep Beth (Thorn) Schuldt Cheryl (Wallace) Gentile
Barb (Wilck) Kelly
Coaches: George Lawrence, Head Coach
Henry Hann, Assistant Coach
1996-1997 BOYS’ VARSITY
The 1996-1997 Boys Varsity Basketball Team had an outstanding season that ended in Glen Falls playing in the Class C state Championship game.
The team won a third straight sectional title. The team defeated Pal-Mac, the Class B Sectional Champions and State Class B Semi-Finalist during the season. The team also defeated Honeoye who was undefeated and ranked number one in the state at the time. In the state tournament, Lyons made it to the championship game losing to an excellent Christian Brothers Academy team from Syracuse.
Team members were:
Seniors: Collier Drayton, Drew Miller, Mike Bilancini, Chris Comella, Tyrone Brantley and Mike Crego
Juniors: Zach Ford, Josh Miller, Ben Hagen, Justin Paliotti and Adam Zulauf
Sophomore: Ryan McFaul.
The head coach was Dean Schott and the Assistant Coaches were Frank Lisco and Dean Schott II.