Hall of Fame Class of 2018
David Barnes (1964)
David Barnes was a three-sport athlete at Lyons Central School. He played split end in football in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was All-League during his junior and senior years. David played varsity basketball for three years and was All-League during his junior and senior years. He also played baseball during his senior year.
David was named Varsity Club Co-Athlete of the Year in his senior year. Jerry Sollenne, a fellow athlete, said "David was an amazing athlete and is certainly deserving of this honor." He played basketball for two years at Monroe Community College and then attended the University of Rochester. He was employed by Eastman Kodak for over 20 years.
David had one son, David Jeremy Barnes who also graduated from Lyons Central and served in the Marine Corp. This is the third time David has been inducted into the Lyons Hall of Fame. He was previously honored as a member of the 1961 football team and the 1961-1962 basketball team.
Brittany McCray (2007)
Brittany McCray was a three-sport varsity player for all four years of her high school career. During her final three years in volleyball, the team had a record of 67 and 4. In her sophomore year, the team won their first ever sectional title. Brittany’s junior year, the team was undefeated in league and sectional play, having league championships and back-to-back sectional titles.
She was named Wayne County Co-Player of the Year, to the Sectional All-Tournament Team and 2nd Team All-State. Brittany’s senior year the team again went undefeated in the league, having won 51 straight league games and Section V Class C Sectionals for the third year in a row. Brittany was named MVP of sectionals, 2nd team All-State and Wayne County Player of the Year.
She also had a very successful basketball career. Her sophomore year, the team had a record of 21-3. They were Class CC Section V Champions and qualified for States by defeating Clyde-Savannah in a thrilling 63-62 game. During her junior year, the team ended Clyde-Savannah’s 43-year-game league winning streak. Brittany’s ability to play all five positions on the court made her the team’s MVP. During her senior year she scored her 1000th career point, finishing with 1090 total points and averaging 17 points and 15 rebounds per game. Brittany was again named MVP.
Brittany was also a dominating force in track and field. She won numerous sectional titles in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. She holds the school record for the long jump and the triple jump. Brittany participated in more state meets than any Lyons athlete and has won more state medals than anyone in Lyons history. She went to the New York State Track Meet in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She placed first in the triple jump in 2005 and first in the long jump in 2007.
She went on to play basketball for two years at Genesee Community College leading the team in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks in 2008-2009. She then played for two years at Roberts Wesleyan. She led the team in scoring and rebounds and was named to the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Brittany is currently working as a Case Manager at Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. She is the proud mother of her son Kyndal, born Jan. 13, 2018. She continues to play in Gus Macker Basketball tournaments every summer since 2011.
Ryan Connor McFaul (1999)
Ryan was a three-year varsity starter in baseball. His baseball career started early, as a 14 year old, Ryan pitched a perfect game in Newark’s PAL league and helped his team to win 3 league championships.
During his high school career, Ryan had over 300 strikeouts with 18 strikeouts in one game and numerous no-hitters. His career record was 16 wins and 3 loses with an ERA of 1.73. Offensively, he batted .463 with 79 RBI’s. He had three home runs in a single game, with one being a grand slam. Ryan helped his team win three Wayne County League championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Ryan received many awards: Slugger of the Year in 1997, Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in 1998 and Most Valuable Baseball Player in 1999. He was selected to the Wayne County Baseball All-Star team all three years. He also was selected as a pitcher for the New York state Empire State Games in 1998. Ryan was offered a Division I Baseball Scholarship to Niagara University.
Ryan was also a three-year varsity starter in basketball. As a sophomore, the team was Wayne County Champions, Section V Class C Champions and a Class C State Finalist. Ryan was named to the All-Tournament Team for Section V and was given the LHS Boys Sportsmanship Award.
Ryan was selected for the Wayne County All-Star Basketball Team in 1997, 1998 and 1999, the Finger Lakes Times Fab Five Team in 1998 and 1999 and the Ronald McDonald All-Star Team in 1999. He finished with 1293 career points, scoring a game high of 43 points in three quarters of a single game. He was named WACK Radio Player of the Game six times. In his senior year, he was named LHS Most Valuable Player in Basketball. At the end of his career, he was named Athlete of the Year and awarded the first Chuck Austin Scholarship and Charles Henry Muir Scholarship.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Ryan was a member of the Lyons school band and marching band. Although he briefly attended SUNY Oswego after high school, he predominantly focused his time and energy on his music while working full time for Hillside Children’s Center in Romulus, NY. Although educated in school as a percussionist, Ryan taught himself to play the guitar and went on to play with a successful local band, "Cry to the Blind."
One of Ryan’s band highlights was having the opportunity to play with one of his childhood favorite bands, "Seven-dust." "Cry to the Blind" has written, recorded and released three albums of which one song, "Wrecking Ball", garnered over 600,000 U-tube views and was played nationwide as well as locally on radio. Ryan still continues to work at Hillside Children’s Center as a Teacher’s Assistant and recently performed with his band at Crusin’ Night and Block Party in Geneva.
Anthony J. Patanzo (1966)
Tony was a three-sport athlete at LCS, in football, basketball and golf. He was the senior class President and the Varsity Club Athlete of the Year in 1966. He lettered all four years in Varsity Football. He earned 2nd team Wayne Finger Lakes All-Conference Defensive Back in 1965. He threw a touchdown pass against Clyde in 1962 as a freshman in a winning effort.
He played two years of Varsity Basketball, helping Lyons win the Wayne Finger Lakes Championship in 1964-65 and 1965-66. He began his love of golf in high school He lettered all 4 four years and was instrumental in helping Lyons win four Wayne Finger Lakes golf titles in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966.
Tony graduated from Mansfield University in 1970. During his senior year, he was a starter on the football team.
He was a teacher at Clyde Elementary School from 1970-1986. He was Vice-Principal of the Clyde Savannah Junior-Senior High School from 1986-1988 and Principal of the Junior-Senior High School from 1988-2005.
Tony was also a very successful coach at Clyde-Savannah. His golf teams won 10 Wayne County Championships between 1970 - 1985. He was an assistant football coach from 1970-1985. The team won 115 and lost 15. His varsity basketball teams won 99 and lost only 10 from 1983-1988. They won three Section V Championships (1983-1984, 1986-1987 and 1987-1988). Tony was the Section V Class B Coach of the Year in 1983-1984.
Tony won the Wayne County Amateur Golf Championship in 1982 and 1984. He was the 2004 recipient of the “James E. Allen Award” and New York State High School Principal of the Year. Tony has also been inducted into the Clyde-Savannah Hall of Fame.
Tony is married to Darcey and they have six children: Ann Kleinman, Amy Patanzo, Erin Perry, Rachel Connor, Tim D’Amato, and Tom D’Amato.
Kenneth L. Williams (1986)
Kenny Williams was an outstanding athlete at Lyons Central School in both football and basketball. Kenny was voted Lyons Athlete of the Year in 1986. Kenny’s high school coaches remember him as being a very humble person, who was admired by his teammates, and always worked hard in athletics and the classroom.
In football, Kenny was a three-year starter. As a sophomore, he earned second team honors as quarterback. He averaged 70-plus yards per game passing and 60-plus yards per game rushing. As a senior, Kenny played many positions and earned the All Purpose Athlete Award from the Finger Lakes Times and was selected to participate in the Eddie Meath All-Star game.
In basketball, Kenny was also a three-year starter as point guard. He was captain of the team for two years. Kenny was a great defensive player, he was one of the few players who could contain Terry Brown of Clyde-Savannah.
He played for three years at Cortland (1988-1990). He scored 10 touchdowns and had over 1,500 yards of total offense as a running back. He attended Bloomsburg University, graduating with a Masters’ Degree in Science Instructional Technology.
Kenny is married to Heather Lee Williams and has five children; Barron, Raiden, Brogan, Linae and Nayeli. Kenny works for the U.S. District Court as IT man for the FBI, State Police and Sheriffs.
1989 Girls Softball Team
The Lyons High School Softball program began its quest for dominance in 1987 with a 17-4 record and in 1988 with an 18-3 record. In 1989, the Girls Varsity Softball Team had a stellar season ending with an undefeated 21-0 record. The team was divisional champions and league champions for the third consecutive year.
They went on to win the playoffs for the first time in the school’s softball program history. The team scored 290 runs (13.8/game) and gave up just 99 runs (4.7/game). The team won the playoff final by a score of 6-5 in 8 innings after rallying from a 3-0 deficit.
Members: Amanda (Bastian) Jacobs; Alayna (Bennett) Shipley, Citizenship Award; Tonya (Carpenter) Ufholtz, Best Outfielder; Val Clack; Leslie DeWind, MVP; Lisa (DeWind) Daeffler, co-most improved player; Chicka Fukishima, Rebecca (Hartwell) DeNeef, Carolyn Henry, co-most improved player and co-MVP playoffs; Melissa (Kemp) Volpe, best infielder and co-MVP playoffs; Andrea Lisco, highest on-base percentage; Eve Price; Tracy Schuldt, manager; Harry DeCook, coach.
2004 Volleyball Team
The Varsity Girls Volleyball team finished an excellent season with a league record of 14-0 and an overall record of 20-2. After starting the season 2-1, they won 18 straight matches, including rival Clyde-Savannah three times. The third time beating Clyde-Savannah gave the Lyons their first ever sectional volleyball title. During this run, the Lady Lions defeated eventual State Class D Champions Webster Christian. The team’s season ended in the state qualifier game, losing to eventual state Class C Champions Byron-Bergen.
Senior LaTasha Coney was named player of the year. All-County First Team included LaTasha Coney and Jacqueline Tricarico. Second Team players included Brittany McCray and Johanna Stoep. Jacqueline Tricarico, Leisel Stoep, and LaTasha Coney (Class MVP) all made the Sectional All-Tournament Team. The team also excelled in the classroom, earning Scholar-Athlete honors. Head Coach Matt Barr was awarded Coach of the Year.
Members: Latasha Coney, Vanessa Coney, Hannah Congdon, Kim Gearhart, Amanda Jackson, Brittany McCray, Elgina Riggins, Evette Riggins, Johanna Stoep, Leisel Stoep and Jackie Tricarico, Coach Barr.