Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Pete 'Chip' Patanzo
Peter "Chip" Patanzo played football, basketball and baseball at all levels from 7th grade until his graduation in 1965. He earned six varsity letters. Peter was named Co-Male Athlete his senior year.
Chip played offensive and defensive tackle for Lyons High School. He received an Honorable Mention for the Wayne Finger Lakes All Conference Team his junior year. He was the only unanimous selection to the Wayne Finger Lakes Football All-Conference First Team his senior year.
Chip was a varsity basketball starter during his junior and senior years. He led the team in rebounds both years. He was awarded Best Clutch Performance of the Section V AA basketball tournament, scoring 4 points in the last 30 seconds of the game to lead Lyons over Brockport in the semi-final game. Chip was named to the 2nd Team All-Tournament Team AA.
Chip was more than just an athlete in high school. He won the VFW Essay Contest on patriotism. He wrote for the school newspaper. He had the male lead in the senior play. Chip was the recipient of the Balfour Award, a graduation award given to the senior boy who contributed most to his class.
Chip went on to play football at Mansfield University, starting every game for all four years. His junior year, he received an Honorable Mention from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He was named to the PSAC 2nd team his senior year. He graduated in 1969 with a BS in Education.
After teaching for five years, Chip went into sales of heavy and highway construction equipment. He worked with local, state and federal governments throughout the United States.
Chip has been married to Mary Ann for 47 years. Mary Ann was a former home economics teacher at Lyons High School. They have two children. Their daughter, Lisa Marie, is currently an Accounts Payable manager and their son, Peter, is a lawyer. They have one grandchild, Giada Marie.
Chip and Mary Ann are currently living in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Davis Alensa (Coach)
After graduating in 1969 from Alfred University, Coach Alena began his career at the Lyons Central School District that August as a mathematics teacher and Head JV Coach. After three successful seasons with JV teams, Coach Alena was promoted to Head Varsity Coach in 1972.
During his eleven-year career as head coach, his teams’ accomplishments included:
- 71-27-1 Record
- Had a 44-game league winning streak
- Won five consecutive league titles(6 league titles overall)
- Awarded a Section V Class B Championship in 1977
Coach Alena’s Individual Honors:
- In 1979, honored by the New York State Coaches Association as NYS Football Coach of the Year.
- In 2015, was inducted into the Section V Football Hall of Fame.
- Three times Wayne Finger Lakes Coach of the Year (74,76,78).
- In 1978, won the Section V Class B Coach’s Award.
In 1978, Coach Alena married Lyons native, Patricia Sculli, and together they have two sons; David Jr., a computer programmer/ Systems Administrator for a small company in Syracuse, and Nicholas, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at Northwestern University in Chicago. Nick is also a current member of the Lyons Hall of Fame being inducted in 2013. Coach’s lovely wife, Patty, aka Peppermint Patty, manages the H.G. Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum in Lyons, where Coach Alena helps with routine maintenance when he is not playing golf at Wayne Hills Country Club.
Tom Blaisdell (1985)
Tim Blaisdell, a 1985 Lyons High School graduate, was an outstanding three-sport athlete and a straight A student.
Tim was a three-year starter on the Varsity Basketball Team. He scored over 800 points and had over 500 rebounds playing center. His senior year he averaged 20.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. His team went to three straight Section V championship games and Tim was named to the Section V All-Tourney Team all three years. His senior year, he was also 1st Team All-Wayne County and All-Greater Rochester. He played on the collegiate level at RIT and Ithaca.
Tim also played three years on the Varsity Baseball Team. He was a pitcher and played 1st base. His junior year, he was named to the All-Wayne County 2nd Team as a pitcher. His senior year, he was named to the All-Wayne County 1st Team as a pitcher. Tim was the #1 pitcher for Lyons in both his junior and senior years. He also led the team in batting average in his senior year. Tim was invited to the Cincinnati Reds tryout in the summer of 1985 and was a walk-on for RIT in 1986.
His football career was cut short by a broken jaw received while playing starting quarterback his junior year. Tim ended his high school career by being named Male Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Tim currently lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut with his wife Kelly, who is a high school math teacher. They have two sons, Timmy (16) and Jack (14). Tim is Vice President in charge of Business Development Strategy at MDS Aero Corporation.
Geoffrey Grambo (2004)
Geoffrey Grambo excelled at athletics at Lyons High School and at St. Lawrence University. He was a three-sport athlete at Lyons, participating in football, wrestling and track.
Geoff was a three-year starter on the football team. He was named Section V Class C Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2002. The team won the Section V Class C Championship in both his junior and senior years. Geoff played in the Eddie Meath All-Star game in 2004.
Geoff was a varsity wrestler all four years in high school. He finished 4th at Sectionals in 2003 and 3rd at Sectionals in 2004. He qualified for Super-Sectionals in both 2003 and 2004.
As much as Geoff enjoyed wrestling and football, track was where he really excelled. He helped the team to Section V Class C Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was the individual Section V Class C Champion in shotput in 2002 and 2004, taking second place in 2003. He was runner-up in discus in 2003 and 2004.
Geoff was named to the Section V Class C All-Conference 1st Team shot put in 2004. He was Wayne County All-Conference in the shot put in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Geoff participated in the Empire State Games in shot put in 2003. He was named Co-Male Athlete of the Year at Lyons High School in 2004.
Geoff continued his success in track at St. Lawrence University. He was four time Liberty League Champion, two time NYS Champion and one time ECAC Champion. Geoff was a NCAA Division III All-American in shot put in 2008. He still holds the record in shot put at St. Lawrence University.
Geoff went on to earn his MBA at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, where he also was a graduate assistant track coach. Geoff is currently employed at Klein Steel in Rochester and is an Assistant Track and Field Coach at St. John Fisher College. He has coached one National Champion, two All-Americans and four National Qualifiers. Geoff is also still an active competitor in Olympic Weightlifting. He has qualified four times for the American Open 2012-2015 and this year qualified for the National Olympic Weightlifting Championship.
Frank M. Lisco (1996)
Frank M. Lisco, a 1996 Lyons graduate, excelled in basketball and baseball. He played both sports at the varsity level for all four years of his high school career.
Frank was a three-time captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. He led the team to 49 straight wins against Section V opponents, two straight Section V Championships and two straight appearances in the Far West Regionals. Along the way, he scored 1299 points. Frank was a three-year first team Wayne County All-Star and played in the Ronald McDonald All-Star game. Frank accomplished all of this with style and class and was awarded the Section V Class C Sportsmanship Award twice.
As a starting pitcher and shortstop, Frank led the Lyons baseball team to three straight Wayne County Championships. He batted .435 during his four-year career and was chosen a first team Wayne County All-Star at shortstop three times. He stole 74 bases and was only caught four times. As a pitcher, Frank posted a record of 15-2 with an ERA of 2.13.
Frank was named Co-Male Athlete of the Year his senior year. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2001 with a major in English. In 2007, Frank followed his heart and attended and graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music.
Frank currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Natalie, who is a 3rd grade teacher. He teaches guitar and bass at Music Matters and gives private lessons. He also performs as a guitarist with a number of different bands, as well as doing solo acoustic performances at various venues.
Patrice (Coney) Maxam (2003)
Patrice Coney graduated from Lyons High School in 2003. She was a very successful student and an amazing athlete.
Patrice was a starter on the Varsity volleyball team all four years. She was captain in her junior and senior years. As a senior, the team was undefeated in the Wayne County League and won the championship for the first time since 1984. Patrice was named to the Section V Class C 1st Team three times.
Patrice played basketball in 9th and 10th grade and then changed to indoor track as a junior. This proved to be a wise decision. As a junior, she was an Indoor Track All-Star, Sectional winner and a NYS Qualifier. As a senior, Patrice set school records in the 600 meter run and the high jump. She was a Sectional Champion in the long jump, 55 meter hurdles and the 600 meter run. Patrice was named the Outstanding Women’s Performer at Sectionals and she continued on to the State Meet in the 55 meter hurdles.
Patrice was even more successful in outdoor track. She was a 4x4 Wayne County and Section V Champion in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. She was Wayne County and Section V champion in the pentathlon her junior and senior years. She set the school record for the 800 meters and the pentathlon, scoring over 3,000 points. Patrice was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2003.
Patrice received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship which funded her four-year education at the University of Buffalo. While there, Patrice was a five-time Mid-American Conference Champion in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. She was a 4-time regional qualifier. She set five school records; indoor 4x4, 60 meter hurdles, pentathlon, outdoor 4x4 and heptathlon. In 2008, she ranked in the top 20 in the country in the heptathlon. She was a team captain during her junior and senior years.
Patrice earned a BS in nursing in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in 2012. She is currently working on her doctorate. She has worked as a registered nurse and a nursing professor and is currently employed by Caris Life Science, a bio-technology company. She married Darrel Maxam in 2014. He is a project engineer for EMG. Patrice attributes much of her success to the support of her family and friends.
1961 Football Team
The 1961 Lyons Varsity Football Team, coached by Jake Burroughs and assisted by Frank Lawrence and Gene "Rip" DePorter was said to be the best ever to come out of Lyons. They had their first undefeated season since 1936, going 8-0.
They started the season with a convincing 32-7 win over Homer, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Next, they started Wayne-Finger Lakes competition against a powerful Mynderse Academy Team. With only two minutes remaining, Lyons scored on a 12-yard run by Paul DeJohn. Lyons won the game 6-0 and that touchdown proved to be the only points allowed by Mynderse the whole season. The team continued the season with victories over Mt. Carmel, Geneva, DeSales, Penn Yan and Waterloo.
The final game of the season was against arch-rival the Clyde Blue Devils. It was a hard fought game, with the only score coming on a 40 yard pass from Joe Arnitz to Dave Fratangelo resulting in a 6-0 victory and an undefeated season. Lyons scored 144 points and only gave up 27 during the season.
Many players on the team went on to be named All-Conference members. Joe Holly was given an Honorable Mention by the Sporting News National High School All-America Football Team.
Four members of the team have already been inducted individually into the Lyons Hall of Fame: Joe Arnitz, Dave Fratangelo, Joe Holly and Gary Tunnison.