Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Nick was a four-sport Lyons High School athlete. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and indoor track during his four years of senior high school. Additionally, as an eighth grader, he started on the varsity bowling team. Nick was the 2003 Male Athlete of the Year for his class at Lyons Central School.
His major sports were football and baseball. In his freshman year, Nick started on the varsity football team as a defensive back. In his sophomore year, he was added to the offense as a wide-receiver while continuing to play at defensive back.
During his junior year, he became quarterback, and still continued his play at defensive back. He started at quarterback in his senior year, but was switched to running back to give the team their best chance at winning a championship.
During his four years on the team, he also helped the team as a kicker and special teams returner. His major honors in football include: National Football Foundation and College’s Hall of Fame Golden Award as the Top High School Scholar-Athlete In the All Greater Rochester Area, Section V Offensive Player of the Year (2002), First Team All-State Running Back, MVP of Section V Championship game (2002), Four Years Finger Lakes All-Conference Team (1999-2002), First Team Running Back (2002), First Team Defensive Back (2002), All Greater Rochester Second Team Running Back (2002), Lyons Most Valuable Player of the Year (2001, 2002), and Black Glove Award for most interceptions (2002).
He was co-captain of his team in 2001 and 2002 and Scholar Athlete throughout his high school career. He also played in the Eddie Meath Senior All Star game of All Greater Rochester. Nick led his team to the First Section V Championship for Lyons in over 20 years. He and his teammates also played in the 2002 State Sectional Game at Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
In baseball, Nick started on the varsity baseball team as a sophomore. His positions were shortstop, second base, pitching and outfield. Highlights of his varsity baseball career include: breaking the New York State Career Stolen Base Record with 100 and most stolen bases in a season, the Lyons High School Varsity Baseball Player of the Year (2002), member of three Wayne County Championship teams, First Team Wayne County All Stars (2001, 2002) and American Legion Scholar and Academic Excellence Awards (2001 – 2003). A special highlight of his baseball career was hitting a grand slam homerun at Double Day field in Cooperstown to capture a seventh-inning victory against Wayne Central.
After graduating from Lyons in 2003, he entered St. Lawrence University where, as a freshman, he played on their varsity football team, starting on all four special teams and as a defensive back. He was named Special Teams Player of the Week. He continued to play college football in his sophomore year as a wide receiver, but was hampered by an injury that held him out for the first five weeks of the season.
Nick graduated Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a double major in Mathematics and Fine Arts and a minor in Statistics. He continued his education and received a Masters of Science Degree in Applied Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology. Nick presently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is Senior Research Data Analyst in the Garden School at Northwestern University. Nick is truly enjoying the benefits of big city living and continues his athletic activities by playing recreational basketball, beach volleyball and golf. He also supports his local professional teams by attending many Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Blackhawks sporting events.
Celestine Coney was a very accomplished athlete in high school and college. She played two years varsity basketball, two years indoor track, four years varsity volleyball and five years outdoor track.
Celestine was an excellent volleyball player. She made 1st team All-Stars as a sophomore. She was a 1st Team All Star and made the Section V All-Tournament Team as a junior. Her senior year, she led the team to a 14-2 record and again made the 1st Team All-Stars.
Celestine’s accomplishments in track, both indoor and outdoor, are truly amazing. In indoor track there were no divisions. All 48 schools in Section V compete together regardless of size. Celestine was All-League and Sectional Champion in the 55 meter hurdles, the 300 meter dash and the triple jump. She went to states for the 55 meter hurdles and the triple jump. In 2002, Celestine led the team to 2nd place in the Class C Championship and she was State Champion in the 55 hurdles and the triple jump.
Celestine started outdoor track as an 8th grader and was an all-star in the 100 hurdles. In 1999, she set a school record for 100 and 400 hurdles and came in 3rd in states for 100 hurdles. In 2000, Celestine was the Sectional Champion for the 100 and 400 high hurdles, and the 400 meter dash. She was State Champion in the 100 and 400 high hurdles and 3rd in the 400 meter dash.
In her senior year, Celestine was again a triple sectional champion and she went to States for the 100 high hurdles, 400 IH, triple jump, and the 4X400 relay team. She placed first in the state for the 400 IH. She set the school and Wayne County records for the 100 and 400 hurdles and the 1600 relay. All four years Celestine was on the outdoor track team. The team was Wayne County Champions with an overall 28-0 record. The team was sectional champions in 2000 and 2002 and came in second in 1999 and 2001.
Celestine continued her track career at Buffalo State. She was ECAC Champion in the pentathlon with 3195 points. She was SUNYAC Champion in the long jump setting a school record of 5.5 meters. She also set a school record of 1.6 meters for high jump.
In 2003, Celestine transferred to the University of Buffalo where she was named Rookie of the Year. While there she set records in the 500 meter, 400 meter hurdles 400 meter dash, 4x4 meter relay and the sprint medley.
Celestine graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health and she earned a MBA from Ashford University. Celestine lives in Lyons with her daughter, Sariah Tindal and has recently been promoted to supervisor at Hillside Family of Agencies.
Lucas Dobbins graduated from Lyons Junior/Senior High School in 1988. Lucas started his High School Varsity wrestling career as a 7th grader in 1982. That year, despite missing most of the season due to a broken arm, he placed second in the Sectionals.
Lucas wrestled at many different weight classes during those years and, after that first year, he went on to win, each year from 1983 to 1987, the Section V Sectional Title. On top of this accomplishment, he won numerous other tournaments throughout New York State. Lucas also holds the record for the most wins in the history of Lyons Varsity wrestling.
After high school, Dobbins wrestled for both Monroe Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology and had the opportunity to wrestle all over the United States. He was within one victory of becoming an All-American wrestler while attending college. In one memorable and improbable match, Dobbins nearly defeated a two-time National Champion, Sammy Francis, losing by only a single point in the final seconds.
After college, Lucas moved to Rochester and worked in the Financial and Insurance markets. He moved back to Lyons in 1995. Today, Dobbins lives in Lyons, has two children, Noah and Alyssa, and is the owner of Dobbins Painting & Contracting, Inc., which he founded in 1996. He has employed many residents of Lyons who, under his guidance, have renovated most of the historic buildings and homes in the Village of Lyons.
Lucas also owns and manages numerous commercial and residential rental properties in the Village of Lyons. In the eighteen years that Lucas has been in business, he has actively supported and promoted the Village of Lyons in many ways through both monetary donations and donations of his time, materials and equipment.
Lauren (Blaisdell) Felker
Lauren Blaisdell Felker was an outstanding Lyons High School athlete from 1978-1981. Lauren played varsity soccer for three years, varsity volleyball for four years and varsity track for four years.
Lauren played left wing in soccer. She was the "Outstanding Offensive Player" in the 11th and 12th grade. She was team captain her senior year. Lauren played hitter in volleyball. She was named "Most Improved” her freshman year. She was "Most Valuable" in her junior and senior years.
As good as Lauren was in soccer and volleyball, she really excelled in track. She competed in a number of events. The 200, 800, 400, 400 hurdles, shot put, 1600 relay and 3200 relay. In ninth grade, the team came in 2nd place in Class B sectionals.
The 3200 relay medley team composed of Jordan, Blaisdell, Bernhardt and Wallace won sectionals in the time of 10:43.3. In tenth grade, the team was undefeated; Wayne County Champs and Class C Sectional Champs. The 3200 meter relay team composed of Jordan, Krusemark, Blaisdell and Wallace again won sectionals with a time of 10:31.1. In eleventh grade, the team went undefeated, Wayne County champs and Class C Sectional Champs. The 3200 meter relay team composed of Nolan, Rainis, Blaisdell and Wallace came in second n Sectionals.
The 1600 relay team set a school record at 4:26.2, which stood until 2002. Lauren came in 6th in sectionals in the shot put with a toss of 8.62 meters. In her senior year, Lauren received the "most outstanding" award and the 1600 meter relay team came in second in sectionals. Lauren completed her high school career by being named "Female Athlete of the Year in 1981.
Lauren continued her athletic career at Cornell University. She rowed on the freshman crew in the four man shell.
Lauren currently lives in Lyons with her husband Steve and children Wes, 19, Cal 17 and Leah 16. She spent many years on the Lyons Little League Board of Directors and the concession stand. She has enjoyed coaching and cheering for her children in football, volleyball, cross country, soccer, track, basketball and baseball.
Lauren currently serves on the Wayne Hills Country Club Board of Directors. She and her sister, Steff, won the Wayne Hills CC Women’s Invitational in 1998 and The Fox Valley Ladies Invitational in 2005. She teaches Special Education at Clyde-Savannah Elementary School.
I was born on November 17, 1922 at my grandparent’s home in Williamson, New York. When I was 5 years old, we went back to our own home in Sodus, where I lived until I was 39 years old.
I graduated from high school in 1940 and went back for a P.G. course so I could play sports. I played soccer, football and basketball while I was there. After graduation, I played semi-pro baseball for the Sodus Point Chiefs and basketball for the Beeftrust team in Sodus. I always loved sports.
In 1945, I bought my grandfather’s farm in Sodus and in 1947 I married Marian Johnson and we had two daughters, Linda and Roxanne. In 1962, we bought the Verne Barrett property on Route 14 in Lyons. I farmed Pine Hill Orchards and my farm in Sodus for a few years. I finally got smart and went to work for many Chemical and Farm Supply Companies. It was nice to have a steady paycheck and know every week what it would be.
After we moved to Lyons, my daughters and I always went to the games and followed them all over. The girls were 13 and 10 years old at that time. That was 51 years ago and I have hardly missed a game since. This January, I had some health problems but I am slowly getting stronger. I was in the hospital twice and then the nursing home for rehab. I have a pacemaker and am doing much better and hope to go to a lot more games.
I am thankful to my good friends Alan Simpelaar, Jim Pacello, and many others who attend games with me. They helped to make this honor possible. Thank you all very much.
Janitha Knight was a standout athlete in both volleyball and basketball during her playing days at Lyons Junior-Senior High School.
Janitha played Varsity Volleyball for three years. During her sophomore year, she was 1st team All-County. The team made it to the semi-finals in sectionals and Janitha was named to the Section V All-Tournament Team. During her junior year, she was a 1st Team All-County Selection. She was named team MVP with 127 kills, 109 blocks, 109 points on serve and 31 aces. The team again lost in the semi-finals, but Janitha was named to the Section V All-Tournament Team. Her senior year she was 1st Team All-County and the team was runner-up to the Section V champions. Janitha was again named to the Section V All-Tournament Team.
Janitha was dominant in basketball. She played on the varsity team for five years. In 8th grade, she received an All Wayne County Honorable Mention and the team won their first sectional title ever in basketball. As a freshman, she was MVP of the Midlakes Basketball Tournament.
She was also 1st Team All County and averaged 19.2 points, 16.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots. In 10th grade, the team had a perfect 16-0 Wayne County record and Janitha was 1st Team All County. The team made it to the finals in sectionals and Janitha was on the Class CC All-Tournament Team. In her junior year, the team was again a perfect 14-0 in the Wayne County league and Janitha was 1st Team All County, and All Greater Rochester. During the season, she reached the 1000 point plateau in scoring.
The team lost in the sectional finals to eventual state champions Bloomfield. Janitha was named to the Section V All- Tournament Team. During her senior year, Janitha was again 1st Team All County. She was named to the Class CC Sectional All-Tournament Team. She was on the All Greater Rochester 1st Team. She was the first woman in Lyons High School history to compile a quadruple double.
Janitha was a Finger Lakes Times Fab 5 Selection three times and was named the Player of the Year in 2001. During her five years on the varsity basketball, the team had a record of 97-16 and was Wayne County Champions all five years. She was team captain all four years of her high school career. Janitha is the all- time school leader in scoring with a total of 1853 points and rebounding with 1363.
Janitha was recruited by a number of colleges and chose to attend Monroe Community College, where she was awarded the Pete Pavia Scholarship. In 2001-2002, Janitha was named Region II Division II Player of the Year. She led the team to the NJCAA Division II Title. She was the first woman in NJCAA to compile a quadruple double. In 2002-2003, Janitha led the team to the NJCAA division championship and made First Team Conference All-Star.
Janitha graduated from college with a degree in liberal arts and science. She went on to become a certified nursing assistant. She is employed at DeMay Living Center in Newark. She has one son, Dwayne Wollfolk Jr.
Elgin Riggins was an outstanding athlete at Lyons Junior-Senior High School. He was a starter on the school varsity basketball team for three years. He also played varsity football and varsity tennis.
In basketball, Elgin was 1st Team All-League his junior year, All Greater Rochester 1st Team his senior year, 1st Team All State his senior year, Super 16 All Tourney in 1980, and Class A MVP for Sectionals in 1980. He also played on the Empire State Team in 1979. Elgin was team captain his senior year and the team was 43-6 for his last two years. He averaged 69% shooting from the field for his career and 75% from the foul line.
Elgin held the following Lyons season records at graduation: 437 rebounds, 88 jump balls won, 564 points scored, 205 offensive rebounds, 90 free throws made, 237 field goals made, and 216 block shots, 18 in a single game and 359 for his career. He holds the regional scoring record of 34 points in a game (24 in the second half).
Elgin was recruited by many college teams. He went on to play at St. Bonaventure from 1981-1982 and at Waynesburg College from 1982-1984. Elgin now lives in Webster with his wife Jannette and their two children, Taylor and Abbie. He has coached Webster Wildcats youth football, Webster North Coast Youth Basketball and Rochester Area Players AAU youth basketball. He has worked at the state and federal level for 25 years. Elgin is currently working at USPS as a City Carrier and as a part-time supervisor for Aquinas Institute.
1951-1952 Boys Basketball Team
The 1951-1952 Boys Basketball Team led by coach Richard Blackwell had an outstanding season. The team was undefeated (18-0) and won the Wayne County Class A, Wayne-Finger Lakes Conference Class A and Section 5 Class A championships. In the Section V finals Lyons defeated East Rochester 53-49 in overtime.
All five starters were Wayne Finger-Lakes Conference All-Star selections.
1953-1954 Boys Basketball Team
The 1953-1954 Boys Basketball Team enjoyed a tremendous season. Coach Richard Blackwell’s team won the Wayne County Class A, Wayne-Finger Lakes Class A and Section V Class A Championships. The team record was 18 wins and 2 losses. In the Section V Final, Lyons defeated East Rochester, 45-43.
The starting five, all seniors, were Gerald Incarnato, Bruce Lester, Kenny Chalker, John Buchholz, and Paul Hess. All five starters were Wayne-Finger Lakes Conference All Star Selections.