Hall of Fame Class of 2012

  • Dean E. Schott (Coach)

    Dean Schott coached basketball, football and golf during his tenure at Lyons Central School. Although he enjoyed and was successful in coaching all of the sports, he is best known for basketball. He coached varsity basketball from 1981 to 2003, compiling a record of 417 wins and 103 losses for a winning percentage of 80%. Over that time, Lyons won nine sectional titles (1982, '89,' 90, '92, '95,' 96,' 97, '01, '03), played in three NYSPHSAA State final games (1982, '89.'97), winning both the NYSPHSAA Championship and the Federation Championship in 1989.

    Dean has been named Section V Coach of the Year seven times, along with All Greater Rochester Coach of the Year in 1982 and New York State High School Coach of the Year in 1989. He served as an officer and Section V representative to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York for over 25 years. Coach Schott was elected to the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame and Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Dean and his lovely wife Suzanne now reside in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

    1972 - 1975 Girls Basketball Team 

    The 1972 Girls’ Basketball Team was the first basketball team in the history of Lyons Central School.  The team bought their own uniforms, which consisted of a short sleeve sweatshirt with their name and number. The league consisted of nine Wayne County schools with no post-league play. The girls posted an 8-0 record and captured the Wayne County League title. Team members included Dawn Wadsworth, Kim Murphy, MaryAnn DeSain, Chris Stauch, Denise Darcangelis, Diane Darcangelis, Debbie Kelly, Anne Dapalito Robin Brown and Jolene DeSain.

    In 1973, the girls opened their second season with new uniforms and a chance to go to an open sectionals by winning 70% of their games. They were once again Wayne County League Champions with an 8-0 record. The girls played one sectional game, losing to Rush Henrietta. Chris Aunkst, Cheryl Ochs and Katie Magill were added to the roster of the ’72 team.

    Beginning in 1974, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team expanded to a longer playing season. The league was split into Large and Small School divisions. Each school played each school in their own division twice, while playing each school in the other division once. This expanded the season for Lyons to 12 games. Co-captained by Kim Murphy and Anne Dapalito, the girls defeated Marion at the buzzer to go 11-1 and win the Wayne County Title for the third consecutive year. Once again, the girls played in sectionals, losing to Franklin in a close game without Anne Dapalito who was ill. The team added Cathy Smith, Kim Palmer, Chris Tricarico, Chris Mierke, Barb Cotie and Tara Quagliata. Lynn Washburn served her first year as a basketball manager.

    In 1975, with 11 returning letter winners, only Jill Johnson was added to the roster. Once again, for the fourth consecutive year, Lyons won the Wayne County League title with a record of 10-2. Sectionals were finally divided into four divisions, ABCD with Lyons playing in Division B. The girls won their game against Livonia but lost to Midlakes in the next round.

    From 1972 - 1975, the Lyons Girls Basketball team was 37-3 in league play and won four consecutive Wayne County League

    Anna Barbi (2001)

    Annie Barbi was an outstanding athlete for Lyons. She was a three-year varsity soccer player, and the team’s leading scorer during her junior and senior seasons. She was named to the Wayne County League All Star 2nd team in her Jr. season and to the 1st team  during her senior season. Anne was captain of the team in her senior year and was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

    Annie was also outstanding on the hardwood, starting three years on the varsity. Her team was a three-time Wayne County Champion and a three-time Section V Runner Up. Anne was named to the Midlakes’ Tip Off Tournament Championship Team; she was a Finger Lakes Times three time “Fab Five” Honorable Mention, a three-time Wayne County All Star, a 1999-2000 Section V Girls’ Basketball Class CC Tournament All Star, and the MVP of the 2001 Wayne County Exceptional Senior basketball game. She held the Exceptional Senior game record for most two point shots made and most points in a game.

    Anne was a superb track athlete and excelled on the school’s varsity track team for five seasons. She was a member of four Wayne County Championship teams and captained the team her senior year. As an 8th and 9th grader, she was named to the Wayne County All Star 1st Team as High Jump Champion. During her sophomore year, she made the 2nd team in the high jump, and during her junior and senior year, she was named the Wayne County All Star 1st Team Pentathlon Champion.

    Annie’s contributions helped the 2000 track team become Section V Track and Field Champions. Annie was a four-time Section V Individual Champion in the following events:

    • 1997: High Jump Champion
    • 1998: High Jump Champion
    • 2000: Pentathlon Champion
    • 2001:  Pentathlon Champion
    • 2001 Meet of Champions: Overall (small and large schools), Annie was the Pentathlon Champion.

    She was a member of the 2000 New York State Class C/D Championship Team and a four-time New York State Individual Award winner:

    • 1997: Fourth place, NY State, Class C/D High Jump
    • 1998: Second place, NY State, Class C/D High Jump
    • 2000: Sixth place, NY State, Class C/D Pentathlon
    • 2001: Fourth place, NY State, Small Schools Pentathlon

    Annie was the Pentathlon school record holder from 2000 - 2002, a two-time recipient of the Leon Hill/Bob Jones Memorial Award, the Wayne Finger Lakes Chapter of Track and Field Officials Award for Outstanding Female Athlete in 1997 and 2001. She was a scholar athlete multiple times and received the 2001 LCS Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Award and the United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.

    Annie continued her athletic career at the University of Rochester, totaling 8 varsity letters for Indoor and Outdoor Track. She was Rookie of The Year and captain of both teams, earning multiple MVP honors. Her versatility allowed her to successfully compete in a variety of individual events, as well as relays, the pentathlon and heptathlon. She placed 21 times at the New York State Collegiate Championships and qualified each season for the E.C.A.C. Championships, finishing in the top 7, six times.

    Annie graduated from medical school with honors and is living and working in New York City as an OB/GYN resident at Lenox Hill Hospital. She has continued to enjoy organizing and participating in charitable walks and runs.

    Gary Tunnison (1962)

    I am honored to be selected to the Lyons Central School Athletic Hall of Fame. However, there are many of my friends more deserving of the award than I am.

    I am at the stage in my life where I am more concerned about saying thank you to those who helped me along the way than receiving awards. The first 18 years of my life were spent in Lyons, NY. When building a house, the home is only as good as its foundation. Lyons was the foundation of my life.

    I was raised by a single, no-nonsense, caring Italian mother. Growing up I spent most of my time playing baseball, basketball and football with my friends.  We competed, fought and bonded. My best friend David Fratangelo meant a lot to me, always there, through the good, bad and ugly.

    In junior high, my basketball passes hit the fans more than my teammates. I remember sitting in the locker room ready to quit, but Coach Blackwell wouldn’t allow it. Coach served as my mentor although he probably didn’t realize it. Again, a no-nonsense caring person.

    Growth and maturity for me came from my friends, teachers, coaches, church and the people in the community. What a fun and memorable town. I keep up to date on the happenings in Lyons as I call my Uncle Nick Muto on a weekly basis. There is no sense in talking to him when Syracuse loses. I hope this gives some insights to my thank you for being selected to the Lyons Central Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s not what I achieved in life that is important to me but "why."

    Kadi Ticconi (1998)

    Kadi was a very accomplished high school athlete. She played forward and right wing for the soccer team from 1995-1997. In 1996, she was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the 2nd Team Wayne County All-Stars. In 1997, Kadi was team captain, a recipient of the Golden Heart Award and participated in the Senior All-Star game. That year she was also named Honorable Mention for the All Greater Rochester Girls’ Team and was named to the 1st Team Wayne County All-Stars.

    Kadi was also the shortstop for the softball team from 1995 - 1998. In 1995, she was named Defensive Player of the Year. She was named Offensive Player of the year in 1996. Kadi garnered MVP honors in 1997 and was named captain and received the Wayne County Coaches’ Award in 1998, as well as the United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. Kadi was named to the Wayne County All-Stars 1st Team in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

    Kadi went on to SUNY Cortland where she participated in intramurals, playing indoor soccer, broomball, volleyball, and softball.

    After college, Kadi moved to Cooper City, Florida and spent two years with the Cooper City Cowboys as an assistant varsity girls’ softball coach.

    Today, Kadi resides in Seneca Falls with her husband, Rhett, and their two children, Karter (6) and Ava (4). Kadi currently teaches physical education at the LaFayette Intermediate School in Waterloo, NY. Karter and Ava keep Kadi pretty busy as she is an official "soccer mom."

    Kim Allen Virts (1986)

    Kim was a four-sport athlete during her career at Lyons Jr. Sr. High School. She was a four-year starting goalie for the varsity soccer team where she recorded a record 621 saves in goal and received the 1986 MVP award. She was also named Wayne County League Goalie of the Year in 1985.

    Kim was a two-year starter for the volleyball team which lost in the Section V finals in 1985. As a freshman, Kim started on the 1982-’83 basketball team. She also played varsity softball as a freshman and went on to be selected team MVP in 1985 and 1986. She was a Wayne County 1st team All-Star in 1985 and 1986, the 1986 Female Athlete of the Year at Lyons Jr. Sr. High School, the recipient of the U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award, and the recipient of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Industrial Management Council’s Lawrence J. McLaughlin Award.

    Kim has three beautiful children and has been married to her husband, Tom, for 23 years. She has worked in the dental field for 25 years, 13 as a Dental Assistant and 12 as a Dental Hygienist.  Kim has since taken a leave of absence from her professional career due to medical reasons. She is currently enjoying a new passion that has become her full-time career.  For the past 7 ½ years, Kim has worked for a Sterling Silver Company called Silpada Designs Jewelry. She manages a team of 30 women from NY, NH, Florida, & Georgia.  She empowers these women to be the best they can be and offers them life-changing opportunities.

    Kim recently received awards for Career Sales, Party Consistency, Exceptional Party Consistency and Exceptional Recruiter.

    Kim has helped coach various sports teams at the LCC, and she has been the treasurer and helped in various areas of the Lyons Youth Baseball and Softball league. Her hobbies include running or taking power walks to stay in shape, camping with her family, traveling around the country, gardening, spending time with girlfriends and going shopping.

    2000 Lady Lions Girls Track Team 

    The 2000 Girls’ Track Team was a veteran squad on a mission, having fallen short in 1999 in their quest for a Sectional and State Title. Led by senior stalwarts Deidre Foster and Laura Olson, along with a strong supporting cast of  talented veterans and young athletes, the Lady Lions went undefeated in the Wayne County League, won several invitational meets and then set eleven Section V Individual and Relay records in winning the Class CC Sectionals. Six girls then qualified in 11 events for the State Meet. The girls won 5 events at the State Meet, along with a second, two third place finishes and a fifth place finish, earning the Lady Lions the Class CD State Championship. Their mission accomplished.

    Team Accomplishments:

    • Wayne County Champions (6-0)
    • Section Five Class CC Champions
    • 11 No. 1 Seeds, 11 Sectional Champions, 11 Section V Class CC & School Records Set
    • Meet of Champions (State Qualifier): 11 Qualifiers (10 Entries)                                        
    • NYSPHSAA: State Meet Class CD Champions (72 pts.)
    • NYSPHSAA:  Academic All-State 

    State Competition Highlights

    • Champions: Dedria Foster (100 & TJ), Celestine Coney (100HH & 400IH), 400m Relay Team (Olson, Wiles, McCray, Foster)
    • Second: Danielle McCray (High Jump)
    • Third: Danielle McCray (Long Jump), Celestine Coney (400m)
    • Fifth: Annie Barbi (Pentathlon)

    Tommy Maine (1958)

    Tommy Maine was a very accomplished athlete at Lyons Jr. Sr. High School. He was a starter on the school’s basketball team for three years. In 1957, he was selected to the 2nd team, All Wayne Finger Lakes, and to the 1st team, All Wayne Finger Lakes, in 1958. During the ’58 season, he was the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 17.4 pts. per game. Tommy was a four-year starter on the baseball team as a pitcher and outfielder. He was the #1 pitcher on the 1958 Wayne Finger Lakes League championship team. He also played football his freshman year.

    Tommy continued his athletic career at the Rochester Business Institute as a guard on the basketball team. He then went on to play professional baseball.

    From 1959-1961, Tommy was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians farm system, where he pitched at the Class B level, and in 1961, he was a pitcher in the New York Yankees farm system, where he ended his baseball career. He became a family man and began a long career working for Xerox.

    Tommy passed away in July 1994 while living in California. Tommy's wife was a Williamson girl named Pam. He has two children: daughter Tracy(age 51) and son Michael (age 48). All three currently live in the Phoenix, Arizona area.