Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Albert 'Buzz' Stoetzel (1934)
Buzz Stoetzel was a lifelong Lyons resident and pillar of the community. He is renowned for his tireless support and championing of the community. He was known throughout the county for his weekly article that included photographs and stories of the history of Lyons and its people. Buzz Stoetzel’s Scrapbook ran for twenty years in the Wayne County Star.
Buzz actually got started in the newspaper business after graduating from Lyons Union School. Buzz worked for Joe “Scoop” Berdel at the former Lyons Republican from 1934-36. He then worked nearly 40 years for the railroad prior to his start at the Star in 1980. The Wayne County Museum has displayed a great collection of his research and photographs. His articles have contributed to some biographies for the dinner program for the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame.
Known as "Mr. Baseball of Lyons" to many people. He coached in many local leagues and spent several years as manager of the Little League’s Red Sox. He never tired of attending Lyons High School athletic events and was recognized in 1982 as "Lyons No. 1 Fan."
Mr. Stoetzel passed away in July of last year and is survived by his two sons, Robert and Jim, and his four grandchildren.
Nicholas 'Buck' Forgione (1948)
Nicholas “Buck” Forgione was one of the most outstanding athletes during an era of great Lyons High School teams. He played four years of varsity baseball and football, and three years of varsity basketball. While in high school, Buck played on nine league championship teams.
In football, Buck was a powerful runner that could go inside as well as outside. He was the punter and place kicker. He was the team’s leading scorer and a first team All Wayne Finger Lakes League selection.
In basketball, he was a prolific scorer. His accomplishments included being captain of the Wayne Finger Lakes League All Star Team, the league’s leading scorer, selection to the Democrat & Chronicle Class A Sectional All Star Team and he was named to the All-Greater Rochester First Team.
After high school, Buck continued to excel in sports. He was an outstanding bowler and a former Wayne Hills Country Club Champion. Buck also officiated football for 30 years. He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart and numerous other medals. He married his high school sweetheart, Cecilia Schraffenberger. They raised three daughters and one son.
Buck has held the position of Lyons Village Justice for the past 23 years. He previously was a member of the Lyons School Board, serving both as president and vice president.
Joseph Holly (1962)
Joe was a standout football player who eventually earned a pro tryout. His playing days at Lyons included two seasons on the varsity baseball team as a second baseman. Joe’s three years of varsity basketball will be remembered for dominant rebounding. His play on the football field is where Joe is remembered most. He played varsity for three years and served as co-captain during his junior and senior seasons. Joe credits Coach Burroughs and Coach Blackwell for modeling the lessons he learned during his years at Lyons Central.
Following graduation in 1962, Joe accepted a football scholarship from the University of Buffalo. He played four years of college football and served as captain of the 1965 squad. Joe’s position coach at UB was Buddy Ryan, who would later gain fame as the Defensive Coordinator of the World Champion Chicago Bears and as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
After graduation in the spring of 1966, Joe signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League.
Following his release from the Chargers later that summer, he began a career in the Binghamton City School District that would last for thirty-six years. Joe taught high school Social Studies and coached football, basketball and baseball for eight years before joining the administrative staff. Joe’s final years in education included High School Principal and Director of Pupil Services.
Joe married former Lyons graduate Lorrie Gruschow in 1970 and together raised two children who both worked in education. He and his wife are enjoying retirement in Binghamton.
David Maine (1962)
Dave played varsity basketball and baseball for the Lions. As a member of the basketball squad, Dave was a guard for Coach Blackwell’s teams, which went 37-3 in two seasons. He was named honorable mention All-Wayne Finger Lakes after his senior season.
As a pitcher for the baseball team, Dave was a member of consecutive Wayne County Champions in 1960 and 1961. The 1960 championship team defeated Newark 4-2 late in the season to clinch the title. The marathon game lasted three hours at Perkins Field, where Dave had a run-producing double in the 12th inning that secured the victory. The 1961 team went 11-3 to secure their second straight county title.
After graduation, Dave went to Providence College where he played baseball in 1965 and 1966. He returned to Lyons and coached the American Legion team in 1967 foreshadowing his years to come.
Dave was hired by Manchester-Shortsville Central Schools in 1970 and embarked on a thirty-three year career teaching Social Studies. During his coaching tenure, starting in 1971, his teams compiled an impressive 354 wins against 178 losses. His teams were Finger Lakes West Champions ten times and won Section V Championships in ’74, ’76, ’89, ’98 and ’99. He was voted Section V Class C Coach of the Year in 1998. Dave was inducted into the Manchester-Shortsville Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dave lives in Canandaigua with his wife, Mary, and son, Corey. His nephew John is a starting pitcher for the 2006 Division Champion New York Mets.
Peter Sollenne (1966)
Peter is considered one of the most talented basketball players to have donned a Lyons Lions uniform. He was first team All-League for three years under legendary basketball coach Richard Blackwell. He was the individual scoring leader in the league during his junior and senior seasons. Following the completion of his senior year, he was voted High School Prep All-American by Coach and Athlete magazine.
As one of Lyons' most heavily recruited athletes, Peter was offered numerous scholarships. He committed to Boston College under the guidance of NBA Hall of Famer Bob Cousy who coached the Eagles for six years in the mid 1960’s. Peter played four years of basketball at Boston College and was a member of teams that reached the NIT Finals and the NCAA Regionals in consecutive years.
Peter resides in California and has been married to Patricia (Gravino) for 37 years. They have two children, Justin and Kristin.
Mark Wetmore (1981)
Mark was a very accomplished runner during his high school and college years. His dedication to running today has made him renowned in the world of track and field.
He was a member of the varsity track and field, cross-country and bowling teams throughout high school. Mark was the Wayne County League Champion in cross-country and competed in the NYS Championships in 1980. He graduated with four school records for track and field (three of which still stand today). He was named MVP for both track and cross-country and was named "Most Outstanding Performer" for track.
After graduating as Valedictorian of his class in 1981, Mark attended Cornell University where he was a four-year member of the varsity cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He graduated in 1985 with a degree in History and then attended Boston University’s School of Law, graduating in 1991. Mark has been a member of the Massachusetts’s Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar since 1991.
After a few years as a defense attorney, he started Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc. in September of 1993. The company is one of the leading athlete-representation and event-marketing firms in the world. As President and CEO, his company manages more than seventy athletes from eleven countries, two-thirds of whom competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning an impressive ten medals, including six gold. Its clientele has included more than two dozen Olympic and World Championship medalists as well as four World Cross Country champions and winners of 13 major international marathons.
Mark’s company also produced the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, an annual event telecast on ESPN for the past eleven years. This event is known as one of the premier indoor meets in the world. In 2007, GM&A will produce the most prestigious track meet in the world as the Millrose Games celebrates its 100th Anniversary, which will be telecast on NBC.
Mark lives in Boston although he spends more time traveling across the world promoting athletes and events. Mark’s donation of new track and field uniforms to the school last year reinforced the bond he still has with his alma mater.
Kristen Schott (1993)
Kristen was an all-league performer in basketball and track during her high school years at Lyons Central and made the second team in soccer her senior year. Her basketball accomplishments set the standard at Lyons, where she graduated as the school’s all- time leading scorer with 1,187 career points. She was team MVP twice, was named first team all-league for three years and participated in the Ronald McDonald All-Star game after her senior year. She was also named All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention twice.
Her varsity career in track began as a seventh grader and ended with multiple all-league honors and five individual Section V class C Championships (two in the 400m, two in the 800m, and one 400m hurdles title). She was nicknamed “Most Outstanding Performer” during her junior and senior years. Kristin was a well-rounded student who was a member of National Honor Society, student council, chorus and participated in three musicals.
Following graduation, she headed to Guilford College in North Carolina where she played soccer and basketball and was named "Most Improved" in both after her freshman year. She played one more year of soccer but was the starting point guard for the basketball team all four years and still holds the school record for three-point percentage in a season.
Her love for sports continues as she serves as Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director and Varsity Girls basketball coach at Saint Pius X High School in North Carolina. She also serves as league director and is president of the Lady Gators AAU Basketball Organization.
Mary Lou Wheat (Retired, 2003)
Mary Lou (Carlineo) Wheat, taught in the Lyons Central School District from 1970 until 2003. During her tenure at Lyons, starting with the 1971-72 school year, she was instrumental in the founding of the Girls Athletic Program not only at LCS but also in Wayne County.
She was the first coach for the Lady Lions soccer team, winning the league championship in 1972. The early era of the girl’s basketball team did not lose in their first two seasons and won three consecutive league championships with Coach Wheat at the helm. Under her guidance, the Lady Lions won the school’s first league championship in track. During her career, she also led the cheerleading squad and coached the Lyons Volleyball Team, which reached two Section V Finals.
As a teacher, Mary Lou was twice recognized as Lyons’ teacher of the year and had the LCS Yearbook dedicated to her in 2003. She was involved in the development of the modern day approach to Physical Education, which included the implementation of lifetime sports and introduction of Project Adventure, resulting in the creation of a climbing wall in the Atwood Gymnasium. She also served as President of the Lyons Teachers Association for more than ten years.
Mary Lou remains in Lyons where she is enjoying retirement with her husband Ron. They have two children, Kelly and Casey.