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Mohon honors past athletes

Five inducted into district's Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremony

Five individuals from Mohonasen Central School District's sports past were honored during the 2nd annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, which highlighted the richness of the district's sports history and family-like bond that unites the community.

The ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Draper Middle School highlighted a former softball and bowling star, former coach and athlete, and standouts from baseball, basketball and football. As honorees and their family members and school officials entered they grabbed a bite to eat while chatting with old friends. Before the ceremony started there was a slideshow compiled of photographs and newspaper articles about the honorees athletic career during Mohonasen and at colleges and universities. The five inductees were Bill Gold, Mohonasen employee from 1968 to 2000; Debbie Capullo, class of 1990; Jim Danton, class of 1971; Dan Lucca, class of 1965 and Bruce Wheeler, class of 1966.

It is not just a special for our class, I received a lot of thank yous from our new inductees, but I think it is more special for our school district, said Joseph Scalise, athletic director for Mohonasen High School. "We are proud to have these individuals as part of our school and it is time to recognize them for their accomplishments."

In 2008, as the district approached their 50th anniversary, the district decided to create the school's Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised of nine individuals that range from former coaches, current coaches, former players and current school officials.

"These five individuals that you are going to meet this evening are arguably the best athletes at their respective sports played at Mohonasen," said Scalise. "They are the leaders that every coach desires and just hopes to have one year during their coaching career. We also have a coach whose leadership in the clubhouse put the program on the map."

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