ALL INDUCTEES

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Jeanette Paddock - 1983
Elected in 1983 ... graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1959 ... was a teacher and coach for 19 years, mostly in Colorado ... coached tennis, volleyball, track and field, and gymnastics ... director of the swim program at Nyack Field Club 1961 to 1965 ... at Spring Valley she was named Outstanding Senior Girl Athlete ... in a high school CYO basketball game, she once scored 50 points in a game .....Read More

Brit Patterson - 1980
Inducted in 1980 ... 1936 Pearl River H.S. alumnus ... four-sport athlete who was a primary contributor to five Rockland Public School Athletic League team championships in his junior and senior years ... Patterson earned 15 varsity letters during his high school athletic career ... was named All-County seven times in four sports: three times in basketball, twice in foot-ball, and once each in tra...Read More

Bill Perry - 1982
Became a Hall of Famer in 1982 ... graduated from Nyack H.S. in 1931 ... member of a family whose roots trace back several generations in Nyack ... great all-round athlete who especially excelled in basketball ... one of the premier basketball players of his era, a standout playmaker and scorer ... as a youth at St. Ann’s Grammar School in Nyack, he competed on the hardwood against semipro t...Read More

Leon Pesner - 2005
Leon Pesner is being honored tonight for his many years of dedication and devotion to the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. He began his service for The Hall of Fame, shortly after it was founded by Joe Holland in 1973-74, when he became a member of the first Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame executive committee. Never one to sit back in his life, Leon took charge right away, selling tickets ...Read More

Joseph “BISCUIT” Picarello - 1992
Installed in 1992 ... 1952 Haverstraw H.S. graduate ... baseball, football and basketball standout ... played four years of varsity baseball, earning All-County recognition twice ... three years of varsity football, making second team All-County his junior year and unanimous first team All-County his senior season ... he also played two years of varsity basketball and gained a berth on the All-Cou...Read More

Nick Picarello - 2015
Haverstraw High School
Boxer, Bowler, Little League Coordinator

Being a three-sport athlete at the old Haverstraw High School was just the start of Nick Picarello’s lifelong impact on sports in Rockland. Like so many high school athletes, the major sports were the immediate appeal and Nick excelled at football, basketball and baseball, filling each season of his school year w...Read More

Howie Pierson - 1974
Charter Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1974 ... 1954 Tappan Zee H.S. alumnus ... one of the most accomplished of all Rockland athletes ... multi-talented scholastic athlete, college baseball star, pro baseball player, amateur golf champion, outstanding coach, physical education teacher and athletic director ... at Tappan Zee, was awarded 13 letters in four sports and merited All-Rockland honors ...Read More

Paul Pietropaolo - 2008
Paul Pietropaolo’s interest in wrestling began at home. His older brother, Jim, would come home after wrestling practice and try out all his new moves on Paul and his brothers. Most evenings, the living room furniture would be cleared away and the boys would “go at it”. This fraternal competition, combined with Nanuet’s Saturday morning wrestling program, gave Paul his star...Read More

JAMES POLLARD - 2006
“Frank Merriwell-The All American Boy in the Button-down Collar”, that’s how Jim was described by the Alumni Director of his alma mater, Springfield College. Jim played a different sport every season, and excelled at all of them. This 1963 graduate of Spring Valley High School lettered in football, basketball and track every year, and was the captain of each of these three sports...Read More

Norinne Powers - 2002
When Norinne Powers was on her game—which is to say, virtually any time she stepped on the basketball court—few players could thwart her scoring moves. Powers, a 6-foot-2 center for Nanuet High School, could create scoring opportunities as well as just about anyone in Rockland scholastic girls’ basketball history.

By the time she graduated in 1989, Powers had establish...Read More

Dennis Pozsar - 1997
Elected in 1997 ... graduated from Clarkstown H.S. in 1959 ... winningest soccer coach in Rockland scholastic history with 275 victories ... has coached the Rams’ soccer team since 1963 ... his teams won the championship of Section 9 (Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan counties) in 1964, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1982 and 1983 ... he also owns the distinction of coaching his teams to league titles 3...Read More

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