ALL INDUCTEES

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Margie Sahlstron-Jaxel - 2010
When a freshman gets selected to play on the varsity basketball team, usually it’s a big deal. But by the time Margie was a freshman that was old hat; she had already played seven varsity games as an eighth grader. As a ninth grader,
Margie began her four year run as a starter on the varsity team. And what a run it was: she made a clean sweep of All league, All County, and All Section ...Read More

Frank Samoylo - 2004
Frank Samoylo personified the type of student that Albertus Magnus prides itself on developing - conscientious, dedicated, selfeffacing and continually striving for betterment in all aspects of his life. Now a Roman Catholic priest at St. Augustine’s Parish in New City, Samoylo, a 1968 Albertus graduate,can look back on his basketball-playing days with the Falcons and recall an era of togeth...Read More

JOHN SCANLAN - 2006
John  Scanlan can thank Julie D’Agostino for introducing him to wrestling, a sport that Scanlan parlayed into state-caliber greatness at Pearl River in the late 1960s and later a national junior college crown.

As a sixth grader at the William Street School, Scanlan had to stay after and was spotted by D’Agostino, the late wrestling coach and esteemed Pirate mentor, who ...Read More

Chuck Scarpulla - 1987
Inducted in 1987 ... 1959 Pearl River H.S. graduate ... inaugural inductee in Pearl River H.S. Sports Hall of Fame ... made his name as a feared linebacker and hard-hitting center fielder who later starred in football at the University of Rhode Island and successfully coached football at Ramapo H.S., where he has been athletic director since 1973 ... he was co-captain of the 1958 Pearl River footb...Read More

Robert "RED" Schassler* - 1990
1990 inductee…1952 Haverstraw H.S. graduate…top-notch all-around athlete who derived his greatest notoriety as a baseball pitcher…turned down full scholarships to North Carolina State, Colgate, Michigan State and Fordham to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers…also had turned down a bonus offer from the New York Yankees…playing for Class C Great Falls, Mont., he charte...Read More

JODI SCHLESINGER SALSBERG - 2013
Someday, a Rockland County athlete may eclipse Jodi Schlesinger Salsberg’s records.

That athlete might have to suspend the laws of gravity to do it, though.

How else to follow a celestial act that hasn’t remotely been approached, never mind replicated? Bounding into triple-jump immortality, here was Jodi – far from the fleetest, tallest or strongest athlete ...Read More

Jim Schnaars - 1978
Elected in 1978 ... attended Congers H.S. for one year, 1936, before attending prep school in Connecticut ... gained renown as an amateur and pro tennis standout…at  age 20, he played in the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships, losing a five-set marathon to the country’s fourth-ranked player in the second round…qualified for those national championships every yea...Read More

RICHARD SCHUMACHER* - 2014
Suffern High School Class of 1966
During the 1960’s multiple sport athletes were more of the norm than the oddity. But multiple sport All County athletes were something special. Richard Schumacher was something special; a two time All County football player, a two time Rockland County heavyweight wrestling champion, plus a Section 9 champion and the All County catcher on Suffern’s...Read More

Abe Schuster - 1990
1990 honoree ... 1947 Spring Valley H.S. graduate ... pillar of the wrestling community in Rockland for five decades ... his stature was achieved through various roles: athlete, coach, official, athletic administrator ... two-time Rockland County champion for Spring Valley, winning at 103 pounds his sophomore year and at 120 his senior year, and going undefeated both years ... placed second at 95 ...Read More

Victor Shankey - 1981
Entered in 1981 ... graduated from Haverstraw H.S., circa 1900 ... baseball player known for his prodigious home runs ... at Fordham University, he played football and baseball ... as a pitcher for the Rams, he formed one of the metropolitan area's top collegiate batteries with his brother, Joe... he also was a first baseman ... a powerful 6-foot-3, 230 pounds ... he played minor league baseball i...Read More

Gus Shankey - 1977
Inducted in 1977 ... graduated from Haverstraw H.S. in 1917 ... former professional and semipro baseball player ... at Haverstraw, he starred in baseball, football, basketball and track ... spent two years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. ... at RPI his sophomore year, he was starting quarterback on the football team, a starting forward in basketball and batted a team-leading .425...Read More

Donald "POP" Sherwood - 1975
Enshrined in 1975 ... 1915 graduate of Spring Valley H.S. ... gained a berth in the Hall of Fame in the non-participant category ... longtime official and sportswriter ... was prominent in Rockland County sports for more than 50 years ... began his athletic involvement as a baseball and basketball player at Spring Valley High ... then became an official, and for many years he was one of the county...Read More

Ira Shuttleworth - 1978
Gained induction in 1978 ... Pearl River H.S. coach from 1927 to 1956, and the school's athletic director from 1927 to 1960 ... known as "Coach" or "Uncle Ira" ... during his long coaching tenure, Shuttleworth's teams won or shared 23 championships in football, basketball and baseball, and compiled an aggregate record of 380 wins, 273 losses and 11 ties ... he also coached track and girls' basketb...Read More

Walt Sickles - 1983
Installed in 1983 ... 1936 Pearl River H.S. alumnus ... outstanding football and baseball player in high school and college ... captained both sports at Pearl River in 1935 and 1936 ... was an All-County running back and exceptional pitcher ... in his last high school baseball game, he struck out 17 en route to victory over Spring Valley ... received a football scholarship to Bordentown Military A...Read More

STEVE SILVERBERG - 2016
Ramapo High School Class of 1975

Steve Silverberg was a dominant four-year varsity wrestler at Ramapo High School under legendary coach Tom Canty. In 1975, Steve’s career culminated in a New York State championship and he was named a high school All-American. He was a four-time Rockland County tournament champion and twice a Section 9 champion. During his high school career Steve ...Read More

Al Simonds - 1996
Elected in 1996 ... graduated from Nyack H.S. in 1956 ... nicknamed "Snookie" ... fine three-sport athlete who, at 5-foot-8, 135 pounds, was one of the better "little men" in Rockland scholastic sports ... he earned nine varsity letters ... was a three-year starter in basketball and as a shortstop in baseball, and was the football quarterback as a junior and senior ... garnered five All-County ber...Read More

Kris Snider - 2002
When Suffern's lacrosse program was just starting to earn its stripes as a dynasty in the making in the early 1970s under Coach John Orlando, no Mountie player figuratively carried a bigger stick than Kris Snider. Suffern’s first lacrosse superstar and one of the finest in Rockland history, Snider—a two-time Rockland Player of the Year—put his definitive stamp on the county recor...Read More

Patty Dillon Solliday - 1989
1989 inductee ... 1974 Clarkstown South H.S. alumna ... came from an athletic family, and made her mark in swimming ... U.S national champion, three-mile swim, 1972 ... 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles, nine of them senior championships, and 17 AAU records ... four-time All-America at Virginia Commonwealth University ... undefeated three of her four collegiate seasons ... 1974 New York State...Read More

LINDA SOTO - 2016

North Rockland High School Class of 1984

In the early part of the new century, Linda Soto and her immediate family were making so many trips to Florida to visit assorted relatives that by 2005 it just made sense to move there.

Now she lives about 1,200 miles from North Rockland High School, where she pitched herself and her team to glory in the first half of the 1980s.<...Read More

John Sottile - 2009
After a highly successful high school career at our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, where he was an All County football and baseball selection, John Sottile entered Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He was the starting centerfielder in the late 60’s for the Seahawks in the highly competitive Division I Met Conference against such perennial powerhouses as St. John’...Read More

Mike Sparago - 2010
Mike Sparago is a rarity - an outstanding hockey player who played three sports in high school, and excelled in all three. This Suffern High School graduate started on Suffern’s renowned varsity hockey team as an 8th grader, being only the second 8th grader to ever make the team. Mike played 5 years of varsity hockey for Coach John Orlando and along the way was voted All County 3 times. He w...Read More

Marty Springstead - 1996
Elected in 1996 ... Garnerville native ... Major League Baseball umpire for 20 years, working in the American League ... since 1986, Executive Director of Umpiring for the American League ... umpired three World Series    1973 (Mets-Athletics), when he was behind the plate in Game 7, 1978 (Yankees-Dodgers) and 1983 (Orioles-Phillies) ... also umpired three All-Star Games (1969, 1975...Read More

Joe St. Lawrence - 1985
1985 Hall of Fame inductee ... arrived in Rockland in 1942, as Suffern H.S. athletic director and football coach ... outstanding athlete, coach and sports ambassador and pioneer ... as Suffern track and cross country coach from 1945 to 1964, he led the Mounties to six Rockland PSAL titles, five Section 9 track crowns and one sectional cross-country title ... his football teams won or shared three ...Read More

Tim St. Lawrence - 2008
When looking at the history of Track and Field in Rockland County, one cannot avoid frequent encounters with the surname St. Lawrence. Joe St. Lawrence was the 25-year coach of Suffern High's Track team from the 1940's through the mid 60's, before entering the state legislature and later serving as the County Treasurer. His sons all embraced his enthusiastic love of Track and Field and excelled ea...Read More

Jim Stamos - 1987
Inducted in 1987 ... 1956 Spring Valley H.S. graduate ... earned 10 varsity letters in three sports ... made first-team All-County four times, led the Tigers to three Rockland championships ... at Hofstra, earned five varsity letters, was football team's MVP as a senior running back and defensive back in 1963, and gained All-America honors as a lacrosse defenseman his junior year … Stamos h...Read More

John Stephens - 2016
North Rockland High School Class of 1989

If it weren’t for the late Bob Murphy, John Stephens might never have laid eyes on a shot-put circle, let along become one of the greatest practitioners of that event in Rockland history. As a ninth grader at North Rockland, John had visions of going out for football in the fall – which he did – as well as wrestling in the winte...Read More

Bob Strack - 1987
Installed in 1987 ... Haverstraw H.S., Class of 1952 ... premier running back who was a threat to score on every carry ... for many years was the yardstick that Haverstraw/North Rockland running backs were measured by ... four-year varsity football letterman, three times first-team All-County... Rockland's Player of the Year his junior and senior years ... he led the Rockland PSAL in scoring three...Read More

CHARLES “JUMBO” STRACK - 2003
Inducted in 2003 in the Old-Timers Special Award category … 1918 Spring Valley H.S. graduate … one of the greatest athletes Rockland has ever produced … Rockland’s only two-time Olympian … made the U.S. Olympic wrestling team for the 1924 Games in Paris and the 1928 Games in Amsterdam … wrestled in the light-heavyweight (198-pound) category … was pre...Read More

Dan Sullivan - 2012
To be a member of a sports hall of fame is a great honor; to be a member of three sports halls of fame is remarkable. The induction into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame this year culminates the athletic career and life that Dan Sullivan lived. Dan made his everlasting mark upon everyone with whom he came in contact.

Dan was a multi-sport athlete at Albertus Magnus, competing for...Read More

Dawn Surgie - 2012
In an era where the one-sport specialist is the norm, Dawn Sugrue was a throwback to another time. Whichever sport she attempted, Dawn was very successful, not only on the county level, but statewide and nationally. As a competitor at Ramapo High School, Dawn was the captain of her team and a first- team All-County athlete in all three seasons. In her senior year Dawn was voted as the Scholar-Athl...Read More

Gibby Sweet - 1999
Where to begin with the athletic exploits of William Gibson "Gibby" Sweet? His state wrestling championship? His blistering quarter-mile speed in track? His All-America statues in collegiate wrestling? His three county team titles an 87-10 record as a wrestling coach? His founding of three scholarship programs as well as his high school's hall of fame?

The resume is long and accomplishm...Read More

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