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Steve Wanamaker - 1997
Gained a berth in the Hall in 1997 ... 1973 Nyack H.S. alumus ... intimidating, 6-foot-3, 225-pound middle linebacker described by his coach, Paul Lankau, as “the best to ever play linebacker in Rockland County” ... also starred on the Indians’ baseball team ... in football, he made Honorable Mention All-County as a sophomore, first-team All-County and second-team All-State as a ...Read More

Edward Wanamaker followed in his father’s footsteps as an outstanding athlete and leader at Nyack High School. Now he follows his father Wilbur “Web” Wanamaker, a 2011 inductee, into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. During his formative years Ed’s father, Wilbur, and mother, Bea, encouraged Ed, along with his siblings, Don, Nancy, Tom and Wilbur to become involved a...Read More

Wilbur "Web" Wanamaker - 2011
The acknowledgement of this year’s Old-Timers’ Special Award is long overdue. Wilbur “Web” Wanamaker has had a huge impact on his school, community, and country. Web entered Nyack High School in the fall of 1938 after making his mark at the Upper Nyack Elementary School both in athletics and academics. As a freshman, Web earned a varsity letter on Nyack’s championship...Read More

Homer Wanamaker - 2015
Nyack High School Class of 1971

Homer Wanamaker’s career at Nyack High School was like a highlight reel of the dreams of young athletes. There were team and individual championships and moments young boys play out in their minds over and over, but few get to live.
Such championship performances were not foreign to the Wanamaker family or to the other athletes who hailed from ...Read More

Walt Weiss - 2002
There was nothing magical about Walt Weiss’s rise to professional baseball stardom. It was all about striving with the sweat of honest toil to grab hold of a dream. But because of that exemplary dedication, hard work and hometown pride, many young Rocklanders can now dream of being the next Walt Weiss.

Weiss, a 1982 Suffern High School graduate, never forgot his roots. Although he...Read More

Nyack High School
Class of 1966

Back in the 1960s true athletes played sports every season all
year long. Jerome Whidbee was no exception. For him in the
fall the sport was football, when the winter season came about
Jerome was at home on the basketball court, and in the spring
he spent his days playing shortstop for Nyack High School.
And no matter what te...Read More

Dan White - 2007
Dan White is the third recipient of the Joseph R. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award, and is most deserving. Dan was a proud member of Nyack High School’s championship basketball and tennis teams. The basketball team was three points shy of being undefeated in Rockland County and Dan was undefeated in his senior year in tennis at the first doubles slot.

After graduating from Nyack...Read More

Bill White - 2001
There are certain athletic programs in Rockland County that have developed reputaÂtions as consistently successful, state-caliber systems, year in and year out. The common denominator among those programs is stabiliÂty derived from an established coaching staff. Oftentimes the greater the continuity of the coaching staff, the higher the likelihood of success in the program.

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Shulton Whitley - 2011
The mid- to late 1970s were a golden era for hurdling in the New York-New Jersey area. Names like Renaldo Nehemiah, Paul Lankford and Art Monk – all future NFL stars – are well known to track followers as among the top schoolboys ever to skim the high-hurdle barriers. The competition among these fleet-footed, high-stepping stalwarts elevated the level of achievement to unprecedented he...Read More

Sarah Will - 2000
Where there's a Will, there's a way. When Sarah Will's world came crashing down around her Dec. 15, 1988 on a ski slope in colorado, she could have succumbed to self-pity. Skiing over a maintenance road, she ot her ski stuck in fresh snow, flipped backward and landed on her shoulder. She had broken her spine and lost feeling below her waist.

When you feel suffer catastrophic injury, the...Read More

Emil Willis - 1980
Enshrined in 1980 ... 1932 Spring Valley H.S. graduate ... record-setting football player and champion track runner ... his freshman year, he was a unanimous first-team All-Rockland selection as an offensive end, and helped Spring Valley capture the county championship ... he repeated as first-team All-County end his sophomore year ... was considered the PSAL’s premier punter and best handle...Read More

Nanuet High School Class of 1969

The hurdles have always attracted some of the best athletes in track and field, demanding as they do an amalgam of speed, strength, agility and technique. The high hurdles had just been introduced as an event in RCPSAL competition when Thad Wilson arrived on the Rockland track scene as a Nanuet High School freshman in 1966. But by the time he graduated i...Read More

Blaise Winter - 1998
Inducted in 1998...1980 graduate of TZ H.S...enjoyed an 11-year career as a defensive lineman in the NFL with the Indianaplois Colts, San Diego Chargers, and Green Bay Packers...made the NFL's All-Rookie team with Indianapolis in 1984...spent two-plus seasons with the Colts...then plyed for San Diego for almost two seasons...joined the rebuilding Packers in 1988 and spent three years there before ...Read More

Al Witt - 2014
Former Journal-News Photographer

Al Witt got sports shots that no one else was getting. As a photographer for The Journal-News through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Al captured the drama of athletic competition from angles and with techniques that were considered novel for their time: a long-jumper’s spiked shoes headed straight for the camera lens on descent into the sand...Read More

Mickey Wittman - 1980
Elected in 1980 ... graduated from Nanuet H.S. in 1963 ... three-sport star at Nanuet — football, basketball, baseball — but basketball was his sport ... stands 6-foot-7 ... made All-County in 1962 and 1963 ... was selected to two high school All-America teams ... set what was then the Rockland PSAL record for free throws in a season with 82 in 14 games in 1962 ... attended Los Angeles...Read More

Bob Wolff - 1989
Inducted in 1989 ... South Nyack resident since 1976 ... sports broadcaster since 1946, continues to ply his trade with distinction ... a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, broadcasters’ wing ... exceptionally versatile announcer ... has been at the play-by-play microphone for every major pro championship in the U.S.: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup finals and NBA playof...Read More

Robert “ROBBIE” Woods - 2010
To say that Robbie Woods was a football player or a basketball player would be a gross understatement. Robbie Woods is one of the most gifted athletes ever to set foot on the playing fields and gyms of Rockland County. He excelled in every aspect of sports and athletics that he attempted.

His high school career at Nyack spanned three years and during that time Robbie achieved as much a...Read More

Willie Worsley - 2018
Spring Valley High School

Although he didn’t grow up or attend school in Rockland, Willie Worsley has made a lasting impression in the county with his coaching and youth mentoring activities, and brought fame to Spring Valley and the greater Rockland community through his ground-breaking exploits on the basketball court achieved prior to his move to the county some 45 years ago.Read More

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