Hal Cohen†††††††††† Canton††††††††††††††††† 1976

Tom Dupre†††††††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 1977

Marty Buckingham††† Harrisville†††††††††††† 1978

Jim Myers, Jr.††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1979

Greg Ferguson†††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1980

John Fullerton††††† Parishville-Hopkinton†† 1981

Charlie Fleury††††† Malone††††††††††††††††† 1982

Tom Leonard†††††††† Gouverneur††††††††††††† 1983

Dan Michalak††††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1984

Dave Dawley†††††††† Madrid-Wadd†††††††††††† 1985

Mark Simpson††††††† Canton††††††††††††††††† 1986

Scott Henry†††††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1987 (Tie)

Brent Knight††††††† Lisbon††††††††††††††††† 1987 (Tie)

Tim Lamay†††††††††† Brushton-Moira††††††††† 1988

Don Carlisto††††††† Chateaugay††††††††††††† 1989

Mark Duncan†††††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1990

Justin Shope††††††† Massena†††††††††††††††† 1991

Mike Harrison†††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 1992 (Tie)

Jon Bardeschewski†† Hermon-Dekalb†††††††††† 1992 (Tie)

Jeff Falardeau††††† Lisbon††††††††††††††††† 1993

Dan Almasy††††††††† Norwood-Norfolk†††††††† 1994

Josh Tehonica†††††† Heuvelton†††††††††††††† 1995

Ed Jenack†††††††††† Harrisville†††††††††††† 1996

Jeremy Nelson†††††† Hammond†††††††††††††††† 1997 (Tie)

Nate Lucas††††††††† Brushton-Moira††††††††† 1997 (Tie)

Matt Brabaw†††††††† Hermon-Dekalb†††††††††† 1998

Eric LaValley†††††† Potsdam†††††††††††††††† 1999

Tom Wears†††††††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 2000

Omri Ayalon†††††††† Potsdam†††††††††††††††† 2001 (Tie)

Sean Backus†††††††† Lisbon††††††††††††††††† 2001 (Tie)

Corey Smith†††††††† Gouverneur††††††††††††† 2002

Scott Mitchell††††† Brushton-Moira††††††††† 2003

Travis LaRock†††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 2004

Ryan White††††††††† St. Lawrence††††††††††† 2005 (Tie)

Mike McDonough††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 2005 (Tie)

Derek Marshall††††† Malone††††††††††††††††† 2006

Michael Baker†††††† Ogdensburg††††††††††††† 2007

Brad Dumont†††††††† Chateaugay††††††††††††† 2008

Drew Boyea††††††††† Chateaugay††††††††††††† 2009

 

In 2000, all former Joe Jukoski Award winners were contacted and asked to respond to an update survey. Following is the year and winner of the first 25 award recipients. They are a classy group.

Recent recipients may e-mail a response to the same questions to kcring@twcny.rr.com

 

1976 HAL COHEN

CANTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Syracuse University 1976-1980

Upstate Medical Center School 1980-1984

Upstate Medical Center Radiology Res. 1984-1988

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Wife - Barbara, 15 years

4 daughters Stephanie Age 13

Allison Age 11; Brittany Age 10; Jessica Age 7

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Associate Professor of Radiology at University Hospital in Syracuse

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School athletics was truly the most memorable time in my life. My most exciting and rewarding times in sports were playing for Coach Hourihan and the Canton Golden Bears. Most of the players on our team began playing together in third grade and culminated in a championship our senior season. My greatest moment in sports at any level was watching Jim Ferguson make the winning basket at the buzzer against OFA in the league championship game. Through athletics we had developed such great friendships and to see a friend who did not always receive the credit he deserved come through in such a crucial situation was and always will be very special. Representing the town of Canton also was very special. I will always remember the fan loyalty and support, packed gyms, the cheerleaders and the large bear rolled out before every game. To see your family and friends cheering you on while sitting amongst a hostile crowd at an opponents gymnasium was inspirational. To have your parents pat you on the back and give you words of encouragement following a loss or to see the shear pride in your parentsí that I have always treasured.

High school athletics provided so many great experiences and now I am very fortunate I will be able to relive those memories as my daughters now enter high school.

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1977 TOM DUPRE

OGDENSBURG FREE ACADEMY

 

EDUCATION

B.S. US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

M.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Wife - Connie (Kiah) Dupre Formerly from Ogdensburg

Nicholas (Age 14); Tyler (Age 10)

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Air Force

currently stationed in Arlington, Virginia

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

I Enjoyed the camaraderie. It also gave me the opportunity to play against some of the best athletes ever to play in the North Country such as NBA player and now Indiana Pacer coach, Rick Carlisle, major league pitcher Jim Ace Deshaies and Syracuse standout, Hal Cohen.

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1978 MARTY BUCKINGHAM

HARRISVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL

(No Reply )

 

 

1979                    JIM MYERS

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION:

Canton College of Technology

Oswego State University

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Wife - Donna

Daughters - Paige (Age 12)

Alexa (Age 9)

Son - Troy (Age 5)

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Corrections Officer N.Y.S. D.O.C.

Substitute Teacher in Massena School District

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

My high school athletic career gave me self confidence that I have applied to all aspects of my life. I met many wonderful people through interscholastic sports and many of these friendships continue to this day!

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1980 GREG FERGUSON

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Potsdam State University College

B.A. in Computer Science - Masters in Mathematics

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married for the past 10 years.

Currently reside in Hunt Valley, Maryland

(Approximately 20 miles north of the city of Baltimore)

My wife and I have 2 wonderful boys: Eric is 9 years old and in the 4th grade; Scott is 6 years old and is in 1st grade.

Both are active in sports including soccer, basketball and baseball. I have been coaching as well and stay involved with the local recreation program.

JOB and CAREER STATUS

After graduating from Potsdam College I immediately took a job in California with Hewlett-Packard as a junior computer programmer. I spent 6 years with HP and then left for a smaller company called Silicon Graphics, Inc. SGI is probably best known for producing the computer equipment that is used to create many of the special effects you see on television and in the movies. Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode 1, The Mummy, etc. - all utilized SGI equipment to assist in the creation of their films. Since joining SGI Iíve been involved in many different software projects; primarily leading teams of engineers in the design and development phases. In 1998 I was granted the title of Principal Engineer. Outside of SGI, I also work as a computer consultant; doing primarily internet related work and focusing on electronic commerce.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

I will always have nothing but fond memories of my days as a high school athlete. Looking back, I can say without question those where indeed some of the best times of my life. The sense of belonging to a team, functioning as a singular unit; and the strong competitiveness amongst rivals brought with it lessons that directly carried over into other parts of my life. Teamwork, intensity, a winning attitude, compassion, humility and discipline were all characteristics that were molded during my time as a high school athlete.

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1981 JOHN FULLERTON

PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

B.A. Physics from SUNY Potsdam

B.S. Civil Engineering - Clarkson Univeristy - Air Force ROTC

B.S. Meteorology - Penn State - Air Force ROTC

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary - Sinona Minnesota

JOB CAREER STATUS

Roman Catholic Priest

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEAN TO ME

All around fitness is very important, both mental and physical. School athletics plays an important part, obviously in the physical, but also in the mental as they help keep the mind healthy.

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1982 CHARLIE FLEURY

FRANKLIN ACADEMY, MALONE

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

BA in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam

MS in Applied Mathematics from UMASS at Lowell

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married in 1997 to Ann Leicht, formerly of Malone

No children yet. Residing in Hudson, MA

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Software Engineering Manager

Raytheon Company, since 1986

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

What can I say, high school athletics was my life as a teenager. I was a 3 sport athlete at FA; football, basketball and golf. As you know, there isnít much to do growing up in the North Country, so sports is pretty much all we had other than family. I always thrived on the competition and team camaraderie. High school athletics fostered discipline, teamwork and even leadership as point guard of the basketball team, and quarterback of the football team. In fact, they are the very same qualities that have helped make my engineering career a success to date. Winning the Section 10 Basketball title for the 2nd year in a row, going undefeated, and receiving the Joe Jukoski in my senior year was definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life. To this day, I still bump into parents and fans who reminisce about the 1982 FA basketball team, and Iím proud to have been a part of it. Without high school athletics, these memories wouldnít be possible.

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1983 TOM LEONARD

GOUVERNEUR CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

CANTON ATC, US MARINE CORPS

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married in 1993 to Pam Whitton

one daughter - Colleen Leigh - born 6-4-99

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Currently working for Kinney Drugs Distribution Center

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

Teamwork (to work with different types of people to reach common goals); sense of discipline (which carried over into life in that you have to set goals but have a path to get there; which is attained through discipline); responsibility (both to self and to others, others counting on you as well).

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1984 DAN MICHALAK

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

I attended Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida on a baseball/basketball scholarship. The seasons overlapped so I chose basketball and played four years of varsity ball. I graduated with a degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. I decided I would like to teach so I went back for a semester of class work and a semester of student teaching - in mathematics.

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married to Heather Marx (eight years) and have two children

Mitchell 4 years old; Sydney Ryann nine months old

JOB AND CAREER STATUS

I have taught math at Discovery Middle School, Orange County, Florida (Orlando) for ten years and have coached high school basketball - 6A at University High School

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics provided me with great experiences and valuable life skills. I was fortunate to have excellent coaches who gave of their time and talent to make a difference in a lot of lives. Their instruction and counsel made it possible for me to receive a college scholarship.

There were many lasting memories and friendships gained through athletic competition, also: The greatest honor of my career at Norwood-Norfolk was being selected to receive the Joe Jukoski Award. Not only was I in the company of fine individuals who had received the award previously, and those in contention that year, but itís hard to put into words the feeling knowing you were selected because of scholarship; leadership, and ability by the officials who see you in all types of situations through four years of competition! Iíll always be grateful.

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1985 DAVE DAWLEY

MADRID-WADDINGTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Potsdam State University College

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married with 4 children

Wife - Martina Children - Monika, Micky, Seya, Riley

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Firefighter/EMT at Tohono Oídham Fire Department

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

I think high school athletics are very helpful in obtaining the discipline needed to survive in todayís world. I learned the value of teamwork, camaraderie, fair play, leadership and many other qualities that are needed in all aspects of life. Plus it was fun!!!)

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1986 MARK SIMPSON

CANTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

B.A. from Duke University - Durham, North Carolina

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

I married my college sweetheart in 1992. We have 2 children

Son, Cameron - 4Ĺ years old; Daughter, Mackenzi - 17 months.

JOB and CAREER STATUS

I recently rejoined my brother, Peter, as CEO of our company; Traffic Safety & Equipment Co., Inc. Prior to that my wife and I started and ran a non-profit childrenís museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We now live in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

I can easily say that athletics was the single most defining factor of my growth and development as a young adult. My life long friends and fondest memories were all forged through athletics. Leadership skills, teamwork and dedication are all traits that I acquired through sports. I canít think of a single characteristic that I possess as an adult that wasnít somehow affected by my being an athlete. And of all the honors and awards I have received, the Joe Jukoski Award truly meant the most to me since its ideals and principles focused on the person as a whole, not just the athlete.

 

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1987 SCOTT HENRY

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

AS - Business Administration - Jefferson Community College

BA - English with Management Minor - SUNY Geneseo

Some undergraduate work earned at Humboldt State University (Northern California)

Some graduate course work earned - Salisbury State University (east coast Maryland)

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Currently I am a Property and Casualty Claims Adjuster with Prudential Insurance.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics -- I can think of no singular experience other than high school sports that could define those years, and those memories stay with you. The value of such an experience cannot be overstated. All of the good things that people point out about sports (particularly high school athletics), what life lessons can be learned, all of those positives are true to the nth degree. The list is long ... sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility, discipline, etc. But for me, competing in team sports was all about camaraderie and the relationships you build with others in the ďarenaĒ of high school athletics. I speak not only of relationships with teammates, opponents, coaches, teachers, and referees, but also about how the experience spills over from the high schools themselves to the community at large and ends up being shared with a great many different people. And, let us not forget, would not be possible without the support of all of the families involved. I feel blessed to have been a part of it all.

 

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1987 BRENT KNIGHT

LISBON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Physical Therapy degree from University at Buffalo

Manual Therapy certification from Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute

MARTIAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married Deborah Morgan

Two children Maia 3 years old; Ethan 1 year old

JOB and CAREER STATUS

I am in private practice in Potsdam NY with Gary Hoose, PT

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High school athletics allowed me to learn the value of teamwork and the benefits of being physically fit. My desire to continue to strive toward a regular exercise regimen in my adult life was founded in my earlier high school experiences. I learned leadership skills that have carried over into my professional career. I believe that these early experiences were instrumental in helping me to achieve success and a better quality of life as an adult.

 

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1988 TIM LAMAY

BRUSHTON-MOIRA CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Bachelorís in Elementary Education at SUNY, Plattsburgh

Masters in Instructional Technology at SUNY Potsdam

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married to Kelly (Fisher) Lamay in 1993

Two children: Timmy Jr. Age 5; Austin Age 3

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Currently teaching 6th grade at St. Regis Falls Central School (5th year); Coach Varsity Basketball at Franklin Academy in Malone (5th year)

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics was, and still is, an integral part of my life. Although I didnít realize it then, high school athletics provided a basis for life: team work, dedication, sportsmanship (or dealing with others), and hard work. As a coach I try to emphasize these points to my players and try to provide as many of life lessons through sports as possible.

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1989 DON CARLISTO

CHATEAUGAY CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

B.A. from Potsdam State

M.S.T. from Potsdam State

MARITAL STATUS and CHILDREN

Married, wife Angie

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Middle School English Teacher at Saranac Lake Central School

Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Saranac Lake Central School

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics opened doors for me and afforded me opportunities that I might not have otherwise encountered.

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1990 MARK DUNCAN

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1995

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Recreation Supervisor - Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Croton-Harmon High School

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics has played a vital part in my life. Things like being able to work together as a team to utilizing time management efficiently both on and off the playing field/court. The skills that I learned then are skills that I implement into daily activity now. I strongly encourage all students to participate in high school athletics.

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1991 JUSTIN SHOPE

MASSENA CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Clarkson University - B.S. Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Service Coordinator at Midlakes Communications Corp.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

Playing basketball in high school gave me a chance to continue something I loved doing. I loved the competition of going to battle with the same group of guys and competing against other schools. The time I spent playing sports gave my friends and I countless memories, many that we still talk about when we get together.

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1992 MICHAEL HARRISON

OGDENSBURG FREE ACADEMY

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Graduated cum laude in 1996 from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S. in Human Services

Graduated summa cum laude in 1999 from Western Michigan University with a MSW - master in social work.

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

1. I joined Americorps/VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in July 1996 and worked for one year in Augusta, Maine for the Maine Department of Conservation as the coordinator of volunteer services. 2. I re-joined Americorps/VISTA in June 1999 after completing my MSW degree and am currently working in Boston, MA for Emerson College as the coordinator of service learning. I will be looking for full time employment in a college setting in June of 2000. I am hoping to return to the North Country.

 

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

Being able to play basketball for OFA during my high school years afforded me the opportunity to begin to develop lifetime skills that will continue to serve me as my life develops. Sports gave me a start in learning and developing two skills that are invaluable: leadership and teamwork. A person must learn to follow before one can lead. As my high school career developed, I was gradually able to understand what it meant to be a leader, and when given the opportunity, I was able to become a leader of my team and to encourage my teammates to do their very best. I also learned that much can be accomplished when twelve individuals work cohesively for a common purpose. I have had many chances as an Americorps/VISTA volunteer to utilize and hone these two qualities that I had begun to develop during my high school athletic career. I rarely remember the wins and losses, but I do remember how I strived to lead the team to work hard in order to reach a collective goal. I still feel gratitude that my coach, Bill Merna, gave me the chance to be team captain and to work with the team so that, together, we could reach our potential.

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1992 R. JONATHAN BARDESCHEWSKI

HERMON-DEKALB CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

B.S. St. Lawrence University

Major - Sports and Leisure Studies, Minor - Psychology

One year of graduate work at SLU in General Studies (Education)

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Independent contractor in Breckenridge, Colorado

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics meant the world to me. I learned many lessons of life at an early age because of competing - how to prepare, how to set goals, commit and achieve and how to cope with both success and failure. High school athletics motivated

and excited me. It has given me enduring friendships and wonderful moments and memories.

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1993 JEFFREY FALARDEAU

LISBON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Potsdam State University - May 1998

Bachelor of Arts - Industrial Labor Relations

Indiana State University - May 2000

Masters of Science - Sports Management

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Currently interning within the athletic department at Potsdam State University

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High School Athletics was the most important experience in my life because it taught me a lesson working with others to reach a common goal. Also it helped me develop close kinship with all of my peers.

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1994 DAN ALMASY

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Potsdam State University - 1994-98

BA in Industrial and Labor Relations (Communications Minor)

Internship - 1998 National Labor Relations Board - Buffalo, NY

University of Illinois 1999-2000

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations

MARITAL STATUS:

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

I will complete Masterís program in May, 2000. Recently I finished the graduate interviewing process with 15-20 Fortune 500 Corporations who are searching for Labor Relations Specialists and Human Resource Generalists. I will accept an offer no later than February, hopefully moving back to the east coast.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

What high school athletics meant to me is really indescribable. As dramatic as it may sound, high school athletics was the vehicle that has accounted for most of my major educational and career aspirations. Through high school athletics I was introduced to college athletics at SUNY Potsdam, which simultaneously introduced me to my current career in Labor Relations. As important as this is, the greatest thing of high school sports is the friendships you develop throughout the North Country. I canít begin to count the number of quality friendships Iíve acquired through athletics. Either it be Jeff Falardeau, Fred Foster, Jeff Ventiqquatro or Missy West, the friendships are each unique and precious. Of course the excitement of dropping 30 or 40 points against a cross - county rival, or winning a Section Championship in a shoot-out is unbelievable, although these accomplishments are short lived and hard to come by, it is the friendships that prevail.

My advice to any high school athlete: Build as many inter-school friendships as possible with athletes, coaches or officials, male or female. Also, keep any and all clippings and articles about your individual and team accomplishments. When itís all said and done with thatís all you have left. Lastly, donít let anything short of a disaster keep you from continuing your education. Although expensive, college makes you a stronger and more rounded individual ... besides, all loans can be paid back

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1995 JOSH TECHONICA

HEUVELTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Three years at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Two years at University of Vermont in Burlington, VT

Self designed major in Sports Management

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

I am a student in my senior year at college.

Playing baseball for University of Vermont

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High school athletics provided me with the opportunity to learn aspects of team work, dedication, and desire. The positive qualities I have taken away from high school athletics are used in my everyday activities.

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1996 EDWARD JENACK

HARRISVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Two years at Jefferson Community College

Currently at State University at Albany

Major in Criminal Justice

MARITAL STATUS

Married in 2003, wifeís name Jessica.

JOB and CAREER STATUS

I am presently working for the New York State Police

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

My athletic career in high school had a big effect in my life. It showed me that the harder I work at something, the better I will be at it. I never thought I could win the Jukoski Award, but because of hard work and not letting up I accomplished something I never thought possible. More importantly I learned how to earn respect. By showing other players and referees respect, I was able to earn theirs. It was an honor to play for a school with such a great basketball tradition for such a great coach.

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1997 NATE LUCAS

BRUSHTON-MOIRA CENTRAL SCHOOL

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1997 JEREMY NELSON

HAMMOND CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Two years at Jefferson Community College with a two year math/science degree. I played basketball for two years there. I am now attending Oswego State - Red Shirt, 1999-2000 year

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Plan to become an elementary teacher/athletic coach.

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

To pursue a career in athletics during high school was an important goal. It was a way to come together as a team and to prepare yourself better for life to come. There was nothing more exciting than playing in front of a crowd of Section X fans and trying to excel in front of them especially in something so pure as basketball. Strength, agility, competition, and the creation of new friends is what every athlete should try and bring to the court. Now that I have played, and then passed on, one thing I would tell all young athletes is to savor every moment possible and always go 110%, because it goes fast and you canít be young forever.

 

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1998 MATTHEW BRABAW

HERMON-DEKALB CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

Sophmore at Clarkson University studying Biology and Pre-Physical Therapy

MARITAL STATUS

Recently engaged to Jessica Riley

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High school athletics was a big role in my life. While playing high school sports it taught me perseverance, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, and dedication. These attributes have proven to be valuable tools as I go through life. Some of my fondest memories will be the times I stepped foot on the baseball diamond and basketball court at Hermon-DeKalb Central School bringing entertainment to our loyal fans.

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1999 ERIC LAVALLEY

POTSDAM CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

POST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

I am currently a freshman at SUNY Potsdam

MARITAL STATUS

Single

JOB and CAREER STATUS

Currently a pharmacy technician, with plans of transferring to Albany College of Pharmacy

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEANT TO ME

High school athletics has played a vital role in the person I have become today. Keeping my body fit and strong, and my mind clear and focused are just a few of the aspects I take from athletics. It has taught me sportsmanship, leadership, and has given me a sense of competitiveness. These are skills I take from high school athletics that not only affect the way I play sports, but the way I live.

 

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2000        TOM WEARS

OGDENSBURG FREE ACADEMY

 

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2001        OMRI AYALON

POTSDAM

 

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2001 SEAN BACKUS

LISBON

 

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2002        COREY SMITH

GOUVERNEUR

 

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2003        SCOTT MITCHELL

BRUSHTON-MOIRA

 

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2004        TRAVIS LAROCK

OGDENSBURG FREE ACADEMY

 

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