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March 1, 2014

Section Four to induct six area standouts

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Oneonta State women’s basketball coach Daphne (Joy) Thompson will be one of six former area high school athletes inducted into the Section Four Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon.

Morris graduate Thompson, who led the Red Dragons to an appearance in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament this season, will join former local standouts Travis Carey of Franklin, Thomas Hendricks of Unatego, Shelly (Miles) Sleezer of Gilbertsville-Mount Upton and Gerard and Richard Mirabito of Sidney in the Class of 2014.

The 22-person Hall of Fame class will be inducted between the first and second Section Four Class C basketball championships Saturday at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton. Top-seeded Lansing (18-2) will face No. 3 seed Harpursville in the Class C girls sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by No. 1 Elmira Notre Dame (19-1) and No. 2 Moravia (19-1) in the Class C boys sectional title game at 3:15 p.m.

Oneonta High’s girls and boys will follow in the Section Four Class B championships against Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Norwich. The top-seeded Yellowjackets’ girls (17-2) will play No. 2 Norwich (13-6) at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Oneonta’s second-seeded boys (17-2) then will look to beat top-seeded Norwich (19-0) for the first time this season at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Thompson earned 13 varsity letters at Morris from 1981-86. The 1986 Daily Star Player of the Year in girls basketball, Joy had 1,587 points and 1,096 rebounds at the varsity level. She earned a full scholarship to play at the University of Delaware and later coached the Hartwick College women’s basketball team before taking over at O-State.

Carey set Franklin boys soccer records of 35 single-season goals and 65 all-time goals with 19 all-time assists. The 2003 graduate also averaged 15.3 points as the Purple Devils point guard in boys basketball, helping Franklin to the Tri-Valley League championship in 2002.

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