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March 1, 2014

Section Four to induct six area standouts

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The Daily Star

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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.

Carey also set a school record in the high jump at 6-foot-1 and won Section Four Class D titles in the long and triple jumps in 2003. He went on to play soccer for SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Cortland.

Hendricks is Unatego’s all-time leading scorer in boys basketball with 1,714 points, which ranks sixth all-time in Section Four. He earned Daily Star Player of the Year honors as a senior, when he led the Spartans to a Section Four championship appearance. Hendricks went on to play basketball at Hartwick, helping the team to an NCAA Division III semifinal appearance in 1988.

Hendricks also played football and baseball for Unatego, with a career batting average of .429 in the latter. He hit .478 as a junior in 1984, leading the Spartans to the Susquenango Association title.

Sleezer played soccer, basketball and softball for G-MU from 1998-2002. She finished with a basketball program-record of 1,397 varsity points and also had 140 three-pointers and 300 steals.

A second-team all-state pick in basketball, Sleezer also earned first-team all-state honors in soccer and led the Raiders to Tri-Valley League championships in both sports. Sleezer later played basketball and soccer at Green Mountain College and Hartwick.

Gerard Mirabito, a 1979 Sidney graduate, earned basketball state championship MVP honors after the Warriors capped a 25-0 season with a state title. He averaged 19 points during the 1978-79 season en route to second-team all-state honors.

Gerard Mirabito, who also played baseball at Sidney, later helped Potsdam State to the NCAA Division III basketball championship in 1981. His post-college career included heading the Oneonta State men’s basketball team and assistant-coaching stints at Potsdam and at a St. John’s program that reached the Final Four in 1985.

Richard Mirabito received first-team Susquenango Association accolades in football, basketball and baseball for Sidney, where he graduated from in 1976. He helped the Warriors to Sus, Section Four Class A and Class A regional championships during the 1974-75 basketball season, when Sidney went 20-2.

Sidney’s outstanding male athlete in 1976, Richard Mirabito went on to play college basketball at Union College.

The rest of the Class of 2014 includes former athletes Katherine Bramante (Union-Endicott), Jonathon Bump (Windsor), Peter Burton (Norwich), Matthew Klumpp (Windsor), Emily Ling (Chenango Valley), Daniell Maye (Windsor), Melissa Manzer (Johnson City), Joseph Robinson (Tioga), Joshua Scutt (Chenango Valley), Eric Tee (Lansing), Zach Vredenburgh (Chenango Forks) and Mike Young (Vestal). Kelsey Green (Chenango Forks) and Section Four staples John Allen, Carl Koenig and Mark Woitach will be inducted in the Coaches & Contributors category.