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February 19, 2013

Section Four Hall to induct 4 with area ties

The Daily Star


Three area graduates and another who went to play for Hartwick College are among the 24-member class that will be inducted into the Section Four Hall of Fame on March 2.

Stamford and Oneonta State graduate Brooke Davis (Trotta), South Kortright graduate Ashlei Kenchen, Sidney graduate Greg Davie and former Hartwick College football lineman Tom Stoddard are in the 2013 class.

They’ll be joined by Candor graduates Wayne Aman, Brandy Ferris and Bonnie Jackson; Norwich graduates Barry Benjamin, Nick Brunick, Jason Morris and Josh Morris; Johnson City’s Pete Capone and Tony Cleary; Greene’s Brad Henneman and Sue Carlin; Elmira Heights’ Brandon, Christopher and Michelle Mallette; Windsor’s Dan Hodack and Kyle Meeker; Lansing’s Lindsey Dean; Union-Endicott’s Jim Johnson; Tioga’s Brent Rider; and Moravia’s Nicholas Rowe.

The inductions will be held between the first and second sectional basketball finals at the Broome County Arena on March 2.

The following is a closer look at the area selections:

Brooke Davis (Trotta)

Davis, a 2001 graduate, starred in three sports for the Indians.

She was a four-time Delaware League all-star in soccer and basketball as well as a Class D First Team all-state pick on both sports. In track, Davis qualified for three state meets.

She finished with 1,313 points in basketball. Her eight three-pointers in a game is among the most in state history.

Davis went to play soccer and trun track at Oneonta State. When the Red Dragons won the NCAA Division III national soccer title in 2003, Davis was named the tournament’s top offensive player.

She’s a teacher in the Shenendehowa School District and lives with husband Mike Trotta in Saratoga Springs.

Ashlei Kenchen

A 2002 graduate, Kenchen stood out in basketball and soccer for the Rams.

During her senior season, Kenchen led the Rams to their first sectional title since 1980. She averaged close to 17 points that season and finished with 1,327 varsity points.

Speed and quick hands helped Kenchen share Daily Star Player of the Year honors in girls basketball with Stamford’s Davis in 2001. Three times Kenchen earned Daily Star First Team honors in basketball and she was a four-time Delaware League all-star.

Kenchen went to play for Fulton Montgomery Community College and helped that school to a 60-8 record in two years. She became the first FMCC player to score 1,000 points.

As a senior, she was named the NJCAA Division III Region III tournament MVP and then voted an all-tournament selection after helping FMCC to a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Division III tournament.

Greg Davie

A 1976 graduate, Davie helped start WCDO in 1982 and established the local radio station as a premier place to hear local sports programming.

Davie, who graduated from South Carolina in 1980 with a degree in broadcast journalism, has won two New York state broadcasting awards for his work at WCDO. He still covers boys and girls basketball games for the station, including this past weekend’s Midstate Athletic Conference boys and girls championship games at Oneonta State.

Tom Stoddard

Before becoming a four-year starter on Hartwick College’s defensive line in the mid-1990s, Stoddard excelled in football, wrestling and track at Norwich.

Stoddard overcame a hearing disability to become a standout athlete for the Purple Tornado.

He twice captained the football and wrestling teams, and was once elected captain in track. Stoddard earned two Section Four wrestling titles and finished runner-up in the state once.

He was an all-state selection in football as a senior.

He is a teacher and a coach in Norwich.