The Section IV Sports Hall of Fame will receive 24 new members in its Class of 2020, seven of them for contributions to the area’s sports community.
Sixteen entrants will be recognized for their accomplishments as players, including Bainbridge-Guilford’s Mike Fletcher, Afton’s Brigitte Hansen MacNaught and Gilbertsville Mount-Upton’s Jessica Talbot, as well as Davenport’s Chelsea Haight and Samantha Meyerhoff.
Seven coaches will be honored, including Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s Jim Johnson, as well as official and officiating administrator Jamie O’Donnell.
Here are brief bios of the seven local inductees, with information provided by the Section IV office.
Fletcher graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford in 1969 after lettering for four years in baseball, basketball and volleyball as well as for two years in football. His senior year, he was named the school’s most outstanding basketball player and baseball player.
Vern Wallace, Fletcher’s football and basketball coach, called him “a fierce competitor, who always gave 110% in practice and games. He was a great teammate and team leader.”
Fletcher received a full athletic scholarship to play baseball and basketball at Louisiana College, where he was named the baseball team’s most valuable player in 1973.
Haight collected 15 varsity letters during her time at Davenport, earning six in track and field, five in soccer and four in basketball.
In soccer, she totaled 134 goals, which is still a program record, and led her team to a Section IV Class D championship in 2004. She was a five-time Delaware League champion, a four-time league all-star and a three-time all-state honoree. She went on to play four years of college soccer at Hamilton College.
In basketball, she collected 411 steals, 695 points and 309 assists during her varsity career. She was an all-league and all-state honoree during her junior and senior years, and led her team to four consecutive league crowns.
Haight helped her team to a track and field league championship in 2004, winning the league title as part of the 4x100 relay team while also competing in the 100- and 200-meter races, as well as 4x400 relay.
BRIGITTE HANSEN MACNAUGHT
A standout field hockey and softball player, she was a five-time state finalist in softball, winning it in 2001 and 2002. She was named all-state in 2002 and went on to play at SUNY Cortland, where her teams won a SUNYAC championship, an NCAA regional championship and finished fifth at the NCAA Division III World Series.
In field hockey, she won three section championships and a state title in 2000. She was named all-section and all-state.
She is now a registered nurse with the UHS Health Care Group, and is married to Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville wrestling coach Brandon MacNaught. They have four children: Brockton, Brooklyn, Beckett and Berklee.
Meyerhoff collected 14 varsity letters during her time at Davenport, five each in basketball and soccer along with four in softball.
One of just 11 girls in Section IV to reach 2,000 points, she totaled 2,121 points and 1,121 rebounds during her varsity career. During that time her teams collected a record of 64-5, winning a pair of Section IV Class D titles and reaching the state final four in 2010. That season, she was selected as New York’s Class D Co-Player of the Year.
She was also named first-team all-state as a junior and sophomore, was a First Team Delaware League All-Star four times and collected numerous other accolades.
As a soccer player, Meyerhoff collected 25 goals and 22 assists despite playing as a sweeper. She led her teams to five league championships and a section co-title in 2008. She was twice a league first-teamer and was named to the all-state second team as a senior.
In softball, she was a three-time first-team league all-star, and batted .404 with 27 RBI during her senior season.
Meyerhoff went on to play three years of basketball at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she studied civil engineering. She is a civil engineer and lives in Washington, D.C.
A 2004 graduate of G-MU, Talbot earned 11 varsity letters, including five under soccer coach and father Todd Talbot.
She collected 111 goals and 34 assists for G-MU while the Raiders totaled a record of 79-16-4. She scored a school-record 42 goals during her junior year, and became the first girl to reach 100 varsity goals in Chenango County.
The Raiders won at least a share of five consecutive Tri-Valley League titles, won a section title in 2001 and appeared in three section finals.
She was a five-time league all-star and earned all-state status three times, including first-team recognition as a senior.
She also captained the basketball and softball teams, and did not endure a losing season during her time as a Raider.
Talbot went on to play four years of soccer at Elmira College, and now works as an assistant principal in Nashville, Tenn.
Johnson graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1979, and later that year took over as physical education teacher at Gilbertsville Central School, a position he held until 2016.
He coached a combined 56 seasons in baseball and girls basketball. In basketball, he collected a record of 425-278 (.605) in 36 seasons, including a 310-117 (.726) tab in TVL play. He captured eight league titles, finishing as runner-up nine times, and had just five losing seasons.
His teams took second in the section tournament on five occasions and reached five other semifinals.
A 1975 graduate of Binghamton Central, Johnson also coached 20 years of baseball, earning two TVL titles and twice taking second in the section tournament.
Jim remains active in umpiring with the Susquehanna Board in Cooperstown, and is an avid golfer. He and his wife, Jan, have two adult daughters, Alyssa and Katelyn, and live in Gilbertsville.
A graduate of Andes, where he played soccer, basketball and baseball, O’Donnell went on to officiate for 45 years to date in soccer (25), basketball (45) and softball (five). For the last 21 years, he has been the basketball assignor for the Oneonta Board.
He has officiated two soccer state finals, two girls basketball state finals and several other championship contests. He was named the New York State Coaches Association Girls Basketball Official of the Year in 1996 and 2005.
He has also officiated college basketball for 20 years, and in 2013 became a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Girls Basketball Officials Association.
A TEAM OF 24
Eleven other athletes will be honored. They are: Briana Burghardt (Whitney Point), Kylie Burghardt Hrehor (Whitney Point), Julie Chambers (Tioga), Jodi Dinga Yesensky (Union-Endicott), Leigh Klumpp (Windsor), Megan Phillips (Windsor), Jessica Robinson (Tioga), Linda Shrauger Burghardt (Whitney Point), Regina Speicher Hotchinson (Seton Catholic), Lara Stone (Windsor) and David Tidick (Union-Endicott).
Other coaches include Richard P. Bernstein (Ithaca), Cheryl A. Horton (Candor), John W. McKedy (Chenango Valley/Seton Catholic), Norman Szwec (Candor), Frank B. Welch (Ithaca) and Gerald Mackey (Whitney Point). Mackey is the father of Oneonta High School athletic director Jerry Mackey.