From Little League to the Syracuse Chiefs, Central New York has its fair share of athletic talent and prestige. Today, eight individuals were rewarded for their contributions to building the prestige of Central New York athletics.
The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame will have their 26th annual induction ceremony on Monday, October 15 at Drumlins Country Club, and will feature the best that Syracuse has to offer on the playing field.
This year's inductees include:
Sally Dee, who went to Westhill, competed as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour, and was a three-time Academic All-American at South Florida University.
Pat Donnelly, who coached the Bishop Ludden Boys Basketball team to a Class B state title this season, also played basketball at Potsdam College.
Dick Easterly, who helped Syracuse University win its only National Championship in football in 1959.
John Johnstone, who pitched eight season in Major League Baseball, went to Bishop Ludden and Onondaga Community College.
Bob Kallfelz, who was a four year starter at St. John the Evangelist in Syracuse, scoring more than 1800 points during his high school career.
Brad Kotz, who played lacrosse at West Genesee High School and was an All-American lacrosse star at Syracuse University, guided both the high school and SU to a championship.
Beezie Madden, a Cazenovia resident, has won US Gold Medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics in Show Jumping.
Royce Newell, who played high school basketball at Jamesville, and college basketball at Syracuse University, was also the first Athletic Director at West Genesee High School and was also a lacrosse coach at the school.