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Inductees named for C-C Athletic Hall of Fame

Messenger Post Media
Monroe County Post

Churchville-Chili Senior High School will welcome four new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. This year is the first time a varsity team was selected for recognition. 

The Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and anyone who made a significant contribution to Saints athletics.

Gary Boyce coached varsity boys cross-country for 17 years and was the first coach in school history for varsity girls cross-country. 

During his tenure, Boyce led the Saints boys cross-country team to division titles in 1981, 1982 and 1999, and Section V titles in 1982, 1999, 2001 and 2002. He guided the 1982 boys cross-country team to a 19-0 record and a second-place finish in the state finals.

Boyce was named the 2001 Section V Class A Boys Cross-Country Coach of the Year and holds the record for most coaching wins in boys cross-country in school history with 207.

Mary Pat Dewey coached the varsity softball team for 20 years and varsity girls basketball for 13 years. She accrued the most wins for a coach in girls basketball school history with 156 and also in softball with 204. 

Dewey was named Monroe County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year four times, Monroe County Softball Coach of the Year twice and AGR Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 1998. She piloted the Saints softball team to division titles in 1997 and 2004, and led the 2004 softball team to win the Section V Class AA title.

Dewey was the YAC adviser to the school’s first Unified Basketball team. She assisted the promotion and all aspects of this sport during the first five years of its existence until she retired in 2019. Her direction helped lead Churchville-Chili to be recognized by NYSPHSAA and Special Olympics.

Three-year varsity soccer player Luke Pavone, Class of 2013, was named first team All-County in 2011 and 2012, as well as Monroe County Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2012. He was picked for the Section V Class AA All-Tournament team and Section V Senior All-Star game in 2012. He also was a first team AGR and fifth team All-State selection in 2012. 

Pavone received an athletic scholarship to the D1 University of Massachusetts. He played soccer there before transferring to SUNY Buffalo State College and playing three more seasons. At Buffalo State, he was named first team All-SUNYAC in 2015 and 2017, third team NSCAA All-East Region in 2015, United Soccer Coaches second team All-American in 2017, and United Soccer Coaches first team All-East Region in 2017.

After college, Pavone signed a two-year contract to play professional soccer for Hapoel Petah Tikva FC in Liga Leumit, the second division league in Israel. In 2019, he signed with, and is currently still playing for, the Richmond Kickers in the USL professional soccer league.

Leslie Troup, Class of 1987, was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned first team All-County honors in all three sports. 

Troup set many school records in volleyball and softball that still stand, especially in softball, including highest batting average in one season at .667 in 1987, highest career batting average at .542, most career home runs with 14, most hits in one season with 50 in 1986, most career hits with 123, most career RBI with 98 and most career runs with 95.

Troup went on to play volleyball and softball for two years at Genesee Community College, then two years for the College at Brockport. At Brockport, she was a two-time All-SUNYAC and All-State selection in softball, and helped lead the Golden Eagles to the SUNYAC and State Championships in 1991. She was named All-SUNYAC and All-Northeast in volleyball in both of her years at Brockport. She was inducted into SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

The 2003 boys varsity volleyball team coached by Joe Eschberger and went undefeated at 24-0. It was the Monroe County Division champion and No. 1 seed in Section V Class A, won the Section V Class A title, and went on to become the state regional champions, the highest honor available at the time. 

Playing on the 2003 team were Peter Bartell, James Clar, Chris DeHority, Colin Dooling, Michael Fink, Brian Kelvie, Randy Mathews, Zach Owen, Eric Palumbo, Brian Rebman, Andrew Reff, Jeremy Rossignolo, Bryan Saeva, Chris Shekell, Keven Speares and Andrew Zess.

The date and location for the 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame presentation is still to be determined. Visit cccsd.org for information or to submit a nomination for 2021.

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