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2010 Hall of Fame
OHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Places Four New Members
Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame honors some of Bucs' finest
Inspiration was a common theme among the 2010 inductees into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Charles Hutcheson, OHS varsity boxing coach from 1935-39, provided it as he guided the Bucs to four consecutive Pioneer League titles.
Three-sport athlete Dave Maniccia spoke of how his coaches and legendary Buc coach and athletic director Dave Powers “inspired me to play like I did.” Ted Kerley, veteran coach, physical education teacher, and athletic director, said he was inspired by his coaches and the OHS athletic directors that preceded him. In turn, many of those who played for Kerley or worked with him cite his inspiration as key to their own success. Also inducted at Wednesday’s ceremony at The American Foundry was the 1991 Oswego varsity boys bowling team that captured the state championship. Inspired by Head Coach Joe Losurdo and Assistant Coach Jim Losurdo, the Bucs turned in their finest performance when the pressure was the greatest.
The ceremony was presented by the Oswego City School District and the Buccaneer Boosters.
“All of our inductees have provided a great example that spans the scope of athletics, sportsmanship, and great character,” said William Crist, superintendent of schools. “This year’s inductees are among the elite in Oswego High School athletic history. Thank you for your contributions to our school district and to our community.”
Here are capsule looks at those inducted at the third annual OHS Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony.
Inducted posthumously was Hutcheson, coach of the Buc boxing team that captured not only four consecutive league championships, but also four straight tournament crowns in the 1930s. They battled successfully against other high school teams and even college freshman teams. Accepting the hall of fame plaque was his grandson, Charles Hutcheson. He said that his grandfather was a native of Canada. He was very athletic, and took part in speedskating, softball, and boxing. He was a prizefighter who fought as a flyweight under the name “Kid Doyle.”
Although small in stature, his contributions to the Bucs as a leader and mentor were huge. He took his own difficult and structured training regimen and passed it along to his boxers, paving the way for championships.
“I’m sure he would appreciate this,” Charles said.
Maniccia’s contributions in football, hockey, and track and field earned him several all-league honors. But his leadership went beyond his athletic accomplishments, according to his former teammates.
He did not play the glamour positions. As a football lineman in the trenches, a hard-nosed defensemen in hockey, and a weight thrower in track and field, Maniccia’s efforts did not always receive fanfare, but they were appreciated by his teams as central to their cause. Maniccia spoke of his surprise about being inducted into the hall of fame. “This is really an honor,” he said. “I am shocked that I’m standing here in front of everybody. Thank you. This is such a wonderful honor.” While his coaches were the source of much of his inspiration, Maniccia also thanked his parents for their support. He recalled one football practice where his father watched in the rain. Maniccia busted through the line and took the football away from the quarterback and sprinted to the end zone for a touchdown. He mentioned that his late father is surely proud now as he was then.
“I know he’s looking down and smiling today,” Maniccia said.
Kerley’s legacy as a coach and athletic director earned him recognition in the hall of fame. A resident of Florida, he could not attend the ceremony, but communicated his thanks in his acceptance speech.
“I’m thankful for this privilege. It is both rewarding and humbling,” Kerley said. “I feel blessed to be included in the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame with so many of my peers.”
He congratulated his fellow inductees, with a special nod to the 1991 boys bowling team. That team was led by his former baseball player Joe Losurdo, who was part of the coaching staff when Kerley was the athletic director.
“When his team won the state championship, it was a time of great pride, and everyone in the community appreciated it,” Kerley said. In 1967, Kerley began teaching in the Oswego City School District and coaching varsity baseball. “It turned out to be my dream job,” he said. His baseball teams won nearly 250 games, with many special accomplishments along the way. “The highlight of my career as a coach was the number of great kids that came through the program,” he said. Kerley became the Oswego athletic director in 1988, overseeing a program that continued to earn honors in athletics and sportsmanship. An author of instructional books for Little League Baseball, Kerley also worked on instructional videos, including one involving baseball hall of fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.
1991 Boys Bowling Team
The Oswego varsity boys bowling team turned in an impressive 31-9 record, but went on to even greater heights, capturing the state championship.
“That felt so good to hold that state championship trophy,” Coach Joe Losurdo said. “That was the most phenomenal day of these young men’s bowling careers.”
Losurdo told his bowlers then that someday they would realize the extent of their history achievement.
“I think tonight they understand what they really did,” he said. “This is an honor.”
Members of the state championship team included Aaron Galletta, Kevin Malone, Todd Bullock, Alan Harris, Andrew Meade, Matt Chetney, Jim Ruthven, Rod Broadwell, John Stone, Rick Eicholzer, and Tim Sincavage.
Chetney, who was a team co-captain, thanked Coach Losurdo and his father Jim Losurdo for their leadership. He presented Losurdo with a plaque thanking him and his father for the part they played in that memorable campaign.
By MIKE LEBOEUF Thursday, December 30, 2010 10:16 PM EST Published courtesy of the Palladium Times Sports Department