Desko headlines Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame '08 class

Chris Jones was born in Utica, but made his athletic name at Liverpool High School, where he was a three-sport star -- an All-American in 1983 in basketball, an All-State selection in football, and a standout in baseball.

Turning down a football scholarship from Rutgers, Jones signed with the Cincinnati Reds and, in 1991, made it to the parent club, where he hit .292 in 52 games. He also saw stints with the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, plus two tours with the Syracuse Chiefs in 1999 and 2001 before a managing stint with the Newark Bears.

Mike Kitts grew up in Syracuse and graduated from St. Anthony's in 1968. After attending Onondaga Community College and working in the county's Parks and Recreation department, he began officiating basketball games in 1979 at the high-school level.

In just six years, Kitts rose through the ranks, from high school to Division III, then Division II, and finally the NCAA Division I ranks in 1985. For more than two decades, Kitts has officiated games in every major conference and in the NCAA Tournament, four times getting the biggest assignment of all -- the Final Four. He lives in East Syracuse with his wife, Angela, and two children.

Myer Prinstein was born in Russia in 1880, then moved to America as a child, settling in Syracuse. He went to Syracuse University, captained the track and field team, and moved on to international competition in the long jump.

In 1900, Prinstein earned a silver medal at the Paris Olympics in the long jump, then won gold medals in both the long jump and triple jump in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis and prevailed again in the long jump in 1906 in Athens. Upon retirement as an athlete, he practiced law and worked in business in Jamaica, Queens, before passing away in 1925.

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