Bears induct five hall of famers

During Chittenango High School's Oct. 2 homecoming football game, the athletic booster club honored five members of the athletic community. The Bears were taking on the Oneida Indians for the Oct. 2 homecoming game.

Using the motto, "Honoring the past to inspire the future," it is the hope of the booster club to install pride and sportsmanship in the school community.

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Marzeki, Chittenango High School Director Joe Haven and booster club president Warren Stedman were present at the ceremony to honor the five inductees. The following Chittenango Hall of Fame Class of 2008 members were also present to honor the new class: Frank Dichristina; Warren Jerome, Jack Anson, Phillip Gordon, Dick Stevens, Karen Kupfer represented her husband Dale Kupfer Sr., Martha Kelsey represented her husband Francis Kelsey, and Sue Ellen Kirschenheiter represented her husband Fred.

The inductees were called onto the field during a brief pause in the steady rain the game had endured during the first half of the football game. Elizabeth Czerniak Egan, a 1992 graduate of Chittenango High School, was honored for her excellence in varsity soccer, basketball and softball. Terry Owens, a 1961 graduate, was honored for his standout performance in varsity baseball, basketball, football and track and field.

Three coaches were also honored for their contributions to the athletic community in Chittenango. Thomas Daviau was inducted for his soccer coaching career that ran for 29 years. He led the team to many championship titles, including eight Section III championships and two New York State championship titles.

Richard Leahey, founder of the first Chittenango Basketball Handling Program in 1980, was inducted for his contributions to junior high and high school athletics. Leahey also coached baseball, girls and boys cross country, boys track and freshman basketball, which under his direction obtained 33 consecutive wins starting in 1985. His girls' track team won Chittenango's first sectional championship in 2001.

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