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Former B'ville Coach inducted into hall of fame

Charles Wiltse, a longtime coach for Baldwinsville Central Schools and an important member of the Central New York running scene, will be inducted into the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wiltse, a 1963 SUNY Oswego graduate (master's class of 1969), will be recognized for his achievements in cross country and track at the 10th annual ceremony and dinner held Oct. 30 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on the SUNY Oswego campus.

A league and regional cross country and track champion, Wiltse was recognized as the team's MVP.

As an award-winning coach in the Baldwinsville Central School District from 1963 to 1984, he led his cross country teams to five undefeated seasons and a half dozen sectional championships. His indoor track team was crowned state champions five times between 1963 and 1979.

A longtime administrator in several school districts, Wiltse has served the cross country and track community regionally and statewide in numerous capacities, including as chairman of Section III cross country from 1978 to 1986. He championed track in the Syracuse area and honored as a volunteer of the year by both the YMCA and Chamber of Commerce there.

The Oswego Alumni Association established the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor players and coaches who made outstanding contributions to Oswego State athletics. Oswego graduates and former athletes James Hauptfleisch, Robert Zabronsky, Eileen Sommers, Barry Dillon and Michael Snell will also be honored along with former Oswego employee Dick Johnson at this year's ceremony.

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