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ESM Hall of Fame inducts seven

The East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame Committee inducted its third class Jan. 15. The inductees were: Christopher Asterino (Lacrosse, 1980); Gary Becker (Coach); Jason Bognacki (Track, 1994); Doug Hartman (Coach); Patricia Orr (Athlete at East Syracuse High School, 1974); Dr. Thomas Sheldon (Coach at Minoa High School); and Allison Tyminski Rumschik (Lacrosse, 2002).

A public ceremony was held during halftime of the boys home varsity basketball game, while formal inductions were done later that evening.

Inductees included:

Christopher Asterino

Chris Asterino earned three varsity letters in soccer, where his was a senior captain and a first team All-County selection. He had two letters in basketball, where he was named 2nd team All-County his senior year and four in lacrosse.

His junior lacrosse year resulted in a first team All-County selection and his senior campaign culminated with a unanimous All-County selection and a first team All-American selection.

Chris was the 1980 recipient of the Danny Casprus Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete at ESM. He also won the 1980 Italian-American Athletic Club Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete in Onondaga County.

Chris played lacrosse at North Carolina State.

Gary Becker

Gary Becker was an assistant football coach for 16 years, seven at the varsity level and nine at the modified levels. He coached basketball for 25 years, 21 at the modified level and then four seasons as head coach, making the Section 3 tournament for three of those seasons.

Baseball is where Coach Becker really made his mark. He assisted at the JV or modified levels for eight years and then became head coach for the remaining 24 seasons of his career. His teams won nine league championships and one Sectional Class A title. Coach Becker retired in 2004.

Jason Bognacki

On the track, Jason Bognacki helped the Spartans to two team league titles and their only Section III championship. He was a five-time league champion in the High Jump, 55mm, 300mm, 4x100, and 4x400, and a three-time Sectional Champion in the High Jump.

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