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ESM honors Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Six honored, including Mohorter as player, coach

Five athletes and one coach were inducted into the East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Jan. 19. From left are members of the fourth induction class: Doug Mohorter (bowling coach), Sue Scheibel (athlete, Class of 1975), Joseph Verzino (football, Class of 1971) and John Vona (athlete, Minoa High School, Class of 1948). Christopher Caso (gymnastics, Class of 1981) and Kate Fontana (lacrosse, Class of 2003) were unable to attend the ceremony.

Five athletes and one coach were inducted into the East Syracuse Minoa Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Jan. 19. From left are members of the fourth induction class: Doug Mohorter (bowling coach), Sue Scheibel (athlete, Class of 1975), Joseph Verzino (football, Class of 1971) and John Vona (athlete, Minoa High School, Class of 1948). Christopher Caso (gymnastics, Class of 1981) and Kate Fontana (lacrosse, Class of 2003) were unable to attend the ceremony.

Sue Scheibel was a varsity letter winner in four sports at ESM. She helped her field hockey team to league titles in 1973 and 1974, started for the softball team for four years, played varsity basketball for four years, starting in her last three, and helped her volleyball team to a League title in her senior MVP season.

After college, Scheibel returned to ESM and coached the same four sports. As head coach of the volleyball team, she led her team to a League and Sectional title and accumulated more than 100 wins. Sue works at ESM High School.

Joe Verino was a perennial All-County tackle for the Spartan football team coached by Jack Griffin. Joe led ESM to the League co-championship in 1969 and to the title again in 1970. He was a 2nd team All-County tackle in 1969 and made 1st team in 1970 along with making the 1st team All-Upstate team and the All-State football team.

Verino brought his talents to Northwestern University in Illinois, where he lettered in football for three years. He owns his own business and lives in Fayetteville.

John Vona was a four sport All-Star at Minoa High School, winning three League titles on a six-man football team that set a state record for consecutive wins. He also was a member of a basketball team that won two league titles and one sectional crown and on a baseball team that won two league championships. He topped off his high school career with a county shot put individual title.

Vona is the third ESM Hall of Fame inductee from Minoa High. He played with the legendary Larry Costello and was coached by Dr. Tom Sheldon. He accepted a football scholarship to play and study at Syracuse University and, after college and the military, returned to ESM.

He taught and coached at ESM and finished his career as the Director of Secondary Education in 1989. John still resides in East Syracuse.

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