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Gait leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame class

Six local greats to be honored Oct. 21 at Drumlins

— Like Gait, Powless has a long and storied professional career, suiting up until age 50 and also serving as a top-notch coach, leading the expansion Rochester team to the 1997 Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship over defending champion Buffalo, two years after that same side - with Paul Gait playing - lost to Philadelphia, who got the winning goal from Gary Gait.

For two years (1991 and '92), Powless coached at his alma mater, LaFayette, and he also has worked as the National Lacrosse League's vice president of lacrosse operations. He was an assistant coach for the Iroquois Nationals as they won the silver medal at the World Indoor championships. Powless currently works for Casino Niagara.

Greg Tearney is the name most associated with martial arts in Central New York. For more than four decades, Tearney, through his karate and kickboxing school, has trained thousands of students, even famous ones like Tim Green and Mike Hopkins.

A Nottingham High School and SU graduate, Tearney came across karate by accident early in his adult life, in an advertisement for a local dojo in a magazine. Once he started, though, Tearney never let up until he had earned five Black Belts in various martial arts disciplines and fought as a heavyweight in karate from 1965 to '77. He was named to the Karate Hall of Fame in 1983.

At the same time, he started Tearney's Karate and Kickboxing, currently located in Fairmount. Tearney, along with his wife of 31 years, Judy (herself an eighth-degree Black Belt), trains more than 400 students. Past students have gone on to win 10 different world championships.

A grandmaster of Okinawa-style karate, Tearney has done all sorts of work for local charities, including the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, and in 2011 was honored as the NAACP Small Businessman of the Year.

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