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6 individuals, 3 teams joining O-M Hall

Special to The Odessa File

ODESSA, Sept. 12 -- Six athletes and three teams have been selected for induction into the Odessa-Montour High School Sports Hall of Fame.

This year's induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the High School Cafeteria, and will include a reception.

Formal induction of three of the honorees -- individuals Stefanie Collins and Tommy Iorio, and the 2001 Girls Basketball Team, will wait until the fall of 2012. They couldn't attend this year.

The inductees, with biographies provided by O-M officials:

FRANK CAREY -- Frank was a 1966 graduate of Odessa-Montour. He was an outstanding tailback/fullback for two years of varsity football. Frank rushed for hundreds of yards and multiple touchdowns. During the spring season, he was an outstanding catcher who was characterized as “reliable, hard working and dedicated ... Very rarely did a ball get past him.” There were no all-stars at that time, but had there been, Frank would definitely have received such an honor.

STEFANIE COLLINS -- Stefanie was a 2001 graduate of Odessa-Montour. She was a three-sport standout in cross country, basketball and track. Stefanie ran cross country in the fall for six years beginning as a 7th grader. In basketball, she amassed 2,204 points, 580 assists, and 227 three-pointers. In her senior year, she averaged 30 points per game. During the girls state championship run in 2001, she scored 47 points in the state semifinal. She was a four-time IAC MVP and the 2000-2001 NYSPHSAA Class D Player of the Year. She was also the 2001 Star-Gazette Twin Tiers Player of the Year. She was named four times to the S-G's All Twin Tiers team and three times to the All New York State team. Stefanie went on to play basketball at St. Bonaventure on a full scholarship. She was the 2001-2002 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year; and a 2003-2006 Atlantic 10 honorable mention and second team conference selection. She was on the Atlantic 10 all-academic team twice. Stefanie was second all time in three-pointers made at St. Bonaventure; 4th all time in free throw percentage and 7th all time in points. After St. Bonaventure, Stefanie played for one season with the Rhondda Rebels in Wales. She has played for the last four seasons with the UWIC Archers in Wales and is currently training for a possible berth in the 2012 Olympics in London. Stefanie also excelled in track at O-M. She went to States for pole vault and at one time held the school 4x400 Relay record.

KAREN KOTMEL -- Karen was a 1988 graduate of Odessa-Montour. She was a two-sport standout in swimming and track. Karen was a four-year varsity swimmer with a record of 42-12. In her senior year, she was 2nd at the IACs in the 200 Free and 1st in the 100 Fly. In Sectionals, she was 3rd in the 200 Free, 2nd in the 400 Free Relay and 1st in the 100 Fly. She swam 33 individual events that season and won 30 of them. In 97 known individual career events, she won 85. At one point, Karen held five school records. She also swam in various winter programs during her high school career. During the spring season, Karen was a standout on the track team.

TOMMY IORIO -- Tommy was a 1995 graduate of Odessa-Montour. He was a three-sport standout in football, track and swimming. Tommy played three years (out one season with a broken arm) of varsity football. He rushed for several hundred yards and several touchdowns per season. During the winter season, Tommy excelled in varsity swimming for six years. In his junior year, he swam 38 individual events and won 37 (finishing second in the other). That year he was 1st at the IACs in the 200 Medley Relay, 1st in the 50 Free, and 1st in the 100 Backstroke, helping his team to the team title. It later won Sectionals. In his senior year Tommy won all 43 of the individual events he entered. At the IACs, he took 1st in the 200 Medley Relay, 1st in the 50 Free, 1st in the 100 Back, and 1st in the 400 Free Relay. He finished 4th at States in the 50 Free, 11th in the 100 Free, and 6th in the 200 Free. The team was IAC and Sectional Champion again that year. The team went 57-15 in his six years, and Tommy was 79-1 in individual events in his final two years. He currently holds five pool or school records. He was also a standout in six seasons of varsity track, competing in the 100, 200, 400, 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles, Long Jump and Triple Jump. He still holds the record for the 110 Hurdles. Tommy went on to swim on a full scholarship at Old Dominion University with distinction.

ANDREW LEARN -- Andy was a 1996 graduate of Odessa-Montour. He was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and track. In soccer, his teams won more than 50 games; and he registered 25 shutouts as the team goalie. Andy had multiple all-star nominations. During the winter season, he played 3 ½ years of varsity basketball, on teams that won 68 games and lost 24. That record included a sectional championship and an undefeated IAC year in 1995. Andy scored more than 1,000 points and had more than 1,000 rebounds. He was selected to the Star-Gazette All Twin Tiers team and was a three-time all star and two-time league MVP. In the spring season, he ran five years of track. He was a standout in the 400, 400 Hurdles, 4 x 400, Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump. Andy currently holds the school's 400 Hurdles record. He was described by his coaches as the “hardest working athlete" they had the privilege of coaching.

ALMON “SKIP” MCCARTY -- Skip was 1986 graduate of Odessa-Montour. He was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball. In the fall season, Skip played football on a team that twice won the league championship. In his senior year, he was an IAC football all-star, an All-Lakes Region all-star and on the S-G's All Twin Tiers team. He had 11 career touchdowns. In the winter season, he played varsity basketball for three years. He was a solid contributor, averaging over 7 points and 7 rebounds per game his senior year. In the spring season, Skip was a three-year starter for the varsity baseball team. His teams won a total of 30 games, lost 19 and won two league championships. He was a two-time IAC all-star.

1982 SOFTBALL TEAM -- The 1982 softball team had a thrilling year under the coaching of Ed LoPresti, going 16-3 with 1 tie. It won the division, the IACs and the Section. The team consisted of Nancy Chapman, Tammy Drake, Sue Osborne, Cindy Gardner, Nina Mathews, Marcy Dickens, Maureen Letteer, Sue Cook, Ellen Grover, Lisa Brown, Connie Mathers, Glenda Stermer and Kathy Beebe.

1986 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM -- The 1986 boys’ basketball team had a record of 24-2 under the coaching of Roger Myers. It won the Division, Section and Region. The team consisted of Brad Clark, Greg Gavich, Owen Burgess, Skip McCarty, Doug Avery, Pat Murch, Joseph Hoffman, Richard Slusser, Jason Confer, Mark Decker, Mike Lewis and Gary Cole.

2001 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM -- The 2001 girls’ basketball team had a 23-4 record and won Sectionals, Regionals and the NYS Class D championship. The team was coached by Frank Gavich, with Greg Gavich as assistant. The team consisted of Allison Bloom, Anna Feliciano, Stefanie Collins, Cara Mundt, Val Richardson, Jenny Thomason, Cristen Hill, Christie Emerson, Stephanie Cross, Jill Pevo, Tiffani VanZile, Tracy Cooper and Amber Hoffman.


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