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Kendall Hall of Fame to induct three

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 June 2015 at 12:00 am

The Kendall High Sports Hall of Fame will induct three new members, Laura Gaesser (Class of 2004), Ed Patt (Class of 1953) and Ray Ernenwein, former long time Kendall coach and teacher, in ceremonies hosted by the Kendall Sports Boosters on June 14 at Hickory Ridge which will also include recognition of this year’s Kendall senior athletes.

Contributed Photos – Laura Gaesser

A four year Genesee Region League soccer All-Star (2000, 2001 2002, 2003), Gaesser set Kendall records for most goals in a season (48) and most career goals (120). She also had 54 career assists.

A second team All Greater Rochester and All-State selection in 2002, she earned G-R League Player of the Year, first team All-Greater Rochester and Player of the Year and first team All- State honors in 2003.

She helped lead Kendall to G-R titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, Section V Class CC championships in 2001 and 2002, the state quarterfinals in 2002 and the state Final Four in 2003.

A National Honor Society member and Kendall Top 10 graduate, Gaesser went on to play soccer for four years (2004-2007) at Central Michigan.

She was a member of the Central Michigan University Sports Advisory Board and was the female representative for the University at regional conferences representing Central Michigan.

Ed Patt

A four year varsity baseball player for Kendall, Patt registered 16 strikeouts in one game in 1952, a season in which he hurled a no hitter against Wyoming and had a total of 74 strikeouts in eight games.

He also played varsity soccer for three years helping Kendall win the Genesee Orleans League championships in 1952 and 1953. In addition, he played volleyball for two years and varsity basketball for three years leading Kendall in scoring in 1951 and 1952.

Baseball though was Patt’s big sport. He signed a Class D baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in August 1953 and played pro ball for two years.

He served in the Army from 1956-1958 serving in Europe. He played baseball for the 10th Division Artillery and helped lead the Red Mountaineer Squad to the Central Loop title.

He continued to play baseball in the Delco Industrial League in Rochester during the 1960’s and 1970’s and also served as a soccer and Little League coach.

In May of 2002 a dedication plaque “ForThe Love Of The Game” was unveiled at the Hamlin VFW in his honor.

Ray Ernenwein

The Agricultural teacher at Kendall from 1965 to 1996, Ernenwein started the Kendall JV and Modified boys soccer programs and the Little Lions (Co-Ed) soccer program.

He served as a coach in the Kendall boys soccer program from 1965 to 1975 and organized and coached the Kendall Soccer Club Travel Team that competed in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

He was named National Vocational Agricultural Teacher of the Year in 1991 and has served as president of the State Agricultural Teachers’ Association.

Also very active in the community he was the organizer and first president of the Lions Club, organizer of the Leos (Junior Lions), Kendall Town Justice for 16 years, Kendall Planning Board Chiarman for 25 years, and a Kendall volunteer firefighter and ambulance medic. He also helped spearhead an effort to secure an $80,000 State/International Lions grant for a medical building in Kendall.