Tigers Athletic Hall of Fame inducts three

Contributed Story Posted 3 July 2023 at 9:35 am

Contributed Photo – The recent inductees into the Lyndonville Athletic Hall of Fame included members of the 1986 soccer team, soccer Coach Wes Bradley and 2012 graduate wrestler Josh Brabon. In front are John Pike, Bob Parker, Josh Brabon, Kurt Leta and Dave Donald. In the back row are John Donald, Derek Dix, Neil Hungerford, Wes Bradley, Chris Siebert and Steve Hibbard’s son, Steve.

Three new members were recently inducted into the Lyndonville Tigers Athletic Hall of Fame – the 1986 boys soccer team, soccer coach Wes Bradley and 2012 graduate Josh Brabon.

The 1986 soccer team, coached by Bradley, was Lyndonville’s first team to qualify for the state playoffs. After also securing a Genesee Region League division title, the team also received its first sectional championship. From there, the Tigers claimed the Section V Class D title.

The roster of the team includes: Gary Bayne, Eric Bentley, Bruce Blanchard, Derek Dix (Co-Captain), Jeff Dix, Dave Donald (Co-Captain), John Donald, Kent Fischer, Scott Goodrich, Opie Harris, Jaime Harrold, Chris Hayes, Gary (Steve) Hibbard, Neil Hungerford, Kurt Leta, Bob Parker, Robbie Pawlik, John Pike, John Powley, Todd Reimer, Chris Seibert, Dan Soder, Keith Taylor, David Wells and Matt Woodworth.

Coach Bradley was recognized at the ceremony for his many contributions to the soccer program. He
coached the soccer team from its first season in 1976 until 2002. During his 27 years of coaching, he had
31 players continue to play soccer at the collegiate level. In addition to soccer, he coached track and
field, volleyball, softball, and basketball at Lyndonville until he retired in 2003.

Bradley also formed and helped run the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 426 for
Lyndonville, Medina, and Roy-Hart from 1984-1999. He was also named Coach of the Year four times – in 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988; the Section V Merit Award for soccer in 1989; the Appreciation Award in 2001; and being inducted into the SUNY Potsdam Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Brabon took home sectional wrestling titles all five years of his time on the Varsity Wrestling team. He was Section V place finisher, taking 5th in 2011 and making the finals in 2012. He finished his career with 157 varsity wins.

In addition to wrestling, he was a 3-year member of the Varsity Basketball team and was on the Varsity Baseball team. He was named G-R Player of the Year; and receiving Lyndonville’s Ted Hettig Award in both 2011 and 2012, which is given to the varsity baseball player with the highest league batting average.