Tigers Athletic Hall of Fame to induct three

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 May 2023 at 9:50 am

Contributed Photo -Lyndonville’s 1986 boys soccer team will be inducted into the Tigers Athletic Hall of Fame later this month.

Coach Wes Bradley and Josh Brabon will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Three new members will be inducted into the Lyndonville Athletic Hall of Fame during the third annual ceremonies at 2 p.m. May 28 at the White Birch.

The new inductees include the 1986 boys soccer team, long time soccer coach Wes Bradley and 2012 graduate Josh Brabon who excelled in both wrestling and baseball.

The soccer team, which was coached by Bradley, became Lyndonville’s first team to qualify for the state playoffs.

Keeping the momentum from claiming outright possession of a Genesee Region League division title for the first time, the Tigers went on to capture their first ever sectional championship blanking Belfast 2-0 for the D1 title. The Tigers went on to nip Richburg 2-1 on a last minute goal to claim the overall Section V Class D title and a berth in the stare playoffs. The Tigers were nipped 2-1 by North Collins in the Regionals.

Members of Coach Bradley’s team included 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.

Bradley coached the Tigers soccer squad from its inaugural season of 1976 through 2002. He was named Coach of the Year four times (1979, 1980, 1984 and 1988) and during his 27 years of coaching he had 31 players go on to play soccer at various college levels.

He was involved in the formation and administration of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 426 for Lyndonville, Medina and Roy-Hart from 1984-1999. He received the Section V Merit Award for soccer in 1989 and the Appreciation Award in 2-001.

Inducted into the SUNY Potsdam Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, he also coached track and field, volleyball, softball and basketball at Lyndonville before retiring in 2003.

Brabon captured sectional wrestling tiles in each of his five years on the Tigers varsity team. He was a two-time Section 5 place finisher taking 5th in 2011 and reaching the finals in 2012. He finished his career with 157 varsity wins.

Also a three year member of the varsity baseball team, he was named G-R Player of the Year and received Lyndonville’s Ted Hettig Award in both 2011 and 2012 which is given to the varsity baseball player with the highest league batting average.

Tickets for the banquet can be obtained by contacting Lyndonville Athletic Director Jim Zeliff at (585) 765-3143 or jzeliff@lcsdk12.org.