Tigers Hall of Fame inductees

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 May 2021 at 2:56 pm

Contributed Photos – Last Sunday Lyndonville High inducted the first members into the Tigers new Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees included the 2011 baseball team which won league, sectional and regional titles to advance to the state semifinals. Team members who were on hand included, from left, Jared Preedom, Brooks Boyle, Ryan Lilley, Andy Hydock, Tanner Helsdon, Josh Brabon, Joe Burgess and Travis Hall. In back are Coaches Shane Price and Mark Hughes.

The ceremony included the induction of the father-son duo of Coach John Hayes and his son Chris. John guided the Tigers baseball teams for 24 years (1979-2001) during which time his teams compiled a record of 365-262 and won four Section V championships (1982, 1983, 1994 and 1996) and nine G-R titles (1982, ’83. ’83, ’88. ’89, ’95, ’96, 99 and 2000). Chris was a two-time G-R All-Star in both soccer and basketball and a four-time G-R All-Star in baseball. On the diamond he had three no hitters, seven career shutout and 32 career victories. John Hayes also accepted the induction plaque for another of his former players, Tim Riemer, who played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Tigers. He hit .462 during his senior year and went on to play professional baseball in the Cleveland Indians organization.

This trio of inductees includes, from left, Jill Eppolito, Kim Hartsen, who accepted the plaque on behalf of his father Arnie Hartsen, and Maria Quintern. Eppolito was a three sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track during the early years of the Lady Tigers program (1977-79). Hartsen guided the Tigers baseball team to 13 Genesee Orleans League titles and four Section V championships (1951, 1953, 1955 and 1959). Honored as a support of the Tigers sports program, Quintern has served as a shot clock operator and scorekeeper for over 35 years.

The Large family accepted the plaque on behalf of the late Fred Large who organized the Tigers wrestling program in 1963 and guided the Tigers to 14 Genesee Region League titles and five Section V championships (1975 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1994). The family members include Gwen Large, Rick Boyle, Robin (Large) Boyle, Ron Large, Pat Large, Madison Boyle, Ashley Large, Brooks Boyle, Casey Large and Bobbi Large.

Accepting the induction plaque on behalf of the late Ron Mapes were, from left, his step son Harold Suhr, his daughter Mitzi Lilley, grandson Ryan Lilley and his niece Marlene Babcock. Mapes played football, basketball and baseball for the Tigers during the mid 1950’s. He compiled a 30-3 career record including a Section V record 8 no hitters and hurled the Tigers to three playoff wins during both the 1953 and 1955 Section V title seasons. At right, accepting the induction plaques on behalf of brothers Sam and Tony Recco was their aunt Kim Siffringer. The Recco brothers made school history when they both captured state wrestling championships on the same day in 2012. Both five year varsity wrestlers, Sam compiled a career record of 188-34 and Tony a mark of 196-17.