14 INDUCTED INTO CORNING-PAINTED POST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
(2023-03-13)Southern Tier Sports Report
CORNING — The CPP HOF Class of 2023 inducted 14 into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Athletes from eight different sports, as well as a pair of contributors, were recognized at Corning Museum of Glass.
Here’s a look at this year’s inductees. TAYLOR MATHIS, LACROSSE
Graduated from Corning-Painted Post High School in 2014.
Four-year letter winner for Corning Hawks girls lacrosse. Was a first-team All-American and team captain as a senior.
Received the Michael J. Schwartz Memorial Award as a senior.
Finished career scoring 51 goals and five assists in senior year.
Graduated from Lake Erie College/Kent State in 2019.
Was named the freshman of the year in the GLIAC and was named to the All-GLIAC first-team as a junior.
Finished her college career with 110 goals and 16 assists.
Currently lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. SAMUEL CHAUVIN, T&F/XC
The 2014 graduate was a Section IV cross country champion in 2013 and a Section IV track 3,200 meter champion in 2014.
Currently holds the school record in the 5,000 meter run.
Graduated from Cornell University in 2018.
Was a four-year member of Cornell’s track and field and cross country teams.
As a senior won the 10K race in the IC4A Outdoor Championships. Recognized as a prestigious Merrill Presidential Scholar at Cornell.
Currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is enrolled in the PhD/MD program at the University of Pennsylvania. THOMAS MOSHIER, T&F/XC
A 2014 Corning-Painted Post High School graduate.
He was a four-year letter winner for the Hawks track and cross country teams. Currently holds the school record for the 1,000 meter run.
As a senior finished fifth in the 1,000 meters in the New York State championships.
Was a key member of the Hawks cross country team that finished second in the state.
Graduated from Binghamton University in 2018.
Was a three-year member of the Binghamton University track and field and cross country teams.
As a junior at Cornell he won the 3,000 meter race in the Southern Tier Collegiate Indoor Open.
Was nominated America East, All-Academic all four years at Binghamton.
Currently lives in New York, New York.JOHN MCCARTHY, T&F/XC
The 2015 graduate was a four-year member of the Corning Hawks boys track and field and cross country teams.
As a senior he finished second in the state and third in the nation in the outdoor steeplechase.
He currently holds the second fastest tie in the mile for e Corning Hawks.
He was a two-time all-American in the 4xmile relay and the steeple chase and a three-time state medalist in both events in high school.
He holds school records in the indoor 4xmile relay, the 3200-meter steeplechase and the 2,000 meter steeplechase.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2018.
Indoor track and outdoor track AcademicaAll-Mac selection in college.
Currently lives in the Bonx, N.Y. while attending Columbia Medical School,MADISON WEBSTER, VOLLEYBALL
Graduated from Corning-Painted Post High School in 2015.
Three year member of the Corning Hawks varsity volleyball team.
Versatile player, who finished career with 46 service aces, 157 kills and 204 digs.
Led Hawks to three consecutive Section IV Championships.
Graduated from SUNY Alfred State University in 2020.
Four-year starter at Alfred State University, team captain as a senior.
Named All-ACAA First Team as a senior, second team as a junior.
Earned the prestigious legacy award as a senior.
Was named the Pioneer Legacy Award winner as a senior.
Was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year as a senior.
Currently lives in Corning. ZACHARY QUIST, SOCCER
A 2015 graduate from Corning-Painted Post High School.
Four-year starter for the Corning Hawks varsity boys’ soccer team.
Scored 41 career goals, a school record since joining Section IV.
Finished senior season with a school record 26 goals and 16 assists.
All-STAC first team as a junior and senior. Named to the All-Leader first team as a junior and senior.
Key member of three Hawks sectional finalist teams. Three-year varsity member of Hawks basketball and track and field teams.
Graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019.
Currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. RON GUNN, BOWLING
Has bowled in the Corning bowling association for over 25 years. Carried an average over 220 for 12 seasons and 225 average for six.
Has won 32 league championships and six city tournament titles.
Was high average bowler in his league 21 times.
Has rolled 26 perfect games in league and tournament play.
Has recored eight series of 800 or better with a high of 835.
Anchor bowler for team that won 2014 State Elks team event.
Won the 2140 TBI Scratch tournament over a field that includes over 200 of the best bowlers in the region.
Each year he organizes and runs a bowling tournament that supports the Chemung County Children’s Advocate Council to help kids and their families who have faced abuse during their lives.
Currently lives in Elmira and is a member of the Elmira PD. JIM FEE, GOLF
A 1966 graduate of Corning West High School he is considered one of the best golfers at Indian Hills Golf Club.
At one time he carried a two handicap during the 1970s and 80s.
He teamed with Hall of Fame Al Golkiewicz to win the 2000 Joe Smith Best Ball Tournament at Indian Hills.
He teamed with Hall of Fame Steve Loomis to win the 2020 Walt McGill Scramble Event at Indian Hills. The same duo won the McGill men’s open division title in 2004.
Won the Indian Hills Senior Club Championship three times. Served on the board directors at Indian Hills for 20 years.
Has served on the Finger Lakes Senior Golf Association since 2013, including serving as president for the 2015 season.
Well known for his contributions to the Indian Hills Golf Club with his own personal equipment and timeless hours riding the tractor.
Currently lives in Addison. DUSTIN FRENCH, GOLF
A 2011 graduate of Corning East High School he was a three-year starter for Corning Hawks golf, serving as captain his senior year.
Named to the all-division team as a sophomore and was named to the all-conference team as a junior and senior.
Recorded first hole in one as a Corning High School player his junior season.
Graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2015.
Earned four letters for the Mercyhurst University golf team.
Named PSAC golfer of the week as a freshman, first every freshman at Mercyhurst to earn that honor.
Named to PSAC all-academic teams four years in a row.
After college, qualified to compete in the Western Pennsylvania Amateur Tour, which was put on hold during pandemic years.
Currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, Lauren. DAVID SHADDOCK JR., POWERLIFTING
Graduated from Painted Post High School in 1956.
Served four years in the United States Army.
Graduated from Alfred University in 1965.
Started competing in weightlifting competitions in the mid-1980s.
Won the NASA (Natural Athlete Strength Association) Masters 2 Division with an American-record bench press of 424 pounds in 1991.
In 1993 he broke his own record in the NASA Masters 2 Division with a lift of 440 pounds, a record that stood for several years.
Career titles: 1987 Nautilus Bench Press; 1988 Nautilus Open Bench Press with a lift of 335 pounds; 189 Dink’s Gym Bench Press for Tennessee State Championship; 1990 Southern States and Domino’s Bench Press Competition; 1991-93 NASA Bench Press Powerlifting Championships in the Masters Division.
Currently lives in Corning. WALT PAPROCKY, BASKETBALL
A 1976 graduate from Corning East High School, he served four years in the United States Navy following graduation.
He was a three-year letterman for the Trojans boys’ basketball team and scored 15.4 points a game as a senior to lead the team in scoring.
He was honorable mention All-STC as a junior and was a first-team all-STC pick as a senior. He finished eighth in the league in scoring as a senior.
As a senior he led the Trojans to an 11-7 record, winning last six in a row.
He averaged 18.5 points per game as MVP of the 1973 Viking Christmas Classic.
He currently lives in Houston, Texas. JAMIE NICHOLS, BASKETBALL
Graduated from Corning West High School and then attended Corning Community College and Mansfield University.
He was a team captain as a junior and a senior. He was named to the All-STC and All-Steuben League second teams as a junior.
As a two-year starter he avenged 14.5 points per game as a junior and 18.2 points per game as a senior.
He scored 336 points in his senior year, including 32 in one game, both school records at the time.
He ranks third all-time at West high in three point field goals in a career and a season.
He is currently the head coach of the Corning Hawks girls’ basketball varsity team, leading them to a Section IV, Class AA title and New York State semifinals a year ago. He was named coach of the year by Basketball coaches of New York State.
He currently lives in Painted Post.
DENIS SWEENEY, CONTRIBUTOR
Graduated from Elmira Notre Dame High School in 1975. Graduated from Syracuse University School of Broadcast and Journalism in 1979.
Earned an MBA from Binghamton University in 1986. Started broadcasting career in 1979 in Corning.
Has called over 500 games of high school and college Division I, II and III basketball and football games.
Has broadcast games for RLM Sports, WETM-TV and WELM Radio.
Over the past 10 years has broadcast 171 high school football and basketball games, including sectional and state regional games.
Also worked with Howard Simon at Audacy Sports WGR Buffalo on his morning sports broadcast shows in the 1980s.
Is currently working in his 44th year in the local radio sports broadcasting.
Currently lives in Corning with his wife Cheryl.
TIM HUGHES, CONTRIBUTOR
Graduated from Hilton High School in 1993 and graduated from Cortland State in 1997.
Involved in coaching in the Corning district for the past 25 years. Head coach for the Corning East JV football team for three years.
Served as offensive coordinator at East High from 2001 to 2006.
His teams would win three Section IV titles, make it to the NYS Final Four three times, winning the NYS Class A Championship in 2006.
Took over as Trojans head coach in 2007, winning two sectional titles.
Named first-ever head coach for the Corning Hawks in 2010.
Stepped down as head coach in 2013, but returned in 2014 as an assistant coach and has been on the staff ever since.
An assistant coach for the undefeated 2020 Hawks team that finished the season as the number one public high school team in NYS during a very trying season marred by the pandemic.
Currently lives in Corning.
PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN CAMPBELL OF WENY