Six individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Red Bursey Gymnasium.
M. Perry Chapman Jr., William “Bim” Ashford, Erika Flatt Prouty, George Mitchell, Thomas Murphy and Joe Senchyshyn will be inducted in as the Class of 2013. The 1979 girls field hockey team and the 2002-03 boys basketball team will also be inducted.
Chapman, a 1954 graduate and a track and field star, will be inducted posthumously. He set the Cinder Track record in the 180-meter hurdles and also set school records in the 100- and 220-meter races. He graduated from Cornell in 1960 with an architecture degree and had a long career in civil planning that included being involved in the plans for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He died in 2011 at age 76.
Mitchell, a 1961 graduate, played football and baseball. A running back, he led the conference in points his senior year. He scored a touchdown in Cooperstown’s 12-6 conference title victory over Richfield Springs, a game that many CCS old timers still talk about fondly. He is tied with 2004 graduate Brendan Hill for most touchdowns in a season with 21; he set that mark in the 1960 season.
Ashford, a 1979 graduate, played basketball and ran track. He was a three-time Daily Star All-Star in basketball helping his team to three league titles and two section titles. He was a seventh team state All-Star his junior year and a fourth team All-Star his senior year. In track, he won Class C section titles in the 120-high hurdles and the 330-intermediate hurdles.
Flatt, now Erika Prouty, graduated in 1980 and was a member of the ‘79 field hockey team. She also ran track and played volleyball and basketball. She was a four-time most valuable player in volleyball and a leading scorer in field hockey. She set CCS records in track and field in the 200-meters, the high jump and on 400- and 800-relay teams.
Murphy, a 1994 graduate, was the second Cooperstown wrestler to make the state tournament. He went 34-1 his senior year, winning Section Three and losing in the state finals to three-time champ John Lang. His career record was 121-20.
Senchyshyn, a 2000 graduate, played basketball and excelled in track. He was the 2000 Daily Star Track Athlete of the Year, when he won the state C-D title in the 400-meters. He also won the Center State Conference title in the 200-meters. He is still the CCS record holder in the 100-, 200- and 400-meters and also in the 400- meter relay with Ryan Brennan, Matt Peters and Bob Piel.
The field hockey team, which also included current CCS coach Cheryl McArdle Rock, went 13-0-1 and won a Section Three Class C-D title.
The basketball team, coached by current coach Dave Bertram, finished second in the state. The team’s only loss came in the state finals, as it finished 26-1, and won the Center State Conference, Section Three and regional titles.
It will be the district’s fifth induction and the first time that the ceremonies are not honoring athletes from a specific time period. The last induction, in 2011, was to honor players and teams from the 1990s.
The CCS HOF golf tournament was held on July 12 at Meadow Links. The Whiteman Team, Scott Whiteman, Matt Schuermann, Carter Coleman and Ernie Whitman, finished in first place. The Hanson Team finished second. Trosset Team, Ted Trosset, Eric Hage, Mike Perrino and Jim Ferrari, finished third.