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May 9, 2013

CCS names six athletes, two teams to HOF

Induction will be held on Sept. 28

Six individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Cooperstown Central School’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 28.

M. Perry Chapman Jr., William “Bim” Ashford, Erika Flatt Prouty, George Mitchell, Thomas Murphy and Joe Senchyshyn were selected for the 2013 HOF class. 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.

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