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9 Individual Athletes To Join OFA/SMA Hall Of Fame

The Ogdensburg Free Academy/St. Mary's Academy Hall of Fame will induct nine individual athletes in its second class. Brief profiles of the athletes follow with highlights. More information will be on each individual plaque and in the program on Induction Night Sept. 27th. Dr. Robert Hentschel - OFA Class of 1952 

Four sport athlete who was chosen as Outstanding Senior Athlete.

Track - 3 years varsity - captain as a senior of an undefeated Van Dusen championship squad

sprint leader and member of record setting 880 relay team in 1951.

Also played Football, Basketball, Baseball for 2 years varsity and was Valedictorian and Class President of the Class of '52.

He also served in Air Force during Vietnam War and enjoyed a long, long career in medical and community service in Ogdensburg.

Jim Blake - OFA Class of 1964

Outstanding performer and leader on football, basketball, and baseball teams and one

of a few who played 4 years of varsity basketball.

He played varsity football at West Point where he graduated 1969. He

served his country throughout the world and taught history at West Point

where he retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.

Joe Jones -  Class of 1970

A three sport athlete who played football, basketball and golf.

He captained the undefeated 1970 hoops team, MVP on golf team '69 and '70.

He also played golf & hoops at JCC and was named as

the Outstanding Athlete at UNC-Ashville '73.

A PGA member and Head Pro at Delaire CC for over 30 years he has been

community service activist in Delray Beach, Florida.

Tom Lightfoot -  Class of 1970

Played three sports at SMA and in senior year at OFA - football, basketball, baseball.

Played on '69 SMA & '70 OFA hoops team which are both in HOF.

He enjoyed an outstanding football career at Southern Connecticut State where he made the AP All-New England and All Eastern teams.

Attracted professional interest in two sports from Montreal Expos and Ottawa Rough Riders 

Holds Engineering from Clarkson and retired after 31 years with Alcoa, Inc.

Bob LeBeau - Class of 1973

Three sport athlete in football, swimming, track.

Football All-Northern as a senior and 4 time sectional swimming winner - team captain.

Awarded the WSLB Trophy for Outstanding Scholar-Athlete in '73 .

Attended the US Air Force Academy where he played 3 years of Varsity Lacrosse. 

Had an over 20 year career as a Scientist/Engineer for the Air Force Research Lab

Becky [Skelly] Wassus 1974

Three sport athlete as girls sports were starting in basketball, softball, volleyball

A talented leader she was a captain on every team she played on.

Part of a talented guard combo on 12-0 '74 hoops team.

Won an American Gladiator competition in Georgia at the age of 35.

Lisa Boyer - Class of 1975

Four sport athlete soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball.

Carolyn Elliott Outstanding Female Athlete Award '75.

Ithaca College - 4 years of Varsity basketball - Ithaca Athletic HOF 2014

Head Basketball Coach at Bradley U. and in the professional ABL

Head Assistant at Temple and at South Carolina that won an D I NCAA Championship 2017

On the staff of the 2018 FIBA World Championship USA team.

Kelley Geary - Class of 1975

Three sport athlete soccer, wrestling, track

Led soccer team in scoring and was 1st team All-Northern in soccer '73 &'74

Three time Section 10 Champ at 138 lbs. in wrestling.

At Delhi Tech he was the Male Athlete of the year '77 and

played two years of soccer at SUNY Cortland.

Won 5 sectional and 10 league titles in 12 years as Varsity Girls Soccer coach at OFA.

May Ferguson - Class of 1975

Played four sports - basketball, soccer, softball, vollyball

A big part of the girls 21 game win streak in basketball - high scorer in '74 & '75

Her coach says she was talented but also a spark plug & leader

She was coachable and an excellent example for the team.

She enlisted in the Army after graduation but died from complications after surgery at 19

An annual athletic award is presented in her name at OFA 


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