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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The RCS Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony honored 19 outstanding athletes from the past seven decades. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — It’s been years since they stepped onto a field, court or track, but the contributions of this year’s 19 RCS Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will never be forgotten.

Each year, a committee selects the best of the best of RCS’s athletes from previous years, and this year, they chose 19 of them, spanning the years of 1952 to 2016.

This year’s inductees and their graduating classes are: Sam Jones, 1952; Ed Domanico, 1955; Joe Motley, 1956; Donald Ennis, 1959; Eugene Cary, 1964; Doug Quay, 1964; Lou Neri, 1971; Robert Johnson, 1972; Laura Jane Powell (Barry), 1980; Mark Greenlee, 1982; Dexter Greenlee, 1983; Sarah Fink, 1991;  Matthew Frese, 1997; Jennifer Jones, 1998; Steve Ross, 1998; Tony Lintner, 1998; Brad Palmer, 2000; Jaclyn Levi, 2006; and David Warnken, 2016.

“This is our fourth year. We missed a year due to COVID,” said event emcee Jim Gorham. “This has more of an impact every year — there are more and more people attending.”

This year’s induction ceremony was held last Saturday between the Indians girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

Inductees are selected by a committee of athletics coaches from the district, with input from former coaches and records from the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society and old news reports from the Ravena News-Herald, committee member and coach Ron Racey said after the ceremony.

“We’ve come up with lists of athletes from every decade and then we sit down and discuss them,” Racey said of the selection process. “They have to have been outstanding in at least one sport, and right now we are at the point where they had to have played multiple sports. Probably in the future we will get to the people who were really, really outstanding in just one sport.”

The committee’s research goes back to the pre-consolidation days, before the Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk schools were consolidated into one RCS district, Racey said.

Coaches Robert Dorrance and Ronald Racey congratulate several of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees after the ceremony’s conclusion.

There is also a renewed focus on identifying outstanding female athletes from the district because prior to consolidation, there were no female sports offered.

“We are really trying to concentrate on our female sports but since female athletics didn’t start in the district until 1970, it looks a little skewed because pre-consolidation, there weren’t any athletics available to the girls back then,” Racey said. “We have an outstanding female class this year and in the years coming up because in the 2000s, we had some really, really good female athletes and we will start seeing more of them.”

Here is a brief profile of each of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and their accomplishments:

SAM JONES

Sam Jones was a member of the Class of 1952 and a four-sport athlete playing on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams.

He was a member of the undefeated CHVL championship football team for three years, a CHVL All-Star for two years and a Section 2 All-Star in 1950. In basketball, Jones played for the CHVL championship team for three years and was a league All-Star for two years.

He was also a member of the CHVL championship baseball team for three years.

After high school, Jones was drafted by the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

ED DOMANICO

Ed Domanico was a four-sport athlete playing football, basketball, baseball and bowling, and graduated in 1955.

Domanico was captain of the 1954 football team, the 1955 basketball team and the 1955 baseball team.

He was a member of the CHVL championship football teams in ’53 and ’54, and in baseball in ’54 and ’55. He was an All-Star on the 1955 baseball team.

JOE MOTLEY

A member of the Class of 1956, Joe Motley played football and basketball.

He was a member of the undefeated championship basketball team in 1954 and the CHVL championship team the following year.

He played football for the CHVL undefeated champion 1954 team.

DONALD ENNIS

Donald Ennis was a graduate of the Class of 1959 and played basketball and baseball.

He was captain of the varsity basketball team in 1959 and the baseball team, also in ’59. He was a member of the CHVL championship basketball team in 1959 and the CHVL championship baseball teams for two years. He also set a pitching record in 1959, with 12 wins and no losses.

Ennis continued in athletics after high school, playing baseball at the Fort Bragg and Fort Clayton army bases, and he played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians’ Minor League affiliate.

EUGENE CARY

Eugene Cary was a member of the Class of 1964 and was a four-sport athlete who was on the football, basketball, baseball and bowling teams.

Cary was a member of the championship football teams in 1962 and 1963, and was captain of the basketball team in 1964.

He was captain of the school’s undefeated championship baseball team in 1964, and was a member of the championship ’62, ’63 and ’64 baseball teams.

Cary was also on the bowling team for one year in 1962.

DOUG QUAY

Doug Quay, a member of the Class of 1964, was a four-sport athlete and a member of the basketball, baseball, cross-country and bowling teams.

Quay was captain of the 1963 cross-country team and the 1964 basketball and baseball teams. He was also a member of the undefeated championship baseball team in ’64 and pitched a complete game with 18 strikeouts in 1964.

After high school, Quay continued his athletics career as a baseball player for the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon and played both baseball and basketball at the Army base in Frankfurt, Germany.

LOU NERI

Lou Neri was on the football, wrestling and track teams, and graduated with the Class of 1971.

He was captain of the 1969 football team and a Colonial Council, All County All-Star and All Capital All-Star player. He set a new school record for touchdowns in 1970 and was the Section 2 scoring leader with 124 points that same year.

Neri was captain of the wrestling team in 1971 and a member of the Colonial Council championship team for three years, and an individual champion for two. He set a new school record for career wins with 62.

After high school, Neri was an athlete at Hamilton College.

ROBERT JOHNSON

A member of the Class of 1972, Robert Johnson played football, track and basketball.

He was captain of the Colonial Council championship football team, and a member of the council championship track team for three years. Johnson played basketball for three years from 1970-72, and was a First Team All-Star in the council and a Capital District Second Team All-Star, and was captain of the team in ’72.

After high school, Johnson played football for Bucknell University and basketball for two years at Hamilton College.

LAURA JANE POWELL (BARRY)

Laura Jane Powell (Barry) was a four-sport athlete at RCS, playing soccer, volleyball, basketball and track, and was a member of the Class of 1980.

Powell was a member of the Colonial Council and sectional championship soccer team for three years, and a Colonial/Sectional All-Star.

She was named the Class B Outstanding Hitter in volleyball in 1979, and was a member of the Colonial Council championship basketball team. She was the sectional champion in high jump in 1978 on the indoor track team and set a new school record in the high jump and the 50m hurdles. Powell was on the Colonial Council and section 2 championship team in outdoor track for two years, and set school records in the 100m, high hurdles and 300m.

After high school, she played volleyball for Hudson Valley Community College for two years.

MARK GREENLEE

Mark Greenlee was on the cross-country, track and basketball teams, and a graduate of the Class of 1982.

Greenlee was a Colonial Council All-Star in cross country for two years, an individual council champion in 1981, and competed in the state’s cross country and Federation championship meets in 1980 and 1981.

In outdoor track, he was a Colonial Council champion, an individual champion for three years in the 3200m, and was named Albany County’s Meet Outstanding Runner for one year. He set school records in the 1600, 3200 and 1-mile runs, and was Section 2 champion in the 3200M.

After high school, Greenlee was on the cross-country team at SUNY Fredonia.

DEXTER GREENLEE

Dexter Greenlee of the Class of 1983 was a four-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and track and field.

He was a Colonial Council All-Star football player in 1982 and in track for three years running.

On the track and field team, Greenlee was the Colonial Council champion in the long jump and high hurdles for three years; Albany County champ in the triple jump in 1982; sectional champion for three years in long jump and high hurdles, and a New York State Meet Participant from 1981-83. Greenlee set new school records in the long jump and 110m hurdles.

He continued his athletic success after high school, playing for the SUNY Buffalo football team.

SARAH FINK

Three-sport athlete Sarah Fink played for the RCS soccer, track and volleyball teams, and was a member of the Class of 1991.

Fink was captain of the soccer team and a Colonial Council All-Star in 1990. She was captain of the 1991 track team and set new school records in the 800-meter run and 4×800 meter relay.

In volleyball, Fink was a member of the undefeated Colonial Council championship teams in 1989, 1990 and 1991, when she was also a Colonial Council All-Star. She was captain of the volleyball team in 1991, a fourth-team NYS All-Star in 1991, and a member of the Empire State Scholastic volleyball team in 1990. Fink also set a new school record for most career volleyball kills.

After high school, Fink played volleyball for Siena College for four years and was a member of the MAAC championship teams for two years.

MATTHEW FRESE

Matthew Frese, a member of the Class of 1997, played football, baseball and indoor track for the Indians.

Frese was captain of the 1996 football team, which went on to win the sectional and regional championships and was a New York state finalist. He was Colonial and sectional All-Star for two years and set school records for career rushing yards and touchdowns, and for the most single-season rushing yards.

Frese also captained the 1997 baseball team and the 1997 indoor track team, where he set a school record in the 4×200 and was Colonial Council champion in the 4×200 for two years in a row.

JENNIFER JONES

Jennifer Jones, of the Class of 1998, played three sports for the Indians — soccer, basketball and track.

She was captain of the soccer team for one year and a three-year Colonial Council All-Star.

In basketball, she was captain in 1998 and a council All-Star for two years. She also captained the track team for one year and set a school record in the discus, and was a Colonial Council individual champion for two years.

TONY LINTNER

Tony Lintner graduated from RCS in 1998 and was on the track, football, baseball and wrestling teams.

He was captain of the 1997 football team and a Colonial Council and Section 2 All-Star for two years. He was a member of the Section 2 regional championship team for two years, and in 1996 the team made it to the state finals.

Lintner wrestled for all four years of high school and was captain of the 1998 team, and a Colonial Council All-Star and individual champion.

After high school, Lintner was a defensive tackle for the Union College football team.

STEVE ROSS

Steve Ross graduated from RCS in 1998 and played football and basketball.

He was captain of the baseball team for two years and a Colonial Council All-Star in 1998. He also captained the football team for two years and was a member of the Colonial and regional teams for two years. The team was a New York state finalist in 1996.

Ross was named the Class B All-Star linebacker, a state Class B Player of the Year, and sectional and regional Player of the Game six times. He set a new school record for most tackles both for a season and in his career. He also set a state record for total tackles in a state semi-final game with 21.

After high school, Ross played football for three years with Marist College.

BRADFORD PALMER

Bradford Palmer, a graduate of the Class of 2000, played football, basketball and baseball for RCS.

He was captain of the football team and the Colonial Council Player of the Year in 1999. He was also selected for the Section 2 All-Star RB First Team and was a member of the sectional and regional champions for three years.

Palmer was a Colonial Council All-Star in both basketball and baseball.

After high school, Palmer played baseball for Wingate University for all four years of college and was named the Division 2 Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

JACLYN LEVY

Jaclyn Levy, a member of the RCS Class of 2006, played soccer, indoor and outdoor track.

She was captain of all three teams and was on the Colonial Council championship soccer team in 2003. She was also a Colonial Council All-Star for all four years of high school, a state and Section 2 All-Star and played in the Empire State Games for all four years at RCS.

After high school, Levy played Division 1 soccer for Manhattan College from 2006-09 and finished the New York City Marathon in 2013.

DAVID WARNKEN

David Warnken, a graduate of the Class of 2016, played football and basketball for the Indians.

He was captain of both teams for two years and was named to the basketball Colonial Council All-Star Second Team in 2014 and the First Team the following year. He was also a section 2 All-Star Third Team member for one year.

In football, he was named to the Reinfurt Division All-Star First Team. Warnken was named to the Section 2 First Team, NYS All-Star Second Team, and set a school record for the most interceptions both in a season and career with nine.

After high school, Warnken played football for two years at University at Albany.

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