GENEVA — The Geneva Sports Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2018 later this month.
The following athletes will be enshrined: Amanda Martin Airth, Tony Calabrese, Johanna Cohen Davids, Jim Cook Sr., Jim McDermott, Ron Johnson, Kim Loucks, Traci Luzzi and Mike Toner. Chuck Collins will be inducted as a coach, while the 1951 Geneva High football and 1970-71 Geneva High wrestling squads are this year’s team selections.
The banquet and ceremony is slated for May 18 at Club 86. A social hour is set for 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the individual inductions after that.
Tickets cost $35. Buy them at Dana’s Time-Out or Rylie J’s on Seneca, or by calling Carl Wenzel at (315) 789-2380, Mike Simon at (315) 719-3102, Tom Myers at (315) 224-3757 or Brad Roach at (315) 759-0813.
The deadline to buy tickets is Friday.
Here’s a closer look at the Class of 2018:
Amanda Martin Airth
Class of 2006 (Geneva)
Arguably one of the best multi-sport athletes to come out of Geneva, Amanda earned 13 varsity letters in five sports at DeSales and Geneva high schools during her varsity career.
In basketball, she was a three-time All-Finger Lakes East selection, a two-year team co-captain, and was chosen to play in the Exceptional Senior game.
Amanda picked up six varsity letters in lacrosse and earned All-Finger Lakes recognition four times, including twice at Geneva. At Geneva, she was a two-year team co-captain, team MVP and played in the Exceptional Senior game. She was the only girl From Section V to play in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament at Lehigh University that year, where she made the All-Star Team and played in the All-Star Game. She was Geneva High’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 and president of the Varsity Club.
After high school, she went to St. Bonaventure on a lacrosse scholarship, where she played a year before transferring to Queens University of Charlotte (NC), also on a lacrosse scholarship. At Queens she was a two-year team co-captain and, as a senior, was named to the Conference Carolinas First Team and All-Tournament Team. She was named team MVP during her final season and was a USA College Lacrosse third-team All American. She accomplished this after sitting out an entire season with two torn ACLs and two knee surgeries. She also played in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association North/South Senior Game and is still in the Queens record books in 13 categories.
Amanda joined the Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team as the assistant coach while pursuing her master’s degree. She helped guide the Lakers to a 28-9 record and a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference co-championship in 2014.
Amanda will join her great-grandfather, lacrosse legend Carlton J. Ferris, in the Hall of Fame. Carlton was a charter member of the Hall in 1990.
Amanda lives in Stanley with her husband, Aaron, and 1-year-old son, Leland.
Class of 1969 (Geneva)
A three-sport star, Tony excelled in football, wrestling and lacrosse.
In football, he was an All-Wayne-Finger Lakes first-team selection on offense and defense his junior and senior years. He served as captain and was team MVP his senior year.
In wrestling, he won the league championship his senior year and finished fourth in sectionals. He also served as team captain and was team MVP that year. He finished second in the league tournament his junior year.
He was all-league in lacrosse as a senior.
Tony went on to Lebanon Valley College, where he was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference defender for the Dutchmen lacrosse team. He helped LVC to a 24-10 record over the three seasons he played. In addition, he was an All-ECAC selection at linebacker as a junior.
In 1989, he was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Century Lacrosse Team.
After graduating from Lebanon Valley, Tony went to Lehigh University to get his master’s and then studied at Villanova. He went into the field of information technology, serving as vice president for Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pa., as a consultant for the Healthcare Division of Siemens, and as a consultant for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also was an adjunct professor for computer science at Moravian College and DeSales University.
James R. Cook Sr.
Class of 1957 (Geneva)
Jim started a lifetime in the game of golf when he was invited to a golf clinic conducted by Geneva Sports Hall of Famer Stan Chizinski at the age of 13. It’s been said Chizinski’s legacy was the many generations of golfers who not only learned the game of golf but also learned a love and respect for the game, and Jim was one of his first students who has lived these lessons well.
Jim was a member of the Geneva High golf team that won four consecutive league championships and has been inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame as a team. He won the first of his six Geneva Country Club championships as a senior in high school. He then attended the University of Miami and earned a spot as a walk-on player on the Division I golf team.
He transferred to SUNY Geneseo after his freshman year and earned three letters in golf and served as team captain his junior and senior years. He also lettered in basketball for three years and served as team captain.
In addition to his GCC titles, Cook has prevailed in the Geneva City Championship, the Rochester District Golf Association, Stafford Country Club, numerous scratch four-ball events in Central and Western New York and, more recently, the New York State Golf Association Senior/Super Championship. He has volunteered and served as an officer of several golf organizations that promote the game of golf, with one notable achievement being the creation of a program that allowed junior golfers to play in tournaments even though their parents may not have had the economic means to join a golf club. His participation in these organizations has allowed him to give back to the game of golf some of what was given to him.
Jim’s career began his professional career as a teacher before joining the admissions staff at SUNY Brockport and later becoming its Director of Admissions until his retirement in 1996.
Johanna Cohen Davids
Class of 1986 (Geneva)
Johanna was one of the school’s finest all-round athletes from 1982-86.
She was a four-year letter winner in basketball, a team MVP, and led the Panthers in scoring her junior and senior years while serving as captain both seasons.
Johanna was the team MVP in volleyball her senior year and was a two-year letter winner in softball while playing shortstop.
Her tennis career was spectacular. A three-year letter winner, she played No. 1 doubles as a sophomore, posting a 10-1 league record en route to All-Finger Lakes East first-team honors. Her junior season saw her garner the team MVP award with a 10-1 record and a first-team all-league repeat. As a No. 3 singles player in her senior year, she again was team MVP and first-team all-league with an 11-1 record.
Johanna was named the Outstanding Female Athlete her senior year of high school.
At Cayuga Community College, she played basketball and tennis.
Johanna has won numerous Geneva City Recreation Department tournaments in singles and mixed doubles.
She lives in Romulus with her husband, Dan, and co-owns Don’s Own Flower Shop in Geneva.
Class of 1970 (Geneva)
Ron was a three-sport athlete in high school, earning eight varsity letters in baseball, football and basketball.
Ron was a starting quarterback on the football team, serving as captain his senior year. He was an All-Wayne-Finger Lakes second-team selection his senior season.
In basketball, he was a point guard and instrumental in leading the Panthers to the league championship during the 1968-69 season.
Ron was the second baseman on the New York State Babe Ruth championship team of 1966, and one of the premier baseball players in the Finger Lakes during his three-year varsity career at Geneva High. A fine defensive shortstop, potent hitter and team captain, Ron led GHS to league titles in 1969 and ’70. He was voted to the all-league team his junior and senior years.
Ron continued his athletic career at Hobart College, playing freshman football, freshman basketball and becoming a four-year letter winner in baseball as a shortstop. He was a tri-captain his senior year while batting .404.
Ron lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where he played softball for many years. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two sons.
Class of 1978 (Geneva)
A four-year letter winner in track and field, Kim was undefeated his senior year in the 120 high hurdles, the 330 intermediate hurdles and the 880 relay. He went on to win both league and sectional championships in all three events.
He was also one of the captains of the 1978 GHS track team that was undefeated in all meets, including the sectional championship. Kim was voted team MVP that year. That team was inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Kim set school records in the 120 high hurdles (tie) in :14.9, 330 intermediate hurdles (:40.1) and the mile relay (3:30.6). In the state meet he finished in the top 12 in both hurdles disciplines. He was voted team MVP by his teammates that year.
In 1977, his junior year, Kim competed in the 120 high hurdles, the 330 intermediate hurdles, the 220 dash, the 880 relay, the mile relay, and the 440 dash. Kim was undefeated in the mile relay. He placed first in 35 out of 43 races in the aforementioned events, with seven second places, leading up to the sectional meet. In the league championships, he was first in the mile relay, second in the 120 high hurdles, and third in the 330 intermediate hurdles. He and his teammates set the school record in the mile relay (3:36.1).
Kim also earned two in varsity letters in football. He excelled at running back as a junior but was ruled medically ineligible to play football as a senior year due to a concussion.
Kim has two children and three grandchildren and still lives in the Geneva area.
Class of 1993 (Geneva)
Traci was a versatile, three-sport athlete.
She was a four-year letter winner in softball. Various honors as part of the Geneva High softball squad include team MVP awards her final three seasons, and all-league recognition all three of those seasons, including first-team berths as a junior and senior. She was selected to the Section V all-tournament team all four years.
In soccer she was a four-year letter winner, a second-team all-league selection in 11th grade, and honorable mention all-league as a senior. She played in the Exceptional Senior Game that year.
In basketball, Traci was a four-year letter winner and was awarded most improved as a ninth-grader and team MVP her junior and senior years. She was named second-team all-league as a junior and honorable mention as a senior and also played in the Exceptional Senior Game in the sport.
She served as team captain in all three sports her senior year.
Traci went on to play softball at Monroe Community College, where she was named the MVP of the Region III tournament and selected to the All-Region III team her second year.
Class of 1991 (DeSales)
Jim was a four-year letter winner in baseball, basketball and football.
Jim’s baseball teams at DeSales won Finger Lakes West and Section V titles all four years. The baseball team compiled a 62-5 record, including a 47-game winning streak. He was an all-league catcher.
He was a captain his senior year in basketball. He won a New York State Basketball Coaches award in 1991 and was part of the Class D sectional champions in 1989.
In football, Jim was the captain of the team in 1990 and won the Matthew O’Hanlon Memorial Award as a running back and linebacker.
At Hobart College from 1992-1995, Jim was a four-year letter winner in baseball. He had a career batting average of .328 with 115 hits, 88 runs scored and 63 RBIs. Jim was the captain of the team in 1995 and received the rookie of the year award in 1992. His Hobart team won the ECAC championship in 1991. Jim was named to the NCAA Division III All-Region team in 1994 and ’95. He received won the Block H most improved baseball player in 1994.
His career at Hobart was capped by being named the Ted Silver ’39 Memorial Award winner in 1994-95. This prestigious honor was given to a member of the Statesmen baseball team whose scholarship, sportsmanship and perseverance had proved to be superior.
Class of 2005 (Geneva)
One of most prolific student-athletes of his time at Geneva, the 14-time varsity letter winner starred in golf, hockey and lacrosse. The 2004-05 Geneva Athletic Booster Club Male Athlete of the Year captained all three sports his senior year.
Named team MVP during his senior year in all three sports, Mike also was a four-time MVP in golf. Mike was named to the Section V Senior All-Star Game and first-team All-American honors in hockey and lacrosse his senior year.
In golf, Mike won the Geneva Country Club championship prior to his senior year.
In the classroom, Mike was named a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete in each of his four years.
He was recognized as the 2005 Michael F. D’Amico Awards recipient.
Mike continued his lacrosse career at Penn State University, where he graduated with a degree in business management.
One of his three siblings, Jackie, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mike lives in Chicago with his wife, Katie.
Class of 1971 (Geneva)
Chuck has coached the highly successful bowling team at Geneva High for 25 years. winning five Finger Lakes East boys titles and five girls crowns. His 2009-10 girls went 84-0 to become the first team to go undefeated in the Finger Lakes East.
Chuck was named Finger Lakes Boys Bowling Coach of the Year 2013-14 season.
Chuck takes pride in seeing his former bowlers use the skills gained from being a part of Geneva athletics to grow into upstanding citizens. He also taught a lifelong love of the sport, as many of his bowlers continue to compete in adult leagues. Chuck credits his loyal assistants throughout the years — Marty Lozada, the late Bud Poole and his son, Chuck — with helping to develop the student-athletes.
After his own time in high school, Chuck went on to graduate from Indiana University. He has taught physical education at the elementary level in the Geneva City School District for 35 years. In addition to bowling, he has coached varsity and modified cross country.
1951 Geneva High Football
There were only two returning starters on the 1951 Panthers, co-captains Dewey Antinelli and Ray Ottman, but there were a number of individuals who contributed to the success of the squad coached by Hall of Famers Edward Cuony and George Abraham, along with Tom Jackson and John Pratt.
Playing in the West Central Conference, the Panthers shut out Corning Free Academy, Batavia, Auburn, DeSales, Ben Franklin of Rochester and Corning North that season. Their only loss came in a snowstorm at Hornell. The Panthers closed that season by downing Wellsville 15-2.
Many of the players from that team went on to play college football, including Antinelli at Hobart College and Dick Guererri at The Citadel.
1970-71 Geneva High Wrestling
The Panthers finished with an undefeated record of 11-0-1, tying only Elmira Free Academy, which was ranked in the top 10 in the state. They won the Finger Lakes league championship with an 8-0 record and captured the Section V Class A title.
There were three wrestlers on that team who went on to win Class A vs. Class B championship matches, advancing the trio to the state tournament: 98-pounder Jim Welsh, 105-pounder John Szkolnik and 112-pounder Bill Welsh.
Ed Notebaert, David Achilles, Steve Bero, Ernie Ash, Alex Courtney, Ted Manslank, Geoff Marshall, Steve McConnell and Dan Bullock also were in the starting lineup on the squad coached by Bill Brooks.
“I’d take this team and put it against any team or combination of teams and not worry,” Brooks said in an article that appeared in the April 10, 1971, edition of the Geneva Times. “These guys wouldn’t allow themselves to be beaten. We were tough mentally and tough physically. Outside our league we wrestled the best we could find and we whipped them. There wasn’t any question about it, it wasn’t a fluke.
“(The Section V trophy) is the most prized possession because this is a large section with plenty of good teams. It’s always been in the city or county (Rochester and Monroe), but we went up there and won it. It’s a first for us.”