Manlius Pebble Hill School has announced its 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, a group of athletes, coaches and sports teams who have made exceptional contributions to the school’s athletic history. They will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held Saturday, June 4.
Syracuse University superstar and professional football Hall of Famer, Floyd Little will be a special guest presenter for the school’s event. Little, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is responsible for development and donor relations at Syracuse University, assisting with student-athlete and team development and prospective student-athlete on-campus recruitment activities. In addition, he handles special projects as assigned by the director of athletics and he serves in many other capacities for the department.
A three-time All-American and 1966 ECAC Player of the Year at Syracuse, Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. The recipient of more than 19 professional athlete achievement awards and more than 31 distinguished community service awards during his career, Little is enshrined in seven Halls of Fame. In January 2012, he was recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as its Distinguished American and in 2014 was honored with the Doak Walker Legends Award. In addition to the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, Little has been honored as a Syracuse University Letterwinner of Distinction and recognized by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. In 1992, Little was honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
Those being inducted in the MPH Athletic Hall of Fame for 2016 are:
∙Maureen Anderson, Manlius Pebble Hill School, coach of girls and boys tennis, 1992-2011 12 Team NYSPHSAA Section III Titles (10 girls, 2 boys)
∙Lora Songster Hall ’83, Manlius Pebble Hill School, Multi-Sport Athlete: volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and track and field.
∙Richard Nowak ’60B, The Manlius School, Red Knights Football. 2013 Army Athletic Hall of Fame.
∙Jack Songster ’80, Manlius Pebble Hill School, All-Around Athlete ’79 and ’80: soccer, basketball and track and field New York State Section III High Jump Record, ’79 to ’80.
∙Gary Steele ’65C, The Manlius School, Best All-Around Athlete: football, basketball and track. 2013 Army Athletic Hall of Fame, Detroit Lions.
∙Dimitrios Telonis ’07, Manlius Pebble Hill School, soccer goalie, High School “All American.”
∙1977 Boys Varsity Tennis Team, Manlius Pebble Hill School Undefeated season, Oswego County League Title. NYSPHSAA Section III Title Players: Robert Gregory ’78, Tim Lockwood ’78, Malcolm Ross ’80, Barry Spevak ’78, Eric Spevak ’77, Dean Stahl ’80, Paul Sutphin ’78, Sarah Wagner ’78 and Mark Halliday, coach.
∙The John Lenore Legend Award: Tom Denton ’65PH Manlius Pebble Hill School Coach: softball, basketball and volleyball.
∙The John Lenore Legacy Award: Robert S. Weekes ’22B The Manlius School, football and track director of admissions and alumni representative ’41 to ’65, special assistant to the president for The Manlius Centennial ’65 to ’69.
Tickets for the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and VIP reception can be purchased online at mph.net