Sports Hall of Fame welcomes 14

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Fourteen local sports legends were inducted into Amityville Memorial High School’s Sports Hall of Fame during an evening ceremony on Oct. 7.

The inductees included coaches, athletes and others who contributed to the district’s sports program. Melvin Miller received the Lifetime Achievement Award after having coached middle school and junior varsity sports in the district for 38 years, including volleyball, basketball, track, softball and football. He also ran sports camps and clinics in the community.

Jon Shebar was honored for coaching dominant and respected handball teams from 1981 to 1987. Kevin White, the director of athletics for Duke University and a former track, cross country and volleyball player at Amityville, received the Distinguished Athletic Alumnus Award.

The evening’s host, Bruce Pescitelli, was recognized as Sports Contributor. The member of the class of 1978 playd soccer and baseball but was recognized for his efforts to support Amityville’s teams after graduating, including during his time working for the village’s police department.

Ten athletes who participated in the athletic program from the 1940s to the 1990s were inducted into the Hall of Fame including:

Audrey Doherty Nordland — Class of 1944, field hockey, cheerleading and basketball

Valentin “Vally” Davis — Class of 1958, football, basketball and track

Dimitria “Demi” Bineares — Class of 1964, field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball

Charles William Garran III — Class of 1964, basketball, soccer and track

Ruth Goehring — Class of 1964, basketball, field hockey and volleyball

Ralph Forman IV — Class of 1967, volleyball, soccer, wrestling and track

Reginald “Reggie” Quintyne — Class of 1973, basketball and soccer

Mark Epps — Class of 1983, football, basketball and track

Jauron McKelvin — Class of 1994, football and baseball

William E. “Billy” Kertz — Class of 2001, football, basketball and baseball; current coach of Amityville’s varsity football team

The inductees were joined by family, friends, district administrators and Board of Education members. Guest enjoyed dinner, served by current Amityville High School students, in the gymnasium surrounded by the banner that mark all of the school’s athletic accomplishments. A video presentation featured interviews with the evening’s honorees.