Update: Penn Yan Athletic Hall of Fame announces 2017 class

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The 1967 Mustangs: Front (from left) Brian Hawley, Tom Morse, Coach David Currier, Coach John Marshall, Bruce Castner, Gary Fox, Don Shipman; Row 2: Tom Butcher, Robert Youngs, Fred Johnson, Brian Legg, Robert Breuer, Ambrose Cook, James Blank, Russell Soper, Curtis Morgan; Row 3: Donald D'Amico, William Whitaker, Philip Viele, Richard Gray, James Mahan, Calvin Sands, Richard Clawson, Lee Collins, Morris Collins, Nathanial Olney; Row 4: Michael Gillard, Steve Richmond, Theodore Cox, Richard Willson, Patrick Chapman, Alan Kurtz, Roderick Campo, Craig Milliman; Row 5: Walter Ballard, Jens Jensen, Robert Parmelee, Richard Pallatto, Carroll Graves; Row 6: Parker Reynolds, John Brezinsky, Tom Edmister.

Update: The photo of the football team published in the Aug. 16 print edition of The Chronicle-Express was of the 1966 football team. The 1967 football team is pictured here and the correct photo will be published Aug. 23. 

The Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame proudly announced the Class of 2017 inductees last week. This will be the 7th class to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. PYA started honoring athletes, teams, coaches, and community contributors in 2011. The 2017 induction ceremony will take place during the Mustang’s homecoming weekend on Sept. 22 and 23.

The newest inductees to enter the Hall of Fame include four standout former Mustangs and a highly successful Orange and Blue football team from the 1960’s. They are perfect examples of the fine athletes who have played for Penn Yan Academy who have effectively added to the rich sports heritage in the Penn Yan community.

The PYA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 features Michael Manley (PYA Class of 2007), Paul Chapman (PYA Class of 1979), Jennifer Miles McKie (PYA Class of 1995), and Raymond (Butch) Mashewske (PYA Class of 1983). The new class will also honor the championship Penn Yan Mustang football of 1967.

Michael Manley was an outstanding football and lacrosse player for PYA from 2003 until 2007. As a defenseman for Mustang lacrosse team, Michael helped lead the Orange and Blue laxers to multiple championship titles. He was also an outstanding tight end and linebacker for the Mustang football team. Manley went on to star in lacrosse at Duke University winning a NCAA National championship. He also continued to excel in lacrosse playing professionally.

Jennifer Miles (McKie) was an outstanding four sport star for Penn Yan Academy from 1992 until 1995. Jennifer was a standout leader for the Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball teams of those years. She helped lead the Orange and Blue girl’s team to multiple championship titles. Jennifer also was a talented member and team leader on the PYA girl’s soccer teams during the fall months. Miles set a couple of school records for the Mustang Track and Field teams from 1992 until 1994. In her senior year, she played a year of lacrosse, helping the Mustang girl laxers to a winning championship season.

Raymond “Butch” Mashewske was a standout football and baseball player for Penn Yan Academy from 1980 until 1983. As an All-League lineman, Butch helped propel the Mustangs to three Section V football titles. For the Mustang diamond crew, Mashewske was a power hitting catcher. He was an integral member of the Section V Class A Championship Mustangs of 1983.

Paul Chapman was an amazing athletic talent for the Mustangs from 1977-79. Paul patrolled the outfield for the baseball Mustangs and was a tremendous natural hitter. Chapman also was a stellar running back and defensive back for the gridiron Mustangs. The hardwood court was also a stage for the talented Paul Chapman. He was an outstanding guard for the Orange and Blue.

The 1967 Penn Yan Mustang football team was one of the best gridiron teams ever to play in Penn Yan. They surprised the Wayne Finger Lakes League with a dominating 1967 championship season. They were co-champions in the Wayne/Finger Lakes League sharing the title with Mt. Carmel of Auburn. The experts had picked Penn Yan to finish 5th that year. The 1967 team featured a host of very talented Penn Yan athletes and was certainly the finest and most successful football team of Hall of Fame Penn Yan Coach Jack Marshall.

This is the PYA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017. They will be formally inducted on Friday, Sept. 22 at a ceremony in the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium following the annual HOF Banquet in the school’s cafeteria. The Class of 2017 will also be honored at the annual homecoming football game during the halftime activities Saturday, Sept. 23. The 2017 gridiron Mustangs will host Midlakes at 1 p.m. For more information about these annual HOF events or to purchase tickets for the banquet, contact the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Office, or call the PYA School Main Office at 315-536-4408.

In the coming weeks leading up to Hall of Fame weekend, we will be taking a closer look at the inductees with individual profiles. As it was for the first six years of PYA’s Hall of Fame, year seven promises to be a special time when the school and the community honors some of their finest and best. Hall of Fame organizers hope to see a huge crowd for all of the events.