Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame: Miles and Manley join the elites

Gary Pinneo
Jennifer Miles McKie and Michael Manley

Jennifer Miles (McKie)

On Friday, Sept. 22, Jennifer Miles (Mckie), a 1995 graduate of Penn Yan Academy, will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She will be part of the Hall’s 7th induction class that will honored during PYA’s annual homecoming weekend.

Jennifer Miles was an outstanding, four sport athlete representing Penn Yan Academy from 1992-1995. Her work ethic and ability to lead was a major attribute and helped drive her athletic career. She was a four year honor student at Penn Yan Academy and truly enjoyed competing on the athletic field and court. Jennifer was recognized as a leader by both her coaches and teammates. Her post season honors included two GAA Varsity Club Awards, the Norah Michelle Bartlett Award, and the Girl’s Coach’s Trophy in 1995.

Jennifer Miles excelled on the Penn Yan Girl’s track team as a freshman, sophomore, and junior. During this time she set a school records in the 100m and 400m hurdle events. Her 15.6 time in the 100m and 67.5 in 400m are school marks that still stand. Terry Test, longtime PYA track coach stated: “Jennifer led by setting a great example of work ethic at practice and a true competitor during meets.”

Jennifer Miles was most dominant on the basketball court. She was a two-time captain of Mustang girl’s team during her career. The Orange and Blue advanced to the Section V tournament every year. She scored 922 career points, pulled down 413 rebounds, had 139 steals, and dished out 342 assist during her outstanding career at PYA. Jennifer was a two time All Finger Lakes League selection, was named to the All greater Rochester All-star team, and was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1995 Section V Tournament. She rounded out her high school basketball career by playing in the prestigious Ronald McDonald Game in 1995.

Jennifer was also a standout soccer player and fierce competitor for Penn Yan Academy during the autumn months. In her senior year, she played for the Penn Yan Mustang girl’s lacrosse team helping them win a Finger Lakes League title in 1995.

Jennifer earned a full scholarship to play basketball for Daemen College in Buffalo. Unfortunately a major knee injury cut short her collegiate career. She earned her degree in physical therapy. She is a physical therapist and happily lives in Oregon with her husband. Jennifer continues to help and lead in the field of sports, not by playing. She now helps youth athletes to overcome injury and learn to push themselves to succeed.

On Friday, Sept. 22, Jennifer Miles Mckie will enter the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and join the Academy’s most prestigious athletic team. 

Michael Manley

Penn Yan Academy has a long tradition of producing some very gifted athletes in a wide variety of sports. But it would be hard to find a former Mustang athlete that has excelled in a sport like PYA Michael Manley has in the sport of lacrosse. Manley was also an outstanding member of the Orange and Blue football team. But his sport resume in lacrosse would be difficult for anyone to match. Michael Manley, a 2007 graduate of Penn Yan Academy, will be inducted in the school’s 2017 class on Sept. 22. His athletic accomplishments and numbers certainly speak for themselves. But his dedication to hard work and unbelievable ability to lead by example makes his addition to PYA Athletic Hall of Fame a no-brainer.

He is one of the finest athletes ever to play for the Penn Yan Mustangs.

Michael Manley played football and lacrosse for PYA from 2003 until 2007. He earned eight varsity letters during those years and was also an excellent student and scholar. His hard work on the athletic field and also in the classroom earned him a full scholarship to Duke University.

On the gridiron, Michael was a fantastic defensive player. At linebacker, he was dominant. In his senior year, Manley recorded 84 solo tackles, 47 assisted tackles, 3 blocked kicks, 2 interceptions, and recovered 4 fumbles. On defense he converted 2 fumbles into touchdowns. Manley was also a team leader on offense as a tight end. He was a team captain and a leader on both offense and defense. His football efforts earned a boatload of recognition. Manley was named to the First Team All Finger Lakes team for three straight season from 2004 until 2006. In 2006, he was named to the First Team All-Greater Rochester and also the All New York State Team as a linebacker. Michael also was named the Ontario Honda Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. He ended his high school football career by playing in the prestigious “Eddie Meath” all-star game. Impressive football numbers for sure, but it would be the sport of lacrosse that would produce the most striking successful numbers. Statistics and honors that would be parleyed into an impressive collegiate career and a trip to the pros.

Michael Manley was a star defenseman for the Mustang laxers from 2003 until 2007. Those teams won five Section V titles and advanced to the New York State Tournament every one of those seasons. He was named to the First Team All Finger Lakes team four times and also the Section v Class C All Tournament team in 2006 and 2007. As Mustang team captain, Manley was named the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2007. U.S. Lacrosse named him a High School All-American, their highest honor. Michael Manley is the all-time scorer for defensemen at PYA with 21 career goals and 25 career assists. Inside Lacrosse ranked Manley as the No. 8 recruit in the Nation in 2007 and he was named an Under Armour All-American, the highest honor a high school lacrosse player can be given. And a little high school icing on the cake, Michael Manley played in the Empire State Games three times. An amazing high school lacrosse career.

After high school, Manley was a Duke Blue Devil from 2008 until 2012. He started every game on defense for the Blue Devils during those years including the NCAA National Championship team of 2010. Michael was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008 and was a team captain from 2010 to 2012. Manley was named to the NCAA All-tournament team in 2010 and was an NCAA All-American in 2010, 2011, and 2012. After college, Michael Manley moved on to professional lacrosse. He was the 3rd overall pick in the MLL draft, signing with the Rochester Rattlers in 2012. He was named the MLL Defenseman of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and was named an MLL All Star four times. During the winter months, Michael Manley plays professional indoor lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League. He has played for the Philadelphia Wild, New England Black Wolves, and recently signed to play for the Rochester Knighthawks.

Friday, Sept. 22, Michael Manley will enter the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Brian Hobart summed up Michael Manley’s Hall of Fame credentials.

“Michael Manley to me exemplifies what a Penn Yan athlete should be. His toughness, drive, commitment, and pride in his community make up every aspect that is desirable in the student athletes who come through Penn Yan Academy. Michael is a true Hall of Famer.” We could not agree more.