Inductees still connected to sports

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

‘Butch’ Mashewske

Raymond  “Butch” Mashewske  will be joining the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in September. The 1983 PYA graduate was elected to the HOF and will be inducted as part of the Class of 2017 during homecoming weekend in September.

Butch earned five Varsity Mustang letters during his playing days at the Academy. He was a standout lineman for the gridiron Mustangs during the 1980, 1981, and 1982 campaigns. 

The Orange and Blue 11 won three consecutive Section V titles during those years. Mashewske was a true team leader and co-captain on those squads, anchoring both the offensive and defensive lines. He was named to the All Greater Rochester team in 1982, and was also a First Team All New York State selection. Butch was also a 3-year All Finger Lakes All star selection.

On the baseball diamond, Butch Mashewske was also a true team leader. He was a member of the Diamond Mustangs during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. The 1983 team won the school’s first and only Section V title. This title team was elected to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. As the catcher, Butch Mashewske was the “Field General” of this team. He was an exceptional defensive catcher who worked well with the team pitchers. Mashewske was also a talented hitter with potent homerun power. His presence on the diamond helped mold these Penn Yan teams into winners.

After high school, Butch continued his football career in college at Hudson Valley College and Edinboro. After his playing career was over, Mashewske continued to contribute his sporting attributes to the community. 

He was very active in the community youth sports programs coaching and serving on the Boards of the Youth Football and Baseball organizations.

On Friday, Sept. 22, Butch Mashewske will enter the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame as part of their 7th induction class. He will certainly be a deserving addition to the school’s Hall of Fame as an important part of PYA’s rich sports heritage.

Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman, one of the purest athletes ever to play for the Orange and Blue of Penn Yan Academy, will be inducted into the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in September.  He will be part of the school’s 7th induction class and will take his place among the school’s elite athletes, teams, and coaches.

Paul, a 1979 PYA graduate, was a three sport standout during his years at PYA. He earned seven varsity letters  from 1977 through 1979. Paul was a running back and defensive back for the gridiron Mustangs in 1977 - 78. Chapman was a gifted running back, averaging over 6 yards per carry. As a receiver, Paul averaged 29 yards per catch. He scored 8 touchdowns for the Mustangs. Chapman was named to the Wayne/Finger Lakes First Team Offensive and Defensive teams during those years. Paul was also named to the All New York State Third Offensive Team as a halfback.

On the basketball court, Chapman was gifted guard for the Orange and Blue cagers.  He was a tremendous shooter who could score from any point on the court. But his ability to find open teammates with pinpoint passes was possibly his greatest team asset. Paul was a dominant presence of the basketball court. He was a true team leader.

Paul Chapman was a very gifted baseball player also. He won the batting title in the Penn Yan Little League as a 10-year-old. But that was only the beginning. Paul was a gifted outfielder and tremendous hitter for the Penn Yan Mustang baseball teams from 1977 until 1979. He holds the school record for hits in a season with 27 and runs scored with 29.  Chapman had a .469 batting average and .580 on base percentage for the Mustangs in 1979.  Paul Chapman’s name dominates the Mustang baseball record book. His diamond success at PYA earned him a number of post season honors including First Team All League and Section V selections.

Paul Chapman continued his football career in college at Brockport State. He was a 4-year starter on the gridiron for the Golden Eagles. Chapman was named a Co-captain for two years and was a valuable part of the success of this winning collegiate football program.  After his playing career was over, Paul continued his success  and hard work in business. He cherishes his kids and  family life. Paul is very active in his home community and helps out organizing and coaching in the Marcus Whitman area youth sports leagues. And on Friday, Sept. 22, Paul Chapman will be a welcomed and deserving member of the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.