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 Tri-Town News August 19th 2010 
Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame
Sets Oct. 8,9 for Induction Weekend

SIDNEY - The Sports Hall of Fame Committee of the Sidney Central School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that the Eighth Annual Induction Weekend will take place Friday and Saturday October-8 - 9, 2010 with a variety of activities scheduled.

Tickets for the October 9 induction dinner and ceremony at the Elks Lodge will soon be available from any committee member as well as Video Entertainment Plus and Glad Tidings in Sidney. Once again, tickets have remained at $25 each. This includes a fine beef and turkey buffet meal and several keepsake items in honor of the 2010 inductees.

The Class of 2010 will have an emphasis on outstanding individuals from long ago as well as "famous firsts". They include: John Pendlebury '30 (Athlete and Coach); Lee Murdoch'49; Bill Rasbeck'49; and Wendy Simonds-Weidman '89. Our recipients of the 4th Annual Legacy Award are the 1978-79 Boys Basketball Team, New York State Champions under Hall of Fame Coach Jack Jones.

The athletic achievements of John Pendlebury were many as a student at Sidney. However, he also has the unique distinction of returning to his Alma mater immediately after earning his degree from Springfield College. In his first two seasons coaching the Warriors in football, Pendlebury's defensive minded philosophy was evident. Those two squads won all 14 of their games, including nine by shutout! By 1937 he had accepted a position in Vestal, where he built the athletic program literally from scratch. John retired in 1966, after starting all varsity sports programs at Vestal and hiring legendary coaches such as Dick Hoover (football), Willie Lobb (basketball) and Lou Gennett (baseball). In 1980, John Pendlebury was elected to the Section IV Hall of Fame.

Lee Murdoch was a four year standout in football for Sidney as an offensive lineman. Despite being of small stature and having no experience since he always worked on his dad's farm. Lee excelled at left tackle, under three Hall of Fame coaches Harry DeBloom, Alan Drake and later Fran Redmond. He was a three-time league All-Star who would take his talents to Colgate University. Lee played on the Varsity from 1952-54 and, like at Sidney, was tall (6' 3") yet extremely light (175 - 188 pounds) for his position. He also played basketball, baseball and track at Sidney. In track, Lee won the 44 yard dash and placed 2nd in the shot put in the Section IV Class Championships. He was also class and student council president at Sidney.

Bill Rasbeck, the class Vice President in Lee Murdoch's class of 1949, was a ten-letter winner, highlighted by four each in football and baseball. Bill played in the All-Star games in both football and baseball senior seasons. His athletic talents were best displayed in baseball based on a tryout with the Yankees in Binghamton - with the Triplets farm team located there. At Cortland State, Bill played two JV seasons in football and served as manager of the baseball team. He became AD and coached all varsity sports at Hancock before returning to Sidney, where he coached 9th grade basketball. In subsequent years, Bill served as an administrator in the Madison and Tully school districts. Still involved in athletic he was elected to the Section III Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The name Wendy Simonds will be forever associated with being both the first female and first track & field New York State Champion in Sidney school history. Wendy's athletic versatility was evident in the fact she earned 13 varsity letters in field hockey, volleyball, winter and spring track. She competed in five state track & field championships during her scholastic career, was a three-time Susquenango League Champion, four-time Section Four champion and her discus mark (136 feet 4 inches) remains a league and school record to this day. In fact, her niece Stephanie Simonds came close to breaking it on her run to a Section Four championship earlier this spring. Wendy Simonds Weidman was named the WCDO Female Athlete Co-Athlete of the Year with classmate Michele Mancini in 1989.

In the 1978-79 boys basketball season, Sidney set out to finish as one of Class B's top four teams. While the first few games - all close victories - did not foretell the end result, the Warriors did march into the NYS Class B Tournament and proceeded to take the crown that had eluded them the previous year, when they lost in the state semifinals. Under Jack Jones's tutelage, Sidney used a swarming defense and a "share the load" offensive mindset to win 25 consecutive games. The finals, a 65-56 victory over Mattituck of Long Island, was also a culmination of more than a decade domination known simply as "Sidney basketball" where teams under Coach Jones went 174-38 over eleven seasons.

Once again, Induction Weekend will also include recognition during the Homecoming Football game as part of the half time ceremonies and a reception at the VFW on Friday night. Anyone coming to the dinner on Saturday should note that everything has been moved up one hour. The social hour commences at 5 p.m., while the dinner gets underway at 6:15 following opening remarks. A sports memorabilia auction will again help raise money (along with sponsorships and dinner proceeds) towards the purchase of much-need equipment for the Sidney Athletic Program. The 2009 dinner, a record setter in terns of attendance and money raised, has it's proceeds being used for custom Sidney Warrior canopies to be used by outdoor teams during inclement weather.

For more information on the 2010 Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please contact Chairman Greg Davie at 643-2913 or log on to the Sidney Alumni web site,

As Printed in the Tri-Town Newspaper