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 Tri-Town News September 6th 2008 

SIDNEY - Tickets for the 6th annual Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction dinner and ceremony October 4 are now available.

The event returns to its original "home" of the Sidney Elks Lodge on River St. this year. All indications are that the attendance record set in 2007 will be broken - and for good reason. More on that shortly.

The dinner is scheduled for 7:15 pm, following a 6:00 pm social hour and alumni introductions. The menu consists of a turkey & ham buffet with corn, salad, rolls, relish tray and tea/coffee. Cost is still just $25 per person, with tickets available locally at Glad Tidings on Main St. as well as through any Hall of Fame Committee member.

In the Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008 are: Anthony "Tonsee" Smith (class of 1963), Coach Larry Armour, Michele Mancini Benton ('89), and Robb Munro ('96). Voting took place in April of this year. The 10-person Hall of Fame Committee had its hardest vote to date, despite the fact that Michele and Robb were "automatic" inductees by virtue of their recent induction into the Section Four Hall of Fame.

The committee is also proud to announce that all track & field school record holders will be the second annual "Legacy Award" recipients, thus the anticipation of a record attendance. 96 alumni who hold individual or relay records in indoor and outdoor track & field have been invited to accept the award collectively. Like last year, the new Legacy Award plaque will be presented to the school and displayed in a prominent place near the gymnasium.

Tonsee Smith was the 1963 Ralph Pyle Award winner, symbolic of the outstanding male athlete in his class. He earned 10 varsity letter and was captain of the baseball and football teams in his senior year. One of Sidney's all-time leading rushers in football, Tonsee was named "All Metro" by the Binghamton Press newspaper in 1962. In baseball, he was the catcher during a two-year run of Susquenango League baseball championships, including an unbeaten season of 1963, part of a 33-game winning streak that still stands as a Sidney school record.

For Larry Armour, treatment of athletes was as respected as the results he got from them. Larry had been a successful rifle team coach throughout the 1970s, then became a top coach in the weight events for track & field. Three Sidney athletes won state titles under his guidance. 15 others earned a top-5 placing in the state meet, and he coached dozens of Sus League and Class C winners - indoor and outdoor season combined. Larry also coached modified boys and girls soccer, was assistant football coach and assisted Doug Quinney as NYS Girls Indoor Track Chairman from 1982-88.

Michele (Mancini) Benton excelled in basketball and track at SCS. She played 3 seasons of varsity basketball and was the first Lady Warrior to have produced 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Sidney won the Section 4 Class C title in her sophomore season. She later played 4 seasons at Colgate University, setting new record for three-point baskets. Michele went on to play professionally in Europe. In track, Michele doubled as Sus League and Section IV Class C champion in both the 100m and 400m hurdles in 1989. Michele has also been inducted into the Colgate Hall of Fame.

Robb Munro is one of two Sidney runners to earn High School All American status. He was and 8-time Sus League champ, half of those won his senior year. Robb raced to the overall Section IV championship in the 300m steeplechase in 1995 & 96, and claimed the state crown in 1996. That same spring, Robb placed 4th in the National High School meet. . He also led Sidney to three straight Section 4 soccer finals (winning in 1994) and was voted basketball MVP in 1995-96. At the Indoor States, Robb was Section IV champ at the 1000m and 1600m his senior year. He ran at Virginia Tech and the University of Delaware and now leads a strong track program at neighboring Bainbridge-Guilford Afton.

Before the induction, the annual sports memorabilia auction will take place, as part of the fund-raising purpose of the induction dinner and ceremony. The committee is again anticipating autographed items which range from baseballs and football jerseys to Olympic items and a time share vacation package to Hilton Head, SC.

Each year. The Sports Hall of Fame Induction raises money that will go directly back to the athletic program at Sidney Central School. In 2007, record proceeds enabled the committee to donate a state-of-the-art scorer's table for use with all indoor sports. This year, the intent is to raise enough to fund two portable outdoor scoreboards for baseball and softball.

Thanks to the efforts of the Sports Hall of Fame, part of the Sidney Central School Alumni Association, the Induction Weekend now caps off an exciting Homecoming Week at Sidney High School. Inductees in the class of 2008 - including Legacy Award winners - will be recognized at halftime of the Sidney vs. Walton football game Friday October 3. There is also a reception for inductees, their families and all alumni following the game at the VFW on West Main St.

For more information on the 6th annual Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction dinner and ceremony, contact Greg Davie at 563-9799 or e-mail

As Printed in the Tri-Town Newspaper