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Ithaca High School

Athletic Hall of Fame

2nd Annual Induction Ceremony

January 31, 2003

Frank Bettucci

Frank Bettucci graduated from Ithaca High in 1949 after playing 4 seasons of football and 3 seasons of wrestling and golf. In his senior year he was captain of each of those teams and was student body president as well. As a wrestler Frank was undefeated in Section IV competition. After graduation he attended Cornell, where in 1953 he was NCAA wrestling champion at 147 pounds and won the Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the naFRANK BETTUCCI tional tournament. He was on the 1956 and 1960 Olympic wrestling teams and won the 1960 AAU national wrestling title. Frank is a member of the Cornell and Section IV Halls of Fame.

Barbara Gainey

Barbara Gainey was the assistant to the Athletic Director for the Ithaca City School District from 1956 to 1980. She was responsible for the publication and distribution of sports schedules and for a wide variety of behind-the-scene activities supporting Ithaca High School athletics, including presentation of yearly budgets. She worked under athletic directors Joe Tatascore, Don Culligan, and Richard Armstrong. Don Culligan states, "Barb BARBARA GAINEY was the glue that bonded the athletic department together." Ithaca High honored her in 1984 by creating the Barb Gainey Award, given annually to a senior girl having high achievement in academics and athletics.

Henry Buncom

Henry Buncom played center on the 1949 and 1950 Ithaca High basketball teams, which won 37 straight games and consecutive Section IV titles. He was named to the all-conference team in his senior season. Henry then played at Cornell, and scored the winning final two points in the 1954 game that won the Ivy League championship for Cornell. Henry is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Orlando Iacovelli

Orlando Iacovelli won Section IV wrestling championships in 1957, 1958, and 1959. In his junior and senior years he was captain of the wrestling team and undefeated in competition. Phenomenally, in his junior season he was not only undefeated, but also completely unscored upon. At Ithaca College, Orlando was undefeated in dual meet competition. In his junior year he was a semi-finalist in the Division I national championships. Orlando was ORLANDO IACOVELLI head wrestling coach at Guelph University from 1965 through 1986, winning 13 league championships. He was coach of the Canadian national wrestling team four times between 1971 and 1983, and was coach of the Canadian Olympic team in 1976. Orlando returned to Ithaca High and served as head wrestling coach from 1988 to 1993, producing two individual State champions. He is a member of the Ithaca College, Guelph University, Canadian Amateur Wrestling, and Section IV Halls of Fame.


Art Cicchetti

Art Cicchetti was the play maker on the 1949 and 1950 Ithaca High basketball teams, which won 37 straight games and consecutive Section IV titles. He also played second base for the baseball team and was captain in his senior year. Art went on to Ithaca College, where he was captain and most valuable player on the baseball team. In 1965 Art began teaching physical education and coaching in the Ithaca schools. As head baseART CICCHETTI ball coach he produced 219 wins, seven STAC championships, and four Section IV championships over 18 seasons. As head hockey coach he compiled 268 wins, six Section III championships, and three New York State championships over 22 seasons. Art is a member of the Ithaca College, Section IV, and New York State High School Coaches Hockey Halls of Fame.

Robert Kane

Robert Kane was a four-sport athlete at Ithaca High, playing football, basketball, baseball, and track in his junior and senior years. He was a State champion in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. He went on to Cornell and was on the winning 440 and 880 yard relay teams at the 1934 Penn Relays. He was Director of Athletics at Cornell for 37 years and served on the U.S. Olympic Committee, including four


years as president. Bob is a member of the Cornell and Section IV Halls of Fame.

Eddie Pierce

Coach Eddie Pierce arrived in Ithaca in the fall of 1928. Eighteen years later his football teams had established a record of 99-41-10. His 1931, 1933, and 1937 teams were undefeated. The 1933 team was 10-0-2, including a 7-7 tie with highly regarded Lakeland, Florida. Coach Pierce also coached baseball and basketball, served as Athletic Director, and taught in the classroom. His 1945 baseball team won the Section IV championship. He EDDIE PIERCE was a charter member of the New York State Coaches Association and served as its first president. In 1949 Coach Pierce became the first Commissioner for Ithaca's Small Fry Football Program. In 1969 his many friends established an award given annually to a deserving Ithaca High senior athlete.

Richard LaFrance

Richard LaFrance graduated from Ithaca High in 1938. He lettered in football, basketball, and track, and was senior class president as well. His 880 yard relay team set a record of 1:31, which stood for 27 years. After graduation Dick became captain of the Tennessee Wesleyan football team and, despite being blinded in World War II, became a highly respected athletic trainer at Cornell. He is a member of the Tennessee Wesleyan, Cornell, and Section IV Halls of Fame.


Augie Macali

Augie Macali played football, basketball, baseball, and track for Ithaca High from 1931 through 1934. He was a league all-star in football all four years, and was the league scoring leader in basketball during the 1933-1934 season. He played football for Temple, Cortland State, and the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1946 he started his long tenure, stretching into the 1980's, as a high school and college official for football and baseball. He was inducted into the Section IV Hall of Fame in 1972.

Tom Snickenberger

Tom Snickenberger earned ten varsity letters while playing football, hockey, and baseball for Ithaca High before graduating in 1971. He was captain of each of those teams in his senior year. He quarterbacked the 1970 State championship football team, and went on to quarterback the Dartmouth football team. Tom is a member of the Section IV Hall of Fame.


Joe Moresco

Coach Joe Moresco attended high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1944. After two years in the army he attended Mansfield State Teachers College, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. After postgraduate studies at Alfred University, Coach Moresco began his coaching and teaching career at Canisteo Central School in 1951. He came to Ithaca High in 1956. He taught math and later became a JOE MORESCO guidance counselor. He was the varsity baseball coach for 10 years, and was the varsity football coach for 28 years, the longest tenure in Ithaca High history. Coach Moresco's football teams compiled a record of 141-81-14. From 1968 through 1972, the football teams were 41-1-1, including undefeated STAC championship teams in 1969 through 1972 and the State championship team in 1970. In 2000 the School Board named the football stadium in Coach Moresco's honor. He is a member of the Mansfield State and Section IV Halls of Fame.

Walt Snickenberger

Walt Snickenberger earned nine varsity letters in football, hockey and baseball before graduating in 1969. He was a twotime all-STAC end and defensive back, was named to the allState football team, and was all-STAC in baseball. Walt proudly played for coaches Joe Moresco, Paul Kiely and Art Cicchetti and with many outstanding scholar athletes. He attended Princeton University, where he was captain of the hockey team and was Ivy League most valuable player in football.

Orlando Turco

Orlando Turco played football and wrestled at Ithaca High. He was Section IV wrestling champion his junior year and was captain of the wrestling team in his senior year. After graduating in 1952, Orlando attended Cornell, where he wrestled for four years. He became head coach of the Ithaca High


wrestling team in 1956, and remained the head coach for 31 seasons. He compiled a record of 321-110-9, guiding 240 individual wrestlers to championships at various levels, including 9 State champions, 57 Section IV champions, and 37 Class A champions. His teams won the Section IV championship 10 times. In 1987 he was named the northeast regional high school coach of the year. In 2002 the School Board named the Ithaca High wrestling room in his honor. He is a member of the Section IV, New York State, and National Wrestling Halls of Fame.

Rick Wells

Rick Wells played three years of football and four years of basketball and baseball for Ithaca High. During his senior year he was cocaptain of each of those teams and all-STAC in each sport. He attended the University of Buffalo where he lettered in those same three sports and was co-captain of the football and baseball teams in his senior year. In 1968 and 1969 he played baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization. Rick is a member of the Section IV Hall of Fame.

Kenny VanSickle

Kenny VanSickle began his sports writing career for the Ithaca Journal while still a student at Ithaca High. He was hired full-time in 1935 and reported on high school and college sports until his retirement in 1988. He became sports editor of the Journal in 1945. He is in the Cornell and Section IV Halls of Fame.




Dom Amici Kristin Banfield-McCartney Mel Bell Anthony Cullen Don Culligan Richard Herson Mark Iacovelli Dana Kelley Rich Leonardo Ann McKinnon-Wolf Richard Miller Tim Moresco Harold "Stump" Porter Brooks Sweet Joe Tatascore Steve Webster


David Banfield Kris Banfield-McCartney Bill Bryant Joann Holt Joe Moresco Harold Porter Pete Rogers Gale Smith Frank Welch


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