October 5, 2012

AuSable to induct 5 into Hall of Fame

CLINTONVILLE — The AuSable Valley Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its seventh class this weekend. Festivities will begin tonight at halftime of the football game against Moriah and culminate with the induction ceremony at the American Legion in AuSable Forks on Saturday.

Happy hour begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday followed by a spaghetti dinner and then the ceremony. Cost is $10 per person, and tickets will be available at the door. All existing members of the Hall of Fame in attendance at the football game are asked to report to the announcing booth to take part in the halftime ceremony.

This weekend, five new members will join the likes of local standouts Bob Meconi, Bob Devins, Ed Barrie and the late John Nixon in the Hall of Fame.

Darcy Hamilton Castine- Castine graduated from AuSable Valley in 1977. She played varsity soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball for three years. She was a member of the 1976 Section VII championship soccer team in her senior year. She was also voted the Athlete of the Year in 1977. Castine went on to play volleyball and soccer at Sienna and then Plattsburgh State. She was one of the first generation of women to benefit from Title IX. She not only took the opportunity to participate but in fact excelled in sports. Castine currently coaches the Northeastern Clinton cross county team.

James Comegys- A 1979 graduate and key member of AuSable Valley’s dominant swimming program, Comegys was a many-times-over individual sectional champion as well as a relay champion. He won sectional titles in the 50 freestyle four years running and the 100 freestyle in 1975 and 1978. He was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay teams of 1975 to 1978. Comegys is now an architect employed at the Office of General Services Design and Construction division.

Leanne Allen Nixon- A graduate of 1994, Nixon excelled at soccer, basketball and track. She attained Section VII All-Star status in every sport, and her teams were sectional champions in every sport (track 1990-91, basketball 1992 to 94 and soccer in 1990-91). Nixson was a leader, a team captain and one of the best all-around athletes to ever play at AuSable Valley.

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