PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High has announced its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees.
1975-76 Boys Basketball Team
This team, coached by PHS Class of 2000 Hall of Famer Ray Holmes, won the Champlain Valley League, Section VII Championship and A-B-C-D championship. The team finished 19-4 overall and 13-2 in the league.
The 1975-76 Hornets include five PHS Hall of Famers (Coach Holmes, Joe Cardany, Jeff Holmes, Hollis Chapman and Casey Flynn). Joe was league MVP and Jeff was a First Team All-Star that season. Leo Ryan was Second Team All-Star and Jeff Moskowitz was Honorable Mention. The Hornets had four players average in double figures in points, which was a direct testimony to unselfish play and the great coaching of Ray Holmes, who was in his last season as Hornet mentor.
Eight members of this team went on to be college athletes, and many went on to successful careers in various disciplines. All have strong ties to their communities, schools, athletic programs, the game of basketball and to each other.
Coach Holmes was very proud of the basketball program that was developed by him and assistant coaches like Mike Flynn, Dutch Craumer, John Fountain, John Haubner and many others who helped in numerous ways.
The 1975-76 Varsity Basketball Team roster included Seniors Gary Morrow, Leo Ryan, Brian O’Leary, Jeff Holmes, Jeff Moskowitz and Keith Strack. Juniors were Joe Cardany, Tom Lacey, Casey Flynn, Rob Meisenheimer, Mike Carter (deceased), Paul Marcus, Mark Calkins and Steve Kirk. Hollis Chapman was the lone 10th-grader. Juniors Charlie Hewitt and David Bushey helped the team as a manager and statistician, respectively.
Leonard P. Duquette Jr., ‘68
Leonard Duquette was a huge part of the Athletic Department where he played football, baseball and basketball. He spoke of Coach Dutch Craumer throughout his life and just how much of an impact he had on his life. If not for Coach Craumer and sports, which kept him in school, Leonard claims he probably would not have graduated high school.
Serving in the Army for 21 years, he received many honors and medals for his service and lived in numerous places during that service.
Leonard was a huge part of the community with being an outstanding Little League Coach while both his sons played Little League growing up. Once they moved into big leagues (HS), he began his part-time career as an umpire for most of the baseball leagues in Plattsburgh – to include CVBL. He was more than just an umpire on the field when it came to the younger players. He once or twice spoke of when he was the umpire behind that plate. He would let them know just how to hold the bat, where to stand and when they swung the bat too early or too late. He was all about teaching and training the fundamentals of the game.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, wood working, and most of all, he loved to spend time with his family. He was married to his wife Deborah (McNally) for 46 years and they had three children: Nicole (Michael Poquette), Leonard P. III; and Matthew (Nisha). His biggest joy were his four grandchildren: Matthew Svarplaitis, Lexi-Ann Duquette, Charleston Duquette and Flynn Duquette.
Rob Calkins, ‘84
Rob played two years varsity of football, three years varsity hockey and four years of varsity baseball. Selected first team All-Star for three out of four years for baseball, and in 1984, was selected player of the year. After high school, he went on to play baseball at Hudson Valley one season and two seasons at Plattsburgh State.
In 2019, Rob was inducted into the Clinton County Mariners hall of fame. He has spent 10 years coaching youth Plattsburgh with pal football, youth hockey and Plattsburgh Little League. Rob currently resides in Plattsburgh with his wife Katie and their four children Ty, Jake, Braeden and Emma.
Tim Kelly, ‘84
Tim was a 3-year starter on the Varsity Soccer team coached by Pete Sullivan. They were Section champs at least two of the years in the early ‘80s, and Tim was a first team All-Star his junior and senior years. In grades 10-12, he played varsity hockey, coached by Don Pomeroy. They were section champs two or three times; with an overtime loss in NYS semi-finals senior year. He went on to play four years of Division III college hockey at Cortland; captain his senior year of college.
Tim began coaching before college was over, first as high school JV coach for the PHS boys team during grad school (1988 and 1989) and hockey assistant to Pomeroy both years, in addition to Plattsburgh Youth Hockey Pee Wee A team. He returned to coach youth hockey in 1997, continuing until 2019 - amassing over 400 wins behind the bench in this capacity. He is currently the head coach of the Voorheesville varsity girls team, winning over 78% of their games since he started.
After graduating from PHS, Tim earned a BS in Psychology from SUNY Cortland; MS in Education; and CAS in School Counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has been a school counselor for the past 30 years, 25 in the Voorheesville Central School District.
Tim lives in Albany County with wife Christine. His son Michael is a SUNY Plattsburgh grad, his daughter Camryn is a senior at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, and twin daughters Allie (Quinnipiac) and Jayden (Cortland) are college freshmen; both are playing college hockey.
Kris Whitbeck, ‘93
Kris Whitbeck (Krissy) was one of Plattsburgh High School’s standouts, a three-sport scholar-athlete, well-known for her fiercely competitive spirit and drive. She competed in soccer, basketball, track and field, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
On the soccer field, Kris played either right wing or center forward. As co-captain and lead scorer, Kris led PHS women’s Junior Varsity Soccer Team to its first Conference Championship Title in 1989. She remained lead scorer for the Lady Hornets throughout her Varsity career (1990-92), was co-captain for two seasons, a member of the Division I All-Conference Team, and a CVAC All-Star. In addition, Kris earned a spot on the Division I All-Star Team for the Massena Girls Autumn Leaves Tournament in 1991 and was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 1992.
On the basketball court, Kris was the point guard. She was extraordinarily quick, had exceptional ball handling skills, a natural ability to drive to the basket, and was a tenacious defender. Kris was a co-captain during her last two varsity seasons.
In Track and Field, Kris competed in the 400m, the 800m, and the 4x400m relay. When most athletes were taking their day of rest on Sundays, Kris would be off hiking with the PHS Hiking Club in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks – on Aug. 11, 1996, Kris summited Allen Mountain and became an Adirondack 46er (#3932). Kris was voted Most Athletic Female Athlete by her peers in the Class of 1993.
Kris completed a BS in Natural Resources, from Cornell University; a MS in Forest Science & Mycology, from Oregon State University; and a PhD from McGill University in Forest Ecology & Biogeography. Kris is a Forestry Professor at Paul Smiths College and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University.
She lives in the Adirondacks with her partner Dave Perry and continues to enjoy studying nature. Kris substituted a yoga mat for the soccer field many years ago and the practice is an ever-growing and limitless source of bliss.
Lisa Zaferakis, ‘91
Lisa Zaferakis ’91 was a two-sport standout for the Hornets, excelling in both basketball and soccer. Zaferakis played varsity basketball at PHS for three years, two years as co-captain.
She was a CVAC All-Star each year and a sophomore starter on the 1989 Section VII championship team. Known for her prowess in the paint and for making clutch shots from behind the 3-point line, she was often double and triple-teamed during her junior and senior years. Despite this she still managed to average 14 points per game during that time and in 1991 was awarded a NYS Girls Basketball Officials’ Scholarship for exemplary sportsmanship.
In July 1990, she played on the Albany Eagles basketball team at the AAU Junior Olympics in Chattanooga, TN. She is the first girl from the North Country to have participated in AAU at this level.
On the soccer field, Zaferakis was the varsity goalkeeper for three years and co-captained the 1990 CVAC and Section VII-X Championship team. That season, supported by a tremendous squad in front of her, she posted 14 shutouts in 20 games with a 0.35 goals-against average and was a CVAC All-Star.
She capped her Hornet career as Most Outstanding Female Athlete and recipient of the Ray Holmes Scholarship. A veritable student-athlete, she was a member of the band, orchestra, marching band and jazz ensemble; National Honor Society; Scholars for Dollars team; and was voted Student Council president her senior year.
Zaferakis attended St. Michael’s College intending to play basketball but instead co-founded and was first President of the SMC Women’s Rugby Club. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and received an SMC appreciation award in 2000 for her contribution to women’s rugby, which is now in its 27th year.
Zaferakis earned a black belt from Boston’s CW Taekwondo in 2003 and now plays golf regularly. She lives in London with her 11-year-old daughter, Caroline, and is an IT project portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley.