Hamlin among Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame inductees


UTICA — Olympic luger Erin Hamlin of Remsen is among the eight 2019 inductees for the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame.

The other inductees announced Friday, April 5 are professional golfer Moira Dunn-Bohls, basketball star Emily Durr, sports executive Joanne Gerace, baseball coach Joe Milazzo, harness racing driver Anthony Mondi, baseball coach Steve Owens and football player Penny Semaia.

The new inductees will be honored when the Hall of Fame holds its 30th annual induction banquet on June 9 at Delta Hotels. They were selected from a group of more than two dozen sports luminaries nominated by the public.

Here’s a look at this year’s inductees, based on information provided by the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame:

• Hamlin, who was three-sport athlete at Remsen, made her first Olympic team at 19 and went on to compete for 13 years on the World Cup tour, winning six national championships.

One of highlights of her career came in 2014, when she won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, becoming the first American luger to medal in singles and the first American women ever to medal. She was the flag bearer for Team USA at the Pyeong Chang Olympics in 2018.

• Dunn-Bohls, who was a standout all-around athlete at Notre Dame High School, went on to excel in the sport of golf, eventually playing on the LPGA Tour and winning more than $2 million.

• Durr enjoyed a record-setting basketball career at Notre Dame High School before going on Iowa State University. She scored a Section III record 2,445 career points with the Jugglers. She went on to average almost eight points per game at Iowa State, ending her college career with 965 points .

• A founder of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, Gerace has enjoyed a long career as a sports administrator. For seven years in the mid-1980s. she the was the general manager of the Utica Blue Sox baseball team.In 1987, she was honored as the New York-Penn League executive of the year.

• Milazzo, now the head baseball coach at Utica College, began his career in 1981 at Notre Dame High School, where his teams went 146-54 and won four Section III titles and made three appearances in the state semifinals. In 1990, he coached Herkimer County Community College to its first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament appearance before embarking on a 12-year career at Mohawk Valley Community College, where his teams made nine postseason appearances.

He was also the league administrator for the NY-Penn League for 10 seasons, and now is vice president of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

• Mondi is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Vernon Downs, with more than 1,000 wins in his career. He was the leading driver at the Downs with 89 victories in 1972 and had numerous other top-10 finishes.

• An outstanding football and baseball player at Sauquoit High School and St. Lawrence University, Owens also has enjoyed an outstanding coaching career, going 874-463-3 over 27 seasons at Cortland State, LeMoyne and now Bryant University. He is among the top 30 Division I coaches in career wins, and his teams have had 27 straight winning seasons.

• Semaia was a standout football lineman and track and field athlete at Proctor High before going on to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.

He played on bowl teams all four years at Pitt as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. He is currently senior associate athletic director for student life at Pitt.

Tickets for the dinner will be available beginning April 29 at CNY Awards & Engraving in the New Hartford Shopping Center.

They also can be ordered by emailing Lou Parrotta at greateruticasportshof@gmail.com.


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