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Adirondack to induct first class into Sports HOF

Posted 9/21/22

The Adirondack Sports Hall of Fame will induct its first class on Saturday, Oct. 1 at halftime of the Adirondack football game against Massena on Homecoming. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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Adirondack to induct first class into Sports HOF

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BOONVILLE — The Adirondack Sports Hall of Fame will induct its first class on Saturday, Oct. 1 at halftime of the Adirondack football game against Massena on Homecoming. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

The first class will be: Ray Borden, Phil Fiorenza, Reggie Porter and the 1971 Adirondack boys basketball team. 

The concept for the hall of fame started prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s becoming a reality.

Coach Borden built the Adirondack basketball team into a dynasty in the first years of centralization. In a three-year span form 1969 to 1971, Borden’s teams posted a combined record of 56-6 that included a pair of league titles and the school’s first sectional title in 1971. Following his coaching career, Borden was the high school principal and then superintendent. 

Fiorenza was the first athletic director at Adirondack. Prior to centralization, Fiorenza built West Leyden into a formidable soccer power in the mid 1960s. As Adirondack’s athletic director, Fiorenza had the challenge of building the newly centralized sports programs at Adirondack. To this day, many of his practices are still used in the athletic department. 

Of all the coaches Adirondack has had, Porter may have been one of the most dedicated. A three-sport coach, Porter was involved in a variety of sports across many levels. In the mid 1980s, Porter settled in as the girls’ basketball coach, winning a pair of sectional titles. His 1989 squad advanced to the school’s second state Final Four. 

The 1971 Adirondack boys basketball team won the school’s first sectional title and completed a perfect 21-0 season. The members of that team included: Mark Jenks, Mike Kramer, Bob Meagher, Keith Patrick, George Hardin, Terry Breen, Ron Dutch, Jim Winters, Glen Golden, Bob Mathis, Guy Sessions and Jim Brennan. 

The public is invited to a reception at the Woodgate Pines Golf Course following the football game. 

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