IHA/IHC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Paul Alteri, IHC ’82 – inducted 2015
Paul was a five sport athlete, playing football, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling and baseball. He was wide-receiver on the first two teams to play at the Carrier Dome. Paul was an All-Star athlete for both football and baseball. He went on to play college level football and baseball at Ithaca and LeMoyne. Paul currently is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at JCC and Head Coach for the IHC Varsity football and softball teams. Paul lives in Watertown with his wife Adrienne and their four children all graduates or currently attending IHC.
Shawn Baker, IHC ’71 – inducted 2016
Shawn was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. In football Shawn was the Frontier League All-Star his junior and senior year and a member of the Post Standard Central NY All-Star Team his senior year at Quarterback. He was a Frontier League All-Star his junior and senior year as catcher. In his junior year at basketball Shawn was also a Frontier League All-Star. Shaw graduated from Ithaca College with a BS and than earned a MA degree in Education Administration from St. Lawrence University. Shawn became Principal at Belleville Central School and then Belleville Henderson Central School. During this time, he served several years on the Frontier League Executive Committee
Mike Delaney, IHC ’68 – inducted 2013
Mike was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and he was awarded the William I. Graff Memorial Trophy award for most outstanding senior athlete in Watertown City. Mike’s nominations also cited his unparalleled contribution to IHC athletics as a coach and athletic director, beginning as freshman basketball coach in 1972. As of May 2013, Mike achieved 442 victories, seven league titles, and two sectional titles as varsity basketball coach; and 501 victories, eight league titles, four sectional titles, one state runner-up, and one state championship title as baseball coach. Since 1983, Mike has also served as IHC’s Athletic Director.
Michael Derrigo, IHC ’67 – inducted 2014
A three-sport Captain (football, basketball, and baseball), Mike played on IHC’s first formal football team during the fall of 1966, his senior year. He also helped lead IHC Basketball to second-place in the Catholic league Western Division, earning All Star honors and the league sportsmanship award while helping IHC achieve two wins against arch-rival Watertown. Mike won the 1967 William I Graff Memorial Trophy for most outstanding senior athlete in Watertown City.
Neville Dowe (1925-2009) – inducted 2014
Neville Dowe is recognized as having made a significant impact and extraordinary contribution to the success and furthering of IHC student-athletes. Neville was a member of the Immaculate Heart Central Athletic Association for 38 years, treasurer for 25 years, and member of the Immaculate Heart Central High School Board of Education for 18 years, serving as its president for 6 years. In the early 1970s, when Neville recognized that the IHC athletic program needed external support to survive, he and Dick Kobel began Bingo at the High School on Sunday nights to generate the much needed funds. The entire Dowe family worked at Bingo for many years. He continued his volunteer work with the new IHC Schools Board of Education until 2005. Neville’s devotion to IHC athletics was part of his high regard for Catholic education. Neville felt that a person needed an education to succeed in life and felt that a Catholic education was a quality learning experience for his children and a moral one as well.
Patrick Fernan, IHC ’95 – inducted 2014
A varsity standout in football, basketball, and baseball, Patrick was the recipient of the Italian-American Club’s 1995 Clarence “Boots” Gaffney Award, given to the most outstanding male and female athletes each year. That same year, the Watertown Daily Times named him an All North Scholar Athlete. Patrick was a Frontier League All-Star in all his sports for multiple years, and achieved 1,016 career points on the IHC varsity basketball squad.
Peter Gaffney, IHC ’54 – inducted 2013
Pete excelled as IHA’s starting quarterback, starting guard in basketball, and starting second baseman in baseball. Among many other awards, Peter won the first William I. Graff Memorial Trophy award for most outstanding senior athlete in Watertown City, and the IHA Gold Medal award for most outstanding athlete.
Helen Keohane -inducted 2016
Helen coached tennis at IHC from 1981-1992 and 1994. She was the first girls tennis coach at IHC and for the ten years with reported scores, her teams at IHC won 75 matches and lost 34, for a winning percentage of nearly 70 Percent. One of her teams won the Frontier League Championship. Helen spent many years playing competitive tennis in the Watertown area, winning the Watertown City tennis championship on several occasions. She also taught tennis at the Watertown Racquet Club and volunteered countless hours working with youth tennis in this community. Helen lives in Watertown with her husband Jim. Their five children all graduated from IHC.
Eric Koproski, IHC ’91 – inducted 2013
Eric was a leader on the 1990 football team that won the Frontier League championship at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. He was a League and All-North first-team All-Star linebacker. Eric also helped lead the boys’ lacrosse team to consecutive Frontier League championships in 1990 and 1991, being named a 1991 League and Section 3 first-team All-Star as a long-stick defenseman.
Dianne Duffy McCarger, IHC ’76 – inducted 2016
Dianne was a 4 sport athlete. She lettered in volleyball, basketball , softball and in her senior year soccer. At college she continued to play volleyball, basketball and softball. Dianne was an All Regional Selection in all three sports. In 1978 she made the cut for the USA East Olympic Volleyball team. Dianne continued playing three sports at the University of Florida. She was initially on a volleyball scholarship than later on a basketball one. Professionally, Dianne is a Physical Education teacher at Indian River and has coached Volleyball and Softball for many years, Currently she is a Volleyball Official at the High School and College levels.
Darcy Rowe Norfolk, IHC ’91 – inducted 2015
Darcy was a successful four-year student athlete playing soccer, basketball and softball, earning All-Star recognition in each sport in her junior and senior years. Darcy went on to play Division 1 soccer at Canisius College. She is currently living in Lake Placid with her husband, fellow IHC alumnus Matthew Norfolk and three children. She is Senior Director and member of the Executive Team at Adworkshop.
Mark Puccia, IHC ’73 (1955 – 2014) – inducted 2013
Mark, another Graff Trophy winner, excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He was on two Frontier League champion football teams, and held the IHC record for pass completions until his brother Mike surpassed him several years later. On the way to the Section III basketball championship his senior year, Mark led the Cavaliers with 38 points in its playoff victory over Carthage. A fierce competitor, Mark also hit a home run in the 1973 baseball All-Star game.
Christian Spicer, IHC ’04 – inducted 2015
Christian was one of the most talented three sport athletes as well as one of the most decorated. Christian played football, basketball, and baseball. He was named All-Star in all three sports. Ten years after graduating Christian still hold the school records in total yards passed, total yards passing single season, single game passing and single game TD passes. Christian was also awarded the Gaffney Award in his senior year. Christian attended St. Lawrence University were he played baseball, then went on to Syracuse and received his Masters of Accounting. Christian lives in Rochester and is a CPA with the Bonadio Group.
Matthew St. Croix, IHC ’99 – inducted 2016
Matt excelled at at soccer, basketball and lacrosse. He received the Gaffney Award his senior year, Matt attended St. John Fisher College, where he was a standout in both basketball and lacrosse. In basketball, his team won three Empire, eight Championships and made two NCAA tournament appearances. During his senior season Matt was team captain and the starting point guard on a team that went 21-4 and lost in NCAA, DIII “sweet 16”. He also played lacrosse at Fisher and graduated as the college’s all time leading scorer in goals and assists. After college, Matt spent two years as an assistant basketball coach while he got his Masters Degree. He then coached basketball at Jefferson Community College where his team went 19-11 and made a post season appearance. Currently, Matt teaches at Mohawk Valley Community College and is the Men’s Basketball Coach. He is in his 9th season and has had 6 straight 20 win seasons. Last year the team went 24-6 and was ranked as high as 7th nationally. Matt lives in Utica with his wife Gina and his two children Lancey 4 and Addison 3
Graham Wise, IHC ’91 – inducted 2015
Graham was a distinguished three sport athlete excelling at lacrosse. He played at the varsity level starting in the 8th grade. He was a four time All-Star Athlete and was a part of multiple Frontier League Championship teams. Graham was also an All-Star in basketball and baseball as well. He received the Gaffney Award in his senior year. Graham lives in Watertown with his wife and four children who all attend IHC. Graham volunteers as a basketball and lacrosse coach for IHC.
1970 Varsity Football Team – inducted 2014
The 1970 varsity team was the first IHC football team to finish the season undefeated and with a Frontier League Championship, averaging 25 points per game while allowing only 6.8 point per game. Under the leadership and guidance of Coach Tom LaDuke and Pat Killorin, the Cavs overcame much larger opponents, injuries, and previously-unbeaten opponents, coming from behind against an excellent Beaver River squad to capture the Frontier League Championship. Team captains were Mike Gondek, Frank Palumbo, Dave Moran and Dave Navarra. Team members included Jim Burns, Fran Navarra, Kevin Miller, Paul Moran, Jon Vespa, Jeff Bergeron, Ronnie Roy, Jerry Bouchard, Sam Felice, Rick Mecomonaco, Nunzio Doldo, Terry Harding, Shawn Baker, Mike Geglia, Sterling Gallagher, Gerald Wiley, Marshall Jones, John Keenan, Joe Barry, Mark Puccia, Lonnie Mancini, Larry McAuliffe, Joe Brabant, Bob Bishop, Dan Farr, and Mike Hovey.
1971 Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team – inducted 2013
The 1972 boys’ varsity basketball team was IHA’s and IHC’s first sectional championship team. Pictured at right (kneeling): S. Bocciolatt, F. Navarra. (standing): Coach Carl Demo, F. Bloomingdale, J. Whalen, M. Gamage, S. Brady, M. Puccia, J. Doldo, B. Burkhard, P. Ronas, L. LoVerde, M. Gaffney, W. Gallagher, S. Sboro.
1981 Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team – inducted 2016
The 1981 IHC Boy’s Varsity Basket team will go down as one of the greatest in school history. The team finished with a record of 19-5 and finished the year ranked 21st in the NY State Small School rankings. The team finished with a record of 19-5 and finished the year ranked 21st in the NY State Small School rankings. They the Section 3 Class C-1 Champs. Pictured at right A. Capone, R. Goss, S. Branche, J. Puccia, M. Puccia, M. Perkins, S. Eisenhauer, M. Dermady, J. St. Croix, J. Smith, C. O’dette, M. Frechette, B. Cutin and K. Laverty
2002 Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team – inducted 2015
The 2002 IHC Girls Varsity Basketball team was very special in many ways. The “Lady Cavs” finished with an overall record of 24-4, which was a school record at the time. Along the journey of this amazing season came numerous accomplishments and accolades. This team had a league record of 14-1 and finished in first place in the Frontier League “A” Division then went on to become New York State Class “D” Champions. This team set the standards very high for all other teams to follow. Pictured are Mattea Alteri, Kathleen Evans, Megan Fortunato, Jennifer Fraczek, Laura Ille, Katelyn Moran, Jennifer Prevost, Angela Puccia, Jillian Redder, Marisa Vespa, Kyra Waterston, and Alyssa Wills.
Historical Inductees to the IHA/IHC Football and Soccer Athletic Hall of Fames
Members of the single IHC/IHC Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 2013 to span all sports, includes those exceptional student-athletes, coaches and others who were previously selected to individual team Hall of Fames. These individuals include the following:
Immaculate Heart Football Hall of Fame – Pre-2013 Inductees:
Sam Felice, IHC ’73
David Puccia, IHC ’76
Tom LaDuke, Coach
Todd Doldo, IHC ’85
Shawn Brady, IHC ’73
Mike Perkins, IHC ’81
Loni Mancini, IHC ’72
John Combs, IHC ’84
Mike Britton, Coach
Peter “Boots” Gaffney, IHA ’54
Jon Vespa, IHC ’71
Dan Deegan, IHC ’74
Dick Doe, IHC ’51
Tim Detraglia, IHC ’83
Tony Whalen, IHC ’84
Anthony Finnerty, IHC ’80
Lello “Budgo” Alteri, IHC ’50
Nunzio Doldo, IHC ’72
Steve Sboro, IHC ’74
Mike Doe, IHC ’84
Aaron Koproski, IHC ’91
Immaculate Heart Soccer Hall of Fame – Pre-2013 Inductees:
Marissa Vespa, IHC ’04
Vic Leon, IHC ’89
Scott Tyo, IHC ’90
Mary Jo Schofield, IHC ’81
Christina Leone, IHC ’66
Terry Burgess, Coach
Kaitlin Robbins, IHC ’07
Scott Lambert, IHC ’98
Chris Leone, IHC ’94
Ashley Cesta, IHC ’03
Katelynn Moran, IHC ’04
Kurt Robbins, Coach
Lennie Spaziani, IHC ’65
Michael Burgess, IHC ’98
Anthony Burgess, IHC ’97
Brandon Cooney, IHC ’93