WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The North Country Sports Hall of Fame held its 3rd annual induction ceremonies Saturday night at the Italian American Club in Watertown as another marquee class took their place among the elites in north country sports.
Headlining the event was Mitch Clark, a two time NCAA finalist and NCAA Division 1 Champion in wrestling. He was a 2 time Big 10 Champion at Ohio State, 2000 Olympic Trials finalist and of course all the honors as a Golden Bear at Canton.
"I thought it was a great evening and went in with a class with unbelieveable accolades, so I'm just honored to be going in with a 3rd year of this event," said Clark, "I'm super proud to be a north country athlete.
Also honored was the 1997 and 2004 softball teams at Sandy Creek.
"Well, Sandy Creek Softball is very honored to be recognized by the North Country Sports Hall of Fame. All the hard work that all the volunteers put in and obviously the young ladies to try to have a level of expertise and excellence at Sandy Creek and it's just continued now with Soach Soluri so we're very honored and appreciate everything that you've bestowed upon us," said former Sandy Creek Coach Bill Fowler.
"The program has made what they are today. We've had teams ever since '91. Our first state chance to go to the state tournament in '91, '93, '95, '97 we won it and then Bill Fowler has taken over and they went again and I hope the program continues to do just as well as it is under our present coach Katie Hovey, who was a former member of the 1997 team," said former coach Pat McDougal.
Also included in the induction class was Jim Burr, a 39 year Division 1 college basketball official, Jim Deshaies, a Major League pitcher from 1984 to 1995, Ryan Powell, a 4 time college lacrosse All American at Syracuse and later a professional, and Barefoot Bob McCreadie, who drove his number 9 modified to 507 victories over an illustrious career.
It was a memorable night for all who attended.
The 2019-2020 Federal Prospects Hockey League season kicked off for the Watertown Wolves this weekend. The team held a free agent camp at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds Ice Arena on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Wolves will open their main camp Monday in preparation for a pair of exhibition games Friday and Saturday night against Delaware and Elmira before opening the season October 25th against the Mentor Icebreakers at the fairgrounds.
Wolves first year coach Paul MacLean says he likes what he sees from his team.
“I think most of these guys look like they’re in pretty good shape and they’re getting in shape so I think what we’re really focusing on now is what specific roles we need to put this team together and start the season. We’re gonna have a good look at guys all week in the two exhibition games which I think will be a big advantage for us,” said Coach MacLean.