Class of 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame is honored

alumni lined up on football field

The FFCS Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce the members of this year’s class. It is a distinguished group with many outstanding accomplishments. Inductees were honored at halftime during the homecoming football game on Oct. 14.

Matt Sullivan – Class of 1978

Matt Sullivan was a multi-sport athlete in the mid-1970s, earning 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and outdoor track. As a high school football player, Sullivan was a member of two Tri-Valley championship teams, a two time all-league selection, as well as being voted team captain and MVP in his senior season. He graduated as the leading receiver in FFCS football history.

As a baseball player, he was a two-time all-conference pick and a starter on the 1977 Class C Section II title squad. On the basketball court, Sullivan was a three letter winner and a top scorer his senior year.

Sullivan switched to track in his senior spring and was a sprinter on the Tri-Valley title team, winning the league meet in both the 100 and the 400 relay.

After graduation, Sullivan enrolled at Alfred University, where he earned three varsity letters and was selected as an AP 2nd Team D-3 All-American receiver in 1980. That year, he set the Alfred University record for both single-season receptions (58) and yards (806).

Sullivan presently resides in Fonda and is the managing director of Kasson and Keller Corporation. He is also a long time member of the district’s Board of Education, currently serving as president.

Shane Smith – Class of 2010

In the spring of 2010, Shane Smith capped off his high school track career with a state title in the discus. A thrower in both indoor and outdoor track, Smith’s forte was in the discus and he did not disappoint, claiming first place in the NYSPHSAA championships. During his record-setting senior season, Smith achieved an all-time school and personal best of 182 feet. During the season he competed in and won both discus and shot put in several major invitationals.

Not limited to track, Smith also earned two varsity letters in football.

After high school, Smith enrolled at the University of Buffalo where he competed in both indoor and outdoor track and earned a bachelor’s degree.

2010 Boys’ Cross-Country Team

The 2010 Boys Cross Country Team was part of a group of runners who won four straight Division titles, League Championships, Class C Sectional Championships and earned them four straight New York State Championship appearances which includes winning a State Championship.

In that four year span the Fonda-Fultonville Cross Country team dominated the sport by going undefeated in league competition, which includes the final year in the Western Athletic Conference, (2009), and then three straight years in the Colonial Council, (2010-2012).

Team members included:

  • Kyle Geniti
  • Zak Godfrey
  • Mike Guiffre
  • Cody Russell
  • Cody Shave
  • Mike Scott
  • Tyler Angioli
  • Matt Hoffman
  • Omijah Piening
  • James Westoman

The team appeared in their first State Championship in 2009 which was in Plattsburgh, (Section 7). After a disappointing ninth place finish, the 2010 team made it their mission to return to states again.  Using the theme, “ONE TEAM; ONE TIME” as a constant reminder of the team concept involved in Cross Country and the importance of performing as a team at the biggest moments, the team rolled through the season and earned a spot at the Championships in Pawling, (Section 1). There, the Braves edged out Holland Patent of Section 3 by 3 points to win Fonda-Fultonville’s second New York State Class C Championship.

After a successful outing in 2010, the team returned to the State Championship two more times. In 2011, the Championships were held at Vernon-Verona-Sherill HS, (Section 3). There, the team finished 3rd with 79 points only to be edged out of 2nd by Pawling (76 points) and just 5 points behind Holland Patent, keeping the team from defending its State title.

In 2012, the team again returned to the State Championships that were held at Elma Meadows Golf Course in Section six. At that meet the team was able to pull off a second place finish, getting outdistanced by Pawling by 14 points but beating third place Hannibal, (Section 3), by 51 points.

This team represented Fonda-Fultonville at the highest level of competition for four consecutive years including a State Championship and 2 top 3 finishes. A feat worthy of Hall of Fame Recognition.