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    Bob Sawyer
    Bob Sawyer
    Class: 1936-1940

    Sports Played:
    Football 4 Years
    Basketball 4 Years
    Baseball 4 Years
    Track 4 Years

    Military Service: U.S. Navy

    • Held the high jump record in track at Wellsville for 37 years.
    • A true leader of men as he was selected team captain of the 1940 track team and baseball teams.
    • First Team All Livingston County All-Star in football his Junior and senior year.
    • Excelled in four sports of football, basketball, baseball, and track his junior and senior year.
    • After high school he was an outstanding basketball player for the old Air PreHeater Team that dominated the Wellsville Community League.

     Ted Thoren
    Ted Thoren
    Class: 1937-1940

    Sports Played:
    Football 4 Years
    Baseball 4 Years
    Basketball 3 Years
    Track 3 Years

    College: Ithaca University

    • Won 14 varsity letters in his high school career
    • Inducted as a member of Cornell University's Athletic Hall of Fame
    • Inducted as a member of the  Austrian and Croation National
    • Inducted as a member of the Ithaca College Hall of Fame
    • Inducted as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

    Steve Cretekos  
    Steve Cretekos
    Class: 1938-1943

    Sports Played:
    Football 4 Years
    Basketball 4 Years
    Track 2 Years
    Baseball 3 Years

    Military Service: Air Force

    • Star athlete in four sports his junior year and senior year in high school
    • Known for his toughness in football, basketball, and as a catcher in baseball
    • Made the All Section V Class “A” Basketball All Star Team in 1941
    • First Team All County in football and co-captain in 1941

     John Rigas
    John Rigas
    Class of 1939-1943

    Sports Played:
    Track 4 Years
    Football 1 Year
    Baseball 3 Years
    Basketball 2 Years

    College: R.P.I.

    • Only Wellsville athelte to ever own a professional sports team - The Buffalo Sabres Hockey Team.
    • All round athlete, earning his 20 point letter in his high school career.
    • Known for his enthusiasm and dedication to the sports he played on.  Captain for three teams his senior year in high school.
    • Presented the first ever lifetime achievement award from Renesselear Polytechnic Institute for his contributions to the hockey world.

    Earl Robbins  
    Earl Robbins
    Class: 1940-1943


    Sports Played:
    Football 4 Years
    Baseball 3 Years
    Track 3 Years
    Basketball 2 Years

    College: Alfred University

    • Star athlete in four sports during his high school career 1942
    • All Conference selection and captain of his team
    • Leading scorer in football, batted over 400 in baseball, and won consistently in the 100 & 220 yard dash in track
    • Went on to be a starting running back at Alfred University

     Jim Fulmer
    Jim Fulmer
    Class: 1941-1944

    Sports Played:
    Football 3 Years
    Basketball 3 Years
    Baseball 3 Years

    College: Dickenson College

    • Started on the varsity for three years in three different sports
    • One of the original organizers of the Wellsville Small Court Basketball Program where he served for over 40 years
    • Umpired Wellsville Little League for over 40 years
    • Worked with the Wellsville Midget Football Program for over 15 years

    Max Grossman
    Max Grossman
    Class: 1941-1945

    Sports Played:
    Baseball 4 Years
    Track 4 Years
    Basketball 1 Year

    College: RBI and Bryant & Stratton

    • In high School he was awarded the very prestigious 20 Point Letter Award as well as The Man of the Year Award in 1945.
    • He played shortstop on his high school baseball teams where he was chosen to play in the County All Star Game, and he was recognized as a brilliant glove man.
    • After graduation he went on to have a wonderful career in softball. In 2000 he was selected as the best all around player in Irondequoit Senior Softball League.
    • In 2005 he was inducted into the Rochester Jewish Athletes Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was inducted into the Rochester Senior Slow Pitch Hall of Fame.
    • A leader of men he served as commissioner of the Irondequoit Softball League for 1992-1997.

     Howard Underwood
    Howard Underwood
    Class: 1941-1945

    Sports Played:
    Basketball 4 Years

    Football 4 Years
    Track 4 Years
    Baseball 3 Years

    Military: US Army

    • He was recognized as a three sport star in the sports of football, basketball, and track.
    • In 1945 he led his varsity basketball team in scoring with a total of 151 points in 17 games.
    • In football he will always be remembered as one of the best running backs to play at WHS during this era.
    • In the sport of track he seldom was beat in the events of broad jump and high jump winning three consecutive county championships in both events.

     John Giopulos
    John Giopulos
    Class: 1942-1946

    Sports Played:
    Baseball 4 Years
    Track 4 Years
    Basketball 3 Years

    College: University of Buffalo

    • Earned his 20 point letter in his sophomore year
    • Set the high school record in track for the 100 yard dash, his senior year 10.2 seconds.  This record stood for 31 years before broken by his son Dean.
    • Selected as the MVP in the sectional quarterfinals in basketball his senior year
    • High school varsity baseball - started 4 years; varsity track - started 4 years; varsity basketball  - started 3 years

        Chuck Reuning  Chuck Reuning
    Chuck Reuning
    Class of 1946

    Sports Played:
    Football 3 Years
    Basketball 4 Years
    Baseball 4 Years
    Track 3 Years

    College: Alfred University

    • He split time between quarterback and running back for the undefeated football teams of 1943 and 1945. 
    • In 1946, he was selected as the Man of the Year, representing the top athlete in the school.
    • Upon graduation he received the very prestigious 20 point letter, which only a few achieved during their careers.
    • A leader of men, he was chosen as team captain in three sports his senior year. Reuning went on to attend Alfred University.

    Dennis Wood
    Dennis Wood
    Class: 1943-1947

    Sports Played:
    Football 3 Years

    Basketball 3 Years
    Baseball 3 Years
    Track 3 Years

    Served in the Military

    • Recognized by many that had the pleasure to see him play as the best athlete of his era.
    • Was a starter on 4 sports teams for 3 years (football, basketball, baseball, and track).
    • In 1947 he was chosen by the School Faculty Council to be inducted into the Sportsmanship Brotherhood Club. A tremendous honor for an athlete at that time.
    • Was chosen for several Allegany County all star teams in the sports he played, and was a member of 880 yard relay team that broke the county record in 1946. This record had stood since 1934.
    • In the military he was the star running back on his football team while stationed in Japan. This team featured several pro players.
    • A great athlete that was admired by those that had the pleasure to call him a teammate.

    Paul Gavit
    Paul Gavit
    Class: 1945-1949

    Sports Played:

    Football 4 Years
    Baseball 4 Years
    Basketball 3 Years
    Wrestling 1 Year

    Colleges:

    Alfred
    Cornell
    St. Bonaventure
    SUNY Oswego

    • He was an outstanding athlete in high school playing four different sports and excelling in them all.
    • He won a Section V championship in wrestling at the 175 pound weight class.
    • He was so good in baseball that he had several looks from such teams as Detroit, St. Louis, and Washington.
    • In football he played 2 years at Alfred University for legendary Alex Yunevich and 3 years at Cornell for famous coach Lefty James.
    • In town team baseball he once had 16 strike outs in a nine inning game.
    • He coached football at LeRoy and Portville.

    Bob McEnroe
    Bob McEnroe
    Class: 1945-1949

    Sports Played:

    Football 4 Years
    Basketball 4 Years
    Baseball 3 Years
    Track 3 Years

    College: Alfred University

    • Recognized by many as one of the finest male athletes ever to graduate from Wellsville High School
    • In 1949 he was the last athlete to letter in four varsity sports
    • Won several county and Spring Day Meets in track, and made Sectionals in both the pole vault and high jump
    • Started at halfback for the undefeated 1956 Alfred University football team, honored as the #1 Small College Team in the nation