Michelle Kirk is a 2007 graduate of Corning West High and a 2011 graduate of American University. While at Corning West, Michelle was named to the All-Leader and All Twin Tiers First Team four years in a row. As a junior and senior she was named the Leader and Twin Tiers Player of the Year. Michelle is the all-time leading scorer in West High School history with 1,964 points and also set records with a 28.5 per game average as a senior and 293 blocks during her career. She was also named to the AA Class All New York State team as a junior and senior. Michelle continued her sterling play at American University where she was twice named to the Patriot All-League team and was named the Player of the Year as a senior. She scored a season record 565 points as a senior and finished her collegiate career with 1,223 points, 425 rebounds and 125 assists helping lead American to two league championships.
Mike Donovan has been one of the top bowlers in the Corning Bowling Association for close to 20 years. For the past ten years, Mike has averaged 220 or better with a high mark of 228 in the 2010-11 season. He has carried a 225 mark for the past five years. Over his career, Mike has recorded almost a dozen 300 games with seven of them coming in the Corning Association. While Mike has posted four scores of 800 or better, his best night ever was last season when he rolled an 859 series that included two of his 300 games, making him one of only a handful of bowlers with two 300 games in the same series. Mike has been named to the All-Leader Team a dozen times with six of those berths on the First-Team. Mike is also very active in the sport off the lanes. He has served as President of the Corning Incorporated Bowling Association for a number of years and chairs the Tom Sullivan Memorial High School Tournament. He was also very instrumental in forming the bowling teams at the high schools in the district.
Felix Forbes Jr. graduated from Corning East High in 2004 following a brilliant career as the quarterback on the football team and also a stalwart for the Trojans lacrosse program. He started the last four games of his sophomore season and rushed for 567 yards and passing for another 98 in the air. During his junior season, Felix rushed for 1,293 yards and also led the team in tackles while playing defense. It was his senior season that turned heads. Felix rushed for over 1,500 yards with 22 touchdowns and passed for 536 yards and eight other scores. His stellar performance led the Trojans to the Class A state championship game where they were defeated by a powerful Nyack team. He was a three time All Twin Tiers selection and following his senior season, was named the Twin Tiers Player of the Year. Felix accepted a lacrosse scholarship to St. Johns University where he graduated in 2008.
Gavin Roush becomes the first person ever inducted into the C-PP Sports Hall of Fame for the sport of Ultimate Frisbee which he began playing while attending Bucknell University. He started working in Boston in 1999 where he played for a corporate team and ended up playing in national tournaments. From there it just blossomed. In 2000, Gavin began playing in international tournaments. He has competed for the Russian National team in European tournaments and then for the Finnish national team in tournaments all over the world. The 1992 Corning West High graduate has played in ultimate frisbee tournaments in Trinidad, Italy, Russia, Germany, Finland, Hawaii and North Korea just to name a few. Gavin has been featured in several publications throughout the world as an American who has traveled the world representing the sport, and he is currently being considered for induction into the National USA Ultimate Frisbee Hall of Fame. He is currently coaching ultimate frisbee in Finland where he lives and runs his consulting company.
Jim Townsend graduated from Corning East High School in 1982 after a very successful high school lacrosse career that saw him score 93 goals with 27 assists to rank 48th all time (at that time) with 120 points. He took his skills to Salisbury State where he earned four letters in lacrosse and was the team’s leading scorer and MVP as a senior captain in 1986. Jim stated his lacrosse coaching career at Rochester Polytechnic Institute in 1993. He coached RPI until 2002 when he moved on to McDaniel College. He returned to RPI in 2007 and is still there. His career record at RPI is 131 and 91. He has led his team to 6 ECAC appearances and two ECAC championships. Jim has been named League Coach of the Year 3 times and Association Coach of the Year 4 times. Jim has also coached twelve All-Americans at both RPI and McDaniel.
Robert (Bob) T. Adams graduated from Corning West High School in 1968 where he excelled for the Vikings on their football and baseball teams. He attended Corning Community College where he played soccer and ran cross country, and from there he went on to graduate from Penn State in 1978. Although he was one of the finest all around student athletes in the area, Bob’s true calling came when he became the owner of Willowcreek Golf Club in Big Flats. His contributions to the local golf scene are endless. He has supported youths interested in golf from the time he got into the business. He holds many youth golf camps, is a strong supporter of the local First Tee program and hosts many tournaments that support youth golf and many other charitable concerns. In 2002 he was awarded the Varsity H Community Award for his commitment to athletics at Horseheads HS. His golf course is the only one in the area with a junior course especially designed for 12 and under players and also the only one in the area with a special cart that can be driven onto greens and be used by handicapped players. Bob is a true champion of local golf.
Robert A. Adams was born in Naples, N.Y. where he was a standout student-athlete, but made his legacy as a youth coach in the Corning-Painted Post area for all of his adult life. After serving his country in the military, Bob (or Bud) settled in Painted Post and began coaching Little League baseball in the early 1960s. Not only did Bob coach his kids, he taught them about life and what to expect when they got older. He was a true teacher/coach and was revered by those he guided. Bob was considered one of the finest umpires in the history of District 6 Little League and was often requested by other teams as they advanced through tournament play. Later in his life after his son took ownership of Willowcreek Golf Club, you would find Bob down at the course on a daily basis teaching kids the fundamentals of the game of golf as well as the lessons of life. He and his son were a great team and youth golf in this area is truly richer because of them.
Lindsay Benjamin Nix graduated from Corning West High in 2008 after a four year career with the Corning Hawks soccer program. Ben was named to the All-Leader Team three seasons, was named to the All-STAC West team in 2005 and was an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. He was named the team MVP as a junior and senior while playing as a central midfielder responsible for controlling both the defensive and offensive play in the middle of the field. As a senior Ben was named to the Bishop Ludden All-Tournament team and was awarded the CPP Soccer Alumni Award for his leadership efforts. He took his soccer talents to SUNY Oswego where he became a starter late into his freshman season. He was moved to the outside marking back position in college and was generally assigned to mark one of the opponent’s top offensive threats each game. Ben was a four time scholar athlete at Oswego. He currently works as a technician at the Oswego Hospital.
Marissa Weil graduated from Corning West High in 2008 following a three year career as a member of the Vikings volleyball team. She was named to the STAC All Division Team as a junior and an STAC All Conference Team as a senior and was a NYS scholar athlete both seasons. After graduation from West, Marissa attended Corning Community College where she helped the Red Barons volleyball team to the MSAC championship as a freshman and being named to the MSAC All-Conference team. The following season, Marissa was named the MSAC Player of the Year. She continued her collegiate career at Ithaca College and their volleyball team. She earned a couple of All-Tournament berths and an Empire 8 Rookie of the Week award. As a senior, Marissa was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference team when she finished the season with 404 kills which was the 29th best mark in the nation.
Jeffrey Cortright is a life-long resident of the Corning area graduating from local area schools. As an avid outdoorsman, Jeffrey has hunted and fished his entire life. But in the mid 2000s, he found a passion for archery and through hours and hours of practice became one of the finest archers in the world. He was a New York State 3D champion four times and also won the crown in Pennsylvania three times. His career really took off in 2008 when he finished third in the World Championship. In 2009, Jeff finished 6th in the National Triple Crown tournament and 17th in the world. He finished 8th in the National Triple Crown in 2010 and was named the runner-up Shooter of the Year. 2011 was a banner year for Jeff winning the Shooter of the Year Award and winning the National Triple Crown and the Southern Triple Crown. In 2012, Jeff won the IBO World Championship, MSR Indoor World Championship. He’s been profiled in Bowhunting Magazine and is a spokesman for a number of Archery Products.
Allison Bayer is a 2004 graduate of Corning East where she was a member of the Trojans girls’ lacrosse team for four years. Allison was named to the All-League, First Team as a junior and senior after a Second Team berth following her sophomore season. She played attack and was a real threat around the goal. She really blossomed into a scorer as a junior when she amassed 49 goals along with 29 assists and followed that with a senior season of 50 goals and 34 assists. She took her lacrosse skills to Nazareth College where she helped them to three NCAA, Division III appearances in her first three years there. During her first three years, Allison scored 32 goals and assisted on 17 other scores while battling minor injuries. She was unable to play as a senior due to knee injuries. She joins her brother Bryan as an inductee into the Hall of Fame tonight.
Brittany Philip graduated from Corning East in 2008 following a four year stint as a standout on the girls’ lacrosse team. Brittany was named to the All-Leader and All-Conference Teams as a junior. She recorded 90 goals and 22 assists during her high school career but was injured for the better part of her senior season. Brittany took her talents to Queens University where she rewrote the record books for their women’s lacrosse team. She scored a school record 168 goals during her career and was also the all-time leader in draw control with 190 and games started with 69. She was also second in total points with 208 and second with 144 ground balls. Brittany was named All-Conference and was the conference Player of the Year as a senior, All-Regional Team and was nominated as an NCAA Women Player of the Year.
Bryan Bayer graduated from Corning East High in 1994 as a two-year member of the boys’ varsity lacrosse team. After being named the MVP of the jayvees as a sophomore, Bryan joined the varsity in his junior season and by the time he was a senior, he was one of the team leaders and a very dangerous scorer from his attack position. As a senior, Bryan led the team in assists with 67 while scoring 38 goals for 105 points. He was named to the All-League team and was the Trojans Top Offensive Player helping them to the state championship game. Bryan took his lacrosse skills to Division I Hobart where he helped the Statesmen to a NCAA Championship tournaments. Following his collegiate career, Bryan was a member of the USCLA Team Empire (2001-2005), the leading scorer for USCLA Team Reebok in 2001 and was a First Team selection. He helped his Team Reebok to three Empire Division championships.
Scott O’Donnell graduated from Corning West High in 1988 and was a member of the Vikings lacrosse program for five years, three on the varsity squad. He was All-League honorable mention as a sophomore and All-League, First-Team as both a junior and senior. Scott led the Vikings in scoring as a junior and senior and finished his high school career with a total of 70 goals and 117 assists for 187 points which places him third all-time on the West High scoring list. His eight assists in one game is still a Viking record. Following his high school graduation, Scott received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he played lacrosse for four years. Two years as the junior varsity captain and two years with the varsity. Scott is currently a Lt. J.G. on the ship U.S.S. Lamoure County.
David Streeten graduated from Corning East High in 2003 after playing for the Trojans lacrosse program. During his junior season, David developed into a face-off specialist by winning 59% of his face-offs while still being a scoring threat from his midfielder position. During his senior campaign, he won 163 of 229 face-offs for a 71% success rate, which ranks fourth all-time in Trojans history. Due to his face-off efficiency, David earned a lacrosse scholarship to Binghamton University. As a freshman, he helped the Bearcats to an undefeated American East regular season championship. After his freshman season, David had a tragic, life-threatening accident which ended his playing career. He committed himself to a rigorous physical therapy the next year, and was able to come back and coach and graduate in 2008. The Binghamton lacrosse honored David by naming their ‘Unsung Hero’ award after him for his courageous comeback. After graduating from Binghamton, David has worked as an assistant coach for Queens University of Charlotte, NC and Greensboro College in NC. He is currently an assistant coach for Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL.
Duncan Streeten is a 2005 graduate of Corning East High and a 2009 graduate of Binghamton University. Duncan only played two varsity seasons for the Trojans lacrosse team but he made a major impact in those two years. He was solid contributor as a junior but it was his senior season that really highlighted his career. As a team captain, he was named All-League, All-Leader, including Player of the Year honors, team MVP and was named a high school All-American. All this led to a lacrosse scholarship to Binghamton where he played for four years, three as a starting midfielder. He was a two-time captain and twice named to the American East Team. Following in his father’s footsteps, Duncan was a volunteer assistant coach at SUNY Cortland for a year and spent two years as an assistant coach for the Corning Hawks. He currently teaches third grade in Charlotte, NC and coaches for the Lake Norman High School lacrosse team.
Matthew Warner graduated from Corning East High School in 2002 after a four year career playing for the Trojans varsity lacrosse team. From his crease attack position, Matt helped lead East to four Sectional titles, one state runner-up team and three other berths into the state quarterfinals. He was offered a lacrosse scholarship to Division I Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. As a freshman, he was named the Player of the Year in the MAAC as he led them to the MAAC championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. Following his senior campaign, Matt was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and was the second leading scorer in the NCAA. Matt is the all-time leading goal scorer for Mount Saint Mary’s with 138 goals and holds the school record for goals in one season with 53 as a senior. He currently coaches youth lacrosse in Maryland and is an assistant coach for Reservoir High School in Fulton, Maryland.