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AuSable Valley announces 2013 Hall of Fame class

CLINTONVILLE — Three 2013 AuSable Valley Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced at halftime of Friday’s varsity football game. They will be inducted during a spaghetti dinner on Saturday at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and the ceremony beginning at approximately 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $10. Please contact Lindsey Bombard at 569-6985 or for reservations.

Current members of the Hall of Fame who plan on attending the halftime ceremony should contact Jamie Douglass or Scott Bombard in the announcing booth upon arrival so they can be introduced during the halftime ceremony.

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Tim Snow was a 1956 graduate of AuSable Forks High School. He played on the 1956 sectional final runner-up team, arguably one of the best basketball teams to come out of AFHS. He averaged 10 points a game for a team that finished 16-5. In baseball he played on two Section VII championship teams between1952 and 1956. He led the 1956 team to a Section VII Class A title, hitting .435 and driving in 21 runs in 14 games.

Snow then served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962 and played on the Fort Carson (Colo.) Softball team. In 1958 he became one of the first players to hit three home runs in one Champlain Valley Baseball League game. He was a member of the 1964 Olympic Bobsled team that competed in Inssbruck, Austria. In 1974 he was instrumental in starting the Au Sable Forks Spirits Baseball team and was a player/manager for 11 years. The Au Sable Forks Spirits won five Southern Division Championship titles and three overall CVBL Championships. He has played in the Au Sable Forks Fastpitch Softball Tournament for 19 years and spent the next 24 years umpiring the tournament. Next year will be his 46th year umpiring college and high school games.

Kelly Gordon is a 2003 graduate of AuSable Valley Central School who excelled in football, hockey and baseball. He holds numerous school football records including single-game rushing yards (281), single-game rushing touchdowns (five), single-season rushing touchdowns (20) and single-season rushing yards (1,230). He is the second all-time leading rusher in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference history.

Gordon played football at Ithaca College, where he continued to win awards and set records, including five career return touchdowns, which tied the school record. He played on several semi-pro football teams including the Plattsburgh North Stars from 2007 to 2009 and the Palmetto Havoc in 2010 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

In baseball, Gordon also earned many awards, including several CVAC First-Team All-Star nods. He was co-Athlete of the Year for AuSable Valley. He is currently employed at Ithaca High School as a physical education teacher and the head football/strength and conditioning coach.

Keith Brelia is a 1982 AuSable Valley graduate. He was an all-around athlete excelling in basketball, soccer and track. He was a member of the 1979-80 Section VII champion basketball team that reached the final four. He played an instrumental role in the semifinal game against heavily favored Ticonderoga, drawing a charge with six seconds left and AuSable Valley clinging to a one-point lead.

Brelia was a First-Team All-Star in soccer. He was called the team’s Most Valuable Player by coach Skip Bassett. He still holds AuSable Valley’s 400-meter open and the 400 hurdles records in track and field. He has had a distinguished career in the United States Army and is currently the 3rd Brigade Commander of the 98th Division of the United State Army Reserves and is the Business Manager and Senior Analyst for Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

For the first time, the induction ceremony will feature an AuSable Valley team. The 1979-80 boys’ basketball team, coached by John Konowitz, won the CVAC championship, the Section VII championship and lost in the Glens Falls tournament. The team featured five members of the Hall of Fame. The Patriots were 23-4, at the time a CVAC record for most wins. It’s the only team in 45 years of AuSable Valley basketball to win CVAC and sectional championships. Six players were named All-Stars, and Rich Reynolds was the WIRY player of the year. Along the way to Glens Falls, the team beat Mount Assumption Institute and Plattsburgh High in the playoffs for the CVAC championship and Ticonderoga in the sectional semifinals. The team also recorded wins over Silver Creek (the No. 7 team in New York State ), Rice and Essex Junction, who met in the Vermont state finals, and Malone and Saranac Lake from Section X.