Greater Utica Sports HOF selects '10 class


UTICA, N.Y. - The Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame released its 2010 Class of Inductees Friday. This year’s selections are:

Former Syracuse University Football standout Byron Abraham. In 1987, Abraham scored the decisive touchdown vs. West Virginia that secured an undefeated season for the Orange and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. In high school, the former Notre Dame Juggler held numerous records in football, baseball and track prior to his graduation. Currently, Abraham is the head football coach for his alma mater, Notre Dame High School.

Former University of Oregon star Ernest Jones. At the time of his graduation, the Ducks defenseman held the school record with 29 sacks. As Defensive Captain, Jones led the team with 13 sacks, was second on the team with 738 total plays, and amassed 67 tackles - 20 of which resulted in a loss of 112 yards. He was drafted in the 3rd Round of the National Football League draft (100th pick overall) by the Los Angeles Rams and won a Super Bowl ring with the 1997 Denver Broncos.

Former National Hockey League coach Patrick J. Kelly. The 2008 ECHL Hall of Fame Inductee coached in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League, Eastern Hockey League, International Hockey League, Quebec Hockey League, Southern Hockey League, and World Hockey League in addition to the National Hockey League. He led the famed Clinton Comets to 5 first place finishes, the Charlotte Checkers (SHL) to 2 first place finishes, and the Salem Raiders (ACHL) to a first place finish. In 1984-85, his Peoria Rivermen finished first overall in the IHL. His teams won 3 Walker Cups, 2 James Crockett Trophies, and one Turner Cup. He was SHL Coach of the Year in 1974-75 and IHL Co-Coach of the Year in 1984-85. His combined coaching record is 936-798-170.

Former Utica Free Academy three-sport star J. Michael Barr. A Central Oneida League All-Star and Most Valuable Player in more than one sport Barr was also a tremendous coach for over 25 years. One of his major accomplishments to area sports was the creation and development of Pop Warner Football in North Utica. He was so highly regarded in the game he was chosen to lead the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Association in 1979 and served in that capacity until 1989.

Former Canadian Football League and United States Football League player Alonzo Patterson. A two-sport standout at Utica Free Academy, Patterson went on to become a star offensive player at Wagner College where he led the Division III school in rushing yards two seasons in a row, set the college’s single-season rushing record with 1,487 yards and career rushing record with 4,777 yards at the time of his graduation. He went on to play in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the USFL with the New Jersey Generals. He is a member of the Wagner College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former professional baseball star Rick Siriano. A Central Oneida League All Star from 1975-1977 at Thomas R. Proctor High School, Siriano was part of the first-ever Section III Championship team in that school’s history. At the University of Louisville, Siriano set the single season record for Runs Batted In (82 in 1980 - good for 5th in the nation) and Batting Average (.477 - now fourth in school history). In 1980, Siriano hit 24 home runs which led the nation and placed him 2nd in school history. His career batting average of .389 in 2nd all-time in school history. He was drafted in the 10th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1980 and went on to play for the Bradenton Braves, Anderson Braves, and the Durham Bulls. He currently umpires at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.


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