New Hartford, N.Y. - The 29th annual Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony welcomed four new members to the local sports elite, Tuesday.
Three individuals and one team were officially enshrined into the hall during an induction dinner at Daniele's Banquet Specialists in New Hartford.
Kevin Green, Scott Knapp, Mark Mowers and the 2002 state champion Sauquoit Valley high school boys cross country team were among those honored during Tuesday's event.
"I would be lying if I told you that this isn’t one of the biggest points in my life as an athlete the opportunity to be recognized by your hometown folks," said 2018 Inductee, Kevin Green. "This one right here really hits me in my heart for my family, for my dad, my mother up in heaven, and you know it’s a real big deal."
It’s like climbing to the top of Mount Everest," said 2002 Sauquoit Valley cross country coach, Steve Philpotts. These guys were phenomenal, sometimes I felt like they didn’t get the credit they deserve, but today they’re getting all the credit."
"It’s something that you never really think of that it’s going to happen, you don’t really play the game or do the workouts for these kind of nights," said 2018 inductee, Scott Knapp. "But it really is a special thing that really is a combination of so much hard work and it’s just great to be appreciated, and all I was trying to do was win, but to get recognized in this way is just a great honor."
Mowers was on assignment for his duties as a scout for the Buffalo Sabres organization and was unable to attend the ceremony.
High School student-athletes, Thaddeus Karaman, Sophie Wittenbeck and Nicole Jeselson all received scholarship awards.