MASSENA - Three individuals and five teams will be inducted into the Massena Hall of Fame during the 23rd annual festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the high school cafeteria.
Ike Bogosian Jr.
Ike Bogosian burst onto the Massena High School athletic fields his freshman year of 1973. By the end of three years (he went to Kent, a preparatory school in Connecticut, after his junior year) he left quite a legacy.
His basketball career began in 1973 under coach Lee Baines and then coach Charlie Boots. He received All-Northern status his final two years. He was elected captain in his junior year.
He participated in track his three years in Massena. Lee Baines and Pete Carhart were his coaches. He was a sprinter competing in the 100, 200 and the 400 yd. relay for all three years. He captained the team in 1976. He was selected to the All-Northern team all three years he was eligible. He also qualified for the states in all three years.
Now to the main event, football, where he played running back and safety, which would become his position at Syracuse University, where he served as co-captain with Joe Morris.
He played at Massena under legendary coach Mike Nicholas. From the time he played Pop Warner to the time he left Massena he was never on the losing end of a football game. Actually, this streak included the two years he played at Kent. He received virtually every award available to a football player.
Massena awards included being team captain and winning the Mike Mittiga most valuable player award. In Section 10 he was selected to the all-northern team his sophomore and junior years. He also received all-upstate New York team honors both years and the all-state teams of 75 and 76. His junior year he was named to the High School All-American team.
Being selected as a captain in all three of his main sports teams speaks to the type of person he was and is. He will be the second Ike Bagosian to be inducted into the Massena High School Hall-of-Fame and the third Bagosian. He joins his father Ike and brother Steve.
Mike Bressard was a four year football player. He played his freshman and sophomore years as a starter at defensive tackle, punter and a kicker.
In his junior year, he became a two sport athlete, football and lacrosse. On varsity he also was a starter at defensive tackle where he was selected all northern. He was a part-time full back, where he rushed for 890 yards in the season and kicked extra points.
His senior year he came into his own. He was a member of the 1993 Hall of Fame football team. Mike started on defensive tackle, was a part time running back, kicked off, punted and kicked off extra points.
That year he led NAC in extra points, defensive sacks (9) and also rushed for 950 yards. Mike was selected for first team All-Northern, defensive tackle Section 10, first team All-Northern, Watertown Times defensive tackle and WMSA unsung hero award.
Massena played Peru in the All Northern Superbowl game - Massena was victorious. Mike was named MVP.
■ Seven solo tackles
■ One blocked punt
■ One sack
■ Rushed for 210 yards
■ Scored two touchdowns - one being the game winner.
Mike also played lacrosse as a starter on defense with a long stick.
In lacrosse, Mike was on the Section 10 winning team - again he was named to the All Northern team.
When Mike was on the field, no matter what he played, he played to win and gave his best effort.
P.J. Rochefort had an enviable athletic career at Massena High School defined by an exceptional senior year.
A three-sport athlete, in the fall he quarterbacked the 1994 football team. The team had a record of 11-1, more than any other team in history. The team won the league, the North Country Super Bowl and reached the N.Y state semi-finals. The team was ranked seventh in the state. For this he was selected All North quarterback.
During the winter season, P.J. was a stand-out defenseman and co-captain of a team that won league and sectional championships and went on to win the NYSPHSAA Division I state championship.
Not resting on his already impressive laurels, in the spring Rochefort was co-captain and an outstanding goalie on the lacrosse team. The team won the Section 10 championship and competed in the NY state championship tournament. As a senior he was selected first team All North, was named league co-MVP and chosen All Upstate.
Known for his versatility, athleticism and work ethic, Rochefort defines what it means to be a Red Raider athlete in every sense, a credit to his school, community, family and to himself.
1999 Varsity Lacrosse
The 25th edition of Massena lacrosse turned out to be the finest in school history, winning the NAC regular Championship, Section 10 and losing to eventual state champion West Genesee, but only after leading 1-0. The Raiders established the longest win streak at 10 to start the season playing very good competition outside Section 10 against Waterloo, Kingston, Queensbury and Albany CBA.
The Raiders spent a lot of time on the road but the non-league contests helped mold the teams success. Jeffrey Slack would become the all-time leading scorer during the season, and Kevin Foster was named League MVP at the goalie position.
The following season Kevin would be named Massenas only All-American. Ten players from this very successful team went on to play college lacrosse.
The team included Eric Bradish, Tad Engstrom, Kevin Foster, Greg Slack, Jeremy LaShomb, Jeff Slack, Steven Menkes, Paul Rochefort, Chris Converse, Nathan Witkop, Ashley Belair, Jordan Thibault, Tom Premo, Joe Cecot, Matt Brown, Matt Robideau, Dave Park, Steve Smith, Jesse Cusworth, Derek Macioce, Brian Carroll, Jason Gilbo, Coach Jeff Slack, Scott Gooshaw, Sarah Bradish and Assistant Coaches Ed Letham and Charlie Durant.
1980-81 Girls Swim Team
Co-Northern League Champions
Coming out of retirement after a very successful stint as coach for the boys program, Coach Bill Keener stepped in to lead the Lady Raiders to a very successful season.
Co-Captained by Karen Boots, Gretchen Cook and Donna Edwards, the Raiders found themselves in a three-way tie for the league championship with Salmon River and Malone, all with an 8-2 record. Both of Massenas losses were at the home of the Shamrocks of Salmon River, 6 points separating them.
The ladies started the season with a win at the Relay Carnival, setting records in the novice relay and diving and captured five second team All-Northerns in the Medley Relay, butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and the 400 free relay, and first team in diving.
Massena went on to win the sectional championships over Malone by 13 points. Four new sectional records were set:
400 Free Relay - Viskovich, Rawlins, Preston and Maclennan
Diving - Debbie Jackson
100 Butterfly - Maclennan
100 Backstroke - Cook
Debbie Jackson went on to place ninth in the NYSPhSAA Championships held in Nassau.
The team included Lynn Morgan, Judy Preston, Chris Rawlins, Liz Dishaw, Donna Gibson, Andrea Negus, Angela Benedict, Allison Benedict, Lynn Fregoe, Lori Morgan, Jill Fregoe, Bobbie Perry, Debbie VanReit, Danneen Truax, Debbie Silmser, Julie Hazel, Lisa Pelcher, Charlotte Fiacco, Mary Henessey, Karen Boots (co. capt.), Vicki Viskovich, Donna Edwards (co-capt.), Marabeth MacLennan, Gretchen Cook (co-capt.), Patty Prashaw, Sue Burnham, Ann Durant and Debbie Jackson.
The 1981-82 wrestling team has some very impressive credentials. Coached by Al Nicola with assistant coaches Darryl Paquin and Nick Zappia they finished the season with a record of 17 and 4. That was good enough to win the Section 10 league championship.
They were the favorites going into that years sectionals, but no one expected them to accomplish what they did. By the time the preliminary rounds of the Section 10 tournament were over the winning team had been decided. The raiders had placed every wrestler in the semi-finals. By the end of the day the team had four individual champions.
Invited to the tough Peru tournament they finished in the top tier. They dominated the heavier weight classes with two individual champions.
They cemented their position as a top team with matches outside of section 10. They defeated both Northern Adirondack and Indian River.
Coach Nicola was pleased with the effort they put forth in practice every day. He noted that some of the toughest matches he witnessed each week were the wrestle-offs to determine who would be in the line-up for the up-coming meet. He was proud of each and every member of the 81-82 wrestling team.
The team included Frank Perry, Kurt Ackerman, Karl Young, Mike Metruck, Steve Scott, Terry Layo, Bill Jawan, Jerry Revai, Mark Hart, Pat Scully, Rich St. Louis, Karen Wood, Steve Krywanszik, Bart Oddo, Randy Sienkiewicz, Brent Poirer, Brian Granger, Roland Patnode, Joe Ford, Craig Perry, Tim Smith, Scott Jawan, Ron Perry and Bobbi Perry.
1974-75 Boys Swim Team
Northern League Champions
The 1974-75 edition of Boys Swimming, led by first-year coach Jeff Slack, pretty much dominated swimming in Section 10 amassing 17 wins and their fifth straight sectional championship, outscoring their opponents 1,255 points to 662 in dual meet action.
The Raiders produced eight All-Northerns.
Greg Moore, diving, never lost a dual meet or sectionals and set new league records.
400 yard Relay team members Dave Hodge, Bruce Wight, Craig Robillard, Greg Moore, Lee Reid, Robin Russ and Jeff Dumas set new league records, took first in every dual meet and the sectionals. Probably their closest meet of the year was against powerhouse Canton, down 11-6, the Raiders won the next 7 of 9 events setting the new league record in the 400 yard relay with swimmers Wight, Moore, Hodge and Dumas.
In their second to last dual meet of the season against Malone, Massena took first place in eight events.
The team included J. Dumas, J. Mangel, C. Dobbins, O. Poirer, M. Truax, P. St. Louis, L. Reid, J. Anderson, Manager J. Dexter, R. Russ, G. Moore, K. Hanson, J. Wight, D. Moore, D. Hodge, B. Wight, C. Robillard, R. Prathers and Coach Jeff Slack.
1970-71 Wrestling Team
Section X Champions
The 1970-71 Red Raider Wrestling Team, under the direction of Albert Nicola, captured the Section 10 title. With an overall record of 13-1 and league record of 11-2, they were the team to beat in 1970-71. This team was made up of two sectional champions, five second place sectional finishers and two third place sectional finishers. Led by Co-Captains Al Nichols and Rick Aslanian, they placed second at South Jefferson Christmas Tournament and were the first team since the 1950s to earn a win over the Gouverneur Wildcats.
101 lbs. Mike LaRosa - Section Champ
108 lbs. Rick Jarvis - 1st Place at South Jefferson Tournament
115 lbs. Bruce Getsinger - 2nd Place at Sectionals
1st Place at South Jefferson Tournament
122 lbs. Sam Zappia
129 lbs. Bob Bennett - 2nd Place at Sectionals
135 lbs. Jeff Martin
141 lbs. Al Nichols - Co-Captain - Sectional Champ
1st Place at South Jefferson Tournament
148 lbs. Doug Frazier - 2nd Place at Sectionals
158 lbs. Roger Coughlin - 3rd Place at Sectionals
168 lbs. Ronnie Coughlin - 2nd Place at Sectionals
180 lbs. Peter Robinson - 3rd Place at Sectionals
UNL Rick Aslanian - Co-Captain - 2nd Place at Sectionals