MASSENA - The Massena Central School Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2013 during ceremonies Friday night.
Hall of Fame cereonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with a reception to follow at the Massena Fire Station.
Saturday kicks off with an 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the high school cafeteria, followed by a 1:30 p.m. Hall of Fame game pitting Massena against Tupper Lake. A reception follows at Coachs Corner.
The following individuals and team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of this years class:
Ken Adams was a four-year letterman on the varsity wrestling team. As a junior, he wrestled at the 112 lb. weight class, and was the most feared opponent on the mat, other than Dan Fay.
Later in the year, Ken moved to the 120 lb. weight class and achieved the honor of Section X Champion and 1st Team All-Northern.
Adamss senior year he was selected as the captain of the team and moved to the 127 lb. weight class. As a senior, he was undefeated and again won the Section X Championship and went on to compete in the Intersectionals between Sections 10 and 3, which consisted of teams from Gouverneur, W. Genessee, Watertown, Auburn, Oneida, Cazenovia, and Franklin Academy. Adams was an Intersectional Champ at 127 lbs.
Kens overall record for four varsity years was 76-12. He was a two- time Windsor Tournament runner-up, three-time Sectional Champ, an Intersectional Champ, and was undefeated in his senior year.
Rick Aslanian was a three sport athlete for the Red Raiders of Massena. In the fall, he was a standout on the gridiron as a lineman on the varsity football team. During his junior and senior seasons, he was named All Northern for his play on both sides of the football.
In the winter, Rick was the guy matches came down to as he wrestled in the unlimited spot. He amassed a four-year record of 45 wins against just 5 losses. In his senior year, he was co-captain for one of Coach Al Nicolas first teams. Rick had completed an undefeated regular season with a record of 12 wins and no losses. The only loss in his senior campaign came in overtime in the sectional final. He and his teammates from the 1971 season were recognized for their achievements and were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
In the spring he turned to the track, where he competed in the discus and shot events. In his senior year, he was once again named team captain.
There is a common theme in Rick Aslanians accomplishments during his high school years, which is that he was a leader, being named captain of a number of athletic teams as well as being a leader in academics where he was class vice president and involved in numerous clubs including National Honor Society. Upon his graduation from Massena Central, Rick received an appointment to West Point.
Jay Laba was a four-year athlete at Massena Central High School, graduating in 1992. He was an outstanding running back on the JV and varsity football teams and an outstanding short distance runner on the varsity track team.
Jays career on the football field started as a member of the 1988 freshmen football team. He moved on to the JV team in 1989 and then in 1990 and 1991 as a member of the varsity football team, where he excelled as a running back. Jay was selected to the all NAC Football team in his junior and senior years. In 1991, he was the leagues leading rusher, averaging over 10.7 yards per carry and at one point in the season he had a league leading 13 yards per carry record. He was selected as the 1991 Co-Mike Mittiga Award winner, which is given to the most valuable varsity football player.
In the spring, Jay moved on to the oval track to showcase his running abilities. His most successful seasons were in 1991 and 1992. In the summers of 1990 and 1991, he qualified for the Empire State Games in the 100 meter and 200 meter races. Also, in 1991 and 1992, he qualified for the state meet in the 100 meter and 200 meter races. At the 1992 Van Dusen, he broke the 100 meter record with a time of 11 seconds flat, tied the 200 meter record at 22.4 seconds, and was voted the Top Male Runner for the 1992 Van Dusen Track Meet. Jay was also voted the Top Male Performer in 1992 by the NAC officials.
Candace was a three-sport athlete for four years as a Red Raider, competing in soccer, indoor track and spring track.
In 1995, Candace started on the JV team, winning the JV Defensive Player Award, and was brought up to the varsity team for playoffs in 1996, on a team that went on to become the Section 10 Class A champions. In 1997, she was awarded the Autumn Leaves Invitational Defensive MVP, was honored by the National Consortium for Girls Soccer, received 1st Team NAC and Watertown Times, and Red Raider Defensive Co-MVP. In 1998, she was a member of Autumn Leaves and Parishville Invitational All–Tourney teams. She was also awarded both Section 10 and Watertown Times 1st Team All-Northern, Section X and Red Raider Defensive MFP.
In 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, Candy competed in the 600 meter, high jump, triple jump, two-mile and mile relays, having her best year in 1998 by leading the team in the high jump and tying the school record for the 600 meter.
She competed in the spring of 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, 4000 meter, 1600 meter relay and the 3200 meter relay. In 1996, she received first place at the Malone Invitational. In 1997, she was a first place medalist in the Malone Invitational in the 400 meter and the 1600 meter relays, acquired MCHS second place school record for the 3200 meter relay, and second place class record for the 400 meter. She also received the Raider Merit Award.
In 1998, she was the team captain and MCHS MVP.
For all four years and in all three sports Candace was a NAC Academic All-Northern and a member of the NYS Scholar Athlete team.
Laura Scruggs Warner
Laura was a three-sport athlete, lettering in soccer, indoor track and spring track for four years.
In soccer, Laura led the offense for the Raiders, was named Unsung Hero in 1995 as a JV, and then moved to the varsity team for three years. In 1996, she was named the Autumn Leaves Tourney MVP for offense, 1st Team All-Northern, Red Raider Offensive MVP (17 goals – 6 assists) and was named the Watertown Times All-North Honorable Mention.
In 1998, her Senior year, she was named both the Autumn Leaves Offensive MVP and the Tournament MVP, All Tourney Team Parishville Invitational, 1st Team All-Northern, Red Raider Offensive MVP (19 goals – 7 assists), Watertown Times All-North 2nd Team, Top 10 performers, along with being named the NYS Class A 6th Team All State. All three years of Varsity her team won the Section 10 championships.
In indoor track, Laura competed for four years, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, leading the team in the 1500 meter and the long jump, while also competing in the triple jump, two-mile relay, mile relay and the sprint relay. During the spring, she competed in the 800 meter, 1500 meter, 1600 meter relay, 3200 meter relay, and the long jump for all four years.
In 1996, she was awarded Sectional Champ and 1st Team All-Northern in 1500 meters.
In 1997 she set the NACs fastest time for the 800 meter at the Malone Invitational, was a Section 10 champ, was 1st Team All-Northern in the 800 meter, and recorded the second-place school record for the 3200 meter relay.
In 1998, she was awarded Section 10 champ, 1st Team All-Northern in the 800 meter, 1st medalist in the 800 meter at both the Massena and Malone Invitational, Red Raider Team MVP, and also competed for Section 10 at the NYS Championships in the 800 meter and 1600 meter relays and the long jump.
In 1999, she was team captain and Red Raider MVP.
For all four years, in all three sports, Laura was an Academic All-Northern and a member of the NYS Scholar Athlete Team.
Paige was a two-sport athlete for the Red Raiders, starting her career as an eighth grader. She participated in both basketball and softball.
As a softball player, Paige played two years on the JV team and then while on the varsity squad she was the starting third baseman for three straight years. In her junior year, she was selected as 1st Team All-Northern and also 1st Team All-North. As varsity captain in her senior year, Paige was Section 10 MVP, Watertown Daily Times MVP All-North as well as Team MVP.
On the basketball team, Paige played two years on the JV team and on the varsity squad for three years. In her junior year, she was selected as 2nd Team All-Northern. In her stellar senior year, Paige became the leader on and off the court as the captain of her team. On the court, she was recognized for her many talents by receiving awards such as Section 10 MVP, Jan Reitz Finalist, Elks Team MVP, 4th Team All-State, Katie OShaughnessy Award, 1st Team All-North, Mel Bustler Channel 7 News Athlete of the Week, and Massena Red Raider Athlete of the Year.
In the words of Coach Bob Jordan, Paige was what every coach wishes for in a player – unlimited talent, unwavering dedication to her team, an unending strive to get better, and a heart and mind that didnt stop on or off the floor. She was a true champion of the game and exceptional representative of Massena athletics.
After graduation, Paige continued to work hard in both sports at St. Lawrence University.
2001-2002 Girls Basketball Team
23-3 Overall Record
Section 10 Class B Championship
Section 10 Over-All Championship
Section 10-3 Regional Participants
Sharlie McLean Krywanczyk, Athena Rufa Curley, Myah Lannis, Alexia Strzalka, Aimee Meacham Poirier, Lindsey Truax, Sarah Mossow, Paige Truax-Arcet, Paige Myers, Kylie Wood Iriolo, Libby Park, Coach Bob Jordan
Under the direction of Coach Bob Jordan, the 2001-2002 team lost their first two games at a tournament in Phoenix. They, then, went on to win 23 straight games, placing them undefeated in their league. They completed their season by going on to win Class B Championship and the overall Section 10 Championship, moving them on to the NY State Playoffs where they were finally defeated in the NY State Playoffs Elite 8 game by New Hartford.
The team was led by captains Libby Park and Paige Truax. Coach Bob Jordan said, This was a special team. To win 21 games in a row and be one game from the NYS final four was an exceptional accomplishment. Not only were they exceptional athletes, but outstanding students. Throughout the season these young ladies showed so much incredible strength, growth and character, that you could be sure success was achievable well beyond the game of basketball.