The Goshen Central School District is proud to announce this year’s inductees to its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Four outstanding individuals – as well as the entire 1997 boys varsity soccer team – were honored at a special ceremony on Sept. 29.
“For many Goshen students, participating in athletics was one of many positive defining moments during their tenure at Goshen High School,” said Matthew O’Brien, the district’s health, physical education and athletics director. “We are convinced their athletic accomplishments contributed to their college and career successes. To be able to honor these alumni and a team for their athletic accomplishments and successes also reinforces to our current students about the power of athletic participation.”
The Goshen High School Athletic Hall of Fame was created as a way to strengthen the bond between the school’s past, present and future athletes. It allows individuals and families to be reconnected with Goshen High School, providing current student-athletes with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the history of the Goshen Gladiators.
Inductees are nominated by community members, staff members, coaches or alumni and selected by the Hall of Fame committee. This year’s inductees are:
- Michael Hunter, Class of 1994
Hunter played varsity football in 1993; varsity golf from 1991 to 1994; varsity basketball from 1992 to 1994; and varsity tennis in 1990.
In football, Hunter was named the Section IX Team’s Most Valuable Player in 1993 in addition to Team Best Offensive Back and Second Team All-Section IX, as a quarterback.
In golf, Hunter was named the Section IX representative in the New York State High School Championship in 1992, 1993 and 1994; and was a medalist in the Orange County High School Championship 1992 and 1994.
He was also a starter on the 1993-1994 basketball team which had a 14-4 regular season record.
- Chelsey Locatell, Class of 2010
Locatell played varsity softball in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; and was captain in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
She played junior varsity basketball in 2005-2006; and varsity basketball during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 school years.
Additionally, Locatell played junior varsity soccer in 2005; varsity soccer in 2006; and junior varsity tennis in 2007.
Locatell is the 2010 recipient of Goshen High School Robert “Chick” Coleman Memorial Award/ Outstanding Senior Female Athlete. She was also named to the New York State Sportswriters Association/ New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSWA/NYSSCOGS) Softball Class A Fourth Team All-Star as a senior; and the NYSSWA Softball Class A Third Team All-Star in 2008 as a sophomore.
Locatell was also a member of the team which won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section IX Class A Softball Championship and the New York State Orange County League Softball Division III Championship, both in 2008.
She was named The Times Herald-Record’s Varsity845 Softball “Player of the Year” in 2008. Locatell was also named to The Record’s Varsity845 Softball First Team All-Star in 2010 as a senior; its Varsity845 Softball Third Team All-Star in 2009 as a junior; and its Varsity845 Softball Third Team All-Star in 2007 as a freshman.
- David A. Miller, Class of 1993
Miller played varsity football in 1991, 1992 and 1993; and varsity basketball in 1991 and 1992.
He holds the Goshen record for most yards in a season by a receiver and was named the team’s 1993 Defensive “Player of the Year.” He also served as the team’s captain from 1991 to 1993.
In addition, Miller won the Golden Toe Award in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He was also named to The Record’s First Team in 1992 and 1993.
- Joseph Papasidero, Jr., Class of 1998
Papasidero played on the football, wrestling and baseball teams for all four years of school.
As a member of the varsity wrestling team, he had a 72-16 career record. He was team captain in 1997 and 1998.
In 1997, he was named Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Champion/ 135 pounds; Section IX Champion/ 135 pounds; and won sixth place in the New York State Championship/135 pounds.
Papasidero also won the 1997 Ganley Award.
- The 1997 Boys Varsity Soccer Team
The 1997 team — the Section IX champions — had seven shutouts and an overall 17-5-1 record.
The team was the first Goshen soccer team to make it to the New York State semi-finals.
The team also defeated the number one ranked team in the state to win the regional championship.
Following the ceremony, this year’s inductees were given a plaque to keep and took a bow during the GHS Homecoming Game.
To learn more about the Athletic Hall of Fame, call the Goshen Athletic Department Office at 615-6161.