Goshen alumni inducted into Gladiator Athletic Hall of Fame for 2024

Three Goshen High School alumni and one sports team were inducted into the Gladiator Hall of Fame on Feb. 6, 2024. The Goshen Central School District congratulates them for earning this prestigious recognition.

Patrick Burke, Class of 2011 – Alpine Ski

A school portrait of a man in a blazer and tie in an oval-shaped frame.
A man in ski gear races down a snowy slope next to a red flag.

“As a Goshen senior, with his unique talent and unwavering determination on the slopes, Patrick won the 2011 NYSPHSAA Alpine Skiing Championship. Patrick remains the first and only state champion skier in the history of Goshen High School. This was a well-deserved title, but it was not an easy championship to win. Patrick broke a ski pole upon exiting the starting gate on his final run, and had to navigate the course at a distinct disadvantage to win the title in this race. Patrick has a lifelong passion for the sport of competitive skiing. It was fostered at a young age and continues to this day, with his work developing young skiers into future champions in Colorado.”

Jennifer (Mendres) Dendanto, Class of 1987 – Soccer

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A girl in soccer gear jumps up to block a goal in a black-and-white photo with teammates and a big goal net beside her.

“During Jennifer’s extraordinary two-year varsity career, she recorded an astonishing school record of 23 shutouts– a record that still stands as the most shutouts ever recorded in a career. She was recognized as an all-star goalie and as a key component on two championship teams coached by current Goshen Hall of Fame member, Al Hoerup. These teams established the benchmark, tradition, and legacy of success that has endured to this day in our Girls’ Soccer program. This photo first appeared on the back cover of the Times Herald Record newspaper. It captures her triumph, her spirit, and her lifelong passion for the sport of soccer which continued for decades beyond high school.”

Nick Tolen, Class of 2006 – Football

A young man in a Goshen Football team uniform with the number 74 on the front poses with his helmet.

“Nick had an outstanding three-year varsity football career at Goshen as an offensive and defensive lineman. During his varsity career, he received recognition as the top lineman in Section IX Football. He was a two-time Section IX all-star selection under the guidance of Head Coach Chip Elliot. He culminated his honors in his senior year with the prestigious achievement of a New York State All-State selection. Nick’s dedication, leadership, talent, and spirit propelled him to athletic success beyond high school. He attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota on an academic/athletic scholarship. During his college career, he was a four-year starter and all-conference defensive lineman on a nationally ranked team.”

1972 Football Team – OCIAA Champions

A black-and-white photo of the 1972 Goshen Football team posing together on the field.

The 1972 Football team earned a 5th place state ranking after a fiercely contested Orange County League undefeated season.

Games and scores (1972 season)

Record: 8-0-1

Total points for: 164

Total points against: 21

  • Monroe-Woodbury, 9/16: Goshen 13, Opponent 0 – W
  • Highland Falls, 9/23: Goshen 13, Opponent 0 – W
  • Minisink Valley, 9/30: Goshen 6, Opponent 6 – T
  • Cornwall, 10/9: Goshen 34, Opponent 0 – W
  • Washingtonville, 10/14: Goshen 29, Opponent 2 – W
  • Gorton (Yonkers), 10/21: Goshen 20, Opponent 0 – W
  • Warwick, 10/28: Goshen 15, Opponent 0 – W
  • Valley Central, 11/4: Goshen 21, Opponent 6 – W
  • Port Jervis, 11/11: Goshen 13, Opponent 7 – W
A black-and-white photo of the 1972 Goshen Football team with players posing together on a field and their names listed underneath, organized by row.