Haldane High School, in a ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Dutchess Manor in Beacon, will induct the first 11 members into its newly created Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inaugural class was selected from nominations made to a seven-member committee. In the first two years, the committee may select as many 10 people who graduated or coached at least five years earlier; it then drops to five annually. One team also can be inducted.

Haldane Homecoming

Friday, Oct. 12
Football vs. Millbrook, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Boys’ Soccer vs. Irvington, 11 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Ossining, Noon
Girls’ Soccer vs. North Salem, 2 p.m.

The 2017 class is Mike Scoba (Class of 1937), Joe Schatzle (1949), Frank Milkovich (1951), Coach Patrick Shields (1957), Jack LaDue (1961), Brenna O’Connor (1986), the 1989 girls’ basketball team, Josh Maddocks (1990), Jen Moran (1994), Brittany Shields (2008) and Coach Ken Thomas.

Athletic Director Chris Salumn would not say why each inductee was chosen, or provide biographical information, prior to the ceremony. But for some inductees, it’s not hard to figure out:

  • Scoba, who died in 2006, was “probably the greatest [football] backfield man ever to be graduated from the Cold Spring school,” wrote the Peekskill Evening Star a year after he graduated. He became an All-American at Syracuse.
  • Schatzle, who died in 2011, was a sprinter for the Blue Devils who went on to run for Manhattan College. In 1953, as a member of the U.S. track team, he won the 100- and 220-yard titles at the British Games.
  • The girls’ basketball team of 1989 won the school’s first state championship, in Class D.
  • Moran, a basketball standout, scored 1,776 career points for the Blue Devils, a record that stood for 14 years until broken by Shields, below.
  • Shields, another basketball star, scored 1,950 points during her Haldane career. As a senior, the guard led the Blue Devils to the Class C state championship and was named MVP. Shields went on to play for Pace University.
  • Thomas, in 13 seasons coaching the girls’ basketball team before his retirement in 2001, went 274-39, including four Class D state championships.

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2 replies on “Haldane to Induct 11 to Launch Hall of Fame”

  1. No sour grapes from me, but everyone got their accolades and 15 minutes of fame, some more then others. When a team or individual is honored at the time of success, that should be it. Overkill. So why should it continue? I personally would not attend for any member, especially at $80 a pop. At least for the honoree they should not have to pay. Let’s face it. It is high school. The banners and trophies at the school are all you need.

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