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Peru names new members to athletic Hall of Fame

— There will be six new faces in the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame.

The hall will welcome the new members, which include Jeph Doorey (athlete), Gary Edwards (athlete/coach), Robert Finney (athlete), Mike Hogan (athlete/coach), Julie Rock (athlete) and Audrey Lynn Verso nee Smith (athlete).

The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at Crickett's Restaurant with a 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner. Cost is $20 per person. For RSVPs, contact Kathy Flynn (643-6843) or Cathy Phillips (963-7963).

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Jeph Doorey

Jeph Doorey

Currently the Athletic Director at Northern Adirondack Central School, Doorey graduated from Peru in 1980. As a student-athlete he competed in football, basketball and baseball. During his two seasons of football the Indians compiled a 15-1-1 record.

In 1978, the Indians went 9-0 overall and won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championship with an 8-0 record. That season Doorey scored seven touchdowns. In 1979, he led the team in scoring with nine touchdowns as the Indians went 6-1-1. Jeff earned First-Team All-CVAC honors as a split end in both 1978 and 1979.

On the basketball court, Doorey was a member of the 1978-79 Section VII Class AA Championship Indians and in 1979-80 received All-CVAC Honorable Mention accolades.

On the baseball diamond, he was a member of back-to-back 15-win teams. In 1979, Jeff recorded a 3-3 mound record as the Indians went 15-4 overall, including 12-3 in the CVAC. In 1980, Jeff registered a 9-1 mound record as the Indians went 15-7 overall and 11-4 in CVAC play. That season Jeff earned First-Team All-CVAC honors at first base and Second-Team All-CVAC honors as a pitcher.

Following high school, Jeff played one season of football and three seasons of baseball at Baldwin-Wallace College before being drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1984.

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Gary Edwards

Gary Edwards

As a Peru athlete, Gary lettered in track and field but excelled in wrestling, winning two sectional titles and an intersectional title in 1965. Gary was undefeated his senior year.

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