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Peru names new members to athletic Hall of Fame

— For the past 36 years, Gary has coached or helped coach five different sports to CVAC and Sectional titles: Girls’ and Boys’ Track and Field, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer and Wrestling. Gary was the head coach in Boys Soccer from 1980 until 2003. During the 23 year period his teams won two CVAC titles, 11 sectional titles, and three regional titles. His teams also won the George Brendler sportsmanship award 11 times. He had a career record of 264 wins 165 losses and 49 ties. Coaching wrestling from 1976 to present, Gary has been a modified coach, assistant coach, head coach, and co-head coach. As head coach from 1985 to 1994 he coached 47 sectional champions and 14 state place winners, one state champ and four other finalist). To date Gary has coached or helped coach 54 state place winners and 191 sectional champions, as well as eight state champions. He has helped or coached 20 teams to CVAC and Sectional titles. Gary also has served as the Section Seven coordinator and CVAC coordinator for a number of years.

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Robert Finney

Robert Finney

Bob graduated from Peru in 1969. Bob participated in football, cross country, basketball and baseball. Bob’s primary sport was basketball. In his three years Peru lost one game in Section VII while the other two losses were to teams from Long Island. Bob scored a total of 1137 points in his three year career as Peru won sectional and league titles for all of those seasons. Bob teamed up with his older brother Bill and led the 1966-1967 team to the only undefeated season in Peru basketball history and was selected to the third team All state. Bob averaged 25.7 points per game his senior season in 1968-1969, including a career high of 40 points at Moriah as the Indians won their third consecutive league and sectional championships. At the end of that season he was named first team all-state and subsequently was awarded a scholarship to Syracuse University. Bob completed his college career as an All-SUNYAC performer for Plattsburgh State.

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