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Three players, one team to be added to AVCS Hall of Fame

Kelly Gordon is one of three being inducted into the AVCS Hall of Fame Sept. 20.

Kelly Gordon is one of three being inducted into the AVCS Hall of Fame Sept. 20. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Kelly Gordon, Class of 2003

A three-sport athlete, Gordon excelled in football, hockey and baseball. He holds numerous AVCS Football records including the single game rushing yards (281), single game rushing touchdowns (5), single season rushing touchdowns (20), single season rushing yards (1,230) among others. He is the second all-time leading rusher in CVAC history. He continued on to play football at Ithaca College, where he continued to win awards and set records including five career return touchdowns, which tied the Ithaca Bomber all-time school record. He played on several semi-pro football teams including the Plattsburgh North Stars from 2007 until 2009 and the Palmetto Havoc team in 2010 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In baseball, Kelly also earned many awards including several CVAC first team All-Star awards. He is currently employed at Ithaca High School as a physical education teacher and the head football/strength and conditioning coach.

Keith Brelia, Class of 1982

Brelia was an all-around athlete excelling in basketball, soccer and track. He was a member of the 1979-80 Section VII Champion and Final Four participant basketball team. He played an instrumental role in the semi-final game against heavily favored Ticonderoga drawing a charge with six seconds left and Au Sable clinging to a one point lead. He was a first team all-star varsity soccer player. He still holds the 400 open and the 400 hurdles records in track and field for the school. He has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army and is currently the Third Brigade Commander of the 98th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves and is the Business Manager and Senior Analyst for Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

The inductees will be introduced during halftime of the Sept. 20 game against Peru and will then be further honored with a spaghetti dinner and ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21, at American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and ceremony at approximately 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10. Please contact Lindsey Bombard at 569-6985 or lindseybombard@yahoo.com for reservations.

Those current members of the Hall of Fame that are planning on attending the halftime ceremony on Friday night can contact Jamie Douglass or Scott Bombard in the announcing booth upon arrival so they can be introduced during the ceremony.

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