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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.

— For the first time, AuSable Valley High School will induct a group of athletes into their Hall of Fame.

The 1979-80 boys varsity basketball team will join three new members of the Hall of Fame in ceremonies that will be held Friday, Sept. 20, during halftime of the AuSable Valley varsity football team’s home game against Peru.

Coached by John Konowitz, the 79-80 Patriot hoopsters made their way to the Glens Falls regional tournament with a record of 23-4. The team featured five members of the Hall of Fame and was in only team in 45 years of AVCS basketball to win both the CVAC and Section VII championship. Notable wins included Mount Assumption Institute, Plattsburgh High, Malone, Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga and then seventh-ranked Silver Creek, along with wins against the state championship finalists from Vermont, Rice and Essex Junction.

Other inductees include:

Tim Snow, Class of 1956, Au Sable Forks High

Snow played on the 1956 sectional finalists, arguably one of the best basketball teams to come out of AFHS. He averaged 10 points a game for a team that finished 16-5. In baseball, he played on two sectional championship teams between 1952-1956. He led the 1956 team to a Section VII/Class A title, hitting .435 and driving in 21 runs in 14 games. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1959 until 1962 where he played on the Fort Carson, Colorado Softball team. In 1958, he became one of the first players to hit three home runs in one CVBL game. He was a member of the 1964 Olympic bobsled team that competed in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1974, he was instrumental in starting the Au Sable Forks Spirits Baseball team and was a player/manager for 11 years. The Au Sable Forks Spirits won five Southern Division Championship titles and three overall CVBL Championships. He has played in the Au Sable Forks Fastpitch Softball Tournament for 19 years and spent the next 24 years umpiring the tournament. Next year will be his 46th year umpiring college and high school games.

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