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ACS ATHLETIC WALL OF FAME WELCOMES 2016 INDUCTEES
AKRON, NEW YORK (October 17, 2016) – The Akron Central School Athletic “Wall of Fame” Committee held its annual induction ceremony on Friday, October 14, 2016 during the school's Homecoming festivities. This year’s inductees included three individual athletes with exceptional athletic careers. The dedication of the baseball field was also be made.
Mr. Thomas Wetzen, a retired long-time coach, Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director at Akron Schools had the varsity baseball field dedicated in his honor. Mr. Greg Bell, current varsity baseball coach, made the presentation.
Serving as varsity baseball coach for ACS from 1956-1989, Wetzen earned 230 documented wins with Niagara-Orleans League titles in ’64, ’66, ’67 and ’75 and Sectional titles in ’66, ’67, ’68, ’72 and ’74.
Wetzen was also the head football coach from 1953-1981 compiling 105 wins and six league titles. He served as the football and baseball representative to Section VI for many years and received several awards for sportsmanship and devotion to the game. Wetzen was an inaugural recipient of the N-O League Foundation Award and ACS Wall of Fame selection.
The most recent graduate and youngest of this year’s inductees is Trevor Short, a member of the Class of 2010 with an exemplary career playing soccer and basketball for the Tigers. Mr. Justin Gerstung, current varsity basketball coach, introduced Short and made the presentation.
Short participated on the soccer team for four years, three years at the varsity level and two years as captain. He was 1st Team All-League selection in both 2008 and 2009 and was team MVP in 2009. He was also selected for 2nd Team All-Western New York in 2009. Short and his team were three-time league champions, two-time sectional runner-ups, 2007 sectional and regional champs, making the trip to the NYPHSAA Final Four.
Trevor also excelled on the Tigers’ basketball team for five years, three at the varsity level and again, two times was team captain. Short was 1st Team All-League selection in 2009 and 2010 and was team MVP in 2010. He was selected to the 2010 4th Team All-WNY. Trevor is second in the ACS record books as All-Time leading scorer with 1,093 points and is tied for the single game scoring record for 38 points. His team was 2008-09 league champs and sectional champs in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. David Butler, former ACS coach and current Physical Education teacher, made the presentation to Marlo Biernacki of the Class of 1997. Biernacki was a stand-out athlete for ACS having participated in golf, soccer, basketball, softball and track and field. She still holds the school record for the high jump she made in 1996. Biernacki was a member of the first varsity girls soccer team at ACS in 1995 and subsequently selected 1st Team All-League as goaltender for the team that earned Section VI Class C runner-up their first eligible season for the playoffs.
Marlo excelled on the basketball court as well, playing four years and serving twice as co-captain. She was twice selected to the 1st Team N-O All-League, voted “Most Dedicated Player” in 1996 and team MVP.
Biernacki went on to play soccer for two years and basketball for four years at Division III Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Marlo scored 438 points while helping her team win 72 games and the school’s first ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship.
The Class of 1972’s Paul Winnie was also inducted on to the Wall of Fame for his excellence on the Tiger football, basketball and track teams. Winnie played four years of football and basketball for Akron, but track was where he was especially successful. Retired ACS teacher and former coach, Mr. Jerry Drayer, made the presentation.
In 1971, Winnie was part of the 1 mile relay team that became Section VI Champs. In 1972, Paul was All-League Champion for the 100 and 220 yard dashes and was Section VI Champion for the 220 yard dash as well.
Winnie went on to run track at Alfred State College where he took fourth place at the NCAA Junior College Division III championship for the 220 yard dash in 1973. He was named team co-captain and team MVP in 1974.
Friends and family of this year’s inductees were on hand for the ceremony and offered their congratulations. An introduction of the new inductees was also made during half-time of the Homecoming football game that evening.
For questions or additional information, please contact Mr. Justin Gerstung, ACS Wall of Fame Committee Chairman, at (716)542-5040 ext. 6126.
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