CCC inducts inaugural Hall class

Staff reports
Red Barons Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural inductees (from left) Susan Brusseau, Sheryl Kenner, Heidi Grimins, Beverly Beebe, Donna Dayton, and Tim Havens.

The inaugural class of the Red Barons Athletics Hall of Fame were inducted at Corning Community College during a recent ceremony. Eight inductees made up the Class of 2012, including five athletes, two coaches and a contributor.

The athletes included Donna Dayton (Class of 1976), Heidi Brooks (2004), Timothy Havens (1976), and Ryan Shafer (1986); coaches included Beverly Beebe and Wayne Kenner; and Neil Buckley was the contributor.

Dayton, who went on to play professional golf, was a star on the basketbal and volleyball courts, being named to the All-Tournament first team in the New York State Basketball Championships for Junior College Women. She led the volleyball team to a 16-1 record in her sophomore year, after which she played the same sports for St. John Fisher and in the Air Force. Brooks was an All-American in softball and basketball and earned the NJCAA Female Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Betty Jo Graber National Female Athlete of the Year. She led the softball team to the NJCAA, Division III finals and holds records in virtually every pitching and 3-point category. Hers is one of three jerseys to be retired by CCC.

Havens led the Red Barons to the inaugural National Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 1970, then took his talents to Towson University where he led the team in scoring. He took Towson to the NCAA Divisional National Lacrosse Championship in 1973 and played professionally.

Beebe founded the CCC bowling teams in 1969 and served as the acting and assistant athletic director for the Red Barons. She boasted 12 NJCAA All-Americans during her tenure – including Shafer, who would become a regular on the pro bowling circuit.

Kenner was the men’s basketball coach from 1968-99, winning more than 500 games – and earning him a mention in Sports Illustrated for that feat. He was MSAC Coach of the Year twice and reached the NJCAA Division III Final Four, taking second place in 1995.

Buckley served as a basketball coach and athletic director, and will be accepting his award early next year.