F-F inducts five in Hall

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Updated: 10:27 AM

Alex Cooper/Recorder staff - The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District honored its 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class during Saturday's homecoming football game. Left to right: Josh Nethaway, Megan (Papierniak) Lynch, Cindy (Friers) Patterson, Patty (Sandford) Banks and Tracy (Coddington) Polte.
FONDA -- Over the weekend, the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District inducted the class of 2016 for it's athletic hall of fame. The five-member class consisted of Tracy (Coddington) Polte, Patty (Sandford) Banks, Cindy (Friers) Patterson, Megan (Papierniak) Lynch and Josh Nethaway.

The fivesome were honored on the field during halftime of Saturday's homecoming football game.

Polte was a four-year track star in the 1980s who helped to build a rich tradition of prolific hurdlers at F-FCS. She set three school records and won three straight MVP awards for outdoor track and cross country.

Polte won seven individual or relay sectional titles and was a state meet qualifier in 1983, taking home fourth and sixth-place finishes in the hurdles. A two-time Empire State Games competitor who was also an 11th-place finisher at the USATF Junior Nationals, Polte went on to attend Princeton University, where she was a three-time letter winner and a participant in the prestigious Penn Relays.

She is currently an educator, having won Teacher of the Year at Brentwood Academy in Tennessee. She also won state championships coaching the girls cross country and track teams. Polte currently resides in New Hampshire.

Banks was an elite track athlete in the mid-1980s with versatility in the heptathlon and pentathlon. She is the F-F record holder in the pentathlon and javelin, won multiple titles in the Tri-Valley League and Section II classification and state qualifier meets and finished in the top five in the pentathlon at the outdoor state meet in 1984 and 1985.

A four-year varsity athlete at Ohio State University and two-year team captain, Banks holds the OSU record in the pentathlon. Currently a mother of three residing in Ohio who works as a medical sales representative, Banks has finished two Ironman triathlons and competes in many other road races.

Patterson was a workhorse on the track in the late 1980s in sprints, middle distance, relays and hurdles, winning 12 combined Section II team titles between indoor track, outdoor track and cross country. The Lady Braves' MVP for indoor and outdoor track in 1988-89, Patterson won nine individual indoor track sectional titles and 13 outdoor track championships. She twice finished third in the 400-meter hurdles ant the Empire State Games.

The Salutatorian of the F-FCS Class of 1989, Patterson ran collegiately for Cornell University. She currently resides in Maine with her family.

Lynch was a three-sport star in the early 2000s with particular success in softball, where she was a four-time Western Athletic Conference first-team all-star, a three-time team MVP and four-time team batting leader. She was also a four-time WAC all-star and a 2004 Section II Class B all-star in basketball and a two-time WAC all-star in soccer.

The 2004-05 WAC Scholar/Athlete Award winner, Lynch earned a scholarship to play Division I softball at St. Peter's College, where she was a four-year letter winner who hit .259 with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs. She is currently a second-grande teacher and mother of two living in New Jersey.

Nethaway was a three-sport star for the Braves in the late 2000s, earning particular success in baseball and football. On the baseball diamond, he was the team MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and an all-state performer in 2007 and 2009, earning his way to a scholarship to the University at Albany, where he hit .306 with 139 RBI in 195 career games. He was the 2013 UAlbany team MVP and a first-team All-America East Conference selection.

On the football field, Nethaway set single-season records for passing touchdowns and passing yards, and broke the Section II single-season touchdown pass record as a senior in 2008. He was a three-time Section II first-team all-star and a National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Scholar/Athlete. As a basketball player, he was twice a first-team WAC North Division all-star.

Nethaway currently resides in Fonda in is working on his masters degree in golf course management.

-- Staff report