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RCS inducts 18 into athletic hall of fame

Dec 24, 2021 5:30 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district inducted 18 former students into the district's Athletic Hall of Fame on December 18. The Hall of Fame was created three years ago to honor both athletes and coaches who have had an impact on the district. “We started this before the pandemic in 2018 and then we had another class in 2019,” said teacher and coach Bob Dorrance before the ceremony. A committee of six former coaches and athletic administrators from Ravena review lists of former players and coaches to choose the cream of the crop. Of the 18 2021 inductees, four were brothers from the Baranska family, each earning recognition in sports as diverse as wrestling, football, track and basketball. Two of the inductees are coaches and 16 were athletes, spanning the years 1953 to 2006. Four families had multiple inductees, the Baranska, Conners, Sinnigen and Stott families. Gary VanDerzee was one of two coaches inducted. He has coached five sports at RCS — football, wrestling, bowling, baseball and outdoor track. He also served as RCS athletic director from 1999 to 2005. Coach Bruce Stott was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for his work with the football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, and softball teams. Read the full story in The Ravena News-Herald.