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  • Officials from the National High School Hall of Fame announced 13 new members today, bringing the total to 411 inductees since 1982. They will be inducted during the annual National Federation of State High School Associations meeting on June 27th in Denver.

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    The list includes four standout athletes, five coaches, two officials, one administrator and one performing arts leader.

    Athletes

    *JOE THEISMANN quarterbacked South River (N.J.) to a 9-0 record and the 1966 Group III state championship by throwing 24 touchdown passes. He later led the University of Notre Dame to the No. 2 national ranking in 1971 and also earned MVP honors and a Super Bowl championship with the NFL Washington Redskins.

    *CHAUNCEY BILLUPS averaged 23.8 points during his four-year career at George Washington (Denver) while being named Colorado's Mr. Basketball three times and leading state championship teams in 1993 and 1994. He helped the Detroit Pistons win the NBA crown in 2004 and currently is in his 16th NBA campaign.

    *HARRISON DILLARD won state titles in the 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles for East Tech (Cleveland) in 1941. Later he won the 100-meter dash in the 1948 Olympics and the 110-meter hurdles in the 1952 Olympics. On each occasion, he also ran on a gold-medal relay team.

    *KRISTIN FOLKL KABURAKIS was one of the greatest two-sport female athletes in high school history. She led the St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis) volleyball team to a 137-7 record and four state championships while compiling a a 4.2 GPA. In basketball her teams also won four state titles while posting a 117-5 record. She later helped Stanford University to a 125-8 record and three NCAA volleyball titles and paced the basketball team to an 85-11 record and two Final Four appearances.

    Coaches

    *ED ASTON coached the girls swim team at Cheshire (Conn.) to a 414-21-1 record and 25 state titles in 37 years. The girls won a national-record 281 consecutive dual meets from 1986-2011. In 33 years he coached the boys team to a 410-47 record and 18 state titles.

    *CHUCK KOEPPEN, an outstanding runner in his younger days, dominated Indiana boys and girls cross country until moving to the college ranks. At Carmel (Ind.) he coached the boys and girls to 11 state titles apiece. Five times they won in the same year. Combined, they finished second 16 times. His boys track team also won the state championship in 2000.

    *CHUCK LENAHAN has won 19 state football titles at Plymouth Regional (Manchester, N.H.) and is the state's all-time leader with a 345-69-1 record in 43 years. He coached 13 unbeaten teams, which included a 57-game winning streak from 2005-2010.

    *MIKE MESSERE has won more lacrosse games than any other high school — or college — coach with a 757-55 record (.930 winning percentage) at West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) since 1976. He also has notched 15 public school state championships and his team holds the national record with a 91-game winning streak from 1981 to 1984.

    *JAMES TATE coached the girls cross country team at St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.) to a national-record 16 consecutive state titles from 1983 to 1998. Coaching boys and girls cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Tate's resume includes an incredible 86 state championships.

    Officials

    *JERRY KIMMEL officiated high school basketball games for 16 years before moving into recruiting, training and assigning officials for the state of Kentucky. He also officiated college basketball games for many years.

    *HAIG NIGHOHOSSIAN has officiated the Illinois boys soccer state finals 17 times and the girls finals on seven occasions. He has been a soccer rules interpreter for the state since 1973 and has served as coordinator of officials at the state finals several times.

    Administrator

    *RONNIE CARTER joined the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association staff in 1978 and was named executive director in 1986. He served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee for 25 years and was chairman of the Basketball Rules Committee for eight years. In addition, he was on the Wrestling Rules Committee for four years. In the 2001-02 school year, he served as president of the National Federation.

    Performing Arts

    *RICHARD FLOYD is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire and music advocacy. He has served as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor with appearances in 40 states and nine other countries. As director of music for the Texas University Interscholastic League, he coordinated all facets of secondary music composition for 3,500 performing organizations throughout the state of Texas.
  • Photo by Chris Cecere

    West Genesee boys lacrosse Mike Messere readies his team earlier this week against Auburn. With his 748th career win Thursday, Messere set the national record for most coaching victories all-time in the sport.

    Mike Messere and West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) boys lacrosse will forever be synonymous for a variety of reasons. On Thursday, Messere added one more.

    Coaching the program he played for 50 years ago during his prep days, Messere became the nation's all-time leader in boys lacrosse wins with a 7-3 victory against Oswego (N.Y.). It was win No. 748 for Messere, who in his 36th year leading the West Genesee program, currently ranked No. 21 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings.

    As reported by The Post-Standard, dozens of former players attended the game in anticipation of the milestone win. After Messere broke the tie with former Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)/Mount Sinai (N.Y.) coach Joe Cuozzo, his current team commemorated the moment by presenting him with a Native American Great Lakes lacrosse stick during a post-game celebration.

    "Everybody takes a part of it,'' Messere told the newspaper. "Everybody feels a part of it. It's great.''

    Although during his illustrious Hall of Fame career, Messere has won 15 state titles and 29 sectional championships, not surprisingly all he wanted to do after Thursday's win was get ready for the next game.

    "Gotta think about Saturday and Jamesville-DeWitt (Dewitt, N.Y.),'' Messere told The Post-Standard. "Can't think back.''

    To read more about the legendary Messere, check out the engaging profile by John Schiano from earlier this week.
  • Riverview Gardens (St. Louis, Mo.) athletic director Robert Wallace no longer is at the top of his Alma Mater's basketball record book.

    Earlier this week Tyrin Williams, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, exploded for 50 points during a 71-68 victory over Northwest Academy of Law (St. Louis, Mo.) to erase Wallace's school record of 49 from the 1990-91 season..  Ironically, Wallace was the scorekeeper on that occasion.

    Williams, who swished 19 of 21 at the free throw line, also stole the ball with eight seconds left to ice the victory and break a three-game losing streak for the 9-4 Rams. His 50-point effort is tops in the St. Louis area so far this season. He is averaging 27.9 points after averaging 20 as a sophomore.