The Canton Hall of Fame Committee has selected five individuals and three teams for induction as members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
For the first time since 2019, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in-person on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at Canton Central School’s auditorium. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at Partridge Run Golf and Country Club.
Boys Basketball Team 1962-63
This team goes down in history as one of the finest in school history. Their 17-1 league record was sufficient to win the league title outright. Their only loss during this campaign was to Norwood-Norfolk. They then followed up their league title by defeating Massena by a score of 63-47 to secure the Northern League Playoff Championship. Team Captains included Dave Martin and Don Conant. Martin was selected as a First-Team All Northern and Both Jerry Ellis and Bob Murphy were selected to the All Northern Team as Honorable Mentions. Mr. Larry Martin (now deceased) was the coach of this team.
Team Members: Al Romoda, Fred Rycroft, Bob Murphy, Jerry Ellis, Randy Burke, Claude Morgan, Jed Curtin, Kerry Merritt, Dave Martin, Ron Conant, Al Butterfield, Coach Larry Martin
Presenting: Jerry Hourihan
Accepting: Don Conant
Boys Hockey Team 1965-66
The 1965-66 Boys Ice Hockey Team completed their season with a record of 14 wins and two losses. Their only losses came by one goal each, one of which occurred in overtime. Their mid-season streak of 10 consecutive wins is something that the team members are extremely proud of. They averaged 4.56 goals per game and totaled 73 goals on the season. Defensively they were equally solid giving up only 22 goals which translated to an average of just 1.37 per game. The team closed their year with two dominating wins, the first blanking Massena 5-0 and the final defeating Potsdam 8-3 to win the Clarkson Tournament and Section X Championship. Several team members went on to play collegiate ice hockey.
Team Members: Jim Akins, Joe Bascom, Dan Bloomer, John Briggs, Dave Brundage, John Clark (deceased), Bill Coakley, John Coseo, Tom Coseo, Tom Curry, Dan Dwyer, Dale Buzzy Hill, Randy Kaumeyer (deceased), Mike Klemens, Fay Peters, Mike Peters, Ken Reasoner, Neal Rose, Greg Segar, Bob Stone (manager)
Presenting: Tom Coakley
Accepting: Fay Peters
Mike Donnelly ’00
A 2000 graduate, Mike was a four-year member of the varsity soccer and hockey teams and a two-year varsity golfer. He captained the soccer team in ’99 and became Canton’s all-time leading scorer with 69 goals and 32 assists in 81 games. He was Second-Team All Northern in ’96 and ’97 and First-Team All Northern in ’98 and ’99 leading the team to Section X titles in ’96 and ’98. Mike was a member of two New York State Championship hockey teams in ’97 and ’98 and was an assistant captain on the team his senior year. He received the Section X Outstanding Sportsmanship Award in 2000. He was a National Honor Society member and Section X All Academic honoree in all sports for three years.
Presenting: Colleen Logan and Jay Donnelly
Presenting: Jesse Coburn
Beth Goolden Todd ’99
Beth Goolden Todd ’99 was a member of indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as the soccer team. She competed at six NYSPHSAA State Championships in track & field and played varsity soccer as a sophomore. She earned First-Team All Northern honors eight times, Second-Team All Northern honors six times, and Academic All Northern honors during eight seasons. Section X accomplishments were: Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Recipient, and three Team Runner-Up Awards. Beth was a state finisher in the outdoor 800M race taking fifth place in 1999, and held two school records: outdoor 800M, and outdoor 4x800M relay, as well as the indoor Section X record in the 1,000M run.
Beth competed at NCAA DII West Virginia Wesleyan College where she belonged to 6 WVIAC Championship teams, earned 12 all-conference titles, was named League MVP and league Track and Field Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years, held the indoor record in the 1500M, and the WVIAC Championship meet records in the 800M and 1500M.
After college Beth coached Women’s Cross Country for Paul Smith’s College where she was named Sunrise Conference Coach of the Year and coached a USCAA All-American. She then pursued a career and Master’s Degree in Education at SUNY Potsdam.
Beth was a Section X official with the Northern New York Track Officials Association from 2009-2015.
Today she resides in Brasher Falls, NY with her husband Randy Todd II ’99, and their two daughters, Stella and Claire. She is predeceased by her son Randy Robert Todd III. She currently works in higher education.
Presenting: John Casserly
Charlie Clark ’04
Charlie was a two sport athlete at Canton Central School. He was a two-time All Northern in soccer and was captain of the 2002 NYS Final Four team. Also a two time All Northern in wrestling, Charlie was team captain for three seasons. He won the Section X Title two times and was a state place finisher twice as well. He then went on to the Blair Academy where he became a National Champion wrestler and All American. His success at Blair led him to an athletic scholarship to The Ohio State University where he competed successfully for two seasons until he received a medical hardship for a heart condition. Charlie stayed with wrestling by becoming an assistant coach at a local Ohio area high school. He also started a wrestling club using his initials which he titled, “CWC” Wrestling. Upon graduating from Ohio State Charlie became a successful business man in the Boston area. He pursued many creative interests outside of sports as he was an outstanding artist and solid guitar player. Charlie enjoyed fishing and a good game of scrabble. He will be missed by his family and friends and his dog Ballou. Charlie is the son of John and Donna Clark.
Presenting: Neal Riggs
Accepting: John Clark
Coach Randy Brown
Over his 24 years as coach of the Canton Golden Bears, Coach Brown’s teams have amassed a record of 364 wins, 180 losses and 44 ties. He has led the Canton Golden Bears Hockey program to 10 Sectional Championships, 6 NYS Frozen Four Tournaments, two NYS Division II State Championships in 1992-93 and 1993-94, and two NYS Division I State Championships in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Upon his graduation from Potsdam State, and prior to arriving in Canton to take over the Golden Bears program, Coach Brown had coaching stints at both Northwood Prep in Lake Placid and at his alma mater, Potsdam State. In addition to his coaching career at the helm of the Golden Bears, Coach Brown took a two-year hiatus from the high school ranks to become the Men’s Ice Hockey coach and Athletic Director at SUNY Canton. In his two seasons at SUNY Canton, the Northmen amassed a record of 51 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties while finishing as the NJCAA Region 3 runner-up in 1999 and winning the Region 3 Championship in 2000. In addition, SUNY Canton would finish third nationally in 1999 and then take home the gold by winning the National Championship in 2000, which was the 15th Ice Hockey National Championship in school history.
In addition, Coach Brown has also coached golf, baseball and softball at Canton High School, taught high school Mathematics for 35+ years and officiated high school and semi professional football. And he has done all of this while just hoping to be competitive.
Presenting: Rick Mace
Mark Simpson ’86
Mark was a stand out, three sport athlete who excelled at the highest level. He played five years on the Varsity Golf team qualifying for the state tournament twice. He helped lead the team to its first ever Section X championship in his Senior year. In soccer, Mark was a team captain, First-Team All Northern and was named team MVP in 1984 and again in 1985. The ‘84 team was the runner up for the NY State Championship and his senior year squad was undefeated. Both teams were inducted in the Canton Hall of Fame in 2017. As a basketball player, Mark was also a captain, team MVP, Hal Cohen Award winner, 500 Point Club member, two-time Burkman Classic All Tournament team, and academic All Northern. As the starting point guard in his junior year he helped lead the Bears to a league championship, Section X championship and a state tournament victory. That team is also enshrined in the Canton HOF.
As a senior, Mark was named the St. Lawrence Plaindealer Athlete of the Year and was honored as the 1986 Joe Jukowski Award winner, given by the NAC Officials to the NAC player who best demonstrates leadership, scholarship and ability. He also received the prestigious Southland Olympia Award for excellence in amateur athletics. Mark was an exceptional student as well and served as the President of the Student Council and the National Honor Society. He attended Duke University after graduating from Canton in 1986.
Softball Team 2010
The 2010 Softball team will go down in history as one of, if not best team in Golden Bears Softball History. The Bears were Central league Champions, Class B Champions, NYS Regional Finalist and finished the year ranked seventh in the state with an overall record of 21-1. The team is most famous for the streak of 20 shutouts and for not giving up a run until the NYS Regional Finals. In the process they set 15 team and individual school records.
The Team ended the year with five All Northerns and four members of the NYS All State Team. Also, five members of the team went on to play softball at the collegiate level.
Team Members: Natasha Bell, Samantha Corbett, Bri Taillon, Paige LaRue, Kacie Wentworth, Samantha Brown, Bailey Phelps, Paige Chase, MacKenzie Lennox, Bri Sibbitts, Emily Archibald, Sara Elliott, Katie Murray, Emma Rexford, Head Coach Wayne Willette, Assistant Coach, Carla Wentworth, Mike Wentworth
Presenting: Mike Wentworth
Accepting: Kacie Brabaw, Sami Brown & Natasha Bell