TICONDEROGA Stars of yesteryear will be enshrined in the Ticonderoga Sentinel Booster Club Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5.
Darren DAttilio (class of 1991), Sean McLaughlin (class of 1992), Beth Jzyk MacKenzie (class of 1996) and Susan Pocket-Tucker, (class of 1997) will be inducted along with the Ti High 1960 football team.
There will be a dinner in honor of the inductees at 5:15 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on Montcalm Street. The actual induction ceremony will be held at halftime of the Ti-Saranac football game.
For more information call Ticonderoga Athletic Director Jim Wells at 585-7177, ext. 128.
As a senior, DAttilio led Ti to the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII Class C baseball championships and Ticonderogas first-ever appearance in the state championship tournament. As the teams number one pitcher, DAttilio compiled a 9-2 record with two saves and led the team with a .427 batting average.
DAttilio also led the Sentinel bowling team to a sectional championship during his senior year. During the season his high game was 277 and high series was 767. He also qualified for the state championship tournament as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Following high school graduation DAttilio was a pitcher for the College of Saint Rose baseball team. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelors degree in math and physical science.
DAttilio is now the associate athletic director for development at the University of Texas at El Paso. DAttilio joined the UTEP athletics staff in 1998; hes a member of the athletic department senior staff and is responsible for all development operations. He is also the sport administrator for the softball and rifle programs.
DAttilio is engaged to be married to Lisa Campos and has a son, Evan, 11, and two daughters, Lauren, 7, and Mara, 4.
A three-sport athlete at Ticonderoga, McLaughlin completed basketball, football and track.
In basketball, as a senior, McLaughlin was team captain. leading the Sentinel team to the CVAC Division II championship with an 18-2 record. He averaged 16 points a game, was CVAC Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Star Team.
In football McLaughlin excelled as a kicker, receiver and in the defensive secondary. He kicked twenty-one extra points with four field goals, including a forty-one-yard field goal against Peru. He also averaged fifteen yards a reception as a receiver and was named as the kicker on the all-star team.
McLaughlin also competed in track and field as a high jumper and ran the 1,600-meter race.
McLaughlin currently resides in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, James and Maddison. He is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army for the past twelve years and has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Germany, and Alaska. While serving in Afghanistan, McLaughlin was awarded the Bronze Star.
MacKenzie played three years of varsity soccer, four years of varsity basketball and four years of varsity track and field. She served as a captain for both basketball and track teams. She led her basketball teams to CVAC Division II crowns in 1994, 1995 and 1996. She also held both the shot put and discus school records at one time.
MacKenzie attended Springfield College where she was a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, competing in the shot put, discus, hammer and twenty-pound weight throws. At one time she was ranked as high as eleventh nationally in the weight throw. She qualified for the Division III national championship meet twice in the hammer throw and once in the weight. She also held the facility record at Tufts University in the weight throw.
MacKenzie was named as a strength and conditioning All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2000. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in physical therapy from Springfield College and has recently completed her doctorate at the Sage Colleges in Troy.
MacKenzie now lives in Marlborough, MA, with her husband, Ken.
Pocket-Tucker participated in soccer, basketball and softball at Ti High. During her junior year she made honorable mention all-conference in both softball and basketball. The basketball team also won the Division II championship.
During her senior year she made honorable mention in soccer. In basketball she received the MVP award of the Moriah Christmas tournament and was a member of the Division II all-star team, averaging 13.9 points a game and 11.3 rebounds a contest to help the 1996-97 varsity team to the Division II championship.
After graduating, Pocket-Tucker attended SUNY Cobleskill where she started as forward for the Fighting Tigers womens basketball team. As a freshman she averaged 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. She made honorable mention in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference for the 1997-98 year.
Pocket-Tucker is employed at Strober Building Supply in Ticonderoga and resides in Putnam Station with her husband, Dan, and their son, Gavin.
The 1960 Ti High football team is still considered one of the greatest in school history. Posting an 8-0 record, it remains the only undefeated Ti High team ever. During the course of that season, the team outscored opponents 321-31, including five shutouts.