Kelly Gordon is one of three being inducted into the AVCS Hall of Fame Sept. 20.
For the first time, AuSable Valley High School will induct a group of athletes into their Hall of Fame.
The 1979-80 boys varsity basketball team will join three new members of the Hall of Fame in ceremonies that will be held Friday, Sept. 20, during halftime of the AuSable Valley varsity football team’s home game against Peru.
Coached by John Konowitz, the 79-80 Patriot hoopsters made their way to the Glens Falls regional tournament with a record of 23-4. The team featured five members of the Hall of Fame and was in only team in 45 years of AVCS basketball to win both the CVAC and Section VII championship. Notable wins included Mount Assumption Institute, Plattsburgh High, Malone, Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga and then seventh-ranked Silver Creek, along with wins against the state championship finalists from Vermont, Rice and Essex Junction.
Other inductees include:
Tim Snow, Class of 1956, Au Sable Forks High
Snow played on the 1956 sectional finalists, arguably one of the best basketball teams to come out of AFHS. He averaged 10 points a game for a team that finished 16-5. In baseball, he played on two sectional championship teams between 1952-1956. He led the 1956 team to a Section VII/Class A title, hitting .435 and driving in 21 runs in 14 games. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1959 until 1962 where he played on the Fort Carson, Colorado Softball team. In 1958, he became one of the first players to hit three home runs in one CVBL game. He was a member of the 1964 Olympic bobsled team that competed in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1974, he was instrumental in starting the Au Sable Forks Spirits Baseball team and was a player/manager for 11 years. The Au Sable Forks Spirits won five Southern Division Championship titles and three overall CVBL Championships. He has played in the Au Sable Forks Fastpitch Softball Tournament for 19 years and spent the next 24 years umpiring the tournament. Next year will be his 46th year umpiring college and high school games.
Kelly Gordon, Class of 2003
A three-sport athlete, Gordon excelled in football, hockey and baseball. He holds numerous AVCS Football records including the single game rushing yards (281), single game rushing touchdowns (5), single season rushing touchdowns (20), single season rushing yards (1,230) among others. He is the second all-time leading rusher in CVAC history. He continued on to play football at Ithaca College, where he continued to win awards and set records including five career return touchdowns, which tied the Ithaca Bomber all-time school record. He played on several semi-pro football teams including the Plattsburgh North Stars from 2007 until 2009 and the Palmetto Havoc team in 2010 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In baseball, Kelly also earned many awards including several CVAC first team All-Star awards. He is currently employed at Ithaca High School as a physical education teacher and the head football/strength and conditioning coach.
Keith Brelia, Class of 1982
Brelia was an all-around athlete excelling in basketball, soccer and track. He was a member of the 1979-80 Section VII Champion and Final Four participant basketball team. He played an instrumental role in the semi-final game against heavily favored Ticonderoga drawing a charge with six seconds left and Au Sable clinging to a one point lead. He was a first team all-star varsity soccer player. He still holds the 400 open and the 400 hurdles records in track and field for the school. He has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army and is currently the Third Brigade Commander of the 98th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves and is the Business Manager and Senior Analyst for Northrop Grumman Information Systems.
The inductees will be introduced during halftime of the Sept. 20 game against Peru and will then be further honored with a spaghetti dinner and ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21, at American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and ceremony at approximately 6 p.m.
Tickets are available for $10. Please contact Lindsey Bombard at 569-6985 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Those current members of the Hall of Fame that are planning on attending the halftime ceremony on Friday night can contact Jamie Douglass or Scott Bombard in the announcing booth upon arrival so they can be introduced during the ceremony.