Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees-2011
Claude Alton "Jazz" Peterson
Jazz was an athlete at Portville Central School from 1930-1933 where he participated in 2 seasons of track and football.In 1932, at a Cattaraugus County track and field event held in Olean’s Bradner Stadium, Jazz set a record time of 52.1 in the 440 yard dash.That record stood at the county level for 43 years and at Portville Central School for 61 years! Jazz left school in 1933 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps as a means of supporting his family.While recovering from a heart attack in 1969, he decided it was time to earn that long overdue diploma.He approached Jerry Sullivan, an English teacher at PCS, and the process began.Claude Jazz Peterson graduated in 1970 to a standing ovation. Claude passed away in 1983, but his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of many Portville residents.
Paul participated in basketball, baseball, track and cross country at PCS.Paul played college basketball at Charleston Southern University before transferring to Slippery Rock. In 1971, while a player at Portville, Paul was named first team all-conference and was theBig 30 runner up scoring leader, averaging 23.7 points a game.In 1972, he was named the Olean Times Herald Basketball Player of the Year, while being the Big 30 scoring leader with a 27.8 point average.He was also named to the third team Buffalo Evening News All-Western New York Basketball Team as well as first team all-conference. Paul became the first player in PCS history to score over 1000 points.Paul is most proud of having been able to raise two sons who have far-surpassed any athletic achievement that he accomplished, and also, having been married to his great wife, Marla, for 27 years.
A 1949 graduate of Cromwell High School in Minnesota, Dennis participated in basketball and “6-man” football during high school.He went on to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh.Denny also played military basketball in Europe.During his 28 years of teaching physical education at PCS, Denny coached basketball for 8 years, baseball for 2 years, and assisted with football.He was a pioneer in starting the youth basketball programs at Portville Central School in 1964. Dennis held leadership roles as athletic director and the Cattaraugus County Coaches president for 2 years each. Mr. Dorman expressed that he is most proud of the years that he played college basketball, that we was a 3-year vet of the Korean War, and his 10 years of coaching at PCS. Mr. Dorman and his late wife, Virginia, could often be seen at many PCS sporting events over the years and he still resides in Portville, delivering Meals on Wheels and serving on the Library Board.
Linda graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1965.She participated in field hockey, volleyball, softball and basketball during high school.Linda attended SUNY Cortland where she played softball.When Linda first started teaching at Portville in 1970, the only athletic opportunity available to the girls of PCS, was a one night a week intramural program.Linda then became the pioneer of female athletics at Portville by scheduling interscholastic games for girls with surrounding schools.They started with volleyball, basketball and softball.She coached those 3 sports as well as synchronized swimming and cheerleading.She served as secretary to the Cattaraugus Athletic Board and served as Section VI chairperson for volleyball for 2 years.Linda has expressed that she is most proud to have been able to help develop these programs and to encourage female athletes to become confident, successful members of their community!After retiring from teaching in 1983, Linda retired to her beautiful home town of Penn Yan, New York.
Brandi Unverdorben Payne
Representing the class of 1988, Brandi participated and lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball at PCS.Brandi was captain of all 3 sports.She attended SUNY Brockport where she played basketball.While at Portville, Brandi was all-league MVP for softball in 1986 and for basketball in 1987.She was also named to the all-league all-star team for 3 seasons in volleyball, 4 seasons in softball, and 4 seasons in basketball.Brandi was named to the Cattaraugus County Basketball Officials Holiday Tournament All Star team for 2 seasons.In 1988, Brandi received the Portville Sports Boosters awards for basketball and volleyball as well as the Richard Waldeck Memorial softball award.Brandi’s proudest accomplishment is her family.She is married to former NFL star, Seth Payne, and has one daughter, Daylin. Today, Brandi is a volunteer volleyball and strength and conditioning coach right here in Portville.
CONGRATULATIONS 2011 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES!