Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees-2017
Mrs. Abbey (Hadzicki) Albright –
Abbey is a 1998 graduate of Portville Central School. While a student at PCS, se participated in soccer, basketball and track, and was a member of 8 sectional championship teams. Abbey’s honors in soccer include 81 career goals, 80 assists 1st team Expressway League, Expressway League MVP, first team All-Western New York, and first team All-State. In basketball, Abbey accumulated 917 career points and was a member of 3 consecutive Sectional Championship teams, first team Expressway League, Big 30 All Star, and recipient of the IAABO Basketball Officials Scholarship. In track, she broke the 3200 meter relay record, the 800 meter record, was Expressway League All-Star for 4 years, was a member of both the 3200 relay and 800 meter sectional winning teams, placing 6th at states in both races, and was named MVP of the Expressway League All Stars. Abbey was a member and Vice President of the National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete for 4 years, High Honor Roll 7-12 with a GPA of 96%, and had perfect attendance for 3 out of 4 years of high school.
Following high school, Abbey attended St. Bonaventure University for 2 years and SUNY Cortland for 2 years, where she played soccer and graduated in 2002.
Abbey has been a high school math teacher at Cortland High School for 15 years. As a member of the NYS Master Teacher Program, she spoke at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address in 2014. She also coached varsity soccer at Cortland for 6 years where her team earned 2 sectional titles.
Abbey is married to Ben Albright and has 3 sons, Caden, Cal and Camden. The accomplishment she is most proud is her family and watching them achieve academically and athletically!
Mrs. Janna (Norton) Davis –
Janna is a 1992 graduate of Portville Central School. While a student at PCS, she participated in basketball and softball. Janna’s honors in basketball include MVP of the IAABO basketball tournament, Big 30 All-Star, WHDL Sportscasters Club Award, starting player on the Section 6 Class C Championship basketball team, and Cattaraugus County first team All-Star for 2 years. Janna was also the first female in Portville history to score 1,000 points in basketball. Her softball achievements include being named as Cattaraugus County All-Star for 3 years and pitching 3 no-hitters. Janna was also on the Honor Roll for 4 years.
Following high school, Janna attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where she played basketball, scoring 782 points.
Janna was honored and privileged to be a part of the PCS girls’ basketball program and their trip to States in 1992, surrounded by an outstanding team of athletes including fellow hall of famer, Amy Gephart, who assisted her in becoming a 1,000-point scorer. Portville Central School pride is something she remembers with great fondness.
Janna is employed by Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as a counselor. She and her husband, Tom, have 2 daughters, Morgan and Taylor, whom she is very proud of.
Ms. Amy Gephart –
Amy is a 1992 graduate of Portville Central School. While a student at PCS, Amy participated in volleyball, basketball and softball. Amy’s honors include being named to the Cattaraugus County All-Star Team in volleyball, basketball and softball for 4 years. Amy is the only female in PCS history to accomplish that. She was also named to the Big 30 All Star team for basketball her senior year. As part of 1992’s section-winning basketball team, Amy was named to the All-State Team and was also chosen to play in the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities Basketball Game. In softball, she was named as an All-Western New York Team First Team All-Star.
Following high school, Amy went to Lock Haven University on basketball and softball scholarships.
Amy feels that the coaches and fellow players at Portville saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself. She is privileged to have played sports here, emphasizing that it takes a team to win championships. She is honored to be selected as a member of Portville’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Amy has worked at Cutco for 17 years and is engaged to Jennifer Quintata. She would like to thank her mother, family and friends.
Mr. Charles “Chuck” Hild –
Chuck is a graduate of Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors Degree from Slippery Rock University and his Masters Degrees from St. Bonaventure University.
Mr. Hild began teaching at Portville Central School in 1979 and retired as Elementary Principal in 2013. While at Portville, he coached girls track for 25 years during which his teams amassed a record 284 wins and 25 losses. The team also won 12 league or county championships and 5 expressway conference titles. During his 17 years as coach of the girls’ swim team, the teams forged an overall 132-51 record with nine league or county titles. In all, 16 of his athletes went on to compete in the New York State championships in both track and swimming. In the words of one of his former athletes, “Coach Hild taught his athletes to win with grace and lose with dignity. He taught us to respect our opponents and ourselves. We learned that self-discipline, perseverance and determination produce results and even though there can only be one first place, the pursuit in attaining that goals is what is important.” Chuck was honored as Coach of the Year and is a member of the Cattaraugus County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Hild is most proud of the fact that he was given the opportunity to be a teacher, coach, and administrator at Portville Central School and hopes that he left a positive impact on the students, faculty, staff and the entire Portville Community. He also wanted to mention how fortunate he was to have both Ann White and Christine Hadzicki as his long-time assistant coaches.
Chuck and his wife, Arlene, split their time between their home in Olean and Florida.
Our last Hall of Fame Inductee this evening is Mr. Michael O’Brien –
Mike O’Brien is a 1958 graduate of Otto Eldred High School where he was an all star in football and baseball. While attending the United States Naval Academy, he participated in wrestling and tennis. While attending St. Bonaventure University, where he graduated in 1965, he participated in football, tennis and soccer.
Mr. O’Brien was a long time teacher, coach and administrator at Portville Central School. He was an integral part in developing the ladies’ sports program while athletic director. Besides coaching, Mike prided himself on attending all athletic events, concerts and plays. He also kept scorebooks, tended the clock and officiated baseball and basketball. He was also a started in track for many years.
Mr. O’Brien’s honors over the years include: U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer and Commandant Award recipient, Cattaraugus County Hall of Fame member, Portville Central School Wall of Fame member, Rotary Club President, Cattaraugus County Legislator, County Chairman and Vice-Chair, YMCA Board of Directors, JCC Advisory Board of Directors, Portville Unsung Hero Award, and Cuba Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, among several others!
Mr. O’Brien’s proudest accomplishment was his 50+ year marriage to his late wife, Joanie. He is also very proud of his years spent at Portville and fondly remembers the 1975 Super Sectional Basketball game where a huge Lancaster team narrowly defeated us, but the entire Portville student body and fans stand and gave the Lancaster team a standing ovation when the game was over. That and so many other instances showed the class of Portville Central School.