Union Springs held its Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner Saturday at Union Springs High School, honoring two individuals and one team.
The hall of fame's Class of 2019 includes Mike Howell Jr., Lee Casler and the 1965-66 boys varsity basketball team.
Howell Jr. was a three-sport athlete that excelled in soccer, basketball, and track and field. In soccer, Howell Jr. was a three-time first team All-IAC all-star and was the league's most valuable player in 2007. He finished his career with 49 goals, second in school history. Howell Jr. was a member of Union Springs' varsity basketball team that won the Section IV, Class C title in 2008. In track and field, Howell Jr. specialized in the high jump, which he was a two-time IAC champion and Section IV, Class C champion. His senior year he went on to win the New York state title in that event.
Casler made a name for himself in soccer and is considered one of Union Springs' all-time great players. He started every game of his four-year career and captained Union Springs to Section IV, Class C titles in 1982 and 1983. He was a three-time All-IAC first team all-star three times and was league MVP in 1983. He also guided Union Springs to the state semifinal in 1983. Casler finished his career as Union Springs' all-time leader in goals (52) and held the record for career assists (36).
Union Springs' 1965-66 boys basketball team's most notable accomplishment was capturing the Cayuga County League championship, defeating Southern Cayuga 53-51 on a winning basket from Steve Case. One member of the team, Glenn Jorgensen, was named the county's most valuable player.
The ceremony also included a pair of award recipients. Kyle Bailey and Rachel Culver were honored with the USCSD Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship, while the Gerald "Jake" O'Connor Athletic Contributor Award was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murray.
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