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Apr 21, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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2002 Boys 400 Relay Swimming

The 400 freestyle relay team, coached by Kevin Fitzpatrick and composed of Matt Dupay, Judson Rudgers, Bryan Brown and kevin Gatley, won the NYS championships in 2002 after finishing second in 2001. It was the culmination of years of hard work in a sport known for its grueling hours of training. The swim team went undefeated that year, winning the Class A championship, being named the number one small school in NYS and finishing in the top five in the country. These four young men capped off the finest season in school history by winning at states.

A quick story of the final swim is quite amusing. The trials, also being the Federation Championship, had senior Peter Goody leading off the relay. He was an important member of the team that swept through Sectionals. This relay qualified third, a good result for Saturday. As Matt Dupay stepped up on the blocks for the final, a member of the team from Pittsford, the team that qualified first and eventually finished second, noticed a change in swimmers, and asked Kevin Gatley if that was indeed the same swimmer who swam on Friday. Kevin answered in one word, “NOPE.” The result, a Section 2 record, State Championship, and All American status.

2002 Girls Volleyball Team

2002 State Champion Volleyball Team, coached by Gary Bynon. The date was November 10, 2001, and BH-BL was playing South Glens Falls in the Section 2 Championship game. The Spartans had won the last four championships and was the team to beat. South Glens Falls won in five games. Many members of this team returned in the fall of 2002 with a goal of returning to the championship. Ironically, almost exactly one year to the day, they played South Glens Falls again in the championship. The match was over in less than an hour, with the Spartans prevailing. BH-BL has not lost to a Section 2 team since that day in 2001. This team set a standard that others follow today. Their state championship was the first in program history, and started a run of five state championships in 10 years. Their win at SUNY Cortland was dedicated to all of the players in the program, the ones that built the program. The win was for all of them.