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2018-01-10 / Sports

Kohler among dozen to enter WNY chapter of US Lacrosse Hall

Former Clarence girls coach Doug Kohler, former Orchard Park boys lacrosse coach Gene Tundo and Amherst girls coach Janet Battaglia are among the 12 members recently selected to the Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse’s Class of 2018 Hall of Fame.

Other inductees include Sandy Jemison, girls lacrosse coach and former member of the all-Iroquois women’s team; former Buffalo Bandit John Tavares; St. Bonaventure men’s head coach Randy Mearns; University of Louisville women’s head coach Scott Teeter; men’s lacrosse official Tom Sutton; women’s lacrosse official Michelle Barczak; Paula Fronckowiak, former college All-American women’s player; and posthumous inductees Tom Borrelli and Ed Van Tine.

The Class of 2018 will be introduced for the first time as a group and formally enshrined on Saturday, Jan. 13. The enshrinement ceremony will be held in the Marriott Buffalo Harborcenter Ball Room with the reception starting at 4 p.m. and dinner to follow soon after.

The event will conclude with a recognition moment during the evening’s Buffalo Bandits home game versus the Vancouver Stealth.

“It’s a real privilege and honor to be a part of the Hall of Fame selection committee and welcome the 12 newest members to the Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame family,” said Ed Greenway, President of the Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. “This is a unique Hall of Fame class with 12 different categories represented spanning decades of competitive excellence.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $35 each, with tables for 10 people available for $300. The price includes access to the event and one ticket to the evening’s Buffalo Bandits game versus the Vancouver Stealth.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.WesternNewYorkLacrosse.com or by calling Todd Schoenberger at 302-296-7724.

The annual selection meeting was held inside the Canisius College Koessler Athletic Complex and capped a year-round selection process.

The newly elected Hall of Famers were chosen from a list of 24 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Western New York Lacrosse selection committee.

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