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2017-05-17 / Sports

Annual Hall of Fame induction slated for May 24

The annual Clarence Central Athletic Department Wall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the high school athletic foyer. This year’s class of inductees includes Mark Turner (Class of 1969), Marisa Gallo (1995), Michelle (Rogers) Iduate (2005), coach Jack Yanno and contributor Hank Brodowski.

Mark Turner

Mark Turner was a two-sport athlete at Clarence, earning five varsity letters while competing in baseball and football. As a junior in 1968, Turner was a starting cornerback on defense and played halfback on offense for a football team that went undefeated. During his senior year, as a captain, Turner helped guide the team to a second consecutive undefeated season.

As the starting halfback on offense and starting cornerback on defense, Turner scored 13 touchdowns and carried the ball 100 times for 742 yards. Defensively, he intercepted eight passes and returned two for touchdowns. He was selected as the Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Defensive Back, earning First Team ECIC II all-star honors for his efforts.

Turner also played varsity baseball for three years as a pitcher, outfielder and third baseman, serving as captain for two of those years. He was team MVP as a junior and senior, and was also named an ECIC II First Team all-star as a senior.

Marisa Gallo

Marisa Gallo was a three-sport athlete for Clarence, earning 11 varsity letters, seven team MVP awards, two White Letters and Female Athlete of the Year honors as a senior while competing in volleyball, basketball and softball.

As a sophomore setter on the volleyball team, Gallo earned First Team ECIC II all-star honors while, as a junior, she was named MVP and again awarded First Team ECIC II all-star honors. As a senior team captain, Gallo gained MVP and White Letter honors on top of being named an ECIC II First Team all-star for the third straight year.

Gallo played varsity basketball for four years, earning her first Team MVP and ECIC II First Team all-star honors as a sophomore. The point/shooting guard also earned Second Team All-Bee honors. As a junior, Gallo was team captain, MVP, All-Bee Second Team, All-ECIC Second Team and All-WNY Fourth Team. As a senior, the team captain and MVP was awarded the White Letter, All-Bee First Team, All-ECIC First Team, All-WNY Third Team and All-State Fourth Team.

Gallo also competed for three years on the varsity softball team. As a starting freshman catcher, Gallo was named an ECIC II Second Team all-star. As both a sophomore and senior, she was named team MVP and earned First Team ECIC II honors.

Michelle (Rogers) Iduate

Michelle Rogers was a three-sport athlete for Clarence from 2001-05, excelling in soccer, basketball and softball. She won the White Letter Award for each sport during her senior year and once during her junior year in basketball. She was also named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year as both a junior and senior.

Rogers was a four-year varsity starting catcher for the softball team. During her junior year, she led her team to the league and section championships, as well as the state finals. As a result of her play that spring, she was named to the All-WNY Coaches all-star teams, as well as the ECIC I First Team all-star team — which she also earned as a senior.

During her senior year, Rogers was team captain, won the White Letter award and was named to the All-WNY and All-Academic First Teams as she led the squad to another sectional championship.

Rogers was also a three-year varsity guard on the basketball team, where she led her squad to the section finals her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned the White Letter award in both her junior and senior seasons and was a team captain as a senior. She also guided the team to a league and sectional championship as a senior.

Rogers was a three-year varsity player in soccer, earning a White Letter Award her senior season as a team captain. She was named the team’s Most Valuable defender and Second Team ECIC I all-star her junior season. Her teams won the league championship when she was a sophomore, as well as league and sectional championships as a senior.

After high school, Rogers graduated from Union College following a four-year career playing both basketball and shortstop.

Jack Yanno

Jack Yanno coached varsity baseball from 1985 through 2003 and was instrumental in building the baseball program at Clarence. He took a program that had very little history, direction or foundation and helped turn it into a solid baseball program.

In 1985 when the varsity position opened up at Clarence, Yanno was the perfect fit. By 1987, he led the team to its first-ever divisional title. Yanno would be the first to tell you that he had help, but baseball in Clarence today has a lot to do with the work Jack Yanno put into the program — both at the school and in the community.

Yanno, who finished with an overall record of 274-161, was named to the Town of Clarence Youth Baseball Wall of Fame for all of his work over 30-plus years of dedication. The Town of Clarence officially declared Jack Yanno Day on July 25, 2003.

Yanno’s Clarence teams won division titles in 1987, 1994 and 1999. Many of his teams qualified for the State Scholar Athlete program and, in 1992, the team won the State Scholar Athlete Championship.

Henry Brodowski

Henry Brodowski volunteered for the Clarence football program for over 30 years. Brodowski was a member of the Football Fathers Club that ultimately became the Clarence Football Booster Club, and from 1984 to 2015 he was the voice of Clarence football as the announcer for modified, freshman, JV and varsity football at Clarence High School.

Brodowski was very reliable and such a consummate professional that he could be seen before every game, clipboard in hand, conferring with coaches to verify the correct pronunciation of each player’s name on their rosters, as well as to gather pertinent information that he would use throughout the game. In 1980, he received a special tribute from the Clarence Football Booster Club for his many years of service to the town’s young athletes.

In 2007, Brodowski was named Citizen of the Year in the Town of Clarence. In 2009, the Town of Clarence also formally recognized his volunteer service and dedication to the youth of Clarence.

Brodowski is a lifelong Western New Yorker, born in Sloan and living in Clarence since 1969. He and his late wife, Gerry, have two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.

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