2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
A former coach, five alumni, and a football team are the 2010 inductees to the Attica Central School Hall of Fame. Included are James Allegretto, Margaret Feeney, Kenneth Hammel, John Higgins, Richard Puccio, John Stockholm, and the undefeated 1971 Football Team. Installation took place at a dinner and ceremony held at the Alexander Fire Hall in April.
To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, an individual or team must have proved themselves an asset both on and off the playing fields, while a student / athlete, administrator, or athletic coach at ACS and throughout their lives.
Jim Allegretto earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo, where he played football and basketball. He was a quarterback on the 1958 UB team that played in the Tangerine Bowl.
Mr. Allegretto's career in education included teaching health and physical education for 15 years, coaching for 22 years, and serving as a high school principal for 19 years.
Eight of those years were spent at ACS, where he was head football and wrestling coach. During that time, his winning percentage was over 80% and he was the head coach of the undefeated 1971 football team. In total, his leadership captured seven Wyoming County and Genesee-Orleans County Championships.
Mr. Allegretto is now retired and lives with his wife, Nancy, in Virginia. They have four children and six grandchildren.
A 1980 graduate of Attica High School, Margaret Feeney lettered in 14 of 16 varsity sports during her high school athletic career. She was an eight-time All-League selection in soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and softball.
As a freshman she set an ACS record, finishing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke at sectionals. During her senior year, she scored five goals in a soccer game twice, finishing with 36 goals. She is Attica’s sixth-leading all-time scorer in basketball. She was twice named Female Athlete of the Year, in 1979 and 1980.
She continued her education at St. Bonaventure University on a basketball scholarship, starting for four years and was named captain during her senior year.
After graduation, she began a coaching career in women’s volleyball, with stops at Canisius College and the University of Virginia before becoming head coach at University of Pennsylvania, 1990-1998. Her teams won two Ivy League championships and she was named Ivy League coach of the year in 1990.
She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kenneth Hammel, Class of 1987, lettered at the varsity-level seven times during high school: twice in football and basketball, and three times in baseball. He was captain of the football and basketball teams, was selected as a first team All-Star in all three sports, and played in the basketball and baseball exceptional senior games, and the Eddie Meath football game.
He played football and baseball at Ithaca College for four years, and was captain of both teams. He was also a member of three National Championship Division III teams (two-football, one-baseball).
A two time All-Conference and All-American in football, he was also elected to the All-Conference team in baseball. Named Ithaca College’s 1991 Male Athlete of the Year, he had try-outs with the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mr. Hammel also coached wide receivers at Ithaca and Buffalo State, helping develop three All-Americans.
He began teaching at Attica Central School. He then joined the Rush-Henrietta faculty and continued to coach: football, basketball, wrestling, track, and baseball. While at Rush-Henrietta, he took two teams to Section V AAA championship games.
In 2006, he was elected into the Section V Football Hall of Fame as a player.
Presently the high school principal at ACS, he resides in Henrietta with his wife, Missy, and their two children.
A 1972 graduate of Attica High School, John Higgins lettered all four years in baseball and was a member of the starting pitching rotation each year. From his sophomore year, his performance on the mound contributed to ACS either winning or sharing the Genesee / Orleans league championship three years straight.
His performance during the 1972 baseball season was one for the books. He went 7-0 with 86 strikeouts and maintained an incredible 1.19 earned run average. He threw a no-hitter against Pembroke. He also had a .333 batting average. In the final game, with a league championship and undefeated season, he struck out 17 of 21 batters.
He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player that season, and was selected for the Buffalo Evening News "Genesee Region A-B All-Star Team."
In 2008, at the New York City Athletic Club, the Radio Club of America honored him with “the Fellow” distinction: an award for his contributions and extraordinary qualifications in the art and science of radio and electronics.
Mr. Higgins and his wife Barbara live in Attica.
Richard Puccio, Class of 1987, earned eight Varsity letters, two for football and three times each for basketball and baseball.
He was 12-2 as a starting quarterback, a first team All-League selection, and played in the Eddie Meath football game.
A three year starter in basketball, he is the ACS' all-time assist leader. He was a captain, and a first team All-league selection. He is presently Attica’s 13th all-time leading scorer.
In baseball, he was also a three-year starter and was a first-team All-League selection. In a quarterfinal sectional game he threw a no-hitter, and was named the Male Athlete of the Year.
He continued in athletics at Cortland State, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback. He left an outstanding 26-5 record, appearing in three NCAA playoff games, and one ECAC championship game. In 1991 he was a third team All-American and the 1991 ECAC Player of the Year.
In total, he set 11 career, season and game records and holds an NCAA record for consecutive pass completions with twenty.
After graduation, Mr. Puccio took a teaching position at Rush Henrietta. While there, he was the head baseball coach for six years and the head football coach for four years.
Since 2004, he has been the Alfred University Offensive Coordinator and quarterback’s coach. In 2005, he was inducted to the Section V Football Hall of Fame.
He resides in Henrietta with his wife Debbie and their two children.
Encouraged by his parents, John Stockholm (Class of 1966) became interested in sports at an early age. In high school, he played football, basketball, and baseball earning ten varsity letters (which was a rarity in that particular era of interscholastic sports).
He played at the varsity level for three years in football and basketball and four years in baseball. He was designated Most Valuable Player for each of those sports, and was a six-time All-League selection. In 1965, he was the leading scorer of that year's championship football team.
Mr. Stockholm worked as a correctional officer for 30 years and took great pride in the Attica community where he and his wife Mary raised their family. For many years he was active in local youth coaching: in football, baseball, and softball.
Now retired, Mr. and Mrs. Stockholm live in Lehigh, Florida.
1971 Football Team
The 1971 football team exemplified what all teams strive to be. Recording shutouts in five of their eight wins, this group dominated opponents on their way to capturing the Genesee Orleans Championship. The team not only excelling defensively, it also proved to be an offensive juggernaut.
During the eight-game season of 1971, this team scored 344 points. This is the Attica High School record for most points recorded in a single season.