Hall Of Fame Inductees for 2012
Six individuals and one team were the 2012 inductees to the Attica Central School Hall of Fame. They were honored April 28 in a ceremony held at Hidden Valley Adventures.
Organized by the Attica Booster Club, Hall of Fame inductees are selected in recognition of contributions made to the ACS athletic program. They can be athletes, teams, coaches, teachers, administrators, or special contributors to Attica's rich sports history.
Thomas Beglinger, Class of 1962
It has been said that heroes are not born but rather heroes are made. Thomas Beglinger is remembered for his good sportsmanship, as he competed on the cross-country, basketball, and baseball teams. Through his service in student government and Future Farmers of America, he sought to lead by example. A scholar-athlete, this National Honor Society member was also a Boy’s State representative and American Legion Baseball player.
He went on to Alfred State College, graduating in 1964, and worked for Agway until being drafted into the service.
In October 1966, while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, he was killed in action. Because of his actions on that fateful day, his posthumous military honors included the Silver Star for bravery and the Purple Heart.
Phyllis Merle, Class of 1957
Phyllis Merle served the Attica Central School District for 35 years. She was the business office secretary from 1965-1966, the Prospect Street School principal’s secretary from 1966-1969, and the Middle School principal’s secretary from 1969-2000. She also coached the football cheerleader squads from 1977-1998.
Mrs. Merle was an invaluable asset to the district and the cheerleading program, whose hard work and dedication will always be remembered.
Doug Miller, Class of 1976
Doug Miller lettered eight times at the varsity level in football, basketball, and baseball. He was captain and earned All-League status in all three sports.
A 1988 graduate of Buffalo State College, he had a distinguished teaching and coaching career at Letchworth Central School. As Letchworth’s varsity football coach, he won Divisional Championships each year from 1994-1998. He was voted Livingston County Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. He was also named the Section V Class C Coach of the Year in 1998.
Jack Novak, Class of 1954
A student at Attica Central School from kindergarten through graduation, Jack Novak played varsity basketball and baseball for three years. In 1953, he set a school record of scoring 32 points in a single basketball game.
Mr. Novak went on to earn a BS in education from Brockport State and a Master’s Degree from Buffalo State. He taught mathematics and science for seven years at Attica Central School, as well as coaching high school track. He also worked in youth recreation and coached American Legion Baseball.
In 1966, he became principal of Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1993. He then worked ten years at Elmira College in the Education Department.
Kris Williams, Class of 1990
Kris Williams lettered eight times: earning three in baseball, three in football, and two in basketball.
A three-time Baseball All-Star selection and team Defensive Player of the Year, he compiled 16 wins, 170 strikeouts, two no-hitters and allowed less than two runs per game. He also led the 51-7 club in Hits, RBI, HR’s and SLG. He was named Oakfield Tournament MVP and was awarded a scholarship to play Division One Baseball.
Captain of the football team and All-Star selection, he led the team in sacks and finishing second in tackles at defensive end. In basketball, he led his junior season with 300 points, 171 rebounds, and 45 blocks.
Thelma Wood, Class of 1949
Thelma Wood began her secretarial career when she was 16 at Attica Central School, a career that lasted for 41 years ending in 1991. As high school secretary, she served four principals, hundreds of staff, and literally thousands of students, all who benefited from her limitless patience, endless affection and affirming friendship.
1975 Football Team
The 1975 football team was a coach’s dream team possessing all qualities of excellence: athletically experienced players, an explosive offense, dominating defense, and a great kicking game were the hallmarks of this team.
Each week this team proved itself the premier squad in the Genesee League. Defensively, they recorded six shutouts, giving up a miniscule 14 points for the entire season. Offensively, they averaged 23 points per game, finishing with a 7-0-1 record. Their only blemish was a tie to the second ranked small school team in the state.
What began the season as a good team became one of Attica’s all-time great football teams.