By ERIC AHLQVIST - Sports Editor : COOPERSTOWN
The 2011 Cooperstown High School Athletic Hall of Fame class is headed by 1994 graduate Seth Schaeffer, the all-time leading scorer in basketball with over 1,700 career points.
Schaeffer also holds the school record for most three-point shots in a season and career, and most points scored in a game with 51 against Proctor. Schaeffer went on to play Division One basketball at Colgate University and twice played in the NCAA Tournament.
Schaeffer’s basketball teammate, Reid Nagelschmidt, is also among the seven individuals to be inducted next fall.
Nagelschmidt, a 1995 graduate, scored 1,065 career points in basketball, but it was on the baseball diamond where he left his lasting legacy. Nagelschmidt holds the program record for strikeouts and runs batted in, and earned a baseball scholarship to Division One St. Bonaventure.
State-champion wrestler Packy Burke, a 1996 graduate, was also elected. Burke went 41-0 during his senior season, culminating with a victory in the 130-pound state final match. Burke had a career record of 192-16 and lost in the state finals during his junior season.
Three-sport star Bud Lippitt, a 1995 graduate and current physical education teacher at Cooperstown Elementary School, is also an honoree. Lippitt had 96 career wins in wrestling, and holds the career baseball record for doubles and triples. Lippitt was also a two-way starter for the football team.
Another three-sport star, 1991 graduate Tim Osterhoudt, is among the electees. Osterhoudt scored 60 career goals in soccer and scored 930 points during his basketball career. He was also a sectional champion in the triple jump for the boys track team during his junior and senior seasons. He played basketball at Hartwick College, and is the school’s 11th all-time leading scorer with 1,308 career points.
The Hall of Fame Committee also elected two female athletes, Megan Sanford and Renee Welch.
Cooperstown girls track coach Connie Herzig said Sanford was the best female sprinter the school has ever had. She qualified for the state meet in track during her senior year and was a five-time All Star in soccer.
The other female inductee is Renee Welch, a 1997 graduate and three sport athlete. Welch still holds the school record in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs, and qualified for the state meet her senior year.
Three teams were also elected to the Athletic Hall, including the 1999 girls soccer team, the 1991 boys soccer team and the 1994 girls track and field team.