Section IV Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees | High school sports


The Section IV Sports Council announced its Hall of Fame inductees for the 2021 promotion in a press release on Monday.

The class includes a number of local produce: Robert Branham (Oxford), Tosh DeMulder (Unatego), Eric Finch (Bainbridge-Guilford), Robin Hynes Heidt (Jefferson), Thad Rice (Oxford), Rick Cammer (coach, Jefferson) , Vernon Wallace (coach, Bainbridge-Guilford), Jody Hughes (contributor, Bainbridge-Guilford) and Dean Veenhof (Gilbertsville).

Branham has played football, basketball, baseball and golf for the Blackhawks, winning numerous accolades in all four, including a state runner-up in golf as a senior.

DeMulder helped the Spartans win their first Section IV title in football in 2003 and set school records in rushing yards (3,832), total yards (5,818), touchdowns (58) and points (383). He was named player of the year by the Daily Star in 2003. He also played basketball and baseball at Unatego.

Finch was a multisport star for Bainbridge-Guilford / Afton, setting a Section IV record in rushing yards (381) while notching back-to-back sectional titles in wrestling and on track. He graduated as the school’s all-time best rusher (2,579 yards).

Heidt obtained more than 20 academic letters for Jefferson and is the first J-Hawk to be inducted into the Section IV Hall of Fame. She was a two-time Delaware League star in football and basketball, and also excelled in volleyball, softball, skiing and golf.

Rice went 139-26-1 in five years of fighting for Oxford. His 139 victories were the second most significant in section history upon graduation. He won two consecutive Section IV titles at 105 pounds as a junior and senior.

Cammer spent 32 years coaching the Jefferson boys football, winning two section titles (1993, 1997) and making 25 trips to the Section IV tournament. He also spent 18 years coaching the men’s basketball team and 16 years coaching golf. In total, he has accumulated over 85 coaching seasons at Jefferson.

Wallace spent 11 seasons coaching the Bobcats wrestling team, compiling an overall record of 117-36. Two of Wallace’s wrestlers won Section IV titles, along with 12 other crowns from the Susquehanna Association.

Hughes was a coach and teacher at Bainbridge-Guilford for 36 years. Her main areas of expertise were badminton, table tennis, women’s tennis and junior varsity wrestling. He was also an outstanding athlete in Gilbertsville, earning 15 college letters in five sports.

Veenhof was a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director at Gilbertsville and GMU for 24 years. He has compiled 199 career wins as a basketball coach. He was also president of the NYSPHSAA for three years and president of Section IV for four years.


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