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Gary Better joins Donald C. Chichester and Sam Montesano as the third member of our Hall of Fame from the Class of 1967. He was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and baseball during his high school career. In football, he was an extremely versatile player who played 5 different positions. During his career, he scored rushing, passing, and receiving touchdowns. His excellent play led him to be named a Livingston County 1stTeam All-Star as an end during his senior season. In basketball, he was the starting point guard of the 1967 team which won both the Livingston County and Section V, Class C Championship. He was instrumental in that championship run scoring 14 points in the sectional semi-finals against Lyndonville and 12 big points in the sectional finals to help the Blue Devils defeat Middlesex Valley who were the defending 2-time Sectional Champions at that time. On the baseball diamond, this man was simply amazing. As the ace pitcher and outstanding hitter, he helped lead Mt. Morris to two LCAA and two Section Five championships in 1965 and 1967. He was very close to winning 3 consecutive championships, as the 1966 led by him made the sectional finals. He began his varsity baseball career as a sophomore and went on to some unbelievable accomplishments while leading teams that compiled an overall 36-4 record over that three year span. Over the course of his junior and senior year, he compiled a pitching record of 24-3. Of those 24 wins, 13 of them came in 1967. This number of 13 wins in one season is a school record, is tied for the 2nd best total in Section V history, and tied for 4th best in New York State history. He struck an average of over 10 batters per start in route to a total of 307 strikeouts in his career. On May 12, 1967, he struck out 20 batters in one game which is still to this day a Mt. Morris School record, and is 3rd best in Section V history and 7th best in New York State history. He also pitched 2 No-Hitters in his junior year, and 1 in his senior year. These 2 no-hitters in a season are still 3rd best in Section V history and New York State history. Additionally, his 3 career No-Hitters rank him tied for 2nd best in both Section V and New York State history. He was extremely close to leading the state in these categories as he also finished his career with 4 one-hitters, and had 6 complete game shutouts. These 6 shutouts rank him tied for 4th best in Section V history. One of his biggest complete game shutouts came in the Section Finals in 1967 where this man struck out 12 hitters and only allowed 2 hits in a 3-0 victory against Friendship. He was an easy selection the All-Greater Rochester Baseball All-Star team in that year. On top of his very strong fastball, he had many other deceptive pitches in his bag of tricks. The great curve balls and pitches that dropped suddenly, certainly gave Hall of Fame catcher Sam Montesano a workout every game. As amazing as he was on the mound, he was also an outstanding hitter. He finished the 1966 season with a batting average of .500 with 17 hits out of 34 at bats. After high school, this man entered the Navy and resided in California for several years where he was one of the top billiard players in the state. He is an outstanding artist whose paintings are well known in this area. In fact, the large athletic murals painted on both sides of the Mt. Morris high school gymnasium were painted by him in 2006.