Joe marks the fourth member of the Class of 1955 to be inducted into our Hall of Fame. He was a three-sport athlete from 1952-1955 in football, basketball, and baseball, and was a hustler and team leader on every team. As a three-year starter on the football team, Joe was a leader as both a receiver and team kicker. In each season, he was one of the team’s overall leading point scorers. He helped lead the 1954 team to a record of 5-1-1, who outscored all opponents by a margin of 134-41. In basketball, Joe was a starting forward who averaged double digits in scoring on the 1955 Livingston County and Section V Championship team. He scored 15 points in the 1955 Section V championship game to help lead Mt. Morris to our first-ever Section V basketball crown. His best scoring total in one game was a 31 point effort against Avon as a junior.
On the baseball field, Joe was the team’s catcher and was also an excellent hitter. He hit .351 as a senior to help lead the team to both the Livingston County and Section V titles. He was a leading member of our baseball team who won three Livingston County titles in 1952, 1954, and 1955, and two Section V titles in 1952 and 1955. The 1954 team finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0. His senior year was certainly a huge success overall. The teams Joe played on recorded a combined record in football, basketball, and baseball of 33-3-1. After graduating from high school, this man served six years in the United States Coast Guard and then went on to become a teacher and coach for 35 years at Wayne Central School.