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Richard Martello excelled in football, basketball, and baseball during his high school career. He was the co-captain, quarterback, and leading scorer of the 1962 undefeated football team coached by Hall of Famer Anthony Merola. This team won the Livingston County Championship with a perfect 7-0 record and outscored opponents 122-60. With 8 touchdowns and 3 extra points to his credit, he led the team with 51 points on the season. He was also the co-captain and starting guard of the 1962-63 varsity basketball team. This team finished 12-6 which earned them a second place finish in the league. In baseball, he was an outfielder, second baseman, and outstanding hitter who helped lead the Blue Devils to three consecutive Livingston County titles from 1961-1963. As only a sophomore in 1961, he was the team’s leadoff hitter and starting left fielder that helped lead the team to both a Livingston County title and Section V, Class C championship. He played a large role in this championship run. In the Sectional Final game at Red Wings stadium, he had two hits and scored a run which helped lead the team to victory against Naples. As a junior, he again played a major role in the team’s success. This team finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record in route to a County title. His winning ways in baseball continued in his senior year of 1963. That year the team finished 9-1 which earned them a County title, and they made the sectional finals only to fall 3-1 in a very tough game to Marion. During his junior and senior seasons, this man had serious hitting power and had several home runs. One of his most impressive homeruns was a walk off homerun that hit the tennis court fence at Bellamy Park in a 6-5 win over York on May 7, 1963. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term “Walk Off Home Run,” this is a home run that ends and wins the game in the bottom of the final inning. After high school, this man continued his involvement in athletics at Brockport College where he was a second baseman and outfielder on the baseball team for all 4 years. After college, he began a coaching career at Wayland where he coached basketball for 10 years, track for 32 years, and cross country for 33 years. His track teams won 291 meets and 3 Section V titles. His Cross Country teams won 266 meets, 10 LCAA titles, and 5 Section V titles. He was the LCAA Coach of the Year 5 times, and was inducted into the Section V Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2005 and also into the Wayland Central School Hall of Fame. Well – make it three Hall of Fames now as a member of the Mt. Morris Hall of Fame.