CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Saturday afternoon ten former Corning-Painted Post students athletes were inducted into the C-PP Sports Hall of Fame. These athletes were chosen based on their exceptional achievements, records, and contributions to their respective sports. 

The Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024:

Baseball: Rocky Myers '98, Ryan Walker '15

Bowling: Eric Donovan '12

Contributors: Geoff Waksmunski, Ed Gigliotti

Football: Brandon Griffin '12, Pete Knutsen '06

Lacrosse: Neena Merola '14

Track/Cross Country: Katelyn Butler '15, Wynndham Curtis '13

Some of the inductees talked about how much of an honor it is to be recognized. 

"Great four years in high school, enjoyed every second", said Donovan. "My dad and my brother are already in so it's just nice to join the family."

Ryan Walker said, "It's super special. It's something I've always kind of kept on the back burner and had in my mind since I stopped playing. You always hope to make it and have the whole family here, have my wife here, we have a baby on the way so that makes it even more special."

"It's always been an opportunity but it's always an honor to be a part of some of the elite that's ever been in the area", said Myers. "It's always an honor to share this with many friends that I have that are inducted in here."

"Back when I was in 7th or 8th grade we had won an award and a couple other student athletes were invited to this and I remember sitting there at the dinner and everything like man, I wish I can be up there someday", said Griffin. "To come full circle, I mean, life comes at you fast but it's been a blessing to be here and be inducted."

Wynndham Curtis talked about how his perspective has changed since he was in middle and high school. "I can look back and kind of understand what my parents did to put me through school and help me with practice, driving me to practice, cooking meals, doing laundry. All of those things I might not have appreciated back then, I definitely can look back and realize how much went into me being a successful athlete. They say it takes a village and it really did."

Other inductees spoke about what they cherish the most in their time in Corning. 

"It's the relationships with the kids", said Waksmunski. "I've coached for 27 years here in town. I got a job right out of college and I came right here and it's some of the best times I've had professionally have been on a field or on a court."

"I would say the relationships with the players that I've coached. Just a lot of great kids over the years", said Gigliotti. "Getting to see them now when they're older it's a lot of fun. One of them, Brandon Griffin is here, I coached him back when he was in 7th grade at Northside Blodgett. And to see the guys that's just really fun."

"The things I cherish the most was the relationships I had with the people", said  So with my coaches and kind of how they treated me. They treated me with such respect and they let me feel like I was a leader, that I was able to carry that on further in my life after the fact you know."

In addition to the 2024 inductees, the George Bacalles Award recipients were also announced. 

The George Bacalles goes to current Corning-Painted Post athletes who go above and beyond the field but also exemplify strong character and are successful in the classroom. George supported youth activities in the area and was also a former member of the board of directors of the C-PP Sports Hall of Fame. 

This year's George Bacalles Award recipients were Angelina McKane, Sarah Lawson, Brody Wolfe, and Adam "AJ" Thomas. 

The students spoke about how much being given this historic award means to them. 

"I'd like to thank my friends, family, coaches", said Wolfe. "A lot of these coaches have helped me since I was in middle school and have just watched me and helped me progress along the way. And then obviously my family and friends for always being there to support me at games and after practice, you know, with the ups and downs throughout my career."

"It's definitely a huge honor. There's a lot of other big names and great athletes and student athletes that have won this award in the past so it's definitely a huge honor to be recognized amongst them", said Thomas. 

"It definitely has a legacy and I'm very excited to become a part of that", said McKane. "I love the history behind it. I'm super excited to be able to be put in this Hall of Fame and hopefully have younger kids in our community be able to look up to me as well as all the other winners."

"It really means a lot to me. Athletics have always been really important and specifically running has always been a really big part of my life. I think me and my team we've worked really hard and so I've seen some success over my time here so it's really nice to be honored amongst the best athletes in our school", said Lawson. 

WENY Sports congratulates all of the inductees and award recipients.