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The newest members of the Byron-Bergen High School Athletic Wall of Fame were honored recently at a boys’ varsity basketball game.

The Athletic Wall of Fame celebrates contributors to Byron-Bergen athletic programs over the years in three categories:  athlete, an alumni who played at the varsity level in one or more sports who might have contributed to starting programs or holding major records; coach, a person who completed his/her coaching career in the district a minimum of five years prior to induction, and contributed to both program and individual athlete development; and contributor, an individual who has dedicated time and effort to the development of teams or boosters.

Byron-Bergen Athletic Wall of Fame InducteesThis year’s inductees are:
David A. Nesbitt, athlete Byron-Bergen Class of 1975, in soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf.  Mr. Nesbitt helped to start the golf program in 1973.
April Schwenebraten, coach/contributor in volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and softball.  She was also a physical education teacher for the district from 1971-2005.  Her outstanding accomplishments include reinvigorating the volleyball program in 1999 and starting Junior Olympics at the Elementary School.
Eric Toal, athlete Byron-Bergen Class of 1988, in soccer, baseball, and wrestling.  He also has been a volunteer coach in the community since 1988 in a variety of sports.  Mr. Toal was nominated for his superior accomplishments in wrestling.  

“The Athletic Wall of Fame celebrates the history of athletics in our community,” said Jennifer Doyle, Acting 5-12 Dean of Students/Athletic Director.  “The mission of the Wall of Fame is to recognize outstanding contributions to both our programs and our student athletes and to encourage the community to remain involved with athletics.”

PHOTO: Dr. Scott G. Martzloff, Byron-Bergen Superintendent of Schools, Eric Toal, David A. Nesbitt, and Aaron Johnson, High School Principal.  Not pictured:  April Schwenebraten.(Courtesy: Byron-Bergen Central School)

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