After three-year hiatus, Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame to hold banquet Saturday

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The 49th class of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday as the organization welcomes seven individuals at the Hall's first banquet since 2019.

The induction banquet, which hasn't been held in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Paramount Country Club in New City.

Tickets will run $65 for adults and $30 for children 12 and younger. They can be obtained at the door or through Peter Castellano, who can be reached by phone at 201-390-3245 or via email at riverviewmall@aol.com.

The Hall will also host an event before a New York Boulders game at Clover Stadium on Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. Three teams will be honored: the 1991-92 Suffern ice hockey state champions; the 1972 New City Little League team, which reached the final of the Little League World Series; and the 1954 Tappan Zee cross-country team, which became the county's first state champion.

Last year's honorees: Rockland County honors four at Boulders game

A total of 276 individuals have been honored since the Hall's inception in 1974.

Here's more on this year's seven inductees:

Phil Consiglio, North Rockland

The North Rockland High School graduate became one of only 14 Rockland County wrestlers to win a state championship when he won the 105-pound title as a junior in 1984. He reached the podium at the state wrestling championships all four years of high school and was a four-time Rockland County and Section 9 champion. He finished his career with 132 wins to shatter the then-county record, and went on to wrestle at Syracuse and Central Connecticut. He has worked in TV production and won an 1998 Emmy Award for video editing of the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Will Cunnane, pitching with the Atlanta Braves in 2003, spent eight seasons in the major leagues.
Will Cunnane, pitching with the Atlanta Braves in 2003, spent eight seasons in the major leagues.

Will Cunnane, Clarkstown North

The 1992 Clarkstown North graduate pitched eight years in the major leagues, including stints with the Padres, Brewers, Cubs and Braves, and spent a total of 13 seasons in the minors and four in independent leagues. The 6-foot-2 right-hander from Congers won 16 games during his varsity career and still holds school records for career shutouts (5), strikeouts (196) and ERA (1.36). He threw a no-hitter against Scarsdale and a one-hitter against state champion North Rockland, which did not lose another game that season. Cunnane has served the last nine years as a Town of Clarkstown police officer.

Wil Eschen, Suffern

The 1940 Suffern High School graduate was a three-sport all-county athlete (football, basketball, baseball) who played on six Rockland County championship teams. His football teams went undefeated against county opponents, with Eschen snaring a Rockland-best 10 interceptions in 1939. He joined the Army as a member of the 103rd Infantry Division and received the Purple Heart after he was wounded in action in 1944, and, after his recovery, became known for his athletic exploits during post-World War II occupation in Europe. He later returned to teach math and coach at his alma mater, and served as the varsity baseball coach for 18 years. HIs best five-year stretch resulted in over 100 wins and two county titles.

George "Doc" Leitner, Piermont

The renowned physician and a founder of Nyack Hospital was the first Rockland resident to play in the major leagues when he pitched for the Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1887. He played college baseball at Fordham, then, after he was drafted by Indianapolis, played one season to finance his education. He turned down a chance to continue his pro career to become one of Nyack Hospital's first physicians. He served as a trustee in the Village of Piermont and was a delegate to the 1900 New York Democratic Convention and 1915 New York Constitutional Convention.

Jose Saint-Victor, Nyack

The 1973 graduate was born in Haiti and lived in the Republic of the Congo before his family moved to Nyack when he was young. He didn't play organized sports until high school, but became an all-county athlete in football and track and field. He had a decorated college career and was a three-year starter at tackle at Syracuse University, then was chosen in the eighth round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Bengals. He spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and New Jersey Generals of the USFL before returning to Nyack as a teacher, dean of students and coach. He was on the coaching staff of state football champions in 2000 and 2003 and became an award-winning competitive power lifter.

Charlie White, Spring Valley

The 1972 Spring Valley graduate played eight years in the NFL, including with the New York Jets. He was an all-county athlete on the football field and track, where he was a two-time county sprint champion who broke the 10-second mark in the 100-yard dash. White later became an All-American running back in junior college and at Division I Bethune-Cookman who was chosen in the seventh round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Jets. After his retirement, White became a businessman and had his No. 48 retired at Spring Valley in 2009.

Margaret "Babs" Stead

Stead is the 11th recipient of the Joseph Holland Lifetime Achievement Award and will be the first female given the honor since it was first awarded in 2003. She has served as an official for 45 years in track and field, swimming, volleyball and basketball. The Bronx native, who taught for 34 years at St. Gregory, is a member of the Section 1 Volleyball Hall of Fame and was given the Dick Teetsel Memorial Award (along with her late husband, Guy) for service to Rockland County track and field.

Josh Thomson is the Sports Editor for The Journal News and Poughkeepsie Journal. He can be reached by e-mail at jthomson@lohud.com, on Twitter at @lohudinsider, and on Instagram at @lohudinsider.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame 2022 class induction at Paramount