Six new members will be inducted to the Batavia Blue Devil Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 18 at Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Facility.
Nancy Viola worked in athletics and served as Athletic Director from 1981-1998, where 14 Batavia teams won Section 5 championships, including a New York State football title in 1981.
Viola was a chairperson for Section 5 girls basketball from 1975-1997 and NYS girls basketball from 1978-1982.
She earned the 1985 Jean Giambrone Rochester Press Radio Award, was inducted into the Section 5 basketball HOF in 2001 and is a member of the Rochester Red Wing Walk of Fame.
Jonathan Walton was a 1974 graduate after playing four years of varsity basketball and three years of both football and baseball,
Earned all-county honors in both basketball and baseball. He earned second-team all-county honors when he helped the Batavia basketball team go 19-2 during his junior year.
Walton played baseball and basketball at Buffalo State College and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974.
1964 graduate Douglas King played four years of football, bowling and baseball at Batavia and earned the Judd-Guinlock MVP award as a co-captain during his senior year.
King led the 1964 bowling team with a 194 scoring average.
Compiled an 11-3-2 record on the mound as a senior, tossing a no hitter, four one-hitters and four shutouts.
He was named the best male athlete at BHS in 1964 and was awarded the Mary Delbridge Citizenship award.
King was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, N.Y. Yankees and San Francisco Giants.
Thomas Vincellos is a 1961 graduate and ran four years of cross country and track, and wrestled one season.
He was the Section 5 cross country champion as a senior and led Batavia to four straight Genesee-Wyoming team titles, setting the course record twice.
Vincellos was the best athlete of senior class and earned the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship award in 1961. He was also a three-time recipient of the Dominic Valle Cross Country MVP award.
1943 graduate Don Johnson played football and ran track for four years while playing baseball and basketball for three each.
He was awarded the 1943 Cope-Dowd Award for excellence in Track & Field and was named to the 1943 Section 5 basketball tournament all-star team.
Johnson earned a letter in four sports in his junior and senior years.
Ralph "Buddy" Houseknecht is a 1968 graduate and played three years of baseball and two years of football and basketball.
He won the Judd-Guinlock MVP award as captain of the football team as a senior. Was also a captain on the baseball team.
Houseknecht was named best BHS athlete in 1968 and received a scholarship to Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania where he played football.
Has been a long-time Batavia High School and Blue Devil Athletics supporter as member of Batavia Rotary Club and as President of Pepsi-Cola Batavia Inc.
The 7th Annual Induction Ceremony has a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.
Tickets are available at the Athletic Directors office at Batavia High School. For more information you can call 585-343-2480 ex. 2003