Mowers, Green, Knapp, Sauquoit Valley team earn Hall of Fame honors.
Former National Hockey League player Mark Mowers, baseball player and coach Kevin Green, basketball star Scott Knapp, and the 2002 New York State champion Sauquoit Valley High School boys cross country team are the newest class of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame.
They will be honored at the GUSHOF’s 29th annual induction dinner June 5 at Danielle’s Banquet Specialists in New Hartford.
Mowers played high school hockey for Whitesboro, then played two seasons of junior hockey before enjoying a tremendous career at the University of New Hampshire from 1994 through 1998. He was the Hockey East rookie of the year in 1995, a three-time conference all-star, and was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in1997-98. He signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators at the end of that season, and embarked on a 13-year professional career that included 277 games with the Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks. He scored 34 goals and had 47 assists for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League in 2002-03. He now is a scout for the Buffalo Sabres.
Green was a three-sport standout at Notre Dame High School in Utica and also played baseball for the Adrean Post American Legion baseball team. He had an outstanding career at Mohawk Valley College, where he established a half-dozen single season and career records, batting .427 in his two seasons with the Hawks. He was an honorable mention All-American at Ohio Dominican University, where he is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame, and spent parts of three seasons in the minor leagues, including two brief tours with the Utica Blue Sox. He is now the baseball coach at New Hartford High School.
Knapp enjoyed an all-star basketball career at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, where he played for his father, Al, also a member of the GUSHOF. He scored 1,897 points in three seasons with the Red Devils, setting a New York State record with 288 career 3-pointers, including 108 in one season. He continued his career at Siena College, where he hit a school and Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference record 293 3-pointers. He scored 1,381 points with the Saints, shot 89 percent from the foul line – 93 percent in 1998-99 – and was a part of 86 victories over four seasons. He was Siena’s most valuable player and second-team All-MAAC in 2000-01, and played one season in the Continental Basketball Association.
The Sauquoit cross country team of Ben Dever, Kevin Horvath, Larry DiCesare, Alan Merrick, John Nicotera, Scott Stedman and Eric White ran up an 18-0 Center State Conference record, had a 158-2 overall mark, won five invitational meets, including the Utica’s prestigious E.J. Herrmann Invitational, and went on to capture the Section III Class C and overall championships before claiming the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C title.
The induction dinner will begin with cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6, followed by the ceremony. Tickets are available through CNY Awards and Apparel at the New Hartford Shopping Center, 315-733-0931 or from any GUSHOF director.