2019 Inductees

Lloyd Race (Class of 1985)


Lloyd was a 3 sport athlete, participating in baseball, basketball and golf.  He was a member of the 1983 Foothills Council Baseball Championship Team, the first BSHS team to make it to a Class B Sectional Final since 1973.  In the run to the finals, Lloyd hit a 2 run double, 2 RBI and 2 triples with a .360 batting average for the year. The team scored a hat trick by also winning the Foothills Council Championship in 1984 and 1985. In 1985, Lloyd was named team MVP and captain with a 5-0 record as a pitcher in league play. His batting averages in 1984 and 1985 were .460 and .571 respectively and he was named Foothills Council All-star. The RC Tefft Award, granted to the athlete who best exemplifies by action, team pride and spirit was given to Lloyd in 1985.

For 10 years, from 1987-1997, Lloyd played in the Albany Twilight league. In 1991, he led the league with 33 RBI. Lloyd led his Apex Printing Team to 3 straight championships from 1992-94. He was a 5 time All-star, league MVP in both regular season and play-offs in 1994.

That year Lloyd also won the Harold Finkle Award. With batting averages of .433 and .450 respectively, he won back to back hitting titles in 1994 and 1995. He played in the Stan Musial World Series. From 1997-2003, Lloyd was the career offensive leader with 205 RBI, 53 homeruns and a batting average of .358. He was said to be one of the best all-around players of the 90’s in the Albany Twilight League. In 1999, Lloyd was inducted into the Albany Twilight League Hall of Fame.

Mark Yanigahara (Class of 1990)


Mark wrestled at BSHS from 1989-92, not weighing enough in his freshman year to wrestle a single match. In 1990, Mark’s record of 22-5 was second in the area at 91 lbs. Mark placed in the Eastern New York Freestyle Championships and the National Greco-Roman Championships also in 1990. The next year, with a record of 27-1, Mark won his first Section 2 Championship at 91 lbs. In 1992, he wrestled 105, 98 and 91 lbs. and was ranked 4th in the state (91 lbs.) with a season record of 33-3 for all 3 weight classes. He won his 2nd Section 2 Championship in a row, as a senior and finished 5th at the NYS Tournament. Mark has wrestled Adirondack Three Style and at SUNY Albany. He won the NYS Free Style and Greco-Roman Championships, in 1992. In 1993, Mark won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman at the US Olympic Festival. At the National Olympic Festival in 1994, he won a gold medal and in 1993-94 was invited to wrestle with the US Olympic Wrestling Team. In 1998, he placed in the US Nationals for Greco-Roman wrestling. At the Empire State Games in 2000-01, Mark won gold medals. He was a 2002 gold medalist in open Greco-Roman wrestling. He was a National Champion and 5 time member of the US National Greco-Roman Wrestling Team. In 2017, Mark was inducted into the Section 2 Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Mark has been involved in speed skating and in 2012 was a speed skating World Champion. He was a winner in the 1000m and 1500m speed skating events at the Empire State Games in 2014. He has been coaching speed skating in Lake Placid and continues to coach and teach wrestling in the area.

Peter Shaw (Class of 1976)


Peter was a 3 sport athlete participating in soccer, wrestling and baseball. He played on the first ever BSHS soccer team and earned 2 letters. As a senior, was named captain and MVP. In wrestling, Pete was a 2 year letterman and as a senior was named MVP and MIP holding the record for most pins (19) and most team points. Peter was a Colonial Council Wrestling Champion, Duanesburg Tournament Champion, Perth Tournament Runner-up and Class B Sectionals Runner-up. At the NYS Section 2 Class B Qualifier, Pete placed 3rd. In baseball, Pete was captain and Offensive Player of the Year in 1976 as well as receiving the Louis Thomas Award.

After graduating from BSHS, Peter attended SUNY Cobleskill from 1976-1978. While at Cobleskill he was a 2 year letterman in soccer, wrestling and baseball. As a senior, he was named soccer Co-defensive Player of the Year, All Mountain Valley Conference Team and shared the record for most shut-outs in a season and career. In wrestling, Pete competed in every weight class from 145 lbs. to 190. In 1978, Pete was named SUNY Cobleskill Outstanding Male Athlete. In 2015, Pete was inducted into the Cobleskill Hall of Fame.

Rory Johnson (Class of 1996)


Rory Johnson began his 4 year athletic career at BSHS as an 8th grader on the freshman football team. Rory earned 10 Varsity letters from 1992-1995 playing 3 sports: football, wrestling and baseball. In 1994 and 1995 he was one of the football team’s captains. As a linebacker, in 1994 was named to the Metroland Conference 2nd Team Defense. In 1995, Rory was named to Metroland Conference for Offense as quarterback with 9 rushing TDs, 5 passing TDs and first team defense as a linebacker. With 90 tackles and 3 interceptions, Rory made the Saratogian Dream Team as linebacker in 1995. Also in 1995, he earned Times Union 3rd Team All-Area linebacker, team MVP, Section 2 All-star Game (defense), and Sports Foundation Scholar Athlete.

Rory was wrestling team captain and MVP in 1995 and 1996. In his senior year, he held school records for most career wins

(129), career takedowns, career team points, single season wins (42) and takedowns (88). Rory was also a Section 2 Champion and NYS Qualifier. In his wrestling career, he had a record of 129-24 and 14 individual tournament titles. Rory also won the 1996 Section 2 DeMeo Award (Most Outstanding Section 2 Wrestler) Rory finished in 3rd place behind Pat Popolizio and Carl Fronhoffer.

As a member of the baseball team, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, Rory was a member of the Foothills Council, 3rd team, 2nd team and 1st team catcher respectively. In 1996, he was the baseball team captain and team MVP with a .462 batting average, as well as, Saratogian Dream Team catcher.

In 1995-96 Rory was Varsity Club President, BSHS Male Athlete of the Year and Ballston Journal Male Athlete of the Year. In 1995, Rory was the school’s representative to the American Legion Boys’ State. He was also Tri-County Junior Albany Firebirds Champions quarterback. Rory was a member of the Connie Mack Baseball U-18 State Qualifying Team (catcher).

From 1996-2000 Rory attended SUNY Brockport and wrestled varsity for 3 years. He placed 2nd at 174 lbs. in Division 3 SUNYAC Conference, was a Division 3 National Qualifier finalist and Division 3 BRUTE Dual Meet National Champion.

In 2000, Rory graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Physical Education. A total of 4 other family members including his dad and brothers Regan and Ryan and cousin, Katie have attended Brockport. He began his teaching career in 2001, at Queensbury Union Free School District. Rory coached Varsity Wrestling for 11 years with 193 career coaching wins, 9 Foothills Council titles, 8 Section 2 Class B Titles, 12 Section 2 Champions and 1 NYS finalist. Rory retired in 2013 from coaching varsity wrestling. In 2004, 2007, 2011-13, Rory was Section 2 Class B Varsity Wrestling Coach of the Year. In his tenure at Queensbury, Rory has coached modified baseball and softball, modified and JV soccer, modified football, modified and JV wrestling, varsity tennis and varsity golf. 2 years ago, Rory began officiating wrestling in Section 2 following in the footsteps of his dad and brother, Ryan.

Eli Bisnett-Cobb (Class of 2000)


 Eli was a participant in basketball and track and field while a student at BSHS. He placed third in Section 2 Class B in 110m high hurdles and was most improved athlete in 1997 track and field. From 1998 to 2000 Eli was captain and MVP, winning the Foothills Council high jump and placing 2nd in Section 2 Class B 110m high hurdles. In 2000, Eli was Foothills Council Champion in both 110m high hurdles and high jump. He placed 3rd in Section 2 Class A 110m high hurdles, 2nd in Section 2 Class A high jump and was a NYS Track and Field State Championship meet qualifier in 110m high hurdles. 

In 1999-2000 Eli was a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball Class A Sectional Qualifier Team. He was also a member of BSHS Varsity Club. As a senior on the basketball team, Eli received the Mike Lawrence Award for Hustle and Desire.
Eli was a 4 year letter winner for NCAA Division 1 Marist College Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams. From 2002-2004 he was the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field captain. Eli was awarded the Marist College Indoor Track and Field Coaches Award (MVP) in 2001 and 2003. He was MAAC outdoor high jump champion in 2002 and the MACC indoor high jump champion in 2004. Also in 2004, for the first time in school history, Eli was an ICAAAA championship 55m high hurdle qualifier. He holds several records at Marist College for men’s indoor 55m high hurdles, men’s indoor and outdoor high jump and the men’s shuttle hurdle relay. He is a former record holder for the men’s indoor 60m high hurdles and outdoor 110m high hurdles. In 2004, Eli was named Marist College Outstanding Male Athlete, Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, and won the Athletic Training Residency Award. He graduated with a BS in Athletic Training, cum laude. 

Eli was graduate assistant athletic trainer at George Washington University from 2004-2006, graduating in 2006 with an MS in Exercise Science. From 2006-2008, Eli was seasonal assistant athletic trainer with the NFL Minnesota Vikings. From 2008-2010, he worked as assistant athletic trainer at the University of San Diego. In 2010, he was the NFL Washington Redskins Athletic Trainer. From 2014-2018, Eli was associate athletic trainer at the University of California, San Diego. Eli is presently Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer at the University of San Diego. 

Geena Gallo (Class of 2012)


Geena participated in volleyball and basketball while a student at BSHS. She was a 4 year varsity starter and basketball captain in her sophomore through senior years. From her freshman through her senior year, Geena was named as Burnt Hills Holiday Tournament All-star twice, Troy Holiday Tournament All-star Team, Saratoga County Dream Team Honorable Mention, Times Union Second Team All-star, Suburban Council Second Team All-star, and Saratoga County Sports First Team All-star. As a senior, Geena was awarded the basketball MVP, the William R. Scott Senior Athletic Award, Outstanding Female Athlete Award and Suburban Council All-star Award. As a volleyball player at BSHS, in her junior year Geena was named Outstanding Hitter of the Year. She was Varsity volleyball captain and MVP in her senior year.

From 2006-2011 Geena was a member of the Albany Capitals.

At SUNY POLY Utica, Geena was a member of the women’s basketball team and captain sophomore through senior year. As a freshman, she was named to the Ramapo College Road Runner Tournament All Tournament Team. In 2015, Geena was the recipient of the Outstanding Player Award and named to the NEAC All Conference First team. On January 31, 2016, Geena scored her 1000th career point. The team was the NEAC North Conference Champions Geena’s sophomore through senior years. In 2018, Geena earned the NEAC All Conference 2nd Team recognition. Geena was a first round NCAA participant averaging 15 points per game her junior and senior years with an overall field goal percentage of 47.1.

Bob Denis (Class of 1964)


 Bob was thought by many people to be one of the great basketball players to come out of BSHS. He was a 3 sport athlete also participating in cross country and baseball. Bob led the basketball team to two Class B Sectional Championships in the 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons. In the 1963-64 Section 2 A-B championship game, Bob scored 38 points. He was a 2 time Saratogian Western Conference 1st Team All-star, as well as 1964 Saratogian Player of the Year. The Times Union named Bob as a 1964 1st Team All-star. During his career at Ballston Spa, Bob scored over 1200 points. After graduation from BSHS, Bob was a 2 year starter at both Ft. Scott Junior College and at Florida Southern College. During his college career, Bob was a 92% foul shooter. Bob is the owner of the Stanley Pond Adventure Farm in Astatula, Florida. This is a working farm and amusement center. 

1962-63 Boys Varsity Basketball Team


 The 1962-63 Boys Varsity Basketball team was one of the most exciting teams in Ballston Spa history. Spectators needed to arrive early to home games to get seats to watch these thrilling games. Spectator buses to away games were always full. The team was Western Conference Co-Champions with Draper with an over-all record of 19-3. The Scotties were Class B Sectional Champions. They beat overwhelming favorite Phillip Schuyler in the finals. The team was the A-B runner-up in the championship game against Amsterdam, losing 87-61 after Bob Denis and Jimmy Bryant fouled out. These two players were named as Saratogian and Schenectday Gazette first team All-stars.

The team roster included:

Bob Barney, Jim Bryant, Jim Capasso, Bob Denis, John Diggins, Ronnie Dreher, George McDonough, Wayne Peterson, Larry Phillips, John Roche, Gary Wetzel, Dave Wurster and Coach Floyd Jones.

Inductee Classes

Class of 2019


  • Eli Bisnett-Cobb (Athlete)
  • Bob Denis (Athlete)
  • Geena Gallo (athlete)
  • Rory Johnson (Athlete)
  • Lloyd Race (Athlete)
  • Peter Shaw (Aathlete)
  • Mark Yanagihara (Athlete)
  • 1962-63 Men’s Basketball Team

Class of 2018


  • Sylvia Bertrand (Coach)
  • Sandy Stanislowsky (Coach)
  • Lisa Miranda Brassard (Athlete)
  • Donald Goble (Athlete)
  • Casey Wright (Athlete)
  • Gregg Thomas (Athlete)
  • 2002 Women's Volleyball Team
  • 1973 Baseball Team

Class of 2017


  • Ed Banovic (Coach)
  • Harry Lomasney (Coach)
  • Mark Carey (Athlete)
  • Gerry King (Athlete)
  • Dan Vergine (Athlete)
  • 1958 Boys Varsity Football Team
  • 1981 Boys Varsity Wrestling Team

Class of 2016

  • Joseph King (Coach)
  • Carl Barney (Athlete)
  • Briana Borgolini (Athlete)
  • Frank Cinella (Athlete)
  • Stephen Cook (Athlete)
  • Olivio “Tete” Monaco (Athlete)
  • Anthony Spensieri (Athlete)
  • Arlington “Arlie” Uline (Athlete)
  • 1954 Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Class of 2015

  • Joseph Bena (Coach)
  • Julie Birbilis (Athlete)
  • Kim Zimbal Donegan (Athlete)
  • Ian Hogan (Athlete)
  • Mark Lavery (Athlete)
  • Dr. Timothy McCrossen (Athlete)
  • 1949-50 Boys Varsity Basketball Team
  • Bob and Bev Staulters (Community Contributor)
  • Ira Thomas (Honorary)

Class of 2014

  • Ronald Ravena (Coach)
  • Joseph Benoit (Athlete)
  • Jacqueline Cinella (Athlete)
  • Drew Fitzgerald (Athlete)
  • Dennis Healy (Athlete)
  • Lisa Nowhitney (Athlete)
  • George Schermerhorn (Athlete)
  • Gene Staulters (Athlete)
  • Addison Walkowiak (Athlete)
  • Bert Grandin (Community Contributor)

Class of 2013

  • William R. Scott (Coach)
  • Richard L. Thomas (Coach)
  • James Funiciello (Coach) 
  • Vincent R. Johnson (Coach)
  • John Caputo (Athlete)
  • Allan Durkovic (Athlete)
  • Pasquale Monaco (Athlete)
  • Richard Wurster (Athlete)
  • John Wurster (Athlete)
  • 1963-64 Boys Varsity Basketball Team
  • 2010-11 and 2011-12 Girls Varsity Alpine Ski Team