CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Maryvale Athletic Wall of Fame held their 21st annual induction banquet on Saturday at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The 21st induction class includes one distinguished alumni, 4 individuals, one booster and one team.
Making up the Maryvale Athletic Wall of Fame 2017induction class is Cheektowaga Chief of Police David Zack who is receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award, Erica Law (2008), Josh Hall (2008), Matt Mohr (2007), Jeff Murphy (1986), David Male (Booster) and the 2010 Men’s Soccer Team.
David Zack – ’81
Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack graduated from Maryvale High School in 1981. While at Maryvale, David competed on the Varsity Football Team for two years and the Varsity Wrestling Team for four years. He was named Captain of the Wrestling Team during his senior season, during which, he lost only one dual meet and finished 2nd in sectional competition.
Upon graduating from Maryvale, David attended Hilbert College and studied Criminal Justice. After graduating from Hilbert College he began his career in law enforcement as a New York State Department of Corrections Officer. It was in1987 that David made his decision to join the Cheektowaga Police Department.
After nine years on the force, David received his first promotion to Patrol Sergeant. In 2003, David was promoted again to Patrol Lieutenant. A year later he requested and received a transfer into the department’s Detective Bureau. As a Detective Lieutenant David managed the General Bureau but later saw his role expand to leading the Sex Offense and Crime Scene Investigation Units. His successes in these positions resulted in his promotion to Captain of the Detective Bureau in 2008. David then received his appointment to Chief of Police in 2011.
Chief Zack is currently the President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In Erie County, David serves on the Board of Trustees for Central Police Services and the Board of Trustees for the Erie County Crime Analysis Center. He is also Chairman of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Central Police Services Training Academy. Additionally, Chief Zack serves as an adjunct instructor in forensic science and crime scene photography at his alma mater, Hilbert College.
Congratulations Chief Zack on an honor that is well deserved!!
Erica Law – ’08
Erica Law showed her promise as a gymnast at a very young age. Not only did she make the varsity team in 2002 as a 7th grader, she also earned a spot on the Section 6 Team and the opportunity to compete at the State Championships. This proved to be no fluke as Erica earned a spot on the Section 6 State Championship Team again in 2003, 2005 2006 and 2007.
Erica trained year ‘round at Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center and competed as a Level 9 Gymnast for one year and a Level 10 gymnast for five years under the USA Gymnastics Program. She was just 11 years old when she competed in her first Empire State Games, in which, her Western Region Team captured the bronze medal. Erica was also a member of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 gold medal winning teams from the Western region at the Empire State Games. While competing at the games, Erica placed 6th in the floor exercise in 2003, 4th in the floor exercise in 2004 and 9th in the All-Around Competition in 2006. She also competed frequently at the state and regional level. At the State Championships in 2002, Erica won 6th place on the balance beam, 5th place in the floor exercise and 8th place on the vault. Erica’s highest achievement as a gymnast came when she was invited to compete at the Level 10 Junior Olympic Regional Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
Erica not only excelled in gymnastics while at Maryvale, she also excelled in the classroom. Her efforts academically enabled her to graduate ranked 20th in her class as a member of the National Honor Society and receive a Presidential Scholarship from Hilbert College. Erica went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Hilbert with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. She is currently working as a Death Investigator for the Erie County Department of Health and resides in North Buffalo with her husband Brian.
Congratulations Erica on a job well done!!
Josh Hall – ’08
“Tremendous speed” and “an unbelievable amount of God given talent” are the words that Maryvale Men’s Soccer coach Tom Staebell used to describe former player Josh Hall. Coach Staebell should know as Josh competed on Maryvale’s Men’s Soccer Team for four seasons. Josh proved to be a scoring machine by scoring 12 goals in his freshman year, 26 goals in his sophomore year, a career high 30 goals in his junior year and 26 goals as a senior for a school record 94 career goals. His ability to find the back of the net earned him 1st Team ECIC Division 3 All-Star honors in all four of his varsity seasons, as well as, a spot on the 3rd Team All-Western New York Team in his sophomore year and 1st Team All-Western New York honors in his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Josh captained the Flyers during his senior season and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player as well.
After graduating from Maryvale in 2008, Josh would move on to attend Medaille College where he would continue his soccer career with the Mavericks and major in Criminal Justice. Josh again lettered four years in soccer at Medaille and captained the team in both his junior and senior seasons. Josh garnered 2nd Team All-Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference All-Star honors in his junior season and made the 1st Team in his senior year. Josh was an integral part of the Maverick teams that won Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Josh graduated from Medaille in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He currently works for Fidelis as a Business Analyst and resides in North Buffalo.
Fantastic work Josh, congratulations!
Matt Mohr – ’07
Matt compiled an impressive list of athletic achievements while competing in football, baseball and basketball at Maryvale. He earned a total of seven varsity letters and is one of a very select few Maryvale athletes to earn All-Western New York honors in all three sports. A truly impressive accomplishment!
As a three-year starter on the baseball team, Matt was named 1st Team Cheektowaga Times All-Star, 2nd Team ECIC Division 3 All-Star and received the Dave Pyc Award as the team’s outstanding pitcher as a junior. In his senior year, Matt’s .432 batting average, 3 home runs, 10 doubles and 24 rbi’s earned him 5th Team All-State Honors, Honorable Mention All-Western New York honors, 1st Team ECIC Division 3 All-Star honors and the Pat Kane Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Moving over to the hardwood, under the tutelage of Wall of Fame Coach Mark Kensy, Matt earned spots on the 2nd Teams for the ECIC Division 3 and Cheektowaga Times All-Star Teams and was named a New York State Scholar Athlete as a junior. His Flyer Team compiled a 22-2 record including 21 straight wins in route to a Section 6 Class A Championship. During his senior campaign on the court, as Team Captain, Matt averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game while leading his team to another Section 6 Class A Championship. For his efforts, Matt earned Honorable Mention All-Western New York accolades, as well as, spots on the 1st Teams of both the ECIC Division 3 and Cheektowaga Times All-Star Teams.
On the gridiron, Matt excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage as a defensive back and wide receiver. As a senior, Matt averaged 22 yards per catch and scored seven touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball and totaled 55 tackles, 5 interceptions and recovered 2 fumbles on defense. Matt was named as an Honorable Mention All-Western New York wide receiver and the Cheektowaga Times Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive back. He was named the Section 6 Class B MVP of the sectional final game at the then Ralph Wilson Stadium, as well as, the Offensive MVP of the Lions All-Star game with 7 grabs for 137 yards and a touchdown.
During his senior year, Matt was awarded the Maryvale Booster Club Scholarships in all three sports, was awarded the Maryvale Wall of Fame Scholarship and was named the U-Crest Fireman’s Athlete of the Year.
Matt continued his football career at Mercyhurst College where he received an athletic scholarship and went on to earn four varsity letters as a wide receiver and special team’s player. His 21 grabs for 245 yards were a career best for Matt which included 4 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in the PSAC Championship game that Mercyhurst won for the first time in their history.
Matt would go on to graduate from Mercyhurst with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Business. He is currently working as a Sales Representative with Balkan Beverages, a division of Try It Distributing and resides in his hometown of Cheektowaga.
Outstanding work Matt, congratulations!!
Jeff Murphy – ’86
While at Maryvale, Jeff proved to be an outstanding three sport athlete. He earned six varsity letters, two each in football, basketball and track and field. His career in both basketball and track and field were successful but it was on the gridiron that Jeff really excelled!
Jeff was a member of the 1985 Maryvale Flyer Football Team that went 8-1 and captured the Western New York Large School Championship at the then Ralph Wilson Stadium. Jeff started both ways for the ’85 Flyers as a defensive end and tight end and earned 1st Team ECIC Division 2 All-Star honors as a tight end. Jeff joins the likes of Tony Scanzuso, Dave Merrell and Pete Lang on the Wall of Fame, all of whom were Jeff’s teammates on that 1985 Flyer Team.
After graduating from Maryvale, Jeff went on to attend the State University of New York at Brockport where he would study Human Resources and Business Administration and play football. Jeff earned four Varsity letters while starting forty consecutive games at tight end for the Golden Eagles a feat for which he received Brockport’s “Iron Man” Award. In 1988, as a junior, Jeff snared 37 passes for 746 yards and 4 TD’s and was named a Football Gazette All-American at tight end. Jeff received further honors prior to the start of the 1989 season when he was named Champion ECAC Pre- Season 1st Team tight end. Jeff finished his career ranked 6th all- time in receiving yards and 9th all-time in receptions for the Golden Eagles. Jeff went on to graduate from Brockport with a degree in Human Resources and Business Administration.
In an effort to give back to the athletic community that had been so generous to him, Jeff spent several seasons coaching football and girls’ basketball at Wilson High School. He is currently employed as a Microcomputer Technical Support Specialist by ERIE 1 BOCES. Jeff and his wife Jennifer were blessed with two children, Emma and Jeff, Jr. and reside in Lockport, New York.
Super job Jeff, congratulations!!
David Male – 1959-1989
For thirty years, David Male’s dedication and enthusiasm for the arts and athletics alike, stimulated the minds and souls of thousands of Maryvale High School students.
David served the United States heroically during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. After his discharge from the military in 1955 he enrolled at Canisius College. While at Canisius, David married his wife Janet and in 1958 they were blessed with their daughters Debra and Michelle. David earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1959 and his Master’s Degree in Education in 1961.
He began teaching English at Maryvale in 1958 and shortly thereafter immersed himself in numerous school activities. David directed school plays, worked with Joe Stewart and the Maryvale Choral and began the first Maryvale live radio show broadcast, during lunch, with David Cambrini as host. It wasn’t long before David’s enthusiasm for all that was Maryvale spread to the athletic field. He became the scorekeeper and the Voice of Maryvale at all football and basketball games from 1959-1989. David even became the cheerleader coach from 1962-1964 designing new uniforms, new cheers and most notably, changing Maryvale’s mascot from Snoopy to Pegasus. David spent countless hours working for the benefit of all Maryvale students and truly led by example when it came time to show his “Flyer Pride”!
After retiring from teaching in 1989, David became a Certified International wine judge and Chairs the world’s third largest wine competition. David and his wife Janet currently reside in East Amherst, New York.
Thank you so much for your “Flyer Pride” then and now David! Congratulations!!
2010 Maryvale Boys Soccer Team
The 2010 Maryvale Boy’s Soccer Team compiled an impressive overall record of 17-3-1 in route to Maryvale’s first Men’s Soccer Sectional Championship since the early 1960’s. Their season started out with them down 3-0 at halftime in a game against Starpoint. It was at that moment that the team demonstrated its’ resolve and perseverance by coming back to ultimately tie the game 3-3. The Flyers then went on to win eleven straight in divisional play earning them an ECIC Division 3 Championship and the number one seed in Class A-2 Sectional competition and a first round bye.
Maryvale defeated Albion 6-0 in the second- round game before moving on to defeat previously undefeated Riverside 2-0 in the third round. The Flyers would then move on to the Section A-2 title game where they defeated Lewiston Porter 1-0 in a hard-fought battle. Next came the Sectionl Championship game against the #1 ranked Class A team in New York State, the Sweet Home Panthers. The Flyers found themselves down 2-0 at halftime but called on themselves to rediscover the resolve and perseverance that they had found at Starpoint way back in September! The Flyers came back to tie the game 2-2 in regulation before winning the game in a shootout after a scoreless double overtime period. It was then on to the Far West Regional Championship game against perennial power and Section 5 Champion, Pittsford Mendon. The Flyers played valiantly but came up just short losing 1-0.
During their run, the Flyers scored 70 goals while giving up only 11 for the season. The team’s tenacious defensive play coupled with the efforts of goalie Dan Fox posted a school record 14 shutouts which still ranks 10th best all-time in Section 6 history. Shawn Powers, Brian Grabiec and Dan Fox were all named to the All-Western New York Team. The Flyers finished the season ranked #2 in the Western New York Large School Poll and #9 in the Class A New York State Poll.
Outstanding job guys on creating memories that will last a lifetime!!