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Paul Cooley to be inducted into CSHOF

January 25, 2017
Westfield Republican

A man whose involvement in sports has been far reaching for decades will be inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame next month.

Paul Cooley, a baseball umpire, a basketball official and a beloved teacher/coach at Cassadaga Valley Central School, will join 10 other inductees at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame's 36th annual banquet, which will be held Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Joining him in the Class of 2017 are Jake Ensign, Charlie LaDuca, Sammy LaMancuso, Deb Palmer, Bob Patterson, Dave Polechetti, Sam Restivo, Michael Sayers, Maceo Wofford and the late Francis "Doc" Malinoski.

Born in 1935 and a 58-year resident of Chautauqua County, Cooley has an impressive resume. In addition to leading the Lady Cougars to the state softball final four in 1991, he also had successes calling the shots for the school's baseball and track teams, and served as a Little League, Babe Ruth League and American Legion coach in Gerry for decades.

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Paul Cooley, a baseball umpire, a basketball official and a beloved teacher/coach at Cassadaga Valley Central School, will join 10 other inductees at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame’s 36th annual banquet, which will be held Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.

Cooley was an IAABO basketball official for more than 50 years, and umpired Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball games for more than 35. A fine athlete himself, Cooley played Church League and Firemen's League softball for 35 years and is a member of the Grape Belt Hall of Fame. One of his other passions is the Gerry Rodeo where he has volunteered for more than 55 years, the last 20 as the media coordinator.

Banquet tickets may be purchased at the Jamestown Cycle Shop, 10 Harrison St., Jamestown; Matt's News, 93 E. 3rd St. in Dunkirk; and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W. 3rd St. in Jamestown. Tickets, priced at $50, can also be ordered by calling banquet chairman Chip Johnson at 485-6991. CSHOF members receive a $5 discount. Hospitality begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m.

 
 
 

 

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