Galway inducts five new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame

GALWAY — The sixth annual Golden Eagles Wall of Fame Induction and Athletic Awards Ceremony took place June 8 in the Galway High School auditorium.

Five new members were inducted into the Golden Eagles Wall of Fame, the 2018-19 male and female Athletes of the Year were announced, and the 2018-19 Coach of the Year was also be revealed.

Galway’s Golden Eagles Athletic Wall of Fame recognizes and honors student athletes, coaches, teams, and community supporters who have made significant contributions to the Galway athletic program.

Individuals were nominated for their service, performance, dedication, and commitment to Galway athletics by members of the Galway community. A selection committee then voted to induct the following athletes, community members and teams into the Golden Eagles Athletic Wall of Fame.

Galway Central School District is proud to announce the 2019 inductees into the Golden Eagles Athletic Wall of Fame:

Darren Schaperjahn

Darren Schaperjahn, class of 1980, was a two-sport athlete for Galway Central School District, competing in varsity soccer and wrestling. Following graduation, Schaperjahn enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980 and sailed on multiple ships.

Each battle group had ship-organized soccer teams, and Schaperjahn played pickup games in England, France, San Diego and Charleston, S.C.

Schaperjahn organized and coached Galway Youth Commission recreational soccer for many years, and he was awarded the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Boys Competitive Coach of the Year in 2012. Schaperjahn is currently the vice president of the Galway Youth Soccer Club.

Scott Sakala

Scott Sakala, class of 1986, was an outstanding student athlete who played three varsity sports at Galway Central School District. He competed in soccer, basketball and baseball. He is one of only three Galway athletes to win sectional titles in three different team sports.

Following graduation, Sakala went to Duke University where he was on the NCAA Division I championship soccer team. After college, he continued to compete locally in soccer, basketball and softball.

Sakala helped coach youth soccer in Galway for several years and has lived in and around the area for the last 30 years.

Pamela Wilday

Pamela Wilday, class of 2005, was a three-sport varsity athlete at Galway Central School District. She competed in soccer, basketball and softball. While attending Galway Central School, Wilday received several WAC awards for all three sports. She was named Most Valuable Player for both soccer and basketball.

Following graduation, Wilday went on to play soccer, basketball and softball at Herkimer College. She is a well-rounded athlete with a masters degree in athletic administration.

Wilday also coached girls AAU basketball and girls modified basketball at Galway.

Earl Chase III

Earl Chase, class of 1976, was a two-sport athlete at Galway Central School District competing in varsity basketball and soccer.

Chase was an outstanding soccer and basketball player throughout his high school career, winning several league and sectional titles.

To this day, Chase remains in the top five for scoring in basketball in Galway history with 1,418 points. He went on to play soccer at the University of Mount Union in Ohio.

Chase returned to Galway and coached soccer for several years.

His team made it to the sectional finals playing at Colonie where they lost to Maple Hill on a controversial call for a penalty kick.

Bryan Roy

Bryan Roy, class of 1996, was a three-sport varsity athlete at Galway Central School District participating in soccer, basketball and track and field. While attending Galway, Roy made it to state qualifiers for 110-meter hurdles and pentathlon among many other accomplishments.

Following graduation, Roy continued his athletic career at Union College. He competed in soccer and outdoor and indoor track and field. He earned third place in the decathlon at the state qualifiers as a junior and fourth place as a senior.

Roy was awarded Athlete of the Year as a junior and was captain of the soccer team during his senior year.

Roy joined the Peace Corps after college, and in Vanuatu, he coached basketball and played adult league soccer for about 15 years. He is currently coaching youth league athletics in the Clinton area.

By Paul Wager

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