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Orosz heads six entering Buffalo State Hall of Fame; Cortland inducting Murphy

Jenelle Orosz, the first female track and field All-American in school history, will be among six Class of 2013 inductees into the Buffalo State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Orosz is one of three former All-Americans who will be inducted. The other two are track hurdler Mario Hicks (class of ’08) and football guard John Mattey (’93).

All-SUNYAC basketball forward Chris Fuller (’73), soccer center half Ray Perez (’69) and an honorary selection, former basketball and soccer coach Joe Adessa (1948-60), also will be inducted.

Orosz finished sixth in the high jump in the 2007 Indoor NCAA Division III Championship. She won titles in SUNYAC and New York State meets. Hicks was runner-up in the 2007 Indoor NCAA Division III meet and was a two-time SUNYAC hurdles champion, indoors and outdoors. Mattey helped the Bengals to a 31-10 record in his career and three postseason appearances, the first in school history.

Fuller, who later was head coach at Erie Community College and Morgan State, averaged 15.1 points in his senior season. As a junior, Perez led Buffalo State to a 21-1-1 record, a SUNYAC championship and to a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament.

Adessa had a 25-25-2 record as soccer coach, including 6-1-1- in 1952. He coached the freshman and varsity basketball teams. In three seasons with the varsity he had a 35-18 record.

Cortland honors Murphy

Julie Murphy, a three-time All-American in both field hockey and softball and the 2001 NCAA Division III National Field Hockey Player of the Year, is one of six athletes who will be inducted into the Cortland State C-Club Hall of Fame on Sept. 21. She graduated in 2003.

A two-time SUNYAC Player of the Year, she led Cortland to the 2001 national title in field hockey and still ranks second in school history with career totals of 62 goals and 37 assists and is third in total points with 163. She set a single-season record as a senior with 64 points. Her teams advanced to at least the NCAA quarterfinals in each of her four seasons.

In softball she played shortstop and was a career .401 hitter. She earned Academic All-America and was a four-time all-SUNYAC selection.

Murphy played softball for her father, the late Gerry Gentner, at Williamsville South. After coaching with him, she succeeded him as head coach. She is a certified financial planner at L&M Financial Services in Amherst. Gerry Gentner, who was also a Cortland graduate (class of 1966), died in 2012.

In addition, Murphy is a three-time Brookfield Country Club champion and has clinched the 2013 Buffalo District Golf Association points championship.

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