Class of 2019 Inductees


The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees who will comprise the Class of 2019. The living inductees are Cheryl Bailey, Tiffany Decker, Vince Gullo, Mike Lopriore, Bob Palcic and Mark Weaver. The deceased honorees are Jack Harper, Charles Johnston and Luella Kye.

These nine individuals will be formally inducted at the CSHOF's 38th Annual Banquet, Monday, February 18, 2019, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. The new honorees will bring the total number of CSHOF inductees to 200.

Tickets for the induction dinner are priced at $50. 2019 banquet reservations can be made by calling chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485-6991.

More information about the inductees can be found in the CSHOF December newsletter.

The following article about Julie (Gawronski) Tickle, a 2016 inductee of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, appeared in the August 20th edition of the Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Montana).

DREAM Adaptive's New Director Worked with Paralympic Athletes

Julie Tickle

Julie Tickle

Julie Tickle has only been in the Flathead Valley for a short time, but she has quickly made an impression.

Tickle was recently named executive director of Whitefish-based DREAM Adaptive Recreation. The nonprofit has been helping people with disabilities get outdoors since 1985.

Growing up in Dunkirk, N.Y., Tickle's dream was to be an Olympian. She played soccer and softball at Division III Union College. Her college soccer coach said she was a Division I athlete who went to Union so she could play two varsity sports.

There, she led Union to four NCAA tournament berths in softball and three in soccer.

After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology at Union and a master's in sports administration at Canisius College in Buffalo, Tickle made her way west to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She worked there for five years, coordinating camps and events for athletes working to become Olympians.

But it was also where she began her involvement in working for U.S. Paralympics. For the rest of Julie's story, see the November newsletter.

In September of this year, legendary businessman and motorsports owner Roger Penske earned his 500th race victory. Jim Beichner, a 2004 CSHOF, is a member of Team Penske. The following article was excerpted from

Jim Beichner: Team Penske Athletic Director

Jim Beichner has been the Athletic Director of Team Penske since 2014, where he is responsible for the important fitness level for drivers and crews alike.

Beichner has certainly had quite the journey to this position, from race fan as a youngster to wrestling coach as an adult and throughout much of his career.

Jim Beichner

Jim Beichner

"I'm originally from western New York," Beichner said. "I grew up on a couple hundred acre farm just outside of Jamestown, New York."

"I was a race fan and my family was involved with all kinds of different forms of racing, from stock cars, motorcycles and whatever has an engine attached to it," Beichner continued. "So, I grew up around the sport."

While Beichner was a race fan, he fell in love with another sport, wrestling, which he has been involved in throughout his life. And while he loved the world of coaching, he augmented his skills in the administrative area at Clarion University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, as well as the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Buffalo where he coached.

"While at the University of Buffalo, I took on as many administrative duties as I could," Beichner said. "I was Director of Compliance at the University of Buffalo and then got involved with student housing and some other administrative activities."

"So, the University of Buffalo afforded me opportunities to not just be a coach, of which I'm very appreciative," Beichner continued. "I knew that I wasn't going to retire a coach. Somewhere down the line I wanted to be a manger of people and I'm very fortunate that Roger Penske and his group picked me to do this." For the rest of Jim's story, see the November newsletter.

Together Again

Kay Gould and Sheilah Gulas

CSHOF inductees Kay Gould (left) and Sheilah Gulas at Meadville, PA October
27, 2018. Sheilah joined her mentor, Kay, as an inductee of the
Allegheny College Athletics Hall of Fame. Both Gulas and Gould established
outstanding records as coaches of the Gators softball teams.

CSHOF Board & Officers Elected

CSHoF officers

2018-19 CSHOF officers, left to right, are Randy Anderson, Bob Schmitt, Ron Melquist, Lee
Johnson, Russ Ecklund and Bill Race.

The election of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and its officers was recently held. Two directors, Phil Klinginsmith and Jim Painter, have left the Board. Their years of service to the CSHOF are greatly appreciated. Four new directors have been elected: Mike Anderson, Franni Carlson, Mike Cummings and Gary Loll. The current officers were re-elected for another term.

The CSHOF is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with no paid employees. All officers and Board members serve without compensation or benefits.

A complete list of directors in on the About page.

Join the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame

Join now!

For persons who are interested in preserving the history of sports in Chautauqua County and honoring the outstanding individuals who have created our cherished sports memories, it's time to purchase or renew our memberships in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

In addition to helping the CSHOF carry out its mission to honor and preserve the sports history of Chautauqua County, members will receive all of the following value-added benefits for their membership fee:

  • Members' picnic - August 13, 2018
  • $5 off 2018 induction banquet ticket (February 18, 2019)
  • Acknowledgement of membership on the CSHOF website
  • Membership card with discounts at selected sports-minded marketing partners:
    • Jock Shop
    • Andriaccio's Restaurant
    • Lena's Pizza
    • Gialy's Bar & Grill
    • Gametime Sports Bar & Grill
    • Ashville General Store
    • Hollyloft Ski & Bike
    • Honest John's
    • Pinehurst Golf Club
    • 360 Graphics

One year memberships are only $30 for individuals and $100 for family, business or athletic department. Family, business or athletic department members will receive 4 discount cards and corresponding benefits.

A membership form can be downloaded here.

2018 CSHOF Inductees Honored

2018 inductees

Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductees, pictured in front, from left, are: Sheilah Lingen-
felter Gulas; Lori Franchina; Phil Young; and Jim Riggs IV, representing his late father,
Jim Riggs III. In back are: Clem Worosz; Dick Cole; Fran Sirianni; and Curt Fischer.

P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame held its 37th annual Induction Dinner on Monday, February 19th, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.

Inductees of the Class of 2018 are Dick Cole (basketball and golf), Curt Fischer (coaching), Lori Franchina (softball), Sheilah Gulas (coaching), Jim Riggs (media), Fran Sirianni (coaching), Clem Worosz (basketball), and Phil Young (multiple sports).

At the dinner, the CSHOF also honored nineteen (19) of Chautauqua County's top athletes for achieving New York State championships, National Championships, All-State status or All-American status in their respective sports during the past year. Recipients of CSHOF Legacy Society Awards will also be honored. For more information see the February newsletter.

Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Available

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is one of several attractions in downtown Jamestown that is well worth a visit. But don't take our word for it! Click on the image below to take a virtual tour.


4-panorama 360VR Tour

panoramic tour by Dave Mariotti

Viewing tips:

  • To advance through the tour, click/tap on the Hall of Fame icon. It will float into view as you tour each section of the hall.
  • Click and hold mouse button down, drag in any direction to move the view.
  • To zoom in, press the SHIFT key.
  • To zoom out, press the CTRL key.
  • If your mouse has a wheel on it, rolling it forward or back will also zoom in and out.


Take a Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame!

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