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Class of 2016

Lyle Dixon, Laura Hovey, Morgan Hoven, Taryn Millerd, and Whitney Dixon are inducted into the Midlakes Hall of Fame.

The Midlakes Athletic Hall of Fame will celebrate its class of 2016. The Class of 2016 includes Lyle Dixon, Laura Hovey, Morgan Hoven, Taryn Millerd, and Whitney Dixon.

The inductees will formally be introduced at the Midlakes homecoming football game on Sept. 23. There will be an induction dinner at the Clifton Springs Country Club. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the class of 2017. Nominations are due before November 15th. Those interested may write to the Hall of Fame, email at or go to the school website at

Here’s a look at the 2016 Hall of Fame class:

Lyle Dixon

Coach Lyle had been involved in Midlakes football for 26 years. Coach Dixon took on many different roles from a JV assistant coach to the head varsity coach during his tenure with the football program.

While coaching football, coach Dixon had seven football teams in the Section V finals. In 1999, his team was awarded the officials’ sportsmanship award. Coach Dixon’s teams also won Finger Lakes League Titles in 1999, 2000, and 2002.

In 2002, Coach Dixon was selected as the defensive coordinator for New York’s team in the New York State Governor’s bowl game. In 2010, Lyle was a coach in the upstate/downstate all-star game.

Dixon had also coached in the Eddie Meath All-Star football game in 1988, 1996, 2001 and, 2003. Coach Dixon won the Section V Coaches award in 1999 and 2000, and was awarded the Finger Lakes Central Coach of the year in 1999, 2000, and 2002.

 He also coached track as the boy's varsity head coach from 1987–1999. In 1990, as an assistant coach, the girl’s team won the Class A Section V title. In 1994 and 1996 he won league titles.

He was the Finger Lakes Track coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. In 1990, coach Dixon was selected as a Section V coach to travel with the boys and girls track teams at the state meet. Midlakes took seven athletes to the state meet that year.

Coach Dixon has been the Athletic Director at Midlakes since 1998.

Laura Hovey

Coach Hovey had been the Cheerleading coach from 2003-2014., winning the Section V Championships during the fall seasons of 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as during the winter seasons of 2010 and 2011.

Hovey’s teams were also the FLHSAA League Champions in the fall of 2012 and 2013, and the winter of 2005, 2006, 2008 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Coach Hovey also had 10 scholar athlete teams while a head coach.

Hovey was selected as Section V Coach of the Year for the fall seasons of 2011, 2012, and 2013. She was also selected Section V Coach of the Year for the winter seasons of 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

She coached the Section V Ronald McDonald Exceptional Senior All-Star Cheerleaders in 2007 and the FLHSAA Exceptional Senior All-Star Cheerleaders in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Coach Hovey was the Ronald McDonald Exceptional Senior All-Star Cheerleading Section V Coordinator in 2012. 

Morgan Hoven

Hoven was named the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete at Midlakes in 2006. He was captain of the wrestling team for his senior year, captain of the track team his senior year, and captain of the cross country team during his junior and senior years.

In wrestling, Hoven had over 100 career varsity wins and went 37-1 his senior year. He took first place in six tournaments during the 2005-2006 season. Hoven won the Section V Class 4B title in 2006 in the 135-pound weight class and was awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

Hoven was also a member of the Titan Wrestling Club and was named a Ken Chertow Academic All-American Wrestler in 2005. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Big Brother program, and volunteered with the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. Hoven was also a two-time president of the 4-H club and represented his county at the State level public presentation competition.

Hoven attended SUNY Oneonta where he was named the captain of the wrestling team his junior and senior years. He was also named a Scholar Academic All-American. 

Taryn Millerd

Millerd was selected as the female athlete of the year in 2006.

She participated in four years of varsity lacrosse and is presently second in career goals with 122, fourth in career assists with 43, third in total points with 165, and first in career ground balls with 301. Millerd made first team all-league during her junior and senior years.

She had the most assists during a single season with 21, most ground balls in a single game and most ground balls in a single season with 117. At the end of her senior year, she was awarded the Heart and Soul Award and was a scholar-athlete.

Millerd was also a member of the soccer team. She was a scholar athlete for soccer and first team all-league selection and played in the Exceptional Senior Game.

Millerd received the Presidential Academic Award and graduated seventh in her class from Midlakes. She went on to attend Gannon University, a Division II college where she played lacrosse for four years and was named a IWLCA First Team All-American. 

She graduated as Gannon’s all-time leader in goals, the top all-time player with caused turnovers, and first in game-winning goals. 

Whitney Dixon

Dixon was a three-sport athlete who earned 12 varsity letters at Midlakes. In soccer, she was awarded first Team All-League as a junior and senior. She was the team’s MVP during her junior year and played in the Exceptional Senior All-Star Game.

During her basketball career, Dixon earned first-team All-League honors and Offensive Player of the Year for two straight years. She was a Scholar Athlete who earned the Coaches Award as a senior and was selected to play in the Ronald McDonald All-Star Game.

As a junior, Dixon received the Coach's Award and was a First Team All-League selection for Lacrosse. She then went on to earn another First Team honor as a senior and ended her career being first in assists, second in ground balls, and fourth in career goals.

Dixon won the Heart and Soul Award as well. In 2006, Whitney was selected as the Most Outstanding Athlete for Midlakes. She also earned the Ollie Cook Scholar-Athlete Award, the Hardwood Club Award, and the Lacrosse Leadership Award. During Dixon’s first year at Division II Lock Haven University, she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team that went to the NCAA Final Four.

photo of Midlakes Hall of Fame medals

The Midlakes Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes individual athletes, sports teams and those who have made exceptional contributions to the athletic programs of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District. Athletes are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 10 years after they graduate.

Former coaches, administrators, and community supporters who have made extraordinary efforts to enhance the district's athletic programs are also eligible for induction.

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and can be mailed to Midlakes Athletics Hall of Fame, 1554 Route 488, Clifton Springs, NY, 14432. For more information, select the following link. 

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