Class of 2022
Several former student-athletes known for outstanding athletic success and incredible dedication to athletics in the Midlakes Schools community were recognized during the Midlakes Athletics Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony held in front of family, friends and sports boosters.
Katie Baldwin, Jackie Callahan Blake, Connor Fox, Greg Marks, John Rau, and the 2011-2012 Wrestling team were recognized during a banquet at Club 86 in Geneva.
Katie Baldwin was an all-star swimmer for Midlakes, winning the MVP award from 2006-2009 and finishing in the Top 4 in either the 50 Free, 100 Free or 100 Fly in the Class C Sectional Finals from 2007-2009.
She won the 50 Free during the 2007 Webster Swimming and Diving Invitational and won both the 50 Free and 100 Free during the 2008 Finger Lakes Invitational.
Katie still holds school records for the Modified 100 IM, the Modified 200 IM Relay, the 50 Free, and 100 Free. Katie was awarded the Midlakes Swimming and Diving Legacy Award and the Midlakes Athletic Association Coaches Award in 2010. She was named Outstanding Swimmer of the Finger Lakes Invitational in 2009 and a Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association All-Star in 2009 and 2010.
After Midlakes, Katie swam for four years at RIT and holds four school records. She holds the Liberty League record in the 50 Free (24.06 set in 2012).
Jackie Gallahan Blake
Jackie Gallahan Blake was a three-sport athlete at Midlakes, participating in soccer, cheer, and track and field.
She won the Ray of Light and PEP awards in 2001 for cheerleading. In track and field, Jackie won the 2001 Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association Track and Field All-Star Award; was All-League in the 400-meter relay, 200-meter dash, and 100-meter dash.
She was selected in 2000 to participate in the USATF Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships in the 100-meter dash and long jump, placing third in both events.
Jackie was hand-picked to participate in the 2001 Rochester Summer Track and Field Championships, where she placed first in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash.
After leaving Midlakes, she anchored the 4x100-meter relay team at Mohawk Valley Community College for two years and was a member of the 2003 NJCAA Track and Field National Championship Team.
Conner Fox played football, lacrosse, and wrestled.
In football, Conner was Second Team All-Star his junior year and First Team All-Star his senior year. He was team captain of both the football and lacrosse teams his senior year.
In wrestling, he was the Wayne-Finger Lakes League Champion, a three-time Class BBB champion, and a two-time Section V State Qualifier, finishing fifth in 2010-2011 and third in 2011-2012. Conner made Second Team All-League his sophomore year and First Team All-League his junior and senior years. He was named to the Daily Messenger’s First Team All-Star in his junior and senior years and received an All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention in both years.
He logged 195 career takedowns, 134 wins, 73 pins, and six two-point near falls. He tallied 728.5 team points.
Conner wrestled for two years at Alfred State College, where he qualified twice for the National Team, was named as an Athlete of the Week once, and placed fourth in the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Championships.
Greg Marks is one of Midlakes most decorated swimmers in program history and was a part of eight school swim records his sophomore year (200 IM, 50 & 100 Free, 100 Butterfly, 100 Breast, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, and the 400 Free Relay). He still holds the school records in the 100 Breast and the 200 IM.
During his junior year, he finished first in the 200 IM and 100 Breast during Finger Lakes League West meet and was named First Team All-League. Greg won the Class B 100 Breast title and finished third in the Class B 200 IM race. He also qualified for the 100 Breast in states.
He finished first in both the 200 IM and 100 Breast during the league meet his senior year and was named First Team in the league. He won the Class B 100 Breast and finished third in the Class B 200 IM race. He also won the 2009 Section V Sportsmanship Award.
Greg swam at SUNY Geneseo, helping to set the State University of New York Athletic Conference records in the 200- and 400 Medley relays in 2013.
John Rau played football, basketball, and baseball and wrestled at Midlakes.
In football, he was selected First Team All-League as a running back and linebacker. He also won the Sectional Finals Sportsmanship Award and was captain of the 2010 team that played in the sectional finals.
John was a four-year varsity baseball starter. He finished his Midlakes career with a batting average of .419. He amassed 74 runs batted in, scored 63 runs, and had 21 doubles, four home runs, and a triple.
He was named Honorable Mention All-League his freshman year and Second Team All-League his sophomore year. He was named to the First Team All-League in his junior and senior years.
He finished first at Midlakes in career hits (114), second in batting average for a season (.562), fourth in RBIs in a season (26), fifth in home runs in a season (2, done twice), and fifth for career batting average (.419).
2011-2012 Wrestling Team
The 2011-2012 wrestling team finished its season 21-1 with a perfect (5-0) league record.
It was the No. 1 ranked Division II team by the New York State Sportswriters Association and was the New York State Division II Dual Meet State champions. The team finished in eighth place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.
The team had an astounding five Class BBB Sectional champions, two second-place finishers, two third-place finishers, two fourth-place finishers, and two fifth-place finishers (out of 16 entrants). The team won the Section V Division II Earl Fuller/Frank Marotta Sportsmanship Award and placed second during the Section V, Division II State Qualifier meet.
The team included Daily Messenger All-Stars Jason Charlette, Collen Fox, Conner Fox, and Tyler Smith as well as Daily Messenger Wrestler of the Year Sean Peacock and Coach of the Year Steve Howcroft. Five wrestlers were selected to the Finger Lakes East First Team All-League (Peacock, Ralph Mateo III, Smith, and both Collin and Conner Fox). Peacock was also named to the All-Greater Rochester First Team with Conner Fox, Mateo, and Tyler Smith earning an Honorable Mention.
In dual meets, the team outscored opponents 1,234 to 431.
Nominations for the Midlakes Athletics Hall of Fame are due Nov. 1 and can be mailed to Midlakes Athletics Hall of Fame, c/o John Lombardi, 1500 Route 488, Clifton Springs, NY, 14432. For more information, go to midlakes.org/halloffame or email firstname.lastname@example.org.