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Downey twosome entering elite group

Son joins late father among 13 inductees for Section V Basketball Hall of Fame


(October 6, 2006) Tom Downey, who coached Livonia to four Section V titles in 28 seasons, and his son, Kevin Downey, are among the 13 new inductees into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday.

The group will be inducted on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Clarion Riverside Hotel.

Tom Downey, who died in 2003 at the age of 50 after a long bout with stomach cancer, had a 437-159 career record while winning 15 Livingston County titles and nine Section V Coach of the Year awards.

Following his death, the Birkett Mills Coach of the Year Award was renamed after him and Livonia's gymnasium now bears his name.

Kevin Downey, who played under his father at Livonia for four years, was a two-time All-Greater Rochester team selection and led the Bulldogs to a Section V title as a senior in 2001. A four-year starter at Canisius College, he holds Livonia records for career points (1,647) and points in a season (611).

Tickets cost $27 each and tables of 10 are available for $250. Reservations can be made by calling (585) 594-5988.

The other inductees are:

  • Mike Brown. Member of two Section V Championship teams at Wilson (1985-86), leading the Inventors to a state championship in 1986. He is a two-time All-Greater Rochester team selection.


  • Sam Gray. Led East to three Section V titles ('66, '67, '69) and was a member of the inaugural All-Greater Rochester team in 1969. He was named to four consecutive Class AAA All-Tournament Teams (1966-69).


  • Jack Guinan. Coached teams to six Section V titles, including five in a row (1970-74), at South Seneca. He had a combined record of 420-131 as a boys and girls basketball coach.


  • Jill Hammond. Three-time All-Greater Rochester Team selection ('98, '99, '00) for Bloomfield. Was MVP of the state Class C tournament in 1999 and played on two state-title teams.


  • Larry Horgan. Won six Section V titles during his 16-year tenure coaching girls teams at Penfield and Pittsford Mendon. A seven-time Section V coach of the year, he compiled a career record of 298-64.


  • Caitlin Howe. Started her varsity career at Fairport in seventh grade and went on to become the most recruited basketball player in Section V history. Played at Duke before knee injuries ended her career.


  • Robert Parker. Started for four years at Eastridge before playing at Syracuse University, on the 1975 Final Four team. He became a referee and was selected Official of the Year in 2001. He died in January.


  • Beth Anne (Bradshaw) Partee. Played for Mynderse Academy from 1989-93 and scored over 1,000 career points. Was named to the Section V all-tournament team twice before playing for Villanova.


  • James Reaves. All-Greater Rochester Team selection in 1999 and 2000 for Edison and 2000 Player of the Year. Led the Inventors to back-to-back Section V championships in 1998-99. Starred for Niagara University and now plays for the Rochester RazorSharks.


  • Marv Skillman. Coached 26 years at Avoca and one year at Hammondsport, compiling a 368-182 record. He won five Section V titles.

  • Gary Smith. Played for Pittsford from 1953-55 and had a distinguished radio career where he promoted Section V basketball.