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Inductees into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame:


2002 :

Jeff Fitch - Coach

He was a long-time basketball coach at Fairport High School, where he amassed a 406-169 record, and an overall scholastic coaching record of 458-230. He was the recipient of the Coach of the Year Award nine times ('74, '75, '77, '80, '87, '91, '93, '94 and '00). His teams won one Section V title in the 1975, along with their 12 Monroe County League Championships. To honor his retirement and contributions to Fairport High School, the basketball court was dubbed "Jeff Fitch Court." He was an All-League MVP and All-American basketball star at East Texas State University, where he received his degree in 1967.

Scott Fitch - Player

Was a flashy shooting guard for the Fairport Red Raiders, where was named to the All Greater Rochester Team in his senior year (1989). Played his college basketball at SUNY Geneseo, where he was a four-year SUNYAC First Team selection. He was the 1993 Rochester Press Radio Club honoree as Local Collegiate Athlete of the Year. In that same year, he was named the NCAA Division III Basketball Player of the Year. He completed his career at Geneseo with 2,661 points, ranking him as the #6 player all-time in NCAA Division III basketball scoring. Followed his father as the coach of the Fairport Red Raiders, and gained Coach of the Year honors in his rookie season by leading his team to an 18-5 season, losing the Section V Class AA championship by five points in the Championship game.


In May of 1999, Scott was also inducted into the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.

2003 :

Michael R. Ruff - Player

He was a 1975 graduate of Fairport High School, where his Red Raiders captured the Section V AAA Championship in his senior year. As a co-captain of his team, his play on the court earned him Most Valuable Player honors for the Section V tournament.

Other honor collected included First Team All Monroe County (1975) and First Team All Greater Rochester in the same year. He was a member of the select Section V All-Stars which played the Junior National Team of the former USSR (1975). He was given a full basketball scholarship to LeMoyne College, where he was the starting point guard all four years.

He graduated from LeMoyne with honors in 1979 and returned to Section V as a coach, beginning at Aquinas Institute in 1982 and moving to Bishop Kearney in 1986, where he led his team to the finals of the annual tournament. The Democrat and Chronicle named him Coach of the Year for 1986.

At the time of his induction (2003), he was a professor of Business at Monroe Community College, where he was honored their Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998. He also was a successful Realtor with Re/Max Realty Group and received entrance into the Re/Max Realty Hall of Fame.

His community involvement activities include work as a Compeer volunteer, religious education at his home parish, the fresh Air Fund and the Big Brother/Big Sister Program






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