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Midlakes Hall of Fame Names Class of 2019

photo of midlakes hall of fame inductee aaron hoven

The Midlakes High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced that Aaron Hoven, Liz (Donk) Lewis, and Don Russo will be inducted this year as the Class of 2019.

Hoven (Class of 2009) lettered in cross country, swimming, and track. In four years of cross country, Hoven made All-League every year and was a first-place state qualifier his senior year. He won Most Valuable Runner and All-League Freshman of the Year awards in 2005, and in 2006 he was Section V MVP.

In track and field, Hoven was All-League every year, winning that award in the steeplechase in 2005; in the 1600m, 4 x 800m and pole vault in 2006; in the 4 x 800m and 1,600m in 2007; and in the 800m, 1,600m, 4 x 400m and steeple in 2008. In 2008 he set a school record for the 1,000-meter run. Also in 2008, Hoven was Section V champ in the 800 and pole vault. In addition, he won Midlakes’ Most Outstanding Male Athlete award and the Ollie Cook Scholar Athlete award.

photo of midlakes hall of fame inductee liz (donk) lewis

Lewis (2007) lettered in soccer, basketball, and softball.

In soccer, Lewis was All-League Honorable Mention her junior year, second-team her senior year and played in the Exceptional Seniors game. In basketball, Lewis was both Playmaker of the Year and BirdsEye Player of the Week her junior year. Her senior year, she was selected to the first team All Finger Lakes East squad and finished her career with 389 assists, including a school-record 163 her senior year.

In softball, Lewis made the second-team All Stars as a freshman and was first-team All Star every other year. In 2007, she won Midlakes’ Most Outstanding Female Athlete award. Lewis has been JV coach for the girls basketball team from 2017 to the present and has assisted the varsity basketball coach since 2015.

photo of midlakes hall of fame inductee don russo

Russo (1972) is entering as a Friend of Midlakes Athletics. In addition to playing football and baseball as a student (he scored Midlakes' very first touchdown), Don spent many years coaching Midlakes Minor baseball teams and YMCA “Dunkers” youth basketball.

The induction dinner is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Clifton Springs Country Club. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by contacting the Midlakes Hall of Fame at Midlakes High School at (315) 548-6300.