Silver Creek names first Black?Knight Hall of Fame inductees

OBSERVER?Staff Report

The Silver Creek athletic program announced the first wave of inductees for the Silver Creek Black Knight Hall of Fame.

The members of the first induction class will be recognized at halftime of the Grape Bowl, Friday, Sept. 20.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, there will be a golf tournament at Tri-County Country Club followed by a banquet. If interested in playing or purchasing tickets, contact Sean Helmer at Silver Creek Central Schools.

Following is a biography of the 11 inductees:

Howard Emhke

Ehmke left Silver Creek in 1913 to start a professional baseball career. Emhke was a pitcher for 15 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Buffalo Blues (1915), Detroit Tigers (19161917, 19191922), Boston Red Sox (19231926) and Philadelphia Athletics (19261930). Ehmke won at least 10 games in nine seasons. His greatest success was with the Boston Red Sox, including a no-hitter and his only 20-win season in 1923. Emhke still holds the American League record for fewest hits (one) in two consecutive starts. He finished his career with a record of 166-166, an ERA of 3.75 and amassed more than 1,000 strikeouts.

Don Mohart

Mohart earned letters in baseball and basketball while at Silver Creek. He was drafted as a pitcher and spent four years as a semi-pro baseball player in the Dodgers’ organization. His career was cut short when he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

James Mangano Sr.

Mangano Sr. earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track while at Silver Creek. After graduating in 1961, he went on to play basketball at Canisius College. After one year at Canisius, he enrolled at Fredonia State University where he played basketball and baseball for three years. In 1989 James was inducted into the Fredonia State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


Rich Mangano

Mangano earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. While at Silver Creek, he was named honorable mention All-American in football. He led the Black Knights to an 8-0 record and scored 17 touchdowns his senior season. He was a first team selection in basketball his junior and senior year. Mangano scored 30 points in the championship game in the Buffalo Auditorium finalizing a 19-0 season his senior year. He attended the University of Alabama playing football for one season where he was injured. He completed his career at Fredonia State University in 1966. He also led Army baseball and football teams while stationed in Korea.

George Carter

Carter earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. At Silver Creek, Carter was named ALL-WNY in basketball twice. He played basketball at St. Bonaventure University for four years averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 81st pick in the 1967 draft. He was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 13th round and by the New York Mets in the 52nd round (874th overall). He played eight seasons in the ABA.

Tom Carlson

Carlson earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, baseball and track while at Silver Creek. He was named to the all-valley conference first team in football. In his senior year, Carlson rushed for 344 yards in one game against Fredonia. On the track, he set two school records – in the 880 and mile relay. He won Sectional and intersectional championships two years in a row. He was the first wrestler from Chautauqua County to advance to the State finals placing fourth in the New York state. He went on to play football and wrestle at RPI graduating in 1971.

Jim DeAngelo

DeAngelo earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball while at Silver Creek. He was named to the All-Valley football team as a junior and a senior. In the sport of basketball, he was named all-county his junior and senior year. He was also named to the honorable mention prep All-American team by Sporting Magazine. He went on to play basketball at ECC.

Elmer Steeprock

Steeprock earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track while at Silver Creek. He was named all-league in both football and basketball. On the track, Steeprock earned ALL-WNY honors. He set a WNY record for the High Jump as a senior as well as won a sectional championship in basketball that year. He went on to play both football and track at the University of New Haven. While there, he was named team captain of the track team.

Jeff Pagano

Pagano earned varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball while at Silver Creek. He was names 1st ALL-WNY, twice all-county in football, ALL-WNY, 2nd team ALL-STATE and twice all county in basketball. After high school, he attended Princeton University where he played basketball. He was a part of two IVY-League championships. In 1985, his senior season, he was named team captain.

Florence Williams Cook

Williams Cook earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. While an athlete at Silver Creek, she excelled in many sports. She was a varsity basketball player for five years and remains the school’s all-time leading scorer. She went on to Kettering University in Michigan.

Lauren Brennan Smith

While her time at Silver Creek, Brennan Smith earned varsity letters in three sports. As a cross country runner she earned six varsity letters. She won the county championship three times and finished in the top five in each of her other years. She won Section 6 championships four times and finished in the top six the other two years. She was leader of a team which represented Section 6 at the State Meet for six consecutive years finishing second three times, including tying for the NYSPHSAA State Championship and losing on a tie breaker. She went on to run at Division 1 VCU on a full athletic scholarship.