- Akron Central Schools
Athletic Wall of Fame prepares to induct four on September 30th.
AKRON, NEW YORK (September 13, 2022) – The Akron Central School Athletic “Wall of Fame” Committee has announced the 2022 inductees for the ACS “Wall of Fame” and the induction ceremony to be held at 6:00PM in the performance gymnasium during the school’s homecoming events rescheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022. This year’s inductees include four individual athletes with exceptional athletic careers as well as a selection for the “Eye of the Tiger” award.
Mr. Ron Eulenberg, a former community member, has been selected for the “Eye of the Tiger” award for his tremendous support of the athletic program. The Wall of Fame committee created the award to recognize those who have had a diligent, unrelenting, protective watch over the pack, ready to spring into action when the need arose. Eulenberg radiated the spirit this award honors.
The first lacrosse player to earn selection to the Wall of Fame is Scott Johnston from the Class of 2009. He is a two-time team captain who was named MVP and to the 1st Team All-League. He enjoyed the spotlight with his teammates when the Tigers earned their first win in team history. Johnston still shares the New York State record for most goals in a game with 13.
Scott played lacrosse at the college level with Alfred University for one year and with the Mavericks at Medaille College for three years.
He was also a team captain for the football and wrestling teams at ACS. As a mat man, he was 2nd Team Niagara-Orleans All-League and a state qualifier. He was named to the 1st Team All-League for football.
Following graduation, Scott was a professional natural body builder, played for Niagara Lock Monsters Lacrosse, participated in the Buffalo Bandit training camp in 2013, and played for Senior B Canadian Lacrosse.
We also recognize Scott Johnston as a member of the Akron Police Department since 2015.
Nick Cummings of the Class of 2008 will be inducted to the Wall for his exemplary career in football, basketball and especially baseball. Cummings, a three-time captain and MVP for baseball, was named to the First Team All State Class B in 2008, Second Team All-WNY Baseball team during his senior year, and was a two-time selection to the First Team Niagara-Orleans All-League team. For three seasons he was named Most Outstanding Pitcher and Hitter. He played baseball at the college level at Erie Community, SUNY Fredonia and Lock Haven University.
Cummings also played football for the Tigers, serving as team captain and was a two-time All-League selection.
From the Class of 1981, the Committee will welcome Dawn Albrecht Keppler. Dawn played field hockey for four years, serving as team captain and enjoying two seasons with the team when they earned both the Niagara-Orleans League Championship and the Sectional championship. She was named to the All-League team.
Albrecht was also successful on the Track and Field team, holding the school record for the Discus and the Shot Put. She was also the League and Sectional Champion, too.
Dawn played basketball for four years of high school, too.
Following graduation, she was Akron’s assistant field hockey coach from 1985 to 1995, helping to guide the Tigers to win the NYSPHSAA State Championship in 1992 with head coach, Jan Williams.
Carl Patterson of the Class of 1974 excelled on the football, basketball and baseball teams for ACS. As a varsity player, he was team captain and MVP for both football and basketball. He was named to the All-Tournament Team for the holiday basketball tournament in 1974.
As an outfielder for the baseball team, Carl was named to the All-League team, and enjoyed the team’s status as Niagara-Orleans Champions in 1973 and Section VI Class B Champs in 1974.
Mr. Patterson served as a youth coach in football, basketball and baseball, was director for the winter recreation program and assistant director for summer recreation. He served our community as an Akron Village Trustee from 1997 to 2007 and has served the longest as Village of Akron Mayor from 2007 to the present.
The Wall of Fame Committee invites friends and family of this year’s inductees and ACS alumni to attend the induction ceremony scheduled for 6:00PM on Friday, September 30, 2022, in the performance gymnasium following the annual Homecoming Parade through the village beginning at 5:00PM. The ceremony is a unique opportunity to recognize exceptional athletes who have graduated from Akron Central Schools and who have become leaders in our communities. It is also an event to re-acquaint and reminisce with fellow teammates from their days at ACS.
For questions or additional information, please contact Mr. Justin Gerstung, ACS Wall of Fame Committee Chairman, at (716)542-5040 ext. 6126.