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Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School to honor alumni at annual awards dinner


Mon, Jun 19th 2017 11:40 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host its annual alumni awards dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, July 14, at The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls. The event will honor distinguished alumni and athletic hall of famers.
This year's honorees include:
  • Distinguished Alumni: Robert M. DiFrancesco, Bishop Duffy, Class of 1965.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame: 1980-81 championship basketball team members; Matthew Clingersmith, Niagara Catholic Class of 2001; and Richard Hockenos, Bishop Duffy Class of 1969.
DiFrancesco was principal of Niagara Catholic from 2003-13. He has spent more than 40 years working in schools around Niagara Falls.
The 1980-81 Niagara Catholic basketball team won the Monsignor Martin Division A title.
Clingersmith has lead NCCC to its five NJCAA Division III World Series appearances, where the team finished seventh (2009), second (2012), fifth (2013), fourth (2016) and second (2017).
The Chicago Bulls selected Hockenos in the 1974 NBA Draft.
Tickets are $50, but must be ordered in advance. Purchase them by contacting Mike Volpe at 716-283-8771, ext. 242.

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