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Two locals inducted into county athletic hall of fame

LITTLE VALLEY — The 11th annual Cattaraugus County Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, hosted by the Little Valley American Legion Post Home, took place on March 23.

Phil Tanner of Arcade, a 1977 graduate of Pioneer Central School, was one of the inductees.

Tanner lettered in football and boys swimming, as a Panther. During the summer, he played town team baseball and managed the Delevan-Arcade and Freedom teams. He played 27 seasons in The Buffalo News-sponsored central league.

The inductee was a member of the Freedom team that was a second entry in The Buffalo News’ Suburban Baseball Association All-Around playoffs, in 1989. He managed the Delevan-Arcade and Freedom teams that participated in the Ted Rechlin Cup Tournament, which was designed as a consolation series, for teams that missed qualifying for the All-Arounds.

Tanner served as president of the central league, for nine years.

He also made his mark on youth football in Arcade. Tanner was one of the founders of the Arcade Lions, a team that began playing in the Cattaraugus County Midget Football League, in 1985. Tanner served as the midget coach from 1985 – 1990.

Greg Dahlman, a West Valley native, was also inducted into the hall of fame.

He began playing on West Valley Central School’s first 11-man football team, in 1963. The team racked up three straight, undefeated seasons, during its first three years, with Dahlman’s being present for two.

The athlete was involved in many sports, while attending WVCS. He earned multiple letters in football, basketball and track.

Dahlman went on to study at Alfred University, where he played two years of football and track. During his junior year, he attended American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was the starting guard on the American basketball team.

The inductee earned a degree in ceramic engineering in college and has lived throughout the United States. He recently resettled in West Valley.

Dahlman’s two sons were also involved in West Valley athletics, while attending that school.

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