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From state championships to NFL experience, an amazing Hornell Class of 2022 Hall of Fame class (story on all inductees)

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From left, Austin Dwyer, Ricky Gillespie Mobley, Brandon Pyer, Issac Spike, Dylan Dunn and Dominic Scavo. STEVE HARRISON photo.

Many Hall of Fame classes boast members with Section V championships and individual honors.

Hornell had a class with 12 state championships and many Section V titles.

The Hornell High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee announced the 2022 class was inducted Friday Night during the Hornell football game. Members were Ricky Gillespie Mobley (Class of 1974), Brandon Pyer (Class of 2006), Austin Dwyer (Class of 2010), Issac Spike (Class of 2010), Dylan Dunn (Class of 2011) and Dominic Scavo (Class of 2012)

After the game there was a reception at the G. Carducci Lodge. Tonight (Oct. 15) friends, family and community members will honor the class during a banquet at The Main Place.

A look at the Hall of Fame Class of 2022:


Austin Dwyer is a 2010 HHS graduate who excelled in football, wrestling, and track. He earned a total of 11 varsity letters throughout his high school career.

in the sport of football Austin was a two way starter playing running back and cornerback in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He was a two time first team LCAA 1st team all star. As a senior, Austin served as a team captain and led Hornell to its first ever state championship title in 2009.

During that season he rushed 319 times for a total of 2,836 yards and 37 touchdowns during his senior campaign, Austin broke the Section V Single Season Rushing record, Hornell High School Single Season Rushing Record, and the school record for most touchdowns in a season. He broke the NYS Tournament Record for most rushing yards in a game with 399 yards in the NYS State Semi-Finals versus Westhill HS. In the playoffs he was awarded the following awards: 2009 Section V Class B Offensive Player of the year, Section V Class B MVP, NYS Far West Regional Most Valuable Offensive Player, NYS Semi Final Most Valuable Offensive Player, and NYS Class B Championship MVP.

He was selected to play in the Eddie Meath all star game and the Upstate vs Downstate All Star game. At the conclusion of the 2009 season Austin earned 1st team all state honors and was chosen as the NYS Class B Player of the year and All Greater Rochester Player of the Year. He finished his high school career with 518 carries 4,381 yards and 54 touchdowns, 87 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Austin was a 5 year starter on the wrestling team and was a team captain his freshman to senior seasons. In his senior season he broke the school record for most wins in a career with 180 victories. He had a career record of 180-36. Austin was a 2008 and 2009 All Greater Rochester selection. He was a 3x LCAA Champion at 135, 145, and 152 pounds and was awarded most outstanding wrestler as a senior. He was also a 3x Sectional Champion at 130, 140, and 145 pounds. In 2009 he was awarded the Section V 3B Most Outstanding Wrestler. He was a runner up at the Section V State qualifier in 2008 and 2009. Austin earned two trips to the New York State Championships once as a wild card in his junior year at 145 pounds. As a senior, he punched his ticket to Albany by winning the Section V State Qualifier at 152 pounds. He then went on to place 4th at the New York State Championship tournament at 152 pounds.

In the sport of track, Austin was a 3-year letter winner competing as a sprinter in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay. He earned multiple dual meet victories and top 6 finishes at invitationals while anchoring the 4×100 relay. As a senior, he qualified for the Section V Meet of Champions.

Austin was selected as the 2010 Rochester Press Radio Club Male Athlete of the Year, 2010 Livingston County Male Athlete of the year, 2010 Hornell Evening Tribune Award, Ernie Weyand Work Ethic Award Winner, and James Dagon Award Winner.

After graduating from Hornell, Austin attended Alfred University where he was a 4 year starter as a running back on their football team. As a freshman he was selected as the Empire 8 Rookie of the year and the ECAC Rookie of the year. During his freshman campaign he also broke the single season rushing record, rushing for 1,416 yards helping his team to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. He helped lead his team to 2 ECAC championship bowl wins and ranks 4th all time in rushing yards. Austin was a 3X Empire 8 All Star Earning 1st team honors twice. He served as a team captain in both his junior and senior year. Austin earned a bachelors in psychology and masters degree in school counseling from Alfred University.

Austin is the son of Mary Kay and Joseph Dwyer. He is employed as school counselor at LeRoy Jr-Sr High School and coaches wrestling and track and field. He currently coaches football at McQuaid Jesuit High School and is a Section V Wrestling official. Austin resides in Rochester with his Fiance Kerri Bellavia.


Dylan Dunn is a 2011 graduate of Hornell High School where he starred for the Red Raiders on the basketball court, football field and baseball diamond. Dylan received 9 Varsity letters, won four sectional championships and accumulated two State Championships.

As a sophomore, Dylan quickly assumed a major role for the Hornell Varsity Basketball team. On the hardwood, Dylan was known both for his physicality at the rim and explosiveness around the perimeter. Dylan’s dominant presence earned him Livingston County Super 18 and second team Great 8 recognition, while also being named a First team Livingston County All Star.

Dylan first appeared on the football field as a Junior after transitioning from his role as a goalkeeper on the Hornell Varsity soccer team. It was evident that Dylan would assume an important role for the Gene Mastin led football team when he was named starter on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as a safety and wide receiver, while also performing the kicking duties for the Raiders, setting the Hornell High School record for most PATs/extra points. His contributions were immediately felt, and his leadership earned him the captain title as a Senior. Dylan was a critical member of the 2011 and 2012 Sectional and State Championships teams and was recognized as a two-time Livingston County All Star for his successes on the field.

Dylan starred for the Red Raiders each spring on the baseball diamond where he found a home behind the plate as a sophomore. Dylan paced the team with a .500 batting average as a junior and senior accumulating seven home runs and forty five runs batted in. In 2011, Dylan led the Raiders to a Class B Sectional championship, earning tournament MVP and named section V Class BB Player of the Year, the first Hornell player to earn such honors since 2003. In addition to local honors, Dylan received third team All New York State honors.

Dylans high school success earned him an opportunity to play at Hagerstown Community College (Maryland), where he earned First Team All Regions Honor. Dylan concluded his baseball career as the starting catcher for the Division 1 Saint Bonaventure Bonnies where he started 86 games and slugged seven home runs over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Dylan currently resides in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.


Dominic Scavo is a 2012 graduate of Hornell High School where he earned 9 Varsity letters in Football, Basketball and Baseball, while accumulating three Sectional Championships and three New York State Championships.

Dominic initially appeared on the baseball diamond as a freshman where he paced the team in home runs while pitching and playing multiple positions around the infield. As a senior, Dominic assumed the duties as the top starting pitcher while also being a big bat in the middle of the Raider batting order.

Dominic first suited up for the Hornell Varsity Basketball team as a sophomore. Beginning his Junior Year, Dominic paced the Red Raiders averaging nearly 11 points per game with a team leading 8 rebounds per game. As a result, he was named second team great 8. Dominic followed up his junior campaign again averaging double digit points and leading the team in rebounding. While he spent most of each game guarding the most physical player on the opposing team, he complimented his physicality with the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and beat defenders to the rim off the dribble. As a result of his success on the hardwood, Dominic was again recognized with first team Great 8 honors along with receiving honors as a Livingston County All-Star.

Finally, Dominic spent every August through November on the football field where he quarterbacked the Hornell Football team to three state championships and became Hornell’s most decorated quarterback. As a sophomore quarterback, Dominic led the Red Raiders to an undefeated 13-0 record and the school’s first ever NYS Class B Championship after defeating Nanuet High School in the Syracuse Carrier Dome.

Dominic was named a team captain as a Junior and went on to be named MVP in the New York State Championship after throwing for one touchdown and rushing two others enroute to the schools second straight 13-0 season and state title. As a senior captain, he passed for 1,336 yards with 15 touchdowns, rushing for 15 more while securing the schools third straight undefeated season and Class B State Championship. In the final game of his career, the Red Raiders defeated Croton-Harmon by a 22-6 final after a huge second quarter scoring outburst started by his 24 yard touchdown run.

Upon the conclusion of this senior football season, Dominic had accumulated a perfect 39-0 record, three sectional titles and three Class B NYS Championships. Over the three seasons, he threw for 3,523 yards and 46 touchdowns (71% completion percentage) while scrambling 979 yards and 35 scores on 182 attempts, while only playing the first half of most games. Dominic earned recognition each season for his success on the gridiron, including honors as NYS Class B Player of the Year (2011), First Team All New York State (2010 & 2011), First Team All Greater Rochester (2010 & 2011), All Greater Rochester Player of the Year (2011) and Livingston County All Star (2009-2011).

Concluding his senior sports career, Dominic received the Hornell Evening Tribune award given to the most decorated Hornell athlete and was honored as the local Athlete of the Year at the Hornell Sports night.

Dominic graduated from Alfred University and continued to Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida where he received his Juris Doctorate, graduating with honors. Dominic currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida where he practices law for the firm of Morgan and Morgan.


Ricky (Gillespie) Mobley is a 1974 graduate of HHS. He excelled in Football and Track and Field.

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A versatile player in Football, Rick started as a defensive end, safety, and cornerback. On offense, he was the team’s starting wingback. He was a team captain and won the Golden Helmet MVP award twice.

In Track and Field, he was a team captain as well. As a sprinter, he set the school record in the 220-yard dash his senior year, and he was an integral part of the 880-yard relay team that finished 2nd overall at the 1974 NYS Championship Meet.

Rick continued his Football Career at Hamilton College, starting every game of his four-year career at safety for the Continentals. He set numerous records while at Hamilton including: most interceptions in a single season, most interceptions in a career, and the longest interception returned for a touchdown (103 yds.). In his junior year, he was 2nd in NCAA Division III for interceptions. He received invitations to try out for both the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

In 1979, Rick graduated with a degree in History; he earned a Masters in Divinity from Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his JD from Boston University Law School in 1988. In 1997 Rick, earned his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Bible College.

Rick married Toby Gillespie in 1980. They have served together as Co-pastors for 39 years in Boston and Cleveland. They have four children: Samantha, Anita, Keon, and Sharon. They have also served as foster parents for 25 years. Together, their goal has been to bring the love of Christ into the lives of others. Rick retired from his ministry in 2021, but is still an active lawyer.


Brandon Pyer is a 2006 graduate of HHS. An outstanding runner, he excelled in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field while earning 13 varsity letters.

He was an integral member of Red Raider teams that won 3 outdoor and one indoor sectional titles.

In Cross Country Brandon was a three-time Livingston County League All-Star from 2003 thru 2005 and earned three Section V, Class B patches with his top 10 finishes.

In Indoor T and F Brandon was a two-time RWTL All-League honoree, sectional champion in the 1000M Run, and competed at the NYS T and F Championships. He was also a key member of both the Section V Championship 1600M and 3200M relay teams. The 3200M broke the school record with a time of 8:18 at the NYS T and F Championship Meet.

Brandon competed in Outdoor Track and Field from 8th through 12th grade; he was a four-time LCAA All-Star as one of the most versatile runners to ever compete for the Red Raiders. He won or placed in the top three in every event from the 100M dash to the 3200M run, from the 400 hurdles to the Steeplechase, and ran on all three relays. He was a sectional champion multiple times, including the 400M Hurdles, and advanced to the NYS T and F Championships four times. He was a part of the 3200M Relay that finished 2nd at the State Meet setting a school record of 8:01 that still stands.

A sub-2:00 800 runner, Brandon was selected to represent Western NY in the 2005 Empire State Games.

Brandon currently resides in Canisteo and is a local contractor.


Isaac Spike is a 2010 graduate of Hornell High School where he earned 10 Varsity letters in Football, Indoor Track, Track and Field and Swimming. Issac was a starter and Team Captain for the Hornell Football team from 2008-2009 and. In 2008 he started as a defensive end and tight end after transitioning from defensive tackle. He was awarded 1st team All-County. Issac started as a defensive end and offensive tackle in the 2009 season again being awarded 1st team All County, 1st team All-State and all Greater Rochester. He played in the Eddie Meath and New York State all-star games. Issac played a major part in the first State Championship win over Nanuet. Issac was named the offensive lineman of the game in the Section V Championship.

Tssac was a diver for the Hornell swim team from 2006-2008 being undefeated in 2008-2009. He placed 2nd in Sectionals and 3rd in State Qualifiers as a Junior. Issac participated in shot put during the Indoor 2009-2010 season where he earned personal bests. Clerk 3*it Curatmul During the 2009 and 2010 Outdoor Track seasons, Issac competed in shot put and He discus and served as Team Captain during the 2010 season. He won the Section V lememele Championship in 2009 with a throw of 46-7 in shot put. During the Section V Class B Championship meet of 2010 he placed 3rd in shot with a personal record of 52-07.5 and 3rd with a personal record in discus with 139-04.

Issac attended Alfred State College where he played defensive end and center for the Alfred Pioneers. He went on to Industrial Control School and works for Horizon Solutions as an Automation and Electrical salesman. He resides in Hornell with his wife Brianna, their four children Liam, Aurora, Olivia and Piper and furry pets Bryan, Hazel and Harpe.

Isaac Spike is a 2010 graduate of HHS and earned 10 varsity letters in Football, Indoor, and Outdoor Track and Field.

During his senior year in Indoor, Issac was a team captain, LCCA Shot Put Champion, and place third at the Section V Championship meet.

In the LCAA and Section V, Isaac dominated for the Red Raiders as a team captain.

2009 as a Jr. Wellsville Spring Day: 1st in the Shot *Champion

LCAA Championship Meet: 1st in Shot (48-07) LCAA Champion Section V Meet: 1st in Shot (46-7)

2010 *Team Captain. *Isaac was undefeated in the Shot during his Senior year in the LCAA dual meet competition.

Hornell Invitational: 1st in the Shot (52-07) *Champion

Wellsville Spring Day: 1st in the Shot (49-04) *Champion and 3rd in the Discus.

LCAA Meet: First in the Shot and 3rd in the Discus (**LCAA Champion in both events)

Section V Meet: 3rd in the Shot (52-07.5) *PR and 3rd in the Discus (139-04) *PR

State Qualifier Meet: 3rd in the Shot 49-10.25

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