The Colonie Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 inaugural class. The Colonie Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame was formed to recognize and honor Colonie Central High School athletes, coaches, teams and sports contributors for their achievement and/or contributions to the Colonie Central High School Athletic program.
The Colonie Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame strives to establish in our students a motivating influence to excel in athletics and in the community. It also works to foster pride, scholarship, good sportsmanship, and citizenship in our schools and community. In addition, the Hall of Fame seeks to promote the highly successful tradition of South Colonie athletics.
And now we would like to present the Colonie Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2019 inaugural class:
Chuck Campagna was the first professional football player to graduate from Colonie Central High School as a member of the Class of 1973. He went on to study at American International College, graduated college and played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League despite 14 hamstring injuries. He has been vice president of national and international accounts for the largest lighting manufacturer in the world. He has been an active contributor in the March of Dimes and Special Olympics. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Colonie Central High School Hall of Fame in 1994.
Kim Corbitt is a 2001 graduate of Colonie Central High School. Corbitt played both tennis and basketball, but is best known for her accomplishments on the basketball court. In 2000 and 2001 she lead the Colonie Girls Basketball team to the Section 2 Championships and to the Class A Regional Championships. In 2001 Corbitt help lead the Raiders to a New York State Public High School Class A Championship and a New York State Federation Championship. Corbitt received numerous individual awards and recognitions including Section 2 Class A tournament – Most Valuable Player in 2000 and 2001. She also set the school record for most points scored in a single season and had 1,256 points for her career. Corbitt was named the Times Union and Troy Record Player of the Year in 2001. Corbitt received a full scholarship and went on to play her college career at the University of Maine.
Erick Emerick was a 1982 graduate of Colonie Central High School. While at Colonie High, Emerick was All-Metroland quarterback, but in 1986 suffered a devastating injury in an automobile accident. As a quadriplegic, Emerick, persevered in sports to become a tennis champion. In 1995, he won the U.S. Tennis Association National Indoor Doubles Wheelchair Championship and in the following year, he won the same championship while adding the singles championship. In 1996, he also won the U.S. Open quad singles championship. Emerick has operated a freelance desktop publishing company in his home. He was inducted into the Colonie Central High School Hall of Fame in 1997.
Kyle Plante is a 2012 graduate of Colonie Central High School. Plante participated in indoor track, outdoor track, lacrosse and soccer. Plante excelled in indoor and outdoor track, setting eight Section 2 All-Time Best Times in eight different events. In addition, Plante set school records in 21 different events, both indoor and outdoor, and was a state champion as an individual or on a relay team 10 different times. In addition to her state championships, Plante was an Indoor National Champion in the 200-meters and an Outdoor National Championship Runner-up.
Katie Twarog is a 2001 graduate of Colonie Central High School. Twarog participated in outdoor track, cross country and indoor track. Between these three sports Twarog was an eight time National Champion, four time Runner-up in the State Meet, five time All American and a two time First Team Class A All State Cross Country recipient. Twaorg continued her running career at Providence College, running on the 4th best college cross country team in the country and was named indoor track and cross country captain.
The Induction ceremony for the inaugural Colonie Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Sand Creek Middle School in the Forum.