Golden Bombers Rewind - Thanks to the Walsh family of Ilion, you can now relive these Golden moments, including sports games, proms, parades, Annunciation School and synchronized swimming, on the YouTube channel Golden Bombers Rewind Playlist. There are 84 videos as of April 1, 2022. (April 1, 2022)
Last of the Lever Cup Winners....
Harold "Boots" Lever, a former student of the Ilion High School, presented a very beautiful cup to the school in 1924, as a tribute to William Hempstead - Class of 1916, and William Schletterer, former students in the High School, who lost their lives in World War I.
This cup is given to the boy who has earned the greatest number of points based on scholastic and athletic work.
The awarding of The Lever Cup goes back to 1924 when Harold 'Boots' Lever presented the cup, February 3, 1924, as a tribute to William Hempstead - Class of 1916, and William Schletterer, former students in the High School, who lost their lives in World War I. The Lever Cup was awarded based on a point system. A Utica Daily Press article, from Feb 4, 1924 stated that the cup will be "...presented in June each year and will remain in the winner's possession until the honor is gained by another."
Harold "Boots" Lever left Ilion High School, before graduation, to fight in World War I. After the war, he finished his studies at Mercersburg Academy and then the University of Pennslyvania. He was captain of the University of Pennsylvania Track Team. Harold Lever set New World's Records on June 16, 1923 in Track.
65 yard dash - Harold "Boots" Lever, University of Pennsylvania, 6 8/10 sec.
75 yard dash - Harold Lever, University of Pennsylvania, 7 5/10 sec
Hershey Track & Field Youth Program - The 21st Annual Field Games....
Ilion Central School will play host to the 21st Annual Hershey's Track & Field Games beginning 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Ilion Junior-Senior High School track. This fun, character building, athletic event is open to boys and girls age 9-14 (born 1999-2004). Participant's age is as of December 31, 2013. Students compete in 50-, 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1600-meter dash, 4 x 100 meter relay, standing long jump and softball toss.
For more information read the Hershey's Track and Field information and rules, visit the Official Hershey's Track and Field Games website or Ilion Hershey website at www.hersheystrackandfield.com.
The top 3 finishers will be eligible to compete at the NYS West Finals to be held at Herkimer Elementary School on Saturday, June 29. Children 8 and under may compete at the local level, but do not advance to the state or national finals.
All participants must pre-register, no entries will be accepted the day of the event.
Entry forms available at:
Ilion Free Public Library
Physical Education Office at each school
(Mrs. Raux, Mr. Hoffman or Mrs. Costin)
Special Registration Event - May 21 6:00-7:45 pm at the Ilion Free Public Library (May 25, 2013)
Remembering Don Taylor IHS '47....
Don Taylor Class of 1947 - Ilion's Number 1 Fan
Don Taylor '47, 82, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday afternoon, May 19, 2012 in St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica, NY. He began his local legendary coaching career in 1953. For the next 43 years he was the CYO basketball coach at Annunciation Catholic School where he taught hundreds of young men, not only the finer points of playing basketball but what it took to be a man of integrity. The Annunciation gymnasium was dedicated in his honor as the Don Taylor gymnasium. Mr. Taylor was the official timer at the track and field events at Ilion High School. (May 12, 2012)