Joe Monte

Joe Monte

Joe Monte was an All-High 1st team selection in 1973 & 1974. The third of three Monte brothers to play at Bennett, (Mike & Rick in late 1960’s/early 1970’s) Joe compiled a career pitching record of 14-2. Pitching in the sectional finals in 1973, Joe gave up one earned run in the Tiger’s 2-1 loss to Tonawanda, a team that had 3 players chosen in the 1973 amateur baseball draft. Going 5-0 in 1974, Joe led the Tigers to an undefeated Cornell Cup championship. In his two All-High seasons, Joe struck out 86 batters in 69 innings and posted a remarkable earned run average of 0.50. In addition to his dominant pitching, Joe contributed a .425 batting average and truly earned the ultimate praise of coach Jerry Berkman in calling Joe “the best picther I ever had at Bennett.” Joe has since retired after 20 years of service at the NFTA and now resides in Cheektowaga with his wife Michelle, and daughters Elaina and Elyse.

Arthur McClinton

Arthur McClinton

Arthur was a varsity Cross Country and Track athlete while at Bennett. His efforts and achievements in track elevated him to this Hall Of Fame level. A versatile performer, Arthur excelled in the high jump, high hurdles, long jump and triple jump, achieving first team All-High in the high jump in both his junior and senior seasons. The Tigers won the “Scalp & Blade” track championship all three years Arthur was on the track squad. In his specialty event, the high jump, Arthur literally rose to the top setting a school, city and Section VI record with a leap of 6’ 10 3/4 “ in winning the New York State track championship. That winning height represents an incredible full 13 inches above his own actual height, unheard of in this event.

After high school, McClinton enrolled in the United States Marine Corps. His track and high jump career continued to flourish while in service, when he set the Marine Corp track record with a leap of 7’ 3/4”. This super effort qualified Arthur for the U.S. Olympic team trials.

Today Arthur McClinton resides in Buffalo and works as a barber at Bono Hair Studio on E. Delavan Ave. Arthur and his late wife have two children, Uniqua, aged 18, and Kevin aged 17.

Sylvester Johnson

Sylvester Johnson

Sylvester Johnson was an All-High athlete in both football and track while at Bennett. A four year track sprinter, Sylvester was part of two All-High 880 relay teams. The 1962 squad captured the “Scalp & Blade” track championship. In three years of varsity football, Sylvester was a first team All-High running back on two of coach Nick Mogavero’s squads. The 1964 squad played for the Harvard Cup, but lost to Riverside H.S.

After high school Sylvester attended Tennessee State University, where he played one year of college football. Most of his working career was as a general manager in the automobile industry.

Making this day extra special for Sylvester is that he and his son Shane are the first father/son combination athletes to be inducted into our Bennett Sports Hall Of Fame. The Johnson’s have four other children including Sylvester Jr., Syreeta, Stacy and Sharon.

William Harty

William Harty

William Harty went to Bennett High School where he graduated at an early age. He attained All High honors in tennis in 1934 and In 1936 he was ranked 22nd nationally in the boys 18’s singles in the United States. He went from Bennett to Dartmouth College where he was captain and played first singles. After serving in Iran during WWII, in the Persian Gulf Command, he returned to Buffalo where he won the Niagara Frontier Tennis Championship – the forerunner to the MUNY Championships in 1946. Harty married Teckla Cederquist in 1946 and retired from competitive tennis, focusing on his work at The Exolon Company where he became president and worked until his retirement in 1980.

His life centered around his family, his friends, and his love of Buffalo where he helped raise his four boys, Donald, Douglas, Mark and Tom. (His son Mark, during high school, would rise at an ungodly hour and play tennis with another aficionado , fellow Bennett Hall of Famer, Charlie Garfinkel, where they would pound the courts at Amherst High School in the early hours of the morning..)

He shared his love of tennis with all his boys. Mark followed in his footsteps and captained the Dartmouth College tennis team.

William Harty passed away in 1981, leaving a tennis legacy as one of the finest tennis players to have ever played for Bennett High School.

Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon

Jimmy was a three sport athlete at Bennett after transferring over from East H.S. A three year Cross Country runner, Jimmy helped the Tigers win the Columbia Cup in 1964 and 1965. He played two years of varsity basketball, and was on the 1966 Yale Cup champion team. Jimmy played two years of varsity baseball as a first and third baseman, and made first team All-High both seasons. Following high school, Jimmy was signed to a professional baseball contract by the Detroit Tigers. During his high school years, Jimmy was also Buffalo men’s table tennis champion from 1963 to 1966. After his attempt at professional baseball, Jimmy enrolled at the University of Buffalo, earning a BA degree in Business Ed. While in college, Jimmy won the National Intercollegiate Table Tennis championship.

Jimmy’s interesting working career saw him working befor the F.B.I. for 10 years, and he taught school in Detroit, MI, as well as 1 year at Bennett H.S. Today Jimmy is a professional fisherman on a national level, competing in fishing contests January through November.

Jimmy Dixon has two children, James Jr. and Dina.