Former Wildcats inducted into the
Warwick Valley High School
Boys Basketball Hall of Fame
Jan. 8, 2013 - On Friday, Jan. 4, fans,
family and friends paid tribute to four men whose efforts,
commitment and past accomplishments on the hardwood have
helped shape the history of Warwick Wildcat Basketball.
Selected by the Boy’s Basketball Hall of Fame Committee, Joe (Joby)
Green III, Melvin Langlitz, Jason Redner, and George Rudy were inducted to the Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.
Following the ceremony, the boys varsity basketball team carried on with the Wildcats winning ways by defeating Monroe-Woodbury in a three point, buzzer-beater shot by Anthony Mann. The 43-40 ‘Cats victory was an exciting finish to a night filled with Warwick pride.
About the Inductees:
John (Joby) Green, a 1985 graduate of Wawick Valley High School, was a three-year varsity starter (1982-85) and played under Coach Tom Folino during his senior year. He helped lead the Wildcats to the Section IX play-offs during his final season and finished his career as the all-time leading free-throw shooter in school history (87.5% from the line). As captain of the 84-85 Wildcats, Green finished his career with 596 points which placed him 10th on the all time career scoring list. Green’s most memorable moment came during his senior year when he scored 20 points against unbeaten powerhouse James I. O’Neill – all while suffering from a severely sprained ankle. He helped lead the Wildcats to an almost stunning upset of the most dominating Section IX team during the 1980’s.
Melvin Langlitz, a 1959 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, a three-year starter (1956-59), played under Hall of Fame coach Vito Magdelinskas. He helped lead the 1958-59 team to the Orange County League (OCL) and Section IX championship. Langlitz was a key player on the Wildcats teams that played in the OCL championship game three consecutive years 1956-57, 1957-58 and 1958-59. The record of the 1957-58 and 1958-59 teams were 40 wins and only three losses. He was served in the United States Marine Corp from 1960-64 and upon leaving the military went to Rutgers University from 1965-68 on full basketball scholarship. Most memorable moments were playing in the OCL play-offs at West Point as a sophomore and being called, “Marvelous Melvin” by Bo Gill, the legendary sportswriter from the Newburgh News.
Jason Redner, a 2000 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, was a three-year varsity player (1997-2000) and a two-year starter for the Wildcats. He played under Coach Gary Vyskocil and was the captain of the 1999-2000 team. During that time, Redner helped lead the ‘Cats to the Section IX Class A play-offs. Selected as the Most Valuable Player during his senior year (1999-2000) and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior (1998-99), he led the 1999-2000 team, in scoring (279 points, 152 total rebounds, and a field goal percentage of 43.4%). He finished his career with 504 points and a rank of 16 on the all time scoring list for Wildcats boys basketball.
His most memorable moment was grabbing 21 rebounds in a single game during his senior year.
George Rudy, a 1966 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, was a four-year varsity starter (1962-66). He was the starting center on the 1965-66 Section 9 Class B championship team, coached by Vito Magdelinskas.
Rudy was selected as the Orange County League (OCL) Player of the Year during the 1965-66 season, was selected to the OCL All-stars as a first team selection in his sophomore, junior and senior years - the only player in Wildcat history to hold this honor. He received honorable mention, during his freshmen year. Rudy also helped lead his team to the Section 9 Class B championship game during the 1964-65 season. His most memorable moment was scoring 34 points vs. Goshen and winning the 1966 Section IX championship.
On behalf of the Warwick Valley High School Boys Basketball Program and the
Hall of Fame Committee, congratulations to these outstanding former Wildcats and
welcome to the Warwick Boys Basketball Hall Of Fame!
Do you know someone who deserves to be a part of the Boys Basketball Hall of Fame?
To nominate a former Warwick Wildcat basketball player, contact Coach Tom Folino at 987-3050 ext. 12883