Taylor Wolf, Class of 2013

Taylor Wolf, Class of 2013

Born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi — the hotbed of lacrosse — for many of her early years, Taylor Wolf found herself feeling very comfortable in any sports arena. As a youth softball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer player, Taylor took her love of the game seriously as she grew. After relocating to the Hamburg area as an eight-year-old, Taylor found sports as a natural way to adapt to the change in environment. Throughout high school, Taylor participated in both Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse. As a senior, she was appointed to 2013 US Lacrosse First Team All-American, First Team ALL WNY, and First Team All Division for her standout lacrosse performance. Throughout the season, she netted 76 goals (129 career), 47 assists (79 career), 18 caused turnovers (35 career) 18 ground balls (49 career), 19 draw wins (53 careers) and 3 interceptions (6 career). Her season of athletic accolades was capped with a Section IV Championship where Taylor helped drive the team to victory with 4 goals.

Taylor then committed to Niagara University’s Division 1 program to continue her career as an Attacker with a secondary focus on Nursing. She was named to the 2014 MAAC All-Rookie Team after starting all 16 games as a freshman. She was also honored with MAAC Rookie of the Week and scored a hat-trick against Robert Morris. Her success in athletics continued into her sophomore year where she made the 2015 MAAC All-Academic Team and played in all 18 games. She was second on the team in goals and had a single game high of 6 goals against Manhattan. As a junior, Taylor continued to excel on the lacrosse field and would later walk on to the D1 Women’s Basketball Team for one season.

After graduation, Taylor employed her critical thinking skills in a new way and became an Emergency Room Nurse. Currently, she resides in Colden, NY with her son, Bennett (3yo), and daughter, Charlie (1yo) and wife, Sarah, whom she met in her time at Niagara University. These days, she enjoys watching her son collect sticks at soccer practice and her daughter learn to walk, lacrosse stick in hand. Watch out, Hamburg athletics! More Wolfs to come!

Bridget Hogan, Class of 2013

Bridget Hogan, Class of 2013

Bridget Hogan grew up in Boston, New York, alongside her parents, Jim and Beverly, and her older brother, Sam. Bridget’s passion for softball started at a young age dedicating much of her younger life to being on the diamond. She strived to be the best on the pitcher’s mound, in the batter’s box, and on the field. Her competitive nature and hard work paid off as she achieved impressive records and honors both in pitching and hitting over the course of her Hamburg varsity softball career from 2010 to 2013. However, it wasn’t the records she broke or honors she received that stand out the most. It was the history she and her team made in 2013 for Hamburg softball that lives on today.

In 2012 with Bridget at the helm as their captain and ace pitcher, Hamburg softball made their first appearance in the Class A State Championship. They played their hearts out but unfortunately lost in the semi-final game. The following year in 2013, the team’s motto was “We Still Believe” which was reinforced by Bridget’s determination and leadership as captain and equally fueled her team’s drive to make it back to States once again. In a nail-biting semi­final against Tappan Zee, Bridget pitched a scoreless game and eventually was brought to the plate in extra innings to try and close the game. Tappan Zee intended to intentionally walk her, but Bridget had other plans. On the third pitch of her at-bat which was intended to be a ball, she reached out and hit what became the winning run securing Hamburg’s bid for the Class A State Championship Finals. With Bridget leading the team from the pitcher’s mound once again, Hamburg went on to win the Class A State Championship Finals 5-3 against Sayville. Bridget’s softball team delivered Hamburg’s very first (and only one to date) State Championship in any sport. Bridget recalled the celebration with the team, returning to Hamburg that night on a coach bus escorted by fire trucks and police to cheering family, friends, and fans, as well as a parade and rally at Memorial Park a few days later. The memory of that day still remains vivid in her mind, and it is a day that she will never forget.

Bridget ended her Hamburg varsity softball career as a senior boasting a remarkable .544 ERA with 229 strikeouts, 9 shutouts, and only 28 walks in 270 total innings pitched. In the batter’s box, she ended with an impressive career average of .619 and 21 RBIs. Bridget was named ECIC First Team for three years, ECIC Pitcher of the Year for two years, and All Western New York for two years. She also proudly served as team captain for from 2011 to 2013.

Bridget’s softball career didn’t end with her senior year at Hamburg. She attended Niagara University for nursing and played Division I softball for three out of her four years there. During her softball career at Niagara, Bridget was named to the All-MAAC second team as a freshman and the All-MAAC first team as a senior. She also set the doubles record, hitting 20 doubles in 2017, and placed fourth in the record books for hits in a season with 58 in 2017.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Niagara University, Bridget worked for a time at hospitals in Buffalo before working at hospitals in Connecticut, South Carolina, and

Arizona as a travel nurse. Drawn by her love for hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding, Bridget moved to Denver Colorado where she currently resides with her Australian shepherd, Lokie, working as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Lutheran Medical Center.

Gabe Kogler, Class of 1996

Gabe Kogler, Class of 1996

Gabe Kogler was a 3-sport athlete at Hamburg in football, basketball and baseball, playing games with great determination, heart and sportsmanship.  He learned these skills at a young age from his brothers, challenging each other at Highland Park for home run with brothers Roman and Gregory and Arnell coached them on the basketball court and the grid iron.  In basketball, Gabe was the catcher for both Roman and Gregory, and also learning from their father what it takes to play and be a champion.  When he was in 8th grade, after the regular baseball season, Coach David Cunningham told Kogler that the varsity squad bullpen needed him to catch the warmup pitchers as they advanced in the playoffs.

In basketball, Gabe played power forward for Coach Cunningham and Coach Bob Orr.  Gabe’s determination in the point helped to advance their 1994 squad to compete against LaSalle for the league Championship at the Niagara Convention Center.

Football is where Gabe excelled though, making the JV squad as an 8th grader and then playing Varsity as a freshman.  He was privileged to share the gridiron with both Roman and Gregory over the years.   Gabe played tight end, middle linebacker and all special teams.  Both his junior and senior year he was name All-WNY 1st Team Middle Linebacker, Co-defensive Player of the Year WNY, All-New York State 1st Team Middle Linebacker, Golden 50 New York State.  He was awarded the Shane Conlan Award for Best Linebacker in WNY in 1996 and picked to the Black and Blue Squad by Dick Gallagher.   During Gabe’s junior year, he helped the football team go undefeated that season with only 23 guys on the team.  Kogler and others never even came off the field!

Gabe earned a full scholarship to play tight end at the University of Buffalo.  Kogler excelled as a starter run-blocking tight end for three seasons with some nice catches as well.  As a senior, Kogler moved to Guard, helping their team to get their first win at the MAAC Conference that year, beating Bowling Green at home.  Kogler was voted Co-Captain by his teammates his senior year.

Gabe lives in Hawaii with his beautiful wife Danielle.  He helped coach the Big Boy League Youth Football.  Gabe works in private security and enjoys watching the Buffalo Bill, listening to baseball games on the radio and going to the beach.

Tim O’Shea, Class of 1983

Tim O’Shea, Class of 1983

Tim grew up in North Boston and attended Hamburg Central School from kindergarten until graduating from Hamburg High School in 1983. During high school he was a three-sport athlete, playing lacrosse, football, and wrestling. Tim was an outstanding midfielder and face-off man for 4 years on the varsity lacrosse team. During his senior year, as a co-captain, he was recognized as the first All-American in the history of Hamburg High school lacrosse. Tim’s high school lacrosse coaches, Dave Evans and Ed VanTine, and his brother, Marty, were instrumental in instilling Tim’s love for the game. Their coaching, leadership, and mentorship impacted him on and off the field.

Tim attended the State University of New York College at Geneseo where he received his degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Tim was a leader on the Geneseo lacrosse team for several years before knee issues ended his collegiate career. At Geneseo, Tim met his wife, Yvonne McGann, and they were married in 1989.

After graduation, Tim moved to Rochester and took a position with John Hancock Financial Services. Over the next 13 years, Tim built a financial-planning practice while also managing a successful sales unit. In 2001, he moved his practice to Lincoln Financial Advisors where he also had management responsibility for the Northern New York offices. As a result of his effective leadership of these offices, he was promoted to Divisional Vice President, overseeing all Lincoln advisors the Northeast Division.

Tim and Yvonne have lived in the Rochester area for over 30 years; first in Fairport and then in Victor, where they raised their two sons, Collin (31) and Trevor (30). Excellent athletes themselves, both boys excelled and were leaders in lacrosse and hockey at Victor High School. Collin played lacrosse at Bentley University and Trevor played hockey at Marist College. Both graduated with Accounting Degrees and received their CPA designations. Collin and Trevor are married and Jive in the Rochester area. Collin married Air Force Academy graduate Jenny Johnsen, from Spartanburg, SC. Trevor and his wife, Alex, also a graduate of Marist, gave Tim and Yvonne their first grandchild in April — Ellie. May O’Shea.

Tim and Yvonne divide their time between homes in Victor, New York and Naples, Florida. They enjoy traveling and are avid golfers and pickleball players..

Jim Hoepfinger, Class of 1972

Jim Hoepfinger, Class of 1972

Jim Hoepfinger was originally from South Buffalo, moving to Hamburg when he was in middle school.  By his freshman year Jim was already showing promise by being asked to play for the junior varsity basketball team.  As a sophomore, he led the varsity basketball team in points scored and was named the team’s most valuable player.

Jim was recognized for his talent on the court by being named to the E.C.I.C. All-Star Team his sophomore, junior, and senior years (1970, 1971 and 1972).  He was also selected to the all-Western New York team his senior year (1972).  Jim was the first player in Hamburg School history to score over 1,000 career points, surpassing the then-record of 700 points.

Jim continued his basketball career at SUNY Fredonia State, where he was captain his junior and senior years.  He presently lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife Sylvia where he pursues his passion for Eastern philosophy and meditation after a long career as a CPA.