COLLEGE BASKETBALL: WAVERLY GRAD SICKLER INDUCTED IN UNIV. OF ROCHESTER HALL OF FAME
(2023-10-09)Valley Sports Report
ROCHESTER — One of the best players to ever grace the basketball court at Waverly High School, 1994 Waverly grad Dave Sickler was honored Friday night for his basketball (and golf) career at the University of Rochester with induction into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
“One of the best shooters in Rochester men's basketball history,” Sickler ended a four-year career with the Yellowjackets with 1,603 points, which still ranks sixth all-time.
Sickler also had 435 rebounds and 224 3-pointers made. He averaged 15.7 points per game over his career, shot 47.0 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from 3-point range and was at 80.5 percent from the free throw line.
A three-time all-conference selection, Sickler earned First Team honors in the conference twice. He helped Rochester win the Chase Scholarship Tournament in 1996 and reach the postseason twice, including making the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1997.
Sickler, a four-year starter for the Yellowjackets, was honored with All-Tournament recognition three times in the UR Chuck Resler Tournament and Chase Scholarship Tournament, and twice at the UR/Holiday Inn Airport Tip-Off Tournament.
Sickler’s name appears many times in the Rochester record books. He ranks third in team history in 3-pointers made, third in minutes per game (32.7), sixth in total field goals made (557) and eighth in 3-point percentage. His 91.1 percent free throw mark in 1994-95 was a school record at the time of his graduation and his 521 points in 1997-98 are eighth most in a single-season at Rochester.
Sickler was also an award-winning golfer with Rochester, earning First Team All-UAA honors during his only season with the team in 1994-95, a year in which the Yellowjackets qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship.
After graduating from Rochester in 1998. Sickler went on to earn his Master’s Degree at Elmira College.
He is currently a health / driver’s ed teacher and the golf coach at Tioga Central.
IN PHOTO: Dave Sickler. ... PHOTO PROVIDED
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