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Munn, Banta inducted into SL Hall

October 18, 2010
By the Enterprise staff

SARANAC LAKE - Two new members were inducted into the Saranac Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 9 at a halftime ceremony held during the Red Storm's football game against Massena.

The inductees were 1997 graduate Matt Banta and Tim Munn of the Class of 1979.

Banta was a standout alpine skier and soccer player, with racing down the slopes his forte. He was recognized as the school's most outstanding athlete in alpine skiing starting with the 1993-94 season.

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John Banta reads a speech on behalf of his son Matt during the Saranac Lake Hall of Fame ceremony

Banta capped off his high school skiing career in 1997 when he won the New York State Alpine Combined Championship at Whiteface Mountain.

Upon graduation, he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his education and attained a Masters Degree in Engineering from George Washington University.

Banta is currently a systems manager residing in Frankfurt, Germany and was unable to attend the induction ceremony. He is the son of Linda and John Banta of Saranac Lake.

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Tim Munn addresses fans gathered at Ken Wilson Field during the Saranac Lake Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at halftime of the Red Storm’s football game against Massena on Oct. 9.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

John Banta read a speech on his son's behalf during the ceremony.

Munn was a standout three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball.

In football, he was a first-team All-Northern defensive back who led the league in tackles. Also an All-Northern selection in basketball, Munn averaged 19.9 points per game with Saranac Lake. He continued his basketball career at a collegiate level.

After graduating from college, Munn has gone on to coach numerous sports at various levels. Teams coached include college soccer, high school boys soccer, football, boys and girls basketball, boys track, girls softball and baseball. For the past 26 years, Munn has has been a junior varsity football assistant under head coach Jim Hayden. Their team this season has yet to lose.

Munn and his wife Amy have two children, Kellen and Nathalie.



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