Whether it was the fall, the winter, or the spring, one thing was a constant in Johnson City women’s sports in the late 70’s and early 80’s: the presence of Reneé Spear. Ms. Spear, JCHS class of 1982, racked up a total of 11 varsity letters during her playing days. With three letters in field hockey and four each in basketball and softball, Ms. Spears was a reliable and successful fixture on the fields and courts of Johnson City athletics.
Ms. Spear’s impressive career included four years on the varsity softball team. She was a 2-time All-STAC selection and she was recognized as her team MVP for two of her four seasons. A similar experience followed for Ms. Spears’ field hockey career. She again achieved All-STAC recognition twice and team MVP twice during her three years on the field hockey team.
The basketball court is where Reneé found her greatest athletic success. She began her time on the varsity in the winter of 1978, and she started accumulating honors soon thereafter. She was a Division II first team selection in 1980, 1981, and 1982. She was given the All-Star award three times and she was an All-STAC performer for two of her varsity seasons. She was voted her team’s MVP twice and she was also a member of the All-Metro team. Reneé also put her name in the record books by setting a Broome County record for high individual scorer in a girls’ varsity basketball game with 47 points.
Ms. Spear went on to be an All-Star performer in both basketball and softball at SUNY Cortland after her time at Johnson City. She has given back to her community and to the sports she played by coaching basketball, softball, soccer, T-ball, and Special Olympics.
The Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome the standout Wildcat female athlete of the late 70’s and early 80’s, Reneé Spear, Class of 1982.