LATHAM, NY – Almost 14 months after being named to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Roosevelt High basketball player Karen O’Connor Self will finally be officially inducted.
The NYSPHSAA announced Friday that it will officially induct its 2020 class into the Hall of Fame on July 28 at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello.
He and five others (coaches Diane Chapman and Sharon Sarsen, officials Edward J. Goetz and Marie Terc, and administrator Carl Normandin) were elected to the hall on May 21, 2020, but the ceremony induction was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The move led the NYSPHSAA to cancel the process for a 2021 Hall of Fame class.
Self enters the Hall in the athlete category.
Self, then Karen O’Connor, played for Roosevelt from 1983 to 1987. She led the Presidents to their only state women’s basketball championship in 1987 and still holds the program record with 2,662 career points and the single-season mark of 985 points during his final year 1986-87. She scored 48 points in the semifinals and state finals that year.
His one-season mark led the state for 30 years. It wasn’t broken until Andra Espinoza-Hunter scored 995 in 2016-17 for Ossining. Self’s career total is currently 10th in the state.
Self went to Arizona State University where she led the PAC-10 in interceptions and was third in scoring in the league in sophomore.
She stayed in Arizona after graduation and coached Seton Catholic Prep in Chandler for 29 years, racking up 754 wins. Seton went 20-1 last season, winning a 12th state championship.
Self lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband, Rory, and their four children.