Toledo Central Catholic – Athletic HOF
Courtney (Mix) Davis 2000 – Courtney won seven varsity letters in basketball and volleyball. As a senior she was named All-State in basketball as well as City League Player of the Year, and volleyball District Player of the Year. The Lady Irish basketball team won four straight City League championships while she played at CCHS, and the volleyball team won the City League championship and appeared in the regional tournament her senior year.
Kelly Hunt 1999 – Kelly was an All-City basketball and baseball player who earned a full athletic scholarship to play baseball at Bowling Green State University, where he holds several baseball records and had a career batting average of .399. Kelly was part of two basketball district championship teams in 1997 and 1999. As a freshman, Kelly’s team won the City League championship.
Mark Miller 1973 – Mark is considered by many to be one of the best offensive guards in CCHS football history. He earned All-City honors both his junior and senior years, while adding Toledo Times All-Star honors his senior year. Mark started every game for three years and was named Player of the Game at least once in each of those seasons. Mark was told by the athletic director that he couldn’t remember the last time that he ordered a varsity letter with three bars.
Joe Scalzo, Jr. 1964 – Joe was a four time varsity letter winner in wrestling, who led his team to city and district titles. he took first place in the district meet as a senior and was named team MVP. he was one of very few freshman who wrestled with the varsity team and considers it an honor to have earned four varsity letters.
Bob Bahna 1959 – Bob was a three time varsity letter winner in baseball with a career pitching record of 19-3. He was undefeated as a pitcher his junior and senior seasons. He helped his team capture three consecutive City League baseball championships from 1957 through 1959. During his senior year, the Irish won the district championship and made it to the state semifinal.
Coach Steve Pfahler 1972 – Steve served as head coach for the Lady Irish basketball team for 21 years, finishing with an overall record of 377-96. His teams made four trips to the state championship, won eight district championships, and captured 12 Toledo City League titles, including a span of 90 consecutive Toledo City League victories. From 1996 to 2001, the Lady Irish had a record of 144-14 and a City League record of 65-1.
Citizen’s Award Darrell Brown, Jr. – Darrell is a local architect who was on the design and construction team for the renovation and completion of Gallagher Stadium. He was also part of the support staff for the fighting Irish football teams, filming all freshmen and varsity football games for eight seasons. For three years, Darrell served on the coaching staff for the varsity tennis team with Tim Dever ’77. During that time, the tennis program received academic awards and city and regional recognitions.
The 1994-1995 Girls’ Cross Country Team – The team took first place in the City League and at the district and regional meets, and finished as the state runner-up. They were ranked #1 throughout the season.
Coach – Jennifer Gill Team Members – Catherine Blondo, Bethany Harrington, Rebekah Harris, Lindy Jacquemotte, Amanda Murnen, Shannon Pasquinelli, Rebecca Skinner, Jennifer Sobieralski, Alisa Steitz, Rachel Syrek, Diane Szymanski, Maggie Vollmer, Elizabeth Wall, Gail Walton, Christine Weiher, Sarah Weiher.
The 1961-1962 Boys Basketball Team – The team finished with a 22-2 record and won the City League, sectional, and district championships, while outscoring opponents by a total of 1,333-914.
Coach – Bob Nichols Team Members – Michael Ben, John Ginter, Martin Holmes, James Ingham, Dennis Jasinski, Duane Madrzykowski, Roger Ratajczak, John Schick, Daniel Schick, Billy Jo Smith, Doug Stone, Anthony Vietlboeck, Ted Zak.
Class of 2009, Inducted September 10, 2009
Jeff Seeman 1972 – Jeff earned three varsity letters with the Fighting Irish basketball team. In his senior year, team finished 18-2 and won the sectional championship. Jeff was co-captain of the team and was named All-City by the Toledo times and the Toledo Blade. He was also named All-District and was a member of the City League All-Academic team. Jeff was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Furman University.
Bob Calabrese 1977 – Bob was one of the top sprinters in the area as a member of the CCHS track team. He also played football and was named All-City twice. He also earned All-District honors as a senior and the team won the Red Division title. Bob broke the school’s all time receptions record, both for a season and for a career.
Gretchen Weiher 1994 – Gretchen was a member of the All-City track team during her junior and senior seasons, but her biggest accomplishments occurred with the Lady Irish cross country team. She earned All-City and All-District honors during her sophmore, junior and senior seasons, while capturing All-State honors her junior year. During her junior season, the team placed sixth in the state. During her senior year, the Lady Irish won the City League and district titles, finished third in the regionals, and placed second in the state meet. The team also won four invitatonal tournaments and was ranked 24th in the nation.
Josh Lenix 1999 – Josh was a two time letter winner with the Fighting Irish football team and a three time City League wrestling champion. Josh finished with just one loss en route to the state 215 pound wrestling title as a senior. He is the only individual state wrestling champion in Central Catholic history.
Tim Dever, Jr. 1977 Citizen’s Award – Tim earned four varsity letters in tennis while at Central Catholic and was named All-City as a senior. Tim has been a valuable asset to the CCHS athletic department for many years, serving as chairman of the athletic committee from 1999 to 2005. He was the Fighting Irish boy’s varsity tennis coach from 1982 to 1983 and again from 2004 to 2008, compiling an overall record of 66-34. He also served as assistant tennis coach from 2000 to 2004. Tim has been involved with CCHS in other capacities over the years, including his membership in the Alumni and Friends Association and also serving as the association’s president in 1994. Tim was a school board member from 2000 to 2005, a member of the Development Committee from 1994 to 1997, and a moderator for the CCHS mock trial team from 1990 to 1992. The team qualified for the the state finals in 1992. Tim received the President’s Medallion and the Beloved Disciple Award from Central Catholic.
The 1997-1998 Girls’ Basketball Team – The Lady Irish finished with a record of 25-2 and won City League, sectional, district, and regional titles to advance to the state championships. They lost by one point to Dayton Chaminade in the state semi-final game.
Coaches – Steve Phaler, Marty McGurk, Kerri Stewart Team Manager – Lori Welch Team Members – Erin Connors, Shannon Dinges, Molly Dorrell, Desiree Edison, Ericka Haney, Kristin Helvey, Kelly McCarthy, Courtney Mix, Jenny Nichols, Liza Simrell, Katie Walsh, Theresa Weisenburger.
Class of 2008, Inducted April 14, 2008
Ronald Zak 1957 – Ron lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He won two varsity letters in football and was a two-year starter for the Fighting Irish basketball team. he was named Most Valuable Player on the basketball team his junior year was co-captain of the team his senior year. Also during his senior year, the basketball team finished with a 12-7 record, taking second place in the City League, and he was named to the All-City team.
Andy Grombacher 1987 – In his junior year, Andy was named All Red Division and All-City for football as a punter, and he was also named All-State. As a senior, he was named All Red Division at three different positions- defensive back, kicker, and punter. he was also named All-District and All-State as a punter his senior year, while earning a full athletic scholarship to Ohio University. Andy also played baseball at Central Catholic and was a member of a City League championship team. He had a 2-0 record as a pitcher his junior year, and a 4-0 record as a senior. His senior baseball team advanced to the district final. He was also a two-year member of the varsity basketball team.
Todd Sedlar 1996 – Todd starred in both basketball and baseball while at Central Catholic. his senior year, he was named All-City in basketball, as well as City League Player of the Year and District Player of the Year. He was also named All-State and led the City League in scoring. He was named All-City for baseball as a junior and a senior, while leading the City League in batting as a junior. He was also a member of the All-Academic team his senior in three sports – basketball, baseball and golf. Todd earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Toledo.
Ericka Haney 1998 – As a basketball player for the Lady Irish, Ericka All-City and All-District as a sophomore, junior and senior while earning All-State honors in both her junior and senior seasons. Ericka was named the City League Player of the Year and the Toledo Blade Metro Player of the Year as a senior, as well as All-American. Her team finished 25-2 her senior year and was a state semi-finalist. Ericka ended her basketball career as Central Catholic’s scoring and rebounding leader, with 1,343 points and 1,124 rebounds. Ericka was an All-City and All-State track star as a junior and senior, and she holds school records in the 100 meter hurdles, the 200 meter dash, and the 400 meter dash. She was ranked fifth in the nation in the 100 meter hurdles her senior year. She earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.
Greg Bollin 1967 Citizens Award – Greg started his Fighting Irish football career as a quarterback. He also took over the punting duties his sophomore year and led the city in punting his senior year.Greg continued his support of the Fighting Irish football program while building his company, RGB Productions. Greg was one of the founding fathers of the 12th man club, which continues to this day as the major funding partner for the current Fighting football program.Greg, as president of RGB Productions has filmed and produced 19 graduation ceremonies and 15 CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame banquets. Greg also produced a video documenting the 2005 Division II Fighting Irish State Championship Football team.
The 1997 Boy’s State Champion Track Team – The team won the City, District, and Regional championships and the first State Title for any CCHS athletic team in 36 years. They were undefeated in the City league with a record of 9-0. The team included five All-State honorees – Deric Carl, Gerald Lee, Rudy Mathews, Neil Nordhaus, and Tirrell Sturdivant. The 4 x 100 relay team captured first place at the state meet, and the 4 x 800 team placed fifth.
Head Coach – Jim Petiniot Assistant Coaches – Mike Boaden, Dave Carpenter, Eric Haage, Sidney Marious, Char Petiniot Team Members – Mike Anaple, Rob Ankenbrandt, Steve Bine, Craig Brown, Deric Carl, Larry Cook, Desmond Fletcher, Daniel Ghareeb, Daniel Hernacki, Brandon Holmes, Juian Hutchins, George Jackson, Breon Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Justin Keys, Eric Komorowski, Gerald Lee, Willie Loper, Matt Mackowiak, Rich Martinez, Brad Miller, Joseph Neuhausel, Neil Nordhaus, Sherron Peacock, Ryan Peiffer, Andre Ragland, Billy Rall, Dan Rall, Doug Rall, Ronald Ricks, Jeff Ross, Todd Sabin, Marquis Shannon, Jacob Shepherd, Kevin Steitz, Tirrell Sturdivant, Ryan Templeton, Gary Tisdale, Boe Washington, Russell Weiher, Dean Wells, Jonathan Whitlow.
Class of 2007, Inducted April 23, 2007
Dr. Tony Regent 1957 – tony was a two-time varsity letter winner in basketball and played on the varsity golf team for four years. His junior year he was named All-City in basketball and his senior he was named All-City again and Most Valuable Player. During Tony’s freshman year, the golf team went 5-1 and won the City League title, and the team tied for the City League title his sophomore year. Tony also played football for CCHS for two years.
Patricia Murnen 1975 – Patricia played three years of varsity basketball, with the Lady Irish finishing as City League runners up her sophomore year and City League champions her junior and senior seasons. She was named co-captain of the team her junior year and earned All-City. She was also co-captain her senior year when the team finished third in the first ever girl’s state tournament. She was named All-City and Most Valuable Player that season.
The 1977 Football Team – The 1977 football team finished with a record of 9-2, winning a second straight Red Division title and earning the school’s first ever playoff berth. The team featured six first team All-City players, two All-State players, and one All-American. Coach Mike Beier was named City League Coach of the Year. Coach Beier, along with players – Rob Mangas, Dean Masztak, and Chris Hohenberger are all members of the CCHS Hall of Fame on an individual basis.
Head Coach – Mike Beier Assistant Coaches – Dennis Bolbach, Mike Boyle, Jim Hauden, Bud Moody Players – Doug Bennett, Dave Bonitati, Rick Cappelletty, Jim Coyle, Jim Craig, Mike Dartt, Brad Delp, Mike Desmond, Doug Drennan, John Dressel, Mike Durfey, Bill Eaton, Jim Forrester, John Gramling, Todd Hafner, Jim Hankenhof, Chris Hohenberger, John Horne, Rob Hunter, Dennis Jaworski, Mark Kennedy, Jim Kettman, Marty Koechley, Dennis Kookoothe, Rick Koralewski, Dave Kurek, Rob Mangas, Dean Masztak, Mike Mathews, Tom Matuszynski, Jim Montrie, Tom Morrin, Marty Murray, Chris Napierala, Todd Nowicki, Jim O’Brien, Matt O’Shea, Glenn Perryman, Mike Pozniak, Rich Przeniczny, Tom Puccetti, Manuel Rodriguez, Ed Schweickert, Scott Shealy, Ron Szymanski, Matt Tucholski, Phil Varwig, Kevin Zimmerman.
The 1986-1987 Girl’s Basketball Team – The 1986-1987 girl’s basketball team finished with a record of 25-2 and won it’s second consecutive City League title. The team also won district and regional championships and was the first team since 1977 to advance to the state championship Final Four. the team won the prestigious Pickerington Holiday Tournament, defeating state powers Lancaster and Pickerington for the title. The Lady Irish outscored their opponents that season by an average of 20 points per game. Four team members were named All-City with Cathy Koch being named City League Player of the Year. Four members of the team along with Coach Chris Tuttle are individual members of the CCHS Hall of Fame.
Head Coach – Chris Tuttle Assistant Coaches – Darrell Hohlbein, Dave Zahs Players – Jackie Cunningham, Lynn Fournier, Renee Heitger, Jean Holewinski, Lori Knannlein, Cathy Koch, Karen Kopinski, Kendra Kopinski, Missy Lengel, Kelly Mills, Jackie Reau, Carol Ruth.
Joe “Anti” Antoszewski 1973 Citizen’s Award – Joe was the co-captain of the 1972-73 Fighting Irish football team which was inducted into the Central Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame April 18, 2005. Joe earned All City honors as both a linebacker on defense and a tight end on offense. Joe took over as the starting middle linebacker on the varsity during the 6th game of his sophomore season at age 14 and started every game until the end of his career. Joe was awarded the WCWA radio Player of the Week in a 41-6 victory over Woodward, and earned Player of the Week honors in a 20-6 victory over Start. Joe also was awarded the “Player with Most Desire” trophy for his senior year. Joe earned an athletic scholarship to continue playing football at Baldwin Wallace College.
Joe continued his support of the Central Catholic Football program with his work with the 12th Man club, which helps fund the Fighting Irish Football program. Joe also created and funded the Hometown Player of the Week Scholarship Program, which granted the Central Catholic Football Player of the Year with a $1000.00 scholarship for the college or university of their choice.
Class of 2005, Inducted April 18, 2005
Doug Doherty 1956 – Doug was a winner of eight varsity letters in four different sports during his high school career. He was the football team’s co-captain his senior year and was named All-City for offense and defense. He also participated in basketball, baseball, and track. Doug was voted CCHS’s Outstanding Athlete in his junior year by members of the sophomore and junior classes.
Connie (Mack) Glase 1977 – Connie was a winner of four varsity letters in track. She won the city title in the 880 all four while at CCHS. She second in the 880 at state her freshman and sophomore years. Connie was named All-City all four years in track, and was captain of the track team her senior year.
Gary Zolciak 1973 – Gary was a starter on the varsity football team for three years and was named co-captain his senior year. He was both an offensive and defensive starter for two seasons. Gary was requited heavily by both Bo Schembechler of Michigan and Woody Hayes of Ohio State, and he chose the University of Michigan. During Gary’s senior season at CCHS, Coach Dave Kregel said, “In my eight years in the city, Gary is the best I’ve seen.” He was named All-City, All-District, and All-State during his senior season.
Nick Toth Coach – As a varsity football coach from 1981 through 1986, Nick compiled an overall record of 40-21-1 for a winning percentage of .653. During his tenure, the football team earned two Red Division championships and two co-championships, one Shoe Bowl championship, a state playoff appearance, a ranking as high as number 7 in the state. Nick was named City League Coach of the Year in 1982 and Red Division Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1986. He also served as CCHS athletic director from 1982 to 1986.
The 1972 Fighting Irish Football Team – The 1972 Fighting Irish football team is the only team in the history of CCHS football to have two players rush for over 1000 yards in the same season. The team featured 15 players named All-City/All-Red Division, with 1 player named to both the offensive and defensive teams, 7 players named All-District, 4 players named All-State, and one player named City League Player of the Year. The 1972 Irish outscored their opponents 190-62, recorded 3 shutouts and finished 2nd in the first OHSAA final computer poll. Eight players received Division 1 scholarship offers.
Head Coach – Dave Kregel Assistant Coaches – Dennis Bolbach, Dick Gralak, Jim Klonowski, Tom O’Leary and Bob Sturek Team members – Joe Addis, Joe “Anti” Antoszewski, Larry Bertz, Kevin Buckley, Mike Cappelletty, Steve Dixon, Casey Dodson, Paul Drozik, Tim Drumm, Mark Durham, Mark Gallagher, Tim Garris, Mike Gilmore, Jim Haudan, Larry Hendricks, Gary Incorvaia, Charles Istler, Jim Joyce, Larry Kayser, Greg Kreft, Jimmy layton, Robert Lindsay, Clinton Longenecker, Richard Mann, Mark Miller, Bill Navarre, Greg O’Connor, David Olsen, Bernard Piotrowski, Barney Renard, Bob Rhodus, Richard Rimer, Tom Roesner, Hugh Ross, Richard Rudnicki, Chris Rynski, Jay Samelak, Chris Scherer, Michael Strall, Bill Sulewski, Mark Tooman, Dennis Varwig, Michael Ziegelhofer and Gary Zolciak
Ruth Mangas 1980, Citizen’s Award – Ruth organnizes parent and alumni volunteers for the concession stands for all sporting events, along with coordinating the 50/50 raffles, program sales, ticket sellers and takers. She is also manages inventory control, while being a board member for the Shillelagh Club of which she served as secretary for 6 years. Central Catholic is very fortunate to have this tireless volunteer.
Class of 2004, Inducted March 22, 2004
Don Pinciotti 1940 – Don earned four varsity letters in football and baseball and received an athletic scholarship to the University of Dayton. He was named All-City in football and was chosen to play in the Ohio All Star Game. Don was also named to the All-City baseball team.
Tom Boardman 1966 – Tom earned seven varsity letters while at CCHS, two in football, two in basketball and three in baseball. Tom was named to the All-City team in football as a junior and a senior. He led the City League in passing and completion percentage his senior year. Tom was named Most Improved Player on the basketball team his senior year, and the baseball team won the district title his senior year. Tom also was the first winner of the Tom McHugh Scholar/Athlete Award.
Mary Ann Robinson 1977 – Mary Ann was a member of the CCHS Lady Irish basketball team that won the City League Championship all four years of her high school career. In her senior season, Mary Ann was a team captain and earned All-City honors. Her team finished 21-1, winning the City League, sectional, district, and regional titles before losing to Walnut Ridge in the state semi-finals. Mary Ann also played her junior year.
Mike Beier Coach – Mike coached the Fighting Irish varsity football team from 1975 to 1980, finishing with an overall record of 34-25-1 and a winning percentage of .575. His teams won Red Division championships in 1976 and 1977 and boasting a 5-1 record over rival St.Francis. In 1977, Mike’s team became the first CCHS squad to earn a state playoff birth. The team passed on its Shoe Bowl bid to play Cincinnati Moeller. Despite the team’s 42-14 loss, Mike was named City League Coach of the Year.
The 1982 Baseball Team – The 1982 Fighting Irish baseball team finished 23-8, winning the Red Division title along with the sectional, district, and regional titles. The team finished as a state semifinalist, advancing farther into the state tournament than any previous CCHS baseball team. The team hit a total of 30 homeruns for the season.
Coach – Rick Briggle Assistant Coach – Mark Malinowski Team Members – John Batey, Cleves Delp, Scott Hoffman, Martin McCarthy, Timothy Ritter, Scott Winckowski, Randy Hafner, Michael Kessinger, Chip Ruth.
The 1935 Football Team – The 1935 Fighting Irish football team finished the season without a loss, winning seven and tying two. The team finished the season as the first CCHS undisputed City league champions.
Coach – Al Sacksteder Team Members – Eddie Mann co-captain, Frank Perz co-captain, Melvin Czarnecki, Jack Yates, Carl Costell, Corky Griffith, Leo Farber, Bill Reese, Jim Foy, Paul Miller, Bob Buehrer, George Zilba, Cliff Bihl, Tom Donaldson, Bob Liggett, Bob Hardy, Dick McCarthy, Bill McCarthy, Dunc Obee, Jack Bauman, Val Pawlowski, Ernie Hentges, Chester Zera, John Marisay, Chuck Lyskawa, Don Foley, and Vic Baumgartner.
Mike Kruzel 1981 Citizens Award – Mike Kruzel’s contributions to CCHS athletic teams are almost too many to list. Since his days as a student during his own high school years, Mike has supported every level of the school’s sports. Mike’s volunteer position has been described as an unofficial athletic administrative assistant and as a “jack of all trades” for the athletic department. Some of mike’s tasks include making travel arrangements, team meals, taking care of supplies, uniforms, first aid kits, and coordinating volunteers.
Class of 2003, Inducted April 7, 2003
Dennis Pawlecki 1959 – Dennis earned three varsity letters in basketball and three in baseball and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Toledo. He was named All-City in basketball and All-State his junior and senior years. Dennis was co-captain his senior year when the basketball team finished 18-1 and won the City League championship. At that time, the team had the only undefeated regular season in school history, and they finished second in the final AP state poll. Dennis was also a member of the City league and district champion baseball teams his junior and senior years.
Scott Winckowski 1982 – Scott earned four varsity letters in golf, two in basketball and three in baseball. Scott was named All-City and All-District in golf, finished fourth in the City League tournament, along with being named City League Player of the Year his senior year. He was also team captain and earned an athletic scholarship to Eastern Michigan University. Scott was also named All-City and All-district his senior year in both basketball and baseball. Scott was named to the All-City academic team in three sports and was the winner of the Tom McHugh Scholar/Athlete Award.
Martha (Kondalski) Baird 1985 – Martha earned seven varsity letters in basketball and track. In her senior season, Martha earned All-City and All-District honors while leading the team in scoring and rebounding . Her team finished 22-4, winning sectional and district titles. She was named All-City in track both her junior and senior seasons and was captain of the All-Academic team for both basketball and track. Martha was the winner of the Margaret Mary Volz Scholar Athlete Award, while earning an athletic scholarship to Butler University.
Jan (Lagger) Lehman 1979 Coach – Jan coached the Lady Irish volleyball team from 1985 to 1989, finishing with an overall record of 79-25 and a winning percentage of .731. She was named City League Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1987, while leading the team to the City championships in both seasons. In 1987, the team finished second in the City league, won the Catholic Invitational Tournament, and finished second in the district.
The 1930 State Champion Golf Team – The 1930 Fighting Irish golf team experienced the most successful season in CCHS history up to that point, winning every match against the state’s finest golfers. They captured the city, district and finally the state championship. Captain Gus Shumaker was the medalist at the state tournament in Columbus.
Team Members – Gus Shumaker captain, Bob Danford, Ollie Galen, Oliver “Red” Cook, Harvey “Junior” Venia, John Sobczak, Frank Fialkowski, and Dale “Red” Kibler.
The 1960 Football Team – The 1960 Fighting Irish football team finished the season 8-1 and securing the first undisputed City League title in 25 years. The team was ranked as high as sixth in the AP state poll and boasted two All-State players and 11 All-City team members. They outscored their opponents 230-85 and averaged 25.5 points per game.
Coach – Tom McHugh Team Members – Dennis Bolbach, Don Brunner, Les Flynn, Scott Hoffman, John Keller, Bob Kerstetter, Donald Naugle, Ty Renfroe, Bill Toth, Bob tomes, Thomas Zientek
Fr. Lawrence Varney 1951 Citizens Award – Fr. Lawrence Varney has made significant contributions to CCHS athletic teams and exemplified the ideals of the school supporting every level of the school’s sports for the last 30 years. Fr. Varney was a full time teacher and guidance counselor at CCHS from 1970 to 1982, as well as the Chaplain to the football and basketball teams. He worked as the Interim Athletic Director from 1973 to 1974, and he has functioned as a semi-official photographer for girl’s basketball, softball, track, and volleyball for the past 30 years.
Class of 2002, Inducted April 8, 2002
Mike Marciniak 1960 – Mike earned two varsity letters in football and two in track.He was named co-captain and Most Valuable Player his senior year in football. Mike was also named to the All-City team as both an offensive tackle and defensive guard. Mike was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Michigan State University.
Joan Collins 1970 – Joan was a star on both the track and basketball teams at CCHS. Since there was no girl’s track program during her freshman and sophomore years, joan competed with the boy’s track team in 1967 and 1968. She qualified for the Olympic trials in 1968. During her junior and senior years, Joan was able to compete on the first girl’s track team at CCHS, participating in sprints and the 1600 meter relay and winning two events in the blade relays. Joan was also a member of the inaugural Lady Irish basketball team which won the first ever City League championship with a record of 8-0 while outscoring their opponents 301-113. Joan was a varsity tennis player in 1968.
Joe Stechshulte 1928 – Joe earned four varsity letters in football while earning a starting position in his sophomore season. Joe was named All-City in football in both his junior and senior seasons. Joe also played basketball his junior year and was named co-captain of the team. Joe attended Notre Dame University where he played football for the legendary Knute Rockne.
Bertha Brickett Coach – Bertha was the girl’s physical education instructor, director of girl’s athletics, and basketball coach from 1920 to 1928, compiling an overall record of 41-26-1.
Chris Hohenberger 1978 – Chris was a starting center on the CCHS football team for two seasons, earning two varsity letters. His junior year, the team finished with a record of 8-3, while winning the Red Division, and he was named to the All-City team. Chris was named co-captain his senior year as the team won their second straight Red Division championship with a record of 9-2, going undefeated in City League play. Chris was named to the All-City and All-Academic teams his senior year.
Jennifer Gill Coach – Jennifer was head track coach from 1978 to 1994 compiling a meet record of 134-13-1 for a winning percentage of .912. As Cross Country coach from 1983 to 1999 she did even better as she compiled a meet record of 208-10 for a winning percentage of .954. Under her guidance, the CCHS Lady Irish track teams won four City League titles, and finished second twice. Jenny was named District Coach of the Year in 1990, received the Silver Award from Scholastic Coach magazine in 1989, and coached five All-State track athletes. Her cross country teams won 11 City League titles and finished second three times. They also won seven District and one Regional title, while finishing in the top ten in state competition seven times, including second place finishes in 1993 and 1994. Jenny also coached three All-State cross country athletes.
The 1976-77 Girl’s Basketball Team – The 1976-77 CCHS Lady basketball team finished the season 21-1 which included one of the longest winning streaks in CCHS history – 20 games. The team won the City League title, the Sectional, District, and Regional before falling in the State semi-final. The team boasted 2 All-City team members and one All-State honoree. The team also included 5 individual CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame members. They outscored their opponents by an average of 21 points per game.
Coach – Fran Krompak Assistant Coach – Eric Stockard Team Members – Lisa Bialorucki, Debbie Czerniak, Paula Bialorucki, Kelly Kubacki, Denise Wiczynski, Janet Lagger, Catherine McPartland, Patricia Reifsnider, Chris Tuttle, Julie Noggle, Kenwyn Malhoit, Peggy McCarthy, Kristie Gordan, Mary Ann Robinson, Carolyn Cisowski, Judy Kubacki.
Coach Bob Smith Citizens Award – Bob Smith has had a lifetime of sports experiences and accomplishments. After a 30 year career at Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic High School as athletic director, head football coach (28 years), and head basketball coach (22 years), you might say he got his second wind when came to CCHS. He has been coaching CCHS’s freshman football and basketball teams for the last 25 years and is also a part time athletic consultant. Bob is also a member of the Fremont St. Joseph Hall of Fame, along with being a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association Hall of Fame, and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Class of 2001, Inducted April 9, 2001
Mitch Seeman 1977 – Mitch earned three varsity letters in basketball while at CCHS.He was named co-captain and Most Valuable Player his senior year. Mike was also named to the All-City team both his junior and senior years while adding All-District honors his senior year. Mitch led the team in scoring his senior year, while finishing third in the City League. Mitch was awarded a full athletic scholarship to University of Toledo.
Lori Knannlein 1988 – Lori earned a total of nine varsity letters while participating in three sports at CCHS. As a sophomore on the Lady Irish basketball team she won the most improved player and earned All-City honors. The team finished 20-3, winning the city and district titles. Her junior year she again was named to the All-City team, while being named the team’s most valuable player. The team repeated as district champions, finishing with a 25-2 record. As a senior tri-captain she was named All-City, All-District and All-State, while the team finished 25-1, advancing to the state finals. Lori also excelled in track and volleyball, earning four varsity letters in track and two in volleyball. Lori was named All-City, All-District, most valuable player, and district player of the year in volleyball her senior year.
Pete Grant 1959 – Pete earned three varsity letters in basketball, with the team capturing the sectional championship and finishing district runners-up his junior. As a senior, Pete was named co-captain, while earning All-City, All-State honors along with being named most valuable player. He averaged 20 points a game, leading the team and finishing second in the city in scoring. The team finished second in the final Associated Press Poll with a record of 18-1.
The 1967-68 Boy’s Basketball Team – The 1967-68 CCHS boys basketball team finished the season 23-2 while finishing third in the final Associate Press Poll. The team won the City League title, the Sectional, District, falling in the regional final. The team boasted four All-City team members and one All-State honoree and the Northwest Ohio Player of The Year.
Coach – Jim Zak Assistant Coach – Pete Benedict Team Members – Ken Raszka, Gene Nowak, Greg Amrhein, Don Ingham, Rich Arbinger, John Wieck, Bob Johnson, Andy Etzel, Jim Pollauf, Rick Perz, Pat Murnen, Tim Harman, Managers – David Raszka and Mike Yeager, Trainer – John Connolly
Mike Czerniak Citizens Award – Mike has supported CCHS athletics for 50 years. Mike’s involvement at CCHS has not just been limited to athletics. His constant support of CCHS academics and involvement in fundraising campaigns earned him the CCHS Medallion Award and an honorary diploma in 1993. His company was honored by CCHS in 1999 with the Fidelitas Award for corporate philanthropy.
Class of 2000, Inducted April 10, 2000
Dennis O’Shea 1952 – Dennis played basketball, baseball, football and track during his athletic career at CCHS, earned varsity letters in each. Dennis was also named to the All-City team both his junior and senior years. As a senior, the team went 20-4 and earned a co-championship in the City League, while capturing sectional, district, and regional titles, before losing in the state semi-finals.
Tim Harman 1968 – Tim excelled in basketball and cross country, earning three varsity letters in each sport while at CCHS. In basketball Tim earned All-City honors both his junior and senior seasons. His senior year the team won the City title, sectional and district championships, while finishing third in the final AP Poll. Between 1966 and 1968, the Irish basketball team posted a record of 42-4.
Jim Joyce 1973 – Jim earned four varsity letters in baseball and one in football. Jim was one of the most dominant pitchers in CCHS history. He earned All-City honors as junior and senior, while breaking the school strikeout record, leading the team in batting average and being named MVP his senior year. Jim played football his senior year. He was the teams punter and played defensive back, earning All-Red Division honors on a team that is in the CCHS Hall of Fame.
Pam Bensman-Seymour 1976 – Pam earned seven varsity letters while participating in three sports at CCHS. She along with Marcia Wyszumiala, was the first freshman to play on the Lady Irish varsity basketball team. During her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, the Lady Irish won three City League titles and compiled a 41-3 record. Pam was named MVP as a senior, and earned All-City honors. As a volleyball player, she was co-captain and earned All-City honors both her junior and senior seasons. Pam also ran track her sophomore year. Pam also won the Margaret Voltz Scholar Athlete Award.
Karen Kopinski 1988 – Karen earned three varsity letters in both basketball and volleyball. As a basketball player, her team won the city championship all four years and advanced to the state final four her senior year. Her senior year, she was named tri-captain, All-City, City League Player of the Year, All-District and All-State, while the team compiled a record of 25-1.Karen earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Toledo.
Coach Donald “Ducky” Lewis – Don “Ducky” Lewis coached at CCHS from the late 1950’s through 1966. Testimonials to his success and influence on CCHS athletes are many. Ducky helped engineer the state championship football team in 1962. He was an assistant as well as a head coach in both basketball and football.
The 1948-49 Boy’s Basketball Team – The 1948-49 CCHS boys basketball team finished the season 26-4. The team won the City League title, the District, and Regional, before falling in the state championship game. The team boasted five All-City team members and one All-State honoree. Eight of the teams members are currently in the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame. They outscored their opponents by an average of 16 points a game.
Coach – Larry Bondy Team Members – George Donahue, Frank Hipp, Bob Felix, Tom McHugh, John Raster, Bob Recker, Ted Williams, Jerry McCloskey, Don Donoher, Gene Hickey, Al Marchal, Richard “Specs” McCloskey. Manager – H. McMahon
Bob and Marge Mangas 1949 Citizens Award – For anyone who has been remotely associated with Fighting Irish athletics during the past 30 years, they have at one time or another come across this smiling husband and wife team. They are most recognizable when they are framed by the opening of a concession stand or ticket box office, or seen hawking programs and 50/50 tickets near a basketball court or football field. Bob and Marge Mangas are part of the fabric of CCHS athletics.
Class of 1999, Inducted April 19, 1999
Jim Rahman 1952 – Jim played basketball and football for four years during his athletic career at CCHS. Jim was named to the All-City team his senior year. As a senior, the team earned a co-championship in the City League. Jim’s senior year basketball team shared a City League title while capturing sectional, district, and regional titles, before losing in the state semi-finals. Jim earned a full athletic scholarship to Indiana University for football.
Tom Miller 1961 – Tom excelled in Football and wrestling, earning four varsity letters while at CCHS. As a heavyweight wrestler Tom posted a record of 24-1 (19 pins) his senior year. During his junior season Tom finished with a record of 22-1 (16 Pins) while winning individual titles at the City, District, and Regional levels. His senior year the team finished 16-0 won the City title and District championships. Tom was named All-City his senior year in football leading the team to a 9-1 record, winning the City Championship and finishing 8th in the final State poll.
Denise Wiczynski 1978 – Denise earned nine varsity letters while competing in basketball, volleyball and track. In volleyball her senior year as a co-captain, Denise was named All-City, MVP and All-Academic, while the team captured City, District and Regional championships and was a State semi-Finalist . In basketball, Denise was named All-City, All-Academic and MVP as a senior. Her basketball teams won City and Sectional titles her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, while adding district titles her junior and senior seasons and adding a regional title while advancing to the state tournament her junior year. Denise was named All-City and MVP in track her senior year. Denise was also a recipient of the Margaret Mary Volz Scholarship Athlete Award. Denise earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Toledo for volleyball.
John Keller Jr. 1984 – John earned eight varsity letters while participating in football, basketball and baseball at CCHS. In football john was the starting quarterback his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He earned All-City as a junior and as a senior was named All-City at three different positions, the only player in City league history to be so honored. He also captured All-District, co- District player of the year, team captain, Northwest Ohio Back of the Year, All-State and All-American. In basketball, John was named All-City and team captain his senior year. As a senior in baseball, John was also All-City and team captain. John added the “CYO Athlete of the Year Award” and “The Tom McHugh Award” while earning a full athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina.
Cathy Koch 1988 – Cathy earned four varsity letters in basketball. In basketball Cathy earned All-City and All-District honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Her sophomore year she added MVP and her junior year she added All-State honors. As a senior she added All-State, City League Player of the Year and “Metro Player of the Year. Her teams captured City and District titles all three years, while adding a Regional championship and State Semi-Final her junior year. As a volleyball player she earned All-City honors all three years. Her teams won the City League two years and finished second one year. Cathy was named All-Academic her senior in three sports, basketball, volleyball and track.
Coach Maureen “Mo” Gallagher Pierzchala – A member of the CCHS faculty from 1964 -1977, Maureen was instrumental in developing girl sports at Central Catholic. Along with fellow teacher and coach, Fran Krompak, Mo began intramural athletic programs in the mid-60’s in basketball, tennis, volleyball, powderpuff football and softball. In 1970, Maureen co-coached with Fran, the first girls basketball team to compete in the City League. Always the pioneer, she began the first CCHS girls Tennis team in 1967. The 1968 team finished 5-1, defeating all City League opponents. Mo instituted the first CCHS Girls Track Team and coached it from 1970-1972. A moderator for the Dancing Irish from 1965-1972, she began the gymnastics program at CCHS, coaching the first team in1973.
The 1941-42 Boy’s Basketball Team – The 1941-42 CCHS boys basketball team finished the season 29-3 (most wins in a single season by any CCHS team). The team was Co- City League champions, while capturing the District, and Regional, before falling in the state championship game.
Coach – Adolph “Dutch” Tscerne Team Members – Tom Corbett, Joe Jacobs, Bill Neeb, Robert Comte, Frank Gilhooley, John Danner, Robert McQuillen, Ned Skeldon, Dick Dahn, Bernie Hickey. Team Manager – Robert Dunn