2006 Voice Spring

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The March 2006


For Alumni, Friends and Families of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School

2006 Hall of Fame inductees By Brittni Darke

Three outstanding individuals will be inducted into the SJCC Athletic Hall of Fame, Sunday, May 21. Michael Rhodes, Herb J. Redding and Herbert Miesle will be inducted during a 4 p.m. dinner ceremony at Crystal Arbors Banquet Hall. Rhodes (’65) was a three year letter winner on the undefeated St. Joseph High School ’62-‘64 football teams. He was voted first team all Sandusky Bay Conference running back and defensive back on the 9th State of Ohio rated football team of 1964 and voted defensive back on The News-Messenger All Century Team. Mike Rhodes He also lettered in basketball (’64-’65) and baseball (’63). Rhodes graduated from Bowling Green State University where he was a member of the football team his freshman and sophomore years. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps (’70-’76) where he received a Vietnam service medal, was one of 10 Marine Corps pilots to fly the commanding general to Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, and achieved the rank of captain. He has flown for several commercial airlines and is currently flying with Northwest Airlines. Rhodes has been a pilot instructor since 1992 and in his spare

The Sara Barbour Memorial Golf Outing May 20, 2006 Where: Green Hills Golf Course Time: 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start. Proceeds will benefit the Sara Barbour Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Sacred Heart Elevator Fund. To sponsor a hole or sign up to play, contact SJCC sophomore Eric Barbour, 332-8065.

time is a senior mortgage loan officer for Great Southwest Mortgage Company in Scottsdale, Arizona where he lives with his wife, Sheila. The couple has three grown children: Carrie, Kathleen and Michael. Redding, (’44) was a varsity fullback, offensive left end, defensive end, and a line backer during the school’s toughest schedule. The school was playing teams from Lima, Fostoria, Tiffin, Findlay, Sandusky and Toledo. He also played point guard on the varsity basketball team, scoring 107 points for the season. Redding earned a Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University after Herb Redding serving in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. He was head coach at Lorain St. Mary’s for a variety of sports, including football, baseball and track (’50-’52) and then at Gibsonburg High School where he also served as principal and superintendent. Redding has been married to Mary Anne (Wiegman) for over 50 years, and the couple has one daughter, Marcia Jo Redding-Sanders. Miesle, (’35) lettered three years in basketball. The 1935 team was the only team to compete in the state tournament where they lost to the Waterloo Wonders. That team finished 20-3 with one of the losses

SJCC Naderer Sports Complex “206” Reverse Raffle & Dinner Grand Prize $2,000 Silent Auction Where: Sacred Heart Parish Hall Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Raffle starts after dinner Cost: $50 a ticket (includes two dinners) BBQ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, roll & butter, and pop. (Cash bar) Tickets Available: SJCC Development Office or any SJCC baseball or softball player

to Toledo Central Catholic. Miesle earned Player of the State Tournament Award. Miesle played baseball as a freshman and coached seventh and eighth grade basketball teams while he was still in high school. He is credited with coaching the first Little League baseball team in Fremont and was involved for 30 years in bowling, basketball and baseball. Miesle was employed at Union Carbide for 13 years as a supervisor, managed the Elmore bowling alleys for 30 years, Riedy Manner Truck Equipment as district sales manager, Daybrook Hydraulic as regional sales manager, Carwood Industries as district Herb Miesle manager, Bendix Home Equipment as a supervisor, and White Truck as a sales manager where he retired in 1978. Miesle was married for over 60 years to the late Dolores (Hoffman). They have three children -Mike, David, Mary Lynn (Simmonds) -- 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Dinner & Banquet Information Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 Place: Crystal Arbors Banquet Hall Time: 4:00 Cocktails, 5:00 Dinner 6:00 Program

Cost: $20 includes dinner Tickets are available in the SJCC main office (419-332-9947)

In the News.... Page 3....School News Page 7....Recognizing Gifts Page 8....Achievements, Births, Deaths, Weddings Page 9....Guest Column: Sheri Ross

“SJCC exists to educate the mind, nourish the soul, train the body, inspire the heart, and in so doing, build the Kingdom of God.”

Page 11...Spring Sports Preview



From the Principal Greetings, We have now started the fourth quarter and our seniors have returned from a wonderful trip to New York City. They are now beginning their senior projects and as part of this project they will be out in the community shadowing different individuals trying to get some first-hand experience in different career choices. At this time I would like to congratulate several people. First of all congratulations to our new Ath-

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School 702 Croghan St. Fremont, Ohio 43420 (419) 332-9947 (419) 332-4945 fax www.fremontstjoe.org Mike Gabel Principal Kathy Boukissen Director of Development Editor Kathy Boukissen Copy Editors: Ellen Leite Sally Daubel Contributors: Journalism students: Amanda Babione, Brittni Darke, Jake Streacker, and Ross Wetoskey SJCC faculty: Greg Kohler & Jodi Pollick The Voice is published four times a year for the alumni, families and friends of SJCC. Direct all comments to The Voice, 702 Croghan St., Fremont, Ohio 43420.

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letic Hall of Fame inductees: Herb Redding, Herb Miesle and Mike Rhodes. A big congratulations to our Quiz Bowl team, which won the Sandusky County Quiz Bowl championship and to our Science Olympiad team, which qualified for state competition. Congratulations also Nick Swint, who qualified for regionals in swimming, and to Cara Steinberger, who qualified for regionals in bowling. And finally congratulations to Juni Arreola, who placed 6th at state in

wrestling, and to Alex Estrada, who qualified for the state in wrestling. These are just a few of our success stories, and there are many more. We are proud of all of our students at SJCC. In closing, I once again want to thank you for all your support. We will continue to pray for each of you, and we ask you to do the same for us. GO STREAKS!

Kerr says farewell I am humbled and so very grateful for the gathering held, well wishes sent, and generous gifts given. Your many kindnesses this past year and always have been so appreciated. The decision to leave was far from easy. It came only after careful consideration, thought and prayer. The school community was a healing element. The people at SJCC, now and in the past, are so very special. Parents, alumni, and friends can and should be proud. I know I will always be proud to say I was allowed to work with the best. I taught at SJCC. I have been blessed. God gave me precious, loving parents and siblings. I was fortunate to have Ron in my life for 45 years and three wonderul caring sons. My faith and belief in all that is good has been strengthened.

I continue on this journey, I accept the challenge and will forever be grateful for my years, memories, and experiences at SJCC and its people. Jeanne Kerr ‘64 jmkerr@carolina.rr.com On December 19th, an assembly was held to honor Jeanne Kerr. Family, students, faculty, staff, past student council members, alumni and friends, were in attendance as a power-point presentation displayed Jeanne’s life. She was showered with well wishes and gifts; one of them being a plane trip home for her and a guest for the 2006 SJCC graduation in May. Jeanne has moved to South Carolina to be closer with family. Thanks Jeanne for your dedication to SJCC for 20 + years! Your SJCC Family

Wacky One Acts were wild! By Brittni Darke

A “Wild and Wacky Variety Show”, written by Judy Wicklund, was presented as the Winter One Acts recently in the SJCC Media Center. This unique blend of spoofs and clever repartees included the “Ninja Sisters”, a hilarious story of four nuns (Megan Luc, Antonia Alcala, Amanda Babione and April Peters) who kicked and chopped their way across the stage to stop evildoers and set them back on the road to righteousness, and, “First Date” which pitted a brave waitress (Lexi Glaneman) against the ever terrifying Bogeyman (Matt Hoffman). While he struggled to keep his identity from his date (Jenny Freeh), the waitress tried covertly to expose him. “Advice Panel” featured three experts and Tina, a regular girl, who attempted to advise phone callers. Tension built when Tina (Carly Smith) countered the other panel members’ advice. This lively oneupmanship starred John Komorowski, Babione, and Mike Wagner. “Barbie and Ken Break Up” featured Smith and Komorowski in a humorous exchange between two “dolls”. When Ken finally got fed up playing second fiddle to Barbie, he decided to run away with Barbie’s little sister, Skipper. Interspersed between the skits were “commercials” for Relvon Body Spackle and Matey Deodorant.

Additionally, two concurrent skits, “Nerds in Love” starring Babione, Wagner and Roseanna Auxter, and “Eagle Six” starring Auxter and Brittney Contreras, were presented as a series of short scenes, allowing for scenery and costume changes for the other acts. The Winter One Acts were directed by Ms. Amy Miller, drama advisor. She was assisted by Ms. Brenda Nopper, drama instructor.

SJCC Booster Club The annual stag had a profit of $6,200. As a fund raiser, it is the second largest behind the aluminum can recycling program. Over the 55 years that the stag has existed, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been generated to help support the many boys and girls sports programs that SJCC offers. Thanks to all who worked and those who supported it. The aluminum can recycling program is now in partnership with Burns Iron & Metal Co., 911 N. Front St. Their hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fr; 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sat. You can receive cash for your cans or deposit them in the bin designated for SJCC donations. Booster meetings are held the first and third Mondays of the month above Sheets Supply Co. on Jackson St. All are welcome.



Database is invaluable tool

Students plead their cases By Amanda Babione

Spieldenner key to starting Alumni & Friends Association By Brittni Darke

In 1980 The Rev. Paul Mueller, then St. Joseph parish pastor, approached SJCC board member Carolyn (Tight) Spieldenner ‘58, with a project request —start an alumni association. This association would publish an alumni newsletter and sponsor an annual alumni social event, he told her. “The first thing we had to do was make a list of all the alumni beginning with the class of 1924,” Spieldenner said. She and many others reviewed the list and found addresses for them, removing the names of deceased members. A board, consisting of two members for every decade, was formed to maintain this database. They also agreed on a name for this association. “We came up with the name SJCC Alumni and Friends,” she said, adding that they decided to sponsor a party in the cafeteria after the Homecoming game each year. More than 25 years later this database continues to provide valuable information to SJCC graduates. “We get between five and 10 requests daily for information,” said Sue Berryman, SJCC & CEDF administrative assistant. The database is maintained by Kathy Boukissen, Office of Institutional Advancement Director of

Development along with staff members Joanne Busold and Berryman. “Through Carolyn’s efforts and spearheading a very big project, our development office is where it is today. Her start gave us a basis to grow and expand, which has been key to our success in fundraising and hosting special events,” said Boukissen. “Keeping our database updated is a daily and ongoing process. We appreciate when alumni and friends contact us with address changes and news about their births, weddings, achievements, etc.” Although the database contains names, addresses and phone numbers of SJCC grads, they are looking to add more e-mail addresses. “It’s just a more effective and efficient method of contacting people,” Boukissen said. Alumni and friends are encouraged to send their e-mail addresses to kboukiss@fremontstjoe.org. The Alumni & Friends Association continues to grow, and the special events they hold have expanded from the early years of The Homecoming Party. The association now hosts annually The Heritage Award Banquet and Easter Egg Hunt. Through the annual dues, the association also contributes financially to the cost of printing and mailing The Voice. Spieldenner was president of the SJCC Alumni and Friends Association from its inception until the early 90s. John Lauer (‘65) is currently the president.

Quiz Bowl wins tournament By Jake Streacker

Two weeks before the Sandusky County Quiz Bowl League tournament, SJCC student Eric Staib strolled up to coach Nancy Risner and made a bold proclamation. “We’re going to take the tournament by storm,” said the junior, going on to predict a league championship for the Streaks. Risner had plenty of reason to be skeptical; the Streaks were coming off a 3-3 regular season, as well as a tough loss to Eastwood. However, a few weeks later, the league trophy sat on display in the main office at SJCC, shocking not only Risner, but the rest of the league as well. “I honestly didn’t expect the results that we got this year,” said Risner. “We lost a lot of high scorers to graduation last year, and I was very doubtful about the tournament.” After the Ottawa County Quiz Bowl League folded last year, Risner and her SJCC team were left with only six Sandusky County League games to play for the 2005-06 season. Not only did this put more emphasis on each game, but it also gave the teams much less time to prepare for the tournament. In the league tournament, SJCC dominated a round robin-style competition by going 6-0, defeating every other team in the league to take the championship. The Streaks’ first real tournament challenge came in their second match, where they faced Eastwood, a team that had previously been undefeated in the league and was widely expected to take the title. After pulling off a major upset, SJCC was immediately paired against Gibsonburg, the team that handed them their

first loss in September. SJCC took them out as well. In round six, SJCC defeated Clyde, which had been responsible for their third loss in regular season. Then, in a picture-perfect ending, the team defeated crosstown rivals, Fremont Ross, to round out a sweep of the division and bring home the trophy. Making his final trip to the tournament was senior John Komorowski. Underclassmen Staib, Michael Blohm, Zach Hampshire, Johnathon Kanakaraj, and Joe Stierwalt made up the rest of the team while Kyle Good, John Koenig, Mike Wagner, Andy Wolf, and Jonathon Wood cheered them on from home. The Sandusky County Conference, like the Ottawa County Conference, is struggling to keep afloat. After beginning the season with eight teams, HopewellLoudon bowed out, leaving the total at only seven. However, with only two seniors graduating and nine underclassmen returning next year, Risner has good reason to believe that the Streaks will not only be fielding a team next year, but they’ll be among the favorites to repeat as champions. Front l-r: Hampshire, Staib, Stierwalt Back l-r Blohm, Kanakaraj, Komorowski

SJCC placed 5th and 6th in the 23rd annual Mock Trial competition held in Port Clinton in February. The sentencing of Terry Bale, a fictional character in The State of Ohio vs. Terry Bale court case, was argued in the Ottawa County Courthouse by seven area high school teams. Bale was found guilty of aggravated murder and was facing the death penalty, but since he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia his lawyers argued that it may have had an effect on his moral standing at the time of the murder. The two SJCC teams, Alpha and Omega, each consisted of four attorneys, four witnesses (two each for the defense and prosecution), and one bailiff. They were advised by Mrs. Kim Cope, who teaches Citizenship and Modern U.S. Government, and attorney Tim Braun, a Lucas County assistant prosecutor. “The kids worked really hard and learned from their experience. They are extremely competitive and are looking forward to next year,” said Cope.

New classes noted Keyboards purchased with donations By Amanda Babione

Two new music classes were introduced into the curriculum this year — Beginner Piano and Show Choir. “We only planned on about 10 kids,” said music director Bill Burkett about the piano class, “but we ended up with 15.” Beginner Piano teaches students piano basics, according to Burkett, who hopes the students will improve enough to perform at the student Mass and maybe learn to play the pipe organ in the church. “New keyboards and stands were purchased through the generosity of the Music Boosters and private donors,” said Burkett. Show Choir consists of eight advanced singers. They have performed at the Christmas concert, a benefit at Sandusky St. Mary’s and a few small group events. Some choreographed moves are performed with show tunes like O Happy Day and Joyful, Joyful from “Sister Act”, said Burkett.

Keep these people in your prayers Heather Laurer, daughter of Scott Laurer ‘78, as she recuperates from open heart surgery. Their address is: 1744 Tomahawk Trace, Fremont, OH 43420 Leona “Birdie” Laurer ‘49, as she recuperates from cervical laminectomy surgery. Her address is: 1828 W. Cole Rd., Fremont, OH 43420 Each week at the school Mass we pray for those who might be suffering and we ask that you let us know about anyone who is in need of our prayers.



Koebel motivated by the Fremont community By Ross Wetoskey

Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, Mike Koebel, SJCC 1970 grad and owner of American Auto Sales, said he “just wanted to help.” He had in mind to fill one truck with non-perishable goods and supplies and drive them down to the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) representatives in Mississippi. He ended up with a total of five trucks filled with goods and supplies and a small contingent of Fremont

Science Club advances to state The SJCC Science Club is going to state competition in April after coming in sixth at the Northwest Ohio Regional Science Olympiad recently. A total of 24 high school teams competed in the Olympiad held on the Ohio State University Lima Campus. “It’s exciting to go to the state competitions two years in a row,” said Nancy Risner, Science Club advisor. This is only SJCC’s third year competing in the Olympiad, she said. Equally excited about the team’s performance was Lauretta Swint, co-advisor. “The team scored exceptionally high in the building events this year due to the many hours of after school commitment,” Swint said. Although most of the students placing well in their categories were sophomores or juniors, one freshman, Zach Lieske, took third place in one category with the help of his partner, junior Allie Braun. “The best part is building stuff – testing it,” said Lieske. “It’s something I’m really good at.” Lieske is looking forward to the state competition, he said. “I think it’s fun because now it gives me two more months to work on stuff,” he said. Contributing to this outstanding achievement were: Cody Molyet and April Peters — second place Tower Building; Alex Reineck and Mike Wagner — second place Robot Ramble; Andy Wolf and Eric Staib – third place Fermi Questions; Zach Lieske and Allie Braun – Scrambler; Mini Kanakaraj and Wagner – fourth place in Health Science; and, Braun and Zach Hampshire – Forensics. Placing fifth in their categories were: Samantha Burns and Mike Blohm — Astronomy; and Brian Johnson and Burns in Rocks and Minerals. Sixth place in Designer Genes went to Blohm and Kanakaraj; Molyet and Wolf took seventh place in the Wright Stuff category; and Braun and Staib took seventh place in Write It/Do It. “I was especially proud of Alex Reineck, Cody Molyet and Zach Hampshire not only because they spent many hours of their time preparing for their events but they also helped with projects they didn’t compete in,” said Risner Three other club members, Braun, Staib and Blohm, spent some of their time helping the St. Joseph Elementary School students get ready for their competitions the following weekend, according to Risner. Both Swint and Risner are looking forward to next year. “Since we have 12 underclassmen who will be returning, I have high hopes for next year,” said Risner.

residents to drive and distribute the donations. Unfortunately, when they arrived, FEMA would not accept the material because it wasn’t on palKoebel (center) with a group of lets. Not sure volunteers and the Mayor of what to do next, D’lberville, MS the convoy drove around until they saw a local church in Picayune, MS that was passing out clothing and water. Koebel stopped and asked if it would be possible to set up a food bank at the Salem Ochs Baptist Church. The volunteers agreed, and all the food and goods were distributed from that church. It was determined before he made the second trip at the end of September that he would be taking building supplies such as shovels, chainsaws, nails, hammers, etc. in addition to food supplies. Koebel and another group of volunteers drove four trucks down

this time, stopping in the small town of Waveland, MS. It was at Waveland that Katrina came on shore. “Waveland is about the size of Clyde, and approximately 92 percent of the houses were heavily damaged or completely destroyed,” said Koebel. Since the city hall was completely destroyed, and the police and county sheriff were working out of military tents, Koebel decided that the rest of the donations would go to this particular community. The three vehicles that made the trip to Waveland in November were filled mostly with 40 fold-up beds, food, water, soap and about 55 stuffed animals. FEMA had begun to distribute small campers for refugees, Koebel said. “It just broke my heart to see how people were trying to live in these (campers),” he said. He was able to give one little girl a stuffed animal that looked just like the bear she had lost in the hurricane, he said. Koebel’s fourth trip to Mississippi, around Christmas, was made to deliver non-perishable food donated by members of the Fremont community, money collected from an SJCC jeans day, and school supplies donated by the city of Kalamazoo, MI. “If it wasn’t for the community of Fremont, who motivated me to do this — so many people wanted to help out— I couldn’t have done it,” said Koebel.

Alumni basketball game huge success $1,500 raised applied to new concession stand Classmates, friends, and even spouses got the opportunity to shoot some hoops against one another in the first annual SJCC Alumni Basketball Game held at the school. Jeff Radde (’89) came up with the idea and organized the successful event, which featured 21 former SJCC basketball players, dressed in a red or gray team shirt. “Running out into the gym with the crowd yelling and cheering was just like being in high school,” said Chris Hirt (’90), Red team member. The difference was that there were both men and women on each team, and for Hirt the opposing Gray team included his wife, Denice (Quaintance) Hirt (’88). “Playing against my husband was different and competitive,” she admitted. Even Kevin Yeckley (’86), who currently teaches and is an SJCC counselor, joined in as a Gray team member. “It was a lot of fun. No one got hurt, which was great, and seeing the stands packed was the most exciting,” he said. 1987 alumnus and Red team member Matt Paeth agreed. “It was one of the greatest experiences since high school. It was exciting to see the people I went to high school with and all the different generations of fans in the stands.” Radde added that the presence and performance of the pep band was great, which contributed to that feeling of being in high school. Although it had been years since these graduates had played together, it didn’t take more than one or two practices to get back into the swing of things and feel like a team again, according to Chris Hirt. “Seeing the gym, seeing everyone and their moves, it brought you back.” Tom Michael (’89) was the high scorer for the Red

team with 13 points while Radde scored 18 points for the Gray team. The Red team beat the Gray team by a score of 56-46. The event raised over $1,500 between ticket sales, concessions, the 50/50 drawing, personal donations from the teams, and DVD/tape copies of the game. The funds were directed towards the new concession stand in the cafeteria. “I’m hoping to double the amount raised next year,” said Radde. Each year the funds will go to an area of the school as chosen by the administration. Next year’s event is scheduled to have two games. One game will be comprised of alumni from 19851993 while the second game will feature graduates of 1994-2001. Both games will be played the same night so it should bring in a larger crowd, said Radde. Alumni playing for this year’s Red team included Paeth, Michael, Chris Hirt, Amy Davidson (’89), Elaine Gonya (’88), Craig Gabel (’91), Jill Steyer (’90), Scott Radde (89), Dorothy Stanforth (’89), Randy Wammes (’86) and Ann Rethman (’89). Playing for the Gray team were Yeckley, Todd Drusback (’90), Denice Hirt (’88), Jeff Radde (’89), Annette Mercer (’87), Nikki Willis (’89), Dawn Smith (’89), Dave Dixon (’86), Tom Gonya (’85) and John Schneider (’94).

2006 Alumni Basketball Game Friday, November 17 Anyone interested in playing can contact Radde at 937-780-4869 or jradde20@yahoo.com. There will be a $15 fee to join to help cover the cost of the team shirts.



Browns concession raises money for handicap accessibility A special thank you goes out to the many people that it took to make this year’s Cleveland Browns 2005-2006 St. Bernard’s fundraiser a huge success. We are truly blessed to have such giving volunteers at SJCC. Our profit was $17,224.91. The monies will be put towards making our school handicap accessible. Mark and Nancy Reilly started this fundraiser in an effort to renovate our school gym. The money was donated in memory of their daughter Margo.

rated booth on our Christmas Eve game, Kelly Hrupcho, who gathered a team of 20 volunteers for a game and worked a couple of other games, Jim Blymeyer, who volunteered for a game, and Jean Bisnett, for being the bouncing board, listening to this for four months, your patience was appreciated. Good luck to the future of this fundraiser. Go Browns in 2006! Listed are all the volunteers. If anyone was missed, please accept my apologies. Thank You, Peggy (Foos ‘76) Mitchell

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Calendar March 19 Senior Class Trip begins 31 Teachers In-Service No school April 1 Sandusky Co. Catholic Schools Auction 7 First Hour; Benediction 14-17 Easter Vacation 21-23 Spring Musical 25 Honors Banquet May 5 6 11-12 23 25 26

I personally want to give tribute to Jean Wasserman, who has donated her time tirelessly. She attended all but two games this year. Jean is the backbone of this operation! A special thank you to those generous people who worked the Christmas Eve game and the New Year’s Day game, that is commendable. The profits for those two games were huge! In closing, I want to thank my co-workers at SJCC cafeteria: Yo Reyna, her efforts won us the best deco-

First Hour - Benediction Prom Senior exams Senior Sports Banquet Senior Project Day Senior Breakfast, Awards, & Farewell Mass 28 Graduation 30-31& June 1 Semester exams for underclassmen

Ron Autullo Michelle Beck Jeff & Sue Berryman Jim Blymeyer Alicia Bork Fr. Ron Brickner Rob & Kathy Boukissen Tom & Mary Carmack Kevin Celek Marcia Cleveland Sue Coleman Kim Cope Mike Cope Patty Culbert Ann Darke Kelly & Greg Darr Nick Darr Ron Darr Dave Engeman Matt Engeman Jamie Eshleman Jack Fatica Sally Fey Ken & Lela Foos Tim Foos Tom Foos Tony & Cora Foos Rick Frank Bob Freeh Cindy Gabel

Bob & Kim Gabel Mike & Beth Gabel John Gilbert Jerry & Linda Gonya Jim Gray Paul Growel Mike Gruiss Brad Harman Sandy Harman Bob & Julie Hart Mitsy & Dan Haubert Tom & Deb Herb Sue & George Hientz Marge Hirt Tom Hoelzle John Hoffman Ruth Hoffman Ron House Kelly Hrupcho Mike & MaryLou Jay Denny Jenkins Rick Jenkins Lucy Keating Tom Keating Kim Kindred Greg Knierman Jackie Koenig Brenda Kralick Julie Kupka Rick & Sue Kusmer

John Kuzma Amber Reineck Mike & Bianca Snyder Tim & Lilly Walters Tom Kwiatkowski Kathleen Reineck Tom Spader Beth Warnecke Jeff Lamson Ross Reineck Donna Steinmetz Jean Wasserman John Lauer Scott & Joanie Reineck Ken & Lauretta Swint Mike Wasserman Mark LeJeune Vickey Renya Barb & Denny Tootie Wilhelm Pete LeJeune Yo Renya Szymanowski Ken & Carla Williams Robbie LeJeune Betty Rodenhauser Kyle Szymanowski Nick Wobser Joe & Julie Lieby Dick Ross Roger & Shelly Tarolli Mick Wolf Andy Luc Tony & Sherry Ross Karen Valco Andy Wonderly Tim Luc Dave Roth Steve Verock Cindy Wood Wayne & Nancy Steve Sloma Greg Walker Dave & Mary Ann Morroney Gene Snyder Sonya Walters Young Tom Merrill Ray & Laurie Miller Peggy Mitchell Lisa Morrison Paul & Ellen Nagy Kelly Nason Dan Neiling We need to find a coordinator by the spring if we Pete Neiling want to continue this fundraiser next year. Jerry Nicholas A big “thank you” to Peggy Mitchell for being the Kendra Ochs coordinator this past year and doing a great job. She Pete Ochs will not be able to do it next year. Pat Picutto Liz Pietrykowski If you are interested, please contact myself or Peggy Aaron Pumphrey Mitchell. There is a financial compensation for this Adam Pumphrey position. Sue Pumphrey Kathy Boukissen Bridgid Riely Mark & Nancy Reilly

Browns Concession to continue next year?

2nd Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Scramble & Party Friday, August 4 - 11:00 Shotgun - Sycamore Hills Golf Course $200 per team includes: √ 18 Holes √ 2 golf carts √ 10:30 lunch **Sponsored by Grund Drug √ Field prizes on every hole √ 2 Closest to the pin ($100 winners) *Sponsored by Baumann Auto Group √ Door Prizes √ SJCC athletes assisting with golf bags from cars Contact: Tony Michael 332-5716 (Pro Shop) John Lauer 332-0178

Party after the tournament Sponsored by the SJCC Alumni & Friends Assoc.

♦SJCC cafeteria ♦Immediately after scramble ♦Spouses/guests invited ♦$5.00 per person ♦Sandwiches, appetizers & refreshment ♦50/50 Raffle

Entry Form: Please fill out completely and send with your check by

Early Bird Registration Send in entry by July 1st for a special drawing

July 21, 2006 to CEDF, PO Box 1302, Fremont, OH 43420 Checks payable to: CEDF Player #1 _____________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail________________ Player #2 _____________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail________________ Player #3 _____________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail________________ Player #4 _____________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail________________ Total number of people attending party (including spouses/guests) $5 each :__________________ “Hole Sponsor” opportunity for personal or business - $50 per sign posted on golf course Sponsor #1 _____________________________ Contact & Phone: ___________________________ Sponsor #2 _____________________________ Contact & Phone: ___________________________ Sponsor #3 _____________________________ Contact & Phone: ___________________________ Sponsor #4 _____________________________ Contact & Phone: ___________________________



From Director of Development Kathy (Reineck) Boukissen

2006 Class Reunions Class of 1946 Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church for deceased classmates, 5:00 p.m. - ? followed by cocktails, extensive hors d’oeuvres, and sandwiches in the SJCC cafeteria and an optional tour of the high school. Thursday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. lunch at Fremont Country Club. Those interested will board the ferry to Put-in-Bay to sight see and have dinner.

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Maya Angelou This quote exemplifies how so many of you live your lives! Every edition of The Voice I find it harder and harder to fit everything in because so many great things are happening at SJCC thanks to you “throwing something back” -- volunteering, financial support, and prayers. Our students are performing to higher levels due to your investment in SJCC. Our faculty and staff are very appreciative of the wonderful environment in which they teach. I hope you look over the letter from Tom Babione on page 9. The Building Committee has put in countless volunteer hours establishing a strategic plan for SJCC along with manually implementing those plans. I can’t imagine the amount of savings to our school we’ve had because these professionals volunteer their time. We are blessed. If you can find it in your charitable giving this year to support their endeavor, it would be greatly appreciated. People call and e-mail me daily with ideas, comments, information, etc. I love it! So remember to keep in touch!

Class of 1949 Wednesday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the Fremont VFW. Call Mary Lou Guyer 419-332-0724 or Birdie Laurer 419-332-3134 for reservations. Class of 1956 Friday, August 18, Golf Scramble at River Cliff Golf Course. Saturday, August 19, tour of SJCC at 3:00 p.m. and time permitting, of the elementary school (old high school), 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church, dinner following at Crystal Arbors Banquet Hall. Sunday, Aug 20, 10:00 a.m. brunch at The Moose Lodge. Contact Paula Daniel 419-447-7794 or Judy Weickert jweickert@sbcglobal.net. Class of 1961 Saturday, September 9, 4:30 Mass at St. Joseph Church, 6:30 p.m. at the Fremont Country Club. Contact Connie Coleman at 419-332-1386. Class of 1966 Saturday, August 5, at 6:00 p.m. at the Fremont Yacht Club. Contact Tim Hoffman at 419-3343172.

Class of 1971 Saturday, July 22, more information being mailed. Contact Rose Herb at 419-841-3309 / herbwm@peoplepc.com or Mike Chudzinski at 419-332-1063. Class of 1976 Saturday, August 12, at Crystal Arbors in Fremont. More info to come. Contact Ken Kusmer 317-585-0342 / kkusmer@comcast.net or Paul Hotz 419-843-7736 / plsahotz@aol.com. Class of 1981 Friday, November 24, at the Fremont Yacht Club. More info to come. Contact Mike Reardon 419332-2606 (H), 332-2500 (W), msreardon@sbcglobal.net. Class of 1986 Saturday, July 8th, 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church, 6:00 p.m. cocktails and 7:00 p.m. dinner at the Fremont Yacht Club. Contact Sandy Jett at fourjetts@aol.com or 419-547-6451. Class of 1996 August 5, at The Depot in Fremont. Go to the website www.geocities.com/sjccclass of 1996 for more information. Addresses of some classmates are still missing. Please e-mail your updated mailing address to sjccclass of 1996@yahoo.com. Chairpersons: Call or e-mail Kathy Boukissen if you would like any of the following: class lists, address labels, door prizes, “It Happened In” (senior class year), tour of SJCC, power-point presentation on SJCC. Everything is FREE. *Dumminger Photography does group photos for class reunions for $10 each / includes mailing. If interested call 419-332-8814 or Photopro@dumminger.com.

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SJCC DEVELOPMENT Recognizing Gifts

---------------------------------MEMORIALS--------------------------------- ------------------Designated Gifts-----------------Athletic Dept. Dan Paradiso* Sam Picciuto* M/M Daniel Autullo Eugene Landig* M/M Walter Auxter M/M William Babione Yvonne Bowen Casimir Dorobek M/M Edward Guyer Mercedes Keating Elizabeth Provonsha Unidentified Cash Donors William Wagner* M/M Ed Guyer

Building Facilities Sara Barbour* Esther Barbour Marcella Anna Hammer* M/M Ben Hamilton Mildred Nieset* From her estate Tim Smith Boeing-Matching Gift Ron Kerr* M/M Bob Moody Irene Swint* M/M Ray Barbour M/M Don Bertsch M/M Gene Courtney M/M Ray Darr M/M Jim Denman M/M Ted Erhman M/M Mike Gabel Eleanor Hagemeyer M/M Don Kiser Anna Knisely Tom Knisely M/M Carl Konisczny Jim Lauer M/M John Lauer Leona Laurer M/M Ray Miller M/M Roger Miller M/M Carl Oatman M/M Jim Reardon M/M Wally Ronski M/M Steve Rusch Barbara Schmidt M/M Robert Schuler Peg Schwartz M/M Dick Setzler M/M Ken Smith M/M Phil Steinle Phyllis Stierwalt Thomas Steinbauer M/M Tom Swint Tom Swint M/M Mike Wasserman M/M John Whittaker M/M Roy Wilhelm Ann Wolfe M/M Dave Wolfe M/M David Winters R. Marilyn Wright M/M Mike Young Darlene Manini

The “Light of Christ” Faculty & Staff Endowment

The Urban and Mary Beier Annual Scholarship Fund

Gene Mehling* Viola Mehling Mildred Nieset* From her estate Sam Picciuto* M/M Erik Anderson Joe Overmyer* M/M Tim Robinson Mary Recktenwald* June Baughman Muriel Wagner* Shari Ackerman Helen Baker M/M Franklin Bender M/M K. Bernell Boehm M/M Robert Boukissen M/M Gay Bowden M/M Dan Coleman M/M Mike Gabel M/M Tim Haubert Mercedes Keating Elaine Kidwell M/M James Klos M/M Dan Knisely M/M John Lauer M/M John Naderer Pilkington North America Inc. M/M Dennis Reed M/M Albert Wagner Kenneth Wagner M/M Roger Wise

Urban Beier* M/M Jim Andrews M/M James Barr Catherine Beier M/M Frank Beier Jim Beier Ruth Beier M/M John Burkin Gene Fisher Leo Fisher Robert Fox Lyle Hirt M/M Gene Hofelich Ken Hofelich Lisa Hoffman and Mike Piero M/M Ron House M/M Richard Karr Inez Kerlin M/M Kevin Kwiatkowski Jean Little Marion Mariotti M/M Peter Miller Dorothy Nieset M/M Ken Novitski Sally Novitski John Overmyer M/M Tom Pfefferle Bonnie Preston M/M Wilbert Smith M/M Jim Snyder Pam Solze Carl Steinbauer Townsend School M/M Don Van Brackel M/M Mike Wagner M/M James Walter M/M Stan Wise Richard Wott and Family Tim Wott and Family William Wott and Family Natalie Tea Helen Zienta

SJCC Booster Club SR. Mary Mathias* GYSGT Juan Hinojosa

Tuition Assistance Paul and Martha Dickman* M/M Tom Gonya Daniel Paradiso* M/M Robert Kaminski Casimer and Audrey Macielewicz* Margaret Woessner

Mary Rettig-Irish Center for Language Arts and Journalism Mary Rettig-Irish* M/M Charles Draper Ms. Diana Fuentes Charles Lewis

The Don and Jean Wasserman Endowed Scholarship M/M Jerry Wasserman

The Agnes and Frank Borer Endowed Scholarship Tony Pfefferle* Dr. Ronald Borer M/M James Winton Nicholas Stimac* M/M James Winton

Alumni & Friends Association

The “Light of Christ”

M/M Carlton Harris

Faculty and Staff Endowment

Art Club Main Street Promotions Committee

Athletics M/M Robert Chudzinski Marianne Stillner

Naderer Athletic Complex Great Lakes Inter-Drain Inc. Steve Bower

Tom Ochs M/M Gerard Shondell Louise Stout Virginia Valle Clara Wesolek George Widman Charleen Woessner

In Honor of Bernard and Ruth Molyet’s 50th Anniversary Judy Weickert Ken Weickert

Mock Trial Dr./M Michael Grillis

Music Department Ann Brayley

Band M/M Tom Wolf

Scholarship Endowment

Athletic Boosters

M/M Dick Celek Mildred Nieset* From her estate

In Honor of Fr. Earl Loeffler GYSGT Juan Hinojosa Donna Morykwas

Boys Basketball June Hart

Building Facilities Class of 1960 Sr. Margaret Marie Wagner M/M George Ward

Concession Stand Renovations Alumni Basketball Game Amy Davidson M/M Tom Gonya M/M Jeff Radde M/M Vincent Synder-Ceiling Paint

Development Office

Ron and Jeanne Kerr Scholarship Fund M/M Norman Gabel M/M Tom Leite

Athletic Complex “300 Club” M/M Mark Albright M/M Theodore Bintz M/M Bill Bork M/M Kevin Casey M/M Wayne Darr Casimir Dorobek Kevin and Tracey Furlong Nick, Kelly, Jake Halm M/M Chris Hirt M/M Rick Jones M/M Lance Mowrey M/M Tom Weickert Wolf Insurance LLC M/M Raymond Young

Jamie Heberling

Undesignated Bernard Celek* M/M Glenn Saller Dorothy Keegan* Class of 1944 M/M Doyle Kusmer M/M Windsor Smith Gladys Gabel Sisinger* M/M Herbert Hoffman Irene Swint* Fred Bostleman Dennis Grahl Charles Wise* Margaret Mosser William Wagner* M/M Jim Denman M/M Ken Gabel

Tuition Assistance Handicap Accessibility SJCC Society of the St. BernardsCleveland Browns Concessions

Keyboard Fund M/M Mark Ashba M/M Mike Aschenbrener M/M Bill Bovee Ethel Burkett Aaron Gonya Tom Hoffman M/M Ben Jones Marian Miller Dr./M Mark Pickett M/M John Place M/M Eric Rini

M/M Richard Boucher Tom Ochs Nathalie Walter

The Voice M/M Gerald Cronin

Wrestling Scoreclocks Mary Colemen

Undesignated Gifts In Honor of Dan Chudzinski’s 80th Birthday M/M John Gabel

-----------------------------Catholic Education Development Fund (CEDF)-----------------------Mary Barrington Ed Celek Cristo Rey Center-Jose A. Ramirez Annabelle Fisher M/M Harold Gonya M/M Michael Haaser Janet Hazen Fr. Mark Herzog Mercedes Keating Larry Kramer M/M Robert Lewis Mary Alice Mann Betty Meyer Mosser Construction

M/M David Knieriemen Weickert Family Faculty and Staff Endowment Fund Judith Weickert Kenneth Weickert Kent Weickert

Perpetual Fund Only M/M Albert Nichols

MEMORIALS Richard Daoust* M/M David Daoust Joseph Freeh* M/M James Freeh Kathleen Freeh Roman Gabel* Dr./M J. Thomas Reineck Francis A. and Lilian B. Mekus* Estate of Lilian Bronson Mekus

Mildred Nieset* From her estate Daniel Paradiso* M/M Tom Swint Mike Weickert Kent Weickert Walt, Bert, Dick and Jim Sneider* M/M Robert Schumm William Wagner* Slyvia Celek M/M James Haubert M/M Jerry Freeh Leona Laurer M/M Leonard Mosser

In Honor of M/M Bill Pert’s 60th Wedding Anniversary M/M John Gabel

Donors to the Trophy Fund from the Game Feed will be listed in the June issue


SJCC MILESTONES Little Streaks from the stork

**Shelby Ann, daughter of Dee and John Harman, Jr. ‘85 ** Jacob Stephen, son of Stephanie (Stetzel ‘98) and Robert Mackey **Lance Paul, son of Tracy Overmyer ‘88 and Tom Halm ‘81 **Joseph David, son of Jill (Camella ‘92) and David Leventhal **Thomas Jon, son of Joelie (Camella ‘95) and Jon Smedley **Lannai Constance, daughter of Mar-Cee (Mumford ‘87) and Jack Gerdes

Weddings **Carrie Obenauer ‘99 and Franklin Kaiser **Nicole Smith and Kevin Wasserman ‘96 **Destiny Pierce and Aaron Shiets ‘98 **Raeshael Ohms ‘96 and Clifford Jay ‘98 **Tiffany Zilles ‘98 and Steven Alfafita **Cora Bruch ‘97 and Tony Foos ‘87 **Brenda McAfee ‘99 and Derek Floriana **Melissa Boyer ‘86 and William Bundy **Heather Wagner ‘93 and Shawn Swander

Tim Braun and Penny Mullins for their help with the Mock Trial team this year.


Jeff Radde for organizing the alumni basketball game.

40th Jeannine (Schwinger ‘63) and Terry Miesle ‘60 40th Nancy and Dave Francis ‘60 45th Lou and Dick Chamberlain ‘54

Deaths **James Homan ‘39 **Dorothy (Kramer) Keegan ‘44 **Arthur Bruggeman ‘45 **Aloysius “Al” O’Neill ‘48 **Aaron Eakin ‘61

---------------------------Achievements/Updates-------------------------Andy Wetoski ‘03 will be performing in a production of “The Passion, The Musical” at the Park Performing Arts Center in Union City, NJ. He will be playing the character of King Herod in some performances, and the disciple Peter in others. The Park Performing Arts Center is a 1400-seat, Broadway-style theatre that has been putting this production on for 90 years. The performances are on Saturday and Sundays from 3/25 - 4/23 at 2:00. (www.parkpac.org) Jill (Camella) Leventhal ‘92 received her masters degree in school counseling this past December. Jo Ann (Szakovits) Cook ‘62, who lives in Fremont, visited Rome and while attending Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City was asked to do the second reading. She also joined thousands of others who annually shake the hand of the pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. Elaine (Smith) Garvin ‘57, who lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI was asked by her aerobics instructor at her gym if she wanted to get involved in the Super Bowl’s halftime show when the Rolling Stones performed. She stood in the crowd a short distance from the center of the stage. Jim Mumford ‘86 was named the Hospital Administrator for Tod’s Children’s Hospital, Youngstown, OH this past January. He was previously a corporate Director for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN. Jim will

We’re always looking for feature stories or guest columnists.Please contact Kathy at 419-332-5124 if you have any ideas. **Please note** Most items submitted for The Voice must be sent three-four weeks prior to its mailing. Anything coming in after the deadline will be put in the next issue.

**Grant Andrew, son of Jami and Kevin Raubenolt ‘96 **Madeline Elise, daughter of Heather (Swartz ‘90) and Patrick Militello ‘90 **Lucy Catherine, daughter of Cathy (Mayle ‘94) and Aaron Smith **Drake Oliver, son of Christ Jo (Hammer ‘98) and Dustin Guhn **Nicholas John, son of Jean (Naderer ‘87) and John “J.P.” Anderson **Rebecca Marie, daughter of Carrie (Obenauer ‘99) and Franklin Kaiser

be responsible for the construction of a new hospital, all operational, fiscal, and clinical oversight as well as community relations. Norb ‘59 and Sandy (Brunner ‘61) Widman moved to Karachi, Pakistan in August to teach American school for the next two years. Norb is teaching middle school social studies and math, Sandy teaches second grade. Steve Sabo ‘90 launched a brand new website, www.iwantmy2dollars.net - check it out! Kelly Read ‘87 was awarded the 2005 Champion Novis Amateur of the Ohio Pain Horse Club. She was 3rd in Zone 8 of the United States. Kelly was recently appointed the 2006 vice president of the Amateur Horse Club. She’s appreciative to her mom for everything and feels she couldn’t have done it without her. Mark Molyet ‘90 has returned from Iraq with the 612th Bravo Co. Grand Opening of The Father John Oliver Memorial Library was held at Holy Spirit Church in Lake Wales, FL. where he spent his winters. The library is located on the bottom floor of St. Williams Academy in the room nearest the church. Mike James ‘60 accepted a position of Director of Planned Giving with Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He and his wife Diana moved from Michigan to Delray Beach, FL. They moved in October, just in time for Hurricane Wilma!

Thank you....

Bill Bork for videotaping the alumni basketball game. Ralph Mills for organizing the Naderer Sports Complex Reverse Raffle. SJCC Students for volunteering to work the Annual Fund Phoneathon. Joan Gillis for office supplies for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Band thanks: Yo Reyna for helping with the band fundraiser at the Biddy Wrestling tournament, Brenda Baker for her assistance with Tag Day, Mary Rellinger for accompanying the solo contestants at the Solo and Ensemble contest in February, to all who give their time and donations to the Music Dept. Thank you to everyone else who might not be mentioned. SJCC appreciates the support from so many individuals and businesses.

Nominations for Hall of Fame or the Heritage Award To be inducted into either the Sports Hall of Fame or the Alumni and Friends Heritage Award a person must be nominated. Call the school for a nomination form or just send in the name of the person you would like to nominate with the following information: Hall of Fame: -Sports involved in and years -Any awards and/or school records either previously or currently held -Current involvement in sports/ community Heritage Award: -Involvement in the community in which they live -Any awards received -Volunteerism Please help SJCC in honoring those who deserve recognition. For more information or any questions, contact Gary Geller, ggeller@fremontstjoe.org or Kathy Boukissen, kboukiss@fremontstjoe.org.



Auction is great way of uniting Catholic schools Sheri (Wolf) Ross 1978 SJCC grad 2006 Auction Chairperson sross@wcnet.org As the current chairperson of the Sandusky County Catholic Schools Annual Dinner Auction, I was happy to agree to write an article describing this worthwhile fundraising event. The dinner auction dates back to 1994 when Mr. Joe Noonan was hired as development director by Father Denny Hartigan to organize an event modeled after one he had been involved with at Tiffin Calvert High School. Early organizers saw it as an opportunity to bring representatives from all of the Catholic schools in Sandusky County and the Catholic Education Development Fund together to work toward a common goal: financially supporting Catholic education. According to Peggy Ochs and Doug Smith, current members who have served on the committee from its inception, the initial committee of 15 got a rather late start in planning, and skeptics wondered

if it could be pulled off. However, I’m told it was a huge success and proceeds surpassed all expectations. I don’t know what the first auction profited, but I can tell you that to date, the annual event has brought in over $1.25 million. All proceeds are divided fairly among SJCC, the five elementary schools and the CEDF. The keys to the success of the dinner auction are many. Here’s an overview of how it comes together. A committee of dedicated individuals begins in late August to brainstorm ideas for an overall theme, which remains confidential until a “kick-off” party in October. The committee meets bi-weekly, and eventually weekly, to plan every detail of the event, from decorations, invitations, entertainment and menu, to student volunteers, auction items, building security, and table assignments. Each committee member shares the responsibility of contacting past and potential donors to request an auction item or monetary donation. Now as you can imagine, without the generosity of the hundreds of individual, school, business and corporate donors, the dinner auction ceases to exist. We can never show enough gratitude to those who give so freely to our worthy cause. The four days preceding the auction are nothing less than hectic. With the help of many volunteers, who are not on the committee, the SJCC gymnasium, hallways and balcony are transformed beyond

recognition to replicate the chosen theme. Friday night brings a Preview Party, where donors and attendees are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the wide array of auction items that will be available to the highest bidder the following night. And I cannot overlook the 400+ people who purchase tickets to attend the event. Again, without supporters willing to come ready with cash, credit cards and checkbook in hand, anxious to “outbid all the others” for the item they can’t live without, the auction will no longer succeed. Saturday night arrives and the good times roll. Great food, catered by Sprenger Catering, plenty to drink, countless ways to spend money, the ever entertaining Baker-Bonnigson Auctioneers, and awesome camaraderie. What’s more fun and exciting than that? And then, of course, as the evening comes to an end, we’re anxious to hear the bottom line, the fruits of our labor. Again, all for a common goal…..Catholic education. So take the opportunity to support the auction. It’s very rewarding to be part of the planning, to be a donor, and to attend and join in the friendly competition of trying to “win” that special item. This year’s theme is “Jewel of the Nile”. For more information, contact SJCC at (419) 3329947.

Volunteer Building Committee Update and Projects Dear SJCC Supporters, About six years ago a building committee was formed to address the needs of our 50-year-old facility. Initially, the task seemed overwhelming. But in the spirit of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, projects were identified and prioritized. Through the efforts of a small army of volunteers and generous financial supporters, a long list of projects have been accomplished: 1. New gym roof 2. New gym windows 3. Total gym renovation 4. Restroom renovations 5. New exterior doors 6. Locker room renovations

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

New boiler and HVAC system New hallway lockers New concession stand in the cafeteria Some new interior doors Numerous painting projects New windows in main office and chapel

13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

New development offices Hallway benches Main office renovation Expanded trophy cases Front entrance handicap railings

As you can see, much has been accomplished, yet much remains to be done. Two important projects on our list are new windows with integral blinds for the remainder of the building and a handicap accessible ramp to enter the building. Ballpark estimate of replacement windows is $300,000 and phase one of the handicap ramp is $30,000. More than half of the monies for the ramp have already been raised by an amazing, hard-working group of volunteers working concessions at the Cleveland Browns games. Although the $300,000 price of window replacement may seem overwhelming, breaking it down into sections of the building makes it cost efficient and attainable. The “Reineck Media Center” (old library), on the third floor facing Croghan Street, will be $24,000. When we have raised that sum, the project will begin. The glass block above the windows will be replaced with an energy-efficient panel and the new energy-efficient windows will be installed. With the skyrocketing cost of energy, a significant operating savings will be realized. There are 16 windows in the eight openings, breaking down to a cost of $1,500 per window. An “SJCC Window Club” will finance this project. Five “Levels of Giving” are available for your consideration: • Copper $100 • Bronze $300 Return pledge form is located on Page 6 • Silver $500 • Gold $1,000 • Platinum $1,500 A permanent plaque will be displayed in the main hallway commemorating your gift as a CLASS, INDIVIDUAL, or in MEMORIAM. I would also like to assure you that ANY donation is greatly appreciated. The members of our building committee take very seriously our responsibility to you and the entire SJCC family to use your gift wisely. Volunteer Building Committee Members

Yours in Christ, Tom Babione ‘68 Building Committee Chairman Babione Construction

Ron Autullo, Union Pipe Fitter Jeff Blohm, SJCC Maintenance Joe Dohanos, Electical Engineer Mike Gabel, SJCC Principal Ken Haslinger, Mosser Construction - VP

Tom Haslinger, Flowtronex - Outside Sales Jay Hensley, Burkett Industries - Electrician Tom Hoelzle, The Master’s Craft - Owner Rick Jenkins, Mosser Construction - Supervisor Dan Knisely, Telemon - Designer/Draftsman

Tim Walters, Walters’ Boiler Works, Inc. - Owner Mike Wasserman, Mosser Construction Field Coordinator Bruce Wobser, Architect

PAGE 10 SJCC alum returns to coach By Ross Wetoskey

SJCC has a new football coach. Todd Drusback, a 1990 SJCC alum, will be returning to his alma mater as head football coach and health and physical education instructor in the fall. “I feel really good about it,” said principal Mike Gabel, referring to the search committee’s decision to hire Drusback who was one of 31 applicants for the job. “He has a great relationship with young people.” Drusback spent some time in 1998 as an assistant coach to Rick Wonderly, who stepped down as head coach at the end of last season. “I have a lot of respect for Mr. Wonderly,” Drusback said. “It will be hard to fill his shoes.” Drusback played as middle linebacker on three 91 teams under coach Tom Narducci. As a junior, he was an all-state linebacker. He wears a ring from the last Michigan State team to win a Big Ten title in 1990. Drusback was a freshman walk-on. He was defensive coordinator at Vanlue in 1999 before taking the head coaching position at Genoa in 2000. He spent two years in Genoa, then four years as head coach at Edgerton. Prior to his arrival at Edgerton, the team had won one game in three seasons. In his four years there, the team racked up 21 wins and hosted a playoff game in 2003, their first postseason appearance since 1983. Drusback believes that accomplishments will come with lots of hard work. Weightlifting, camps, and seven-on-seven workouts will be part of the process of getting physically ready, but winning involves a mental readiness as well. “You need to expect success; you don’t hope for it,” he said. Drusback, and his wife, Amy (Vassar ‘95), who teaches at Sacred Heart, have two young children.

Football Fundraiser Golf player’s pass The player’s pass gets you 2 for 1 green fees to approximately 25 area golf courses around northwest Ohio. The cost of the pass is only $40 and you will be able to use each coupon in the pass up to four times each. You save between $20 to $50 every time you play! The pass pays for itself in as little as one or two rounds of golf. Find a complete listing of courses and their discounts at www.playerspass.com. To purchase a golf pass contact any football player or e-mail Coach Drusback at edg_aca_td@nwoca.org.


Winter wrapup Girls Bowling

Girls Basketball

By Ross Wetoskey

By Amanda Babione

Senior Cara Steinberger is the first SJCC bowler to advance to regional competition. “Advancing to regionals gives those bowlers that are returning next year the hope that they can do it now that I have,” said Steinberger. Steinberger placed 46th out of 85 bowlers at the regional level with a 420 series. The girls’ season record was 11-4 with key wins against Sandusky Perkins and Tiffin Calvert. Advancing to district games held in Fostoria, the team had hopes of qualifying for regionals. However, they weren’t able to put together a good series of games in the first regular match. They did much better in the second and third matches and bakers games, but had too much ground to make up. They finished 11th out of 16 teams. High bowler was Steinberger with a 588 series. This ranked her 14th overall and gave her one of the top six positions, advancing without a team. The girls’ team also included senior Shannon Colon and juniors Justine Rhoad, Carly Picciuto, and Kelsey Gallagher.

The SJCC girls basketball team finished 8-2 in the MAL, good for a 3rd place tie. The team finished 148 overall after a 50-41 loss to Monroeville in the sectional final. The highlight of the season was a 58-53 road-win over Carey. It turned out to be Carey’s only loss of the season. Coach Gary Geller said the team exceeded most people’s expectations this season, even though they fell short of their own goal of a sectional championship. “We really thought about 10-12 wins would be nice this year,” said Geller. “So 14 is a real positive to build on.” In the Monroeville game, the Lady Streaks led with about two minutes left despite almost 30 turnovers. But they went cold from the floor as Monroeville ended the game on a 10-0 run. Sophomore Elyse Gonya came off the bench to spark the team with 13. Senior Britt Luc added 13 points in the loss. Luc led the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) and earned 1st Team All-MAL honors. Fellow senior Jamie Bork earned 2nd Team MAL, and junior point guard Megan Boukissen was named honorable mention. Against Gibsonburg, Boukissen broke the individual game record for assists with 12.

Boys Bowling The boys’ bowling team attributes its 1-14 record this season to missed opportunities. Though they bowled well it was never enough to surpass the other team, according to senior Mike Hrupcho. “It was really difficult to get motivated when we were bowling so well, but still losing to teams we should have beaten,” said Hrupcho. SJCC bowled aggressively with a 990 and a 940 series against Sandusky, one of the top 25 teams in the state, but Sandusky bowled a 2,000 over two games clinching the win. The first time SJCC bowled against Clyde they were consistent, but Clyde closed the gap and squeaked by with a win. Hrupcho was high bowler for the team with a 174 season average. Hoping to do better in tournament play, the team headed to district competitions in Fostoria. Still they came in 16th out of 21 teams. High bowler at districts was Hrupcho, who ended up with a 544 series and finished 29th in the individual standings. “We were hoping as a team to go further in the tournament, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” said Hrupcho. Also on the five-man team were seniors Pete Reyna, Kyle Stierwalt, and Ross Wetoskey and sophomore Kyle Good.

Ice Wolves league champs Fremont’s first CSHL (Cleveland Suburban Hockey League) championship banner is hanging in the Fremont Recreation Center thanks to the efforts of the Ice Wolves bantam hockey team. The Ice Wolves, which includes three SJCC freshmen, Max Yellstrom, Jordan Frank, and Max Celek, went 13-1 in regular season. Prior to the playoffs, they participated in the Garfield Heights Tournament where they finished 3-0-1, winning the tournament. Unfortunately, they lost their first game in the semifinal playoffs held at Iceland USA in Strongsville to the Euclid team 3-2. “It was a tough loss,” said Frank. “We beat them twice in regular season and once in the Mentor Tournament in the beginning of the season.” The freshmen hope more SJCC students get involved in hockey so they can establish an SJCC hockey team.

Boys Basketball After starting the season 0-5 the Streaks came back to end the season with an 11-9 record, 6-4 in the MAL. They won 11 of their last 15 games before moving on to sectionals where they beat South Central and Danbury. However, the winning streak ended in their first district game against Plymouth. “The fans really tapped into the game and came to support us. We really appreciated it,” said senior Brad Gabel. The Streaks took their first win at home against Danbury, 62-40 over the Lakers. The victory boosted the team’s spirit helping them to achieve their 11 wins this season. “The players continued working hard to improve. They needed to step their game up and come together as a team,” said coach Mike Gabel. During the Streaks’ district game versus Plymouth, the team held a strong lead until the 4th quarter. The Big Red then went on an 11-point scoring streak that closed off the game at 42-36. “We picked up our game at the end of the season and had some big wins, including Calvert and South Central,” said senior Derek Sponseller. Gabel received 1st team MAL honors this season while Sponseller received 2nd team honors. Senior Cory Swaisgood came in with an honorable mention. “I am very proud of this basketball team. After starting 0-5, they continued believing in themselves and working hard. It is a season they will always remember,” said coach Gabel.

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Spring sports preview

Wrestling Lady Streaks have strong defense

Seniors Alex Estrada and Juni Arreola saw four years of hard work finally pay off this year in the form of a trip to the state wrestling tournament. It turned out to be an experience that neither of them would forget. “It was amazing,” said Arreola. “It was a little nerve-wracking, but I’m happy with how I did.” While Estrada lost his first two matches and was eliminated from the tournament, Arreola went on to place Juni Arreola sixth overall. “My goal was just to place at the tournament,” said Arreola. Estrada didn’t finish as well as he hoped he would at the tournament, but he feels that the team as a whole far exceeded its expectations. “We did extremely well, considering the number of sophomores and juniors we had on the team,” he said. The team finished 3rd in the MAL in a very close tournament. Only four points separated the first three teams. Individual champs for SJCC were Arreola, Estrada, and Matt Franks. Both Arreola and Estrada attribute much of their success to coach Mike Naufel. He gave them a greater sense of discipline and pushed them to work harder. “I respect coach Naufel probably more that I’ve respected any other coach I’ve ever had,” said Arreola.

Having brought home the team’s 1st district championship trophy last year, Bill Bork’s softball team has a lot of work cut out for them this year. The Lady Streaks, led by seniors Alyssa Dickman, Jamie Bork and Megan Casey, are strong in pitching and in defense but need work on their offense, according to coach Bork. “I’m confident in Alyssa’s arm,” he said, “but we need to get the bats going.” Freshmen players showing promise are Heather Blake and twins Lindsay and Abby Crockett. “We will definitely go all the way this season,” said junior Melissa Taylor. “We have great talent and experience, not to mention our amazing spirit.” The Lady Streaks toughest games will be against Genoa, Mohawk, Seneca East and Clyde, said Bork, adding that their first game will be March 28 against Genoa.


Baseball team looking good

The SJCC boys swim team brought home the school’s first swim plaque after finishing second in the Wapakoneta Invite this season. This was an outstanding accomplishment since one of the four-man team, senior Mike Wagner, had never swum competitively before and coach Kevin Casey had never coached this team before. At district competition, junior Nick Swint competed in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly competitions, finishing 10th and 14th overall, respectively. “I thought he swam very well,” said Casey. “Both of those times were his personal bests, so I couldn’t ask for more.” Last year the young team competed in only four seasonal matches while this year they competed in 13 meets. With Swint leading the way, Casey hopes teammates Chris Ronski and Alex Reineck can encourage more swimmers to join the boys team next season. Casey also hopes to encourage more girls to join the girls team as well. Seniors, and foreign exchange students Diana Ruatti and Madeleine Dahl, who had never swum competitively either, will be leaving the team. Returning next year are juniors Allie Braun and Sarah Stierwalt, sophomores Mini Kanakaraj and Brooke Eicher; and freshman Sarah Keating. All the girls improved their personal best times for the season, according to Casey.

The pressure may be off the boys’ baseball team since they were picked to finish fifth in the league this year, but the guys see this as a challenge. “Our first goal is to finish in the top three in the league,” said coach Rick Barbour, “and I think that’s attainable.” Returning seniors Ryan Schmidt, Adam Coleman and Cory Swaisgood agree. “We will make the top three in the MAL, if not number one,” said Schmidt. With Schmidt catching, Swaisgood as shortstop, and juniors Anthony Rusher at second base and Grant Barbour in center field, the Streaks look solid up the middle. “The defense is going to be pretty good,” said coach Barbour, “and we have good team speed, offensively.” “I’m counting on pitchers senior Adam Coleman and juniors Cody Crockett, Devin Mills, and Matt Kwiatkowski,” said Barbour, who added that he is hopeful that junior Luke Lewis and sophomore Darek Hilty will step up as centerfielders. The Streaks’ toughest opponents will be Seneca East and Tiffin Calvert, said Barbour

Track expectations are pretty high

Nick Swint

The track team is revving up for a great season. “The expectations are pretty high. If they work hard and stay in shape, we should have a pretty successful season,” said track coach Paul Grahl. The team is already hard at work. Many of the

track athletes not involved in a winter sport have taken advantage of indoor track to keep in shape. This is the second year for indoor track, a SJCC club. The athletes practiced at the Fremont Community Recreation Complex or at school, then competed at various college campuses. Indoor track participant Jenny Kusmer, who also placed third at districts on the 4 x 200M relay team giving them a regional invite this past year, hopes indoor track will pay off.

“The girls team has high expectations for ourselves. Hopefully, we’ll pull through for the MAL,” said Kusmer. Andrew Adams, who qualified for regionals last year in the 110M hurdles, shares her enthusiasm. “The season will be exciting with ups and downs, hopefully ending in an MAL victory,” said Adams.

Tennis sectionals will be challenging New tennis coach Scott Knisely is confident in his team. “I have great expectations for SJCC tennis this year. They practice hard, and we have two really good incoming freshman, Chris Wobser and Matt Barbour,” he said. Knisely predicts the greatest challenge will be sectionals because the competition will be tough. However, he is confident in the team, including strong returning players George Hossler and Eric Barbour. “I’m looking forward to a new head coach and new people on the team,” said Hossler.

Schedules for the spring sports can be located on the website under athletics at: www.fremontstjoe.org

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