2008 Voice Spring

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The Spring 2008

Voice First Publication: October

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

2008 Alumni and Friends Heritage Award Recipients Each year SJCC honors several individuals with the SJCC Alumni and Friends Heritage Award. This award is given to candidates who have gone above and beyond, and who have touched our SJCC family in either its religious community or extra-curricular programs. All of the candidates have put their gifts into action and have spent countless hours on projects they are passionate about. They have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities and moral values. The ceremony will be held in the SJCC cafeteria on Saturday, April 19. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:15, dinner at 6:00, and the award ceremony follows dinner. Tickets are $20, for information contact SJCC at 419-332-5124 or aritzman@streaks.net. This year’s recipients are Janet (Borer) Winton, Marie (Wammes) Wagner and Hal and Diane Hawk.

Janet Borer Winton

Janet Borer Winton graduated from SJCC in 1956. She is a graduate of Notre Dame College and also earned her Master’s in Education from Pennsylvania State University and later became an instructor at each institution. She went on to become an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University while serving as the women’s athletics coordinator, women’s swim coach, and women’s tennis coach. She was chosen for this award because of her dedication to education and community service. She has served on numerous committees: The Notre Dame Alumnae Board, Catholic Elementary Schools Review Team, North

Central High Schools Evaluation, CWRU Hall of Fame, and the SJCC Scholarship Committee. She has been a Red Cross volunteer for over 25 years, St. Paschal Elementary teacher/volunteer for 10 years, and a volunteer for the St. Patrick Soup Kitchen. She donated her time to establishing the Hough Area Tutoring Alhambra Project, helped disabled children with Religious Education, and served as Director of the Plain Dealer Tennis Tournament as well as being codirector for 10 years for the NCAA InterCity Summer Youth Program. She resides in Rocky River with her husband James.

Marie (Wammes) Wagner

M a r i e ( Wa m m e s ) W a g n e r graduated from SJCC in 1948. She has been married to Gilbert for 60 years and is the proud mother of one son and five daughters. She was chosen due to her outstanding dedication to St. Joseph Parish. She has been the parish Sacristan since 1990. She became a Eucharistic minister in 1972 and delivers communion weekly to area nursing homes and to shutins. She is active in the Bereavement Committee, the leader of the special needs prayer group, the division leader for the Blessed Sacrament Confraternity, the leader of the Rosary Society, former member of the Marian Society and Daughters of Isabella, and the Cursillo prayer Group. She also has donated her time to the grade school library, the school cafeteria, the choir, and the parish council. Outside of the church, she was a 4-H advisor for 15 years, a Cub Scout

leader for three years, and volunteered at Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She is a life-long resident of Fremont.

Hal and Diane Hawk

Hal and Diane Hawk have the distinction of being inducted as the first couple. Hal graduated from Fremont Ross in 1977 and is the owner of Crown Battery. Diane graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1982. Both are extremely active in the community and are wonderful supporters of SJCC. They established two SJCC Scholarships. The Hal & Diane Hawk Scholarship as well as the Crown Battery Scholarship. Together, they serve on the Fremont City Schools Levy Campaign and the Fremont Area Foundation. They have a passion for swimming, which is evident in their support of local swim teams. They spearheaded the Fremont Area Foundation Pool Project. They are active at Memorial Hospital, each has served on the capital campaign for the Weitzel-Kern Surgery Center. Hal is the Chairman of the Operating Board while Diane is a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Hal is the president of the Battery Council International and a member of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corp. Diane is extremely involved at Lutz Elementary and the American Cancer Society and is the Co-President of the Port Clinton Community Band. They reside in Fremont with their two daughters, Megan and Morgan.



2008 SJCC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

By: Amanda Tucker

On Sunday, May 18, three new alums will be inducted into the SJCC Athletic Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to the school’s athletic programs. Jim Hoffman, Cheryl Colston, and Thomas Kashmer will be honored at a ceremony held at Crystal Arbors on Hayes Ave. in Fremont. Social hour begins at 4:00, dinner at 5:00 and the Induction at 6:00. Tickets will be available in the SJCC office.

Jim Hoffman ’67

Jim Hoffman earned three consecutive varsity letters in football from ’64-’66. Jim played defense until his senior year when he also played quarterback. As a senior he earned first team All-SBC on defense. Additionally he earned two varsity letters in basketball from ’66-’67. As a senior he was named to the first team All-SBC and helped the Streaks win the conference title. In 1971 Hoffman earned a BBA from the University of Toledo and an MBA in 1972. In 1999 he was awarded the University of Toledo Gold T Award for Outstanding Alumnus, in 2000 he was awarded University of Toledo

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Pacemaker Award, Outstanding Business School Award and SJCC Heritage Award in 2001. Jim and his wife Kristine (Pilliod) Hoffman have four sons. Hoffman is the President of the Northwest Ohio Key Bank. He is a board member of the Toledo Museum of Art, Catholic Foundation of Toledo, Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, COSI Toledo, Toledo Area White Paper, Family Services of Northwest Ohio and Cooperation for Effective Government.

Cheryl Colston ’83

Cheryl Colston earned Honorable Mention SBC her sophomore and junior years in basketball. She was also named Channel 24 player of the week. While playing volleyball her junior year she earned most improved player. Colston also joined the softball program junior year and continued through senior year. Colston coached JV volleyball at SJCC from ’88-’91, varsity volleyball from ’9294 and ’08. Colston led the team to receive district runner up in ’93 and ’94. In ’93 she received MAL Coach of the Year and the Coaches Achievement award in ’94. After high school in ’86 Cheryl earned her Associate Degree in Marketing at Terra

Technical College. Cheryl works at the Gordon Lumber Company in the Accounting and Payroll Department. Colston and her husband Timothy have three children.

Thomas Kashmer ’62

Thomas Kashmer earned four consecutive varsity letters in baseball from ’59-’62. He also earned two varsity letters in basketball from’61’62. In ’62 he was the first SJCC athlete to earn the All Ohio baseball award. Kashmer attended Bowling Green State University on a baseball scholarship. Throughout his four years of college he played baseball and earned varsity letters all four years. In ’67 Thomas earned his B.S in Education. From ’68-’74 Kashmer was the head baseball coach at Gibsonburg High School and held a record 97-37 which was the most victories by a coach. Kashmer also held the best winning percentage of seventy two percent. In ’96 Kashmer retired after 30 years of teaching. He was the director of Green Creek Wildlife Society, the past President of the R.B Hayes Audubon Society and also past President of the Ohio Bird Banders Association. Currently, Kashmer works for the Sandusky County Park District as a Research Coordinator. Thomas and his wife Sandy (Myslinski) Kashmer have two children.

From the Principal

Greetings, The first two pages of this edition of The Voice recognize seven outstanding people. We honor these inductees because they have given so much of themselves to SJCC and to their communities. They are fantastic role models for our young people. I hope you take the time to read about this year’s honorees and all their accomplishments. I want to congratulate them and thank them for all that they do and have done to make a difference in today’s world. If you have not been on the SJCC website lately, check it out. I am also proud to announce the Naderer Sports Complex will be expanding. Once again, through private donations, we will

be adding two soccer fields and two football practice fields. I truly want to thank everyone who has donated to this project and all of you who have been so generous to SJCC over the years. SJCC is looking for a volunteer who has experience in grant-writing and would be willing to help us with this process. Please contact me. In closing, please continue to pray for SJCC and our young people. Thanks again for all that you do. We are so blessed to have such supportive benefactors. You are in our prayers and may God bless you and your families. GO STREAKS! Mike

PAGE 3 Woodruff Semifinalist Senior Alison Woodruff has been selected as a semifinalist in the 20th class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. With the 2008 class, more than 4,000 young scholars nationwide will have benefited from just over $35 million that the Coca-Cola scholars Foundation has provided. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities. Woodruff ranks with approximately 2,000 high school seniors who are in the running for $3 million in college scholarships that Coca-Cola Foundation will award in the spring of 2008. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on the level of academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community

Scholarship OpportuOn page four is an update on Jennifer Lehman’s Kids Cancer Crusade, the organization founded in memory of Christi Thomas who passed away after a four year battle with a rare form of childhood cancer. Christi’s mother asked that the following information be made availiable. A $1,000 scholarship is available to a graduating senior of SJCC, graduate of SJCC, or son/daughter of an SJCC graduate from the Christi Thomas Memorial Fund. Go to www.ChristiThomas.org for an application. As the website states “Over the years, students and staff from Fremont St. Joe supported Christi in many loving ways. The Christi Thomas Scholarship will allow others from Fremont St. Joe to continue their love of education.”

Drusback Named Most Influential Teacher

Todd Drusback ‘90, current SJCC health and phys ed teacher and head football coach, only taught at Edgerton High School for four years. In that short time he left his mark. Two former students named Drusback as their most influential teacher during Edgerton’s National Honor Society induction. Drusback (back row, left) is shown with the 2008 Edgerton NHS students.

SJCC SCHOOL NEWS Website has new look Fremontstjoe.org has a new look, thanks to many hours of work from Spanish III and IV and Advanced Computer Instructor, Deb (Dye) Streacker ‘81. Streacker began work this summer. She needed to condense some things and rework the design and the artwork. She did not want to rush the upload of a new site, given that the old site had been the product of months of hard work by SJCC alumnus Linsay Ackerman ‘07. The website contains several hundred files to produce what is viewed on the web. Every piece of artwork is created individually using a couple different programs. Independent study ACA student, junior Janelle Ochs created the senior page. She spent about three weeks scanning all the pictures, setting up the page, and testing everything to make sure that it all appeared as it should. For the past two months Streacker has spent virtually every free hour working on fine tuning the pages and testing. Tim Burns, SJCC academic systems administrator, was instrumental in creating space on the server to allow her to create, store and test the new website. He also “flipped the switch” when it was time to upload the new site. Previously, Streacker could only make changes during the confines of the school day, but last year the faculty received their own laptops. Now she can make changes at any time, which makes keeping the website updated much easier. She spends at least a little time every day “tweaking” what’s currently there. One of the challenges to keeping the site current is getting the information from others, though the flow of information seems to be improving. Streacker wants to insure that the site contains information necessary to keep those informed about SJCC while not making it too cumbersome to navigate through. Through it all, Streacker has come to realize that though everyone has different ideas of what the website should look like, as the webmaster, her goal is to make it as functional for everyone as possible.

Easter Egg Hunt The SJCC Alumni & Friends Annual Easter Egg Hunt took place despite the weather looking like Christmas instead of Easter. Friday night 2-4 inches of snow fell and forced the Saturday hunt to be moved from Conner Park to the SJCC cafeteria. The number of children that participated was down from last year, but those that turned out had fun and most importantly were warm and dry.

Career Day Fifty-one speakers talked about their careers to SJCC students during Career Day on March 19. Toledo NBC Channel 24 Sports Anchor, Eric Haubert, was the keynote speaker. Haubert stressed to pick a career because you love what you’re doing, not because of money or status. He said to look for opportunities to start in the particular line of work early in life, including volunteer work. Before he was on local news, he wrote for his high school paper, volunteered at the BGSU television station and looked for other opportunities to help him speak in front of others, such as high school theater and working as a DJ for weddings. Being proactive as a high school and college student and seeking out these opportunities and not waiting for someone to come to him, is what has benefitted him the most in his career. SJCC students signed up to listen to four different speakers on careers in which they had an interest. Each session was 40 minutes and allowed time for question and answers. Career Day is held every two to three years. SJCC counselor Bev Buckley organized the event.

PAGE 4 Kids Cancer Crusade Editors Note: In June of 2007 we told you about Jennifer Lehman ‘06 founder of the Kids Cancer Crusade. Much has happend in the past year. The following is an update. See page 3 for scholarship information.

Much progress has been made to Kids Cancer Crusade, an organization founded by 2006 SJCC graduate Jennifer Lehmann, since the June 2007 edition of The Voice. Kids Cancer Crusade was created in honor of Christi Thomas, of Tiffin, and continues in her memory since her passing in September 2006 at the age of 9 after a four-year battle with cancer. After successfully incorporating as a non-profit entity with the State of Ohio in April 2007, Lehmann sought the assistance of attorney James Ellis to file the organization for tax-exempt status. The summer of 2007 was busy with completing the necessary paperwork alongside two other initial directors; Jennifer’s mother, Lisa Walter and Christi’s mother, Angela Thomas. As of December 7, 2007, Kids Cancer Crusade has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

SJCC MAKING NEWS Lehmann also spent the summer creating relationships with some of the families the organization has helped. In July, thanks to a specific donation for this purpose, Lehman spent a day at Fort Rapids in Columbus with one pediatric cancer patient and his family and another day at the Columbus Zoo with five patients and their families. In August, she flew to Knoxville, Tennessee to spend a week with seven-year-old Sydney Dudley and her family. While there she also spent a day with two-year-old Lindsey Long and her family at Dollywood. In January 2008, Liz Pietrykowski, Lisa

Longtime area priest prepares for retirement By David Yonke Blade Religion Editor

Growing up in Fremont, the Rev. Richard Wurzel thought he’d be a doctor someday, like his older brother. But after touring a medical school and seeing students cutting up cadavers, he decided he’d rather work on people’s spiritual health than their physical bodies. “The priests I knew were always kind of happy,” he said. “I was not interested in money. I didn’t come from money and I had no goals around money. I decided that whatever I do, I want to be happy and fulfilled.” Father Wurzel said he never heard “an audible voice of God in the barn,” but felt God was calling him into the priesthood during high school. Ordained in 1959 by Bishop George Rehring, he has served as pastor of St. Thomas More in Bowling Green, St. Joan of Arc in Toledo, and St. Joseph of Sylvania. Wearing a St. Joseph’s polo shirt and a beige cardigan sweater, Father Wurzel took time out recently to reflect on his career and his recent decision to retire at the end of June. “I love what I’m doing. I’ve been doing it 48, almost 49 years,” he said. “But I’ll be 75. I don’t have the energy. I can’t do what I used to do. And I’ve been here since 1990. It’s time for new people with new ideas.” With 10,418 registered parishioners, Sylvania St. Joe’s is the largest parish in the 19-county Toledo Catholic Diocese. But being in charge of the largest church doesn’t mean it’s more stressful, Father Wurzel said. “I’ve always said running a big parish is easier that

a small parish. I’ve got a tremendous staff of competent people. I let them do their jobs. In a small parish, the pastor has to do everything.” A big ball of stress came out of left field, however, when St. Joseph’s announced plans in 2003 to build a new school on property that was home to the Lathrop House, beleived to have been a refuge in the Underground Railroad. There were protests from preservationists claiming the church was being insensitive to history and minorities. In the end, the Lathrop House was preserved rather than demolished. It was picked up and moved to a nearby parcel to make room for the school. “Sure that was stressful,” Father Wurzel said. “People had strong opinions on either side. But I knew from the start that the only decision that could be reached had to be a compromise. Some people don’t appreciate that.” The priest was also in the news in 1978 when Bishop John Donovan appointed him pastor of “Parish 166,” a new community to be located on the site of a cornfield in South Toledo. Father Wurzel said there were many names suggested for the new parish, a lot of them “very strange” such as “Our Lady of Highways.” He personally wanted to name it St. David Roman Catholic Parish, hoping it would be one of the few Catholic churches named for an Old Testament saint. But he was satisfied with Bishop Donovan’s selection, St. Joan of Arc. “I thought, OK, she’s a woman and a layperson,” Father Wurzel said. The planning and consultation with parishioners, architects, builders, and other concerned parties in starting

Schrickel and Terri Thompson, all of Fremont, joined Lehmann, Walter and Thomas as future Kids Cancer Crusade Board Members. Kids Cancer Crusade will continue to offer support to children with cancer and their families in the form of care packages, small events and in the future, academic scholarships. More information can be found at www. kidscancercrusade.org.

Lindsey’s Mom-Kristin, brothers-Riley, Brodey and Casey,and Jennifer holding Lindsey

St. Joan of Arc Parish was a deeply rewarding experience, he said. Growing up in Fremont, Father Wurzel attended the same elementary school as Bishop James Hoffman, the Toledo bishop of 21 years who died in February, 2003. But Bishop Hoffman went to a high school seminary while Father Wurzel attended St. Joseph Central Catholic High School. After high school, Father Wurzel enrolled at St. Gregory Seminary and Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati, earning a master’s degree in philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio, and was assigned to Rome in 1960 to study for a doctorate. He received a doctorate in moral theology from the Angelicum University, now know as the Pontifical University of Thomas Aquinas, in 1961. “Life in Rome-I loved it. I’m a little guy from Fremont, Ohio. Now all of a sudden I was in Rome. All the leaders of the church that I’d read about, they were there for the Second Vatican Council.” He said Pope John XXIII was wise to convene the council. “I dearly loved Pope John XXIII. He had the right idea, bringing the church into the 21st century,” Father Wurzel said. He does not have any specific plans for retirement except to visit relatives and to play poker with friends. “Some priests retire and they do 10, 12 Masses a week. Not me,” he said with a dismissive wave. “We’ll wait and see.” Contact David Yonke at: dyonke@theblade. com or 419-724-6154

PAGE 5 STREAK FEST The planning is underway for the first annual “Streak Fest” SJCC’s summer festival. Plenty of good food, beverages, music and fun. Save the date--August 16. Much more information to come

2007 Calendar Winners $250 Monthly Winners January Rick & Kathy Barbour February Jean Alcala March Leo & Marion Bundshuh April Kyle Miller May Joseph Leiby June Becky Lowery July Alice Ragen August Mike Robinette September Joan Egbert October David Engeman November Annette & John Cronin December Christine Chamberlain

$1,000 Annual Winners Brenda Baker Leo & Marion Bundschuh Don & Mary Reinhart Bev Roberts Helen Widman c/o Patty Swint The SJCC Calender Fundraiser takes place in December, but calendars are still available. If you would like to purchase a calendar send a check for $25.00 to SJCC we will send you a calendar and you will be entered into the daily, weekly and monthy drawings.

April 18 19 29 May 2 3 8&9 20 22 23 25 June 3-5

Calendar Heritage Award Mass/Assembly Heritage Award Dinner/Induction Honors Banquet First Hour Prom Senior Exams Senior Sports Banquet Senior Project/RYP Day Senior Breakfast-Awards-Farewell Mass Graduation Exams

SJCC SPECIAL EVENTS Booster Club News The 57th annual SJCC Booster Stag was a big success with a profit of $8,700. This successful event along with the many other booster fundraisers helps support the many boys and girls athletic programs. Thanks to many who attended and those who worked so hard to help make it a success. In this new year please consider becoming an active member of the Booster Club. We need YOU! We especially need the parents of the children who are participating in sports. Without the SJCC Boosters the many sports programs we now take for granted would not be available. Come on up to a meeting and try us! We meet the first and third Monday of each month at 8 p.m. above the Sheets Supply Company, the corner of Napoleon and Jackson Streets. Enter from Jackson Street. See you there! Support the aluminum can recycling. Drop your cans in the SJCC bin at Burns Iron and Metal Company 911 N. Front St. Open daily 7:30 to 4:00 and 7:30 to 11:30 on Saturdays.

Nominations for Hall of Fame or the Alumni & Friends 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 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 -Volunteering Please help SJCC honor those who deserve recognition. For more information contact Gary Geller, ggeller@streaks.net or Sue Berryman, sberryman@streaks.net,

Attention Golfers: Mark your Calendars For The SJCC Alumni & Friends and CEDF Golf Outing Friday August 1, 2008 At Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde, Ohio

Class Reunions Class of 1946 - June 4, 2008 1:00 at 818 Club. Contact Don Snyder 419-332-5798. Class of 1948 - June 4, 2008 noon at the Fremont VFW on Birchard Ave. Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. Contact Ray & Jane Grob 419-332-0607 kc8ayj@juno.com Class of 1949-Annual reunion July 8, 2008, 12:30, at Moose Lodge, Hayes Ave. Call Marylou at 419-332-0724 or “Birdie” at 419-332-3134 Class of 1953 - August 16, 2008, at Crystal Arbors 4:30 Mass at St. Joseph Church. Contact is Janet Overmyer 419334-9946 Class of 1958 - August 9, 2008 at the Fremont Country Club. Contact is Joan (Busold) Godfred 419-332-6671 or ggodfred@woh.rr.com. or Mary (Darr)Pfefferle at 419-332-0325 or marypk@sbcglobal.net Class of 1963 - August 9, 2008 at the Federation Home. Contact Flossie Swint 419-334-2746 or swintjc@ezworks.net Class of 1973 - August 23, 2008 at the Fremont Yacht Club. Contact is Elaine (Stover)Fisher at 419-307-6290 or lfisherjr@woh.rr.com. Class of 1978 - August 16, 2008 at The Fremont Yacht Club. For more info contact Kris Stotz at ztots1@adelphia.net, Mike Binsack at mbinsack78@yahoo.com, Joe Swint at jhswint@buckeye-express.com, Doug Vassar at bigd1023@yahoo.com, Patty Swint at patty. swint@St.Lukeshospital.com Class of 1983-Plans are pending, please contact Lynne Wetoskey with your current info at nwetoskey1@who.rr.com Class of 1992 - July 12 at Mr. Ed’s on Put-in-Bay 6:00-9:00 dinner. Contact Susan (Brandt) Harvey 567-855-8008, Sharvey2@woh.rr.com. Class of 1998 - Julie (Kupka) Brown is attempting to plan/coordinate a 10 year reunion. She is in need of helpers, ideas, thoughts and any feedback towards this event. Please e-mail her at julie_ kupka@yahoo.com. Be sure to add “class reunion” in the subject area.

PAGE 6 Annual Scholarhip M/M Jim Blymyer Football Team Anonymous Mock Trial Anonymous Natatorium/SJCC Swim Team M/M Ken Swint M/M Tom Swint Science Olympiad Anonymous

Recognizing Gifts John and Carol Hall Family Scholarship In Honor of John and Carol Hall’s 40th Anniversary Mary Welsh

Weickert Family Faculty & Staff Endowment Fund

Ron and Jeanne Kerr Schoalrship M/M Michael Henkel

Window Club M/M Gary Chudzinski Phillip Darr James Diedrich

Bernadine and Earl Loeffler Scholarship M. Judith Crocker Fr. Earl Loeffler M/M Timothy McCarthy

Dr. Anthony J.Darr Schoalrship Dr. David Darr

Tuition Assistance D/M Ken Walter

Athletics Claudia Tischler* M/M Barney Leslie

Charles Lewis Martha Haubert Kirsch* M/M Bill Burkhart Cynthia Crispen M/M Ronald Gosche M/M James Hull Donna Krisch M/M Gary Logson M/M Tom Marsh & Amber Pat Picciuto M/M James Reed M/M Farnham Randolph M/M Henry Reineck M/M John Schell Jerald Srodes Fr. Thomas Stadler Lucas Mason* M/M Mark Pumphrey Eula Mae Molyet* Marcella Post D/M James Stierwalt Mary Nichols* Esther Barbour Mary Barrington M/M Bob Beck M/M Mike Benedum M/M Gay Bowden M/M Lee Bowden M/M Jim Draeger M/M Ken Durnwald M/M Dennis Durnwald M/M Mike Durnwald M/M Glenn Halm Norma Hoffman Rita Koch M/M John Lauer M/M Mark LeJeune Carol Lininger Sr Adell Liniger M/M Richard long Betty Mead M/M Bob Moyer M/M Del Rauch

The “Light of Christ” Faculty and Staff Endowment Deceased Notre Dame Sisters and Lay School Teachers 1933-1944 M/M Herb Redding Joseph Overmyer* M/M Tim Robinson School Facilities Phyllis Bergefurd* M/M John Lauer M/M John Wasserman Janet Burkett* M/M Mike Arbogast Marcia Eberly Carey* Doris Crislip Family Jerry Kirian Family Amy Perry Family Jean Perry Tom Perry Jr. Family Alice Conrad* M/M Richard Conrad Paul Dickman* M/M Lee Bowden Roger Dick Donna Durst M/M Tom Gonya D/M Walter Oxley M/M Tom Pfefferle Marcella Post D/M Tom Reineck M/M Ed Schade M/M George Ward M/M Dave Winters Lisa Zielinski Rosemarie Hill* M/M Mark Pumphrey Mary Rettig Irish*

Unrestricted M/M Gene Lorentz

M/M Steve Szymanowski

Burk Tischler

Christmas Gift to Ken Weickert and Judy Weickert Mike Weickert

Wrestling Building Lois Barron Pat Picciuto

MEMORIALS M/M James Walter M/M Dave Winters Virginia Wright M/M Gary Zimmerman Jack Rich* Mary Barrington Ruth Beier M/M Lee Bowden Ed Celek M/M Mike Durnwald M/M Jim Fails M/M Jerry Freeh M/M Steve Goetz M/M Larry Gutschalk M/M Ken Hammer Felista Kiser M/M Tom Kiser M/M Gus Miller M/M Scott Otermat M/M Glenn Saller M/M Bill Snyder Rozella Stahl M/M Albert Stokes M/M Albert Zamora Marilyn Reidmaier* M/M Jerry Freeh Harry Smith* Class of 1944 Daniel Chudzinski M/M Mark Pumphrey M/M Windsor Smith M/M Albert Zamora Rosalin Stotz* Mike Binsack M/M Gay Bowden M/M Lee Bowden Tom Foos David Gabel M/M Mike Gabel Tom Knisely James Lauer M/M John Lauer M/M Jim Reardon Roy Sumner*

CEDF Mary Barrington M/M John Fatica M/M Mike Haaser Mercedes Keating Larry Kramer M/M Ken Myers Roberta Moyer Albert Nichols Thomas Ochs M/M Gerard Shondell Louise Stout Virginia Valle Margaret Woessner

Class of 1957 Window Club Gifts to Date $5,600.00 Clyde Green Springs Transportation Dept Lois Smith Traunero* M/M Windosr Smith Claudia Tischler* Jack Yeager Tuition Assistance Ronald Segan* Class of 1955 Harry Smith* Dixie Binsack M/M Gay Bowden M/M Bob Cochey M/M Rod Cutcher Genevieve Dorobek M/M Jerry Freeh M/M John Golamb Mary Ellen Kettner M/M Doyle Kusmer M/M Joe Sloma M/M Bill Snyder M/M Don Snyder M/M Phil Steinle M/M Bill Yeager M/M James Waldock Kay Werner Cletus Sutter Jr. * M/M James Eberly

CEDF Memorials Chris Ackerman* M/M Tom Swint Joseph Freeh* M/M Theodore Bintz Dick Gegorski* M/M Kregg Gegorski Merlin Hughes* M/M Theodore Bintz Larry Koch* M/M Theodore Bintz Mary Nichols* M/M Tom Hite Sam Picciuto* M/M Theodore Bintz James Sneider* M/M Theodore Bintz

Scholarships Louis and Ethel Burkett Scholarship Louis & Ethel Burkett* M/M Marty Brown Bill Burkett M/M Mike Burkett M/M Rick Burkett D/M Kim Knight D/M Scott Mead M/M Rich Merrill M/M Michael Rothbaltt John and Carol Hall Family Scholarship Graham Nicholas Hall* M/M John Hall Ron and Jeanne Kerr Scholarship Ron Kerr* Carol Belle James and Barbara Haubert Scholarship Jim Haubert* M/M Walter Grace M/M Tim Haubert M/M Trace O’Brien

Unrestricted Thomas Gleba* M/M Gene Lorentz

Tom and Ellen Leite Family Scholarship Mary Nichols* M/M Tom Leite

Weickert Family Faculty & Staff Endowment Fund Jack Rich* Mary Nichols* Judy Weickert

Thomas R. Swint Family Scholarship Marcia Eberly Carey* Rosalin Stotz* M/M Tom Swint

Window Club Alice Conrad* Class of 1949 Named Endowed


PAGE 7 Little Streaks from the Stork Please keep in your Aubrey Nichole, daughter of Jodi Shaffer ‘97 and Marc Beard Cecelia Mercedes, daughter of Jennifer and Robert Pressler III ‘93 Anthony Jozef Jozef, son of Christina (Brickley) ‘98 and Anthony Rodriguez Ava Brilin, daughter of Lisa (Burroughs) ‘97 and Andy Stotz ‘97 Jack Alexander, son of Teresa (Reardon) ‘88 and Steve Sweeney Brooke Elizabeth, daughter of Jamie (Beier) ‘91 and Brad Young ‘88

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. Please include yourself if you would like our prayers. Elaine (Foos’79) Dickman, recovering from a serious illness. Roger ‘73, Joan, Jordan ‘01, Jillian ‘03, and Justine ‘07 Rhoad as they lost two family businesses due to a fire. Matt and Nick Wickline, sophomore and freshman at SJCC as they mourn the loss of their mother Mary. Mary will also be missed very much by SJCC family as she was very involed with the SJCC band. Pam Wolf, as she battles the return of cancer.

Longtime booster and 1948 graduate of SJCC, retired carpenter David Haynes constructed two indoor pitcher’s mounds for the baseball team. The mounds greatly enhance the ability for a more realistic workout while pitching indoors. The following helped with the Science Olympiad team: Jackie Koenig, Jeff & Cathy Blohm, Doug Beck, Warren Wickline, Robert Wonderly

Weddings Tanya Moreno ‘98 to Ryan Feehan Brittany Blankenship to Lucas Reineck ‘99 Rebecca Vogel to David Kistler ‘00 Mariette Widner to P.J. Keating ‘94 Ashley Egbert to Adam Lewis ‘03 Tina Slane to Tony Taylor ‘94 Erin Quackenbush ‘01 to Davy Schroeder Kelly Conley ‘98 to Charles Fite

Thank you....

Dave and Rob Wonderly fabricated two protective baseball screens for use at the Naderer Complex. These screens were made at a huge savings to the baseball program. The craftsmenship in their work is very much appreciated by the baseball program.

Gregory Brown ‘61 Marcia (Eberly) Carey Gerard Chudzinski ‘39 Alice (Widman) Conrad ‘49 Paul Dickman ‘60 Richard Freeh ‘39 ‘52

Deaths Rose Hill Ken Kessler Eula (Meyer) Molyet ‘41 Mary (Durnwald) Nichols ‘36 John “Jack” Rich ‘37 Mary Lou (Edwards) Sabo

Thomas Schwartz ‘53 Harry Smith Rosalin (Haslinger) Stotz ‘38 Lois Jean (Smith) Traunero ‘42 Mary Wickline Rita (Heschel) Wisbon ‘40

----------------------------Achievements/Updates-----------------------Roseanna Auxter ‘06 graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in Cleveland. She lives in Findlay and is currently working part-time as an on-air personality at 100.5 WKXA. Jake Barbour ‘03 graduated cum laude with a BS in civil engineering from the University of Toledo in December. He is employed by LJB Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. Brian Blodgett ‘80 has accepted a position as a program director, assistant department chair, for the History and Military Studies Department with the American Public University System. As program director for all history courses, he is responsible for introductory-level history classes that all of the university’s 28,000 students take in order to earn various degrees. Monica (Lauer) Brigle ‘94 has been named “Special Educator of the Year”for Williams County. The award is based upon the quality of the educational service provided to children with disabilities, relationship to the students and their parents. She was nominated by two of her collegues who refer to her as “a very caring individual that fills her day with working with parents, students and teachers to ensure quality education for all of the students with disablilities.” She works with over 140 students, their parents, and teachers in her job as special education coordinator of Montpelier Schools. Lois (Bor ‘58) Cameron has been named Marine of the Year for the Marine Corps League, Chesty Puller Detachment #269. She also has been very active for several years as a member of the Honor Guard for American Legion Post 281 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, does military honors for veterans locally and at the National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Elaine Gonya ‘88 recently accepted a position with the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute in

Milwaukee and splits time between Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Whitefish Bay High School as a licensed athletic trainer. Mark “The Hammer” Coleman ‘83 was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on March 1. A mixed martial arts pioneer who won the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournaments and became the first UFC heavyweight champion in 1997. Clare (Missig ‘58) Jordan retired from Indiana State University Student Health Center as a nurse/counselor in January ‘07. She is currently volunteering as an ESL tutor (English as a Second Language) at her local community learning center. Rona (Mumford ‘82) Knieriem graduated summa cum laude from Owens State Community College. She was one of 13 to have a 4.0 out of a graduating class of 558. She received her Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Education Technology Degree. She was the Outstanding Graduate for the Teacher Education Department and plans to continue as a lifelong learner while working toward her bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Kateri Kosta ‘02 is coordinating a volunteer and recreation program for adults with disabilities in Cincinnati. The past October she spent three weeks backpacking through Thailand with a travel grant from Xavier University Barbara Krzewinski ‘60 was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Webster University, St. Louis Missouri, where she received her masters degree. Luke Lewis ‘07 finished the 2007 football season playing for Hiram College. Hiram College is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, NCAC, D-III located

east of Cleveland. As a running back, he played in five games and started in two of those games. He finished the season with 45 carries for 123 yards and as a receiver he had three catches for 36 yards and scored two touchdowns. He is majoring in nursing. Michael Mead ‘96 recently purchased a dental practice in Uniontown, Ohio. Michael, along with his wife, Laura, and children Molly and Ben, are excited to move closer to their families in Ohio. They previously lived in Indianapolis where he worked for a dental practice in Carmel, Indiana. Mark Molyet ‘90 is at Ft. Hood, Texas training to deploy to the middle east. He is part of Charlie Co 1’148 infantry unit Tiffin, Ohio. This will be his second deployment with the Army National Guard since 2004. His four children attend St. Ann School in Fremont. T.J. Sauber ‘01 graduated from medical school in May 2005. He is a first year resident in general surgery at Akron Summa Hospital. Amy Snyder ‘97 graduated with a masters of education degree in classroom technology. She teaches first grade at Bogart Elementary with Margaretta Schools in Castalia, Ohio. Mike Snyder ‘98 graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a masters in public administration. He is employed as Event Supervisor at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Ross Wetoskey ‘06 graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in Cleveland. Since graduating in ‘07 he worked freelance in Cleveland and Columbus for ESPN, Lyons Video and NBA TV. He is currently living in Brooklyn, N.Y. working freelance for College Sport Television, (cstv.com), in Manhattan doing logging, teleprompting, and editing.



a.m. staff meeting and end at 9:30 p.m. after Cathy Setzler ‘02, on her year in Haiti 6study hour supervision. I spend most of the day Last night, I heard a loud sound from my neighbors. Living in Haiti, I am constantly hearing sounds like dogs fighting on the dirt roads, rooster crowing at 4 a.m. or Kompa music blaring in an all night street party. But this noise was new. A Haitian staff member identified it as wailing. Someone just died. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, in a country struggling with kidnappings and rampant tropical diseases, it would be easy to tell the story of the wailing of a people in pain. Yet my year as a volunteer has been a year of hope amidst this chaos. Yes, the 340 students at Louverture Cleary School come from extreme p o v e r t y. Without their mostly free education (they pay for school in toilet paper and chalk) they would join ninety percent of Haitians who don’t have a high school degree. But inside the ten-foot walls of the school is another world. LCS is a boarding school for grades seven to thirteen run by a U.S. Catholic nonprofit, The Haitian Project. Admission is extremely

From The Direc-

Will winter ever end? Where is Spring? We ask each other these questions as we are moving the Easter egg hunt from outside to inside. Hopefully the Easter bunny will bring better weather for next year. Rescheduling meetings, phon-a-thon dates, and 8th grade visitation was the norm for this winter. Maybe our alumni who winter in Florida, Arizona and other warm places will bring the nice weather home with them.

competitive. It draws students from up to three hours away. Once students are admitted, they begin a rigorous college prep curriculum like SJCC which includes classes in chemistry and calculus. The students become fluent in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Creole with a “language of the day” program. This program requires all conversations to be in a different language each day. Haiti has no trash system except to dump trash into the Caribbean Sea. I am extremely grateful for the janitors at SJCC because here the students clean the school. We burn, bury, or compost all trash. During daily work hour, students sift dirt out of the compost pile, crush cans with rocks and throw them in a big hole, and burn paper in the incinerator. Like SJCC, we have an active service program. In return for a free education, the students are expected to work towards rebuilding Haiti. They help at an orphanage run by Mother Theresa’s Sisters. They also teach a daily literacy program for 350 neighborhood kids with no school. As a volunteer, I’ve got it good. The four U.S. volunteers consider our school grounds “posh,” not like Oprah’s South African school, but we are quite lucky. We usually have running water and solar electricity. Ninety-four percent of Haiti does not have the luxury of electricity. We eat Haiti’s staple food of rice and beans each day. This is supplemented with spaghetti or macaroni and cheese for breakfast. A typical day is busy. We begin with a

As we await the warm weather we are preparing for the Heritage Award Dinner. It is a pleasure to plan an event for such special people. Hal & Diane, Janet and Marie are an inspiration to us. Do you know other alumni or SJCC friends that are making a difference in their community? If so please visit our website or contact us for a nomination form. This prestigious award is one of the highlights of our job. Please help us continue the tradition. On a different note, the SJCC family is saddened with the sudden death of Mary Wickline, mother of freshman, Nick and sophomore Matt. Please keep the family in your prayers at this difficult time. Coach Todd Drusback and Sacred Heart School have been working very hard planning events for the Inks Family. Patti (Hossler) 93 and husband Craig, sophomore Brandon

teaching English, computers, and social justice classes. I then work the compost, help clean or cook and teach piano club in which nine students crowd around two keyboards. The hardest part for me about living at the school (even worse than the twenty bug bites I got yesterday) has been the loss of my personal freedom. We rarely leave the school gates because of security concerns. It is quite a change for me from living in Chicago (or even Fremont) to suddenly be trapped in a place the size of a city block for seven weeks straight. However, this is in solidarity with the many Haitians who have been afraid to leave their houses during political coups. Whenever life is difficult here, I have plenty of sources in which to find strength. First, I have a strong education from SJCC that formed my belief in social justice and service. Second, my students constantly encourage me. They have convinced me their future will be better for their families and their country. Finally, I have an unbelievable support network in Fremont. SJCC, St. Joe Grade School and Parish and two local newspapers have so willingly spread my story. When you think of Haiti know that despite the difficult situations of the country, there are intelligent, motivated students ready to change their world. In this way, the students at LCS are not that different than those at SJCC.

and 3rd grader Parker are facing monumental health challenges and difficult financial circumstances. Parker, who has muscular dystrophy is fighting pneumonia and Patti has been diagnosed with cancer. A taco dinner at Sacred Heart is planned for April 26, and a dinner auction at Ole Zims on June 6. Drusback is looking for donation items for the Auciton. If you are in the area please support these events. Looking to summer, the annual CEDF and Alumni & Friends golf outing plans are underway. This year’s outing will be at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde on Friday August 1. Two weeks later on Saturday August 16 is the first Annual Streak Fest. More information will be coming in the summer issue of The Voice. Think Spring!!!



SJCC Fields Of Dreams Becomes Reality The Naderer Sports Complex will be expanding this spring with the addition of two soccer fields and two football practice fields. A detailed plan was presented to the Building Committee and weather permitting work will begin to prepare the fields for planting at the end of April or first of May. The Naderer Sports Complex is funded completely independent of the school, so there is no additional expenses to the operating budget. Through the generosity of the donors listed below the funds have been raised to begin the project. Donations are still being accepted and will be applied toward the upkeep of the complex. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Arend Mr. and Mrs. Rick Barbour Mrs. Mary Barrington Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beckley Mr. and Mrs. James Beier Mr. and Mrs. Mike Beier Mr. and Mrs. Steve Beier Mrs. Helen Beier Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Brawley Mr. Brett Busold Mr. and Mrs. Tom Busold Mr. and Mrs. Tom Carmack Mrs. Sylvia Celek Mr. Daniel Chudzinski Mr. and Mrs. Gary Chudzinski Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cronin Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Cullen Mr. David Darr Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Darr Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Darr Mr. and Mrs. Mike Denman Mr. and Mrs. David Dixon Mr. and Mrs. Tom Drusback Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eshleman Mr. and Mrs. John Fatica Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Freeh Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gabel Mr. and Mrs. Kregg Gegorski Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gonya Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Good Mr. Kevin Good Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gottron Mr. Joseph Halm Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Halm Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. George Hintze, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hirt Mr. and Mrs. Eric Hirt Drs. Mark and Tracey Hoelzle Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey House Mr. and Mrs. Tony Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Patrick M. Keating Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kelbley Mr. Brian Koenig

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kupka Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kwiatkowski Mr. James Lauer Mr. and Mrs. John Lauer Mrs. Leona Laurer Mr. Edward Leite Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Lenhart Mr. and Mrs. Tim Luc Mr. and Mrs. Tom Macielewicz Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mayle Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McGowan Dr. and Mrs. Scott Mead Mr. and Mrs. Neal Miesle Mr. and Mrs. Don Miesle Mr. and Mrs. Gene Miller Mr. and Mrs. Peter Miller Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Miller Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Molyet Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Morroney Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moyer Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moyer Mr. Joe Myers Dr. and Mrs. Paul Nagy Mr. C. Denis O’Shaughnessy Owens Corning Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pfefferle Mr. Thomas Picciuto Mrs. Pat Picciuto Dr. and Mrs. Mark Pickett Progressive Iron & Metal Co., Inc. Reardon, Kolbe & Szakovits, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Reardon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rich Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Rich Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rimelspach Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Ronski Ms. Teresa Roth Dr. and Mrs. Steve Rusher Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Russell Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sauber Mr. and Mrs. William Sheets Mr. and Mrs. Scott Slatter Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Smith Mrs. Marilyn Smith Mr. and Mrs. Gene Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stanforth Dr. and Mrs. James Stierwalt Mr. and Mrs. Ed Streacker Mr. and Mrs. Greg Streacker Mr. and Mrs. John Swint Mr. Vince Swint Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wagner, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Gil Wagner Walters’ Boiler Works, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wasson Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wendt Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wilhelm Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wonderly Mr. Ryan Wonderly Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Yeager Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Yeckley

SJCC Swim Program Makes Waves By: Jenna Swint In 2003, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School formed a varsity swim program. In the past five years, the program has grown in numbers and talent. The team began with only eight swimmers and now proudly boasts twenty. Competition has increased from five scheduled meets in 2003 to fourteen in 2007. The SJCC swimmers now have the opportunity to practice and compete in the new Fremont ten-lane, Olympic pool. SJCC hosts many meets and is especially proud to host the Annual

Catholic Schools Invitational at the Fremont pool. Approximately 150 swimmers participated in the 2007 Catholic Schools Invitational. This meet attracts teams from as far as the Cleveland area. The interest in the swim program has been contagious as a new junior high swim team was formed by coach Mike Mowry. The 2007 team consisted of twelve swimmers from area Catholic grade schools. The junior high team had a successful two-month season. Generous personal donations and the SJCC Boosters support the swim program. Many volunteers have contributed their time and talent to this important program, which provides another option for SJCC students. The spirit of SJCC is evident as we continue to witness the growth and success of Streak swimming!



Winter Sports Wrap Up By: Greg Kohler

Boys Basketball

The SJCC basketball team finished with a 7-15 record, 4-6 in the MAL. In the sectional tournament, the Streaks beat Old Fort 54-48. SJCC outscored the Stockaders 22-14 in the final quarter to get the come-from-behind victory. Derek Meyer led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Wasserman added 13 points. In the sectional final, SJCC lost to Sandusky St. Mary 59-34. Coach Mike Gabel said St. Mary simply had more size and athleticism than the Streaks. Meyer is St. Joe’s tallest player at 6’2”, while St. Mary has four players who are 6’4” or taller. Wasserman led the team with 12 points, but with SMCC taking away the post, Meyer only scored two points. F o r the season, Meyer led the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg and Wasserman was second with 12.7 ppg. While Gabel was disappointed with the team’s final record, he knows if they had gotten just a few more breaks their record could’ve been a lot better. The team lost six games by six points or less. Meyer earned 1st Team All-MAL and 2nd Team District 6. Wasserman was Honorable Mention MAL and District 6. Both were named Honorable Mention All Northwest Ohio for Division IV. The SJCC freshmen boys team finished 15-4 overall and won the MAL freshmen tournament. They beat Hopewell-Loudon 4542, North Baltimore 35-33 and Calvert 37-29 to win the championship. The JV boys team finished with a 12-7 record. Coach Mike Gabel was honored at the state basketball tournament with the prestigious Bob Arzen Award by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. This award is presented to any basketball coach who has devoted 20 consecutive years or more of service to the same school at any level and has been an active member of the association for the past five years.

Girls Basketball

The Lady Streaks finished fourth in the MAL with a 7-3 league record, and finished 17-6 overall. In tournament action, they beat Hopewell-Loudon 49-30 behind 17 points and 9 rebounds from Hannah Nagy. Alyse Gonya and Abbie Smith added 9 and 8 points, respectively. SJCC then beat Old Fort 4740 for the sectional championship. Jill Wa l t e r s l e d t h e way with 15 points and Nagy added 9. Kristy Chestnutt made several key “hustle plays” to keep the Streaks in the game until they pulled out the victory. In the district semifinal, McComb used a swarming press to force 30 turnovers by the Lady Streaks and beat SJCC 45-34. Walters led the team with 10 points and Smith added 8. Walters and Nagy led the Lady Streaks with a solid one-two punch in the post this season. Walters averaged 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and Nagy averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Gonya averaged 9.2 ppg. Nagy was named 1st Team All-MAL, 2nd Team District 6 and 3rd Team All Northwest Ohio for Division IV. Walters was 2nd Team MAL, 2nd Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-NW Ohio. Gonya was Honorable Mention MAL, District 6 and NW Ohio. The JV girls team finished with an 11-8 record and the freshmen were 8-6. Another highlight in the season was the team’s victory over North Baltimore, which was Coach Gary Geller’s 400th career victory.


The SJCC bowling teams struggled this season, as the boys went 1-11 and the girls were 0-12. The boys finished 15 th out of 18 teams at sectionals. Kyle Good led SJCC for the year with a 177 average. John Fatica was next with

a 161 and Andy Wolf carried a 154 average. The girls finished last out of 13 teams at sectionals. Cayla Liebold led the girls this year with a 103 average.


Coach Mike Naufel’s wrestling team struggled with numbers again this year,

forfeiting many matches in dual and tri-meets during the season. At the MAL meet, Austin Hilty (103 lbs.) and Scott Widman (285 lbs.) each earned 2nd place individual finishes. Gabe Arreola (152 lbs.) finished fourth. At sectionals, Hilty, Widman and Arreola all finished in the top four places and advanced. At the district meet, Widman finished 5th and Hilty 7th. For the season Widman finished with a 37-7 record. Hilty finished at 33-15, he tied the SJCC freshman win record.


For the first time ever, the SJCC swim team sent female swimmers to the district meet. Jenna Swint, Ashley Overmyer, Joy Risner and Courtney Ebert finished 7th in the 200m freestyle relay and 8th in the 400m freestyle relay to advance from sectionals. At the district meet, the girls finished 28th and 24th in their respective events. The top individual placer for the girls at sectionals was Overmyer, who finished 10th in the 50m freestyle. The boys did not have a swimmer advance from sectionals. The 200m medley relay team of Chris Ronski, Alex Reineck, Rob Reineck and Eric Barbour finished 10th. Alex Reineck had the top individual performance, finishing 11th in the 100m backstroke, and Ronski was 17th in the 1 0 0 m freestyle.



Spring Sports Preview By: Greg Kohler

Baseball Kevin Yeckley takes the reins of the SJCC baseball team this season after Rick Barbour retired last spring. Yeckley is a 1986 SJCC graduate and is a guidance counselor at SJCC. He was an assistant football coach for a number of years. This is his first head coaching position at SJCC. There are 26 players out for the team and he is pleased with the enthusiasm and work ethic early on. Yeckley said Jason Swint, Eric Gray and Zack Gabel will be his key starters this season, as they all were starters on last year’s state semifinal team. While they will be reloading at many positions, Yeckley feels he has a lot of good, athletic kids who will learn quickly. “I am excited about coaching this group of young men in a sport that I love,” said Yeckley. The team opens their season at Genoa on April 1.


The Lady Streaks softball team also has a new head coach for 2008. Mark Boukissen takes over for Bill Bork after many seasons on the sidelines for SJCC. Boukissen has been an assistant coach for the girl’s basketball program for 17 years and also coached freshman football. There are 23 girls out this year, so they will be able to field a full JV team. Returning starters from last year’s team include infielder Lindsay Crockett, catcher Abby Crockett, outfielder Jill Walters, pitcher Libby Engeman and shortstop Heather Blake.

Boukissen said that after 20 years of being an assistant coach he is thankful for the opportunity to be a head coach at his alma mater and excited about the challenge. The softball team also opens at Genoa on April 1.

Tennis The boy’s tennis team has 15 players on the squad. Coach Scott Knisely believes the strength of the team is the singles players, as the top three return from last year. Eric Barbour will play No. 1 singles and Knisely thinks he can be one of the better players in the area. C h r i s Wo b s e r a n d Matt Barbour will play No. 2 and No. 3 singles. The team also brings back doubles players Tyler Hrupcho, Andy Golamb, Derek Dickman, Sam Hossler, Tyler Cleveland and Mike Sanchez. Knisely says there are also some talented newcomers who will make a push for a varsity spot before the season is over. The team’s first match is at home against Sandusky St. Mary’s on March 31 at Roger Young Park.

Track Coach Paul Grahl

will have his biggest track team ever this season. There are 58 students 36 girls and 22 boys out for the 2008 team. The top returners for the girls are Kathy Gutschalk, Emily Kosta, Leslie Celek and Jessica Molyet. Grahl said there are quite a few freshmen out and they are talented but will need to learn how to handle running in big high school meets. On the boys side, Cory Wilhelm, Brook Kerr, Max Celek and Mike Komorowski are the top returners. Grahl is excited about the boys potential because most of the team ran track for the first time last year and were getting their feet wet. Grahl feels both the boys and girls have the talent to finish in the top three of the MAL. The team opens at Margaretta on April 8. They have two home events this year. On April 17, they will host Danbury and Oak Harbor in a tri-meet, and May 10 is the Fremont Invite, hosted by SJCC and Ross.

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