A Page -- Feb. 15, 2011

Benedictine announces its 2011 Hall of 

Fame Class; Nobby Lewandowski joins 

Chuck Noll as the only two former 

Student/Athletes to be inducted into

both Bennies' Hall of (Academic)

Honors and Athletics Hall 

Feb 15, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Wally Mieskoski 

Cleveland - Eight former Student/Athletes will be inducted into Benedictine High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, two graduates will enter the school’s Hall of Honors.

The inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame Class: Ed Kubancik ’47 (FB, BB, Base, and Golf). Nobby Lewandowski ’55 (FB and Base), Mel Smolik ’56(FB, BB and Base), John Sanders ’64 (FB, BB and Wrestling), Cardell Nunery Parker ’71 (FB, Track), Rick King ’82 (FB, Track), Bryan Reed ’86 (Track) and Joe Zelenka ’94 (FB and BB).

2011 Benedictine High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Honors biographies

Nobby Lewandowski ’55 becomes the second Benedictine alum to be inducted into both the Hall of Honors, as well as its Athletic Hall of Fame, achieving great success in both the antecedent and subsequent in the Student/Athletic realms. The other person to hold the honor is Chuck Noll ’49, Super Bowl-winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Lewandowski (left) with Lou Holtz (right)

Overcoming a congenital speech impediment, Lewandowski went on to become an accomplished public speaker on the national level along with former Lou Holtz, a former coach of college Student/Athletes who stuttered and stammered with regularity  as a  child but went to become the king of humorous quips and quotes as a speaker.

Lewandowski (’55) was an outstanding pitcher for the Bengals team that reached Columbus. Lewandowski finished the season with a 7-1 record with five shutouts and 83 strikeouts. Lewandowski was the winning pitcher as the Bengals defeated Lincoln 4-0 to win the Cleveland City Championship. That helped him earn the first baseball scholarship awarded at Kent State University. In football as a senior, Lewandowski earned All-East Senate honors as an end.

Joe Zelenka ’94 – Captain of the 1993 Bengals playoff football team, Zelenka played tight end on Coach Bossu’s last varsity football team. On the Bengals basketball team that was voted as the state’s best Division II team as a senior, he averaged almost nine rebounds as the center. An undrafted free agent from Wake Forest, he has played 12 years in the National Football League, mostly as a long-snapper. He is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Ed Kubancik ’47 – Kubancik was a starting guard on 1945-46 basketball team that finished 15-0, winning the city title and was ranked in the Dunkel ratings as the top team in Ohio and third in the nation. He also played football, baseball and golf at Benedictine and later played football at John Carroll University. Kubancik returned to Benedictine as an assistant football coach and was the head basketball coach from 1955 to 1963.

Mel Smolik ’56 – Smolik was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Bengals. In 1955, Coach Augie Bossu’s first season as head coach, he helped the Bengals to a 9-0 record and a record-setting 47-6 win over St. Ignatius in the Charity Game to win the Cleveland City Championship. He also averaged 12 points per game in basketball and was a catcher for the Bengals baseball team that reached Columbus.

John Sanders ’64 – A three-sport star, Sanders rushed for 122 yards in the Bengals 30-16 win over St. Ignatius in front of a Charity Game crowd of 37,673. He earned All-Scholastic honors as a senior in baseball pitching the Bengals to the state finals. As a wrestler, Sanders was the 165-pound Catholic invitational Champion. He earned a baseball scholarship to nationally-ranked Ohio University.

Cardell Nunery Parker ’71 – Parker earned All-East Senate honors as a junior and as a senior on defense. In 1970, he was a Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic. He helped the Bengals to win Cleveland City titles by defeating St. Ignatius 18-7 in 1969 and 38-12 in 1970. In track, he ran a leg on a 4 x 220 yard relay team that won the Knights of Columbus indoor track meet. Parker played football at the University of Louisville.

Rick King ’82 –King was a record-setting wide receiver who made one of most famous pass receptions in school history that helped the Bengals defeat Youngstown Mooney 21-17 in 1981 state playoffs on the way to winning the Division II state title. Twice he set records for pass receptions in a single game. He still holds school records for receptions in a game (10), season (72) and single-season yardage (1,257). He played defense back on the 1980 state title football team.

Bryan Reed ’86 – One of Benedictine’s all-time top middle distance runners, Reed won the Midwest Meet of Champions 800-meter race as a senior with a time of 1:54.7 to defeat runners from four states. He still holds school records in the 100 meters (10.6), 200 meters (21.7) and 400 meters (48.3).  Reed also ran legs on the state champion, record-setting 4x800 meter relay (7:45.87) and the 4x200 meter relay (1:28.9) school record-setting teams.

Hall of Honors

Jim Gauntner ’56 – A retired NASA aerospace engineer, Gauntner received NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award for his efforts in support in the development of a safety monitoring system for the main engine of the space shuttle. 

Albert N. Santilli, Ph. D. ’65 – Dr. Santilli holds 33 patents of surgical devices with five additional patents pending. His heart mitral valve retractor is sold all over the world with the Cleveland Clinic as one of the biggest and most satisfied clients.

The induction dinner and ceremony will be held at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street, in the Flats of downtown Cleveland, on Sunday March 6. The public reception begins at 4:30 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and can be ordered on-line at the Benedictine High School website www.cbhs.net or by contacting Chris Lorber in the Alumni Office at 216-421-2080, ext. 342. Pre-sale only. Deadline is Monday, February 28

Athletic Achievements of Benedictine High School Alumni

There are probably few, if any, other high schools in the United States that can match the championship accomplishments of the Benedictine High School alumni, who have excelled both on and off the field, since the school was founded in 1927.

The sign on the front of the school proudly proclaims Benedictine High School as the “Home of Champions.” Our alumni have added to that championship legacy by reaching the top of their chosen fields.

Benedictine alumni have won 7 Super Bowl rings, and other NFL titles, a British Open golf title, World Series titles, an Indianapolis 500 victory, a national collegiate baseball title, college football national championships, Pulitzer Prize nominations, and an Emmy Award. And one of our alums was a golf instructor to U.S. presidents and Hollywood stars.

Several notable alumni in the Hall of Fame and Hall of Honors:

Chuck Noll ’49 – Four-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Dan Forlani ’51 – Golf teacher to Hollywood actors and U.S. presidents at La Costa (Ca.) Resort and Spa

Jim Trueman ’53 – Founder of Red Roof Inns, owner of car that won Indianapolis 500 in 1986

Tom Weiskopf ’60 – 1973 British Open golf champion and winner of 16 PGA tournaments

Mike Easler ’69 – Major League Baseball All-Star and 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series champions

Terry Pluto ’73 – Pulitzer Prize-nominated sports columnist; currently with the Plain Dealer

Mount Union S/A Mary Mahoney named Track Player of the Week in the OAC

February 15, 2011  --12:01 a.m. 

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- University of Mount Union sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week

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Baldwin-Wallace’s Stoll and Supan Named Ohio Athletic Conference Players of the Week

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College junior 197-pound wrestler Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) and sophomore thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) are this week’s (February 14, 2011) Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler and Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, respectively. Each student-athlete earned the accolade for their efforts last week (Feb. 5-12).

Stoll (L) and Supan (R)

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Mount's Thomas gets POW in men's track in the OAC

February 15, 2011 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- University of Mount Union senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) has been namedOhio Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.

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Johnson & Levine Garner NCAC Honors
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Westlake, Ohio – The weekly awards for the Oberlin College track and field teams continued to pour in on Sunday as both Joanna Johnson and Sybil Levine were honored by the league office.

Johnson, a native of Chico, California, secured a trip nationals by flying through the 5,000 meter course at the Boston University Valentine Invitational in 17:02.28 en route to claiming NCAC Distance Runner of the Week accolades. The timestamp is the second fastest in all of DIII this season and broke her own school in the event by over 15 seconds. 

Levine, sophomore a sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee, is having a breakout season thus far. At the All-Ohio Championships, she registered a season-best time of 59.64 in the 400 meters and also ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that set a new school record of 4:04.39. For her efforts she was tabbed as the NCAC Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Week for the second time this season. 

These two athletes will be back in action this Friday at the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-February Invite.

Sundt's Scribes: Andrew Fox
Every two weeks, Oberlin College men’s basketball player Hal Sundt will be writing a feature story. In his first feature, Sundt sits down with fellow teammate Andrew Fox and provides readers with an inside look on the life of the star forward and how he plans to bounce back from some recent adversity. 

By Hal Sundt

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

It’s 12:51 p.m. I’m late.

Oberlin College sophomore Andrew Fox is alone inside a room on the third floor of Mudd Library - the same library that his father, Frank Fox ’80, studied in 20 years ago. His 6-foot-3 200-pound frame is hunched over a textbook that already bears his highlighter and pen-in-the-margins graffiti only four days into the new semester.

“Can we meet at 12:45 on Thursday afternoon?” Fox asked me a few days before our interview. “That will give me time to re-read my assignment and take notes before class.”

He doesn’t acknowledge my presence as I walk into the room, persistent on finishing his note-taking before our interview begins. Fox fills each hour of his day in order to maximize both his efficiency and his output. If he has a break in the day he might head over to the library to do some extra readings, or stop by the gym to fine-tune his shooting touch as a guard/forward on the Yeomen basketball team. 

“You’re late,” he says with a smile. But his smile quickly morphs into a look of panic. “Is this being recorded? I hate being recorded.”

True to his word, Fox stumbles over his words for a minute or two while he gets used to the tape recorder. “What was the question again?” he asks.

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In an all-Tigers battle, Chagrin opens up 

sectional hockey with 3-2 win over 

Heights; Mack Myers' power-play goal 

late in the third is the difference maker

Feb. 15, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

KENT –Using balanced scoring, Chagrin Falls opened up the high school hockey sectional tournament Monday night with a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Cleveland Heights in the Kent State University Ice Arena.

It is not going to get any easier for the Tigers, who must now face No. 1 District Seed University School, which just Sunday won its third consecutive Baron Cup title. The Preppers and Tigers will meet at 6 Friday here in a sectional semifinal.

Buurisseau (#5)

Matt Markley, Jon Buurisseau and Mack Meyers scored the Chagrin goals earlier tonight.

Pete Kampf and Jack Campbell each had two assists. Buurisseau also had an assist.


For the other Tigers, the ones from Cleveland Heights, Sam Brown and Aleksi Kuuri had the goals and two by the same first name, Aleksi Kuuri Aleksi Vihanto had the assists.

Sam BrownAleksi Kuuri

Sam Brown (left) and Kuuri (right)

In goal, Don Jackson saved 19 of the 21 shots on goal he faced for Chagrin and Aiden Hall came up with 23 saved pucks on 26 shots on goal for Heights..

Aleksi VihantoAidan Hall

Vihanto (Left) and Hall (R)

Chagrin led 1-0 after one period, Heights came back with two goals in the second to take the lead. Chagrin tied it at 2-2, where it stood at the end of two periods. Chagrin won it with the only third-period  goal.

Chagrin tied it on Buurisseau’s goal late in the second and then the two teams skated for nearly 14 minutes even up in the carry over until Chagrin got into the power play at 9:48 of the third when Heights was called for slashing.

Myers scored the game-winning and powe-play goal at 11:36 of the third, taking passes from Buurisseau and Campbell to do so.

Travis Wilson's hat trick leads NDCL 

into sectional semis with 6-3 win over 


Feb. 15, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

KENT – Travis Wilson’s hat trick led a scoring barrage by Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Monday night in the Kent State University Ice Arena, as the Lions moved past the sectional quarterfinals of the state hockey tournaments with a 6-3 win over Nordonia.

ND-Latin scored two goals in each period and led most of the game save the first minute of the game. ND-Latin opened up a 3-0 lead by second minute of the season period.

Also scoring goals for the Lions were Sean Murphy, Charles Pearce, and Ryan Manfred.


Chris Pona had two ND-Latin assist while Wilson and Mitch Passalacqua each had one.

Mike Rudin lit the lamp twice for the Knights while Mike Portman had the other goal. After falling into quicksand early, Nordonia was able to make ti a one-goal game, 4-3, iearly n the third  period on Porman’s goal of the unassisted variety, but just missed getting the tying goal as ND- Latin ran away with it later in the period.

Dave Bina and Nick Kramp picked up assists for the Knights.

Nick Pannnito made 11 saves for the Lions and Nock Danczak 24 stops for Nordonia.

ND-Latin will now get brush in the sectional semis in the 8 o'clock game Friday. A win would put the Lions ino the sectional finals, but against the winner of the University School-Chagrin game. US is the No. 1 seed in the whole district.

CSU men's baskets travels to Nutter Center

Feb. 15

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State takes to the road for the final time during Horizon League play when the Vikings travel toFairborn, Ohio to take on Wright State on Wednesday, Feb. 16 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Ervin J. Nutter Center on the Wright State campus.  

The Vikings (22-5) enter the week with an 11-4 league mark and are in second place in the league standings, a half-game behind first place Valparaiso (11-3), a game ahead of both Butler and Milwaukee (10-5) and 1.5 games ahead of Wright State (10-6). 

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