William "Dibbie" DeAngelo(Contribution to sports)
A graduate of The Rayen School, he was one of the most respected coaches on the local softball sandlots. A flashy shortstop, he performed in a number of leagues but gains entry as a softball player and coach. Two times he directed teams to the Ohio Fast-Pitch State Championship game, finishing runner-up on both occasions. He also managed the Youngstown Welding squad in the Local Class "AA" loop and led the International Dies outfit to three titles in the Uptown Kiwanis Little League.
Bob Fleisher (basketball)
He enters the Hall in the basketball category but could very easily have gone in as a golfer, as well. A two-time state finalist at Liberty High, he helped the Leopards to a second-place finish in the Class AA golf tournament during his senior season. A three-year starter in basketball, he helped the team to a 61-7 record during that span. He scored 1,407 career points, averaging 17, 19 and 23 rebounds per season. A high school All-American selection, he was also a First-Team All-County and All-N.E.O. and all-state pick as well as Most Valuable Player during his final two seasons. He played at Duke University.
Frank Horvath (football)
A graduate of The Rayen School, he was an All-City selection at running back as a senior in 1958. He played four years at Youngstown State, registering the first 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. He was the first to rush for over 250 yards in a game and the first to score four times in one game, as well. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and his 2,567 career rushing yards still has him sixth on the Penguins' all-time career list. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 19th round but opted to sign with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Bill Kozak (baseball)
A native of Struthers, he led the Wildcats in hitting during his junior and senior seasons and was an all-league selection both years. He attended Youngstown State where he was a four-year letter-winner. He was an All-American in 1970-71, setting 21 records, including the school standard for consecutive hits (11). He has helped squads to 15 Class AA league crowns.
Dennis Mosley (football)
A three-year letter-winner in track and field and football at Rayen. In football, he rushed for over 1,600 yards during his senior season and was first team all-state, All-NEO and All-City. He was the first triple crown winner in track in the area, and in 1976, at the state meet, he set state marks in the 100, 220, and 440. His 220 mark of 21.3 seconds still stands today. He was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Iowa, where as a senior in 1980, he was first team All-Big Ten and led the conference with 1,342 rushing yards. He was the first Hawkeye ever to run for 1,000 yards in a single year and is currently 18th on the school's all-time rushing list.
Alan Scharsu (cross countryand track and field)
The Austintown Fitch High graduate was arguably one of the greatest distance runners this area has ever produced. In 1975, he set the U.S. record for 14-year olds in the 2-mile (9:15). In 1978, his 8:44 in the 2-mile set the state record and was the fastest time in the nation. The Falcons were state champions in cross country from 1975-78 while he was the state two-mile champion from 1976-78 as well as the 1-mile title holder in 1978. At Penn State, he was 5,000-meter champion at the Penn Relays and an Olympic team qualifier in 1980 and 1984. He was a seven-time NCAA All-American in cross country and track and field.
Anthony Vecchiarelli (football)
A graduate of Rayen where he was a two-year letter-winner in football. He was first team All-City in 1961 and was named the Most Outstanding Lineman in the City Series. Was an honorable mention high school All-American by The Sporting News as a senior and was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year by the Chesterton Club. He played at YSU and later served as football coach at Jackson-Milton High from 1968-83.
Anthony "Rummy" DePaul (bowling)
For the past six decades, DePaul has devoted his "spare time in life" to bowling. His lifetime average is 179, with a high game of 279 (and 681 high series). He has bowled in 29 national championship tournaments and after 43 years of competition in the Kelley-Robbs Classic League, still had a 172 average. With better than 40 years as a member of the Spiech Classic League at Bell Wick Bowl in Hubbard, he boasted a 174 average. On the state level, the Ohio Men's Bowling Association has hosted Rummy's bowlers 38 times since 1966, while for the past eight years, squads from Hubbard have traveled to the State Senior's Championships under his watchful eye. The Youngstown Men's Bowling Association has had the benefit of Rummy's bowlers for the past 40 years.
Gina Dorris (lifetime achievement)
A woman in perpetual motion, Gina Dorris was always willing to give freely of her time with the hopes of promoting area sports and the many causes in which she believed. She was dedicated to the Curbstone Coaches, always making time to help someone in need. Her help with the Hall of Fame program helped make it run smoothly while her legacy was the happiness that she brought to the Curbstone Coaches membership over the years. She had the distinction of serving an unprecedented 10 years as Secretary of the Curbstone Coaches organization.
Norm Manning (baseball)
A 1955 graduate of South High where he earned six letters (three each) in baseball and basketball. He played summer ball for the South Side Lions in the Class B League. He turned down several scholarship offers from colleges, instead opting to sign with the Tigers. He played professionally from 1956 to 1962. That final season he was the only player in the Tigers organization to play all nine positions during the season. He and wife Delores started the Mill Creek Jr. Girls Golf League in 1984.
Manny Nunez (posthumous award)
Born in New York City, Nunez came to the area in 1936 and became one of the most respected athletes and officials in the area. He attended Scienceville High School. He served as a football official for over 32 years and basketball for more than 25 years. He earned Meritorious Awards from the OHSAA and served as president of the football officials twice.
Mary O'Hare (bowling)
In 1952, she was the singles and doubles champion in the City Tournament and from 1963-65 was the all-events winner. In 1958, she had the four-game high series in league play, while in 1965 she accomplished the same feat in the 845-League. She was elected "Queen of Bowling" in 1962, was honored with permanent membership in the Women's International Bowling Congress in 1975, while the following year, she was inducted into the YWBA. She has bowled in 30 state tournaments and was instrumental in getting the OWBA Tournament to Youngstown. She served the YWBA in many capacities, including as director from 1954-64.
Cole Pentz (football)
This stellar athlete didn't know what it was like to take a break. It started when he played in his first organized football game with the West Side Colts, then carried over to his time with Frank Ohl Middle School. He played his junior and senior years for Austintown Fitch. His senior campaign as the center that anchored a tough Falcon offensive line, he was first team All-Steel Valley Conference and All-NEO. He played at Youngstown State from 1968-72. During his final three years he started every offensive play (1970-72) while serving as the center for Ron Jaworski. He was selected as co-captain in 1972. He later played on the semi-pro circuit from 1974-87, starting with the Youngstown Hardhats.
Angelo Petrella (posthumous award)
Angelo Petrella was widely recognized for his devotion to local amateur golf. A founding member of the Y.D.A.I.G.A., he served as vice-president in 1946 and served as a board member for many years thereafter. He served as a board member of the City "7" League and was acting director of the Y.D.A.I.G.A. Am-Am. He founded the Boulevard Golf Association in 1956, a league that continues to thrive today with over 120 active members. He was named Youngstown District "Golfer of the Year" in 1976 and was a member of the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.
Bernie Profato (boxing)
A track and field star at Niles McKinley High, then made a name for himself as one of the area's top-notch basketball and boxing officials. He was the Red Dragons hurdles champion during his sophomore year. He was the 1964 and 1965 Marine light heavyweight boxing champion, and during a five-year amateur career from 1964-69, compiled a 53-6-1 record. He turned to officiating as a way to keep involved in the fight game. His first professional title fight, between Michael Dokes and Gerri Coetze, was televised; the exposure helped him to referee 39 more title bouts. He still officiated softball and basketball. In 1979, he was appointed to the National Umpire Staff for the Amateur Softball Association. In 1994, he was inducted as an umpire in the National Softball Hall of Fame. The following year, he was inducted into the State of Ohio Hall of Fame.
Carl Racketa (softball)
He was a member of some of the best sandlot softball teams this area has ever assembled. A native of Sharon and a graduate of Sharon High where he earned all-state honors and WPIAL Section 3. He was the youngest pitcher in the Shenango Valley at 15. He tossed no-hitters for both Jones-Monaco and Local 1193. Upon his discharge from the military, he settled in Girard and his sandlot career picked up. He played outfield for Skyway Tavern from 1957-62. In 1960, he led the Big 8 League in batting, most hits and runs scored, and was named Most Valuable Player. In 1963, he helped Palkovic Insurance to the Ohio State Fast-Pitch title.
Sherman Smith (football)
A 1972 graduate of North High, he earned three letters in both football and basketball while serving as team captain of both sports his senior year. In basketball, he was a member of two City Series championship teams. He was all-league performer as both a junior and senior and All-NEO as a senior. In football, he helped the Bulldogs to two City Series crowns. As a senior, North was ranked No. 2 in the state while he earned All-City, all-district and all-state as quarterback. He later played at Miami of Ohio, where the team went 33-1-1 in his three seasons as a starter.