The East High Hall of Fame will induct 20 new members April 27 at Mr. Anthony's. Johnny Kay will be the master of ceremonies and the featured speaker will be Larry Kehres, Mount Union College football coach. Following are the inductees:
Anthony Massaro ('48): Honored for football, Tony was selected to the All-City team in 1946 and the all-star team in '47. After playing junior high and varsity football under coaches Dick Barrett, Burt Honey and Pete Komo, Tony went on to play college ball under Coach Frank Murray at Marquette University.
Bernard McCrae, Jr. ('77): Inducted for basketball, Bernard was picked first team All-City both his junior and senior years, 1976 and 1977. He was also awarded first team All-Northeastern Ohio and honorable mention all-state honors during his senior year. His coaches were Mike Tomaskovich and Claude Bentley. Bernard was also the starting catcher for the baseball team and lettered two years. After his high school graduation, Bernard went to Westminster College, where he played basketball for Coach Ron Galbraith.
Chuckie Brown ('68): Inducted for football, Chuckie was a three year member of the Golden Bears football and basketball teams, earning two letters in each sport. In his senior year of football, he was chosen for the All-City Team as a linebacker and was team co-captain and MVP under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Coach, Ed DiGregorio. During his senior year in basketball, the 1968 team won the City Championship, as well as the Meadville Holiday Tournament under Hall of Fame Coach Lou Rivello.
Gail Bowers Pinckney ('88): Inducted for track, Gail could well have been inducted for basketball as she was outstanding in both sports. Gail competed in the state track and field meet all four years of high school. She was the MVP in 1987 and '88 at the City Track and Field Meet. Gail excelled in the 4x400 meter relay and the hurdles for Coach Claude Bentley. She was picked for the All-Northeastern Ohio basketball team, Honorable Mention, in 1988 and was on the All-City basketball second team in 1987 and '88 for Coach Dennis Malaska.
Ronald W. Ellerbe ('67): Honored for football, Ron was a four-year letterman from 1963 through 1967. He started at offensive guard and defensive end. He was co-captain his senior year as well as player of the week for the East-Wilson game. A severely broken wrist, halfway through his senior year, ended his football career. Ron ran track, where he lettered three years, as the third man in the mile relay as well as in the shot and discus events. Ron captained his bowling team for three years, his team placing first in his third year.
Ralph Corso ('49): Mild mannered off the field but aggressively fleet-footed on the field, Corso was the All-City halfback for the 1948 East High team that shared the City Championship honors with Chaney. The '48 team was coached by Dick Barrett and Pete Koma. Ralph was also picked that year to play in the North South All-Star Game.
Dr. Herman B. Jackson: Herman came to East as a teacher and coach in 1980. While at East, he coached track and served seven seasons as head football coach. During his tenure, the Golden Bears football team compiled a record of 44-26-1, with only one losing season. The Golden Bears went to the state playoffs, won two City Championships (1982 tied Rayen and 1986 won outright). They beat such teams as Warren Harding, Ursuline, Massilion Perry and Boardman. Herman taught at East High through 1989.
Frederick L. Fabrizio ('57): Honored for football, Fred was a second team All-City pick at end on the undefeated 1956 team. He was coached by the legendary team of Pete Lanzi, Art "Chippy" Flauto and Mike Lyden.
Bill F. Demidovich ('55): Inducted for golf, Bill began his career as a 10-year-old caddie at the Youngstown Country Club. In May, 1955, Bill shot a 74, the team's second lowest score, as East went to the state finals. The Golden Bears finished 7th in Division I at Columbus. The team won the City Series and the NEO District. Bill is one of just eight East High golfers to play in the state finals.
Dr. Dom Cannatti ('40): Inducted for golf, Dom was a three-year letterman for coaches Mr. E.R. Smith and Mr. Reese. Dom was team captain his senior year. Dom was Class Social Chairman for two years and was in the senior play.
Ben Laskin ('30): Honored for football, Ben joins his brothers, Hy, Sam, Nate and Jack in the East High Hall-of Fame. Ben lettered in football and basketball from 1927 and 1930 at East and five years later played at Ohio University on a football scholarship.
Velma "Ruby" Rubosky Miller ('32): Ruby was a three-time all-star pitcher for East High, all-county in track and, outside of school, was a championship tennis player and bowler. Ruby won the state tennis championship in 1934.
Thomas "Pete" McBride ('53): A defensive guard and offensive tackle on the 1950 City championship team and the '51 and '52 City co-championship teams, Pete was a three-year letterman for Coach Dick Barrett in '50 and '51 and for Coach Pete Lanzi, in his initial year (1952) as head coach at East. Duke Barret, Pete Koma and Art Flauto also greatly influenced Pete during those years.
Jack "J.C." Elliott ('61): Inducted for baseball, Jack began his career as a sandlot player in 1953. His coach was fellow inductee, Paul Crowley. He was a three-year letterman for East from 1959 through 1961. The '61 team won the Sectional Tournament under Coach Art Flauto. Jack was a first baseman, noted for his outstanding defense and fancy fielding.
Hattie R. Tensley Hudson ('89): Hattie earned four letters in track at East. Coach Claude Bentley, Jr., states "Hattie was one of the most coachable and respectful student/athletes to represent East High School. She demonstrated team leadership all four years." In her junior high years, Hattie was undefeated in the 800-meter run and the mile. Hattie helped lead East to the City, district and regional championships and the state finals from 1986 through 1989. Hattie also did well in the 200 and the 400. She qualified on state relay teams in the 400, 800, and 1600. Hattie also qualified for the 200 but opted to run the relays instead. Hattie set two school records during her freshman and sophomore years: the 1600 meter run (6:10:4) and the 3200 meter run (13:58:1). She was a Junior Olympic gold medalist in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 meter relays. She also lettered in varsity basketball as a junior and senior.
Donald "Corky" Parm ('52): Honored for baseball, Don played on the 1950, '51 and '52 teams and was the starting second baseman on the 1951 and '52 district runner-up teams coached by John Hunter. Considered an outstanding second baseman, he continued his baseball career in the local class B and AA leagues for the next 17 years. Don was the youngest player to participate in Class AA fast pitch softball in 1950, at the age off 15, where he played for the next fifteen years.
Beatrice Kelly Thompson ('79): Inducted for basketball, Beatrice played for Coach A. McKeiver in her sophomore year and was selected to the second team All-City basketball team. She played for Coach Dennis Malaska as a junior and senior. Her junior year, the team shared All-City honors. As a senior, Beatrice was selected for the first team All-City team. A three-year letterman, she also served as team captain.
Aundra H. Brown ('87): Inducted for basketball, Aundra was a four-year letterman, a three time All-City selection (1985, '86 and '87) and in '87 was named the most outstanding player in the city. During those three years, he received honorable mention, second team and first team honors, respectively, on the All-NEO teams. In 1986 Aundra received honorable mention and in 1987 was third team all-state. Aundra was team captain at East for two years, winning a share in the City Series title in 1986 and '87 under Coach Claude Bentley. Aundra shot 80 percent from the free throw line and had a 52 percent career field goal percentage. Aundra scored over 900 career points, had over 700 rebounds and recorded four triple doubles.
Frank Savich ('43): Inducted for football, Frank was the starting halfback on the 1941 and 1942 teams playing both offense and defense. Frank was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. His college football career was cut short when he was drafted in the U.S. Army to serve in World War II.
Paul Crowley ('44): Inducted in the Special Award category, Paul Crowley played basketball and football at East.