CURBSTONE COACHES Hall of Fame inductees BOARDMAN -- Sixteen new members will be enshrined during the 2005 Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet on May 1 at Mr. Anthony's Banquet Center, South
Su Bachinger, bowling -- A 1978 graduate of Fitch High, she began tutoring Junior League Bowlers at Wedgewood Lanes in 1986. In 1988, she teamed with Fuzzy Taylor to capture the Youngstown City Tournament with 1,439. From 1990-2003, her average ranged from 195 to 203, ranking in the Top 10 seven times in the Youngstown Women's Bowling Association. A member of the YWBA actual champions in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1998, she rolled a 300 in 1994 and a 299 in 1998. For 2000-04, she coached the Ursuline High boys and girls teams, guiding the girls to regional competition.Jim Calcagni, football -- He played football for Chaney High and Adrian College. As a sophomore at Chaney in 1967, he played halfback, fullback and tight end on offense and linebacker, cornerback and safety on defense. He also returned punts and kickoffs. As a junior, he led the Cowboys in fumble recoveries and was named to the All-City Series team. He helped the Cowboys win City Series titles as a junior and senior. In his final season, he led the team in tackles and was the voted the first recipient of the Mike DeNiro Award (top defensive player). He was named all-state as linebacker. He was a four-year letterwinner at Adrian and has been elected to the Chaney High Athletic Hall of Fame.John Caparanis, sports media -- As sports director for WBBW-AM 1240 "The Fan," he has been the host of a weekday talk show for the past decade. A graduate of Warren Harding High, he majored in telecommunications and English at Ohio University. He has broadcast more than 750 high school and college basketball games, 600 high school football games and 250 high school baseball games. He's the first media personality to be selected by the Curbstone Coaches.Matt Cavanaugh, football -- A graduate of Chaney High, he was an all-City Series quarterback and earned all-Northeast Ohio honors. A star quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh, he helped the Panthers win the 1976 national championship, earning MVP honors in the Sugar Bowl. A 14-year veteran of the National Football League, he played for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He has earned three Super Bowl rings -- two as a player (49ers in 1984 and Giants in 1990) and one as coach (Baltimore Ravens in 2000). He is offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh.Dave Coller, golf -- A 1965 graduate of Hubbard High, he has been a golf professional for 35 years, winning tournaments in Ohio and California. As a sophomore, he was district medalist and helped the Eagles finish third at state. He played for Ohio State University from 1966-69, majoring in turf management. He coached Hubbard to the 1971 state title. He was head golf professional at the Henry Stambaugh Course from 1974-78, Hubbard Golf Course from 1978-95 and Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa.Mike Delaquila, softball -- A 1953 graduate of Warren Harding High, he played in eight state softball tournaments. His 1963 Palkovic Insurance team won the state title while his 1958 Sky-Way Tavern and 1965 J.C. Bar teams were runners-up. He pitched 15 career no-hitters, 14 one-hitters and had a 56-inning scoreless streak. He is a member of the Warren Sports Hall of fame and the Ohio A.S.A Softball Hall of Fame.Joe Falgiani, contributor -- A 1955 graduate of The Rayen School, he joined Curbstone Coaches in 1980 and held numerous positions within the organization. A teacher with Youngstown Schools, no one contributed more to the success of the high school football and basketball recognition banquets. He died in 2003.Russ Hake, baseball -- A football star for Girard High and Murray State University, he played baseball for Girard Zicard in the Youngstown Class B League. A 1965 graduate of Girard High, he played for Buckeyes Elk in Youngstown as well as in the Warren Class AA during his college summers. A teacher, he coached football at Mathews, Brookfield, McDonald and Mineral Ridge. He also was a baseball coach for Little League, Pony League, Little B, Class B and Class AA. He's also manager for Girard Old-Timers.Gus Hlebovy, football -- A 1947 graduate of Wilson High, he earned a scholarship to the University of Georgia. From 1947-50, the Bulldogs were 26-15-5 with three winning seasons and went to three bowls. He was a halfback for the undefeated Wilson team, earning all-county and all-state honors. He taught at East High. He was inducted into the Wilson High Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. In 2002, he was honored as King of the Realm by the Youngstown Area Baseball Old-Timers Association.Billy Johnson, basketball -- A Canton native, he played for Youngstown State University and Coach Dom Rosselli. His Penguin teams went 82-25 and earned postseason berths in his sophomore and senior seasons. In 1969-70, his 582 points set the sophomore scoring standard for the Penguins, which had an 18-game winning streak. He earned Associated Press Little All-America honors as a junior. He earned first-team all-district honors and United Press international All-America honors as a senior. He finished with 1,726 points (seventh at YSU).Tom Krispinsky, special award -- A 1970 graduate of Wilson High and 1975 graduate of Youngstown State University, he became a high school football official and worked his first varsity game in 1978. His first collegiate game was in 1989 and he eventually became an official for the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten Conference. In 2002, he was an official for the Ohio State-Michigan game won by the Buckeyes, 14-9, during their undefeated season. The 2005 season will be his fourth for the Big Ten.Donald Leonhart, bowling/golf -- He attended Chaney High and graduated from Fitch in 1937. He maintained a 180+ average during his 60 years of bowling, including a personal high of 236. In 1965, he won the Youngstown City Tournament Singles crown. In 1975, he was enshrined in the Youngstown mMen's Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He died in 1999.Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxing -- A Youngstown native and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High, he joins his father, Lenny, as one of the rare father-son combinations to be enshrined by Curbstone Coaches. He was 43-7 during his amateur career from 1976-79 and 29-5 as a professional from 1979-85 (23 knockouts). He defeated Arturo Frias in 1982 for the WBA lightweight crown, then registered a knockout in six rounds against former champion Ernesto Espana in his first title defense in 1982 at Warren's Mollenkopf Stadium. In June 1984, he lost his crown to Livingstone Bramble. CBS aired a movie based on his life: "Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story."Randy McElroy, baseball -- Raised on Youngstown's East Side and South Side, he played baseball and basketball in the Hazelton section of town. In the local Class AA league, he played for Buckeye Elks Lodge #73 from 1956-62, finishing his local sandlot career with Home Club Cafe in 1963. He also played semipro football with the New Castle Knights, semipro basketball with the Harlem Diplomats and semipro baseball with the Detroit Clowns and Warren GC.Robert Theis, bowling -- A Boardman High graduate, he is a state and national champion, having won three O.T.B.A. and O.S.B.A. titles. A member of the Pro Bowlers Association from 1979-84, he won a spot in the 1976 PBA Cleveland Open where he finished 18th. At the age of 17, he was recognized by Bowler's Journal for rolling back-to-back 300 games. He has been a member of three YMBA City Tournament champions and twice was a doubles event winner. He has rolled 25 300 games and five 299 games. He has registered 12 800 sets. His most recent awards include Senior Master Champion and Senior-Junior doubles champion with Lou DiNardo. His highest set is 847.Mike Woloschak, track and field -- A 1972 graduate of Austintown Fitch High, he was a three-year letterwinner as a discus thrower. He also played linebacker and center on the Fitch football teams that were Steel Valley Conference champions in 1970-71. He was a member of the Falcons' Mahoning County track title winners from 1970-72 and the district champion team in 1972. He placed fourth at the state meet, then attended Mount Union College, earning four letters in track and field. At Fitch, he set the school and SVC records for discus (169 feet 10 inches). The school mark lasted 18 years.