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EAST HIGH HALL OF FAME \ Inductees



Published: Sat, April 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The East High Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at Mr. Anthony's. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased by calling Bob Wayland at (330) 782-2472. Following are this year's inductees:

Sidney B. Beullah (Football): Sidney, as a junior, was a member of the first East High track team in 1959 and lettered two years. He was a three-year letterman on the football team earning All-City first team laurels in 1960 where he was a defensive captain for the Bears. He also played right halfback on the Youngstown College football team.

Robert A. Calcagni (Special Award): Recognized for athletics and community service, he graduated from East in 1959. He was the only member of his class to earn varsity letters in both football and basketball. He is retired from Commercial Intertech after 34 years and is active in several community service projects.

John "Tony" Copeland (Football): A strong safety and tailback , he also played basketball and baseball excelling in all three sports at East. In 1983, he was named to the All City Team in all three sports and played in the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association all star basketball game. He played for Central State University's three national championship football teams and was named three times to the Kodak All-American Football team. He continued his football career with the Dallas Cowboys and Toronto Argonauts.

Dr. John W. Demidovich (Memorial Award, golf): He was a member of the 1944-45 golf teams at East, which both finished runner-up in the city. The 1945 team was fourth at the Northeast Ohio Tournament and Demidovich was district junior champion in 1945.

Robert Gatti (Basketball): He earned varsity letters in 1951-52 as the point guard for the City Series championship teams. He also played football, earning two varsity letters, and was a member of the 1951 City Series championship team. He played basketball and baseball while serving in the United States Marine Corps and being stationed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Robert "Bobcat" Green (Football): He played for coach Ed DiGregorio as a fleet-footed fullback and earned first-team All-City selection in 1961 when he rushed for over 1,300 yards. He also earned second team All-City honors in 1962 and played for the Youngstown Hardhats after graduation for several years. He also was selected to the All-City track team in 1961 and 1962.

Ben Guerrieri (Football): He was a three-year, two-way starter for coach Richard Canacci at offensive tackle and defensive nose man. H was named honorable mention on the All-City Team during his sophomore and junior seasons and was a first-team pick his senior year. He attended Hyland Junior College in Kansas on a football scholarship, later transferred to Dakota State and then to YSU.

Nicholas Latessa (Football): He was a two-year starting halfback for Coach Dick Barrett and was a member of the 1949 City Series Championship team. In 1950 he was selected to play in the last Mahoning County North-South All-Star game on Thanksgiving Day. He also played football at Heidelberg College and coached and taught at Western Reserve High School, where he later became athletic director.

Tumpa Lewis (Track): A City Track MVP, she competed in the high jump, long jump and hurdles for East, where she set school records 1988-89 in the high jump (5-3) and 100-meters (15.9) in 1990. She was a All-City Volleyball selection and All NEO her freshman year. She attended El Camino College in Los Angeles for three years where she played basketball and volleyball. She will graduate from St. Elizabeth School of nursing as a LPN in June.

Robert Little Muhammad (Football): A talented athlete, he played football, basketball and ran track during his junior and senior high school years at East. Honored for his efforts during his senior year when he was chosen for the first team Vindicator All City team. Muhammad earned a scholarship to Panhandle State College in Oklahoma where he played football and ran track.

Bill Petruzzi (golf): Played at East from 1956-58 for coach E.R. Smith. The team won city championships in 1956 and 1958 and he was team captain as a senior. They were also winners of the Yankee Run Tournament in 1956.

Mark Pippen (Basketball): From the class of 1982, Pippen averaged 11.8 points and 16 rebounds per game as a junior and 14.5 points and 19.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He also excelled in track, running sprints, middle distances and relays. The 1981 and 1982 teams won the city and district championships and the '81 mile relay set a district record.

Herman "Pete" Starks (Special Award): A 1947 graduate of East who played football. Spent 39 years at Republic Steel and 22 years on city council. Was key figure in having new city high school named "East."

Sandra Crosby Stewart (Track): Coached by Claude Bentley, she earned letters in 1980-81. As a senior, she ran the first leg of the 1600-meter relay. The team (Stacey Smith, Maria Vidot, Duree Thomas) set a school and city record (3:51.8). The team finished ninth at state. She also participated in the mile run and long jump. She placed fifth in the 800-meter run at district.

Marcella Stanley (Basketball): At East, she participated in basketball, volleyball and track and field. As a senior, she was named first team All-City for basketball. She set the school record for shot put (36 feet 9 inches) and qualified for regional. She was a member of National Honor Society and co-valedictorian of her class.

Stanford T. Treece (Track): At East in 1980, he ran on the 440 relay team that set a school record (42.9). The team (Brian Gizzard, James Bryant, Victor Stokes) finished fifth at state. As a senior, he consistently ran the 100-meter race in 10.9. His 440 relay team (Stokes, Darryll Howard, Vernon Stone) set the school record and a sectional record (42.5). He won the 100-meters race in the Youngstown City Meet and was a district and state qualifier.

Kenyetta Aduma Twine (Track): She joins her sister Nyarinda (1999) into the East High Hall of Fame. She won three letters and set several school records. In 1985 she broke the 1600 meter mark with a time of 5:58.4 and in 1986 set the 800 meter mark of 2:24.4. Her 4x800 relay team won the City Track Championship in 1986 and also qualified for regionals and placed fifth. She also ran track at Hampton University in Virginia.




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