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TRUMBULL HALL OF FAME



Published: Sat, October 28, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Trumbull County County Sports Hall of Fame will induct 13 people Nov. 5 at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Parkman Road, Warren. The guest speaker is Youngstown State women's basketball coach Tisha Hill. Tickets are 20 and can be purchased by calling Bob Fick (330-540-2733). The inductees:

Dave Arnold (football): An all-state selection from Warren Harding, he was a three-year letterman before playing defensive back at Michigan. The Wolverines were 38-9-2 in Arnold's four seasons, including 25-5-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan won the 1986 and '88 Big Ten titles and played in the Rose Bowl twice. He was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft, playing with the Steelers and Oilers before going to the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.

Frank "Chips" Bellino (golf): He won more than 75 golf tournaments and virtually every best ball tournament in the area. He qualified for the United States Open five times and the United States Amateur six times. He was one of the founders of the Penn-Ohio Golf League, serving as its president for 21 years and captain.

Dave Blaney (auto racing): A native of Hartford and a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver, he drives the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Charger for Bill Davis Racing. The 1984 USAC Silver Crown Champion, he began racing in the World of Outlaws in 1992 and won the championship in 1995.

Frank Bubba (coaching/basketball): A teacher and coach in the Warren Schools for 30 years. He ascended to head coach at Warren Harding in 1998 until his untimely death in 2000. He was 62-37 at WGH, winning two Steel Valley Conference titles.

John Delserone (coaching/football): Best known as the coach at Brookfield High from 1973-83, where he compiled a 56-24 record and guided the Warriors to the 1978 Class AA state championship.

Russ Hake (football): A three-year letterman at Girard High, he was All-Steel Valley Conference three times and was All-Ohio as a fullback his senior season. Later played at Murray State where rushed for 992 yards as a junior before injuries curtailed his senior season.

Tony Mason (coaching/football): One of the best-known coaches in the state, he guided Brookfield to 27 straight wins from 1954-57 and Niles to a 48-game streak from 1958-63. He went onto the college ranks as an assistant at Michigan and Purdue before being named head coach at Cincinnati and later Arizona.

Dianne Rappach (basketball): A native of Vienna, Rappach was all-county, all-district and all-state at Mathews High, scoring over 1,000 career points. She went onto a four-year career at YSU, making a school-record 198 career 3-pointers. Her 1,198 career points are 11th best all-time.

Ted Rupe (cross country): One of the area's best runners and now one of the most respected coaches in the state. A Maplewood High graduate who was the state Class A state champion in 1972. He qualified for the US International Cross Country team three times and was nationally ranked in the 10K in 1977. As coach his teams have qualified for 15 straight state championships, finishing in the top four 10 times, including state titles in 1997, 2002 and 2003.

Mel Staats (contribution to sports): He earned nine letters in three sports in high school and six more at Otterbein College. Started his coaching career at Newton Falls High in 1957 as an assistant in football and basketball, then moved to Leavittsburg High in 1966 where he helped start its football program. Also a respected official, he has worked 10 state baseball tournaments.

Ralph Stringer (football): A three-year letterman at LaBrae High before playing at North Carolina State. He was a defensive back in college, but also returned kicks and punts. His 1,988 total return yards and 25.5 average on kickoffs still ranks second in school history.

Lou West (football): A 1973 graduate of Niles High where he earned three letters, West played at Cincinnati. He played in the Blue-Gray Classic and North-South Shrine Bowl before embarking on a coaching career. He is the head coach at Indiana State.

Gene Zorn (coaching/basketball): At Newton Falls High, he won more than 300 games and six league titles, including four consecutive. He played soccer at Ohio State before his coaching career.




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