CCHS Announces 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
WHEELING—Central Catholic High School will induct its second Athletic Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, October 21 in the Benedum Room on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Induction ceremonies take place during a brunch beginning at 9:30.m. Following the brunch honorees will be guests at the CCHS Hall of Fame football game against Obama Prep. Kickoff time is 1 p.m. at WJU’s Bishop Schmitt Field
This year’s class honors former Maroon Knights athletes and coaches from every decade starting in the 1940s through the 1990s. Along with inducting 12 former athletes and coaches, the committee has decided to begin paying tribute to Central Catholic’s championship teams from the past. Selected this year are players from the undefeated Maroon Knights’ 1963 boys’ basketball team that won the West Virginia Catholic tournament and also was ranked as the No. 1 team in the state. Coached by 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Earl Haberfield, Central finished with a 23-0 record.
Players on that perfect record squad included John ‘Butch’ Erb, Al Salvadori, Charles ‘Chuck’ Loviski, Paul Klenowski, Joe Doerr, Jay Duffy, Denny Deegan, Tom Abraham, Stan Kaniecki, Ray Powell, Ray Flanagan, Larry Romine and George Altmeyer Jr.
Individuals to be presented Hall of Fame plaques include former athletic director Nick Mansuetto and coach Andy Urbanic along with several stellar Maroon Knights who went on from starring on the playing field to enjoying distinguished coaching careers. Included in this group are Robert ‘Bo’ McConnaughy, Doug Wojcik and Steve Wojcik. Others to be inducted include James ‘Dubie’ Dailer. Dr. George ‘Bunny’ Naum, Raquel Burns-Davis, Richard ‘Richie’ Nau, Paul Renowicz, Joseph ‘JoJo’ Blaha and Rebecca ‘Becca’ Kostival-Muehfeld.
Mansuetto, Dailer and Deegan will be inducted posthumously.
Committee co-chairman Mike Young expressed his sentiments about this year’s class. “We are really excited to welcome home to the Central family such a distinguished class of inductees,” Young said.
“Over the years we have had many athletes help build the winning tradition at our high school. The Hall of Fame committee is looking forward to continuing this work on an annual basis,” he added.
Tickets, priced at $25 can be purchased by contacting Maggie Espina at (304) 905-6228 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The brunch is open to the public. All tickets must be purchased in advance. None will be sold at the door.
Nominations for future Wheeling Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame classes are also welcome from the public. Nomination forms can be obtained by contacting Hall of Fame committee co-chairman Mike Young and Bo McConnaughy or the athletic department at the high school.
Bios of this year’s Hall of Fame Class can be found on the school web site at WheelingCentral@cchsknights.org.