Paul Renowicz (Class of 1977)
Standout scorer and rebounder on the first Wheeling Central Catholic High School basketball team to compete in the Secondary School Activities Commission state tournament in 1975. Although just a sophomore at the time, Paul Renowicz helped lead Coach Stan Kaniecki’s club to Section One and Region One basketball championships to qualify for the big school Class AAA state tournament. Renowicz, who averaged eight points and seven rebounds that season, led the Maroon Knights in scoring and was the most impressive player on the floor that evening although Central lost to perennial Mountain State roundball powerhouse Beckley Woodrow Wilson.
He would become Central’s scoring leader and top rebounder the next two years. During his junior campaign the smooth-shooting 6 ft. 4 in. forward averaged 15.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.He followed that up with a spectacular senior campaign when he averaged 21.6 points per game. He also averaged 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots. Renowicz twice earned All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference first-team honors and was a two-time All-Mountaineer League and All-City performer. He was twice selected to the third unit of the big school All-West Virginia Class AAA all-state basketball team.
Paul also was a four-year letterman in baseball, batting .410 with five home runs in 1976 and .395 with two home runs his senior season.
Renowicz went on to be a three-year standout in basketball at Wheeling College, now Wheeling Jesuit University. As a sophomore, he averaged 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while earning All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention.He tossed in 15.0 points and pulled down 8.0 rebounds as a junior while gaining special mention all-conference. Renowicz’s outstanding senior season saw him selected second-team All-WVIAC after averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.His most notable achievement came during his junior year when he led the nation in foul shooting percentage, hitting 91.6% of his attempts.
Paul was named to the Wheeling Jesuit University Hall of Fame in 1989…After recovering from near fatal injuries in a car accident, Renowicz returned to the sport he loved and served for many years on the Ohio Valley Board of Approved Basketball Officials.