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Hall of Fame 2017

HOF 2017

Front Row: Rachel Burns Davis, Rebecca Kostival Muehlfeld, George “Bunny” Naum, Richie Nau, Andy Urbanic, Bo McConnaughy
Back Row: Doug Wojcik, James “Dubie” Dailer, Paul Renowicz, Joe Blaha, Steve Wojcik

Memories were made during the 1963 Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s boys’ basketball season that Maroon Knights’ fans will cherish forever..

Coached by Earl Haberfield, already a member of the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame,Central Catholic turned in a 23-0 record, becoming the school’s first basketball team to achieve a perfect season. More than a half-century later they continue to reign as Wheeling Central’s only undefeated boys’ basketball team. This feat resulted in the 1963 team to be inducted into Central Catholic’s Hall of Fame.

Team members included: John ‘Butch’ Erb, Al Salvadori, Charles ‘Chuck’ Lovinski, Paul Klenowski, Joe Doerr, Jay Duffy, Denny Deegan, Tom Abraham, Stan Kaniecki, Ray Powell, Ray Flanagan, Larry Romine and George Altmeyer Jr.

The Maroon Knights not only won the West Virginia Catholic Tournament, but also they earned a top 20 berth in the National Catholic High School rankings. Central also was voted as the No. 1 team in the state of West Virginia (all classes) and were OVAC and City champions. Salvadori and Erb earned all-state recognition.

The highlight of the regular season was a pair of victories over a powerhouse Weir High School team. They were the only two losses handed to the Fritz Williams-led Red Riders’ squad that finished 25-2 and won the West Virginia Class AAA championship. In the state Catholic tournament, the Maroon Knights rolled 77-47 over Parkersburg Catholic; 72-46 over Clarksburg Notre Dame and 66-62 against tournament host Huntington St. Joseph.

Several of the players went on to star at various sports in college and beyond. Salvadori and Erb  played Division 1 basketball at the University of South Carolina and New Orleans based Loyola of the South respectively. Both also had brief flings in pro basketball.

Lovinski was recruited as a quarterback at West Virginia University. Doerr played two years of baseball at West Liberty University and was the leading hitter in the national finals as a freshman in 1964 when the Hilltoppers won the NAIA championship. He also signed a pro contract and played two years in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Duffy also played at West Liberty, while Abraham and Kaniecki lettered at Bethany College and Deegan played at Wheeling Jesuit University.

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After head coaching stints at Dillonvale and Triadelphia, Andy Urbanic turned in a magical four-year stint at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. His record with the Maroon Knights was a glittering 35-5-2 as his teams won four straight West Virginia Catholic High School Football championships. The brilliant run began with the 1964 season when Central Catholic compiled an 8-3 record, capped by a 28-20 victory over a favored Charleston Catholic powerhouse. In 1965, the Maroon Knights finished 9-0-1, marred only by a tie with highly-regarded South Hills Catholic (now Seton LaSalle) at Mount Lebanon (Pa.) Stadium.

Because of Central’s undefeated record in 1965, no playoff was held for the WV parochial crown. The following year saw Central finish with an 8-2-1 record and a Catholic playoff victory over northern panhandle rival Weirton Madonna. Urbanic saved his best coaching performance for last in 1967 as he led the Maroon Knights to the school’s first perfect 10-0-0 football record in school history and an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title. It was Urbanic’s first OVAC title because, at the time, Central was competing in the conference’s largest division (Class AAA). Once again because of the team’s undefeated record no WV Catholic playoff game was held and Central again was named as the state champion.

Andy left the Maroon Knights after the 1967 season and returned to his native Western Pennsylvania roots. In 13 seasons at Penn Hills High School his teams won four WPIAL and state championships. After 21 years of high school coaching and a career record of 165-53-4 and five undefeated seasons, he spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh and four seasons at Akron University before becoming an associate athletic director, overseeing football operations and special projects at Florida State University.

Now retired, Urbanic was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame in 1971, the Pennsylvania Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995;and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Recently, he received an All-American Football Foundation Award for outstanding administrative contributions for football.

A four-year letterman in football and baseball and three-year starter in basketball, Doug Wojcik played on two West Virginia Class AA state championship teams. The 1982 Wheeling Central Catholic High School graduate was a sophomore in the fall of 1979 when the Jim Thomas-coached Maroon Knights posted a 12-1 record and defeated Buffalo Wayne in the state football finals. Wojcik started at QB his final two seasons, earning All-OVAC and All-City Laurels along with all-state honorable mention his senior year when the Maroon Knights turned in a 7-3 record.

His basketball career was a huge success story, concluding in 1982 when Central Catholic, coached by Skip Prosser, set a school record for victories with a 25-2 record capped by the Maroon Knights first Class AA state basketball crown since becoming an SSAC member 11 years previously. On a team that did not have a single prolific scorer, Doug averaged 11 points and six assists. His sparkling senior year numbers also included 145 assists, 142 rebounds and 71 steals. Captain of the 1982 team, Wojcik earned first-team berths on the All-WV Class AA, All-Valley, All-OVAC and All-City units.

In baseball. Doug was a pitcher, first baseman and center fielder. The honorable mention all-stater helped the Maroon Knights advance to the Region One finals where they lost to St. Marys on the Blue Devils’ home field.

Following his graduation from high school, Doug accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI, then spent four years at Annapolis where the three-year regular started 99 straight games. Teamed with NCAA All-America and NBA great David Robinson, Wojcik excelled at distributing the basketball from his point guard post.

Doug then fulfilled his four-year Navy commitment, serving on the U.S.S.  Sims stationed out of Jacksonville, Fla. He then launched his coaching career as an assistant basketball mentor at the Naval Academy, followed by stints at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State. He became the head coach at Tulsa in the spring of 2005 and during his seven years at the helm, the Golden Hurricanes racked up 140 wins, breaking the school record of 137 previously held by the legendary Hank Iba. Wojcik then coached  for two years at the College of Charleston, posting a 38-29 record and he spent the  2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Gonzaga, an NCAA Tournament team. His overall college coaching record was 178-121.

Stellar athlete who competed and lettered in four sports, including football, basketball, baseball and track for the Maroon Knights, ‘Bunny’  Naum became one of the cornerstones of Wheeling Central Catholic and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s best four-year basketball teams in history. He was a four-year selection as an All-City performer and a multi All-OVAC selection.

The Maroons, coached by Jim Foti and later Joe Iofredo, also won four straight West Virginia State Catholic Tournament championships.  In football, Naum earned all-state Catholic laurels as a punter. One of Naum’s memorable games came many years after his high school graduation. During the 1963 basketball season that saw a Wheeling Central team post a perfect 23-0 record, the Maroon Knights played an exhibition game against a star-studded alumni squad and the old grads — including ‘Bunny Naum’ — emerged victorious.

The 1951 Central graduate received a basketball scholarship to Marshall University where for two years he played alongside All-American and future National Basketball Association Hall of Fame member Hal Greer. Naum was drafted into the Army after his sophomore season at Marshall and he served two years at Fort Knox in Kentucky and Munich, Germany. After being discharged he returned to Marshall and worked at several jobs before graduating from Marshall in 1958. He then finished medical school at West Virginia University in 1963 and returned to the Ohio Valley where he served his internship at the old Wheeling Hospital located in North Wheeling before starting his own general practice. Starting in 1964 and for the next 50 years Naum treated patients all over the valley and for a time was the team physician at his beloved Wheeling Central Catholic and also at West Liberty University. Naum also was a team physician for a brief period for the Ohio Valley Panthers, coached and owned by the late J.D. Miller.

One of Wheeling Central Catholic’s most honored athletes during the decade of the 1940’s. Dailer was both a standout football and basketball player who twice earned five-team All-City laurels in football and in basketball as a senior. Although standouts from Catholic high schools weren’t eligible for WV Sports Writers Association all-state recognition at the time, Dailer was honored with a first-team berth on an all-state squad selected by the Charleston Daily Mail.

The two-way football standout helped the Maroon Knights win the 1943 City Championship in football. Coach of that 9-1 record powerhouse was Jim Foti, a member of the inaugural Central Hall of Fame Class last year. Central concluded that season with a 20-19 loss to Rochester, PA in the Steel Bowl.

Dailer also was a regular on Central’s 22-3 record basketball team that won a fourth straight WV Catholic state championship in 1944 and went on to win two of three games in the Eastern States Catholic Tournament.

He then enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and lettered three seasons on Fighting Irish teams that posted an overall record of 26-2-1. After lettering his freshman year at guard at Notre Dame, Dailer served the next two years in the armed services. He returned to the South Bend campus in 1947 and was a reserve lineman on a 9-0 team that was selected as the No. 1 squad in the nation by the Associated Press. His teammate on that squad was another Wheeling Central graduate by the name of Bill Gompers, also a 2016 Central Hall of Fame honoree. The 9-0-1 team of 1948 ended up ranked No. 2 behind Michigan in the AP poll. Besides Gompers, some of Dailer’s Notre Dame teammates included All-Americans Jim Martin, George Connor, Leon Hart, Johnny Lujack and Emil Sitko. Hart also became the first lineman to win the Heisman Trophy.

From 1950-54 Dailer was football coach at Shrine of the Little Flower High School Royal Oak, MI and then coached three years at St. Mary’s High School in Mount Clemens, MI. Jim then returned home and spent the next 15 years, 1956-70 as a teacher and assistant coach at his high school alma mater.  From 1976 until his passing at the age of 67, Dailer served as a magistrate in Ohio County. He was elected to that post on five different occasions.

A starting guard on Wheeling Central Catholic’s 1982 West Virginia Class AA championship basketball team, ‘Jo-Jo’ Blaha finished his career as one of the Maroon Knight’s all-time athletic greats. He was a first-team all-state honoree in three sports, football, basketball and baseball. He earned back-to-back all-state tournament laurels (1982 and 1983), averaging double-figures during both his junior and senior seasons. He capped off his senior year with berths on the All-State, All-OVAC and All-Valley squads. He was a four-year performer for legendary Wheeling Central coach Skip Prosser, a 2016 Central Hall of Fame honoree.

The 1982 state championship basketball team was Central’s first in the hoop sport as a member of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Central finished that winter campaign with 25 victories against just two defeats, setting a school record for wins in a single season. Blaha was voted to the All-Tournament squad in both 1982 and 1983 as the Maroon Knights again advanced to the state tournament but fell to a talented Williamson club led by another all-state standout,  Mark Cline.

In baseball, Blaha twice was selected to the All-State team (1981 and 1983) and earned All-OVAC and All-Valley laurels as he batted over .400 his last two years.   Blaha’s baseball achievements included playing on two Post 1 American Legion West Virginia title-winning teams that advanced to regional tournaments. He was selected in 1983 as the West Virginia American Legion Player of the Year.

The talented running back led the Maroon Knights in rushing two years in a row and his senior year saw him selected to the All-State, All-OVAC and All-Valley squads. Blaha rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior.

‘Jo-Jo’ was recruited to play baseball at Valdosta State University in Georgia where he lettered four years. Twice he was named to the all-conference squad. The two-time All-American was inducted into the Valdosta State Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was a fixture at third base at Valdosta,  setting  eight school records five of which still stood after the 2017 season. Blaha’s records included 39 extra base hits and 76 RBI in a single-season and career records in doubles (52), total bases (445) and RBIs (209).  The career .339 hitter also was a threat on the bases, stealing 27 of 29 base attempts and scoring 178 runs. Blaha crushed 43 home runs while helping VSU to 157 victories during his four-year career.

Nick Mansuetto served as the athletic director for 15 years during one of most important eras in Wheeling Central Catholic High School history. He was one of the driving forces behind the Maroon Knights’ bid to become the first Ohio Valley parochial school accepted for membership into the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. The bid was successful in 1971, opening the door for Wheeling Central and the other parochial schools in the Mountain State to become eligible to participate in all WV high school sports championships. The move then resulted in the Maroon Knights qualifying as a Class AAA school for the first time in the West Virginia state boys basketball tournament in 1975 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Under Mansuetto’s leadership, Central was able to attract several high level football coaches such as George Strager, Andy Urbanic and Jim Thomas. Thomas was elected to the Wheeling Central Hall of Fame last year while Mansuetto is being joined by Andy Urbanic this year.

Mansuetto also helped add several sports programs to the school’s athletic program. In addition, he coached football at St. Michael’s Grade School for four years and was the coach of all sports at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Grade School for six years.

Nick’s community service contributions were many and noteworthy. Among these included: Chairman of the Catholic Boy Scout Committee; Director of the St. Vincent Independent Basketball Tournament for over a decade; Commissioner of the Wheeling Outdoor Basketball League; President of the Wheeling Rowing Association and Executive Board member for the Boy Scouts of America.

Mansuetto received the Marist Merit Award for devotion and loyalty on behalf of Catholic Education. He was the first layman in West Virginia to receive this honor.  The 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus was honored for his dedication to Wheeling Central Catholic at the school’s All-Sports Banquet in 1974. He helped found the National Open Heart Open Golf Classic and was one of the organizers of the Wheeling Blues semi-professional basketball team. Mansuetto served as the Blues business manager for six years.

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.

Raquel Burns-Davis played on Wheeling Central Catholic High School softball teams that captured four straight West Virginia Class A championships (1995-1998).  An all-stater in two sports (girls’ basketball and softball), Burns-Davis set several school records. In basketball, she was a 1,000-points scorer during her career, averaging  close to a double-double, points and rebounds per game.  She averaged 14.1 points and earned berths on the all-OVAC and all-Valley teams as a senior.

In softball, Burns-Davis established school records for batting average and slugging percentage as a four-year starter.. Her junior season, ‘The Rock’’ earned first-team all-West Virginia and all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honors. She was a second-team pick as an all-stater following her senior year as the Ed Cihy-coached Lady Maroon Knights wrapped up their fourth straight state championship. Central’s 1998 softball team finished with a perfect 29-0 record.

After high school, Burns-Davis went on to Bethany College where she continued to star on the basketball court and earned a Hall of Fame berth in women’s softball. The four-year starter became Bethany’s first softball performer to earn Division III All-America first-team laurels. She was a three-time All-Presidents Athletic Conference selection who also was a two-time All-Region performer.

Burns-Davis established school career records in batting average (.416), hits (182), home runs (17), RBIs (121) and doubles (36). She still holds the school career record in home runs and ranks in the top five in the other categories.

In basketball, Davis played in 80 games for the Lady Bison. scoring 706 points, collecting 7.4 rebounds and averaging 1.6 steals. Her best numbers were accumulated as a sophomore when the Green and White standout averaged 10.4 points and 9.1 rebounds.

One of the premier pitchers in Ohio Valley softball history, Rebecca (Becca) Kostival-Muehlfeld played on four straight West Virginia State Championship teams. Becca was a three-time all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honoree and three-time all-West Virginia selection. She was twice named the OVAC player of the year and earned the West Virginia Gatorade player of the year honoree as a senior.

In 1998, Kostival-Muehfeld capped off her brilliant high school career by pitching a perfect game against Huntington Vinson in the state championship game at the Nicholas County War Memorial Park in Summersville. The 7-0 victory concluded a perfect 26-0 record season for the then Class AA Lady Maroon Knights and was their 31st straight victory dating back to the previous year. Central’s perfect season was the first by an Ohio Valley softball team and, at the time, the second best mark by a West Virginia state champion since the tournament started in 1981. Logan recorded a 29-0 campaign in 1986 but, in 2016, the Lady Maroon Knights exceeded both those marks with a perfect 33-0 campaign.

Becca also was one of Central’s batting leaders in the final game, belting a trio of doubles that plated three runs. She went 3-0 in the 1998 state tournament, the hard-throwing senior allowed just two hits, one run and striking out 31. She had nine K’s during her perfecto against Summersville. Her combined win-loss record in high school was a sparkling 55-6, with half those defeats occurring during her sophomore year.

After pitching one season at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, Kostival-Muehlfeld transferred to Fairmont State University where she was a three-year letter-winner before graduating in 2002. Her senior season saw Becca turn in a 14-9 record with one save and a fine earned run average of 2.92. She pitched 139 innings with 16 complete games and three shutouts.

For the first time the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame has embraced a father-son combination. While Rick Nau, former Maroon Knight and Old Dominion University basketball standout was inducted into the inaugural Central Hall of Fame class last fall, selected this year was his father Richard ‘Richie’ Nau, a standout player from the era of the 1940s.

Richie Nau was a two-year standout on Maroon Knight basketball teams that were in the midst of winning seven straight West Virginia Catholic Tournament championships. Coached by another Central Hall of Famer, Jim Foti, Nau was the leading score on the 1947 team that included such standout teammates as Eddie Coyne, Bob ‘Banger’ Schmitt, ‘Fearless’ Frazier Joe DeNardo, Benny Kouski and Buck Burke. In 1947, the Maroons (now Maroon Knights), finished with a 16-4 record that was capped by a  50-42 victory over Clarksburg St. Mary’s in the Catholic tourney final. Nau and teammate Schmitt were selected to the five-man all-tournament team. For the season, Richie scored 211 points, leading his team in scoring. He had 29 points in the three Catholic tournament games that included victories over St. Augustine of Grafton, Huntington St. Joseph and the tournament host Clarksburg St. Mary.

His high school accolades also included back-to-back All-City First team and All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference laurels in 1947.During his senior year he also was selected as the captain of the All-City and All-OVAC teams. All-City at the time was a highly prestigious honor as Central’s rivals included Linsly Military Institute, Wheeling, Warwood and Triadelphia.

Following graduation, Nau turned down a scholarship offer from the legendary Cam Henderson to play basketball at Marshall University. Instead, he lent his extraordinary talent to play in numerous independent league and tournament events throughout the Ohio Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. At one point during the late 1940s, Nau’s, Roger’s Jewelers and Kelly Mike’s-sponsored teams compiled a 73-6 record. Along with those championships, Nau earned numerous All-Tournament and MVP honors while playing with and against some of the best players throughout the tri-state area.

Already a member of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and West Liberty University Halls of Fame, Robert “Bo” McConnaughy has been selected for the same honor from his high school alma mater. The 1966 Wheeling Central Catholic High School  graduate, recognized as one of the best shortstops in Ohio Valley history, was a stellar four-year letter-winner in both basketball and baseball.

In baseball, McConnaughy was the captain of the 1966 all-West Virginia Catholic team. He also received a third-team berth on the big school all-state squad. Central won state titles in 1964 and 1966 in the diamond sport and he also was a stalwart guard on back-to-back Mountain State Catholic state basketball winning teams.

After graduation, McConnaughy began a near 40-year relationship at West Liberty University  as both a player and a coach. He lettered four years in both basketball and baseball. Bo was twice named as the MVP in the Golden Valley Holiday Basketball Tournament and was an MVP in the 1969 Hall of Fame Tournament held in 1969 at Springfield, Massachusetts. He  received second team All-West Virginia laurels as a senior in 1970.  He was also a first-team all-conference honoree in baseball that spring when Bo was the Hilltoppers captain.

In 1969, McConnaughy was drafted in the 21st  round by the Cincinnati Reds, five rounds ahead of Ken Griffey Sr., but he returned to school for his final year before signing a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He played three years in the Orioles farm system and then returned home to join the  Ohio Valley Baseball League Warwood Reds.

Bo returned to West Liberty and was the head baseball coach for 30 years, collecting over 500 wins, five conference championships and earning numerous coach-of-the-year awards from the WVIAC (5 times), NAIA District 28 (6 times) and Area 7.  He guided the Black and Gold to the NAIA World Series in 1990 and to the NCAA Division II regional playoffs in 1998.

McConnaughy also coached both men’s and women’s basketball, track and football at WLU. He returned to Wheeling Central last year and coached the Maroon Knight baseball team to a 27-7 record, finishing as the WV Class-A state runner-up.  Central also won the OVAC AA crown. He continues to serve as co-director for the Beast of the East Baseball Classic which has drawn thousands of young, aspiring players and fans to the Ohio Valley each year.

Wheeling Central Catholic left-handed pitching ace Steve Wojcik enjoyed a stellar career on the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. He was a three-year letterman for the Maroon Knights, posting outstanding numbers as a pitcher, first baseman and hitter. During his senior season, Steve earned first-team All-West Virginia (all classes) laurels after logging a 10-1 pitching record and compiling a batting average of .390. He also was selected as a co-captain of The Intelligencer’s All-Valley squad. Steve’s three-year pitching record with the Maroon Knights was 22-6, including a 4-2 record as a sophomore and 8-3 his junior year. With Wojcik anchoring the pitching staff, Central won back-to-back West Virginia Catholic Tournament Championships.

Wojcik began his collegiate career at Davis & Elkins College, compiling a 7-2 record, earning honorable mention on the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team. He then decided to return home and enroll at West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University). He sat out the 1971 season because of transfer eligibility rules before earning three-straight first team All-Conference berths. He was 7-0 on the mound as a sophomore, 8-1 in 1973 and 8-3 in 1974 when he was also selected as the WVIAC Pitcher of the Year. His regular season record was 7-2 with 67 strikeouts, just 34 hits and only 24 walks with an 0.85 earned run average in 63 innings.  He shut out Morris Harvey in the WVIAC Championship Game, helping the Hilltoppers to a berth in the NAIA District 28 Regional Tournament. At season’s end, Steve  earned NAIA All America honorable mention and his overall 1.00 ERA was sixth best among NAIA pitchers.

After finishing his collegiate career, Wojcik was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets and he pitched for four seasons in the minor leagues. Wojcik stops included Class A Batavia in the New York Penn League, Visalia in the California League and Jackson in the Class AA Texas League. His overall pitching record in the Mets’ farm system was 27-22 with a 3.74 ERA. Steve’s best season was with Visalia in 1975 when he compiled an 11-7 record and a 3.21 ERA.

He then returned home and launched an impressive 30-year coaching career. Wojcik was head coach of the baseball team at Bridgeport High School from 1980 through 1996. He spent the next two years as pitching coach at Wheeling Park High School and served in the same capacity at his alma mater,West Liberty, from 1999 through 2006. Steve then returned to Bridgeport to coach the baseball team from 2007 through 2009.

His service with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference includes being a member of the Baseball Committee from 1980 through 1988.

He became the OVAC Baseball Commissioner in 2002 and he continues to hold down that position.

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 mespina@cchsknights.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 website at WheelingCentral@cchsknights.org.

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