His playing days at Barberton High became a stepping stone to Western Reserve University for Johhny Ries, captaining three varsity teams. Installed as Western Reserve's first-string left halfback in 1938, sophomore Ries made All-Big Four, All-Ohio, and United Press honorable mention All-American. In 1940, he captained Western Reserve to an 8-1 record and an invitation to the Sun Bowl Classic where Ries climaxed his finest season by scoring two in a comeback which toppled Arizona State Teachers College, 26-13.
For versatility, you'll have to score Paul Berthold high. As a diver, he helped Akron win three state YMCA swimming and diving team championships in the middle 1930s. After accepting a scholarship at Massanutten, Va. Institute, he became a halfback on teams which twice captured state championships. Massanutten made off with two national prep swimming crowns. Berthold captained the 1936 team, being rated one of the five top prep divers in the nation. In 1937 he returned to Akron and won the state senior YMCA fancy diving crown. At Syracuse U, Berthold was switched to football as an end and was good enough to rate All-American mention.
Track & Field, Basketball 1967
Lithe, graceful Dave Appleby had few peers in the early 1930s during great athletic careers at Akron East High and Akron U. In the 1931 Ohio Class A track and field meet, Appleby scored all of East's 17 points with a first in the pole vault, seconds in the high hurdles and broad jump, and third in the low hurdles. Prior to that, he was on the East team which was the 1930 Ohio Class A basketball runner-up. At Akron U with Appleby in the lineup, the Zips won 38 of 45 starts, capturing the 1934 Ohio Conference championship. He was chosen All-Ohio Conference. He also starred in football and track for Akron U.
Baseball, Football 1967
Cuyahoga Falls High was a stepping stone for Dave Evans, earning three letters in both football and baseball. As a tackle for Muskingum College, he played alongside a brother, end Winslow "Wink" Evans, in 1939 and 1940. In addition to All-Conference for three years, Evans made All-Ohio his last two and Little All-American his senior year. As a 1941 Muskingum graduate, he played with the Midwest All-Stars against the professional Cleveland Rams. Wartime service took him to Navy pre-flight school in Iowa where in 1942 Evans played with Bernie Bierman's Iowa Seahawks.
Akron-born Carl "Squash" Cardarelli was named All-Ohio center in 1913 when Central High made claims to the state prep football championship, outscoring opponents, 201 to 6, and finishing with an 8-0 record. He spent six seasons with the Akron Indians, playing against men like Fats Henry, Ralph Waldsmith, Fred Sefton, Al and Frank Nesser and Peggy Parratt. One afternoon against the Canton Pros, Cardarelli blocked two of Jim Thorpe's punts and tipped a third. His grid career also encompassed amateur and semi-pro stints with Marlowes, Cuyahogas, and Maples.
Track & Field 1967
Before his long teaching career at Stow High, William Bloor made a sprinting name for himself in New Jersey and Ohio. At Newark, N.J. Prep, he made off with the New Jersey and national interscholastic 440 and 880 championships at Chicago in 1929 along with setting a world's interscholastic 600-yard record. Bloor twice selected to the All-American interscholastic track team as a half miler. At Ohio State U as a freshman, he won the state AAU quarter mile title. While out of college one year, Bloor was on a two-mile relay team which won the AAU national championship. As a senior in 1934, he captained the Ohio State trackmen and established an all-time OSU 880 record.
As a prepster at Hudson High, Dante Lavelli displayed great ability as a runner and passer in leading the Explorer's to three undefeated football seasons. Although short on college experience, he was recruited by Paul Brown for Cleveland in the All-American Conference. In his 11 seasons, "Glue Fingers" Lavelli enjoyed spectacular success as Cleveland won four successive All-American championships with his pass receiving. Cleveland won National Football League titles in 1950, 1954, and 1955 - each time with Lavelli's expert help and he was All-NFL in 1951 and 1953.
Coach, Basketball 1967
All-Stark football end and basketball center Leroy Raber acquired six prep letters in three sports at Alliance High. At Mount Union, he added baseball to his playing repertoire with football, basketball, and track, lettering three times in each sport. Raber was All-Ohio Conference end two years and made All-Ohio. He also earned All-Ohio forward in basketball while Mount Union was gaining Ohio Conference titles in 1931 and 1932. His coaching jobs finally took Raber to Barberton's head cage position in 1946. In 14 seasons there, his teams won 165 and lost 124.
Basil "Buzz" Fazio
When his bowling fame outgrew Akron, the internationally-known Detroit Strohs conscripted "Buzz" Fazio and then went on to win five national match game championships in early 1950s. The 1951 team captained by Fazio, won the ABC team title. He also captained the St. Louis Falstaffs who won the ABC team crown in 1958. Fazio captured the 1955 Masters, twice has shared the BPAA national doubles title, and taken the Ohio State singles. He already had rolled to PBA championships in 1964 and 1965 before his 1967 induction.