This Akron native has been officiating for 40 years, starting with high school basketball in 1963. He branched out to football in 1967 and to baseball in 1978. However, it is in football that Pfaff has gone the farthest and gained the most acknowledgements. On the high school level he has officiated in eight Akron City Series championships, six Ohio High School regional and semi-final games and one state championship (1977). He was elevated to the Ohio Athletic Conference in 1978 and after five years became a Mid-American Conference official, serving 18 years until 2000. He officiated in four NCAA Division III playoff games, two NAIA playoff games and a NAIA National Championship (1989). His resume also includes the 1984 Cherry Bowl, the ’94 Las Vegas Bowl and the 2000 Liberty Bowl. Pfaff has worked 18 high school baseball regional games, two semi-final games and six state championship contests. He has been Supervisor of Football Officials for the North Coast Conference since ‘97.
Tina Durbin Cantu
She came out of Cuyahoga Falls High School where she excelled in volleyball, basketball and track to earn a scholarship in volleyball at the University of Cincinnati. Tina lettered in 1984, ’86, ’87 and ’88 for the Bearcats. She had banner seasons in 1987 when she recorded UC’s seventh highest hitting percentage and was accorded a spot on the All-Metro Conference Tournament team. She finished her career ranked ninth on UC’s career assist and in service aces and was voted first team All- Metro Conference honors. In 2002 Cantu was inducted into the Cuyahoga Falls High School Sports Hall of Fame.
His coaching career started in 1958 in his hometown at Dayton Chaminade and ended in 1994 at The University of Akron. In 1960 he was hired to start a football program at a new high school, Cincinnati Moeller, which made its debut in 1963 by winning nine of ten games. Faust made that sort of success commonplace over the 18 seasons he spent at Moeller. The Crusaders claimed the Cincinnati city championship in 10 of Faust’s last 12 seasons and the regional crown in eight of his last 10 years. Five of his last six teams captured the Ohio Class AAA state championship in playoff competition. Four of Moeller’s state championships were won in the Rubber Bowl, including Faust’s last team that went 13-0 in 1980. In half of those years, Faust’s teams finished the regular season undefeated and the Crusaders were awarded the mythical national championships following their unbeaten seasons in 1976, ’77, ’79 and ’80. His record at Moeller was a phenomenal 174-17-2 for a .907 winning percentage. In 1981, Faust made the unbelievable jump to one of the top college coaching jobs in the nation when he became the head football coach at Notre Dame. He coached the Irish to a 30-26-1 record over five seasons before moving to Akron and closing out his 32-year head coaching career.
A three year letterman at Cuyahoga Falls High school, upon graduation, Ballard attended Wilmington College for one year before transferring to Mt. Union College. It was here that the Cuyahoga Falls product made a major impact. Playing the key position of quarterback, Ballard led the Raiders from 1991-93, capping his collegiate career with the first national championship for Mt. Union. During his three years at Mt. Union, he was named honorable mention All-American in his first year and made first team the following two years. He set 13 Division III passing records racking up over 12,000 yards through the air and throwing for 150 touchdowns in his career. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and in addition to the NFL, Ballard has competed in the Canadian Football League, NFL Europe and Arena Football. He led the Scottish Claymoor team in NFLE to the 1996 World Bowl Championship and was the second all-time leading passer for the Scottish team. He was named to the Scots Hall of Fame in 2001.
Richard "Ricky" Powers
One of the best running backs to come out of Summit County, Ricky Powers made the All-City team four years and All-State for three years while competing for Buchtel High School. He also was named to the USA TODAY All-American team, was a two-time Beacon Journal Player of the Year and the number one recruit in the country. He went on to attend the University of Michigan in 1990 and set a freshman rushing record for the Wolverines. He was an All-Big Ten selection in ’92 and ’93 and was named Team Captain for his senior year. Powers was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played for the Browns, Ravens and NFL Europe before retiring. Powers lives in Akron, and is currently an assistant football coach at Buchtel.
Attended Ohio State University starring on the varsity golf team for three years. He was three-time Big Ten Champion; three time all-American and All-Big Ten, won the 1978 & ‘79 Ohio Amateur and captured the ’78 U.S. Amateur crown. He was a member of the Buckeye’s 1979 NCAA Championship team. Prior to going to OSU he won the 1975 California State Amateur title and was the ’76 California High School champion. He joined the professional golf tour in 1980 and has won eleven tournaments around the world. He was on the 1993 Ryder Cup team which won its match with Britain. Cook has career earnings of more than $11 million. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and spent his early years living in Akron, before moving out west.
Tom Cousineau is a Two-time All-American linebacker from Ohio State. In 1977, he was named top defensive player in the Orange Bowl. His 211 tackles in ’78 still stands as a single season school record. Cousineau became the Buckeyes first No. 1 pick in the NFL draft when he was selected in 1979 by the Buffalo Bills. He was traded to the Browns in 1982 where he played for three years and was then traded to the San Francisco 49érs where he retired in 1987. He was All-Conference two years during his career. He currently resides in the area.
John D. Jamerson
After an outstanding four-year college basketball career, this Rossford, OH native was brought to Akron by Goodyear to play for the Wingfoots in 1969. However, after one season, in which the sharp shooting cager helped the Wingfoots capture the National Amateur Basketball League title, the team was disbanded. Jamerson, who opted to stay in the Akron area, joined the faculty at Field High School where he remained until his retirement in 2000. He coached basketball at Field for four seasons, winning the Portage County League and its Coach of the Year honors in 1972 and assisted at Central-Hower from 1982-84. The ’82-’83 Wildcats battled their way to Columbus before losing in the Ohio championship. A graduate of Fairmont State (WV), Jamerson earned All- America honors as a junior, averaging a team-leading 21 points as the 26-5 Falcons finished national runner-up and he was accorded MVP of the 32-team NAIA Tournament. His senior year of 1968-69 he guided Fairmont to a 26-2 season, averaging 19 points. His effort earned him second team All-America honors from the NAIA and UPI. In 1999 Jamerson, a noted fast pitch softball player was inducted into the Akron Softball Hall of Fame. John is the father of Dave, who was inducted into the SCSHOF this past October.
Track & Field 2006
It was apparent when Dick Sapronetti was in high school at East High, he would take an interest in track and field. He was a standout pole vaulter, even in grade school where he captured the eighth grade crown—then went on and won the freshman pole vault championship. He didn’t stop there because for the next three years he was the top vaulter in the city and undefeated in all dual meets. In his senior year he was ranked in the top ten nationally. Then he went on to The University of Akron where he was a four-year letterman, winning the 1983 Ohio Conference pole vault crown. And all of these accomplishments before the fiberglass pole came into existence. After completing his collegiate career, he returned to his high school alma mater in 1959 and became the head track and cross country coach. During his 10 year career, Sapronetti had eight undefeated track teams, compiling a 95-3 dual meet record. His Oriental thinclads captured the City Series and were Akron Relay champions seven times each and won the district championship six times. He also had one Akron and one district championship in cross country competition.
Jerrylin "Jeri" Edwards
A native of Matteson, IL, Edwards has dedicated more than 25 years to the sport of bowling, beginning with her prep years where she led her high school team to the 1980 Illinois state championship. She entered Penn State and was named to the Collegiate National All Tournament team in 1981, was a collegiate champion in several highly regarded national tournaments during her four year career for the Nittany Lions and led her team to second and third place finishes in the collegiate National Team Championships. Edwards spent five years on the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour, winning the 1990 Greater Atlanta Open. She has captured WIBC Championships in Illinois and Ohio. Edwards has worked with Fred Borden teaching bowling since 1991 and was named Junior Team USA Head Coach in 2002-2003. She replaced Borden in 2003 as Team USA Head Coach when he retired from that position. The duo of Edwards/Borden is at the forefront in bowling instruction at Stonehedge Lanes in Akron.