Official, Track & Field, Softball 2008
Phil Dietrich Senior Athlete Award Winner
From the time he entered Central High School in 1938 until today, Dan Hayes has been involved with athletics in one way or another, except for a four year stint in the U.S. Air Corps in World War II. Track was his main competitive event in high school and at The University of Akron, running the dashes. After his graduation in 1950 from Akron, for the next 30 years he was with the Akron Public School system as a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator. During his education career, he was involved as a track official, receiving a 50 year service award in 2005. He is a Board member of the Tri-County Senior Olympics and the Ohio Senior Olympics as well as a charter member of the Silver League where he is a player/manager. He is also a member of the Brennan White Hat softball team which won the 70 plus state Senior Olympic title in 2004 and 2006 .
Reynolds ruled the Beacon Journal Tournament Class A competition for several years and won the 1969 Brunswick Bowling Corp. singles championship and the 1971 Peterson Bowling Classic singles title to earn national attention. Reynolds competed in the Akron Coca Cola Traveling League with the likes of PBA Hall of Famer and 1985 SCSHOFer Tom Hudson, and Bill White and Boss Bosco, both members of the SCSHOF. Since 1968, Reynolds has maintained a 200-plus average. He’s bowled four 300 games, a high average of 222 and high series of 797. Reynolds was named to the Beacon Journal All Star Team in 1974, and ’75. The father of Akron native and former Olympian Butch Reynolds, Harry is retired from General Tire and makes his home in Akron.
Richard "Dick" Paige
Touted in the press as “Akron’s most consistent amateur golfer” Dick Paige’s golf career certainly lived up to the billing. At the early age of 12 , he showed promise, firing a 69 at Fairlawn Country Club. Then at Buchtel High School (1943—47) he led the Griffins golf team to two city series titles and a runner up finish at the state tournament in 1946. At Wooster College, (1947-53) he was the Scots number one golfer and earned medalist honors in the Ohio Conference tournament, leading his Wooster team to a second place finish. He holds the distinction of never having lost in match play competition during his entire high school and college career. From the mid-‘40’s until the late ‘60’s, Paige dominated amateur golf in the Akron area. He won 16 Akron District Golf Association (ADGA) tournaments, including back-to-back match play championships and three medal crowns. He qualified for the 51st U.S. Open Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club but did not make the cut.
This athlete came from Canton to earn three letters in basketball (1946, ’48 & ’49) and two in baseball (’48 & ’49) under Coach Russ Beichly. Moore earned a starting spot as a freshman and finished second in scoring with 285 points during a successful 19-5 season and a co-Ohio Conference title. After serving one year in the U.S. Air Force, Moore returned to his starting role and helped UA capture the OC’s first tournament championship in ’49. In ’93 he was inducted into UA’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Frank "Stretch" Longstreth
It all started in 1948 when Frank “Stretch” Longstreth joined the faculty of Western Reserve Academy as a Latin teacher, then he became its head track and cross country coach. For the next 44 years he worked his coaching magic as the Hudson-based private school racked up 18 championships in the Interstate Private School League (IPSL). During his long tenure, Longstreth coached track teams won 202 dual meets and lost 78--- including a record 52 consecutive victories His cross country teams excelled also with the 1967 team going undefeated against 88 opponents. The next year his harriers captured 91 victories against only one loss. In 1983, WRA honored Stretch by dedicating its new 400 meter all weather track and naming it the Frank H. Longstreth Track and renaming the WRA relays, the Longstreth Relays. The year he retired in 1992, WRA scored first among 12 teams winning his final IPSL championship.
Brian Hallett following an outstanding high school career at Noton High School enrolled at Kent State University. There he went on to become a 4 year starter on the Golden Flashes football team. He served as captain during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was named team MVP in 2002 as well as being selected to the All MAC Team. Brian was also a 4 year starter in track, winning 3 MAC Indoor and Outdoor shot putt championships and one discus championship. This outstanding athlete signed with the New York Giants, qualified for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, was name Kent “Man of the Year”, Academic All-American in 2 sports and Sports Illustrated Top Scholar/Athlete in the Country.
From 1956-59, Boeke was a standout performer on the gridiron for Heidelberg College. As an offensive tackle he helped lead Heidelberg to an overall record of 28-8 and was named to the Ohio Athletic Conference first team in 1959. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and played left tackle for four years-1960, ’61, ’62, and ’63. He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, playing four years, appearing in two championship games in 1966 and ’67. His final year in the NFL was 1968 with the New Orleans Saints. He had a total of nine years in the NFL. In 1985 Boeke was selected as a Charter Member of the Heidelberg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He became Barberton High School’s all-time winningest baseball coach by directing the Magic nine to 254 victories in 19 seasons. Along the way, Beal’s teams won nine sectional titles and four district crowns. His crowning season was in 1986 when he guided Barberton to the regional title before being eliminated in the first round of the State finals. He followed that performance by directing the Magics to the 1987 NEO Championship and Beal was voted Metro Coach of the Year. Beal was voted into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the Akron East High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.