Nine Inducted Into Euclid High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016
For 30 years, the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association has honored the men and women who have achieved excellence as athletes, role models and champions of the Euclid High Schools sports program. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 the EPSAA inducted nine new members into the Sports Hall of Fame at their annual banquet and ceremony at Tizzano’s Party Center on E. 260th and Tungsten Rd. in Euclid.
An “attitude of gratitude” was the theme of the night. Heartfelt thanks went out to coaches, teammates, the school system, the sports programs, teachers, administrators, family members and friends. Chuck Hill, longtime Chairman of the Sports Hall of Fame, kicked off the show and the Euclid High School Forté choir lead the National Anthem and the school’s Alma Mater, while the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp Color Guard presented the colors. Following a delicious dinner, retired Euclid High School English teacher and integral member of the Hall of Fame Committee, Justin Antonini, ably served as Master of Ceremonies, in the absence of long-time MC, sportscaster John Telich, who was in Toronto covering the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. A moment of silence was observed in honor of past inductees who have passed since last year's ceremony, as well as for Andre Jackson, a current Euclid High School student/athlete who died in late September from an injury sustained in a football game.
The 2016 Euclid High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:
-Henry Altenweg Euclid Senior High ’62 Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Football
-Art Gold Euclid Senior High ’72 Track, Cross Country
-Tim D’Anna Euclid Senior High ’82 Baseball, Wrestling
-Jennifer Hiser Smith Euclid High ’92 Basketball, Volleyball, Track
-Mikita Duncan Euclid High ’06 Basketball, Volleyball, Track
-Thaddeus Gibson Euclid High ’06 Football, Basketball, Track
-Tim Krofcheck Euclid High ’06 Baseball, Hockey
-Leslie D’Anna Euclid Senior High ’71 Honorary (Booster)
-June Daugherty Honorary (Booster)
The evening concluded with recognition and remarks by elected officials and school administrators, signifying the value of strong schools and their sports programs as key components of the fabric of a strong community, a sense of community that the City of Euclid and the Euclid Schools has historically enjoyed to this day.
The actual Sports Hall of Fame “shrine” is located in Euclid High School (711 E. 222nd St.) in the hallway between the main gym and pool, where the plaques of all 321 inductees are hung.
Greg Fondran is a proud Euclid native who attended the Euclid City Schools from Kindergarten through 12th Grade and is overjoyed to be living along the shores of Lake Erie in a community with such an incredible past and limitless potential for its future.