It didn’t matter if you were an Admiral King Admiral, a Saint of Southview, a Steelman of Lorain, a Clipper of Clearview, a Spartan of Lorain Catholic, or an Irishman of St. Mary High School. The Lorain community gathered at the German Villa on May 14 to celebrate the 52nd Annual Lorain Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet for the Class of 2022.
The Class of 2022 included Clearview football coaches Doty Perry and Wayne Ross, Eve Sexstalla-Alberti of Southview and Dan Matos of Saint and Lorain High, Stephanie Busch-Warren of Lorain Catholic, Bill Waters, Mike Darmos, James Jenkins and l Spartan football team of 1971. .
“I’m so proud to be from Lorain, Ohio,” Busch-Warren said in her acceptance speech. “I think about where I live now, and I come back now (in Lorain), I forget the things you enjoy. The ethnic diversity, the international festival and things like that. There is so much culture (in Lorain) that it is profound. I had to leave and realize how wonderful (living in Lorain) was.
PHOTOS: Lorain Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, May 14, 2022
Busch-Warren, one of several Spartans inducted, was their center hitter in their Division IV final. She was a two-time All-Ohioan before earning a full round to play for Tennessee Tech, helping them win their first Ohio Valley Conference championship and breaking all of their blocking records in the process.
She is married with two children and her children aspire to play volleyball, just like her mother.
Waters played many sports, but was by far the best on the football pitch. He scored 128 career goals for Lorain Catholic, which was third all-time in Ohio. Waters led his team to a 41-3-4 record en route to becoming a two-time Midwest All-American, before playing at Findlay University.
He is the fourth member to be inducted into the Lorain Hall of Fame alongside his grandfather, Dr. Bill Kishman, and uncles Billy Kishman and Ray “Cutsy” Waters. Waters thanked his parents for the sacrifices they made to make him an athlete and a successful person.
“My parents have always been there for me,” he said. “They made sacrifices for our family, worked long hours, gave their time for our family. They are everything I aspire to be as a person, a husband and a parent.”
Darmos will go down as one of the best all-around athletes in Lorain’s history, but it was on the pitch that he shone the most.
He won co-M. Basketball honors in 1991 with Craig Bradley of Avon Lake. Arguably his best performance was scoring a school record 46 points against Southview.
Prior to playing for Wooster, he was also an all-conference first-team selection for baseball and football.
“The best memories I’ve had haven’t been printed in any newspaper. They’re the memories of me on the buses and in the locker room with all my former teammates,” Darmos said.
Jenkins was versatile. He excelled in many sports and positions on the gridiron for Lorain Catholique. He played safety and quarterback for the four-time conference champion Spartans, earning him a scholarship to play for Purdue.
Jenkins was also an accomplished pole vaulter, holding a 13-3 record at the Lorain County Invitational that stood for years before becoming an All-Ohio honorable mention.
He was also part of the Lorain Catholic football team in 1971, which was also inducted into the Lorain Hall of Fame. The Spartans went 9-1, recording six shutouts and averaging 24 points per game in the heyday of their football program that won back-to-back conference championships.
“We were a team,” said former player Mike Weber. “We trained hard together, we trained hard together, we played hard together. There was no prima donna and everyone was respected for their contributions. Everyone contributed.”
Lorain Catholic was also ranked #1 in the first year of the Ohio Computer Ranking System.
“We were just regular guys,” Weber said. “But in the fall of 1971, these ordinary guys, with this team and these coaches, put on one hell of a season of football.”
At first, Perry was rejected for building a football program at Clearview, but he did it anyway in 1937 to build a program that would last for years.
Teaching a new game to a group of kids was by far his best experience as a coach, leading Clearview to four league championships.
After winning a national championship with Woody Hayes at Ohio State in 1959, he coached for Bowling Green to become the nation’s winningest coach with an .855 winning percentage.
His son David Perry delivered his acceptance speech.
Decades after Perry left Clearview, Ross tried to fill the shoes and did as well as you could have asked.
He and legendary basketball coach Bob Walsh put Clearview on the map for Clippers Athletics, the smallest school in the Lakeland Conference. Ross led them to a 9-1 record and the first OHSAA playoff appearance in school history.
“We thought kids should participate in all sports,” Ross said. “The business of (sports) specialization, we didn’t want it. We wanted our children to do as many sports as possible, and that made better athletes. Bob (Walsh) pushed his players to play football, j pushed my footballers to (basketball), and we both pushed them to run on the track. We did a lot for those athletes, and I think they became a better athlete for that. .., I can’t tell you how much it means to me to train with someone like Bob Walsh.”
In track and field, his team was state runners-up in 1971 and reached the top of the mountain with a Class A state championship the following year. He was inducted into the Lorain County Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992.
Southview’s first inductee was their ace softball pitcher Sexstalla-Alberti, who started playing baseball with boys before joining softball.
Her experiences made her a stronger player and perhaps the greatest softball player in Southview history, leading the team to a 20-3 record, before playing for Fairmont State, where she is also a member of the Hall of Fame.
Formerly of Lorain High and a fellow Southview graduate, Dan Matos has been globally recognized for his accomplishments on the mat. He was competing in the Pan American Wrestling Tournament, where Matos lost a match for third place.
His older brothers were a big influence as he would stop and watch them practice and learn their techniques and relentless work ethic after school.
When he was old enough to be in high school, he went 20-0 at 98 pounds, winning every tournament championship he was part of.
Matos’ success followed him through college to place seventh in the nation while battling for Cuyahoga Community College.