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Bridgeport Wall of Fame Class named

August 25, 2012
By KIM NORTH - Times Leader Sports Writer (knorth@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

The Bridgeport Hall/Wall of Fame is set for another round of inductions on Saturday as five members and a team, will get their call to the Wall of Fame, while four worthy inductees will go into the Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled for a 4 p.m. social hour in the high school cafetorium, with dinner at 5. The inductions will begin at 6.

On Friday night, a gathering will be held at the Brookside Volunteer Fire Department on national Road adjacent to Bill Jobko Stadium. That will begin at 5 p.m., with the inductees being led on the field prior to the kickoff between Bridgeport and Toronto on Perkins Field.

Capsules on each Wall of Fame inductee follow:

Wall of Fame

Dave Stazenski '59

Dave was a member of the Class of 1959. A Lansing native, he earned four letters in baseball and three letters in basketball. He was chosen as an alternate to Boy's State.

He began his baseball career at the age of 10 years. During his senior year at BHS his record was 5-2, as he helped the Bulldogs to the Class AA District tourney title.

He earned seven straight decisions in legion play and hurled close to 40 consecutive scoreless innings in the legion tournament in 1958. Dave was named a member of the All-Ohio baseball team in 1959

Dave was selected to represent his district in the East-West All-Star Baseball Series in July, 1959.

Dave's pitching skills landed him a full four-year baseball scholarship to Ohio State where he lettered three times. While at OSU, Dave's relief pitching got him a big win over Iowa in a doubleheader. The bases were loaded with one out, in the second inning, Dave got out of the jam in a hurry, on a short fly ball and strikeout. OSU won both games, Dave led the OSU pitching staff with a 4-1 record.

OSU moved into third place in the Big Ten standings by winning a doubleheader from Purdue, 8-0 and 5-2, with Dave yielding only four Boilermaker hits, as the starting pitcher. He was named as one of two of OSU's most effective pitchers at the time.

Dave graduated from OSU in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. He was employed by General Tire and Rubber Co., in Toledo.

Dave and Pam reside in Perrysburg, OH. Four grandchildren complete the family.

Dave Kovalick '62

He was a three-sport participant, earning two letters in wrestling, two in football (being named captain his senior year) and three in baseball while playing on a pair of district championship teams, and having been selected to the All-East Ohio All-Star team his senior season.

Entering West Liberty State College in the fall of 1962, Dave again participated in three sports where he earned 10 varsity letters including two in wrestling, four in football and three in baseball.

He earned his degree from West Liberty in January 1967. In August of that year, he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Barnesville High School where in remained for 36 years, retiring in June 2003. He earned his masters degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1976 and has done post-graduate work at Ohio University and Walsh University. Dave taught Speech and general English for one year and boy's Health and Physical Education for 35 years.

His coaching career spanned 30 years, including 10 as assistant track coach and four years as head baseball coach where the 1971 team was East Central Ohio League Champion. He was head wrestling coach for 10 years. Over that span his teams won tournament division and dual meet OVAC Championships. Dave also officiated wrestling for 13 years including the Ohio High School State Championships, the Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and the NAIA Tournament.

In 1988 Dave was the recipient of the prized "Mr. Mat" Award for his contribution to Ohio Valley Wrestling. In 2009, he was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame.

His football coaching career encompassed 30 years. The pinnacle of his head coaching experience was the 1992 season in which his team finished the regular season undefeated and went on to win the OHSAA Division IV Regional Championship. His team finished at 12-1, losing in the state semifinals.

Dave was inducted into the West Liberty State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dave and his wife, the former Kathleen Doudna, reside in Barnesville. They are of the parents of three children: Kim (Chicago), Andy (Lancaster, Pa.), and Steve (Barnesville). The Kovalick's are blessed with five grandchildren.

Craig Miller '79

He was a 3 year letterman on the football team performing as a fullback, linebacker, punter, kickoff specialist and field goal kicker. His team won the OVAC AAA title in 1978 with a 9-1 record. His senior year he was third in scoring in the Ohio Valley with 105 points, OVAC All-Star Linebacker, and was co-captain of the Ohio Valley All-Star team in 1979.

He lettered three years in basketball while at BHS. As a three-year member of the track team he had his personal best of 14.6 in the hurdles, 53-3 throwing the shot put and 172-10 with the discus. Craig held the discus record at various meets in the Ohio Valley. He was a state meet qualifier in 1979 for discus, shot put and high hurdles. He placed second in the discus throwing 166-6.

Craig attend Miami University, graduating in 1984. He played tight end on the football team and was a 4-year letterman.

Craig was named to the All-Decade (1970's) Track and Field and the Ohio Valley All Valley Track team (Discus, Shot put and High Hurdles). He was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a Dapper Dan College Athlete Honoree in 1984. In 2011, Craig was inducted to the OVAC Hall of Fame.

Craig and his wife, Pam, have two children and reside in Hilliard.

Rick Goodrich '80

As a freshman, he participated in football, basketball and track. His sophomore year Rick lettered in football and baseball and also played basketball. His junior year he lettered in football and track and was a state qualifier. As a senior he lettered again in football and track.

He was named All-Ohio his senior year in football and took part in the OVAC All-Star Football Game. On the track, he was the leading scorer in the valley.

Rick attended Otterbein College, graduating in 1984 with a degree in Physical Education. At Otterbein, he was a 4-year letterman on the football team and led the team as a junior and senior in rushing. As a senior, he was named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference. He received his Masters in Education from Muskingum College in 1984.

He became head football coach at Bridgeport in 1995 and finished 8-2, earning Eastern District and Ohio coach of the year. In 1996, Goodrich guided the Bulldogs to the school's first playoff berth and coached in the all-star game. He posted a 24-18 mark at Bridgeport.

Rick moved west to Cambridge High School as a teacher and head coach of the Bobcats. His overall record at Cambridge was 78-55. He now owns a 102-74 record. He is currently the head coach of the John Marshall Monarchs.

Rick and his wife, the former Allison Besozzi, reside in Lansing.

1955 State Runnerup Wrestling Team

Team members included: Merritt Christy, Don DeLande, Tom Evans, Bill Floyd, Ed Gertz, Ben Hehr, Norman Honecker, Charles Ikey, Frank Ladvinka, Bill Laipple, Gerald Lattocha, Ray Offord, Dave Smith, Ron Taylor, Bill Wokojance and Coach George Kovalick.

 
 

 

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