Bridgeport Hall/Wall induction Saturday
BRIDGEPORT – The annual Bridgeport Hall/Wall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday in the Bridgeport schools cafetorium.
Being inducted into the Bulldogs’ shrine are legendary wrestling coach Andrew “Chick” LaMotte, the 1969 state runnerup basketball team and 1969 state runnerup baseball team.
Tickets for banquet are on sale daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the high school office.
The cost is $25 per person. Social hour is 4 p.m. and dinner at 5.
The honorees will be recognized prior to Friday night’s season-opening football game at Bill Jobko Stadium with Columbiana.
LaMOTTE was a two-time OVAC wrestling champion, claiming titles in 1964 at 120 pounds, and then a year later at the same weight.
In the 80s, he assisted his brother Dave at Bridgeport High School. Together they developed a wrestling program for the Bulldogs that was second to none.
In fact, the 1988 team won the Ohio Division III state championship.
LaMotte has been married to his wife, Joyce, for more than 40 years. They have two children, LaNette Krob and Chick LaMotte, IV.
They have five grandchildren: Amber, Haleigh, Andrew, Madison, and Shane.
IN MARCH of 1969, the Bulldogs advanced to the Class A state championship boys’ basketball game before being defeated 84-59 by Arcanum inside St. John Arena in Columbus before a crowd of 13,860.
Head coach Frank Baxter’s squad finished the season with an impressive 24-2 record. They had narrowly defeated Fort Recovery, 69-68, in a drama-packed semifinal a day earlier.
Mark Thompson and Lou Burk served as co-captains. Other team members were Carl Price, Paul DaRe, Jimmy Tomolonis, Allen Glitch, Dan Rinkes, Dave Mroczkowski, Duke Stewart, Jerry Moore, Greg Chesonis and Kingsley Williams.
DaRe scored 39 points in the two contests, including 21 in the semifinal victory.
He was named to the all-tournament team.
IN MAY of 1969, Bridgeport made it to the Class A state baseball final before losing to New Riegel in nine innings, 1-0, in Columbus.
The Bulldogs, of head coach Mike Rose, finished 23-8.
Glitch’s two-run single in the 10th inning gave Bridgeport a 7-5 victory over Southeastern of South Charleston in the semifinals. The game was played on Memorial Day.
Members of the team were basketball holdovers Burk, Glitch, Mroczkowski, Rinkes, Thompson, Chesonis, Tomolonis, along with Bill Marsh, Roger Weaver, Doug Selmon, Ollie Fowler, Brent Holt, Tom Anderson, Joe Tartler, Norman Harding, Tim Perko, Craig Manukin, Keith Marody, John Anderson, Mark LaMotte, Steve Friend and Pat Butler. The team managers were Ken Kovack and Bill Grover, while Bill Timko served as student coach. Gary Zelinsky was the assistant coach.