Bridgeport announces HOF Class
BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport High School will welcome three individuals and a pair of outstanding teams into its Hall/Wall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 6
Being enshrined into the Bulldogs’ annals are Wall of Fame members Floyd Baker, Cindy Gary Cash and Brian Stewart, along with the 1936 boys’ basketball team and the 1958 football team.
Baker was a graduate of Wittenberg University. However, he left his imprint on boys’ basketball in the Ohio Valley from 1932-45. He coached during the ‘golden era’ at Bridgeport High School from 1934-40 when the Bulldogs recorded three straight 20-win seasons (20-5, 27-4 and 23-3). His teams won five sectional crowns and made four straight trips to the Ohio state tournament.
Baker left Bridgeport to coach at Martins Ferry. Overall, his teams won 277 games and lost just 77 in 14 years. They made seven state tournament appearances and captured the 1941 Class A championship.?The 1936 Bridgeport team, coached by Baker, made it to the state semifinals before losing to Newark. Team members included James Bolon, Robert Dill, Stanley Goletz, Edson Heinlein, Charles Reynolds, Arlie Johnson, Edward Johnston, Bert Byrd, Raymond Rebol, Bob Fox, Jack Clark and C. McQuown. Team managers were Harold Childers, Ernest Horvath, Jim Salvador and Arther Stilwell.
Cash became the first female basketball player in Bulldog history to eclipse the coveted 1,000-point mark. During her four years she scored 1,335 points and earned third team all-state and first team all-valley honors.
Upon graduation, she went on to Ohio University Eastern before finishing up at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She has been employed by the Kroger Company as a pharmacist since 1987. In 1996, she was promoted to district pharmacy coordinator for Kroger and still holds that position today.
Cash resides in St. Clairsville with her husband, Doug. They have three children, Mary, Joel and James.
Stewart knocked down 1,144 points during his three-year career in a Bulldogs uniform. He led the OVAC Big Schools with the most points scored in a season and was selected to the all-Eastern District and OVAC all-star games, as well as being named to the first team all-Valley, all-OVAC, all-Conference and second team all-state. He also received nomination on the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team.
He was also a standout on the baseball diamond as he led the OVAC in hits in 1977.
Stewart and his wife, Debra, reside in Martins Ferry. They have two children, Cara and Cory.
The 1958 football team was coached by the great Gene Remenar. He was assisted by Frank Baxter, George Kovalick and Michael Mormanis. Team members were Mickey Bella, Gary Bigelow, Dennis Bowman, Ed Brown, Kellie Conway, Pete Conway, Frank Cunningham, Allen Ernes, Ed Fields, Fred Fox, Barry Gasaway, Joe Groza, Tom Harris, Steve Hegedus, Art Hehr, Alvin Henry, Jan Kappler, Bobby Kuhar, John Al Matusek, Bobby Mauck, Charles McClarin, John O’Hara, Ron Roskovich, Kent Stewart, Butch Thomas, Leslie Thompson, Walt Tolarchyk, Phil Ward and Ted Wiersbicki.
Cheerleaders included Ellen Martin Gensor, Barbara Spears Wensyel, Mary Houston Miller, Anita Fawcett Matz, Mary Davis Tegley and Ranelle Hoover DePaulis.
The induction ceremony and dinner takes place in the school cafetorium.
The Hall/Wall of Fame induction is sponsored by the Bridgeport School District; Bridgeport High School Alumni Association; the Niekro Golf Classic; and the Lansing Sportsman’s Club.
Hall/Wall of Fame committee members are Rob Zitzelsberger, Ted Downing, Don Cash Sr., Greg Harkness, Bob Kominsky, Gordie Longshaw, Roger Stewart, Bob Weaver and Kim North.
Dinner will be prepared by Rhodes Skyliner and served by the Bridgeport High School Interact Club.
North can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org