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Eastwood prepares to induct first class into hall of fame

The Bruning, Gardner, and Filiere families will be the first class inducted into the Eagle Way Hall of Fame at a banquet Feb. 22 at Riverview Banquet Hall.

Families will be present to receive plaques, which will honor the three patriarchs, Dale M. Bruning, Doyce “Frenchy” Filiere, and Dallas E. Gardner, posthumously.

Dale Bruning
After 35 years of teaching, Bruning (1927-2011) retired in 1985. As a basketball coach he was Wood County Class A Coach of the Year (1958-59), Wood County Class AA Coach of the Year (1960-61), Wood County Class AA Coach of the Year (1963-64), Northern Lakes League Coach of the Year (1964), Wood County Class AA Coach of the Year (1965-66), Northern Lakes League Coach of the Year (1966-67).

He was named to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in October 1971 and had a basketball coaching record of 278-102. His wife Betty, with Dale’s help, coached Eastwood’s 1976-77 Class AA state runner-up girls basketball team.

In 2005, Dale Bruning was Pemberville's Outstanding Citizen and gave several Memorial Day and Veteran's Day Addresses.

Bruning was also the researcher for the Pemberville Public Library and Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society starting in June 2000 and enjoyed telling the history of Pemberville to several organizations and digitizing local history records at the Pemberville Library. 

Bruning began documenting each and every property, a total of 617 homes, in the village. He took on the task of researching every owner of every house that ever existed in the village, how much they paid for it, and so on. To ask an attorney to perform such a task could cost thousands of dollars, but Bruning was doing out of a love for his community.

Bruning extended his research from property ownership to performing comprehensive research on the village’s past. He began the process of documenting and indexing on computer and on paper every piece of history he can find.

Bruning began his research at the Wood County Courthouse, then began going to libraries to view microfilm reproductions of local newspapers from Pemberville, Bowling Green, and Toledo. 

“There are so many things that happened around here that can be written about,” Bruning once told The Press. “There would be all of the fires, the floods, the T. F. and F., the Lake Erie, Bowling Green, and Napoleon Railroad, many accidents, and of course, a history of the people who have lived here. You’ve got to have a history of the people who made Pemberville what it is because otherwise the documentation doesn’t mean anything.”


Doyce “Frenchy” Filiere
Filiere coached outstanding basketball teams at Troy-Luckey and later Eastwood High schools between 1942 and 1961. He was noted for his intensity on the bench and the disciplined play of his teams.

Filiere also taught biology at Eastwood. He became coach a Troy-Luckey in 1942. His Troy-Luckey squads advanced to the district tournaments 15 times and went on to the regionals seven times.

Coach Filiere’s teams won three county championships, eight district championships, and 18 of 19 teams qualified for district tournament play. He coached two third team All-Ohio members and several honorable mention all-state selections, plus son Bob was voted first team All-Ohio in 1957.

“The kids who wanted to play basketball, wanted to play for him, there was no doubt,” Bob told The Press. “He was tough on all of us, and he didn’t spare the rod. That’s literally the way it was. My dad was just very intense in everything that he did. “

Coach Filiere was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968 after his Troy-Luckey and teams went 337-84 over 19 seasons. He was voted Class B Coach of the Year in 1956 by the Associated Press and in 1959 the Ohio state legislature passed a resolution honoring him as one of Ohio’s outstanding men.

The 1957 team was the Associated Press No. 1 ranked Class B team, and the 1956 team was No. 3, although son Bob will say the ’56 team was the better team. In 1955-56, the Troy Trojans went 25-2 and reached the regional finals. In 1956-57, Troy was 20-2.

Troy-Luckey won its tenth Eastern Wood County League championship that season under Filiere’s tenure, and was led by 6-foot-1 Third Team All-Ohio center Curt Juergens, who averaged 18.7 points. Other starters were 5-6 guard Joe Sandwisch (15.8), 5-4 guard “Bobby” Filiere (13.2), 6-0 forward Roger Radeloff (11.5), and 6-2 forward Gerald Ernsthausen.

Coach Filiere also coached Eastwood’s first three teams and his 1959-60 Eastwood team went 22-2, losing to Scott in the Class AA regional tournament. The Eastwood school district still honors him with its annual Filiere Night at a boys’ basketball game.


Dallas E. Gardner
In 1991, Gardner retired as a Superintendent of Wood County Schools after 40 years of service. He was a superintendent for Eastwood Local Schools from 1958-1970, and Wood County Superintendent of Schools from 1970-1991.

He graduated from the University of Ashland and The Ohio State University. While at Ashland he lettered in basketball, tennis and baseball.

His many memberships included past President of Buckeye Association of School Administrators, past President of Ohio County Superintendents Association, board member of the Wood County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, board member of Owens Community College, member of the of the Wood County Hospital board of trustees and first president and board member of the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation.

In his spare time he announced the Eastwood football games for 30 years. Besides family, two of his greatest passions were education and golf.

Gardner shot the first of his six holes-in-one at Half Moon Bay Golf Course just north of world famous Pebble Beach. He had three aces in Florida and two in Perrysburg Township at Tangle Wood, where he was a charter member.

Just before his death at age 82, Dallas said he still hit the links “about 200 days year,” and not just in the Toledo area.

“Golf is a passion for him, ever since I can remember,” oldest son Mike said. “He’s done other things, but a far as his activity as a participant, that’s his passion. He’s the one who got me started, hitting around the backyard.”

To attend the banquet at Riverview Banquet Hall (formerly Pemberville Legion Hall), tickets are sold at Eastwood home basketball games or the Eastwood administration building. Cost is $25 for adults and for ages 12 and under, $10. Social hour is from 6-7 p.m. and the banquet and presentations begin at 7 p.m.  

Membership into the Eastwood Alumni Association shall be granted to any alumni or non-alumni who meet criteria. Dues are $20 for alumni lifetime membership, $50 for non-alumni lifetime membership. Members must be 18-years of age or older.

To nominate someone for a future class, forms can be picked up at the administration office and mailed to Eagle Way Hall of Fame, 3241 Sugar Ridge Road, Pemberville, OH 43450.

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