As part of Morrison R. Waite High School’s 95th year as an educational institution in East Toledo, 19 graduates are being inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
·Albert W. Price (1937) — (no info yet)
·Alex W. Urban (1937) — (posthumous, no info yet))
·Donald Kowalka (1947) — Right guard on the football team, Kowalka couldn’t choose more than one sport because his parents had a corner grocery store and he had to work his turn. Under his senior picture was “A Grid-Iron Ruler who Rules Well.” He was chosen Most Valuable Player on the team Don and Elmer Schallish were co-captains that won the 1946 state championship.
·Guido Tambur (1948) — Left defensive end for the 1946 state football championship and City League championship team. He was a Toledo All-Star selection two years, Toledo Blade and Toledo Times All-State recognition in 1946 and ’47, lettered for the University of Toledo football team twice (’48, 49), lettered for the Stetson University football team, was an All-Florida Defensive End selection at Stetson, and was selected All-Tangerine Bowl Defensive End in the 1952 win over Arkansas.
·Jerry L. Berndt (1957)—Berndt was a running back and defensive back for football, guard in basketball, and shortstop on the baseball team. He played for the 1956 City championship football team and earned All-City honors.
·Wayne Marble (1957) — Marble was a forward in basketball, pitcher in baseball, and tight end/punter in football. Marble was First Team All-City, Honorable Mention All-State, and Most Valuable Player his senior year on the basketball team averaging 20 points per game. He was Second Team All-City his junior year, averaging 17 points. In football, he was a tight end and punter on the 1956 City championship team, averaging 40.1 yards. Marble bowled for City National League Champs, U.S. Army, and won two league bowling championships and was All-Army in basketball, where he won a foul shooting contest making 90 of 100 over 105 other contestants. He won the AAA state championship in baseball. In Toledo’s Federation basketball, his team won the AAU tourney in Northwest Ohio and he was selected MVP. In the Senior Olympics, he is a defending two-time state champion in bowling.
·Michael A. Jesion (1964) — Jesion was center on the football team four years, guard in freshman basketball, and catcher for the 1963-64 baseball team. He was First Team All-City for the 1963 football team and played in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game in Canton.
·Russell Ryan (1967) — Ryan played pitcher and outfield for baseball, tackle and guard for football, and center on the basketball team. In baseball, Ryan was First Team All-City, All-District, and an Honorable Mention All-Ohio pitcher, plus Third Team All-City in the outfield. He was selected for the 1967 Senior All-Star Baseball Game. In football, Ryan was an Honorable Mention All-City tackle.
·Joseph J. Guerrero (1971) — Currently the head varsity basketball coach at Clay, Guerrero was head coach at Waite from 1887-94. He has been chosen Toledo City League Coach of the Year twice (1989-90, 1990-91), District 7 Coach of the Year three times, and AP Northwest Ohio Coach of the Year in 1991. His 1991 Waite team finished 19-4, the most wins in school history, and was ranked fourth in Ohio. In baseball, he lettered four years at Ohio Northern and played professional baseball four years (three for Arandas A’s and Tabasco Plataneros of the Mexican League and one year for the Alexandria Dukes of the Carolina League).
·McKantz S. Archer II (1975) — Archer was quarterback/punter/kicker in football, an infielder/catcher/shortstop/third baseman on the baseball team, threw the shot put and ran the 100-yard and 200-yard sprints in track, and wrestled at 175 and 185 pounds. In football, was First Team All-City, and also All-City in wrestling and in the shot put.
·Kathlene J. (Mesteller) Bankowski (1975) — Bankowski was setter on the volleyball team, guard in basketball, and sprinter on the track team. In volleyball, she was MVP, captain, and All-City her senior year. In track, she was captain two years, and MVP and placed fifth in the City League for the 440 yard dash her senior year. She also played intramural golf and badmintion. She was chosen “Athlete of the Year” by Billie Jean King’s magazine WomenSports in 1975. She was voted “Most Athletic Girl” at Waite in 1975. At the University of Toledo (1975-79), Bankowski started at setter on the volleyball team four years, was captain three years, and MVP two years. She also ran on the track club from 1976-78.
·Mark E. Beach (1979) — Still active in local prep wrestling and a former Clay wrestling coach, he wrestled at Waite at 155 pounds, was quarterback on the football team, and center fielder on the baseball team. In wrestling, the co-captain was Toledo City League champion, district champion, and finished sixth at the state meet. In football, he was co-captain and Honorable Mention All-City. In baseball, he was HM All-City and Waite Athlete of the Year in 1979.
·Holly S. (Vargo) Brown (1980)—Brown was a two-time member of the Waite varsity cheerleading squad. In synchronized swimming, she was Ohio Junior champion (1978), Ohio Region 6 champion (1980), Northwest Ohio AAU Athlete of the Year (1979, 80), Junior National 11th place finisher (1979), member of the Ohio State University synchronized swim team (1982, 83), Four-time Academic All-American 91981-84), Four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete (1981-84), Olympic Festival Team member (1982, 83), United States Collegiate All-American (1984), United States Olympic Trails qualifier (1984), member of the United States National Team (1985), Pan-Pacific Team Champion (1985), United States Olympic Festival Coach (1987, 89), Venezuelan Assistant Coach for Pan-American Games (1987), United States North Zone Coach of the Year (2004), United States Collegiate Coach of the Year (2004).
·Charles E. Dotson (1986) — (no info yet)
·Anthony L. Gallaher (1989) — Gallaher was third baseman and pitcher for the baseball team. In 1988, he was Second Team All-City, and in ’89 First Team All-City and earned all-state honors. In 1986 and ’87 he was voted Honorable Mention All-City. He was runner-up for the CL batting title in ’89, and went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Braves organization.
·Christina Lorton (1991)—Lorton was a setter in volleyball, guard in basketball, and participated in shot put and discus in track. She was a First Team All-City volleyball player her junior and senior year and MVP both seasons. She was Honorable Mention All-Distrct in 1990 and 91. In basketball and volleyball, she was All-Academic.
·Kimbery J. Kern (1993) — (no info yet)
·Dr. Romules L. Durant (1994)—Durant was middle linebacker in football, a guard/forward in basketball, and competed in the shot put and hurdles in track. Durant won the CYO Outstanding Athlete Award, was All-City as a linebacker two years, All-District two years, and First Team All-Ohio one year. He lettered in football for the University of Toledo four years, winning the Jon Binder’s Heart and Courage Award two times, was Special Player of the Week eight times, and won the Biggest Hit Award four times.
·Raymond “Zeb” Zbierajewski (1949), Distinguished Friend of Athletics — “Zeb” met his wife Gloria at Waite, and they have been married 57 years with two daughters and a son. When his daughter returned to Waite, “Zeb” chaperoned the buses to the games and parades for Don Haxton and Sam Szar.
Zeb’s son played baseball for Bryan Reamsnyder and George Filley, and Zeb was in charge of grooming the infield and keeping the grounds clean. During the 1970s, he was in charge of the boosters’ security at football and basketball games, and volunteered at booster dances. He was ticket taker for football, wrestling, and basketball from 1974-94, only retiring because of his health. Zeb was also in charge of making sure the football and basketball teams had oranges at halftime of every game. He worked for athletic directors Doran Snyder, Bill Nopper, and Bob Utter.
Zeb spent 10 years in the military, the last six in the 11th Airborn and Second Special Forces 20th Corps. He worked at Nabisco for 37 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1985.
The Hall was established 37 years ago, and since then 146 recipients have been inducted. This year’s induction will be March 18 at St. Michael’s Center on Navarre Avenue, Oregon. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and induction ceremonies start at 7:30. Reservations are $30 per person.
Write to Principal David M. Yenrick at 301 Morrison Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43605-2199, call 419-691-4687 or fax 419-697-2511.