Clay High School will induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on September 12 before the Clay-Waite Oil Barrel Trophy football game at Memorial Stadium.
embers of this years class are David Little (1995), Mike Pirrwitz (‘96), Pam Donnelly (‘97), and Katie (Sekinger) Larson (‘98). These individuals join 191 other former Clay athletes in the Hall of Fame, which was started in 1975. The induction ceremony will get underway at approximately 6:40 with the game to follow at 7 p.m.
David Little — 1995 — football — Little was named First Team All-Great Lakes League in both his junior and senior years as a running back, running for over 1,000 yards in both of those seasons. In Little’s senior year, he was named captain and MVP of the football team. At the time of his graduation, he held three school records.
Little continued his football career at the college level while attending DuPage College in Glen Elyn, Ill. In his freshman season DuPage completed a perfect 12-0 season, while Little contributed at defensive back. He also played briefly with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Mike Pirrwitz — 1996 — basketball, baseball — As a senior, Pirrwitz was named Second Team All-GLL and All-District in basketball while helping to lead the team to 14 wins and a sectional championship.
Pirrwitz was also a standout for Clay’s baseball team where he pitched varsity for two years compiling 20 strikeouts in a game and 135 strikeouts in a season, both school records. During his senior year the baseball team finished the season 25-4, winning both sectional and district championships. He received a scholarship to play baseball for Rend Lake College.
Pam Donnelly — 1997 — soccer, basketball, softball — It was on the softball diamond where Donnelly excelled the most. A 3-year starter at catcher, she earned First Team All-GLL and Second Team All-District honors as a sophomore. During her junior season, she helped lead the softball team to 18 wins, a league championship and a sectional championship. Individually during that season, she earned First Team All-GLL, First Team All-District, and broke the school record for fielding percentage in a season.
As a senior, Donnelly was named First Team All-GLL, First Team All-District, and Honorable Mention All-State. After earning a softball scholarship to Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., she started and played for three years while earning an education degree in mathematics.
Katie (Sekinger) Larson — 1998 — cross country, track — The 1998 Leta Wescott Award recipient for outstanding female athlete, Katie earned seven varsity letters during her career, three in cross country and four in track.
In cross country, Larson was a three time First Team All-GLL selection, including the GLL champion in both 1996 and 1997. At the state level, she competed three times, finishing runner-up at the state meet her senior year and being named All-Ohio each year. As a result of her accomplishments her senior year, Larson was invited to compete in the National Foot Locker Cross Country meet.
Cross country was not the only sport at which Larson excelled at. A 4-time letter winner in track, Katie was a multiple First Team All-GLL selection in the 1,600, 3,200, and 4x800 relay. Additionally, Larson qualified for the state meet in six events, earning All-Ohio recognition four times.
In addition to her on the field accomplishments, Larson was recognized for her academic achievements as well, earning Academic All-GLL and Academic All-Ohio. Her academic and athletic achievements earned her a scholarship to compete in cross country and track at the University of Missouri.