Jim Secor, Class of 1944, Athletic Hall of Fame
Jim was a Perry and Ohio High School Basketball and Football Official for 35 years. He was a member of the Perry Little League Baseball Commission, Perry Area Recreation Board and Perry Athletic Booster Club. He received the Perry Athletic Department Service Award in 1990. He was All-WRL in 1944 in basketball. In baseball, he was All-WRL as a pitcher and holds the Perry High School strike out record of two strike outs per inning.
Dr. Janis Zemzars, Honorary, Athletic Hall of Fame
Dr. Zemzars was the team physician for 31 years. He held one of the longest team physician tenures in the State of Ohio, receiving certificates of commendation from the Perry Township Trustees, Lake County Commissioners and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He was also the Chess Club coach from 1956 to 1976, during which time he coached several State and National Chess Champions.
Charlene Digman, Coach, Athletic Hal of Fame
Charlene coached volleyball 16 years in Perry from 1977 to 1991 with a record of 272 wins and 79 losses. Her teams won eight GRC Championships from 1976 to 1983 and were co-champs in the ESC in 1987. She had teams qualify for OHSAA Districts ten times, were District Runner-up six times, and District Champs four times. Her teams qualified for Regionals six times and were Regional Runner-up two times. Charlene was League Coach of the Year five times and had seven athletes named League MVP, three named to All-Ohio honors. Her team ranked seventh in the State in Class AA in 1987.
Harry Hawkins, Coach, Athletic Hall of Fame
Harry was a teacher and coach for Perry from 1936 to 1947 and from 1957 to 1963. He coached football, basketball, baseball, track and all junior high sports. He was one of the founding coaches of the WRL. His teams were League Champions in 1941 and 1961 in football. His teams won the WRL Baseball Championship in 1930, 1939 and 1943.
William Walker, Coach, Athletic Hall of Fame
Bill was a teacher and coach for Perry from 1954 to 1970. He coached football (head coach 1964-1966), basketball, baseball and track. He was head track coach from 1955 through 1968. Bill coached the first Lake County track team to win WRL Championships in 1961 and 1962. He started the Perry Relays in Track in 1960. Bill had State qualifiers in the pole vault in 1966 and 1967. He organized the first girls’ track team in 1964. He also coached Perry’s Alumni Football Teams.
Larry Brainard, Class of 1957, Athletic Hall of Fame
Larry was selected to the All-WRL Football Team for three years. In basketball, he was All-Lake County in 1957 and All-WRL in 1956 and 1957. He held the school record in track in the mile relay and 440 yard dash and qualified for the State Track Meet in 1957.
Larry Brewster, Class of 1966, Athletic Hall of Fame
Larry received WRL and County honors in 1963 and 1965 as defensive back in football. He placed first at the State Track Meet in pole vault and won the County Track and Field Award for high jump in 1966. He also held records in the high jump, high hurdles, low hurdles and pole vault.
Penny Crofoot, Class of 1980, Athletic Hall of Fame
Penny was an All-Ohio Track performer in 1979 in the 1600 meter event, setting an all-time school record of 5:21.1. She was a State Track Meet qualifier in 1979 and 1980. In cross country, Penny finished eighth in the State Meet in 1978 and 17th in 1979. She went on to The Ohio State University to compete in track and cross country. She placed sixth in the 800 meter race for OSU in 1981.
Barry Deming, Class of 1979, Athletic Hall of Fame
Barry was All-GRC in 1977 and 1978 on offense and defense in football. He was GRC MVP and All-District First Team Defense and All-Ohio Defense in 1978. In track, he was a member of the Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team which set a school record.
Ray Joles, Class of 1954, Athletic Hall of Fame
Ray played quarterback, defensive half and punter on the football team. In 1952 and 1953 he was All-WRL and played on the 1953 undefeated team. In baseball he was a pitcher. The team went to the State Finals in 1953. In 1953 and 1954 the team was WRL Champs. Ray played football and baseball at Adrian College. He was an All-Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection in baseball.
Keith Klinger, Class of 1973, Athletic Hall of Fame
Keith was All-GRC, All Lake County and All-State in 1971 and 1972 on the football team. He holds the single game and season rushing record of 1,300 yards and six touchdowns in a single game. In wrestling, he was a District qualifier and All-GRC in 1973. On the track team, Keith was a State qualifier in 1972 and 1973. He placed third in the 440 yard dash, fifth in the 220 yard dash and qualified for the 10 yard dash in 1973.
Larry Logan, Class of 1958, Athletic Hall of Fame
Larry was All-League in football in 1957 and fifth in the State in scoring. He held records for yard per carry and the longest touchdown from scrimmage at 99 yards. He received numerous County, District and State awards.
Bruce Phillip, Class of 1967, Athletic Hall of Fame
Bruce received All-WRL honors in football and basketball in 1964. He set the school record in the low hurdles in track and qualified for the OHSAA State Track Meet in 1965.
Ron Richmond, Class of 1966, Athletic Hall of Fame
Ron ran on the Perry cross country team where he held the course record. The team was undefeated as well as WRL Champions in 1965. He was a Regional qualifier in 1963, 1964 and 1965. In track, Ron led the team to a WRL Championship in 1966. He held school records in the half mile and mile.
Cindy Seese, Class of 1977, Athletic Hall of Fame
Cindy was the first News-Herald Player of the Week in N.E.O. for girls’ basketball. She set Perry and County records for most points in a game (53). She was All-GRC and MVP in 1977. She was also First Team All-Ohio AA, Regional Press All-Lake County, Fourth Team Parade Magazine All-American, and Joe Namath National Prep Sports All-American. In softball, she was All-GRC and MPV in 1975. Cindy played on Perry’s first volleyball team in 1976. The team finished 10-0 and advanced to Regional Semi-finals.
D.R. Tristket, Class of 1979, Athletic Hall of Fame
D.R. was selected All-GRC in football in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was also AA All-District First Team and AA All-Ohio First Team in 1978. In basketball, D.R. was All-Lake County in 1979. In track he was the 300 meter low hurdle and shuttle hurdle relay record holder. He received a full athletic scholarship to Youngstown State University.
Halley Weaver, Class of 1962, Athletic Hall of Fame
In football, Halley was First Team All-WRL in 1960 and 1961. He was All-Ohio Defense in 1961. In track, he set a school record in the 180 yard low hurdles.
Norvin Carter, Coach/Athlete, Athletic Hall of Fame
During 1930-32, Nick earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He moved to Painesville his senior year. During the 1932 football season, he carried the ball 32 times in a row against Mentor. While attending Kent State University, he lettered in wrestling, football and track. He reached the final trials for the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team, narrowly missing the squad. His opponent went on to take a silver medal in Berlin in 1936. Nick coached PHS football, basketball, baseball and track from 1952 to 1957. He also coached at Eastlake North and became their athletic director. North's stadium is named in his honor.
Henry Kobulnicky, Class of 1959, Athletic Hall of Fame
Hank received All-WRL and All-Lake County honors in the four sports in which he participated. He held Perry’s discus record in track with a toss of 122 feet, 8½ inches in 1959.
Gary Richmond, Class of 1968, Athletic Hall of Fame
Gary earned All-WRL honors in football and basketball. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. Gary received multiple combat awards, including the Purple Heart. He died in an automobile accident in December 1969. The Gary Richmond Baseball MVP Trophy was established in his honor.
Larry “Pete” Thompson, Class of 1942, Athletic Hall of Fame
In football as an offensive fullback and defensive linebacker, Pete was a WRL All-Star in 1939, 1940 and 1941. In basketball, he was a WRL All-Star in 1939 and 1940, and led the team to a WRL Championship. In baseball, Pete was on the WRL championship teams in 1939 and 1940.