At half time of this Friday’s football game against Austintown Fitch, the Poland Seminary High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new members to the list. One of those members is Maggie Slosser from the class of 2000, who will join another family member inducted in 2002.
In the '02 induction, Slosser’s grandfather Don Weyer was inducted for his high school football career. Weyer, a 1952 PSHS graduate wore the number 22 jersey and is the county record holder for longest fumble return at 98 yards in a 1950 game against Newton Falls.
Now his granddaughter, jersey number 22 from the PSHS girls basketball team and a member of the track team will be given the same honors.
According to Slosser’s grandmother, Gloria Schumaker-Rudzik, granddaughter and grandfather used to play basketball together in the back yard. When Slosser entered high school and started to play basketball, she made a special request.
“The number 22 was her grandfather’s number and she asked for and got that jersey number while on the basketball team,” Gloria said. “When she was growing up, little did she think that she and her grandfather would have so much athletically in common.”
Besides both wearing the number 22, they remain county record holders, according to Gloria. Weyer with his fumble return and Slosser with a record high jump in track. Slosser also broke the 1,000 point barrier in basketball and set the school rebound record for a single season.
According to information provided by Athletic Director Brian Banfield, Slosser was “one of the most dominant female athletes in the area.” She led the Bulldogs to three consecutive MAC titles and two trips to the state final four. She was a four-year letter winner and earned All-MAC honors three years in a row. In 1999 she was named All-NEO and All-State for basketball.
Slosser graduated PSHS in 2002 and went on to play for Clemson while earning her degree in sports marketing. After four years of college, she married Damon Durio and settled in San Diego, Ca. where she works as an account manager for a computer company.
“She will be coming back to Poland for the induction,” Gloria said. “Her grandpa, who lives in Florida wants to attend, but it is uncertain if her will be able to make it.”
What ever happens, the night is sure to be special for the granddaughter-grand father team who shared the same jersey number, are county record holders, and share the same passion for their respective games. They are two Bulldogs, who are 48 years and an entire nation apart, yet share the joy and respect of being recognized for their abilities during their years at Poland.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Poland 2000 graduate Maggie Slosser will be inducted into the Poland Seminary High School Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of this Friday’s football game with Austintown. She is continuing a family tradition as her grandfather, Don Weyer from the class of 1952 was inducted in 2002.