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Hall of Fame committee looking for 1961 football players

September 27, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Boardman High School Hall of Fame committee has a search underway for members of the 1961 Spartan football team. That team will be recognized during this year’s 32nd Hall of Fame induction on the weekend of Oct. 14.

“This is the anniversary of that 1961 team,” said committee member Diana Alvino. “We are having trouble locating team members and we hope they will read this in the Town Crier and get in touch with us.”

The 1961 football team was the fifth rated team in Ohio at the time. They were also the undefeated Steel Valley champions. Since it was 50 years ago, the records are poor and contact numbers almost non-existent. Alvino said she hopes a few find out about this year’s induction ceremony and spreads the word. Alvino said they are all invited to take part in the Friday event as well as attend the dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16.

The inductees, families and friends, will kick off the Oct. 14 festivities with a private tailgate party at Center Middle School from 5 to 7 p.m. That evening, the Spartans are scheduled to play GlenOak, and at halftime will be introduced on the field.

“Any of the 1961 football players are welcome to be part of that,” Alvino said.

After the Friday game, the inductees will have a day to rest before the Sunday evening induction dinner at the Georgetown. That dinner will be by advance reservation only and no tickets will be sold at the door. For reservation information, contact Alvino at 330-758-7819. She can also be contacted by any of the 1961 football team so they can be included in the honors also.

Following the dinner, the 10 individuals and the team photo will be added to the Hall of Honor at Boardman High School.

Among this year’s individual honorees are:

• Joel Fox, class of 1993

Joel Fox is the younger son and brother of two BHS Hall of Famers and is being honored for his involvement in track and cross country. In track he earned three letters and made All-Steel Valley first team each year. He was the Steel Valley Conference (SVC) Mile Champion in 1991 and 1992, In cross country he was All-Steel Valley first team and All-Suburban League first team for four straight years. He qualified for state three years and his team was conference and county champs for three years and district and regional champs for two.

Fox went on to found his own company Fox Builders LLC and he presently lives in Mansfield with his wife Ivana, daughter Maia and son Nico.

• D.J. Durkin, class of 1996

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D.J. Durkin was a three-year letterman who capped off his football career on the BHS team that went 10-3 and won the SVC championship and making the semifinals in the state playoffs. He also lettered in basketball, making the second team All-SVC.

Durkin presently serves as a college special teams coordinator and linebacker coach. He resides in Florida with his wife Sarah and daughter Abigail.

• Lori (Anness) Dunn, class of 1996

Lori Anness earned her fame on the volleyball court where she scored the most kills on the team and made first team All-SVC. She led her team to an SVC championship as a junior and as a senior team captain made AllSVC as well as All-NEO and NEO Div. I Player of the Year.

Dunn presently serves as a medical social worker at University Hospital in Cleveland and resides in Avon with her husband Justin, son Merrick, and another addition to her family due in November.

• Jason Sutton, class of 1990

Jason Sutton capped off his football career by making first team All-NEO and All-SVC as a senior. He also received All-State special mention. When not on the football field, Jason served as 11 and 12th grade class president and as a senior was Student Council president. He also played baseball at BHS on the team that won the district title in his junior and senior years. Jason made second team All-SVC in 1990.

Sutton is currently the Cleveland regional manager for Wells Fargo Bank and resides in Hudson with his wife Stephanie and their four children.

• Shelly Jonda, class of 1995

Shelly Jonda gained her fame on the BHS girls golf team. In her freshman year she was a member of the state championship team, which set the stage for four years of SVC titles. She was named All-SVC all four years at BHS and as a junior, made second team All-Ohio and first team All-State in her senior year as well as MVP as a junior and senior.

Jonda presently serves as a customer service representative for Logo Wear Direct and resides in Columbus.

• Ed Lewis, contributor

Ed Lewis is recognized for his contributions as a football coach and boys track coach while teaching social studies at BHS. He coached ninth-grade football for more than a decade and was credited with helping the careers of many discus and shot put athletes on the track and field team.

Lewis presently is retired and enjoying life with his wife Angie and their two grown sons Daniel and Jonathan.

• Jolene Moschella-Ross, class of 1996

Jolene Moschella was a four-year starter on the BHS girls basketball team where she made first team All-SVC each year and second team All-NEO in her freshmen through junior years. She received a Special Mention All-State as a freshman and Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Before her BHS basketball career ended, Moschella scored over 1,000 points and set a three-point season and career record. During her time at BHS, her team earned three SVC championships, four District championships and made it to Regionals all four years, ending with earning Regional finalist in 1996.

Ross presently serves as a language arts teacher at Austintown Middle School and is an active member of the Autism Society of America. She resides in Boardman with her husband Don Ross Jr. and daughters Tessa and Gianna.

• Alyson Vogrin-Norris, class of 1996

Alyson Vogrin is recognized for her basketball career at BHS, where she earned second team All-NEO and All-State honorable mention as a junior, first team All-NEO, and second team All-State. She passed the 1,000 point mark and set a record of 21 free throws and the most points scored in a playoff game at 36. She served a a senior co-captain and led her team to a 24-2 record that year.

Vogrin-Norris presently serves as a sales representative for Molnyche Health Care and lives in Avon with her husband Jeff Norris.

• Preston Tims, class of 1996

Preston Tims earned his fame on the football field where he made All-SVC second team as a junior and first team All-SVC and first team Div. 1 All-state in his senior year. He was also named NEO Player of the Year and earned the Mack Truck Award for Outstanding Lineman of the Year. In track, he also earNed honors as SVC Champion in shot put in his junior and senior years, and went on to become a state finalist in his senior year.

He presently works for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and resides in Chicago with his wife Sarah and three sons.

• Jeff Matiscik, Class of 1991

Besides playing offensive tackle on the football field and making first team All-SVC and first team All-NEO, Jeff Matiscik is known for his standout baseball career at BHS. In his senior year he posted 31 RBIs, 11 doubles, 3 triples and six homeruns to earn him first team All-SVC honors. That year he was on the Div. 1 State championship contender team that lost to Hamilton.

Matiscik currently is a buyer for Drivetime Car Sales and resides in Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughter Kayla.



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