Elyria Sports Hall of Fame

This year’s banquet was a SELL OUT. Thank you for attending.

Class of 2022

The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame was proud to induct our 2022 Class into the Hall of Fame. Our banquet was attended by over 300 people at the Spitzer Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Congratulations to this year’s class. Thanks to all who attended and made this year’s 50th anniversary a complete success. The Meet-and-Greet at the K of C Hall on Kipling Street in Elyria on May 6th was also well-attended and everyone had a good time. Thanks for attending. 

ESHOF Class of 2022

One of the greatest classes in the history of the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame was inducted on May 7 at the Spitzer Center on the Campus of Lorain County Community College. Olympic Gold Medalist Tianna Madison, who also led Elyria High’s track team to a state championship, heads the class that includes EHS’ three-time All-Ohio softball pitcher Tess Sito and state champion wrestler Steve Mitcheff.  EC football, wrestling and track star John Walker and former Elyria West football coach Darrell Mayne round out the five new inductees. The Hall of Fame also inducted Elyria High’s 1992 state semi-final baseball team, the first and only baseball team to reach that level in the school’s history. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to long-time Elyria Catholic secretary Linda Schuster, who has assisted with the ticket and banquet preparation for the banquet in the past.


Tianna Madison, Elyria High Track

Tianna Madison is arguably the most-decorated athlete the city has ever had. She participated in two summer Olympics (2012 at London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro) – twice winning Gold in the 4 X 100 relay and claiming the long jump Gold Medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a personal best jump of 7.17M (23.52 feet). In October, 2012, Madison showed her versatility by being named to the US Bobsled team. In November, 2012, Madison and her teammate Elana Meyers placed third in the World Cup Bobsled competition. She won many other indoor and outdoor World Competitions in the 60M, 100M, 4 X 100M relay and long jump. She was the fourth fastest woman in the world in 2012 with a time of 10.85. In high school, Madison earned nine career high school state championships and became only the third athlete in Ohio history to win four events at the state meet two years in a row in 2002-03, joining Susan Nash (1983-84) and Jesse Owens (1932-33) in that elite category. Elyria High won the Girls State Championship in 2003 and finished runner-up in 2002. She set state records in the long jump and the 4 x 100 relay. She won both the individual 100M and 200M races at the state meet. Before turning professional, Madison attended the University of Tennessee, winning the SEC indoor and outdoor long jump and the NCAA long jump titles and All-America honors. She was a member of the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll. She is currently third all-time on Tennessee’s indoor performer list in the 60m dash and long jump, fifth all-time in the triple jump and 55m and sixth in the 200m. She is ranked first all-time in Tennessee history in the outdoor long jump (6.89 meters or 22-7 ½ feet).

Tess Sito Herchler, Elyria High Softball

Finally during an historical four-year run to the State Tournament for Elyria High in softball, the Pioneers won the championship behind a stellar performance by Tess Sito in the semi-final and finals in 2009. Elyria lost a heartbreaking 1-0, extra inning championship game to North Canton Hoover the year before but in 2009, Elyria beat Hudson, 10-1, in the final with Sito striking out 11 hitters and giving up just two hits. It avenged a 4-0 loss to Hudson in 2007 when Sito came in to pitch after the Pioneers fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. She shut out the Explorers the rest of the game. In the semi-final win over Hillard Darby, Sito struck out 17 and allowed just one hit in Elyria’s 2-0 win. She didn’t walk a single hitter in either the semi-final or final game. Sito won 19 games as a junior and was 27-2 as a senior with a 0.22 ERA with a pair of no hitters. She struck out 313 hitters in 188 innings. As a batter, Sito hit six home runs and drove in 30 while batting .450.  Sito was named Gatorade State Player of the Year for the second year in a row and second team Louisville Slugger NFCA All-America honors. She was two-times named All-Ohio. She played for Hall of Fame coach Ken Fenik and was recruited by a number of D-I colleges. She decided to take the scholarship to Cleveland State to stay close to home for her parents and relatives to follow her career but later transferred to Georgia. She excelled at both schools. After graduation from Georgia, she played professionally for the Akron Racers. She also played basketball for Elyria High.  During the summers, she played for the SunDogs, coached by Duane Sunagel,  from age 9 to 19 (2001-2010), leading her team to two ASA State Championships, two NSA State Championships and one NSA Super World Series Championships in Peoria, Illinois. Her team was the 2009 USA/ASA National runner-up of 136 teams in Las Vegas and 13th in the 2010 USA/ASA National Championships. She is considered by many to be the best softball player ever from the city of Elyria.

Steve Mitcheff, Elyria High Wrestling

Elyria’s long and proud wrestling history has included many state champions. Mitcheff followed in his brother Dan as a champion wrestler and Hall of Famer. Mitcheff was a four-time state placer and four-time conference champion for the Pioneers, winning the 2006 103-pound state championship as a sophomore. His career mark was 159-24 at Elyria and he was unbeaten in dual meet competition. He graduated as the all-time leader in take downs (488) and technical falls (37). He had 15 of those in 2006. He was named Lorain County’s Wrestler of the Year in 2008. He continued his wrestling career at Kent State, and finished with a 30-13 record as a senior. He is currently an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

John Walker, Elyria Catholic football

It’s not often a high school football team has an individual running back clear the 1,000 yard milestone in a season let alone have two backs reach that standard. Walker and his fellow Hall-of-Famer Kevin Ziegman were the first to accomplish that feat for Elyria Catholic in 1979 when the Panthers were 9-1. Walker rushed for 511 and scored eight touchdowns in 1978. In ’70, Walker was named the conference Back-of-the-Year. Walker led the area in scoring with 22 touchdowns and 136 points. He was first team All-Conference, All-District and All-County and earned special mention on the All-Ohio team. His two biggest games came against EC’s Lorain rivals. He ran for 222 and scored five touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the first half of EC’s 50-0 win over Lorain Catholic.  He had 202 yards and three scores in a 47-0 win over Southview.  Against Bedford Chanel, Walker returned a kick 87 yards for one touchdown and had a 71 yard punt return for another. As a wrestler, Walker qualified for the state tournament at 167 pounds, finishing second. He was first place in the conference and the sectional and district champion his senior year. He was named the outstanding wrestler at the Elyria Pinter tournament, the Willard tournament and the Richwood tournament. He finished with a record of 39-2 for the Panthers and was named the team’s MVP, setting six school records at the time. In track, he was named the team’s MVP. Walker won the sectional 100 and 200 meter championships and finished seventh in the state at 200 meters. He won the prestigious Lou Rotunda Award and earned a full scholarship to Toledo, earning letters in 1981, 82 and 83. He gained 498 yards as a sophomore as the Rockets won the MAC championship and the California Bowl. He led the team in rushing TDs as a senior. He also wrestled at Toledo in 1981 before a neck injury cut short his career. Walker has been an assistant football and wrestling coach at Toledo Central Catholic and Toledo St. Francis. He was an assistant wrestling coach at St. Pius High School in Atlanta, where he currently resides. He also assisted at Cumberland County in Tennessee and coached a two-time state champion wrestler at Brookwood in Georgia.

Darrell Mayne, Elyria West Football

Darrell-MayneMayne brought a winning attitude to the Elyria West football team. West had won only two games in 1984 but by 1987, Mayne took the Wolverines to the co-championship of the Lorain County Conference. West had two undefeated regular seasons – 1992 and 1994 – winning the first playoff game in school history by beating Amherst in the D-II playoffs. Mayne was 76-36 in his 11 years as the football coach. His 1992 team outscored their opponents by 399-66 and the 1994 team outscored their opponents 327-62. Both were state ranked. The 1992 team finished third in the state, losing its only game in the regional finals to eventual state champion Fostoria on a fluke, trick play that has since been outlawed by the OHSAA. In addition to a number of All-Ohio athletes, he coached Golden Helmet winners Tyrone Nelson (1987), Steve Tovar (1988) and LaRon Trice (1992). In track, Mayne coached many state track qualifying relay and individuals and won two conference championships. His 1996 team won a district title, finishing sixth in the state in Division II. The 4X100 relay team was state champion. He created the “West Wall of Fame” that is now located at Elyria High.  In 1996, he was selected to take over the consolidated Elyria High School and led the Pioneers to the Erie Shore Conference championship in its final season.  His total of 87 wins at both schools is second only to Bill Barton (152) in City of Elyria history. He left Elyria for Upper Arlington and led the Golden Bears to a undefeated State Championship in 1998. Mayne and his wife Leslie , have two daughters — Erin (Kyle) and Katie (Cody). They have two grandchildren.

1992 Elyria High Baseball Team

The City of Elyria celebrated a state champion in 1992 when Elyria West took the Division II honors at Columbus. It almost won two titles that year as the Pioneers nearly duplicated the Wolverines miraculous run through the tournament. The 1992 Pioneers were the first and – to date – the only Elyria High baseball team to qualify for the state finals. Coached by ESHOF inductee Curt Karpinski (2012), Elyria finished the season with a school record 23 wins against only two losses. In its 5-1 loss to North Canton Hoover, the final score is deceiving. Mark Stomieroski, Elyria’s clean-up hitter, hit two hard shots – one came in the third inning with no out and a runner on first. Stomieroski smoked a liner toward right field but Hoover’s second baseman leaped and caught the liner and doubled off the runner at first. Later, in the seventh inning, Stomieroski came up with the bases loaded and hit a long drive to right field that may have been a home run in a lot of parks but the right-fielder chased it down for an out to end the game. Stomieroski batted .467 for the season. Elyria’s lineup was loaded. In the state tournament game, shortstop Matt Neuschaefer (.355) led off followed by leftfielder Troy Kurtz (.368). Catcher Joe Norton (.384), Stomieroski, rightfielder Shawn Travers (.310) and centerfielder Antoine Perkins (.400) batted next. Brian Goodman (.394) was the designated hitter, Dave Modock (.308) played third and Danny Negin (.267) played second base. Lefthander Phil Kuchta (1.44 ERA) started on the mound but Karpinski had Scott Young (6-0, 1.74 ERA), Chad Montgomery (4-1, 1.76) and Travers (3-0, 0.86) on the staff. On the bench were Rob Garland, Zeke Overy, Bryant Lieux, Abdul Mallory, Brian Goodman and Chuck Harold.  

Linda Schuster, Distinguished Service Award

Linda-SchusterSchuster has been a long-time, behind-the-scenes athletic secretary at Elyria Catholic since 1992. If you needed a roster, a schedule, tickets, contacts or any other information regarding the Panthers athletic teams, Schuster is the one to contact. Not only that, but she assisted in selling tickets and setting up the seating arrangements for many of the ESHOF banquets. Schuster was a former Gilgenbach Award winner at EC in 1977, signifying the outstanding female athlete at the school. She played basketball four years for the Panthers. Schuster went on to play basketball and field hockey at LCCC for two years. Thirty-four years later, her daughter Ashley was named the Gilgenbach Award winner.

The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

2022 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations and good luck to this year’s scholarship winners. Elyria High’s Kayla Bender, Jacqueline Kaminski and Andrew Palos along with Elyria Catholic’s Annika Bredel were announced as this year’s scholarship winners. Next year’s seniors should apply for the scholarship through their schools to be awarded at our next banquet. Fill out the application under the menu for scholarships.