Our latest class of Hall of Famers was announced on February 6. Our banquet to celebrate this year’s class will be May 5th, 2018 at the Spitzer Center at Lorain County Community College. If your business would like to advertise in our program please download the application — 2018_New Ads Request — and we’ll be sure to include you in our 2018 program. Thank you.
Class of 2018:
Lindsay Anderson Brown, Duane Hawkins, Tom Kubuski, Jon Laird and Brianne McLaughlin. We’ll also induct the 1977 Women’s 880-Medley State Champion Relay team from Elyria High along with the late Steve Kaminski for Distinguished Service. Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Tickets and banquet information will follow shortly.
Elyria Sports Hall of Fame announces 2018 class
By Shaun Bennett | The Chronicle-Telegram
The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame may have to break out orange and brown streamers for its annual enshrinement banquet this year.
The Hall selected its 47th class Monday night, and three of the five individuals to be inducted have strong ties to Elyria West High School.
The trio includes football and baseball standout athlete and coach Jon Laird, football and track star Duane Hawkins and 1992 state champion baseball coach Tom Kubuski. Joining them will be two-time Olympic silver medal-winning women’s hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin — an Elyria Catholic grad — Elyria High standout softball pitcher Lindsay Anderson and the 1977 EHS 880/mile girls relay team.
Steve Kaminski, one of the ESHOF’s original board members, will be given the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. The enshrinement banquet will be held at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Center on May 5.
McLaughlin set an NCAA record with 3,809 saves at Robert Morris University before starring for Team USA and on the Buffalo Beauts, who won the 2017 National Women’s Hockey League title. She made 58 saves in the title-clinching game and was named the Isobel Cup Finals MVP.
Anderson was a three-time All-Ohio first-team selection (1995-97), going 42-11 with 475 strikeouts during those years. She went on to star at Barry College, where she finished with a career record of 78-35 with a 1.28 ERA and 465 strikeouts.
Laird was an All-Ohio linebacker in 1979 and named the Lorain County MVP in baseball in 1980. He went on to star at Oberlin College — he has been inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame — and is a longtime coach and educator.
Hawkins was a member of the 400 relay team that won the 1995 state championship, was a 1994 All-Ohio selection in football and was named the 1994 Northeast Lakes district player of the year. The Wolverines went 30-2 during Hawkins’ three varsity seasons, including the school’s lone playoff appearance in 1992.
Kubuski also coached baseball at Elyria Catholic and girls basketball at Elyria West, and his state title with the Wolverines is still the lone state baseball title in Lorain County history. He compiled 383 wins in 35 years, and earned 20 Coach of the Year awards. He was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Pioneers 1977 relay team – consisting of T. Jay Ransom, Tammy Porter, Gloria Barbee, Betsy Riccardi, Betty Halliburton and Tina Brown – set the state 880 record with a time of 1:49.1, and the state mile relay record with a time of 4:02.9 at the Amherst Relays.
Kaminski, who died in 2014, is the former chairman of the Elyria Boxing and Wrestling Commission, was a manager and coach for the city’s Little League baseball organization and played in a record 65 straight Mud Bowl games.
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