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Published: Thursday, 9/29/2011

11 members to be inducted into Sylvania schools athletic hall of fame

BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The Sylvania schools athletic hall of fame will add 11 inductees for 2011, and the group will be honored at the Northview-Southview football game Oct. 28 at Cats Stadium.

A reception will be held from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at Central Park West. Tickets for are on sale for $40 each, and tables of eight for $320 can also be reserved. For more information, call the foundation office at 419-824-8656.

Joining as part of the fourth annual Sylvania hall of fame group will be longtime Sylvania schools administrator and coach Larry Morrison, plus 10 former athletes -- William Brown (Burnham, Class of 1943), Clark Collins (Burnham, 1946), James Glase (Sylvania, 1966), Jim Fisher (Sylvania, 1970), James Locker (Southview, 1978), Sue Frain Crandall (Northview, 1985), Keri Odom-Hopson (Northview, 1987), Matt Geha (Southview, 1992), Jeff Rowe (Southview, 2000), and Peter Dzubay (Northview, 2002).

Morrison, commissioner of the Northern Lakes League, was an administrator and coach for Sylvania schools from 1962-90. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1958, Morrison served as principal at Burnham Junior High, Sylvania High School, Arbor Hills Junior High and Northview High School.

As a coach, his 1966 and '67 Sylvania baseball teams were Great Lakes League champions. He also served as a football and basketball assistant coach. He is a past president (1981-88) of the Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors, and was named NLL commissioner in 2001.

Brown, who excelled in golf, was part of Burnham's 1942 state championship team. He was four-time district champion and four-time state qualifier.

Collins was a standout in golf, which he played at BGSU. He also lettered in basketball and track, and later became a longtime public-address announcer for Northview games through 2002.

Glase earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, golf and track, earning all-league honors in football.

Fisher starred in both basketball and baseball at Sylvania, playing on the Wildcats' GLL championship basketball team in 1970, and earning All-Ohio first team in baseball as a pitcher. He was later an All-Mid-American Conference pitcher three years at BGSU, winning a MAC title with the Falcons in 1972.

Locker excelled in baseball and basketball. Beginning as a shortstop in baseball, he moved to the mound and his 8-0 pitching helped the Cougars to an NLL championship in 1977. His senior year he was named the league's MVP. He lettered three times in baseball at BGSU.

Frain Crandall was one of the top divers in Northview's history, and later coached the event for the Wildcats (1989-94). She qualified for the state meet all four years, with a state finish of third place. She became an All-MAC diver at Miami, and was part of a MAC championship team three years.

Odom-Hopson still holds three individual and two relay-team school records. She was a four-time district champion in the 100 backstroke, among other achievements. She competed for Michigan State, where she became an NCAA qualifier and a Division I All-American in the 200 medley relay.

Geha starred in cross country and track, qualifying for the cross country state meet all four years. He was a two-time district champion and two-time regional runner-up, and in 1991 placed eighth at state while helping the Cougars to a Division I state team championship. In track, he was a two-time league and Division I district champion in the 3200-meter run. He became a three-time All-American in cross country competing for Siena Heights University. He also coached cross country and track at Southview before becoming a principal at Springfield Local Schools.

Rowe competed in football, basketball and track at Southview. He was an All-Ohio wide receiver on the 1999 Division II state runner-up football team. At the University of Findlay, he became the Oilers' career leader in receptions.

Dzubay was an all-league, all-district and All-Ohio soccer player as a goalkeeper, compiling 22 shutouts. He became goalie at Michigan, and helped the Wolverines to an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA tournament his sophomore year.



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