Manchester Hall of Fame inductees to be recognized
NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Alumni Association will host pre-, post- and halftime game events at this year’s Hall of Fame football game home opener Sept. 6 at Manchester High School.
The Manchester Panthers will face the Woodridge High School Bulldogs at 7 p.m. The Alumni Association will help Panther supporters prepare to cheer the home team on with a pregame tailgate party that begins at 5:30 p.m. The event will offer food and soft drinks, and performances by the Manchester Alumni Band, according to event officials. In addition, the classes of 1963, ’68, ’88, ’93 and ’98 are kicking off reunion weekends with the pregame tailgate party.
During halftime, five new inductees will be enshrined into the Swede Olsson/James R. France Athletic Hall of Fame. According to the Alumni Association’s website, the Hall of Fame was established in 1971 in honor of former football coach C.L. “Swede” Olsson, and 18 years later, the name of his successor, James France, was added. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes of the past, according to the association. Nomination forms are available at the high school athletic office.
After the game, the Athletic Hall of Fame Reception will be held in the Alumni tents, with cake and refreshments offered to celebrate the honorees.
This year’s Hall of Fame honorees include (with information provided by the Alumni Association):
- James Smith, Class of 1960: Smith was an all-around athlete, lettering two years in football, three in basketball and four in baseball. He received the All-Suburban Football Award in l959. After high school, Smith attended Bowling Green State University and stayed involved in sports by coaching peewee football. He is retired and lives in Wagram, N.C.
- Michael Hollenbach, Class of l993: Hollenbach was a three-year letterman in basketball, one year in track and a four year letterman in soccer. In basketball, he was Honorable Mention All-PAC 7 in l993 and held the school record for five charges taken in a game against Fairless High School. In soccer he had a career high of 41 goals and 43 assists and was named Second Team All-Ohio, First Team All Greater Akron District and First Team All-League. He was voted the team’s most valuable player three times. While in high school, he was third in his graduating class; an Ohio High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete; a Chrysler Youth Award winner; and a member of the National Honor Society, S.A.D.D., Student Council and Key Club. He graduated from Mount Union College, where he was a four-year starter and letterman in soccer, winning many awards. He earned his master’s in business administration from North Carolina State University. Hollenbach is vice president, senior financial adviser at FTB Advisors Inc. He is married and lives in Knoxville, Tenn.
- Rob Adamson, Class of 1998: Adamson played basketball and football, quarterbacking the Panthers to their only appearance in the state finals in 1997 (a five-overtime loss). After high school, he attended The University of Mount Union, where he was a four-time national champion, two years as a starting quarterback, with an undefeated record of 25-0. He also was a Division III All-American. Adamson attended training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 2003 and the Carolina Panthers in 2004, and played in six games in the NFL Europe for Cologne Centurions. He is married and lives in Akron. He was recently inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.
- Jordan Petraitis, Class of 2005: Petraitis was a standout athlete in both baseball and basketball and a four-year letterman in both sports. In basketball, he was PAC-7 Player of the Year in 10th and 12th grades and All-PAC-7 three times. In baseball, he was All-PAC-7 Player of the Year his senior year and All-PAC-7 four times. During high school, he was in National Honor Society, Art Club and Key Club. He attended Miami University, where he lettered in baseball all four years and was named All Mid-American Conference in 2007 and 2008. Petraitis was drafted in the 41st round by the Chicago Cubs in 2008 and also the 28th round in 2009. He played one season in the Chicago minor league system. He coaches a baseball travel team.
- Scott Cantrell was selected as the Honorary Inductee. He graduated from The University of Akron and has been an English teacher at Manchester High School for 28 years. Cantrell coached four different sports, with 28 years as a football assistant, four years in basketball, three years in baseball and 10 years as the head softball coach. During his tenure as a softball coach, the Lady Panthers won the l990 state championship. He has coached 29 current Swede Olsson/Jim France Hall of Famers in four different sports. He also coached several all-state performers in football and softball. He is married and has two children.
For more information, visit www.pantheralumni.org.
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