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Copley Athletic Hall of Fame inducting new members

12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

COPLEY — On Dec. 20 and 21, the Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will honor its sixth class of inductees.

The 10 new hall of famers — David Antal, Barb Simmons Arison, Anthony Fullum, Bob Henderson, Emily Jones, Dave Kemp, Dale Osborn, Wiley Patton, Tom Ruebel and Joe Subotin — will be introduced during a Copley boys basketball game Dec. 20 and then will gather for a ceremonial banquet Dec. 21.

According to Hall of Fame Committee member Larry Banner, the two events combine to create a memorable weekend for the honorees.

“Both of them are kind of unique events and both of them are very, very special times for the inductees,” he said.

First up, the inductees will be honored at halftime of the Dec. 20 home Copley boys basketball game against Wadsworth High School. The game will start at 7:30 p.m.

“At halftime, we’ll introduce all 10 recipients to the community and give them medallions,” Banner said. “That night, they’ll have a chance to talk to each other, to talk to some of the past recipients and to some of the members of the hall of fame committee.”

Then, on Dec. 21, the inductees will be honored at a banquet at the DoubleTree Akron/Fairlawn, 3150 W. Market St.

“The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 and the ceremony will be at 7,” Banner said. “We will introduce all of them and give them an opportunity to say a few words about their time at Copley. We ask each of them to give a five- or six-minute presentation. Some of them are a little less than that, but most are a little longer. The emcee of this event is Phil Ferguson of WNIR. He’s a Copley grad.”

Banner said there is room at the banquet for 200 guests.

“Last year, there were, I believe, 189 people in attendance,” he said. “It varies with the inductees and their families, etc., but we’re expecting probably 170 to 200 people this year.”

Anyone can attend the banquet, Banner said, with tickets costing $30 per person. Tables of eight are available. The deadline for reservations is Dec. 16. To make a reservation, call Athletic Director Jim Borchik at the high school athletic office at 330-664-4826 or email him at jim.borchik@copley-fairlawn.org.

Banner said the 10 new inductees will join 46 previous members.

“At the basketball game, they’ll get a medallion that will say ‘2013 Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame’ and it will have their name on the back, along with their year of graduation,” he stated. “Then, on Saturday night, we’ll have a plaque that will have their bios along with their pictures. Those plaques will be displayed in the Hall of Fame trophy case down at the lower gym hallway of the high school. We’ll keep them there for a year and next year we’ll give the plaques to [the honorees]. We will replace those plaques with individual plaques from next year’s inductees, and we’ll have one plaque with all the names and pictures from this year’s class that will stay permanently in the trophy case.”

This year’s honorees, with information provided by the Hall of Fame Committee, include:

  • David Antal (Class of 1995): Antal was a four-time letter winner in soccer and set the school records for most goals and assists in a career. Antal was a two-time selection as All-Suburban League, first team All-State and as All-Mid-East USA during his junior and senior years, and he was first team All-Suburban league his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was named the Akron Touchdown Club Player of the Year as a junior. As a senior, Antal was awarded the Akron Beacon Journal Fall Male Athlete of the Year and helped to lead the Indians to the first team state championship in school history in any sport. After graduating, Antal played soccer at The University of Akron. As Copley’s head boys soccer coach since 2008, Antal has a record of 69-28-16, highlighted by a return to the state Final Four in 2011, and has been selected as the Greater Akron Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association District Coach of the Year three times.
  • Barb Simmons Arison (Class of 1976): Since there was no girls swim team, Arison was the first female swimmer to compete on the boys swim team. She competed in backstroke, freestyle, individual medley and medley relays. In 1974, competing against all boys, Arison was named an All-American swimmer in the 100 backstroke. She set a school record in the backstroke, and, with her relay team, she set a record in the medley relay. She finished as high as 10th in the boys district swimming championships and in her senior year, she was named co-captain of the boys swim team. Arison continued her swimming career at Bowling Green State University.
  • Anthony Fullum (Class of 1990): Fullum ran and lettered in track all four years and he played golf during his freshman, sophomore and senior years, lettering his senior year. Fullum ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes, anchored the 4x100 meter relay team and competed in the long jump. During his tenure, he was on three Suburban League championship teams, competed at several state meets and set the Copley 100-meter record at 10.5 seconds. During his senior year, the team finished second in the state. His accomplishments at the state meet included a third-place finish in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and fifth in the 4x100 meter relay. He finished first in the long jump with a 24.75-foot jump.
  • Bob Henderson (coach, Meritorious Service Award): Henderson was a three-year letterman in wrestling at Muskingum College and shortly after graduating in the spring of 1964, he accepted a teaching assignment at Copley High School as a math teacher and head wrestling coach. The following year, he added ninth-grade football to his coaching duties. In his first year of coaching, he helped lead Skip Patten, also being inducted this year, to qualify for the state wrestling tournament. Henderson coached two-time state qualifier Bruce Hryrcyk to the state wrestling tournament, where he finished in third and fifth place, and Dave Wegner to a first-place finish at the tournament. This win was the first of its kind in Copley High School wrestling history. Henderson’s 1981 team placed fifth at the state tournament. As an assistant football coach, Henderson was part of the undefeated 1971 team. As head coach at Copley Middle School, he posted a record of 65-14-15, including four undefeated seasons.
  • Emily Jones (Class of 2005): Earning a total of 12 letters (four each in basketball, track and volleyball), Jones led the Lady Indians to a total record of 152 victories in her career. In basketball, she helped the Lady Indians to consecutive 20-win seasons. In volleyball, she led the Lady Indians to 77 victories over four years. She was named first team All-Suburban, All-District and All-Plain Dealer three consecutive years. She was also accorded All-Ohio status and named Player of the Year by both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal as a senior. In track, she was the team’s leading point-scorer as a freshman and was named first team All-Suburban. As a sophomore, she was named All-Suburban. She set a school record in the high jump (5-foot-6), won the district in the high jump and earned All-Ohio recognition by finishing third in the high jump at the state meet. In her junior year, the Lady Indians again went undefeated and shared the league title. Jones was named first team All-Suburban, finished first at both the district and regional meets in the high jump, improved her school record in the high jump to 5-foot-8 and again earned All-Ohio recognition in the high jump and long jump at the state meet. Upon graduation, Jones earned an athletic scholarship for volleyball to the University of Mississippi.
  • Dave Kemp (coach): Kemp graduated from Ohio University in 1971. That same year, he began his teaching career at Copley as a junior high social studies teacher, where he remained until his retirement in 2001. Kemp entered the coaching ranks in 1979 as the girls varsity assistant basketball coach and after one year, he took over the head job. From 1980 to 2001, Kemp’s teams won a total of 322 games and compiled a winning percentage of .722. Under Kemp, the team won 20 or more games in a season five times, five Suburban League championships and three district titles. The team also made three regional appearances. In 1989, he was named both the Summit County and the District III Coach of the Year. He was named the Suburban League Coach of the Year five times. He was named coach of the year by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1998 and the Akron Beacon Journal in 1990 and was elected to the Tri County Basketball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 2003. 
  • Dale Osborn (Class of 1975): As a sophomore, Osborn started and lettered on the golf team, shooting a 76 in the sectional tournament. As a senior, he was a starting forward and letterman on the basketball team. He was the team’s leading scorer on Copley’s initial varsity soccer team in 1973 and he was named to the coaches’ All-Ohio Team. In 1974, Osborn led the soccer team to a 12-5-1 record and the regional championship game. He was the team’s leading scorer, co-captain, most valuable player (MVP) and was again named to the coaches’ All-Ohio Team. As a pitcher, his overall record was 8-0, including 6-0 in league play. He also was one of the leading hitters on the team with a .382 average. Osborn was named the team MVP and earned a spot on the All-Suburban League team. He was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete for the class of 1975. Osborn joins his father, Rollie, as the first father-son inductees to the Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Wiley Patton (Class of 1966): Patton was a three-year varsity letterman and two-time All-Suburban League champ in wrestling. During his junior and senior years, he had a combined individual record of 18-1-1. During his senior year, he was selected as co-captain of the team and finished the regular season with a 10-0 individual record. Patton became the first wrestler in school history to qualify twice for the state wrestling tournament. Patton was the Suburban League champion twice. He finished second in the district as a junior and was the district champion as a senior.
  • Tom Ruebel (Class of 1986): Ruebel amassed 10 varsity letters in four sports and was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of his graduating class in 1986. Ruebel was a varsity member of the golf team his freshman and sophomore years and was instrumental when the Indians finished second in both conference and sectional play in 1983. In basketball, he lettered his junior and senior seasons. In football, he was named honorable mention All-Suburban as a defensive back his junior season. He helped the Indians win the Suburban League title by sealing a victory with a late game end-zone interception. As a senior, Ruebel again helped lead the Indians to a 9-1 finish and the Suburban League title, but this time as the quarterback. The 1985 team was the first Copley team to qualify for the state football playoffs and ended the season ranked fourth in the Beacon Journal Division I/II rankings. Ruebel was named the team MVP, throwing for 1,743 yards and 20 touchdowns with a 57.2 passing completion percentage on a team that averaged 28.27 points per game. He was named first team All-Suburban by the Akron Beacon Journal and by the coaches, Suburban League Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-NE Ohio Quarterback-Class AAA Inland, second team All-Summit County, second team All-District and Special Mention All-State Class AAA. In baseball, he lettered all four years. As a junior, Ruebel was named first team All-Suburban while hitting .404. As a senior, he was named first team All-Suburban as a pitcher and was the team’s MVP. Ruebel went to Hillsdale College in Michigan on an athletic scholarship.
  • Joe Subotin (Class of 1973): Subotin played basketball for Bruce Falb and ran track for George Kegg, but it was his ability on the football field that has earned Subotin a spot in Copley’s Hall of Fame. As a sophomore, Subotin earned his first of three letters in football by playing on all of the special teams and as a back up at middle linebacker. As a junior, he played tight end and middle linebacker on the undefeated 1971 Suburban League championship team. Subotin, who led the team in tackles and sacks, was named first team All-Suburban, second team All-Summit County and third team All-District. And in his senior year, Subotin was named first team All-Suburban, first team All-Summit County and honorable mention All-District. Subotin’s accomplishments on the football field garnered him an athletic scholarship from The University of Akron.

The Copley High School Athletic Hall of Fame has added new members to its class every year since 2008 and Banner said the committee is currently accepting the names of individuals to be considered for enshrinement next year. Nomination forms, which must be received by June 1, can be submitted through www.copleyfairlawn.org or dropped off at the athletic director’s office.

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