Athletics Hall of Fame
The Stow-Munroe Falls Booster Club inducted its first class of athletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Back in 1976, the Booster Club complied a list of records and participation for Stow sports teams back to 1936 and included in this list was a “Hall of Fame.” A team could be included in this “Hall” if they won a league title, and an individual could be included if he or she were selected All-District or higher in their sport.
In 2001, the Booster Club was approached by athletic director Jay Tyree for a new endeavor - to begin a Hall of Fame where the inductees could be honored and remembered for their past accomplishments.
A nominating committee was formed with Booster Club members and past and current coaches, teachers and staff. Nominations were solicited from past coaches, athletes and athletic directors. The criteria for nomination was pretty simple; the nominee’s graduating class had to be at least five years old or a coach had to be retired from coaching. Other than that, the nominee had to have shown exceptional skills and accomplishment in their sport or sports.
Two-hundred twenty-five nominations were received in 2003. A selection committee of 16 men and women from graduating classes in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s was appointed. The selection committee chooses the inductees.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Booster Club supports the student-athletes of Stow-Munroe Falls High School by attending their events, providing facilities and equipment for their use, providing financial support, such as camp fees, extra-curricular needs, awards and scholarships.
For more information about the Athletic Hall of Fame, contact the Stow-Munroe Falls High School athletic department at 330-689-5204.
Galvin DePompei, Honorary (deceased)
Geoff Byrne '94, Basketball
Candace Artz (Bloedorn) '98, Golf
Brent Ardo ’01, Wrestling
Coach Harold Sloop, (deceased, retired 1969)
Ernie Blazeff ’80, Wrestling
Gary Baumgardner ’65, Wrestling