Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame/Hall of Honors
Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Windows on the River
(in Cleveland’s Flats)
Check-in: 4:45 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Ceremony: 7 p.m.
Tickets are $40 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more ticket and advertising information. You may also call the Alumni Office at 216-421-2080 ext. 330.
Deadline for advertising is March 18. Deadline for tickets is Monday, March 27.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Joe Kandra ’39
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Scored 16 points to lead Benedictine to first-ever basketball win over rival Cathedral Latin, 30-28, in overtime, and first-ever East Senate basketball and football victories. Set the school single-season scoring record in basketball with 111 points as a senior.
Jim Kubinski ’58
Co-Captain and leading receiver on the 1957 Bengals undefeated state championship football team that defeated St. Ignatius 27-3 in front of a crowd of 31,644 at old Cleveland Stadium. Selected for the annual North-South All-Star football game. Earned three letters while playing end at Purdue, after being recruited there by a young assistant coach by the name of George Steinbrenner.
Chet Wojciechowski ’64
Nicknamed “The Jet.” Won Cleveland Senate titles in the 100-yard dash (9.9) and the 220-yard dash (22.2). In 1964, ran a career best 9.8 at the Bellaire Relays and 21.8 at the St. Joseph Catholic Invitational where he set several records. As a senior, he won the John Adams District title in the 220 and was second in the 100 in a photo finish.
Al Keller ’74
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Quarterbacked the 1973 Bengals to the Class AA state football title, and earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a defensive back. Honored as a Cleveland PresStar for his performance in a 14-0 victory over St. Joseph. Standout pitcher and infielder leading the Bengals to the state regionals as a senior. Played in Cuyahoga County All-Star games in football and baseball.
Kevin Richardson ’81
(Football, Basketball, Track)
One of the top running backs in the area as a senior when he rushed for 1,528 yards and scored 16 touchdowns leading the Bengals to the 1980 Division III state football title. Career total of 174 points was fourth on all-time list when he graduated. Played in 33 games during his three-year career as a defensive back for Ohio State.
Gene Mruczkowski ’98
A two-way lineman on the Bengals 1996 Division III state title football team. Started all 49 games he played as offensive lineman while at Purdue, winning the Big Ten co-championship in 2000. Earned two Super Bowl rings as a member of the New England Patriots. At the 1998 District meet, he won the shot put (56-6) and discus (165-3).
Hall of Honors
Bob Toth ’63
Retired as president of GoldKey Processing Inc. in Middlefield, Ohio. Member of the Board of Directors of Middlefield Bank, serving as the Chair of Audit Committee and is on the Compensation Committee. Served in a number of Benedictine Alumni Association roles, including chairman of the Alumni Golf Outing for several years. Played on the Bengals golf team under coach Fr. Florian.
John DiPaola ’78
Played key roles in the drive to build Bossu Field, dedicated in 2012, on the school’s campus. He began an endowed scholarship fund for his classmate, teammate and friend, Joe Marino, who died in 2015. Three-year starter at defensive back for the Bengals. After a long career at Penton Media, DiPaola joined Babcox Media in Akron in 2014 where he is a Vice-President and Group Publisher.
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