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Athletic Hall of Fame

PREP CLASS INDUCTED IN NEW GYM

Our 10th Cathedral Prep Hall of Fame class was inducted on Friday, October 2nd at 5pm in the brand new Mullen Gymnasium. More than 400 people attended the inductions, as well as the reception that followed at the Prep & Villa Events Center. This total brings to 73 total people and seven teams inducted since 1992. The following were honored:

Julian Blanks ’98- is the fourth leading scorer in Prep basketball history. He earned a D-I scholarship to LaSalle where he remains second on the school’s all-time list for assists. He later played professionally.

Robert Corritore /Dr. Anthony Sala (Posthumously)-these gentlemen had the vision to start the Prep hockey program back in 1978. The program continued to grow to the point where Prep hockey has won three state titles.

Neil Postas (Coach) - set the bar in the water. He coached the Ramblers' swim team for 18 years, winning 10 District titles in 11 years. He was the water polo team for 17 seasons, winning 303 games and placing in the top five in the state nine times.

Bob Sanders ‘00- was one of the top defensive players of his era in the NFL. He honed his craft by helping Prep become a state power. Went to Iowa on a full football scholarship, then became an All-Pro safety with the Indianapolis Colts over a seven-year career.

Jim Sertz ‘61- was an outstanding cross country & track runner, setting the school record in the long jump in 1961. He later became an outstanding golf coach at Prep, taking home four D-10 titles and winning a state team title in '08.

Dave Wenrick ‘65- long-time faculty member, was a football and basketball star for the Ramblers. He also won a state title as an assistant basketball coach in 1980.

Jim White ‘47(Posthumously)-a basketball star for the Ramblers in the 40’s, Jim led his team to their first City championship in 1947. Also a strong baseball player for Prep. Would later become one of the first athletes on scholarship at Gannon College.

2000 Football Team-The seventh team to go in the Prep Hall of Fame will be the 2000 football team, the first state champion in that sport in school history.


Cathedral Prep honors their all-time best in the form of their Athletic Hall of Fame. Below are the 2013 Inductees.


2013 Inductees

DAN BRABENDER ('70)

There may be no better historian of sports in the Erie area than Dan Brabender. A two-year letter winner and a captain in wrestling, Dan's passion for Prep was in charting others success. In the early 90's it led him to begin to compile a statistical and written history of Cathedral Prep football. By the year 2000, Brabender had crafted an amazing 929-page book on the first 75 years of Rambler football entitled: 'Ramblers, The History of Cathedral Prep Football, 1924-1999' in which he travelled from state to state to get specific details as it related to Prep football.

The book was followed up a year later by a similar publication devoted solely to Prep's first state title football season. 'That Championship Season: The Story of the 2000 Cathedral Prep Ramblers' described in great detail all that took place for that nationally ranked team. He continues to this day to compile statistical data on seasonal and all-time records for the football team.


JIM SCHARRER ('95)

It's very rare for a student-athlete to emerge with multiple Division I scholarship offers in one sport. In the case of Jim Scharrer, he emerged from Prep with a triple play most people only dream of: full scholarship offers in baseball, in football and a six-figure contract to play professional baseball.

Scharrer won six varsity letters at Prep, three each in football and baseball. He led the Ramblers in tackles as both a junior and senior and his seasonal totals of 134 stops ('94) and 119 ('92) are two of the top four in school history. In baseball he basically got a hit every other time he strolled to the dish. He mashed his way to a career batting average of .493 with 16 homeruns and 88 RBI's, had a career ERA of 1.42 as a pitcher while striking out 302 opponents in 192 innings while becoming the only baseball player in Prep history to have his uniform number (44) retired.

In 1995 he was chosen in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft by Atlanta and he was signed by the Braves, playing six seasons in their organization, advancing as far as Double-A. But that was only part of Jim's athletic career, post-Prep. Following his retirement from professional baseball, Scharrer signed a football scholarship to play linebacker at Duke. There he was named a Freshman All-American as well as being named to the ACC All Academic team. He was also a 2009 inductee into the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.


JAMES HAMILTON ('91)

Jim Hamilton was a scoring machine on the basketball floor for the Ramblers in the early 90's, the likes of which has rarely been seen. During his senior season alone in 1990-'91, Hamilton scored 645 points while averaging 23.9 points a game, a record that stands to this day. He set the school record for points in a game with 42 while knocking down 86 three-pointers in his final season at Prep. He was tabbed 3rd Team All-State as a senior while also making several All-Tournament teams. His 1,076 career points is still eighth in Rambler history.

That kind of sharp shooting earned Hamilton many college offers and he decided to play collegiately for the Naval Academy. At Navy he helped the Midshipmen make the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and scored 14 points in their first round game vs. Missouri, their first tourney appearance in nearly ten years. A four-year letter winner at Navy, Hamilton graduated as the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made in a season and in a career and is proud to have been part of team's that knocked off Army all four years.


ED HINKEL ('01)

Ed Hinkel is one of the most complete football players in Erie history. Very few who have ever suited up have been more of a threat to score, no matter where they were on the field, than him. A three-time letter winner on the gridiron, Ed played his sophomore and junior seasons with the Ramblers as a wide receiver and a defensive back but went under center in 2000, averaging 10.5 yards a carry, the second highest in school history, while rushing for 16 touchdowns. He also threw for 1,468 yards and 22 TD's, second most in the program's history. For his career, Hinkel returned eight punts for touchdowns, a mark that stands today while averaging a staggering 20.5 yards a return. His 15 interceptions is also a Prep record. He was 1st Team All-State honors as a senior as well as a Quad-A state championship, the first in school history.

At the University of Iowa Hinkel ranks ninth on the career reception list with 135 and 14th in receiving yards at 1,588. His 15 career touchdown receptions ties as the third best total in school history and he set the Kinnick Stadium record and tied a school record with four touchdown receptions in his regular season finale. Ed tied the school bowl record with two touchdown receptions in the 2006 Outback Bowl while he lettered in all four years he played collegiately.

With his father, Mike, also inducted in this class, they become the first father/son combo in the Prep Hall of Fame.


MIKE FLAHERTY ('63)

If you needed a perfect example of the 'seasonal' athlete, Mike Flaherty may be your guy. In a time when many high school athletes prefer to concentrate on just one sport, Flaherty took care of every season by lettering a total of nine times on the varsity in football, basketball and baseball, three times each in those sports. As a senior alone, Mike was an All-City choice in the three sports he played as well as an All-Catholic All- American on the gridiron.

During his time on the Rambler football team, Mike's squads finished a combined 21-4-1 as he played quarterback and defensive back. His passing acumen led to a football scholarship at the University of Detroit. There he broke all of the school records in passing for the freshman team before eventually earning three varsity letters total at both Detroit and the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated from. He would serve as the varsity starter at different stages as a sophomore, junior and senior. He would later coach collegiately for six years.

Flaherty joins his brother, Bill (Prep class of '60, Hall of Fame class of '94) in his alma mater's Hall of Fame.


CRAIG KONWINSKI ('70)

If there was water, chances are Craig Konwinski was in it while he was a student at Cathedral Prep. Over his four years at the school, Konwinski earned eight varsity letters, four apiece in water polo and swimming.

In polo, Craig was 2nd Team All-City as a senior, leading the Ramblers in goals with 26 as a co-captain. In the pool, he was a dominating force. In 1968 he was tabbed the outstanding high school swimmer in the city. As a senior, Konwinski was All-State in Pennsylvania, setting the school and pool records for his work in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. He also set the Erie record in the 400 free and 400 free relay.

Those accomplishments certainly caught the attention of college recruiters, and Craig earned a swimming scholarship to Kent State. He made his mark immediately, setting the freshman record in the 1,000 yard freestyle while helping Kent State win their first-ever Mid-American Conference championship. He would win three varsity letters at the school while placing in the top six in the Mid-American Conference Championships in both the 500 yard and 1,650 yard freestyle.

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, Konwinski spent 20 years in the military, retiring as a Major. He completed U.S. Army Flight School with a specialty in helicopters and held a variety of command and staff positions.


MINA GEORGE

Mina George was hired to coach the Ramblers football team in 1980. For 16 years George would lead a dominant team, amassing a record of 131-44-2 (.748 winning percentage). He is one of only two football coaches at Prep to win more than 100 games and his victory total is the most in school history.

With the Ramblers, Mina would win 12 Metro League championships and seven straight District 10 titles. He became the first coach in Erie history to take a team to the PIAA state championship game. His 1982 edition is still considered one of the best this city has ever seen, going 10-0 in a time before playoffs existed.

George would coach 15 preseason All-Americans, four 1st Team All-State players, six men who played in the vaunted Big 33 game and three players who would suit up in the NFL. Twice his Ramblers were ranked nationally, advancing as high as 10th in USA Today in 1990. He was tabbed the Pennsylvania AP Big School Coach of the Year in 1991.

George had the pleasure of coaching his son, Owen, while at Prep and would also coach track and field at the school. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 63. Along the way he became Erie's all-time winningest football coach and was inducted both into the PA High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.


MIKE HINKEL ('74)

A multi-purpose athlete while at Prep, Mike Hinkel earned eight varsity letters over his stay at the school. Though he lettered all four years in baseball and earned a pair in track and field, Hinkel made his statistical mark in football.

The first individual record listed in the Prep football record book is 'most career rushing attempts in a game'. Since 1973, that mark has belonged to Mike Hinkel. He carried the ball 40 times in a game that season vs. Strong Vincent. During that '73 campaign, Mike became the first Prep football player in 42 years to top the 100-point mark in a season.

As a senior Hinkel scored five touchdowns in one game vs. Cleveland John Adams. And though that record was later broken by Tim Colicchio, his mark for most points in game, 36 in that same contest, still stands. Hinkel was All-City in football as a senior and led the Section in both scoring and rushing. He was also All-City in baseball as a sophomore, junior and senior.

With his son, Ed, also being inducted in this class, they become the first father/son combo in the Prep Hall of Fame.

2008 Inductees

Al Lubiejewski '62

Stan Brzezicki '65

Tom Hansen '70

Al Lubiejewski '62 - a two-time All-City football player, Lubiejewski also made 1st Team All-American as well as winning the Thom McAn award.

Stan Brzezicki '65 - one of the top coaches in Prep history, Brzezicki guided the Rambler baseball team from 1979-2000. In that time he led Prep to 12 Metro championships and 11 District Ten crowns. He finished with 357 victories, and amassed a .750 winning percentage. Stan also sent countless players on to college.

Tom Hansen '70 - one of the best all-around athletes in the history of Erie, Tom won seven varsity letters in four different sports. As a senior, Hansen was named All-Metro in baseball, basketball, football and track. He later played two sports at Notre Dame before returning to coach three different sports at his alma mater.

Joe Cook '71 - Joe was a three-sport star at Prep who excelled in baseball. Later went on to have an outstanding 29-year career as a baseball coach in Oklahoma, leading Bishop McGuinness to 735 wins and a state championship in 2002. He has previously been inducted into three other Hall of Fames. Joe died suddenly, coaching baseball, in 2006.

Shawn Dombrowski '83 - one of the top wide receivers in school history, Shawn helped guide the Ramblers to a 10-0 record in 1982 and a ranking of third in the state. Dombrowski is still listed in the school's all-time receiving categories and later went on to a solid football career at Boston College.

Jed Ryan '95 - in the discussion of top basketball players in school history, Jed Ryan is firmly in the mix. The top scorer in school history, Ryan's 1,926 points is 621 more than anyone else. A four-year starter, Jed led the Ramblers to the 1993 state championship. He later played college basketball at Penn.

Mark Tate '92 - a complete player, Mark led Prep to their first appearance in the state football finals in 1991. Still holds the school record for most carries in a season and Tate is fifth all-time in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns. Played collegiately at Penn State.

1967 Baseball Team - became the first team in city history to complete a season undefeated. Finished the season 13-0 and featured four Prep Hall of Famers: Gerry Mifsud, Tom Hansen, Pat Steenberge and Dave VanVolkenburg.

1980 Basketball Team - likely the greatest basketball team in Prep history. This group, led by 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Tim Gore, went 33-1 and won the school's first-ever PIAA championship.



Joe Cook '71

Shawn Dombrowski '83

Mark Tate '92

Jed Ryan '95

1967 Baseball Team

1980 Basketball Team

2006 Inductees

Rich Scolio '60

Jim Marnella '63

Willis Cardot '71

Tim Dunlavey '86

Tim Colicchio '91

Ted Morasky '42 (Posthumous)

1932 Football Team

1964 Wrestling Team

2005 Inductees

Al Hatkevich '52

Jim Izbicki '77

Father Leonard Kuziora '33

Pat Lupo '64

Nelson Schumacher '28

Pat Steenberge '69

Mike Torrelli '51

1949 Football Team

1953 Basketball Team

2003 Inductees

Reverend Walter Conway (Athletic Director)

Tim Gore '80

James Mahoney '45

Jim Schaaf '55

R. Ron Sertz '65

Leonard Tomczak '53

Daniel Tomczak '54

Robert Tomczak '56

Eugene Tomczak '57

Patrick Tomczak '60

1994 Inductees

Bill Carey '57

Richard Dill '55

Tom Duff (Coach)

Bill Flaherty '60

Jim Lynch '53

Richard McBride '34

Garrett Orr '47

David Van Volkenburg '68

1993 Inductees

Ronald Costello '57

Jim Dailey '53

Kevin Darkus '80

Richard Detzel (Coach)

John Konkol '50

Vinnie Timon '55

Norm Zmyslinski '52

1992 Inductees

Len Cyterski '51

John Donatucci '54

Monsignor James Gannon (Athletic Director)

Mike McCoy '66

Monsignor Robert McDonald (Headmaster)

Walter Strosser (Coach)

Anthony Zambroski '48

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