Max Matusoff  1919

Max Matusoff 1919

2016 Inductees
Max Matusoff was one of the best athletes of Stivers’ early, glory days. He earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football. Stivers won the state championship in basketball in 1919, Max’s senior year. The Tigers went undefeated  that year with a 20-0 record. The championship game against Cleveland East Tech was won 25 - 22 with Stivers having only four players on the court for the final eight minutes. Three of the Tigers seven players had fouled out. Max’s brother, Jake, also a Hall of Fame inductee, scored the final 4 points of the game. Max was also a stand out performer on the baseball diamond and captain of the team his senior season. After graduating from Stivers, Max enrolled at what is now the University of Dayton where he…
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Willie Lalk  1965

Willie Lalk 1965

2016 Inductees
With coach Joe Sullivan’s help. Willie Lalk became a city champion gymnast and placed in the Ohio State Championships. After graduating from Stivers in 1965, Willie coached and taught swimming and diving while managing the East Dayton Boys Club swimming pool. He attended the University of Dayton on a scholarship and in 1969 earned his Bachelor’s degree in education. As part of his scholarship’s requirements he started the University’s first gymnastics club and and was a teacher’s assistant in the required senior level gymnastics course for Physical Education majors. Willie graduated from the University of Dayton and was hired as a teacher and gymnastics coach at Stivers High School. One of the things he is most proud of is coaching the Stivers gymnastics team to their last City Championship before…
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Ronald McFarland – Coach  1960-1973

Ronald McFarland – Coach 1960-1973

2016 Inductees
Coach McFarland was one of the most respected, appreciated, and loved teachers/coaches of the 60’s decade. He taught printing and coached football. Head Coach, Dick Landis, had such confidence in him that he gave “Coach Mac” total control over the offense. When Horace “Hawk” English retired , Dick Landis moved up to the athletic director position and Mr. McFarland became the head football coach. He was a “players coach” and although a strict disciplinarian, Ron inspired his student athletes to be all they could be and they loved him for it. Stivers Hall of Fame member, Larry Harris, recalls that Coach Mac would somehow come up with expenses if the player could not afford to travel. Ron left Stivers after the 1973 school year for a job in the Collier…
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Bob Mayberry  1959

Bob Mayberry 1959

2016 Inductees
Bob was born and raised in South Park near the University of Dayton. He attended Emerson Elementary and Stivers high. He lettered three times in two sports while at Stivers, one in cross country and two in basketball. In addition to sports, Bob participated in many school activities such as band, plays, clubs and served as student treasurer of his junior and senior class. Bob has now become the fourth Hall of Famer from the ‘59 Varsity basketball team. He led the team in rebounds, despite being only six feet, and was third in scoring behind Hall of Famers and All-City players Paul Ginter and Don Measel. Bob received Honorable Mention All-City his senior year. Bob’s toughest job on that team was being the defensive specialist. Bob graduated from the…
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Terry Darby  1963

Terry Darby 1963

2016 Inductees
Terry Darby was Captain of the Stivers 1962 football team. That same year he earned “Special Recognition, Offensive Team”, by the Dayton Daily News. Terry was recognized for his football quarterbacking and for his deceptive football handling, which was highlighted by his surprise “naked bootleg” play. He lettered all four years in football, basketball and baseball. His freshman year, Terry was privileged to be a part of the championship team, which came in third in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Junior Tournament, in Altoona, PA in 1960. The team was coached by Mr. Joe Sullivan. Sports were very time consuming, but Terry managed to maintain academic Honor Roll status throughout his four years. He was a member of the Student Council his junior and senior years. In 1963, Terry was…
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Sandy Darby Cline – 1965

Sandy Darby Cline – 1965

2016 Inductees
Sandy Darby came to Stivers from Lincoln Elementary as a freshman, just as the “tumbling team” seemed to be moving toward the inclusion of all women’s gymnastic events. Sandy’s first taste of competition came at an Invitational Meet at The Ohio State University, as a freshman where she came in fourth place in floor exercise. Floor exercise became her favorite event for which she won many first and second place medals.  Sandy was the Women’s team All Around (participated in every event) gymnast her junior and senior years. She received second place for All Around in the city’s 1964 meet, and her senior year tied for first place, All Around Gymnast at the City Wide Gymnastic Meet. Sandy won First Place for Balance Beam and Floor Exercise at that meet.…
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Terry Terrell – 1966

Terry Terrell – 1966

2016 Inductees
Terry Terrell has been a multi sport player, coach, manager, and leader through out his life and to this day. His success started early at the Dayton Boys Club when in 1960 he won the National Boys Club pocket billiards championship and in 1966 was named “Boy of the Year”. At Stivers Terry earned seven varsity letters; four in baseball, two in basketball and one in cross country. He was captain of the baseball and basketball teams his senior year, and earned All-City honors by leading all second basemen in batting average. Terry stayed quite active in area sports while earning his B.S. and Master’s Degree from U.D. He was head coach of the Stivers Summer League baseball team from 1967 to 1972, and scouted for Larry Shadowens’ basketball team…
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Danny Troubaugh – 1964

Danny Troubaugh – 1964

2016 Inductees
Danny Trobaugh was another of the many outstanding gymnasts coached by Joe Sullivan. In just two years of gymnastics he was able to claim the All Around State of Ohio Championship in 1963. The next year, his senior, he fell in the State Meet tumbling event, finishing second all around. In a run of 16 successive front flips he fell and sustained a mild concussion which affected his other events. Danny received five athletic scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Michigan State, Miami, Indiana and Ohio State, but that year the Olympic committee dropped a number of his strongest events and the offers were rescinded. He participated in Gymkana and other gymnastic shows that Joe Sullivan organized. One show Danny recalls getting in trouble but can now laugh about. It was…
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James P. Lewis, MD – 1966

James P. Lewis, MD – 1966

2016 Inductees
James Lewis was an outstanding gymnast who earned six varsity letters, four in gymnastics and two in track. He was the Dayton City League Champion on the rings event his senior year. Although he was favored to win the state title on the rings, he came down with a virus the night before the event and ended up finishing third. He was a sprinter on the 1963 and 1966 Stivers track team. The 440 relay team was first in the 1966 meet. Jim performed at numerous Gymkana shows at Memorial Hall and at half time of U.D. basketball games. When Joe Sullivan needed a clown on a unicycle for Gymkana, Jim accepted the challenge and learned to ride the unicycle in a weekend. Also an outstanding student, Jim was a…
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Roger Akemon – 1972

Roger Akemon – 1972

2016 Inductees
Roger participated in three different sports all four years at Stivers. He was also a National Honor Society member. H accumulated ten varsity letters; four in track, three in football and three in basketball. He was honorable mention in football his senior year. He was co-captain of the football team and captain of the basketball team his senior year. He was named the Richard Landis Most Outstanding Player in football in 1971 with co-recipient Tom Gordon. One of the highlights during his senior year was when the Stivers football team beat Dunbar. That was the only loss that year for Dunbar. Roger was honored with the Dayton Daily News Player of the Week for his effort in that game. Sports meant everything for Roger when he was young. He has…
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