Dale Fairchild  1953

Dale Fairchild 1953

2009 Inductees
As a freshman, Dale was a starting forward and a leading scorer on the freshman team that finished second in the City League. As a 6'4" sophomore forward he was not a starting player on the Varsity. However, after the third game, he saw action in almost all remaining games. He ended the season as the sixth leading scorer on the City and District Championship teams. In his junior year he became a starting forward and the second leading scorer on the second place City and District teams. He scored in double figures in most games and had a high game of 27 points. As a result of his outstanding shooting and rebounding abilities he was selected 1st Team All-City at forward. As a 6'5" 185 lb. senior, Dale became…
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Bernard Keiter  1938

Bernard Keiter 1938

2009 Inductees
Bernard Keiter was an outstanding athlete who excelled in football and basketball for the Stivers Tigers. He was an All-City end, noted for excellent receptions and good speed. He was also the team kicker and usually played every down on offense and defense. Beno attended the University of Dayton following high school and was a three year starter in both football and basketball. His skill in football was recognized by being selected to the All Ohio college team as an end and kicker. He was honored by his induction into the first University of Dayton Hall of Fame class. Beno served as a U.S. Marine Captain during World War II and the Korean War. He remained in the Marine Reserves, and held the rank of Colonel, at the time of…
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Martin Armbruster  1931

Martin Armbruster 1931

2009 Inductees
Martin was born January 27, 1912 in Sielberick, Austria-Hungary and came to the USA in March of 1921. He was a gifted athlete and a three sport star at Stivers, playing baseball, basketball and football. He won several basketball games with excellent free throw shooting and was Captain his senior year. Marty was selected All-City in both football and basketball. Marty's fondest memories of Stivers were playing on three state basketball championships under coach Floyd Stahl. He also treasured the memory of the trip to Miami, Florida to play the Miami Stingaree, an undefeated football team in front of 10,000 fans on Christmas Day. Marty attended the University of Dayton and was a three sport letterman under the great coach Harry Bajaun. Marty was a halfback in football, guard in…
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Ray Otto  1925

Ray Otto 1925

2009 Inductees
Ray Otto was a football legend at Stivers, who also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. Behind his leadership the football team went undefeated three consecutive years and claimed the National Championship in 1923 and 1924. He was the quarterback those two years, also started on defense, drop kicked field goals and was the team Captain in 1924. Otto's long run in 1923 defeated Steele for the City of Dayton Championship. He drop kicked a 40 yard field goal in a big win over Detroit Southeastern as the Tigers marched toward the National title. It was a touchdown run by Otto in a 7- 6 victory over Knoxville, TN that allowed the Tigers to claim the National Championship in 1924. Stivers trailed most of the game, which was played in…
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Kenneth Stiles  1925

Kenneth Stiles 1925

2009 Inductees
The author(s) of the 1925 Stivers Yearbook wrote; that Kenneth Stiles was one of four seniors who were, "the best three-sport men who ever wore the orange and black". He was a player on the 1922-24 football teams that were undefeated, won two City Championships and two National Championships. He played on the 1923-25 basketball teams that won two City Championships and one State Championship. In 1924 Ken was on the All-Southwestern Ohio team and was 2nd Team All-State. He was also a member of the 1923 City and State Championship Baseball team. Kenny was an extremely versatile athlete who played halfback and defensive back in football. He played either forward or "running" guard in basketball and was an outfielder in baseball. Some examples of key plays made by him…
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Russ Young  1923

Russ Young 1923

2009 Inductees
Russ "Rusty" Young was a three sport star at Stivers in football, basketball and baseball. At 6'0" and 175 pounds, he was a bruising fullback, a great ball handler and defender in basketball and a slugging catcher in baseball. In 1922 the Tigers football team went undefeated at 8-0-1. The one tie was with Steele for the City Championship. The 1922 - 1923 basketball team was City Champs with a 12 - 5 record. In 1922 Russ was named to the All Southern (Ohio) basketball team. After high school Russ played two professional sports. In 1925 he played fullback for the Dayton Triangles of the American Professional Football Association which is now the National Football League. Russ only played one season with the Dayton Triangles apparently deciding he had a…
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Wilson Davis Lightner  1917

Wilson Davis Lightner 1917

2009 Inductees
A partial quote from a sports reporter for the Sunday Daily News of 12/10/1916, is perhaps the best way to introduce Wilson "Jit" Lightner. He wrote, "It would not be stretching matters in the least to refer to Wilson Lightner as the greatest all around high school athlete of this city ----". "Jit" began his high school athletic career in 1913 at Parker High School where, as a freshman, he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He then transferred to Stivers, where as one of Stivers greatest athletes, he earned three varsity letters in each of the same sports. In football he played end as a sophomore and halfback as a junior and senior, He also played defense and kicked extra points. As a junior he was Captain…
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