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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducts class of 2011

  • Coventry High School inducted a new class to its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 10. The class was honored before Coventry football’s 21-20 victory over Akron East Sept. 9.

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  • Coventry High School inducted a new class to its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 10. The class was honored before Coventry football’s 21-20 victory over Akron East Sept. 9.
    The Coventry High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to recognize those who have participated in the School’s long and proud athletic history.
    1980 Wrestling Team
    The 1980 Coventry High School wrestling team was not expected by some to successfully defend Coventry's two previous state championship titles. Once again, the Suburban League had the two toughest Div. II programs in the state of Ohio, and most people in the know thought 1980 would be Medina Highland's turn to bring home the hardware.
    Early in the season, this seemed to be the case as Highland won the prestigious Medina Tournament, while Coventry finished second. But early in February, in a packed gymnasium at Highland High School, the Comets decided that they did not like that second place feeling. In what many still call the most exciting high school athletic event they have ever attended, the Coventry Comets up-ended Highland (continuing their undefeated dual meet streak to 7-plus years.) in an exciting and unexpected fashion. After that, the Comets could not be stopped.
    They had decided winning another state title was in order... and they did. Placing for the Comets were 5th place,Keith Harpster, 5th place, Frank Parvin, 3rd place, Ted Roth, 2nd place Rick Klemp and state champions, John and Mike Potts. The 1980 Comets were coached by Dick Miller and assistants Brian Martin and David Riggs. Manager was Don Houston. Other team members included Marc Wyatt, Mike Stadvec, Jim Miller, Ken Grut, Jerry Eveleth, Steve Locher, Gregg Miller, Don Bulgrin and Kevin Patrick.
    Marcus S. Miller
    Coach Marcus Miller made significant contributions to Coventry High School Athletics.
    Miller served as the Coventry High School football and basketball coach from 1937-1942 and football coach from 1945-1949, and led the following teams:
    • 1938 – Metropolitan League Class A Football co-Champions
    • 1939 – Metropolitan League Class A Football co-Champions
    • 1940 – Metropolitan League Class A Basketball c-Champions
    • 1940 – Metropolitan League Class A Football Champions
    • 1945 – Metropolitan League Class A Football Champions
    Miller ‘s overall Football record was 23 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties.
    Miller coached for a total of 13 years, and earned sixchampionships. He was often recognized as a “Molder of Boys and Maker of Men.”
    Gene Cole
    Gene Cole was an outstanding Basketball player at Coventry High School from 1965-1968. He was all-Metro 1st team in 1968, all-district and all-state honorable mention in 1968.
    Gene coached basketball at Coventry from 1990-1992. He was the assistant coach in 1990-1991 for the undefeated girls 7th grade champions. He also assisted coaches Pam Arnold and Leroy Phillips in leading successful Coventry teams.
    Page 2 of 3 - Gene worked for the Coventry Township Maintenance Department for several years beginning in 1968. During the 70s and 80s, every Spring he would grade the track for the upcoming track season. He took a personal pride in the township parks. He helped build the softball fields behind Turkeyfoot, Lakeview, and Cottage Grove Schools. Gene supervised the building of restrooms at Ingelside and Logan fields, and the Play Center. Gene also helped renovate the girls Basketball locker room in 1996.
    Gene joined Portage Lakes Kiwanis in 1976. He served as President in 1985. Gene has served on the Scholarship committee, and has been Vice President of the Kiwanis Towers.
    Charles B. Mashburn
    Charlie participated in Varsity Football for the Comets from 1944-45. He participated in Varsity Baseball for four years – from 1943-1946. He was a two-year varsity Basketball participant in 1944 and 1945. Charlie was all-metro league in Football at split end and defensive end.
    In 1946, Charlie caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in four consecutive league games, including the championship game at the Rubber Bowl. This preserved the only undefeated and united Coventry Metro champion football team in 1945.
    Charlie has remained an avid supporter of all Coventry Athletics. He can be seen most any evening at the stadium or gym cheering on a Coventry team.
    Cari Mozingo Hetler
    In her freshman year, 1996, Cari lettered in golf, and played volleyball and basketball. She was named the Plain Dealer Player of the Week for her performance in the Turkeyfoot Invitational Tournament. Her team advanced that year to the State Tournament, placing 7th out of 12.
    Cari lettered in golf, volleyball, and basketball her sophomore year. She was named as a Beacon Journal “Player to Watch”. Her team placed 4th in the District Tournament.
    In 1998, Cari’s junior year, she lettered in golf, volleyball, and basketball once again. She was named Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week,Plain Dealer All-Star team, Akron Beacon Journal All-Star team and was the Akron Touchdown Club Player of the Year.
    As a Comet senior, Cari lettered in golf and basketball. She averaged 38.6 for nine holes in golf, and was a medalist in every match. She won two Invitational tournaments, and Sectional tournament. Cari placed 5th as an Individual at Districts, and the team advanced to the State Tournament. She placed 5th at the State Tournament, earning All-State honors. She was named Beacon Journal player of the year, Touchdown Club player of the year, and WAKR Athlete of the Week.
    Cari went on to play collegiate golf at Ohio University where she played from 2000 to 2004. She was the team caption from 2003 to 2004 as well as the team MVP. Her junior and senior year she was selected second team all-MAC conference. Cari also earned academic awards including the National Golf Coaches Association All American Scholar and All MAC Academic Team.
    Page 3 of 3 - Cari has competed at the local, state, and national level. In 2002 she qualified and played in the Women’s Amateur Public Links Golf Championship in Bend, Oregon and in 2003 played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Philadelphia. Cari has competed in the Ohio Women’s State Amateur since 1999 and advanced to the semi-finals in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
    Cari is now a teacher at Lake Local Schools. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Coventry.

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