Champion honors alumni

CHAMPION – The newest inductees of the Champion Alumni Association’s Achievement / Athletic Hall of Fame were recognized for their varied careers and accomplishments.

The group was honored at a banquet held Nov. 2 at Enzo’s in Warren attended by more than 125 people.

Stan Petrick, president of the alumni association, said all the inductees also had the opportunity to tour the high school and Champion Central Elementary. They could also see the new alumni memorabilia room at the high school which included photos, trophies, and school items.

The 2013 honorees are for the Achievement Hall of Fame:

Richard L. Day (1970) has began his career in air traffic control in Oklahoma City Academy where he served as the air traffic division manager of the Southern Region and then director of operations for the En Route Eastern Service Area and was then selected as senior vice president of operations for the Air Traffic Organization. He retired in 2010 and resides with his family in Springfield, Va.

Chris Gilger (1973) was the founder 14 years ago of the Warren Family Mission where he serves as executive director and works to help those in need in the area. He was co-founder of the Take Back the Neighborhood Cleanup to fix up homes in Warren. He and his family reside in Cortland.

Gerald L. Guy (1967) worked as a sports writer, sports editor and later editor for the Tribune Chronicle and also was sports editor for Salem News. He is the author of several books including “Wolf Pack: The New Order.” He and his family reside in Palm Coast, Fla.

Morgan Tracey (1999) has served as a legal intern for the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals, as a legal intern with the law office of Thomas Hirshbrunner in Lansing, Michigan and as a law clerk for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Off-ice. As an athlete, she pursued a spot on the United States Olympic Skeleton Development Team. She has trained in Lake Placid, N.Y., and competed for Team USA in international competition in Calgary for the America’s Cup Circuit placing fifth.

Dr. Zachary Veres (1995) is board certified in family medicine with a special emphasis on sports medicine and geriatric medicine. He has served as a team doctor for Champion High School Athletics. Veres is medical director of the Mahoning Valley Sports Medicine Concussion Institute. He resides in Howland.

The Athletic Hall of Fame honorees:

Ronald Hancharik (1972) was a pitcher and member of the Champion Flashes baseball team. He is manager of Proposals in North America for Metso Power USA in Charlotte, N.C. In 1984 and 1985 he lived in Sweden where he worked developing fluidized bed combustions technology. He and his family reside in Charlotte.

Gerald H. Vesey (1951) was a member of the high school baseball team that won the school’s county class B title with a perfect record of 22 straight victories. He served 40 years with the Youngstown Air Reserve Station as and administration chief. He passed away at age 80 in 2011.

Mark Senkowitz (1989) was active in high school football for three years and baseball for four years. He played three years in the Boston Red Sox farm leagues, two years in the New York Penn League and one year in the Carolina League. Senkowitz is real estate lending manager at Seven Seventeen Credit Union. He and his family resident in Cortland.

George M. Trotogott (1969) was a standout in high school basketball and baseball. In 1968, as a junior he scored 325 points for a new season record in basketball and earned various honors. After the age of 50, he ran four half-marathons and one full-marathon during an 18-month period. He resides in Ooltrwah, Tenn.

James Krisher was a coach at Champion schools from 1959 to 1968. During those years the junior high basketball team grades seven and eight compiled a 124-7 record. He served as a principal at Fowler Junior High School and later principal at Trumbull County Joint Vocational School from 1979 to 1991. He lives in Vienna.