Devil Doings October 2022 Newsletter

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2022 Athletic Hall of Fame


by Teri DiMattia Shine '72

The 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took

place on Thursday, September 15th at Pine Ridge Country Club. 

Honorees are chosen from nominations that are submitted to

the WSAA using criteria from the individual's achievements

during and after high school.  This year's deserving inductees

are Lowell Grimm, Pete Humphrey, Dennis Kiel, Ray Carroscia, Scott Tennant, and Bob Murphy.

Lowell Grimm - Coach


Lowell graduated from Wickliffe High School in 1962. While in high school, he received letters in baseball and football. In 1966, Lowell received his BS degree from Bowling Green State University with a major in industrial arts and a minor in geography. He received his degree of Master of Education in administration from Kent State University in the Spring of 1970 while teaching and coaching.



In 1966, Lowell began his 35 year teaching career at Wickliffe Junior High School. Besides teaching, he coached several sports teams throughout 1968-2001. This includes 8th grade boys basketball (1968-1993), 9th and later 8th grade football (was assistant coach

for 2 years and head coach until retiring), and 9th and 8th girls softball (1980-2001). Lowell thoroughly enjoyed his years of employment at Wickliffe City Schools.


Lowell has been married to his best friend for 56 years, Leslie (also a retired teacher). They have two children who both graduated from WHS. Their daughter, Kelly, is an interior senior designer and married to Ryan Crozier, an attorney. She has three children, Nick, Henry, and Cora. Their son, Jeffrey, is an AP biology teacher and head of a science department and is married to Lisa, a physical education teacher. They have two children, Kailee and Connor. To date, Lowell and Leslie’s three out of five grandchildren are college students and two are seniors in high school. Over the years, Lowell has had many interests besides family, teaching, and coaching which include: singing, doo wop music, gardening, woodworking, classic cars, the stock market, and playing softball and basketball for many years. Lowell has lived a full and rewarding 78 years. 


Pete Humphrey - Coach


Humph's career was second to none when it came to wearing many different hats in serving the athletes of Wickliffe High School. His players enjoyed the experiences of being around him and continue to talk about how much they loved him. He was firm but fair and fun. His loyalty to Wickliffe athletes and coaches was unmatched.


Pete is the only coach in the history of Wickliffe athletics that won two state championships. In the mid-nineties, Pete led the girls’ softball team to back-to-back state championships.


Pete is also in the Cuyahoga Heights Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions to their historic athletic past as Pete is considered one of the great athletes in their history.


Pete was also the Lake County ASA assigner of umpires for over 20 years.


Pete's contributions to the Wickliffe athletics include the following:

  • Head Coach, girls high school fast and slow pitch softball
  • Head Coach, girls high school basketball
  • Assistant Coach, middle school and high school football
  • Assistant Coach , boys high school basketball
  • Assistant Athletic Director, Wickliffe High School
  • Athletic Director, Wickliffe Middle School 


 Pete passed away on July 5, 2013. He is survived by daughter, Marissa Humphrey, sons, Nick and Brandon Humphrey, former wife and best friend, Theresa Humphrey. 


Dennis Kiel - Class of 1971


Dennis represented Wickliffe High School in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He was awarded eight varsity letters in four sports at Wickliffe: three in football, two in basketball, two in baseball, and lastly, one in track.

 

Dennis earned numerous local, regional, and state awards during his high school athletic career.

 

In football, he was a three-year starter. As a sophomore, he was a starting running back and safety. During this year he was all conference, all Lake County, as well as the News Herald Player of the Week. Dennis' work ethic and competitiveness were acknowledged with a number of accolades. As a senior, he earned MVP, top start award, defensive back award, all conference (both offense and defense), all Lake County offense, and all district offense. He was the recipient of the News Herald Player of the Week, Cleveland Press Star Player of the Week, Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week, and was fortunate to be selected as starter for the East-West Save-A-Sight All Star Game.

 

In basketball, Dennis was a two-year starting point guard. Junior year he was all conference. Senior year he won all conference, all Lake County, News Herald Player of the Week, Mr. Defense award, and was voted to the all-district tournament team.

 

Dennis was also a two-year starter in baseball. During his junior year he made all conference, and all Lake County. Senior year he was recognized as all conference, all Lake County, all district, defense award. In addition, he was voted to the district all-tournament team.

 

As a member of Wickliffe's track team during his sophomore year, Dennis earned all-conference and was district qualifier in the 100-yard dash and 880 relay.

 

Following Wickliffe High School, Dennis attended Marietta College and played both baseball and football. He then transferred to Cleveland State where he played three years of D-1 baseball. He earned his degree in education. Dennis taught school and coached for eight years, later taking a position with the USPS, where he is currently employed.


Ray Carroscia - Class of 1985



Ray was a three-sport letterman at Wickliffe participating in football, basketball and baseball.


He earned his first varsity letter as a pitcher for the Blue Devils' baseball team during his sophomore year. He was the captain of both the football and basketball teams in his senior year.


Although he did well in all three sports, it was in football that he excelled. In his senior year as quarterback, Ray was Wickliffe’s Offensive MVP; he led an offense that established school records in total yards, total points scored, and total passing yards. Ray still holds school records for passes attempted (135), passes completed (68), yards per completion (16.8) and total passing yards (1,143). In addition to being named a Lake County Scholar Athlete, Ray was also selected to the Chagrin Valley All Conference Team and the Lake County Save-A-Sight Team.


As a freshman walk-on at Kent State University in 1985, Ray earned the scout team player of the week award twice as a tailback. In 1986, Ray was awarded a football scholarship and earned his first letter by starting on special teams and playing in the secondary as a defensive back for Kent State’s defense. Ray returned to the offensive backfield where he was named the Spring Offensive MVP in 1987, and in that football season he earned his first start for the repeat runner-up Golden Flashes. Ray was a two-year starter as a running back for Kent State in 1988 and 1989, and he was selected captain his senior season. Ray was a four-time letter winner, and was chosen three times to the First Team Mid-American Conference All-Academic Team. In 1989, he was named to the ESPN Academic All District Team.


Since graduating from Kent State in 1990, Ray coached six years as an assistant at Nordonia High School, then started the football program at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy where he served as the head coach from 1997-2014 with an overall record of 107-77. While there, his teams won four conference championships, made six playoff appearances. and he was named coach of the year five times. Ray was on the Wickliffe football coaching staff from 2015-2017, serving as the defensive coordinator in 2016-2017. Ray is in his 32nd year at CVCA where he has been a teacher, administrator, athletic director, football, basketball and track coach. He is currently a teacher and a varsity assistant football coach. Ray and his wife Shelley have been married for over 30 years. They live in Stow, Ohio and have two children, Antonio and Madeline.

Scott Tennant - Class of 1988


In his days as a student-athlete at Wickliffe, Scott was a four-year letter winner and team captain in track as a sprinter and long jumper, and a letterman in football as a running back.


He later served as president of the Wickliffe Soccer Club and coached Wickliffe youth soccer and baseball teams for 15 years. Scott is the public address (PA) announcer for the Wickliffe High School football as well as boys and girsl soccer and basketball t boys soccer, girls soccer, volleyball, boys basketball and girls basketball teams, as well for the Wickliffe Swing Band.


In 2020 he established the Ray Milavec Memorial Scholarship in memory of the great educator, administrator, coach and PA announcer.


Both Scott and his wife Terry (Class of 1987) are lifelong residents of Wickliffe and have five children: Elissa (2012), Chloe (2015), Jared (2017), Melanie (2019) and Jack (2023).


Scott represented Wickliffe on national television as a contestant on both Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2003) and The Price Is Right (2007), taking home more than $35,000 in cash and prizes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University. Scott began his career as a sportswriter for The News-Herald and is currently Director of Global Communications for Materion Corporation based in Mayfield Heights.

Bob Murphy - Class of 1996


Bob competed in football, baseball, and basketball during his career at Wickliffe earning a total of 7 letters. His main sport was football. As early as the 8th grade, one of Bob's cherished memories was when his coach informed him that varsity team members were showing up to the games just to watch Bob dominate playing fullback!


Bob was a three-year starter both ways and saw varsity action as a freshman. Bob never came off the field: he kicked off, long snapped and played offense and defense. Bob excelled as a sophomore starting as tight-end and defense-end but was moved to tackle where he did the most damage. 


Accomplishments in football include the following:

  • Receiving the All-State Division 4-5 Award for the position of defensive tackle
  • Being named Plain Dealer’s All Northeast 1st Team Lake's District Team
  • Receiving the News Herald's Defensive Player of the Year Award
  • Receiving the Plain Dealer’s Lake County and Geauga County Defensive All Star Football Team Award
  • Being inducted to the 1995 Lake County’s Touchdown Club All Star Team
  • Receiving the MVP Award from WHS for football.  
  • Being named team captain of WHS's football team.  
  • Being named 1st All CVC Defensive Team for defensive tackle
  • Completing a total of 185 career tackles and 12 career quarterback sacks as a defensive tackle
  • Achieving a career game high of 20 tackles against Chardon and 3 sacks against South.


Accomplishments in baseball and basketball include:

  • Being named to the Plain Dealer's 2nd team All Star Team
  • Earning three letters in baseball with a 335-batting average
  • Playing varsity basketball and lettering his sophomore year 


Bob went on to play football at Baldwin Wallace and received several player-of-the-week awards, but endured a career-ending injury his freshman year. He concentrated on his studies and became actively involved with his fraternity (ATO) and philanthropy. Currently, Bob owns a successful construction company and lives in Chardon. 

Meet Mark Tromba ('85):

Former Cleveland Indians PA Announcer

and Radio Personality 


by Scott Tennant '88

If you lived in Northeast Ohio in the mid-1990s and had any interest at all in sports, you know how beloved the Cleveland Indians teams of that era were. And you know how Jacobs Field was THE place to be from April through October as the Tribe won multiple division titles and two American League pennants.


What you may not know, however, is that the man whose voice provided the soundtrack for those wild and wonderful times is a born and bred Wickliffe Blue Devil.


Mark Tromba (Class of 1985) was the public address announcer at Jacobs Field for four of the most memorable seasons in Indians history, starting with the park’s opening in 1994 and lasting through the memorable 1997 campaign.


How he got to that point – and the people he met along the way – is a story in itself.


After graduating from Wickliffe, Tromba attended Edinboro (PA) University as a communications major. There he got his first taste of radio and had the opportunity to broadcast Fighting Scots football and basketball games. Not that anyone in Wickliffe who knew him was surprised.


“Growing up in such a sports-nuts family, it was ingrained in me from day one,” says Tromba, who also interned at Cleveland’s WEWS TV-5 while in college. “The Browns, Indians, Cavs, Ohio State…I loved the atmosphere of being at a game. As a kid, I’d sit and do play by play in front of the TV or PA announcing in the shower. I always wanted to be around it.”


It certainly didn’t hurt that Tromba was influenced by Ray Milavec, his high school baseball coach and one of the area’s great broadcast voices. When Milavec would work as the PA announcer at Cleveland Cavaliers games, Tromba and his friends would sometimes be there at the Richfield Coliseum to take it all in.


It also didn’t hurt that Tromba was able to learn from Cleveland legends Nev Chandler and Joe Tait. His connection with Chandler developed during his WEWS internship, while the feedback from Tait came in response to a letter Tromba wrote.


“I reached out to Joe Tait with a sample of my play-by-play work and figured I wouldn’t hear back from him, but he sent me a handwritten, five-page letter telling me what I did well and what I needed to work on, and giving me a lot of compliments,” recalls Tromba, who also cites Coliseum PA announcing icon Howie Chizek as an influence. “That was really something.”


After graduating from Edinboro, Tromba joined a radio station in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, where he became sports director and continued broadcasting high school sports in addition to covering the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers.


After a year in Ambridge, Tromba had the chance the come back home and took a job in sales at WELW radio in Willoughby. He made it known he was also looking to get on the air, and it wasn’t long before he became that station’s sports director and found himself again covering a wide range of sports. Under his leadership, WELW’s sports coverage was named Outstanding Sports Operation in the State of Ohio by the Associated Press.


Tromba worked at WELW from 1990 through 1995 and met his wife Kelly there, as she was a news reporter for the station. Kelly would go on to broadcast news at WEOL and WNWV “The Wave,” and was the news writer/producer at Channels 19 & 43 for anchors Denise Dufala and Gretchen Carlson.


Four years into his WELW tenure, Tromba heard the Indians were looking for a PA announcer for their sparkling new ballpark. He put together an audition tape and was one of about 150 applicants for the job. Just five days before the start of the 1994 season, he received a call telling him he had won the position.


“They told me to get a tuxedo because I was going to be on the field on Opening Day introducing President Clinton,” says Tromba. “Here I am, a 27-year-old kid, and my jaw dropped to the floor. I never PA announced in my life until the day I sat in that chair at Jacobs Field.”


Tromba grew up rooting for Indians teams that ranged from mediocre to just plain bad, so being part of the team’s revival – and being the stadium voice from the beginning of a stretch 455 consecutive sellouts – is something he says “will always be near and dear to me.”


Tromba met a long list of celebrities during time with the Indians, from Baseball Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson, Bob Uecker and Eddie Murray to entertainers Meat Loaf, LeAnn Rimes, Jerry Springer and Jerry Seinfeld. He was on the PA mic for both the 1995 and 1997 World Series as well as the 1997 Baseball All-Star Game. His introductions of many Indians stars of the time are still well remembered, most notably that of second baseman Carlos Baerga (“Carlos Baerrrrrrrrrrga!”)


In 1995, Tromba took a job as a weekend sports radio host on what was then WWWE radio and later became WTAM. He spent 12 years in that role, working with such Cleveland broadcasting luminaries as Casey Coleman, Gib Shanley, Mike Trivisonno, Mike Snyder, Bruce Drennan, Chuck Galeti and Bob Becker, among others. His duties ranged from covering Indians games and handling Tribe Insider pregame and postgame shows to providing sports updates during Trivisonno’s show.


Tromba left WTAM in 2007 after several years working as many as three jobs at once. His daughters Samantha and Victoria were starting to get involved with sports, and he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see them play (though he would later keep his hand in the PA game as the announcer for Madison High School football – and as a fill-in for Blue Streaks basketball – for a full decade).


Nowadays, as he and Kelly celebrate 26 years of marriage and both of their girls are in their 20s, Tromba serves as Executive Vice President for Performance Food Service. He and Kelly just moved to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, after three years in Texas as Tromba prepares to take over as president of the company in a year’s time.


Perhaps not surprisingly, he has fond memories of his formative years in Wickliffe.


“It was such a tightly knit community and a special place to grow up,” he says. “I’m still in communication with a lot of my classmates. They’re special people, and we have special relationships. When I played football and baseball at Wickliffe, we were never the biggest teams, but we were always the toughest. That’s really how you describe Wickliffe itself.”

Gone but not Forgotten
by Susan Skufca Bell '82

Since our last newsletter the WSAA has learned of the passing of some dedicated and well-loved staff of our Wickliffe Schools.

Mr. Ronald Srail passed away in February 2021. Mr. Srail taught for 33 years within the walls of Worden Elementary School. He strived to make learning enjoyable for his students and strongly believed every student had something positive and special to contribute to this world. Those who had Mr. Srail will remember his unique way of getting us to memorize the presidents of the United States: Washy-Ad-Jeffy-Maddy-Monroe...


Mrs. Vivian Yeager passed away In December 2020. Mrs. Yeager retired from Wickliffe Schools in 2005 after 34 years of loyal full-time employment in various positions. Mrs. Yeager was the 2nd generation of her family to attend Wickliffe City Schools.  She was a proud 1945 alumni. She and her husband lived in Wickliffe and raised their children there. Mrs. Yeager was a founding member and officer of the Mapledale Elementary PTA.  One of her favorite activities was participating in the annual bus trip to NYC with the Wickliffe NYC Theatre Tour.


Thank you Mr. Srail and Mrs. Yeager for making

Wickliffe schools and community a special place for all.

Reunion Recaps

The Class of 1958 Celebrates 64 Years!


On September 24th, the Class of 1958 celebrated 64 years with a clambake at the home of Nancy Issel Wilson. Twenty classmates along with 15 spouses were able to attend; one classmate even came all the way from California!  The day was filled with both catching up and reminiscing sprinkled with lots of laughter.

60th Reunion for the Class of 1962

by Tim Reid '62


On August 6th 2022, 21 members of the class of 1962 gathered at Pine Ridge Country Club. We were joined by several spouses, former classmates, and friends from nearby classes.


Memorabilia tables featured class photos from Lincoln and Worden Schools, others from WHS and a tribute to deceased classmates.

Several classmates traveled from Florida, Nebraska and California

for the evening.


An entire table was made up of 'kids' who grew up together on old Bryn Mawr when it was just a dirt road of cottages. So many memories!


Our dinner was delicious and the company was great! At a recent lunch, the committee agreed that it was our most enjoyable reunion in 60 years!

That '70s Reunion

by Dave Krych '71


The Wickliffe High School graduating classes of the ‘70s

get together every year on the last Saturday in July at Deeker’s Sidetracks in Mentor. Each year we average around two hundred people from the graduating classes of 1970-1979. Deeker's provides a limited menu for those wishing to have something to eat. We normally provide music and some snacks.  The venue has both inside and outside areas for us to to use. There are also bocce courts and billiards available for alumni to use. This year provided another great opportunity for catching up about our lives today and reminiscing about our yesterdays.

Please visit

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=484253837071784&set=pcb.484254067071761

for pictures of this event.

Class of 1972 Celebrates 50th Reunion

by Teri DiMattia Shine '72


In June of 1972 at Severance Hall in Cleveland, 307 students graduated  from WHS.  Many of these grads came together July 29th to celebrate our 50th reunion at the Italian American Club in Wickliffe. Eighty-three classmates, two teachers, and 35 significant others were in attendance.  We are so grateful that so many alumni could attend.


It was an evening of laughs, tears, hugs and kisses. Photos from high school events and previous reunions were shared. Lu Ann Urankar Zibert created a private Facebook page where photos, stories and updates about the reunion could be found. It is now the Class of 1972 page.


Our forty-one deceased classmates were remembered with a memory board of photos, a burning candle with flowers, obituaries and a note that read:


A tribute and a glimpse into the lives of our deceased classmates.

Our paths since graduation have gone in many directions. 

Some of us have stayed great friends and others have lost touch.

Let us remember those who have passed hoping to remember

good memories of our previous encounters.

May the experience of this reunion bring tears of joy and fond

memories of future things to come.


The overall feelings of the weekend were how wonderful it was to see everyone, and  thank goodness for nametags!  The party could have gone on forever.  We missed seeing those who couldn’t get here and agreed that it was good to be seen and be alive.


Many from the party reunited at That 70’s reunion the next day. Several classmates wanted to know if we will have a 55th reunion or a 70th birthday party. Hopefully that planning will begin next year.

Please visit

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10159335145274093&type=3 

for more pictures of this event.

40th Reunion for Class of 1982 Reunion

by Susan Skufca Bell '82

The Class of 1982 celebrated its 40th Reunion on Friday, September 9th. Over 75 classmates spent time catching up, playing 80s trivia, and dancing to 80s music! 


We were joined by retired teachers Mr. Dan D'Amore, Mr. Skip Kowalski, Mr. Tom Rosneck, Mr. Bob Smith, and Mrs. Marilyn Spease (Davidson). Music was provided by 3 and Easy with our very own lead singer Rondelle Cicirelli. 


Classmates who have passed away were honored with a special display and poem.


On Saturday, '82 classmates joined the all 80s Reunion at the "Rock the Mansion " event at Coulby Park sponsored by Wickliffe Forever.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.478965547600613&type=3

for more pictures of this event.

Looking for Class Representatives


Since 2003, the WSAA has been blessed to have alumni representatives from each class offering to help the WSAA keep our organization relevant. With the construction and redesign of our new website, we will need to reach every class to join in on all these exciting changes and upcoming events. 


When your class plans a reunion, the WSAA is there for you to send out notifications in our newsletters and on our website and Facebook page. 


This collaboration is possible because alumni like you volunteer to keep us up-to-date with your graduation information, names of alumni from your class, current email addresses, and even the passing of classmates. You do not need to be a class officer or even the organizer of a reunion to help; you just need to be willing to assist in gathering information from classmates to share with the WSAA. Is that person you? 


Please contact Nancy Perlic at wsaasocialdir@gmail.com if you are interested in helping!

WSAA Website

Our website is still being updated. We are planning to partner with classes at WHS to have students help manage the website .

Visit www.WickliffeAlumni.org to watch the progress!
WSAA Board Members
  • Susan Skufca Bell '82 - Secretary, Newsletter
  • Gail Shindly Bencina '81 - Social Media
  • Mark Cline '75 - Scholarship Committee
  • Frank Foti '74 - WWBD Network, School Connection
  • Dave Hintz '82 - Chairman, Achievement Hall of Fame
  • Dave Krych '71 - Achievement HOF
  • Chris May '77 - Treasurer
  • Nancy Krihwan Perlic '66 - Newsletter, Class Rep Administrator, Teacher Connection
  • Connie Kosanovich Powall '83 - Legal Counsel
  • Leah Reese - Executive Director
  • Teri DiMattia Shine -72 - Memorabilia, Hall of Fame Committees
  • Bob Smith - Honorary Board Member
If you are interested in getting involved with the WSAA, have any questions, or want to get in contact with any of our board members, please email us at wickliffealumni@gmail.com
PO Box 195 Wickliffe, Ohio 44092
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