They will be inducted Jan. 19, 2014 at the annual banquet at the Sandusky Yacht Club.
Selected by the committee to be enshrined are with the category for the individuals also listed.
Coach Lee Zierolf’s 1938-1939 squad consisted of Art Link, Joe Riccardi, Charles Stanley, Kenny Smith, John Thompson, Howard Thompson, Leroy “Socket” Riedy and Wayne Stamm. Stanley is the lone living member of that group, and committee members Dave Mehling and Gary Erney are looking for any contact from a member of the Stamm family.
Toni Wierzba Majer, 1987 graduate, athlete.
Mona Barrett Rutger, 1968 graduate, professional.
Ron Baum, 1998 graduate, athlete.
Derek Guerra, 1993 graduate, athlete.
Rev. Jeremy Miller, 2003 graduate, athlete.
Dennis Rectenwald, service.
Jim Smith, 1951 graduate, athlete.
The Panthers posted a 21-2 record which included seven tournament wins before losing in the final 29 seconds of the championship game to North Canton, 24-23.
Link was an all-Ohio first-team choice and produced 336 points in the 23 games for St. Mary’s, which beat Nova Glenford and Dennison in Columbus to reach the finals. Majer had an outstanding track career for SMCC.
She guided the Panthers to their first perfect regular season (11-0) and first Sandusky Bay Conference girls championship her senior season in 1987 with four first-place finishes — the 100- and 200-meter dashes and as a member of the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams.
She finished the regular season unbeaten in the 100 and 200 three years in succession and compiled a 32-0 record.
Majer went on to place third in the 200 and ran the anchor leg on the 400 relay team that finished second in the state meet.
When she graduated, Majer held the school record in the 100, 200 and 400 and also as a member of the 400 and 800 relay teams.
Rutger has spent most of her adult life relating to the treatment of wildlife in need of help and is the owner/operator of Back to the Wild, a Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Education Center on Bardshar Road in Castalia.
Each year, the center treats over 2,500 wild animals and presents education programs to over 70,000 students and member of youth groups.
She has been nominated as Top 25 CNN Heroes for 2013 and earned the American Red Cross Firelands’ Hometown Hero Award in 2007, as well as the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet 2006 Hero of the Year.
Baum was a four-year letter winner for the SMCC wrestling team. He compiled a 138-30 career record for a winning percentage of.885, highlighted by winning the Division III state championship in 1998 in the 140-pound class with an exciting 2-1 victory in the title match that also enabled his team to secure a runner-up finish in the team standings.
In football, Baum was the team’s MVP his senior year and earned first-team All-SBC honors on defense. He led the Panthers in rushing and scoring as a senior and had a career-high 224 yards rushing in one game.
Guerra is one of three SMCC Hall of Fame athletes to receive three first-team All-SBC honors in one year. He was honored as a receiver and a punter in football in addition to making the first team in basketball and baseball in his senior seasons.
Also in football, Guerra earned three letters and played an integral part on the 1992 SBC championship team.
As for baseball, Guerra was the leading hitter as a senior with a.488 average and had just one error in the field and also led the team in strikeouts (63) and ERA (1.60).
On the court, Guerra was the top scorer in the 1992-93 season with 17.1 points a game.
Fr. Miller is the only Erie County high school tennis player to win an individual state crown (2003). He finished the junior season with a perfect 38-0 record on his way to a remarkable career mark of 130-2.
He was runner-up in the Division II state tournament singles play as a sophomore and suffered his lone loss in 36 matches in the finals.
Fr. Miller continued his tennis career at Xavier University, where he was a four-year scholar athlete and earned Atlantic 10 first-team all-conference recognition as a junior and senior.
Upon graduating from Xavier with a BA in Philosophy, he entered the Mount St. Mary Seminary School and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on June 22 of this year.
Rectenwald, a 1965 graduate of Fremont St. Joseph, was the high school principal at SMCC from Sept. 1975 until Aug. 1981, and headed up the 1978 accreditation by the North Central Ohio Association of College and Secondary schools, which proved that St. Mary met high education/academic standards and showed a steady increase in enrollment.
He was also instrumental in getting the school’s Chapel project constructed, and brought to fruition — in addition to working with the Toledo Diocese — the ground breaking for the new high school wing addition, and presided over the $1.7 million expansion project.
It was during his tenure as principal that SMCC won the SBC All-Sports Trophy for the only time in the 1979-80 school year, the same year the Panthers had a perfect boys basketball team and won the state championship.
Smith excelled in basketball, and was a junior member of the undefeated 1949-50 basketball team (17-0), He earned honorable mention All-Ohio as SMCC wound up with a 21-1 record, losing to Troy Luckey in the district.
In his senior season of 1950-51, Smith was the scoring leader with 378 points and averaged 18 points a game for the Panthers, who were 15-1 in the regular season and 18-2 overall.
Smith set the school’s individual game scoring record at the time with 37 points against Fostoria St. Wendelin, and scored 30 or more points on three other occasions as a senior. He earned first-team All-District and All-SBC honors and was also the leading scorer in the conference.
In football, Smith played a tackle position and earned two varsity letters. He is deceased.