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3 individuals, 1966 football team to enter SHS Hall of Fame

The “Class of 2014” will be inducted May 10 at the annual banquet in the school cafeteria.
Butch Wagner
Apr 7, 2014
Three individuals and a powerful football team during the “Sensational Sixties” make up the Sandusky High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The “Class of 2014” will be inducted May 10 at the annual banquet in the school cafeteria.

The individuals, with the category for enshrinement listed are:

•Esther Esposito, 1960 graduate, community member.

•James Bahnsen, 1963 graduate,community member.
•Tony Myers, Sr., 1966 graduate, athlete.

The committee also chose the high-powered 1966 Blue Streak football team that rolled up 10 consecutive victories under first-year head coach Bob Reublin to extend the number of wins to 23. The Streaks were also 10-0, under coach Bob Seaman, the previous season. In 1965, Sandusky outscored its opponents, 366-34, then followed that up in 1966 with a 374-56 advantage for back-to-back perfect seasons.

Esposito and Bahnsen served the youth of the city school for many years in varied roles. Esposito served her alma mater well mostly behind the scenes for over three decades.

She was the SHS cheerleader adviser before taking a position in the Guidance office, then moved out to the main office before she retired.

Esposito was honored for her dedication and service to education for the young people in 2000.

Esther and her husband, Joe, live in Sandusky and will celebrate their 50th anniversary in June.

Bahnsen was involved as a coach in the Blue Streak Grade School football for four decades then volunteered in the basketball program for the young athletes.Bahnsen, who played football and tennis in high school, was also active in the Blue Streak Booster Club for many years.

Jim and his wife, Brenda, live in Berlin Heights. They have three sons who live in Sandusky along with two step children who reside in Norwalk and Milan.

Myers earned nine varsity letters — three each in football, wrestling and track — despite the fact he was unable to participate in any sport his senior year because of his age (19).    

Born in Tennessee, Myers came to Sandusky at the age of 12 and immediately excelled in sports. He ran for over 300 yards in one junior high football game.

As a freshman, Myers was a fullback on the 1962 football team that finished with an 8-0-2 record under coach Earle Bruce, wrestled under coach Jim Tressel and was a member of the SHS 880 relay team that set a Sandusky Invite mark at 1:32.2 with Bob Lindsey, George Campbell and Tim Stokes.

In his sophomore year (1963-64), SHS compiled a 9-0-1 record with Myers a member of the backfield that rolled up 375 points. He also had great success in wrestling and a member of the 1964 Buckeye Conference championship track team.

In Myers' junior year, the Streaks finished 9-1 under coach Bob Seaman and had a 28-game unbeaten streak halted by Elyria on Oct. 23, 1964. He again was a key member of the backfield unit. In wrestling, Myers had a 13-7 mark and placed third in the conference tournament.

On the track, Myers joined Steve Derringer, Jim Brown and Lindsey to smash the school's 880-yard relay mark with a time of 1:31.3.

After graduation, Myers entered the U.S. Navy and served four years with four tours of duty to Vietnam on attack carriers.

Back home, Myers pursued a career in law enforcement and graduated from the Sandusky Police Training Academy. He also attended Lorain Community college, majoring in criminal justice and was a reserve police officer for the Sandusky Police Department..

In 1982, Myers became a full-time deputy with the Erie County Sheriff's Department and retired in 2010. Also in the 1980s, Myers joined a growing list of power lifters that included Dave Schweinfurth and Dave Waddington and eventually earned three gold medals in the Ohio Police Olympics. Myers and his wife, Charlotte, have five grown children and 10 grandchildren.

The 1966 football team was part of Sandusky's "Dynamic Duo" in which both the Blue Streaks and the St. Mary's Panthers mowed down 10 opponents for joint perfect seasons. The highlight of the season was a 74-0 win over arch-rival Fremont Ross on a night in which the Streaks scored 11 touchdowns and rolled up an incredible 677 yards of offense.

One remarkable SHS statistic is the fact 15 members of that team went on to earn college football scholarships, several at national Division I powers.

Another outstanding stat is the senior members of that team never lost a game on the seventh-grade level on up (eighth-grade, freshman, JVs and varsity).

When that senior group left, Sandusky had a 23-game winning streak dating back to that 32-6 loss to Elyria.

There were 31 seniors on that list. They were Dave Agsten, Isavelt Amison, Willie Amison, Dave Bloomquist, Bruce Bravard, Tom Catlett, Jim Collins, Doug Copenhaver, Paul Cross, Bill Deming, George Garrett, Rick Griffith, Tom Jenkins, Arry Keys, Charles Lewis, Hillman Lindsey, Ed Luckett, Pete Manuguerra, Terry McNutt, Vic Malinovsky, Steve Morgan, Mike Nath, Bob Ohlemacher, Tom Pope, Jamie Rausch, Jim Reis, Hollis Shaw, Willie Shaw, Larry Taylor, Tom Wright, and Jim Young.

Malinovsky was chosen the United Press International (UPI) Lineman of the Year, Associated Press first-teamer and a high school All-American in addition to a two-ay pick in the Buckeye Conference. Garrett also earned first-team All-Ohio honors.

Garrett, Willie Amison and Ed Williams gained all-Buckeye honors on offense while Griffith, Willie Shaw and Deming earned all-conference laurels on defense.

Three members of Reublin's staff still live in the area — Gene Kidwell, Bob Reiber and Jim Colwell. Reublin resides in Bowling Green.



Congrats Tony, we were a great class SHS 66!


Way to go Tony ! Wish Dave was here to welcome you to the club.


I do not know any of these three! I however would like to say Congrats to them all these are some Great accomplishments as well as great role models in your community!!


Way to Go Tony Sr. !!!!!

Mooches ~ Pops !