7:30 p.m. Induction Program
Donald "Red" Amidei,
Leonard "Len" Czarnecki,
August "Gus' Pasquini,
Basketball and Baseball, Class of 1945
Presenter: Ted Poprawski
Don excelled in both basketball (Juniors & Seniors) and baseball at HTHS and was a major letter winner in both sports for four years. In his senior year, he was captain and MVP in both basketball and baseball and was HTHS Most Outstanding Athlete. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to DePaul University where he started in basketball but switched to intercollegiate boxing. He was a major letter winner in boxing in his junior and senior years and received the Sports Writers' MVP Boxing Award and John S. Clark Boxing Award in his senior year. He was a successful Head Track & Field coach at St. George H.S., DePaul University, and Northwestern University. He was inducted into the Illinois State Track Coaches Association Hall Of Fame in 1976, DePaul University Hall Of Fame (Boxing and Track Coach) in 1979, and Chicago Catholic League Coaches Hall Of Fame (Track Coach) in 1984.
Don is retired and lives with his wife, Therese, in Park Ridge, Illinois. They have two children and two grandchildren. Don is an amateur Egyptologist, collects books, collects stamps, and enjoys traveling and bicycling.
Leonard "Len" Czarnecki
Presenter: Henry Brandt
Len was actively involved in sports and band at HTHS. He was a major letter winner in basketball (4 yrs), baseball (2 yrs), football (1 yr), and band (4 yrs). His achievements in basketball (Juniors) were outstanding. In his junior year, the HTHS Junior team took 2nd place in the Catholic League and he was the HTHS and Catholic League North Section MVP, led the HTHS Junior basketball team in scoring, was third leading scorer of the Catholic League Juniors, and played in the Catholic League All Star game. In his senior year, the HTHS Junior team took 2nd place in the Fenwick tournament and Len was voted MVP of the tournament. His team was in the Catholic League championship semi-finals. He was selected to the Chicago Catholic League First Team, and played in the Catholic League All Star Game. He received a basketball scholarship to St. Ambrose College where he started for three years and was an All Iowa Conference and Catholic All American guard. He was inducted into the St. Ambrose College Athletic Hall Of Fame in 1988.
Len served in the United States Air Force for twenty years. He was a demonstration pilot with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds from 1962 - 1964 and flew one hundred fifty five combat missions during the Vietnam War. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. After retirement from the Air Force, he was a certified flight instructor in Las Vegas, built a successful basketball coaching record and was Dean of Students at Eldorado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. His basketball team won the State AAA Championship in 1985. He later was Assistant Principal at Rancho High School in Las Vegas for five years. Len retired in August, 1998. He and his wife, Sylvia, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he enjoys playing golf.
August "Gus" Pasquini
Presenter: Henry Brandt
Gus was a three year starter
in both football and basketball. He was 2nd Team All Catholic quarterback
as a senior and received the New World Football Award for the Catholic
League All Star team as a junior and senior. On the Junior Basketball team,
he was captain and 1st Team Catholic League in both his junior and senior
year, was 2nd place scoring champion in his junior year, led the Catholic
League in scoring and was HTHS MVP in his senior year. He was inducted
into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame as a basketball player in
1991. He was a teacher and coach
He is retired from his successful teaching, coaching, and high school administration career. He is a member and former president of various professional associations and has conducted various seminars pertaining to education. He and his wife, Rose Marie, have been married for forty-four years and live in Kingwood, Texas. They have two children and four grandchildren.
First Induction Ceremony
2001 Induction Ceremony
2002 Induction Ceremony
To E-mail Web master, just click here! firstname.lastname@example.org