Welcome to the Holy Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame
Web Site


June 17, 2002

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Induction Ceremony Following Dinner


Brother Philip Smith, C.S.C President


Master of Ceremonies

Peter P. Peters, ’53

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Chet Lis, ’58 Chairperson

Ron Sowizrol, ’57

Denis Zamirowski, ’63


Induction Presentation

Richard “Honey” Starzyk

Basketball, Class of 1938



Brother Thomas R. Henning, C.S.C.

HTHS 1958 - 1970, 1989 – 1992

Athletic Director, Faculty & Staff

Belinda Williams

Volleyball, Track & Field, Class of 1993



Richard “Honey” Starzyk

Basketball, Class of 1938


Presenter: Richard Starzyk (Son of Richard “Honey” Starzyk)


To receive the award for Richard “Honey” Starzyk: Stephen Starzyk (Son)

The 1938 Yearbook said the following about Richard: Captain “Honey” Starzyk has to be rated as the most aggressive and dependable player on the basketball squad. He is, no doubt, one of the greatest Tiger athletes to terminate a scintillating career in sports at Holy Trinity High School. Richard played varsity basketball for 4 years, was captain of the basketball and baseball teams in his junior and senior years and was listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Outstanding Catholic High School seniors.

After graduating from HTHS, he played basketball for the Division Street YMCA Clippers which won the YMCA International Championship two years in a row. He then played on the DePaul University basketball team, was a two-year major letter winner, and along with George Mikan, was a member of the DePaul NIT Championship team. In a 1945 newspaper article, Coach Ray Meyer rated Starzyk as one of the top guards in the country. Richard’s DePaul basketball career was interrupted by World War II. While in the Army – Air Force, he was awarded several medals including the Victory Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster and the Distinguished Flying Cross and played basketball for the Salt Lake Air Base Wings where his team was number one in the service league. He was rated as the top Air Base Defensive

Cager. He returned to DePaul; and after college, he played professional basketball in the National Basketball League.

Richard died in 1990 of lung cancer. His wife, Laura, resides in Addison, Illinois. Richard and Laura had two sons and four daughters. Their son, Richard, lives in Houston, Texas; their son Stephen in Batavia, Illinois; their daughter, Teri (Shuman), in Warrenville, Illinois; their daughter, Julie (Wagner), in Elmhurst, Illinois; and their daughter, Ellen (Bachner), in Lombard, Illinois; one of their daughters died in an accident at age 18 months. There are seven grandsons and two granddaughters. Richard and Laura married in 1953 and would have been married forty eight-years this year. Richard was an avid golfer.



Brother Thomas R. Henning, C.S.C.

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HTHS 1958 - 1970, 1989 – 1992

Athletic Director, Faculty & Staff

Presenter: Brother Joseph Fox, C.S.C.


Brother Tom was on the faculty of HTHS from 1958-1970 returning for a second tenure from 1989-1992. He served as Athletic Director during some tough times from 1963-1970 during which he kept the athletic program together and strove to have a competitive sports program that included football. He kept students interested in sports, maintained a great coaching staff, inspired sportsmanship from the students and engineered a very credible athletic program. Brother Tom was extremelly well respected not only by athletes, but the entire student body for his sportsmanship, his passion to build school spirit, his dedication to help students gain confidence in themselves and his ability to encourage athletes and students to become the best possible. Students describe Brother Tom as a tremendous individual who was constructive, had a great attitude and a great disposition. He was a surrogate father to a lot of students.

Brother Tom held many offices in the Chicago Catholic League including Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer, and President. He rewrote the rules of the Chicago Catholic League. As HTHS Development Director, 1989 – 1991, he reorganized the Alumni Association. Brother Tom resides at the Helen D. Schubert Villa, Notre Dame, Indiana.





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Belinda Williams

Volleyball, Track & Field, Class of 1993

Presenter: Ted Poprawski


Belinda excelled in volleyball. She was a member of the volleyball team for four years and a major letter winner in her , junior and senior years. She was an individual standout and true team player. She was named All-Conference First Team in the Chicago Prep Conference (CPC) in her junior and senior years and CPC Player of the Year in her senior year. She helped lead her team to the first ever school record of a 16 win season which included CPC championship and the first ever IHSA regional championship in 1992. She set numerous individual school volleyball marks. She was named MVP and HTHS Athlete of the Year as a senior, which was HTHS’s first ever Female Athlete of the year. She was also named as HTHS’s 1992 Willye White Women’s Athlete of Special Recognition, an award given to female athletes in the Chicago area in recognition of their contributions, and received special notice at the annual Women’s Day in Sports. She also was in Track & Field her sophmore and senior years and a major letter winner in both years.

After graduating from HTHS, she played volleyball for North Central College as a freshman and sophmore and graduated with a BA in Sociology and Minor in Arts. She works for Little Friend in Naperville specializing in working with mentally ill adults and currently lives in Warrenville, Illinois.

Current Members

Holy Trinity High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Don “Red” Amidei, Basketball and Baseball, Class of 1945, Inducted 2000

Don “ Tuffy” Balicki, Basketball, Class of 1957, Inducted 1999

Henry J. Brandt, Coach, Class of 1927, Inducted 1999

Leonard “Len” Czarnecki, Basketball and Football, Class of 1948, Inducted 2000

Joe “Herman” Gliwa, Football, Class of 1955, Inducted 1999

Brother Alfred Grilli, C.S.C., Band Director 1942 – 1987, Inducted 1999

Brother Tom Henning, C.S.C., Athletic Director, Faculty & Staff 1958-1970, 1989-1992,

Inducted 2002

John “Jack” Krol, Baseball and Basketball, Class of 1953, Inducted 2001

Stephen Kubiatowski, Basketball and Golf, Class of 1953, Inducted 2001

August “Gus” Pasquini, Football and Basketball, Class of 1951, Inducted 2000

Michael “Mickey” Salzinski, Class of 1956, Basketball, Inducted 2001

Richard “Honey” Starzyk, Basketball, Class of 1938, Inducted 2002

Belinda Williams, Volleyball, Track & Field, Class of 1993, Inducted 2002

Frank “Andy” Wodziak, Football, Class of 1949, Inducted 1999


Thank You This booklet was put together with the teamwork of two former Tiger football co-captains.  Chester Lis '58, e-mailed the text to Greg Lopatka '58.  Greg printed it on his home computer and created this web page. 


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