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June 7, 2004

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Induction Ceremony Following Dinner

Welcome

Thomas V. Bednar President

 

Master of Ceremonies

August “Gus” Pasquini, Past AHF Inductee, Class of 1951

 

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Chet Lis, ’58 Chairperson

Ron Sowizrol, ’57

Denis Zamirowski, ’63

Joe Gliwa, ’55

Len Karwowski, ’51

 

 

Induction Presentation

 

Ralph Gatto

Basketball,

Class of 1948

Ted Schultz

Football,

Class of 1951

Adam Sochacki

Football,

Class of 1960

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Chester Lis

Class of 1958

Presented By Daniel Brandt

Class of 1965

 

Ted Schultz

Football, Class of 1951

 

Presenter: Cass Schultz

Ted was a member of the football team for four years, a major letter winner in his sophomore, junior and senior years and Football Captain in his senior year. He kicked the winning field goal against rival Weber in his sophomore year. He was selected to the Honorable Mention All Catholic League Football Team as a senior and also represented HTHS in the North versus South All Star Football Game in his senior year. He was also awarded the St. Boniface Youth Center Sportsmanship trophy (given to notable athletes from selected schools) in his senior year. Ted also played baseball for two years and was a major letter winner in those two years. He was a member of the 1948 team that captured the first American Legion Baseball Championship for the First District in Cook County. Ted also was a member of the band and received a major letter in his sophomore, junior and senior years. In addition, Ted was Class President in all four years and Student Council President in his senior year.

Ted received a football scholarship to St. Benedict College (now Benedictine College) in Kansas and was a major letter winner for three of the four years as a quarterback, running back and defensive back. His team won the conference championship when he was a junior.

After graduating from St. Benedict College with a BA in Mathematics, Ted was in the Army for 2 years. After the Army, Ted went to work for Western Electric. He worked in New York, for Western Electric / Lucent Technologies for 32 years in Switching as an equipment engineer, instructor and as a regulatory technical advisor. He retired in 1989.

 

 

    

Ralph Gatto

Basketball, Class of 1948

 

Presenter: Hank “Whitey” Karas

 

Ralph was an All Catholic and All City Basketball player. He was a starter on the Senior Varsity Basketball team as a sophomore, a major letter winner in his sophomore, junior and senior years, Co-Captain in his senior year and MVP in his junior and senior years. He was selected to the Chicago Sun-Times and Polish newspaper’s All City First Team in his senior year. He was the 1948 Catholic League Senior Varsity Basketball Scoring Champion. His teammates stated that, facing taller opponents and often double-teamed, he had moves that were amazing, scoring baskets or passing off to unguarded teammates. Ralph also played baseball and was a major letter winner as a sophomore and junior.

Ralph was offered 22 college basketball scholarships to colleges across the country, including Notre Dame and Big Ten schools. He also received a baseball offer with the Chicago Cubs Minor League system. He chose the Chicago Cubs. He played one year in the Cubs Minor League system; an injury cut his career short.

After the Chicago Cubs, he was in the Army for 2 years and spent 1.5 years in Korea. After the Army, he went to work for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad as an accountant. Ralph retired in 1985.

Ralph’s wife Mary Ann died in 1997. Ralph and Mary Ann were married in 1955 and had 6 children, Ralph Jr., Dan, Paul, Dave, Laura and Debra. Ralph has 6 grandsons and 5 granddaughters: Andrew 22, Adam 21, Paul 20, Dana 18, Brittany 15, Ashley 11, Emily 14, Sam 12, Peter 7, Bailey 6, Tommy 5.

 

 

                                   


 
Ted and his wife Catherine “Cass” have been married for 49 years and live in Old Bridge, New Jersey. They have 5 children, Linda, Krista, John, Ann and Catherine. They also have 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson: Jeanette 24, Lauryn 19, Nicole 19 and Tommy 17.

Adam Sochacki

Football, Class of 1960

Presenter: Adam Sochacki II

 

Adam was a member of the football team for four years, a major letter winner in his junior and senior years, Co-Captain and MVP lineman in his senior year. He also was selected to the Chicago Sun-Times Catholic League & Public League All Star First Team, New World First Team and Chicago Tribune Second Team. He was a Knute Rockne Memorial Award nominee, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club, given to the best Catholic League football player of the year.

Adam received a football scholarship to Parsons Junior College in Kansas and played first team as a freshman and sophomore as a guard on offense and linebacker on defense. After Parsons Junior College, he received a football scholarship to Texas Lutheran College (now Texas Lutheran University) in Seguin, Texas and earned a BS in Secondary Education. He later earned a M. ED. in Administration and Supervision of Secondary Schools from Loyola University of Chicago.

Adam spent his career with the Chicago Board of Education, coaching and teaching in several high schools, including the head football coach position at Wells High School.

Adam and his wife Judith have been married for 21 years and have 2 children, Adam II, and Amy Lynn. They also have 2 stepdaughters Melissa and Melanie and 2 grandchildren, Kaitlyn 4 and Ashley 11.

Athletic Hall of Fame Introduces

Distinguished Alumni Award

This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner has an additional twist as the school introduces its very first recipient of the Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is named after the legendary basketball player/baseball player/captain/coach who was the very first coach at Holy Trinity, a charter member of the school’s Hall of Fame and gave years of his life for Holy Trinity and it’s students. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate that is committed to and gives unselfishly to the school. The first recipient will be Chester Lis, class of 1958 and president of the school’s Alumni Association.

Chester Lis

Class 1958

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented By Daniel Brandt

Class of 1965

Chet graduated from Holy Trinity in 1958. He was Class President for all four years. As a member of the football team for four years, he played quarterback and running back on offense and defensive back on defense. He was awarded a major letter in his junior and senior years and received both the Most Improved Football Player Award (junior year) and Most Valuable Player Award (senior year). He was Co-Captain in his senior year and was honored with an MVP trophy from Dan Rostenkowski’s Youth Council. He also was a member of the Junior Varsity Basketball team and received a major letter in his senior year. In addition, he was on the tennis team in his senior year, a major letter winner and the Sports Editor of the school newspaper, Gold / Blue. Chet also earned a Scholastic Monogram in all four years.

 

After HTHS, Chet attended Illinois Institute of Technology on scholastic scholarships. He was on the Dean’s List for all four years and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society) and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While working for AT&T Teletype, he attended Northwestern University and graduated with a MBA. Chet spent his career with AT&T Teletype / AT&T Computer Systems, AT&T Switching Systems / Lucent Technologies in various positions of Engineering Management. After 39 years with AT&T / Lucent Technologies, Chet moved on to Baxter International where he currently works in Engineering Management.

Chet and his high school sweetheart Arlene have been married for 40 years and have three daughters, Karen (husband Jeff), Kathy (husband Mark) and Juliane (husband Scott) and seven grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin, Tyler, Ryan, Brett, Alissa and Jack.

Chet has involved himself with the HTHS Alumni Association since 1983. He has chaired various committees including the Athletic Hall of Fame and Golf Committee. In 1997, Brother Philip Smith C.S.C. asked Chet to create the Holy Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame and become its chairperson. Chet and his committee of Ron Sowizrol and Denis Zamirowski developed, implemented and have nurtured the Athletic Hall of Fame into a successful and important event for the school and the alumni. He currently is the Alumni President, sits on the HTHS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Stewardship Committee. His dedication, attitude and work ethic have been a beacon for others to emulate. Chet has been a very important part of the success of the school and in building a strong relationship between the school and its graduates.

Chet is active in his Vernon Hills community. As a member of the Board of Directors, he is an officer of the Gregg’s Landing Homeowners Association and an assistant coach (quarterback and backfield) for Little League Football. Son in law Mark Peterson is head coach and grandsons Tyler and Brett are players.

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

William “Red” Daletski, Football, Class of 1952, Inducted 2003

Robert Glazik, Basketball, Class of 1967, Inducted 2003

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

Marcus Overstreet, Basketball, Class of 1993, Inducted 2003

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. 

http://www.lopatka.net/

 


Lopatka Links
First Induction Ceremony
www.lopatka.net/HTHS-Fame/1999.html

2000 Induction Ceremony
www.lopatka.net/HTHS-Fame/2000.html

  2001 Induction Ceremony 
www.lopatka.net/HTHS-Fame/2001.html

  2002 Induction Ceremony 
www.lopatka.net/HTHS-Fame/2002.html

  2003 Induction Ceremony 
www.lopatka.net/HTHS-Fame/2003.html

 


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Class of 1958 40th Reunion

Class of 1958 40th Reunion

Class of 1959 Lunch

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