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1956 - 57 Junior Basketball Team

Presenter: Tim Bopp

One of the great Holy Trinity Junior Basketball Teams. The team won the Chicago Catholic League North Section Junior Championship, won eight practice tilts before compiling a 10 – 2 league mark, performed remarkably well in the prestigious annual Fenwick Junior Basketball Tournament as well as being outstanding in the city playoffs and captured third place for the entire Chicago Catholic Junior Basketball League.

Don “Tuffy” Balicki ‘57                               Team Captain Dave Baloun ‘57

Theodore Lake (Lakomecki) ‘57                 Fred Grygiel ‘59

Bob Mulsoff ’58                                          Chester Lis ‘58

Bob Grygiel ’58                                           Joe Loiacono ‘60

Joe Szalkiewicz ’57                                      Larry Mallek ‘59

Chester Haltman ’57                                    Dennis Suderski ‘59

Greg Owcarz ’57                                         Robert Szczesny ‘57

Ron Bristen ’58                                           Alan Komperda ‘60

Ken Kroll ’58

Manager Ramon Battaglia ‘59

Manager Frank Viscariello ‘57

Coach Gene Wierzbicki

Where do the team members live?

Don Balicki - Chicago, Illinois

Theodore Lake - (Lakomecki) Died 4 years ago

Wife Judith, River Forest, IL and Browntown, Wisconsin

Bob Mulsoff - Westchester, Illinois

Bob Grygiel - Homewood, Illinois

Joe Szalkiewicz - Barrington, Illinois

Chester Haltman - Chicago, Illinois

Greg Owcarz - Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

Ron Bristen - Crystal Lake, Illinois

Ken Kroll - Naperville, Illinois

Dave Baloun - Denver, Colorado

Fred Grygiel - Sea Girt, New Jersey

Chester Lis - Vernon Hills, Illinois

Joe Loiacono - Could not be located

Larry Mallek - Fountain Hills, Arizona

Dennis Suderski - Chicago, Illinois

Robert Szczesny - Rosemond, Illinois

Alan Komperda - Mission Viejo, California

Manager Ramon -  Battaglia Huntley, Illinois

Manager Frank - Viscariello Lombard, Illinois

Coach Gene Wierzbicki Could not be located

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Lawrence Wisniewski

Football, Class of 1959

Presenter: Barbara McCurdy

Lawrence (Larry) was a quarterback and member of the football team for four years, was awarded a major monogram in his junior and senior years and was co-captain in his senior year.

In his senior year, he received numerous awards including:

* Alumni Award for Outstanding Athlete and Most Valuable Back

* CISCA News North Section Catholic All Star

* Chicago American Prep Back of Week Award

* HTHS representative for Chicago Tribune article

* Chicago Daily News Honorable Mention for All Catholic League Team

* Chicago American Second Team, North Section Catholic All Star

* New World All-Star Team

In addition to his football accomplishments, Larry was a member of the National Honor Society in his senior year, awarded a Scholastic Monogram in his freshman and sophomore years, Class Treasurer in his junior year, Class Vice-President in his senior year, on the Yearbook Staff in his sophomore and senior years, on the Newspaper Staff in his sophomore year, a member of the Pep Club in his senior year, played intramural basketball and volleyball all four years and was a member of the basketball team in his freshman year.

Larry received a football scholarship to the University of Illinois and played in his freshman year; but had a serious injury during the final spring practice game that ended his college football career.

Larry graduated from Loyola University with a BS in Social Sciences in 1964. He worked for GTE Corporation for 24 years in a number of Human Resource managerial positions; the last one as Director of Human Resources until they closed their local manufacturing operations. Most recently, he worked for 13 years as Human Resource Director for Cermak Health Services of Cook County (over 500 medical professionals- doctors, nurses, mental health specialists, pharmacists, etc. that provide health services to the 10,000 inmates of the Cook County jail) until retirement in May of 2007. He is married to Elaine for 45 years. They have 2 children, Deborah 44 (husband is Bob Price) and David 38 (living in North Carolina- wife is Vicki). They are the proud grandparents of 5 Grandchildren: Nicole (19), Amanda (17), Jessica (15), Tyler (12) and Peyton (8). Larry’s interests include golf, reading, traveling and watching his grandchildren's sports activities. Other than living in New Hampshire for several years, he has lived in the Chicago/Naperville/Aurora area

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Quincy Paden

Track & Field, Basketball and Cross Country

Class of 1995

Presenter: Jorge Arreguin

Class of 1985

Quincy was a three sport athlete excelling in track & field, basketball and cross country. In his senior year, he was the recipient of the Tiger Award (Coach’s Award given to an athlete who exemplifies leadership) and honored as Top Senior Athlete of the year.

He was a four year member of the basketball team with two years as varsity starter and co-captain in his senior year. He was a member of the varsity cross country team for three years and a member of the IHSA Regional Team his sophomore, junior and senior years.

In track & field, Quincy was a 4 year IHSA Sectional Qualifier in the finals of the 100M and 200M dash (the only one in school history), placed third in his sophomore and senior year in the 200M Finals and third in the 100M in his senior year. In the Chicago Prep Conference, he was 100M and 200M Dash Champion in his sophomore through senior years and was a member of the 4 x 100M Conference Champions in his sophomore through senior year. He was Most Valuable Player of the track team for 4 years in a row.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Quincy was in the gospel choir and performed in the Marching band playing the Bass drum. He was also in Honors classes throughout high school.

Quincy graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. in Psychology in 1999. He continued his education and obtained a M.S.Ed in Counselor Education from Western Illinois University in 2003. He currently is attending Northern Illinois University to obtain a Doctor of Education degree. He will be awarded the Doctor of Education degree in Counselor Education this summer. He is single, lives in DeKalb, Illinois and is currently working for Northern Illinois University as an Academic Advisor. His hobbies include running, weight training, basketball and traveling.


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Ronald S. Sowizrol

Class of 1957

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumni Award


Presenter: Scott R. Sowizrol

Ron was a proud member of the class of 1957. He played football for four years earning one minor and two major letters. He was named second team North Section Catholic League in the Sun-Times. He also received the Doctor Jakubowski sportsmanship award. Ron played the part of Gorboduc Dutch Jones in the school play “The Billion Dollar Saint.” He played intramural basketball and volleyball all four years, was a member of the camera club and Y.C.S. Ron received a football scholarship to St. Ambrose College but decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became an electrician.

Ron has been a member of local 134 I.B.E.W. for fifty years and is still active in its retirees club. Ron served as the assistant electrical inspector for the Village of Schiller Park and he was on the Plan Commission Board where he was instrumental in forming the first master plan for the village. He also coached little league and Pop Warner football in Schiller Park. After moving to Inverness he became active in the St. Viator Athletic Club and helped with many fundraisers including the 3 on 3 basketball tournament and the “Run For The Lion.” Ron served as president of the St. Viator Hockey Club for twelve years. For his hard work and dedication St. Viator awarded him the Bob Artman Sportsman of the Year award in 1997 and in 1999 was awarded the Athletic Hall of Fame Meritorious Service award. Ron was also the vice president of the Metropolitan High School Hockey League Northwest Division for five years.

Ron married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Ann, in 1961. They have been happily married for forty seven years. They have six children. Scott, Kevin, Glenn, Randy, Ronny, and Robin Ann. Ron and Roberta have been retired for about six years and enjoy travelling. They have been to Italy, Poland and Ireland.

Ron still finds time to give back to his alma mater and has been very active at Holy Trinity in the Alumni Association for at least twenty two years . He serves on the golf committee, hall of fame committee, and the Christmas dinner committee. Ron and his wife also donate auction items and participate in the annual Guardians of Hope dinner. 

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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

Ralph Gatto, Basketball, Class of 1948, Inducted 2004

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

Ronald “Ron” Heiden, Football, Class of 1954, Inducted 2005

Brother Tom Henning, C.S.C., Athletic Director, Faculty & Staff 1958-1970, 1989-1992, Inducted 2002

William “Will” Jaslowski, Football, Class of 1956, Inducted 2007

Ted Jarosz, Football, Class of 1948, Inducted 2005

Eugene “Butch” Krajewski, Basketball, Class of 1949, Inducted 2007

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

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           Current Hall of Fame Members (continued)

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

Fernando Lozano, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Baseball, Class of 1994, Inducted 2007

Brother Ambrose Nowak, C.S.C., HTHS 1941-1947, 1958-1961, Athletic Director, Champion for Athletics & Principal, Inducted 2005

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

Ted Schultz, Football, Class of 1951, Inducted 2004

Adam Sochacki, Football, Class of 1960, Inducted 2004

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

Qiana Young, Basketball, Volleyball and Softball, Class of 1998, Inducted 2006

1948-49 Junior Basketball Team, (1949 Graduation Year), Inducted 2006

Eugene Krajewski ‘49 – Team captain                        Edwin Czarnecki ‘50

Bob Sierakowski ‘49 - All-Tournament Medal            Willard Goyke ‘50

Frank Mytnik ‘49                                                        Len Karwowski ‘51

Ray Pilszak ‘49                                                           Pat Lynn ‘50

Rudy Wagner ’49                                                       Matt Mentzen ‘49

                                                                                  Joe Ozga ‘51  

                                                                                  Gus Pasquini ‘51

Manager Richard Seagroves ‘49

Coach Henry Brandt ‘27

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Current Members

Henry Brandt Distinguished Alumnus Award

Chester “Chet” Lis, Class of 1958, Inducted 2004

Jorge Hernandez Arreguin, Class of 1985, Inducted 2005

Athletic Hall of Fame Sponsors

(As of 5/22/08)

John and Rosemary Bopp

Judith Lake in memory of Theodore Lakomecki '57

Peter ‘53 and Sharon Peters

John and Mary Raitt


Student – Athlete Sponsors

Dr. Richard Ciechanowski ‘55

Joe Garb ‘59

William Jaslowski '56

Daniel Sniegowski ‘55

John Willi '59

Dolores Williams


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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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