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Hudson High School honors Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Inductions celebrated on Sept. 23, 24

by Mike lesko | reporter Published: September 21, 2016 12:10 AM
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Hudson -- Teams, coaches and individuals are being inducted into the third annual Athletic Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Hudson City Schools Foundation in association with Hudson Schools, during the weekend of Sept. 23-24.

Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced during the pre-game of the Sept. 23 Homecoming football game. There will be a ceremony at the high school the following day.

The honorees include:

Coach Bill Edwards

Edwards coached football and wrestling in addition to starting the wrestling program in 1958 and the Holiday Wrestling Tournament that will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

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Edwards said he loved working with both the football players and wrestlers. His favorite part of the football job was working with the defense. He really enjoyed working with players that were eager and excited to learn.

Edwards was a math teacher and also ran the library, now the media center.

Edwards lives in Stow.

Coach George Sosebee

His baseball teams captured 10 Suburban League titles during his 24 years as coach and won 308 games total. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame before the 1982 season began. The high school baseball field was named after him when he retired from coaching in 1985.

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Sosebee, who was also a social studies teacher, said there are many rewards from coaching including seeing players develop skills that permitted them to be successful, and interacting with players and parents that he may never have had the opportunity of knowing without coaching.

Sosebee lives in Ravenna.

2000 Division 1 girls state soccer champions

"Winning a state championship was the culmination of years of work by these girls as youth, club and high school players," coach Bob Dean said.

Dean said the 2000 team was "unsurpassed defensively and had the right mix of selfless personality players that could score sometimes at will."

Team members include Molly Patterson, Sarah Hazenfield, Liz Chrencik, Rachel Vecchio, Lauren Kleinert, Molly Wurdack, Jaime Gruber, Angela Delaney, Michelle White, Mary Boland, Laura Boland, Kate Padfield, Maria Meyer, Jenny Kleinhenz, Alissa Linko, Jennifer May, Liz Faul, Amorell von Kluck, Shauna Reno, Erin Stralka, Casey Barnes and Megan Stickler.

"This team now consists of incredible mothers, spouses and friends," Dean said.

2001 boys state cross country champions

Coach Rod O'Donnell described the 2001 state championship cross country team as "a group of dedicated, focused, hard-working young men."

Members of the team included Austin Schiele, Rohal Patil, Matt Kassouf, Charlie Straka, Wes Smith, Chad Kritzberger and Mike Keller.

"Most importantly, they were first-class people who have always represented the city of Hudson and Hudson High School in an exemplary way," O'Donnell said.

Sharon Dudley

A 1983 graduate, Dudley won eight varsity letters in softball (catcher, second base), basketball (shooting guard) and field hockey (midfield, goalie). During her senior season, she was the school's athlete of the year and the Akron Touchdown Club's outstanding female athlete.

In softball as a senior, she made the All-Suburban League and Summit County All-Star teams. As a junior, she helped the girls basketball team win the Suburban League title, and as a senior, the field hockey team was the state runner-up.

"I loved representing Hudson on and off the field," she said. "Being on Hudson teams taught me life lessons and strategies in time management, work ethic, leadership and teamwork."

Dudley lives in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Casey McDowell

A 2001 graduate, McDowell excelled in girls basketball.

"She was a real star and team leader," junior high track coach Ed Sogan said. "She was lights out on the hardwood."

Bill Nagy

A 2006 HHS graduate, Nagy played football, basketball and baseball (pitcher, first base) as a young athlete, then finished as one of the school's best football lineman ever, playing on both offense and defense.

The Explorers won numerous Western Reserve Conference championships and made three state playoff appearances during his career.

"My fondest memories were spending time with the teammates and buddies that I grew up with," he said.

Nagy later played for the University of Wisconsin, where he was part of the Big Ten Conference championship/Rose Bowl team in 2010, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Nagy lives in Verona, Wis.

Tom Presby

A 1982 HHS graduate, Presby was first-team All-Suburban League as a pitcher and led the league in earned run average (0.88) as a senior, when his team won the conference title. That season, he was the first Suburban League player to play in the All-Ohio baseball game. Also a shortstop, he was a two-time team most valuable player.

In golf, he was undefeated individually in all of his head-to-head matches in his three varsity seasons and was the state runner-up medalist as a senior, which earned him All-Ohio honors. The Explorers were undefeated in all three of his varsity seasons, earning Suburban League titles all three times. The team finished second in the state in his senior year.

He was also a point guard in basketball.

He lives in Cary, N.C.

Presby said he particularly enjoyed his relationships with his coaches and teammates.

"I had the privilege of playing for three of the most successful coaches in school history -- George Sosebee (baseball), Rob Yanko (golf) and Dwight Greer (basketball). I enjoyed the success we had in all the sports I played."

Steve Sogan

A 1993 graduate, Sogan was a team most valuable player in football, where he played wide receiver and safety, wrestling (152 pounds) and track, where he set school records in the 300 hurdles (38.5 seconds), which he held for 17 years, and the 4 x 400 relay (3:22.5), which the team held for 19 years.

Sogan helped the Explorers win league titles in all three sports.

"Hudson is a football town," he said. "So having success with the crowds and atmosphere that is Hudson football was really special."

He lives in Evergreen, Col.

Patrick Wood

A 1982 graduate, Wood held the school pole vault record at 13-feet, 9-inches for 17 years. He credited his success in pole vaulting to coaches Ed Sogan and Hadley Steele plus his father.

"I was extremely comfortable being upside down, for some reason," he said. "I could always do gainers and reverse flips much easier than a front flip."

Wood was part of the football squad that went from 0-10 when he was a sophomore to 8-2 as a junior in 1980 under head coach Fred Johnson. As a junior, he played free safety.

As a senior, Wood played running back and quarterback. He was a power forward in basketball.

He lives in Huntersville, N.C.

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