Friday, October 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
It is with Comet Pride that the Committee for the Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame announces its 3rd class of inductees. Induction weekend for the Class of ’19 will be January 25th & 26th, 2019. The class will be introduced at the Boys Basketball game with North Ridgeville on Friday, January 25th, with a formal ceremony to be held on Saturday, January 26th.
The class is made up of five Individuals and one team: Amanda (Bescak) Carrillo, Peter Kummant, Chris Molnar, Rick Schneider, Tom Schoemig, and the 1991 Girls Cross Country Team.
Amanda (Bescak) Carrillo was a Volleyball standout (1995-99). She was 1st Team All-Ohio as a Junior and Honorable Mention All-Ohio as a Sophomore. She was part of three straight Southwestern Conference Championship Teams. Amanda was the Southwestern Conference MVP as a junior. She was 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference, Lorain County, and Northeast Ohio District two times. She was the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year as a Junior. Amanda held the single-season kills record (324) and career kills record when she graduated.
Peter Kummant was an elite Track & Field and Cross Country athlete (1971-75). He was a two-time Ohio High School Athletic Association Cross Country State Champion as a Junior and Senior. Peter was the OHSAA Track Two-Mile State Champion as a Senior. He currently holds the school record in the 3200m Run.
Chris Molnar was a three-sport athlete (Volleyball/Basketball/Softball) earning ten Varsity Letters at Steele (1980-84). Most of her success came on the diamond where she was three-time 1st Team All-Lakeland Conference. She also earned several Lorain County Honors. Chris had a 31-6 career pitching record, while batting .413 for her career. She hit .609 at the plate as a sophomore, which still stands as the single season batting record. The teams Chris played on won Lakeland Conference Championships all four of her high school seasons. Chris attended The Ohio State University and played centerfield for the Buckeyes. She was named a team captain her senior year.
Rick Schneider was a star for the Football Comets (1992-96). He was 1st Team All-Ohio as a Senior. Rick was the Southwestern Conference MVP as a senior. He was two-time 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference and Lorain County as a Junior and Senior. His Senior Season saw the program win 11 games, win the SWC title after an undefeated regular season, and advance to the Regional finals. Rick was the first Comet Football Player to be named the Lorain County Golden Helmet Winner. He remains the school record holder for most career touchdown passes (28). Rick attended Bowling Green State University where he continued his football career, starting several games for the Falcons.
Tom Schoemig was a Cross Country and Track & Field standout (1961-65). He was the Mile Run State Champion as a senior and the 880 Yard Run State Runner-up as a Junior. Tom was a member of the 1962 Boys Cross Country State Championship Team, who was inducted into the inaugural Class of Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
The 1991 Girls Cross Country Team won the OHSAA State Championship. It was the third team title in school history and first Girls Team State title. The team was coached by current Girls Cross Country Coach Terry Kemp and consisted of Sue Dziama, Colleen (Young) Bradbury, Marissa (Spellman) Craddock, Jean (Horey) Linkous, Amy (Thompson) Cope, Rachel (Dorsch) Krugh, and Amy (McKinley) Agrella. Amy was also the Individual State Champion, and inducted into the inaugural Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame Class in 2017. During the regular season the team defeated the unanimously top-ranked Thomas Worthington team. They scored a perfect 15 points en route to the SWC title, claiming the individual top five spots. This is the only time in conference history that a team achieved this feat. Further, this team took the top six spots at the Southwestern Conference Championship, but only the top five spots score. The team also won District and Regional Championships.