Multiple Teams · Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2021 Inductees


Friday, January 8, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

It is with Comet Pride that the Committee for the Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame announces its inductees for the Class of 2021. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a combined ceremony will be held with the Class of 2022.

The 2021 class consists of two individuals and one team:  Brian Cesear (‘02), Heather Zehel (‘92), and the 1981 Boys Cross Country Team.

Brian Cesear was a Football and Wrestling standout. As a senior Brian was named the Golden Helmet Winner (Lorain County Player of the Year) and Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player, making him just the second player in Amherst Football History to achieve either accolade. He was named First Team All-Ohio, First Team All-District, First Team All-Lorain County, First Team All-Southwestern Conference, and was a team Captain.  As a junior he was named First Team All-District, First Team All-Lorain County, and First Team All-Southwestern Conference. Brian was a three-year starter on State Playoff qualifying teams, playing on both sides of the ball as a Fullback and Linebacker.  On the wrestling mat Brian was a two-time OHSAA State Qualifier. He finished fourth as a senior and sixth as a junior.  As a senior he was named the Lorain County Wrestler of the Year winning tournament championships at Columbia, the Avon Lake Knights of Columbus, and Bellevue. As a junior he won his weight class at the Brecksville Tournament. Brian attended Ohio University where he continued his wrestling career, and was chosen Captain his senior season.

Heather Zehel was a Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball standout in her short time at Marion L. Steele High School. During her senior Year all three programs won Southwestern Conference Championships, and the 1991 Volleyball team made it to the State Semifinals and was inducted into the Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. On the Volleyball court Heather was named Second Team All-District, First Team All-Southwestern Conference, and First Team All-Lorain County. She was named to the District III and Lorain County All-Star Teams. On the hardwood she was named Honorable Mention All-Lorain County and participated in the Lorain County All-Star Game. On the softball diamond Heather had two tremendous seasons. As a junior she was named Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Lorain County.  She was the only underclassman on the All-SWC teams. She broke the Comet Softball record with 90 at bats. In addition she led the team in hits, RBI, and defensive assists. As a senior Heather was named Lorain County’s Miss Softball, First Team All-Conference, and First Team All-County. She led the team with a .510 batting average and 27 RBI. In the field she had a team-leading .937 Fielding Average. Heather attended Baldwin Wallace College where she played Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball.

The 1981 Boys Cross Country Team was the Class AAA OHSAA State runner-up. The team was coached by Amherst Athletic Hall of Famer Richard S. Cooley. Members consisted of David Allen, Jeff Greene, Darryl Guidish, Bob Lukesic, Bob Skiddle, Tim Welte, and Robert Wilburn. Scoring for the Comets at the State Meet were Greene (17th), Wilburn (22nd), Welte (14th), Guidish (32nd), and Skiddle (45th). On their way to the State Meet the team finished runner-up at the Sectional Meet and won the District title. This Team won the Lakeland Conference Championship by 58 points as their five top runners finished no-worse than seventh.

Due to the Pandemic, the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2021 of the Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame will occur during January of 2022. This ceremony will be a combined ceremony of the Classes of 2021 and 2022 of the Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame.

Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Classes

Inaugural Class (2017)
Richard S. Cooley
Theresa (Feldkamp) Brannen ‘01
Sheri (Horvath) Scanlon ‘92
Amy (McKinley) Agrella ‘93
Jack Moskal ‘54
Phil Parker ‘81
Chris Russo ‘89
1962 Boys Cross Country Team

Class of 2018
Dick Elsasser
Jake Percival ‘00
Lacey Reichert ‘00
Christine Thompson ‘97
Brian Tutkovics ‘89
Glen “Sonny” Wilburn ‘72
1977 Boys Cross Country Team

Class of 2019
Amanda (Bescak) Carillo ‘99
Peter Kummant ‘75
Christine Molnar ‘84
Rick Schneider ‘96
Tom Schoemig ‘65
1991 Girls Cross Country Team

Class of 2020
Brad Draga ‘89
Sue Dziama ‘94
Ken Greer ‘63
Beth (Huffman) Nagy ‘82
Dominic Pellitieri ‘01
Norris Smith
1991 Volleyball Team