Comets 2018 athletic hall-of-famers announced


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The third class of Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame inductees has been announced by Steele High School athletic director Casey Wolf.

It includes volleyball standout Amanda (nee Bescak) Carillo, track and cross country stars Peter Kummant and Tom Schoemig, three-sport athlete Chris Molnar, football record-holder Rick Schneider, and the 1991 girls cross country team.

Carillo played for 1995 to 1999. She earned 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, was the Southwestern Conference MVP as a junior, and was 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference, Lorain County, and Northeast Ohio District two times. Upon graduating, she held the single-season kills (324) and career kills records.

Kummant ran from 1971 to 1975 and was a two-time Ohio High School Athletic Association cross country state champion as a junior and senior. He was the OHSAA track two-mile state champion as a senior. He currently holds the school record in the 3,200-meter run.

Schoemig ran from 1961 to 1965. He was the mile run state champion as a senior and the 880-yard run state runner-up as a junior. He 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.

Molnar played volleyball, basketball, and softball, earning 10 varsity letters at Steele between 1980 and 1984. 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. Molnar 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 she played on won Lakeland Conference Championships all four of her high school seasons. She attended Ohio State University and played center field for the Buckeyes. She was named a team captain her senior year.

Schneider ruled the gridiron from 1992 to 1996. He was 1st Team All-Ohio as a senior and 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. Schneider was the first Comets football player to be named the Lorain County Golden Helmet Winner. He remains the school record-holder for most career touchdown passes (28). He attended Bowling Green State University where he continued his football career, starting several games for the Falcons.

The 1991 girls cross country team won the OHSAA state championship — 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 (nee Young) Bradbury, Marissa (nee Spellman) Craddock, Jean (nee Horey) Linkous, Amy (nee Thompson) Cope, Rachel (nee Dorsch) Krugh, and Amy (nee McKinley) Agrella. Cope was also the individual state champion, and inducted into the inaugural Amherst Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

During the regular season, the team defeated the unanimously top-ranked Thomas Worthington team. It scored a perfect 15 points en route to the SWC title, claiming the individual top five spots, 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.

The class will be introduced at the boys basketball game with North Ridgeville on Friday, Jan. 25, with a formal ceremony to be held Saturday, Jan. 26.

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