The Salem High School Athletic Hall of Fame will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the induction of 10 new members at a banquet on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Salem Community Center.
Members of the latest class of inductees, appropriately dubbed the "Ten for Ten," played for SHS teams from as early as the 1920s to as recently as 2004.
Those to be recognized are Lloyd Yoder (Class of 1921), Chris Roessler (1923), Lowell "Rib" Allen (1928), Glenn Whinnery (1930), Bob Pager (1948), Walter Ehrhart (1949), Dan Krichbaum (1960), Brian Martin (1990), Valerie Scott Stambersky (1994), and Lauren Teal (2004).
Lloyd Yoder '21 (Football)
Among the many distinctions earned during his lifetime, Lloyd "Bull" Yoder was the only former Salem High School player who went on to become a football All-American at the college level.
- Tickets for the induction dinner are $25 each, which includes dinner and beverage provided by the Catered Affair. Reservations can be made at the Salem Community Center or via phone at 330-332-5885. SCC accepts cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard and checks (payable to the Salem Community Center). Seating is limited, and tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis. Event tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.
In 1982 he also was elected posthumously to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Linemen's names seldom appear in game-story headlines, but Yoder clearly was a star performer in high school. In his senior year he opened the 1920 football season as Salem's right guard and later was switched to right tackle. A Salem News account of an 81-0 romp over Wellsville said, "Yoder at tackle played an excellent game on defensive."
In addition to football, he participated in basketball and track for SHS.
Yoder continued his football career as a tackle at Carnegie Tech, where he was a four-year letterman. He was captain of the 1926 team that handed Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Irish a 19-0 loss spoiling an otherwise undefeated season.
Yoder was a unanimous pick for the year's All-American team. After the 1926 season he was selected as captain of the East squad in the East-West Shrine Game. Ironically, as a member of the semi-pro Olympic Club team in San Francisco, he was named captain of the West team in the 1927 East-West Shrine Game.
Later a vice president of the National Broadcasting Co., Yoder served as general manager of NBC stations in San Francisco, Cleveland and Chicago. He also was a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II.
Chris Roessler '23 (Football, Basketball and Track)
Chris Roessler was arguably the greatest all-around athlete in Salem High School history, earning an unlikely-to-be-equaled 12 varsity letters.
A fullback on the football team, he set the SHS career scoring record with 240 points from 1919 to 1922, and the single-season record with 132 points on 22 touchdowns in 1922. He also was known for his fierce tackling.
Roessler was twice named to the All-Ohio team and three times to the Columbiana County all-stars.
He also played guard on the Quaker basketball team and was a track standout in the pole vault, high jump, javelin and shot put. His pole vaults in the 11'9" to 12' range were considered excellent for the time.
After high school Roessler played football at Iowa State University, where the head coach was Salem native Sam Willaman. As a halfback at Iowa State, Roessler earned All-American honorable mention. He returned to his hometown and continued playing football for several semi-pro teams in the area, including Salem's Schafer Billiards.
Roessler worked for many years as a machinist at the Hunt Valve Co.
Lowell "Rib" Allen '28 (Football, Basketball and Track)
A legendary pole vaulter in the days of bamboo poles, Lowell "Rib" Allen first won the national championship in Chicago as a sophomore at Salem High School. As a junior he set the Ohio high school record at 12' even a mark that he broke the following year with a vault of 12' 10".
In 1928 Allen became the first pole vaulter in the world to clear 13' (13' 3/16"). By winning the national championship, he earned a tryout for the 1928 Olympics, but an injury prevented him from representing the United States in Amsterdam.
His vaults at county and district meets stood as records for 40 years before being broken by athletes using aluminum poles.
Allen also was an SHS standout in football and captained the basketball team to a county championship in 1928.
Later competing for Mount Union College, he won two Ohio Conference pole vaulting championships; his best vault was 13'6".
Allen coached track, basketball and football for many years at Boardman High School. In 1979, he was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Glenn Whinnery '30 (Football and Basketball)
Glenn Whinnery was captain of Salem High School's last undefeated football team, which compiled an 11-0 record in 1929. The Quakers' fullback and passer, he was named to the All-Columbiana County team and was chosen as the county's most valuable defensive player.
In a 40-0 opening-game win over Leetonia, Whinnery ran for two touchdowns, passed for two more, and returned a kickoff 65 yards paving the way for a string of sensational individual performances during the rest of the season.
He was a key factor in Salem's 6-0 victory over Warren Harding in Ohio's first night football game, played under the lights at Reilly Stadium.
In addition, Whinnery scored the game-winning touchdown in a 7-0 finale against previously undefeated Alliance in heavy snow and temperatures in the teens. With the victory over Alliance, SHS could legitimately lay claim to being Ohio's best high school team in an era long before the introduction of state playoffs.
As a freshman in 1926, Whinnery had been a member of the school's only other undefeated football team. He also was a varsity basketball player for four years, all of which ended in county championships, and was a four-year participant in track.
After high school Whinnery played football at Ohio State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1934. For many years he owned Whinnery Refrigeration and served as a Perry Township trustee.
Bob Pager '48 (Basketball)
A giant in his time at 6'7", Bob Pager was by far the most dominant figure on the Salem High School basketball court in the second half of the 1940s. He shattered all of the school's scoring records and earned first-team All-Ohio honors.
Pager's prolific scoring began in 1946 when his 220 points set a school record for a sophomore. During the next two years he led the Quakers to records of 16-1 and 14-3.
As team captain in his senior year, Pager scored a record-setting 350 points, including 37 against Steubenville and 36 against Warren Harding. In the 1948 Quaker annual he was called "the finest cager ever to represent Salem High School on the hardwoods."
At SHS Pager also was an outstanding discus thrower on the track team.
He went on to play basketball at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) under famed coach Hank Iba.
When Pager was a junior, A&M won 31 games, reached No. 1 in the national rankings, and finished the season ranked No. 2. In the NCAA tournament, the team advanced to the Final 4 before losing to Illinois. Pager scored six points in that game.
After lettering for Oklahoma A&M in 1951 and 1952, Pager played professionally for Allentown in the old Eastern League, and for the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots. He later spent many years as a golf pro in Alabama, where he still lives.
Walter Ehrhart '49 (Football)
Walter Ehrhart, who set Salem High School's four-year career rushing record with 2,079 yards gained, captained both the 1947 and 1948 football teams - two of the best in the Ben Barrett coaching era.
The 1947 Quakers finished in the AP top 10 with a 9-1 record, missing a perfect season only because of a 7-0 loss to unbeaten Lisbon in the final game. In 1948 they went 6-3, avenged the previous year's Lisbon loss, and won the county championship under Ehrhart's leadership.
The 1948 season began with Ehrhart providing all the scoring on two touchdowns and two extra points in a 14-0 victory over Cleveland John Marshall. In a 26-8 win over Wellsville, he and fellow running back Eddie Bozich each scored two touchdowns.
East Liverpool fell to Salem, 14-13, as Ehrhart's extra-point kicking provided the margin of victory. In the same game he ran for one of the longest gains from scrimmage in school history - 92 yards.
When Salem defeated Canton Timken 13-7, Ehrhart kept the Trojans pinned back in their own territory with punts of 62, 60 and 55 yards.
Ehrhart also participated in basketball at SHS, and in 1948 played guard on the team that compiled a 14-2 regular-season record, one of the best ever. He was described in the Quaker annual as "sturdy powerful worked well on defense an arbitrator of all disputes very good to have around."
Dan Krichbaum '60 (Basketball and Track)
When Dan Krichbaum was just a little guy, he already was proving himself very special on a basketball court.
Dan and another future Hall of Famer, Dave Hunter, were good enough as fourth-graders to be playing alongside boys two years older on McKinley Elementary School's Mickey McGuire League team. The guard duo was destined to become what many observers consider the best in Salem High School history.
By the time he was in sixth grade, Dan had emerged as a potent scorer, and in one game singlehandedly scored as many points as the entire opposition in a 36-21 McKinley victory over Fourth Street. As an eighth-grader he outscored the whole Alliance State Street team by two points in a 56-15 Salem Junior High rout.
By midseason in his first high school year, Krichbaum had assumed key roles on both the freshman and junior varsity teams.
In 1957-58 he was the lone sophomore to earn a varsity letter on the only SHS basketball team to finish a regular season undefeated. That achievement was a prelude to the most heralded season in school history when the 1958-59 Quakers advanced to the state championship game before bowing to powerful Cleveland East Tech.
Besides supplying ball-handling and defensive spark, Krichbaum totaled 265 points that year, following only Woody Deitch and Hunter in the scoring category.
Krichbaum and Hunter were co-captains as seniors in 1959-60 when Salem compiled a 16-2 regular-season record. Hunter was leading scorer with 459 points, and Krichbaum was second with 268.
According to a write-up in the 1960 Quaker annual, "Dan has been called the best defensive player ever to see action in Salem." He recorded an amazing 75 steals for the season, set an SHS record with 235 assists, was selected most valuable player, and earned All-Ohio honorable mention.
Not just a one-sport standout, Krichbaum was a consistent winner for the track team as a half-miler in his sophomore and junior years.
He surprisingly switched to the 440-yard dash as a senior and instantly became one of the best 440 men in school history. He set an SHS 440 record with a run of 52 seconds flat and was part of a mile relay team that also set a new mark at 3:33.5.
Krichbaum later captained the basketball team at the College of Wooster, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and both a master's degree and a doctorate from Wayne State University.
He served as minister at several churches in New York and Michigan; president of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion; executive vice president of Detroit public television station WTVS; director of recreation and parks for the city of Detroit; chief operating officer for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; and director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
Krichbaum lives with his wife Susan in Bingham Farms, Michigan and is the father of four adult children.
Brian Martin '90 (Track)
A four-year letterman in track, Brian Martin is remembered as one of the fastest SHS runners ever.
During his career, the 1990 graduate established school records in both the 100- and 200-meter runs and was part of relay teams that established both conference and SHS records.
Martin's individual marks of 10.6 in the 100M and 22.1 in the 200M are still among the fastest times in SHS track history.
As a freshman he helped lead the track team to a Columbiana County title and the 4x100 meter relay team to a second-place finish at the county meet.
His sophomore season was more of the same. He established the first of many records in the 100-meter run, helped lead the Quakers to an undefeated season, and was crowned county 100M champion. At the Mahoning Valley Conference meet, Martin was a member of the 4x100 relay team that took second place.
As a junior Martin finished first at the county meet in the 100 and 200, and again ran on the championship-winning 4x100 relay team. That year the Quakers won first place at the F.E. Cope Relays and the county meet, finished third among 32 teams in the prestigious Cardinal Invitational, placed fifth in the 35-team Ward Invitational in East Palestine, and wound up in second place at the district meet.
At the MVC meet Martin finished second in the 100 and 200, and led the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to championships.
Martin saved his best for his senior year when he finished first at the county meet, establishing school records in winning both the 100- and 200-meter races. He also was part of the victorious 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
After being selected running-events MVP at the county meet, Martin finished in the top six 100-meter runners in the regionals, narrowly missing a chance to participate in the state meet.
At season's end he was selected MVP of the SHS team, which had gone undefeated in dual meets and captured first place in the Cope Relays and the Columbiana County and MVC meets.
After high school Martin continued his track career at Mount Union College. While running for the Purple Raiders for four years, he lowered his 100M time to 10.5 and his 200M time to 21.7.
Martin also was a member of Mount Union's 4x100M relay team, which qualified for the Nationals his freshman year and won the OAC Championship.
He now lives in Salem with his wife, Leigh Ann, and their daughter, Amaya.
Valerie Scott Stambersky '94 (Basketball and Volleyball)
Many outstanding female athletes have roamed the basketball court at Salem High School over the years, but few have provided as many memories for Quaker fans as Valerie Scott.
A four-year starter for the Quakers from 1990 to 1994, Scott certainly made life a lot easier for then-head coach Roger Zeigler, earning first team All-Mahoning Valley Conference honors every season.
As a senior Scott led the team to a 23-2 record, an MVC championship, and a trip to the state final four, the first appearance in history for a Lady Quakers' team. That year Scott averaged 19.3 points per game, along with 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 2.8 assists. She was selected State Division II Player of the Year as well as being named to the Division II All-Ohio team.
Scott, who was picked as Columbiana County Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior, also captured MVC Player of the Year honors.
She finished her SHS career as the Quakers' all-time leading scorer with more than 1,700 points, having scored in double digits in 86 of her 93 varsity games.
Besides playing in the Ohio All-Star Game, she was selected for honorable mention on USA Today's 1994 All-USA Team.
In volleyball Scott also was a four-year starter and was named first-team All-Ohio. With a 20-0 regular season record in 1993, the team was ranked second in the final Division II state AP poll.
After high school Scott continued her basketball career at Ferris State University, where she twice was selected as her team's most valuable player. Her total of more than 1,300 points still ranks ninth among women basketball players at Ferris State, and she holds the school's career record for three-point field goals with more than 200.
Scott compiled more than 250 steals for Ferris State, ranking second in team history, and set a school record by sinking 32 consecutive free throws.
Now living in Missouri, Valerie Scott Stambersky is women's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She is the winningest coach in KCKCC history and earlier this year was named one of three National Coach of the Year finalists. She and her husband Damian have two children, Taylor and Tyler.
Lauren Teal '04 (Volleyball and Basketball)
A two-sport standout for the Lady Quakers in volleyball and basketball, Lauren Teal finished her career with eight varsity letters, four in each of the sports she played.
In volleyball she helped to lead the Quakers to an overall record of 67-28. Her junior and senior years, the Quakers finished with a combined record of 42-10. The team also won conference championships (MVC and MAC) in all four years that she played.
Some of Teal's many accomplishments in volleyball include the following: as a junior, 2002 First Team All-Conference, All-District, Honorable Mention All-Ohio; and as a senior, 2003 First Team All-Conference, All-District and Second Team All-State. She was also Channel 33 Student Athlete of the Year.
Her senior year she totaled 51 blocks and 251 kills. Prior to rally scoring, she held the record for most kills in a match for a player with 20 and most stuff blocks in a season with 57.
In basketball it was much of the same for Teal. She was a four-year letter winner and helped to lead the Lady Quakers to a four-year overall record of 69-25. As in her volleyball career her last two years were the best with the Quakers finishing a combined 45-6.
During her junior year Teal set a school record for blocks in a season with 92. The team was MAC champs and finished as a regional semi-finalist, setting the stage for Teal's senior year.
The 2003-2004 Lady Quakers basketball team repeated as MAC champs and advanced through tournament play as sectional, district, and regional champs. They made it to the state final four before losing a tough overtime battle in the semifinals. They finished the season 25-2 and established multiple team records during the course of the season.
Teal, who was being courted by many schools for her volleyball skills, ultimately chose to attend the U.S. Military Academy and continue her career in volleyball.
She served as co-captain of the varsity volleyball team her senior year and earned four varsity letters during her time at the Academy. She received four consecutive mentions on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and also earned ESPN Magazine Academic All-District I First Team honors. Upon graduation one of her many rewards included The Eastern College Athletic Conference Merit Award for excellence in athletics and scholarship.