2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
On January 14, 2018, thirteen alumni were inducted into the Perkins Hall of Fame.
It was the first Hall of Fame to recognize Perkins athletes.
PHS graduate Jay Crawford ’83 was the keynote speaker.
The celebration was held at Sawmill Creek in Huron, Ohio.
Seated l. to r.: Lori Widdoes Schlessman '74, Laura Howser (accepting for Cierra Bravard '08), Lee McDonald (accepting for the late DeMorris McDonald '84), Eddie Pentorn (accepting for Damar Pentorn '00), Scott Fry '85, Curtis Williams '69. Back row l. to r.: Ryan Schnittker (accepting for Brandon Schnittker '01), Brian Bixler '01, Santrese Keys (fiance of the late Larry Sparks '89), Matthew Hoty '10, Cory Leslie '08, Kyle Hallock '07, Matt Smith '91.
Inductees are listed in order of their graduation year.
Curt Williams ’69
He was a standout athlete in three sports at Perkins: basketball, football, and track. He played at the University of West Florida and represented Team USA. In 1973, his team won the old medal in Small Olympics-South Africa.
Lori Widdoes Schlessman ’74
She was the first female to earn a varsity letter by playing on the boys’ varsity tennis team at at time prior to girls having varsity sports in Ohio high schools. Her determination for gender equality in sports paved the way for future women athletes. She continued to be part of youth sports as a tennis coach and as co-founder of Al’s Clinics.
DeMorris McDonald ’84
He earned All-Ohio honors in football and was a state finalist in wrestling while at Perkins. He continued his football career at Miami (Ohio) University where he was a four-year letterman earning 1st Team All-Mid-American Conference honors. DeMorris passed away September 17, 2017.
Scott Fry ’85
He was a U.S. National Cross Country champion, two-time state cross country champion, two-time 1600m state champion, and a 3200m state champion - all while in high school at Perkins. He earned Big 10 and NCAA All-American honors at the University of Wisconsin and qualified for the Olympic trials in 1988 and 1992 where he placed 8th and 12th, respectively.
Larry Sparks ’89
He was a leading member of both the cross country and track teams while at Perkins. In cross country, he earned All-Ohio 1st Team three times, two of which his team earned state titles. His success continued in track with nine All-Ohio honors including being a two-time state champion (1987 & 1989) and holding the runner-up title in the 1600m in 1988. He continued running at the University of Cincinnati. Larry passed away July 5, 2002.
Matt Smith ’91
He led Perkins in both cross country and track. He was a member of the three state champion and one state runner-up teams from 1987-1990. During that time, he was an individual state champion (1990) and individual runner-up (1989). In track, he was named All-Ohio four times with a state championship in the 3200m. He was a runner at both the University of Cincinnati and University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill. He qualified for the NCAA National and the U.S. Olympic trials in the 300m steeplechase.
Damar Pentorn ’00
He excelled in football and wrestling at Perkins. In wrestling, he earned two state titles, was named MVP of the Division II state wrestling tournament and was named USA Wrestling 1st Team All-American. He received All-Ohio honors in football and was a member of the 1999 Division IV State Champion team.
Brandon Schnittker ’01
He was a two-time All-Ohio first team football player earning Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and helping his team earn the Division II state team title in 1999. A multi-sport athlete, he was a state champion in the discus and a state qualifier in wrestling. He continued playing football at The Ohio State University earning four letters and helping his team to two Big 10 Championships and the 2002 National Championship.
Brian Bixler ’01
He played both baseball and basketball at Perkins. In baseball, he earned 2nd team All-Ohio honors and continued his career at Eastern Michigan University earning both MAC and All-American honors. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004 and played professionally for 11 years with organizations such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and the San Diego Padres.
Kyle Hallock ’07
He was a multi-sport athlete at Perkins earning All-Ohio honors in basketball and baseball. He continued his baseball career at Kent State University earning MAC honors including Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-American 2nd team honors. Both the Philadelphia Phillies (2010) and Houston Astros (2011) drafted him reaching AAA level in professional baseball. Kyle is currently the pitching coach at Malone University.
Cory Leslie ’08
He was a multi-sport athlete at Perkins earning ten 1st Team All-Ohio honor in cross country and track. He was a state champion in cross country in 2007. He was also a track state champion in 2007 and 2008 (1600 2x, 800m, and four 800 Relay.) He continued his career at The Ohio State University where he was a six-time All-American, seven-time All-Big Ten, and four-time Academic All-Big Ten while earning his bachelor’s degree in education. He is the Ohio State school record holder in the Indoor 800, Indoor Mile, Outdoor 4x800 and 4xMile. He continued his running career as a professional for Nike from 2012-2017. During 2015, he won the Bronze Medal in the Pan-Am Games. Cory was also a member of the USA World Cross Country team in 2017 and a two-time Olympic Trials finalist. He is currently at Arizona State University coaching track and field and cross country.
Cierra Bravard ’08
She led Perkins girls’ basketball by earning 1st team All-Ohio honors three times and was named Division II Player of the Year two years in a row. She continued her basketball career at Florida State University where she helped her team reach the Elite 8 twice. She has played professionally for the past seven years both in the United States and Europe; currently playing in France.
Matthew Hoty ’10
He was a two-time state champion in the shot put (2008, 2009), and state runner-up in the shot and discus (2010), and currently holds the state record for Division II shot put. He was a 2010 Indoor All-American (shot put) and a 2010 Outdoor All-American (discus). He continued his career at the University of Tennessee where he served as a two-time captain and reached the “UT Top 7” indoor and outdoor track and field list in the shot put. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics/master’s degree in business analytics. He currently works for Asurion in Tennessee.