Ten set for induction into Malvern Athletic Hall of Fame

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published:

The Malvern Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its charter class on Friday, Dec. 21, at halftime of the Malvern varsity boys basketball game against Ridgewood.

The 2012 inductees are Don Clarico, Charles Crawford Sr., Karen Larke Horvath, Diane Lancashire, George Matyas, Dr. Murphy Moultry, Freda Savona, Olympia "Limp" Savona, Tyler Tucci and Jim Yockey.

The charter class was selected by Malvern Athletic Hall of Fame Committee members Stan Shingleton, Bill Tucci, Glenn Clark, Jan Wackerly, Dick Ferguson and Todd Reed.

A reception for the inductees, which is open to the public, will be held at the Malvern American Legion Post 375 following the varsity game.

Future classes will be selected from applications which are submitted to the committee. Applications will be available Jan. 1, 2013.

Don Clarico

Clarico coached football four years at Malvern, posting an overall mark of 24-14 and a league record of 15-8.

He led the 1962 team to a perfect 9-0 record and the Class A State title. His teams were Tuscarawas Valley Conference champions in 1961 and 1962.

He won two conference titles at Avon High School, and coached at Salem, Midview and Keystone high schools.

Clarico was inducted into the Midview High School Hall of Fame, and into the Lorain County Coaches Hall of Fame.

He coached at Mercyhurst College, and won two state titles as a coach of a Cleveland semi-pro football team.

Charles Crawford Sr.

Class of 1952

Crawford earned a total of 11 varsity letters - four in both football and baseball and three in basketball.

He coached Little League baseball for more than 30 years, kept the statistics for Malvern football for more than 30 years, and kept the book for Malvern basketball for 51 years.

He served an official scorer at the 1997 State Basketball Tournament.

Karen Larke Horvath

Class of 1985

The three-sport star earned 10 varsity letters in track and field, basketball and volleyball.

She excelled on the track, winning back to back Class A State Championships in the high jump in 1984-85. Her winning jump of 5'7.25 at the 1985 championships set a state record, which stood for more than 10 years.

She also finished as the state runner-up in the high jump in 1983, losing out on the title on misses.

Horvath is an 11-time Inter-Valley Conference champion, an 11-time district champion, a five-time regional champion, and an 11-time state qualifier.

She went on to compete at Eastern Michigan University, finishing as the Mid American Conference runner-up in the high jump in 1987. Her teams won four MAC Indoor Championships and three MAC Outdoor Championships.

Diane Lancashire

Class of 1981

Lancashire earned four varsity letters in basketball and three letters in both volleyball and track and field.

She is the career points leader in basketball with 1,474 points. She averaged 33.5 points and 11 rebounds during her senior campaign, and scored 55 points in a game twice, also a school record.

She was named to the All-Ohio first team in 1980-81 and honorable mention All-Ohio in 1978-79, 1979-80.

Lancashire earned Inter-Valley Conference and Eastern District Player of the Year honors in 1980-81, and was a three-time All-IVC first-team selection.

In volleyball, she was named to the IVC first team in 1979-80, and she won IVC title in track and field in 1981.

Lancashire played three years at Muskingum College (1982-85), earning three letters in basketball.

She was selected to the Centennial Athletic Conference first team in 1983-84, first team Ohio Athletic Conference in 1984-85, and Division III All-State in 1984-85.

She finished with 1,161 career points and was inducted into the Muskingum College Hall of Fame in 2003.

George Matyas

Class of 1948

Matyas earned 12 varsity letters during his career at Malvern - four each in basketball, football and baseball.

He holds the school record for most points in a game with 53 during the 1947-48 season.

Dr. Murphy Moultry

Class of 1963

Moultry was a dominant force on the football field, earning four varsity letters at Malvern.

He played on the 1962 team which won the Class A State Championship with a 9-0 and was named to the Tuscarawas Valley Conference first team in 1961 and 1962.

He was selected and played in the Ohio North South All-Star Game in 1963.

Moultry went on to earn four varsity letters at Capital University. He was a two-time All-OAC first-team selection and a first team All-American in 1966.

He was inducted into the Capital Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Freda Savona

Class of 1936

Savona was a national standout in the sports of softball and basketball.

She played for the New Orleans Jacks amateur softball team from 1939-48, winning six American Softball Association National Championships.

She went on to play professional softball with the Chicago Queens from 1949-53, winning four National Championships.

Savona was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1998.

In basketball, Savona played professionally with the Rochester Filarets from 1938-52. During her tenure, the team won six straight National Championships and at one point, won 170 games in a row.

She finished her basketball career with a record of 536-12.

Olympia 'Limp' Savona

Class of 1939

Savona played for the New Orleans Jacks amateur softball team from 1939-48, winning six American Softball Association National Championships.

She played professional softball for the Chicago Queens from 1949-53, winning four National Championships.

She also played professional basketball, playing for the Rochester Filarets from 1940-43. Her teams won four straight National Championships, and at one point, won 170 games in a row.

Tyler Tucci

Class of 2009

Tucci totaled 12 varsity letters at Malvern four each in football, basketball and baseball.

In football, he was selected as the 2008 Division VI Ohio Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Ohio first team in 2007 and 2008.

He was the 2008 Inter-Valley Conference and Eastern District Player of the Year, and was selected to the All-IVC first team in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

He finished with 4,888 career passing yards, second all time; and still holds school records with 59 career passing touchdowns, most rushing yards in a season with 1,785; most interceptions in a career with 18; and most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season with three.

Tucci was selected the 2008-09 Division IV Ohio Player of the Year in basketball.

He was the 2008-09 IVC Player of the Year, the East District Player of the Year in 2006-07 and 2008-09.

He was named to the All-Ohio first team in 2006-07 and 2008-09 and to the IVC first team in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

He holds school records for most points in a career with 1,797, most assists in a career with 670 and most steals in a career with 255.

In baseball, Tucci was named to the IVC and Eastern District first teams in 2008 and 2009.

Jim Yockey

Class of 1970

Yockey was a rare four-sport star. He accumulated 14 letters - four in football, four in basketball, three in track and field, and three in baseball.

In football, he earned second team All-Ohio honors in 1969, and first team all-league and all-district in 1968 and 1969.

He finished with 1,096 career points in basketball, earning first team all-league and all-district honors in 1968-69 and 1969-70.

Yockey was the league shot put champion in 1969 and 1970 and the district shot put champion in 1969.

He went on to earn five varsity letters at Ashland University, four in football and one in baseball. He played in the East West Shrine Football Game at the end of his senior year.

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