St. Xavier High School Athletic Hall of Fame
The Heidt Family Foundation
Among St. Xavier's many proud traditions is the history of St. Xavier Athletics. The St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1985. The 2018 Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled for February 8, 2018 with Sean Casey as the featured speaker.
Sean Casey, a 12-year Major League first baseman, is an analyst appearing across MLB Network's programming. A three-time National League All-Star during his Reds tenure, Casey batted .302 with 130 home runs and 735 RBI in his career. Casey played for the Indians (1997), Reds (1998-2005), Pirates (2006), Tigers (2006-07) and Red Sox (2008). Casey finished in the top 10 in National League batting average three times in his career and had six seasons in which he hit better than .300. The University of Richmond graduate received the Ernie Lombardi Award in 2004 as the Reds' most valuable player, and in June 2012, Casey was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. Known as "The Mayor," Casey, one of baseball's most outgoing and likeable players, was voted "Friendliest Player in Baseball: by his fellow players in a May 2007 Sports Illustrated poll. Casey has a signature segment on MLB Tonight called "The Mayor's Office," and he has received many honors for his service to the community, including the Hutch Award in 1999.
Today, Casey is invested in supporting children and adults with special needs through his foundation Casey’s Clubhouse. Located in his backyard of Upper St. Clair, PA, Casey has raised over $1 million to build the Miracle League of the South Hills field where children of all abilities can be a part of a team and play the great game of baseball. Recently, the foundation raised another $800,000 to add a one-of-a-kind playground at the facility that has the look of the Pittsburgh skyline. You will often find him during the Miracle League of the South Hills season announcing games, pitching to the kids, or showing off that lefty swing.
The St. Xavier Hall of Fame Class of 2018:
Jordan Cornette (’01) - Basketball
Jordan was a three year member of the St. Xavier Varsity Basketball program.Jordan was a main contributor on the program’s 1st State Championship team in 1999-2000 as a junior when he averaged 15 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.He was 1st team All-GCL and 1st team All City that year and scored a career high 25 points vs. Elder and 24 points vs. Moeller.After the season, he was selected to play in the Ohio/Kentucky All Star game and the Ohio/West Virginia All Star game.In his senior year, as a captain, he averaged 14 points per game, 7 rebounds per game and 4 blocked shots per game while earning All Southwest District Team and All State Honorable Mention honors.He was also 1st team All-GCL and 1st team All City again as a senior and he won St. Xavier team MVP as well.Jordan led the program through the most successful three season stretch in St. Xavier Basketball history as the program accumulated a 55-15 overall record while going 27-9 in GCL play during his three seasons on Varsity.Jordan continued his playing career at the University of Notre Dame where he currently stands as the all-time leading shot blocker in school history with 201 total in 4 years.He holds the school record for most blocked shots in a game with 11 against Belmont University on November 17, 2002.Jordan averaged 3.9 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game during his 4 year career as a member of the Irish Basketball team that competed in the Big East during his time.
Nick Larkin (’03) - Football
Nick was a three-year starter at defensive line for the St. Xavier Bombers.As a junior, Nick was 1st Team GCL, 1st Team All-City, 2nd Team All-State on a St. Xavier Bombers team that lost in the state finals and ended the season with an overall record of 14-1. As a senior, Nick was elected as team co-captain, 1st team GCL, GCL Defensive Player of The Year, 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-State, and Tom Lemming1st Team All-Midwest. At the time, Nick held the St. Xavier School record for sacks in a career with 25.5. Nick then accepted a full scholarship to Boston College where he started in 37 games over his career.He was the winner of Boston College's Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Boston College football player, and was known as one of the most outstanding community service leaders in BC football. He excelled on the field and in the classroom. He also won the Boston College’s St. Ignatius Award for Personal Development in 2008 and was named to the All-ACC and the All-Big East Academic team for three years and was elected team captain his senior year along with NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback Matt Ryan.
Michael Hurley (’02) - Football and Basketball
Mike was a part of three GCL Championship football teams, as well as a regional championship and state runner up his senior year. Mike won the 2002 “That’s My Boy Award” given by the Southwest Ohio Coaches Association, the National College Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame to the top scholar/football player in Southwest Ohio. He was 1st team all-GCL and all-city as Junior and Senior and 1st team all-district and 1st team All-State as senior. Mike was chosen to participate in Cincinnati’s East-West and Ohio’s North-South all-star games. Hurley owns St. X records for most interceptions in a career (18) and season (11) and is tied for most interceptions in a game (3). Mike was also a standout kick and punt returner. Hurley also excelled in basketball, earning 2nd team all-GCL and honorable mention all-city honors as a senior. He won the Scholar Athlete Award and played on an AAU team that won the Ohio championship, qualified for three national championship tournaments and twice placed in the top 15 at nationals. Mike chose to attend and play football at Yale University.
Joe Ratterman (’69) - Football, Basketball, Baseball
Joe was a three sport athlete during his time as a Bomber.He was a 2-year Varsity starter for the Football team, 2-year Varsity player in Basketball and a 2-year Varsity starter in Baseball over his four years.He was the only multi-year 3-sport letterman in the class of 1969.In Football, he was named 2nd Team All State in 1968 as a defensive back while also garnering 1st team All-City and 1st Team All-GCL honors.He played in the North-South All Star game in Canton, OH after earning 1st Team Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association honors.Joe was the leader of the 1968 defense that allowed the fewest points in a season in school history (32) as they recorded 5 shutouts that season.The team finished 9-0-1 in 1968 and won the GCL Championship.They finished the season ranked 5th and 9th in the State of Ohio in two different polls.They continue to be only 1 of 3 undefeated teams in school history and as one teammate stated, “Joe Ratterman best embodies the 1968 team as he was a quiet leader who played as a teammate, not a star. We did not have position coaches so we learned by playing and fighting harder and (in Joe’s case) smarter.” In Basketball, Joe was a 2-year varsity player and was co-captain his senior year and started at guard.He was the team’s best defensive player that finished 15-6 in 1968-1969 and made it to the district semi-finals.They defeated Purcell that year who was led by Derrek Dickey and David Luke.In Baseball, Joe was a 2-year starter who played 1st base and right field batting 4th in the lineup.He earned All-GCL honors his senior year and hit the game winning homerun in a 1-0 win over Moeller (GCL Champion) led by Buddy Bell.After his high school career, he received a football scholarship to Northwestern University where he played football and studied Engineering.He was a captain and started on the freshman team at Northwestern and lettered his senior year for the Varsity.