CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2004 INDUCTEES
Mark Jechura ('84) | Swimming
Mark Jechura is a member of the class of 1984 who is another in the seemingly unending line of outstanding St. Xavier swimmers.
A member of 2 State Champion Teams he was a 4-time State Champion and 9-time High School All American who specialized in the freestyle and butterfly sprinting events –50 and 100 meters.
As a sophomore he finished in the Top 6 in three events, was part of an All-American medley relay team and was First Team All-City. As a Junior he won 2 State Championships, was runner-up in a third race, was designated All-American in 4 events in which he set school records and was the Swimmer of the Year in both the Post and Enquirer.
As a senior he was elected team captain and led the team to the 1984 Ohio State Championship--a team that is generally considered amongst the top 5 in school history. As the team’s best swimmer he again won 2 more State Championships and finished runner-up in a third, was again designated All-American in 4 events in which he broke his school records he set the year before. Not surprisingly he was also again named Swimmer of the Year by the Post and Enquirer.
After graduating from St. X he received a scholarship to the University of Tennessee where he continued his success. He was a 20-time NCAA All American in 6 different events that finished in the Top Eight in 20 of the 22 events he entered at the NCAA National Championships between 1985 and 1988. He was also the individual High Point Scorer for Tennessee at the NCAAs in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
Additionally he upheld the academic reputation of St. Xavier. He was a two-time NCAA Academic All-American and was awarded an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship for academic and athletic excellence. Tennessee named him the Most Outstanding student in the College of Engineering and awarded him the Chancellor’s Citation for Academic Excellence.
Today he lives Cincinnati where he is brand manager for Procter & Gamble and devotes enormous amounts of time to his church and various community groups such as Habitat for Humanity and the Arthritis Foundation.
Paul Monahan ('38) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
Paul Monahan is a member of the class of 1938 who was a classic 3-Sport Athlete. Nicknamed “Angel”, he was a 3-year, 3-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball and was equal in ability in each sport which is to say he excelled at all of them.
In football he was a center/middle guard/linebacker who captained the team as a senior and was instrumental in helping the then-named "Conquerors" to the 1937 Co-GCL championship. During that season, he was the only non-back to score a touchdown and recovered a fumble against Purcell at the GCL doubleheader game, a fumble which led to the touchdown that beat the Cavaliers and clinched the co-championship.
In basketball, playing forward, he was the leading scorer his junior and senior years. During his senior year he was the third in the league in scoring and noted by the press as St. Xavier’s “outstanding star”. He led St. X to the Regional where they were beaten by a Tom Blackburn-coached Xenia team.
In baseball he was both the best hitter and best pitcher, leading the team in home runs, runs batted in, average and strikeouts. Not surprisingly, he was also president of the X-Club, the St. Xavier letterman’s organization.
Upon graduating from St. Xavier he entered Xavier University. Prior to graduation in 1942 he entered the Navy where he was first used as a recruiter and then sent to the Pacific theater. After World War II he married a woman he had met while recruiting. They adopted two children. He became involved with the local Pipe Fitters Union of which he eventually became President. Paul Monahan died in 1977.
Steve Quehl ('71) | Football, Track
Steve Quehl is a member of the class of 1971 who was a non-classic 2-Sport Athlete.
Although he played basketball on the freshman and reserve teams and wrestled as a junior, it was for football and track that he is best remembered. As a tight end on the football team he was injured his junior year and the only highlight was when Coach Ballaban, always looking to get the maximum effort out of his personnel, one day ordered him to paint the goal posts during practice. Quehl fell off the ladder and dumped the bucket of silver paint over himself.
His senior year was marked by somewhat more significant events. As a member of a strong offensive line, he was a key ingredient on this GCL championship team that was the first St. Xavier football squad to beat a Gerry Faust-coached Moeller Varsity. As a result of his excellent season, he was named All-GCL, All-City and all Southwest Ohio.
He is also one of the greatest track stars in St. Xavier history. Quehl was a master of the shot put and the discus. In the shot put he had the longest throw in the Cincinnati Area his senior year. With the discus he was the State runner-up his junior year and in his senior year he so dominated the discuss event at the Ohio State Championship Meet that he had the third best high school throw in the United States, garnering him an invitation to a National High School Track Meet.
After graduating from St. X he accepted football scholarship to Notre Dame where he played for Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine. During his 5 years at Notre Dame he played every position on the offensive line except tight end, earning letters in 1972, 73 and 75. He was a member of the 1973 National Championship Team that beat Alabama in the last Sugar Bowl played in Tulane Stadium. After winning the starting center position for the 1974 season he suffered a horrible injury during his summer job that nearly cost him his leg. Despite a medical opinion that his football days were over, he battled back with determination and hard work to return to the Irish for the 1975 season where he again lettered. In what later became a cinematic moment, he was awarded the game ball against Georgia Tech which was the same game featured in the movie Rudy in which Rudy was carried off the field. He also won the team's scholar athlete award.
Quehl graduated from Notre Dame in 1976 with a BA with honors. A father of two daughters, today he lives in Atlanta, where he is president of a computer software company.
Scott Sollmann ('93) | Baseball, Football
Scott Sollmann is a member of the Class of 1993. While he also played some basketball, he’s primarily known for two sports – baseball and football. Sollmann was not just a 2-sport athlete; he was a 2-star athlete.
He was a 3-year member of the varsity baseball team where he played centerfield. He was one of the team’s leading hitters batting over .380 each year. He also led the team in stolen bases and still holds the single-season school record for stolen bases. He was a 3-time All-GCL, 2-time honorable mention All-City and only sickness prevented him from further honors his senior year.
As good as he was at baseball he was better at football. A 3-year member of the varsity by his senior year he was the premier high school running back in the Cincinnati Area if not the State of Ohio. He did everything, running the ball, catching passes and running back kicks. So dominant was his senior year that he set single-season records that have not yet been broken including points scored, touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, and 8.2 yards per carry – almost a first down every time he took a handoff. He also performed the most electrifying play in St. X history - a game-clinching touchdown punt return against Piqua in the State Semifinals that seemed to cover 150 yards and confronted every member of the Piqua punting team. He almost topped that the following week at the State Championship when he single-handedly kept an injury-riddled and less talented Bomber team in the game until the 4th Quarter. The postseason honors were overwhelming. GCL Player of the Year, Cincinnati Player of the Year, Ohio Division I Back of the Year, USA Today honorable mention All-America and recipient of the That’s My Boy award from the National Football Foundation.
After graduating from St. Xavier he accepted a baseball scholarship to Notre Dame where he played three years as an outfielder. He was a Freshman All-American, Conference Newcomer of the year and three-time first team all-conference. He is the Notre Dame single-season steal leader and single-season and career record holder for triples. He also walked on to the Lou Holtz’s football team for 2 years where he ran back punts.
He graduated from Notre Dame in 1997 and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He played minor league baseball for 5 years before finally hanging up the spikes. Today he works for the Hamilton County Court System while he attends law school.