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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1999 INDUCTEES

Francis Florez ('77) | Swimming

Francis Florez is a member of the class of 1977 who was one of what has become an endless line of national-class swimmers.

He started swimming for the Marlins at age 8 and continued to do so through high school, immediately joining the St. X varsity as a freshman in 1973. He was a member of 4 Ohio State Champion Teams. Additionally he himself was 5-time state champion, 4 times as a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay team and in 1977 in the 200 yard freestyle. He was named Captain in his junior and senior years, was an Enquirer Award Winner in 1976 and 1977, and named to the High School All-America Team all four years.

After graduating from St. X he enrolled in Johns Hopkins University where he continued to swim. As at St. X., he immediately joined the varsity as a freshman. He was a member of the 1978 and 1979 NCAA Division III championship teams and 4-time national champion as part of his 400 yard medlay relay team. He was also named All-America 24 times, encompassing 6 events, the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay all four years at Johns Hopkins.

He even found time to study hard enough that, after graduating from Johns Hopkins he entered Case Western Reserve Medial School. At Case he was inducted into the Alpha Omega National Medical Honors Society in 1985. Today, as an orthopedic surgeon, he is still involved in sports by helping athletes heal and continue to perform.

Kevin Reilly ('82) | Football, Wrestling

Kevin Reilly is a member of the class of 1982 who was a two-sport athlete while at St. X. excelling in wrestling and football.

In football he played all four years as an offensive tackle and started both his junior and senior years. During his senior year, St. X enjoyed its best football season since the 1970 GCL Championship year by making the Ohio High School Playoffs for the first time. They made Bomber fans proud by battling then 5-time state champion Moeller to a standstill before finally succumbing. Reilly was a Captain of that team and made 1st team All-GCL and 2nd team All-City.

While he was a superior football player, his wrestling achievements are his greatest legacy at St. X. He broke out of the pack in his junior year with an 18-7 record that included 14 pins and was champion at 185 lbs. in the University of Cincinnati Invitational and the GCL and Southwest Ohio Sectional. In his senior year he really flowered. He was the team Captain and showed the leadership one expects from a captain by compiling a 33-5-1 record at the Heavyweight division. Of his 33 victories 31 of them were recorded by pinning his opponent. The 31 pins set a record for both St. X and the Greater Cincinnati Area. He advanced to the State Championship where he made it to the Finals and finished 2nd. As a result he was named St. X most valuable wrestler and named to the first team All-City.

Not having had enough of the Jesuits, he accepted a scholarship to Holy Cross to play football. As a member of the Crusaders he was a 2-year starter and as a senior was named the most outstanding offensive lineman and made 1st team Academic All America.

Reilly became an orthopedic surgeon and since beginning his practice in 1995, has became heavily involved with high school sports in the Cincinnati area as a team doctor for St. X, as an orthopedic consultant to Western Hills and Taylor High School and as the medical advisor to the Southwestern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association.

James Stahl, Jr. ('57) | Golf

James E. Stahl, Jr. is a member of the class of 1957 and the first competitive golfer to enter the Hall of Fame. He has been playing championship competitive golf since his early teens finishing 2nd in the Greater Cincinnati Juniors in 1955 and winning the 1956 Cincinnati and Ohio Jaycee Juniors. A three-time member of the St. X varsity golf team, his high school career ended in a Jordanesque manner, with him tying an obscure golfer from Upper Arlington named Jack Nicklaus for medalist honors at the Ohio State Golf Championship and captaining the St. Xavier team to its first state championship.

He attended Notre Dame where he was a 3-year varsity letterman, but it has been his career in the amateur ranks of golf that has truly excelled. Over the last 40 years he has been one of the best amateur golfers in the Greater Cincinnati Area and now, one of the best Senior amateur golfers in the world. Locally he has won numerous club championships and has finished 2nd in the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Metropolitan Tournament, which is more commonly known as the Met, 5 times. He has also finished 2nd three times in the Atlanta version of the Met. Since becoming a senior he has attained world class status that includes finishing 2nd in the 1995 British Senior Amateur Championship, winning the 1995 US Senior Amateur Open, and being ranked the #1 Senior Amateur in the World. His success in these premier amateur events allowed him to compete in the US and British Senior Open Championships.

He is also committed to making golf better for everyone and in conjunction with that sits on the United States Golf Association Mid-Am Championship Committee and the NCAA Rules Championship Committee.

More importantly, he is committed to improving life for others. From his business, the Cincinnati Belting and Transmission Co., he has personally assisted, motivated and mentored dozens of youngsters to admirable success in various fields from police to education to the business world. He has also provided significant care and assistance to the St. Aloysius Home for the mentally retarded young men.

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