1985 Inductees (Inaugural Year)
Notes from Induction Night
Bob Arnzen is a member of the Class of 1965. He played end on the football team in his senior year. He was a pitcher on the baseball team during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. However, Arnzen’s greatest athletic achievements at St. Xavier came on the basketball court.
Arnzen played basketball all four years, leading the Bombers to the State Finals in his senior year. The 1964-1965 team went 24-3 and won the GCL Championship, the District Championship, and the Regional Championship before losing to Columbus South in the state finals 54-53.
School records covering 1960 to the present indicate that Bob was the all-time scoring leader in St. X basketball history with 1016 career points. He also holds the single season records for most points with 526 (1964-1965) and for most rebounds with 432 (1964-1965). He is third on the all-time list of average points per game with 15.4.
He was respected by his fellow players, as reflected in his being elected as a co-captain in his senior year, but more importantly, was a complete team player. Coach Dick Berning commented, "Bob was the smartest player I ever coached." He was an excellent student as well as being an excellent athlete.
In addition to Bob's basketball achievements, he played baseball for three years on the St. Xavier varsity, and as a senior, also played on Tom Ballaban's football team. That year he caugbt the winning touchdown against Roger Bacon--no small accomplishment.
After graduation from St. Xavier, Arnzen attended Notre Dame on a basketball scholarship. His basketball accomplishments there are also well documented. He led the team in scoring his sophomore year, and was also a starter his junior and senior years. He was the first player-ever selected as captain of the Notre Dame basketball team his junior year, and was also a captain his senior year.
After graduation from Notre Dame Arnzen played professional basketball and baseball.
Tom Ballaban served as head football coach at St. Xavier from 1953 to 1977. During those years his teams compiled a record of 142-91-8, winning GCL championships in 1957, 1968, and 1970 and finishing second in the GCL in 1971, 1973, and 1976. His best single-season records were in 1968 (9-0-1) and 1957 (9-1). On three other occasions his teams went 8-2.
Ballaban also coached basketball at St. Xavier from 1951 to 1954, compiling a 59-25 record. During these years Tom's basketball teams won a district championship, a GCL championship and a GCL co-championship. His 1954 team finished second in the GCL.
Dick Berning has coached the St. Xavier basketball team since 1955. He is currently in his thirtieth year as head coach. He has had 24 winning seasons in those years and his career record prior to the opening of the 1984-85 season was 407-213. Berning's teams have won 7 GCL championships and have finished second in the league 9 times. He has won 3 district titles and 1 regional title. His 1964-1965 team reached the state finals before being defeated by Columbus South 54-53.
Among those currently on the St. X faculty, Dick's length of service is exceeded only by Tom Ballaban's.
Charlie Keating is a member of the Class of 1941. Although Charlie also played football and ran track at St. Xavier, he is best known for his achievements in swimming. He was a member of the swim team all four years and served as team captain in his senior year. In his sophomore, junior, and senior years, he led the team to 3 successive GCL championships while setting several school records and earning all-state honors.
After graduating from St. Xavier, Charlie attended the University of Cincinnati where he continued his swimming career. In NCAA competition he won the 200 yard breast stroke to become UC's first NCAA Champion and All- American. He is a member of UC's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Keating's devotion to St. Xavier High School goes well beyond his graduation. He was the driving force in the construction of Keating Natatorium. Since the natatorium was built in 1970, the St. Xavier Aqua- bombers have won 13 state swimming titles and have finished second in the state twice. Throughout these years Charlie has maintained his interest in and support of the St. X swimming program.
Charles Keating Jr. Wins the 200 Individual Medley
Charley Wolf is a member of the Class of 1944. He played baseball, basketball, and football in his years at St. Xavier. In his junior year, playing end, he was named to the All-GCL football team. In his senior year he was named to the All-Ohio football team. As a forward on the basketball team his senior year. he was second in scoring for the season with 189 points and helped lead the team to a 22-5 record and a first-place finish in the GCL and the district before they were defeated in the regionals by eventual state champ Middletown.
Wolf entered the Navy after graduating from St. Xavier After his years in the service he attended Notre Dame for a year and a half where he played baseball. basketball, and football. Upon leaving Notre Dame he spent seven years in the Reds farm system and then left baseball to become athletic director and head basketball and baseball coach at Villa Madonna (Thomas More). In the '58-'59 season Wolf's Villa Madonna team went 22-5 and was invited to the NAIA tournament for Division II schools.
Charley also coached professionally with the Cincinnati Royals (3 years), and the Detroit Pistons (2 years). One of his Cincinnati teams made it to the NBA playoffs but was defeated by the Celtics in the seventh game of their series.