CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2001 INDUCTEES
Charles O'Leary ('51) | Football
Charles O'Leary is a member of the class of 1951 who excelled at both baseball and football but ultimately is remembered for his football prowess.
At St. X he played mostly varsity sports. 4 years on the baseball team and 3 years on the football team. As a junior in football he made second–team all GCL. As a senior he was Co-Captain, 1st team all-GCL and an all-City halfback. In baseball he started three games on the Varsity in centerfield as a freshman and then was a starter the next three years. He was also member of the Richter & Phillips "D" Municipal baseball team, which was the AABC of his day, that won the city Championship in 1950 and city runner-up in 1951. Additionally, he was also elected Class President both Junior and Senior years.
After graduation from St. X, Sid Gillman offered him football scholarship to UC. Unfortunately, while playing baseball during the summer before starting college, he broke his ankle and was not able to play on the freshman team. His saw his first action during the Spring Game where, after breaking free for an apparently easy touchdown, he was tackled by a teammate running from the bench. Apparently, the shock of having his first big moment ruined by a teammate and longing for the spiritual exercises and muscular Christianity, he immediately transferred to Xavier University. As an ineligible transfer he played on the freshman team for fellow hall-of-famer Coach Rod Johnson. Once he became eligible he was a three-year starter for Coach Mick Connelly sometimes at halfback, sometimes at defensive back and sometimes both ways. On offense he followed the crushing blocks of another hall-of-famer, Tom Powers for many of his valuable yards. During his senior season he was the leading pass receiver on a team which defeated UC and Boston College.
After graduating from XU, he married and raised 7 children. As a parent he was a long-time coach at St. Mary’s grade school in Football and Baseball. Today he is an avid golfer who follows the football exploits of some of his 10 grandchildren.
Joshua Robbins ('90) | Wrestling
Joshua Robbins is a member of the class of 1990 and still ranks as the best wrestler in School history.
A four-year member of the Varsity wrestling at 152 pounds his litany of accomplishments includes: four-time Holiday Classic Champion, three-time St. Xavier Invitation Champion, two-time All Ohio Catholic Champion, four-time GCL Champion, (in fact, he never lost a GCL match), four-time Division I Sectional Champion, three-time Division I District Champion, two-time Division I State Runner-up and, in 1990, the first and—so far—only St. Xavier Division I State Champion.
As a result of these accomplishments, he was a three-time St. Xavier Most Valuable Wrestler, the 1989 and 1990 Cincinnati Wrestler of the Year and a 1990 First Team Amateur Wrestling News All American. He held or holds the GCL and St. Xavier record for career wins (118) and pins (71). He also wrestled in the Amateur Wrestling ranks during the summer and was the Cadet National Champion in 1988 and the Junior National Champion 1990.
He accepted a wrestling scholarship to Penn State University where he attended from 1990-95. During his Penn State career he was a 2–year starter at 158 pounds. He was a member of 2 National Championship teams in 1990 and 1993, an All-American at 158 in 1993, the 1993 NCAA National Division 1 Runner-up and the 1994 Team Captain.
After college he was an assistant coach at Miami from 1995 to 98. Today he is employed at the Ford Motor Company and with his wife Anita, is raising 3 children.
Mark Schmerge ('75) | Football
Mark Schmerge is a member of the class of 1975 and even today is considered one of the best football players ever produced at St. Xavier High School.
While at St. X he lettered in 4 sports: Football, basketball, baseball and track. As a freshman he played on freshman teams. After that he was predominately a member of the Varsity. He was a forward for two years on the basketball team. A 1st baseman and pitcher for 3 years on the baseball team and, when available, a four-year shot putter for the track team. In football he was a 3-year starter who played tight end and in his senior year and also played defensive end.
During his senior season he was first team all GCL in both football and baseball, 2nd team all City in baseball, and 1st team all City and all State in football. He capped his football awards by being named a Parade All-American Tight End.
Accepting a scholarship to the University of Michigan he played Football for Coach Bo Schembechler, starting as a tight end his freshman year, and earned 4 Varsity letters. He was a member of 3 Big Ten Champions, played in three Rose Bowls and one Orange Bowl. Today he is a Registered Investment Advisor and has three children with his wife Vicki.