CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1998 INDUCTEES
Tom Powers ('50) | Baseball, Football
Tom Powers is a member of the class of 1950 who was a two-sport athlete while at St. X. excelling at both baseball and football.
A catcher on the baseball team, he caught for some famous Bomber pitchers in his three years on the St. X baseball team. He played on the reserves as a freshman and the varsity as a sophomore and junior. He chose not to play for St. X. his senior year but his summer team was the City runner-up and he was one of three players added to the Championship team and went on to play in the national championship series.
However, it was in football that he really excelled. A 4-year member of the varsity football team, he was the only freshman to dress for Coach John Dromo's last St. X team. At the same time he was the star guard on the reserves which won the GCL Championship. A full-time member of the varsity by his sophomore year, he lettered at tackle for the GCL champion Bombers and as a Junior he was the full-time starter at tackle who made the All-City team. He was also one of only two juniors who made first team All-GCL, a truly impressive feat when you consider that the All-GCL team only had 11 players, there were no two-platoon and special teams in those days. Not surprisingly, he was Captain of the team his senior year, All-GCL, All-City, and All-State.
After graduating from St. X, his football prowess earned him a scholarship to Xavier University where he started and lettered at guard his junior and senior year.
After graduating from Xavier, Tom became a football official, an avocation he continued for over twenty years at the high school and college level. If there was a big GCL game in the 60's or 70's, you could almost count on him being assigned to it. Furthermore, if you looked real close at many Bengal home games you could see him holding the chains.
Though he is long-retired from officiating, he still supports and serves high school football by evaluating officials for the GCL. If I may inject a personal note here, I have known this man for nearly 30 years. He has kept me laughing for most of those 30 years with his humor and insights into sports and life. A great raconteur and most assuredly possessed of the Irish gift of gab, I present to you Tom Powers.
Edward Wohlwender ('78) | Wrestling
Edward R. Wohlwender is a member of the Class of 1978 and one of the most highly decorated wrestlers in St. X history.
Encouraged by former Coach Bill Ohr to take the entrance test and join the St. X Summer Wrestling Club, he became a member of the varsity almost from the moment he first stepped on the mat his freshman year. During that freshmen year he won the first of his four varsity letters and became the first freshman wrestler from St. X to qualify for the Ohio District Tournament. That summer he won the State AAU Championship and competed internationally. This was a tantalizing prelude to his next three years that were the greatest that any St. X wrestler had ever experienced.
As a sophomore he won the St. X and University of Cincinnati Tournaments, the GCL Championship and finished 3rd in the State. As a junior he repeated as champion in the St. X and UC Tournaments and was 15-0 when he was struck by a spinal virus that not only ended his wrestling season but kept him bedridden for two months. Nevertheless, after recovering from his sickness he resumed wrestling and that summer made the Ohio National Freestyle Wrestling Team. His senior year was the best any St. X wrestler had ever experienced. He was captain of the team, won his third straight St. X and UC Tournaments, his second GCL Title, the Sectional and District Championship and finished second in the State. Additionally, the team won its first District Championship and finished 4th at the State Meet, the highest finish ever attained by a St. X wrestling team. For his efforts he was voted most outstanding wrestler and made 1st Team All-City for the third of three consecutive times. That summer he once again made the Ohio National Freestyle Wrestling Team. He finished high school with a record of 79-15-1 which included 36 pins and is still the school record for career victories.
Upon graduation he received a scholarship of sorts as he was appointed to the United States Military Academy. At West Point he continued his wrestling career earning four varsity letters and winning 82 matches which included 6 tournament championships. He was the Captain of the Team his senior year and a 2-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championship. He was also recognized for his leadership abilities as he attained the status of Battalion Commander as a Cadet.
He graduated from West Point in 1983, completed airborne and Ranger training and served in the 82nd Airborne Division until 1989. Today he has returned to Cincinnati, resumed civilian life, where he is still associated with wrestling programs on the eastside of town. Since his days at St. X. the wrestling program has improved tremendously and some of his accomplishments have been matched or exceeded. However, he was a leader and still ranks as one of the greatest wrestlers in St. X. history.
Dennis White | Coach
On Denny White's first day of practice as the St. Xavier swimming coach, he asked the team to dream about winning the State title. As the season progressed, each day the swimmers were asked to believe in the dream and work to accomplish it. At the 1970 State meet, St. Xavier upset a powerful Upper Arlington team to win our first State title.
In 1973, St. X won its fourth consecutive State title and our first National title. Coach White's team featured three swimmers ranked in the top 25 in the world and six other swimmers who earned All American honors that year. To give you an idea about how powerful the '73 team was, you could have divided it into four separate teams, and those teams would have placed first, second, third and fourth at the State meet. Based on actual times, the 1973 team would have beaten all the college teams in Ohio, including the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State, which finished eighth at the NCAA championship that year.
The dream of winning the State Championship became a mission to defend it. Between 1970 and 1981, St. X won a record 12 consecutive State titles. Already during the 1990's, St. X has won seven State championships.
When you think of Ohio high school sports dynasties, you think of Massillon and Paul Brown, Moeller and Gerry Faust and Lakewood St. Edward. St. X has won more consecutive State titles than these other programs have won State titles. With a record 20 State titles, St. Xavier is clearly the greatest sports dynasty in the State of Ohio.
Denny White coached for six years. He won six GCL, six sectional, six district and six State titles. In addition to his 1973 National Championship team, three other of his teams were ranked in the top ten in the country. He was Ohio High School Coach of the Year five times and produced over 40 All Americans.