CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1996 INDUCTEES
Richard Reder ('66) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
This year, 1996, Richard Reder is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a member of the class of 1966. He was a true three-sport athlete, playing 3 years of varsity baseball and basketball and 2 years of football. Although basketball was the sport he is known best for he excelled equally at all three.
As a football player he played both ways for two years ... as an offensive end and defensive back. He holds three school football records, including one that will never be broken, scoring the first touchdown in St. Xavier Stadium. In 1965 he set two records that still exist today - most interceptions in a season (10) and the most yardage gained off of interceptions (265). Probably because he had more opportunities he actually intercepted more passes than he caught as an end. Because of this all-around ability, he was named all-GCL on offense and defense and made honorable mention All-City on offense.
As a basketball player, he played guard and was part of the most remarkable basketball team in St. Xavier history. He made the varsity team as a sophomore, even though many of the team members in the class ahead of him had already been playing as sophomores. As a junior he was a valuable reserve on the now mythical 1965 team that lost in the state championship game. As a senior, co-captaining a team that had lost all five of its starters including three 3-year starters (two of whom are already members of the Hall of Fame), he led them to a third consecutive GCL championship and the top seed in the District Tournament. However, they were not able to repeat the magic of 1965 and were stopped in the quarter-finals as they lost at the buzzer. He did however add an all-GCL basketball award to his football honors.
He also played 3 years of varsity baseball, playing four positions including pitcher and shortstop and made still another all-GCL team his senior year.
Reder received a basketball scholarship to Xavier University where he played from 1966 to 1970. At XU he averaged 11 points per game on the freshmen team and 5 points per game over his three year varsity career. His determination and all-around athletic ability was rewarded during his senior year when he became a starter who averaged over 10 points per game.
Nicholas Vehr ('77) | Basketball, Football, Track
Nicholas Vehr is a member of the class of 1977. He was also a three-sport star who, his senior year, made all-city in all three of his sports, football, basketball and track.
In football, he was a two-year starter at end and was a co-captain his senior year. He was 1st team all-GCL and 1st team All City.
In basketball, he was also a two-year starter at forward. His junior year was marked by a penchant for fouls (nearly 4 per game) but in his senior year he teamed and co-captained with Gary Massa to lead St. X to a 17-4 record and prepared the way for our next inductee's year of glory. Relying on his prior experience he cut down his fouls and averaged 10 points per game. He was All-GCL and All-City.
In track, a sport he probably excelled at the best, he dominated in the field events. As a junior he won the GCL championship in both the discus and high jump. In fact he was never beaten in the high jump until the state meet. At the state track meet he finished fifth setting the school high-jump record of 6'7" in the process, a record that also still stands. He led St. X to the City and District track championship and was named the Cincinnati Post's Big School Athlete of the year. He also made all-Ohio in the high jump. His senior year, due to an attack of mononucleosis and a requirement to gain weight for football, was not quite as illustrious. Nevertheless, as in football and basketball, he was captain of the team. He repeated as GCL champ in discus and high jump, but was only 4th in District in the high jump and did not qualify for the state meet. However, he was again all-city.
He received a football scholarship to Notre Dame where he was a three-year letterman for Coach Dan Devine and was a member of the 1977 National Championship team and the 1980 team that played Georgia for the championship. Although his primary position was tight end (it was there he helped Joe Montana learn how to throw passes to the tight end, a skill for which Dwight Clark is eternally grateful). He was actually a man of multiple positions, on offense and on most special teams. During his senior year he was second on the team for average yards per reception. He played in two Cotton and two Sugar Bowls and after his senior year he was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. An honor of even more importance was his selection to the ND all-bookstore basketball team.
Upon graduation, Vehr got into a different game, that of politics. He worked behind the scenes for a number of years in public relations, now with the Dan Pinger Agency, laying the way for his own candidacy which was fulfilled in 1993. He was a solid member of the Cincinnati City Council.
Stephen Wolf ('78) | Basketball, Tennis
Stephen Wolf is a member of the class of 1978 and was the leader of what was no worse than the 3rd best basketball team in St. Xavier history. Additionally he was an outstanding tennis player and is a member of the first family of St. Xavier Athletics.
As a tennis player he was a four-year varsity letterman. Playing Number One singles his junior and senior years, he was a state championship qualifier, two-time team MVP, All-City, and All-State. As a junior he won the Ohio Valley 18 and under championship and thus was rated the best 18 and under player in the Cincinnati Area and Number 3 ranked in the State of Ohio, which was pretty good since, in those days he was from Kentucky. His senior year he retained his All-City and All-State rankings despite being stricken with mononucleosis.
While he was probably more dominant in tennis, it was as a basketball player that he is best remembered. A two-year starter on teams with a combined record of 35-7, his senior year he captained the Bombers on an amazing march through the season. Through the first fifteen games, which were all won by St. X, many perceived it as the best Bomber team. The team played and beat every top team in the city, including the LaSalle Thompson-led Withrow and administered the most fearsome beating I ever saw given to Elder. With the post-season looming, our inductee was unfortunately injured in the 16th game. Without him the Bombers lost the next two regular-season games. Even his return for the tournament, albeit at less than full speed, was not enough to recover the magic and they fell to LaSalle in the Sectional Championship Game. Nevertheless, our inductee was the leading scorer at 16.2 points per game, (he also averaged 3.4 assists per game) of a GCL Championship team, the team MVP, GCL Player of the Year, first team All-City, All-State and placement on a few high school All-American lists.
He received a scholarship to North Carolina State to play for Norm Sloan, but only stayed for one year before transferring to Xavier where he played three years for Bob Staak. While an ankle injury deprived him from ever reaching the level he did at St. X, he was a major contributor to the then-rising Xavier program as part of the first MCC Champion and NCAA tournament qualifier. He twice won the Connie Brown "Most Inspirational Athlete" award. Wolf is best known as a fierce competitor who still regularly plays basketball and plays at a high level.