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The Fighting Irish Football Special Awards were initiated to acknowledge some of the heroes of St. Vincent-St. Mary Football history. These are men who are and were admired for their faith, courage, nobility, and honor. Each placed the needs of his family, his church, and his community before his own. They epitomize the characteristics of the goals set forth in the Mission Statement for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School students and in the Fighting Irish football program.

-Terry Horrigan V54 Award
-LeBron James VM03 Award
-Henry Henderson VM85 Award
-Coach Fred Maligio Award
-Frank Stams VM84 / Harry Kidder Award
-Frank Mancini V57 Award
-Chris Campbell VM92 Award
-Jim Horrigan V50 Award
-Msgr. John J. Scullen Award
-Edward "Red" Fassnacht V49 Award
-Provie Tomei VM75 / Joe Nist M50 Award
-Mark Murphy VM11 Award
-Eddie Taggart VM83 Award
-Coach Dan Boarman V70 Award
-John Cistone V50 Award
-Coach Eddie Wentz Award

Terry Horrigan V54 Award - Captain Award
Terry Horrigan’s service to St. Vincent High School began in 1950, when he entered as a freshman. He excelled as a student/athlete and leader. He was a class officer for all four years and served as the high school’s student representative for “Operation Youth,” later using his leadership platform to initiate a Fun vs. Vandalism program. Terry’s lifelong love of athletics blossomed in high school, lettering in football, basketball, tennis, and baseball. He returned to his alma mater in 1960 to teach English and coach numerous sports, later serving as the English Department Head and Athletic Director. Terry’s involvement and leadership development while at St. Vincent High School provided the foundation necessary to become a progressive, accomplished, and highly-respected educator.

2016:
Eric Bentley, Brandon Bischof, Justin Sampson, Scott Walter
2015:
Zach Corrigall, Dom Davis, Kyle Loney
2014:
Dre'k Brumley, Vince Lockett, Pat Oliverio, Jeremy Swords, Sam Yeaton
2013:
A. Adkins, T. Adkins, N. Williams, P. Campbell, D. Booker, D. Whiddon
2012:
Aaron Adkins, Dante Booker, Fransohn Bickley, Tom Paolucci
2011:
Kevin Besser, Matt Perry, Matt Matuska, Tyler Bischof
2010:
Doran Grant, Mark Murphy, Oliver Hildebrandt, Mike Greissing
2009:
Billy Harmon, Brian Foster, Doran Grant, Mark Murphy
2008:
Frank Laury, Nate Nasrallah, Vince Pelini, Harvie Tuck IV
2007:
Matt Oliverio, Kevin Saunders, Nick Thomas, Andrew Destefano

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LeBron James VM03 Award - Best Wide Receiver
Although LeBron James is known to the world as the greatest basketball player in the NBA, at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School he is also remembered for his unbelievable performance on the football field. LeBron was an All-State receiver his sophomore and junior years. He had to turn in his shoulder pads his senior year to focus solely on basketball. Coach Mark Murphy, defensive coordinator for the Irish when LeBron was in high school, was quoted, “I’ve been around a lot of great receivers. I tell people that I rate my top receivers, coaching, playing, or watching --- as James Lofton, Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, and LeBron James.” LeBron is not only a great athlete, but he has used his celebrity and wealth to come back to his hometown, Akron, to help the kids in the city and give back to his alma mater.

2016:
Malik Wooldridge
2015:
DeAmonte' King
2014:
Markus Hurd
2013:
Markus Hurd
2012:
Jordan Hargrove
2011:
Jordan Hargrove
2010:
Doran Grant
2009:
Dominique Mitchell
2008:
Todd Culver
2007:
Todd Culver

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Henry Henderson VM85 Award - Best Offensive Back
Henry Henderson still holds the record for career yards rushing at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He is remembered for his remarkable speed and was highly respected by his teammates and coaches. His work ethic and achievements on the football field and in the classroom made him one of Rutgers University’s top recruits where his success continued during his college career.

2016:
Myles Williams
2015:
Markus Hurd
2014:
Vince Lockett
2013:
Parris Campbell
2012:
Parris Campbell
2011:
Sae'Von Fitzgerald & Matt Matuska
2010:
Sae'Von Fitzgerald
2009:
Mark Murphy
2008:
Harvie Tuck IV
2007:
Carnell Evans

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Coach Fred Maligio Award - Best Offensive Lineman Award
Fred Maligio was recruited to the St. Vincent High School football coaching staff by Coach Eddie Wentz in the 1940s and stayed on to help newly appointed head coach John Cistone in 1965. Freddie was often called rough, tough, feisty, and relentless. He would never let a player give up or give less than a hundred percent. Many feared him. Many tried to avoid him – which was impossible. Despite his tough demeanor, hundreds came back over the years to thank him for what he had done for them. He was a 3-year starter at The University of Akron (1937-1939) and those who played against him regarded him as fearless. Freddie took great pride in his accomplishments and expected nothing less of his young players at St. Vincent – including their performances in the classroom. He encouraged all to work hard and continue their education at the college level. Coach Fred Maligio gave his time not only for the love of the game, but also for the love of the kids.

2016:
Cameron Ervin & Vincent Dominic
2015:
Dom Sciarretti
2014:
Jeremy Swords
2013:
Derek Whiddon
2012:
Nick Karipides
2011:
Drew Laury
2010:
Nick Codrea
2009:
Nick Codrea
2008:
Eddie Taggart
2007:
Andrew Destefano & Matt Oliverio

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Frank Stams VM84 / Coach Harry Kidder Award - Best Linebacker
Frank Stams
entered St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Coach John Cistone was fully aware of the young man’s remarkable athletic abilities. A 4-year varsity player, and multi-sport athlete, Frank played major roles in the 1981 and 1982 State Championships. After graduating from STVM in 1984, he continued his success at Notre Dame University and was one of the most valuable players on the 1988 National Championship team in the Fiesta Bowl. He went on to play in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Harry Kidder was named head football coach of the St. Mary Crusaders in 1945. The program was in need of the leadership necessary to “put the Crusaders back on the athletic map.” Kidder was the man to do just that. He amassed a remarkable record during his 13-year coaching the Blue and Gold. In addition to coaching every sport, Coach Kidder was also a teacher at St. Mary from 1945 to 1959. He met the challenge of re-establishing the athletic program at St. Mary after World War II and guided the construction of the new football stadium where he led the Crusaders to competition with many larger city schools. Kidder is remembered for his illustrious teaching and coaching career in the Akron area. His family remains committed to Catholic education and created the Harry C. Kidder Memorial Scholarship at STVM in celebration of his life and work.

2016:
Brandon Bischof
2015:
Brandon Bischof & Ryan Farris
2014:
Pat Oliverio
2013:
Dante Booker
2012:
Dante Booker
2011:
Brent Myers
2010:
Joe Breiding
2009:
Billy Harmon
2008:
Garrett Wilcox
2007:
Nick Thomas & Harvie Tuck IV

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Frank Mancini V57 - Best Defensive Lineman Award
Known for his strength and athleticism, Mancini was a football standout at St. Vincent High School and then at Kent State University.  After graduating from Kent State, he joined the Akron Police Department.  In April 1965, Mancini and two fellow officers pulled over an armed robbery suspect.  The suspect shot the three officers, killing one and paralyzing Mancini and the other officer.  Frank Mancini's career was over and he spent his life in a wheelchair.  In recognition of his duty to the citizens of Akron, the Frank Mancini Award was established and is presented yearly to a citizen of Akron who demonstrated heroism and in 2006 the Friends of Frank Mancini Endowed Scholarship was established at Kent State University in his honor.

2016:
Eric Bentley & Justin Sampson
2015:
Eric Bentley
2014:
Dre'k Brumley
2013:
Travonte Junius & Aaron Adkins
2012:
Aaron Adkins & Eric Prologo
2011:
Matt Perry
2010:
Vince Joyce & D.J. Williams
2009:
Ben Castrigano
2008:
Nate Nasrallah
2007:
Mike Shaeffer & Ben Bertsch

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Chris "Juice" Campbell VM92 Award - Best Defensive Back
Chris “Juice” Campbell was a 3-year varsity starter and multi-sport athlete at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He had incredible speed and agility and played several positions for the Irish – DB, WR, PR, and KR. As a junior, he received All-State honors as a defensive back and was named All-State wide receiver his senior year. Heavily recruited by college programs, he chose to play for Penn State. During his four years at Penn State, they won the Citrus, Rose, Outback, and Fiesta Bowls. Juice graduated from Penn State in 1996 and signed a rookie free agent contract with the Tampa Bucs in 1997.

2016:
Scott Walter
2015:
Scott Walter & Malik Wooldridge
2014:
Tyrece Speaight
2013:
Nate Bischof & Tyrece Speaight
2012:
Fransohn Bickley
2011:
Fransohn Bickley
2010:
Mark Murphy
2009:
Doran Grant
2008:
Doran Grant
2007:
Frank Laury

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Jim Horrigan V50 - Special Teams Player of the Year Award
Nicknamed "Mouse" because he was small, Horrigan played halfback at St. Vincent High School.  He was considered small but fierce and despite his size he went on to star at The University of Akron where he earned Little All-American honors.  He graduated from Akron University in June 1955 and enlisted in the Army.  Scheduled to enter the service in August, Horrigan took on a job with a construction company until time for his departure.  He was killed on a construction site that summer.  He is remembered for his work ethic, toughness, and extreme loyalty. The University of Akron's Athlete of the Year Award is named after Jim Horrigan.

2016:
Jamie Martucci
2015:
Forrest Hagenmaier
2014:
Sean Devany & Jimmy Demboski
2013:
Sean Devany & Tyler Moran
2012:
Joe Weber
2011:
Antonio Manfut
2010:
Troy Roebuck
2009:
Ben Musci
2008:
Billy Harmon & Mark Murphy
2007:
Igor Ilibasic

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Monsignor John J. Scullen - Most Improved Player Award
It is impossible to list all the incredible heroes in the history of Akron’s first two Catholic high schools – St. Mary High School and St. Vincent High School. Trivia on the history of the 2 schools includes St. Vincent High School being formerly known as Green Street University (1853). Each pastor of St. Vincent left his own unique mark. It was Monsignor John J. Scullen who fulfilled the plans and dreams of his predecessor by building a high school in 1918. Without the vision and sacrifices made by Msgr. Scullen and others dedicated to the future of young Catholics, St. Vincent and the parishes in Akron would not exist. He was a man of strength and determination.

2016:
Ross Faetanini & Leonard Younger
2015:
Myles Williams
2014:
Chris Bollinger, Niko Lalos, & Dom Davis
2013:
Zach Rouser
2012:
Kevin Alexander
2011:
Eric Prologo & Evan Gorbach
2010:
Nick Conlon & Vince Michaelec
2009:
Troy Keener
2008:
Mike Kagafas & Dominique Mitchell
2007:
Nate Nasrallah & Garrett Wilcox

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Edward “Red” Fassnacht V49 - Scout Team Player of the Year Award
As team manager for the football team, Red Fassnacht played an important role for coaches and players. He worked for the program each of his four high school years – 1945 to 1949. Always ready to help and respected by all, Red’s loyalty and dedication to his alma mater continued for decades after his graduation. His example of sacrifice and hard work made an impact on the STVM community members.

2016:
Ryan Fischer
2015:
C.J. Jones
2014:
Yossef Barakat & Tannous Barakat
2013:
Kyle Kelly
2012:
Pat Oliverio
2011:
Tyler Moran
2010:
Matt Jost
2009:
Brent Myers & Tyler Bischof
2008:
Anthony Cicione
2007:
Cash Culver, Brian Foster, & Dominique Mitchell

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Provie Tomei VM75 / John "Joe" Nist M50 Award - Lifter of the Year
Provie Tomei
, 1975 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School graduate, was a 3-year letter winner in football. He received All-City and All-Northeast Ohio honors and was a member of the 1972 State Championship Football team. As a loyal, hard-working and dedicated coach and player for over 40 years, Provie was either a student athlete or a coach in all six STVM football state championships. His years of dedication to the school community has been an example of commitment to the players he has coached.

Joe Nist spent his childhood growing up on Akron’s North Hill with friends John Cistone and Jim Horrigan. Listed among the honorees in the STVM Athletic Hall of Fame, he was considered a great athlete playing for the St. Mary Crusaders. The youngest of nine children to a widowed mother, family was important to Joe. When one of his sisters was widowed at a young age, he took over as the father image in the lives of her five children. He served in Korea, got married, had two sons, and joined the Akron Fire Department. On November 19, 1965, his station was called to a fire. After saving several people in the building, Joe and friend/fellow fireman Larry Labbe entered the building again to rescue a woman. No one could save the two firefighters or the woman they were intent on rescuing. Joe Nist died in the line of duty and is honored as one of Akron’s fallen heroes.

2016:
Tannous Barakat
2015:
Kyle Loney
2014:
Pat Oliverio
2013:
Pat Oliverio
2012:
Tom Paolucci
2011:
Matt Olszewski
2010:
Mike Greissing
2009:
Mike Kagafas
2008:
Kyle Hammer
2007:
Kevin Kozlowski & Rhys Edwards

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Mark Murphy VM11 Award - Student-Athlete Award
While at STVM, Mark earned 1st Team All-Ohio honors, while being named Offensive MVP his junior year and Defensive MVP his senior year. All while maintaining a 4.27 GPA. We moved on to Indiana University on a football scholarship, starting all four years. During his collegiate career, Mark was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner and a two-time Academic All-American. He was also one of 17 college football players to be named a National Football Foundation National Scholar Athlete. In 2014, NFL.com named Mark as one of the top 14 smartest football players in the NCAA. He was the runner-up for the Bobby Bowden Award, which is given to the top student-athlete in the NCAA. He performed on the field and in the classroom at the highest level. Mark Murphy is one of STVM's greatest examples of a student-athlete.

2016:
Tannous Barakat

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Eddie Taggart VM83 Award - Ironman Award
Ed Taggart was a four year varsity player for the Fighting Irish and one of the key players on the 1981 and 1982 State Championship teams. Coach John Cistone describes Taggart as a player who never left the field and one of the toughest players he’d ever coached. Taggart continued his education and football career at The Ohio State University. He played tight end in the Fiesta, Rose, Citrus, and Cotton Bowls and was named First Team All-Big Ten in 1986.

2016:
Justin Sampson
2015:
Zach Corrigall, Niko Lalos, & Kyle Kelly
2014:
Jack Williams
2013:
Tony Adkins & Vince Lockett

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Dan Boarman V70 Award - Coach's Award
As a 1970 graduate of one of the last classes at St. Vincent High School, Dan Boarman continued his football career at Indiana University where he was a 3-year starter for the Hoosiers as an offensive lineman. After his college career in 1975, Boarman returned home to join John Cistone's football staff and became an influential component of the team’s success as the defensive coordinator from 1981-1988. In addition, Boarman served as STVM’s head baseball coach and led the team to two state championships in 1986 and 1989. In 20017, Boarman decided to return to his roots on Green Street after coaching at Massillon (one year) and Copley (17 years). At his press conference, Boarman said, "Probably my biggest motivation is Coach Cistone. Any success that I've had in this game, I owe to Coach Cistone. Any integrity that I have, any goals that I have set in my life, I really owe to him." In 2012 and 2013, Boarman and the Irish accomplished the ultimate goal by winning the Division III OHSAA state championship in back to back years. The 2012 team finished 13-2 and the 2013 team finished with a 15-0 record, the most wins by a STVM football team in one season in the history of all three schools (St. Mary, St. Vincent, St. Vincent-St. Mary). Coach Boarman finished his career at STVM with an 89-26 record, the highest winning percentage (.774 W%) of any coach in school history. Coach Boarman also finished with a career record of 206-96. Beyond the wins and championships, Coach Boarman most enjoyed the camaraderie and relationships that he built.

2016:
Griffin Schueszler

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John Cistone V50 - Defensive MVP Award
John Cistone was named head football coach and assistant athletic director at St. Vincent High School on December 9, 1964. He was personally chosen by his former coach and predecessor, Eddie Wentz. Continuing the tradition of Wentz, Coach Cistone became a legend in his own right, coaching the young men at St. Vincent and
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School for 31 years. As athletic director, the Irish program expanded from four to thirteen varsity sports. Coach Cistone began his illustrious Irish football career when he played at St. Vincent High School. He was a star on the undefeated 1948-1949 team and earned All-City and All-District honors as a senior fullback and co-captain in 1949-1950. He played football and baseball at The University of Akron while earning his bachelors degree. Cistone then went on to earn his masters degree at Kent State University. John Cistone has been more than a coach and teacher. He is an example of faith, family, and loyalty to his players, students and peers. In recognition of the deep respect and admiration the Irish community has for him, the field of Green Street Stadium was dedicated to Coach Cistone in 1993 and renamed the John Cistone Field/Green Street Stadium.

2016:
Brandon Bischof
2015:
Marcus McAlister
2014:
Pat Oliverio
2013:
Newman Williams
2012:
Newman Williams
2011:
Tyler Bischof
2010:
Mark Murphy
2009:
Billy Harmon
2008:
Ben Bertsch
2007:
Kevin Saunders

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Eddie Wentz - Offensive MVP Award
Coach Eddie Wentz is one of the most revered people in STVM’s history. Referred to as a “coach in the fullest sense of the word” and a “coach of a generation and a half,” Wentz not only coached football, but also basketball and baseball. During his three years attending West High School, Wentz earned 11 varsity letters before graduating in 1917. He received three letters each in football, basketball, and baseball; two in track. He received All-City honors twice while in high school. After his freshman year at The University of Akron, he served in the U.S. Army in World War I. Upon his return, Wentz returned to college and graduated with 10 varsity letters: two each in football and track; three each in basketball and baseball.
He left a legacy of one of the most respected athletes and coaches in his era. Coach Wentz was the beloved coach of St. Vincent High School teams for 40 years.

2016:
Myles Williams
2015:
Dom Davis
2014:
Vince Lockett
2013:
Parris Campbell
2012:
Clayton Uecker
2011:
Kevin Besser
2010:
Doran Grant
2009:
Doran Grant & Mark Murphy
2008:
Vince Pelini
2007:
Roger Wilson

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Jim Vinciguerra V67
Nicknamed "Toy Bulldog," Vinciguerra was a small but tough player. He played halfback and defensive end at St. Vincent High School. Full of energy and respected by his peers, Vinciguerra was always the center of activity. He entered the United States Army on August 25, 1969 and was killed in action five months later on January 25, 1970. The James Vinciguerra Memorial Scholarship was established to help students attend his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.


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