Holly was born in Livonia, Michigan and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She grew up playing sports including basketball, softball, and ran track. She started playing tennis and entering tournaments at age seven. By her freshman year at Maumee High School, she was on the varsity tennis team and was undefeated in League play. She made First Team All Northern Lakes League and made it to the Sectional Tournament qualifying for the District Tournament in Singles.
Her sophomore year she was again undefeated in League play received the Most Valuable Player Award and made Second Team All Northern Lakes League. She won second place in the Sectional Tournament again qualifying for the District Tournament in Doubles.
Her junior year she lost just one match in League play and earned another Most Valuable Player Award. She made First Team All Northern Lakes League. That year she and her doubles partner won first place in the Sectional Tournament and were runners-up in the District Tournament. This qualified them to compete in the State Championships in Columbus, Ohio. She received the Toledo Blade Athletic Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
Holly’s senior year she was again undefeated in League play, and she and her doubles partner won both the Sectional and District Championships. They again participated in the State Championships. She received the Toledo Blade Athletic Achievement Award and was the honorary guest at the Rotary Club.
She received a full tennis scholarship to attend Ball State University in Indiana where she played both singles and doubles. She had a year-round vigorous workout schedule and traveled to many states to compete. She served under the Tennis Federation Cup representing Northwest Ohio in the summers of 1985 and 1986. Her senior year at Ball State she was Team Captain and Athlete of the Week from April 25th through the 29th. In 1988 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a secondary degree in Insurance. She was recognized in the 1988 edition of Outstanding College Students of America.
After graduating from Ball State Holly moved to Southern California and taught professional tennis at the Racquet Club of Irvine. She also obtained the highest teaching credential through the United States Professional Tennis Association. She taught Aerobics and competed in the 50-mile bicycle races. She took extension courses in photography at Orange Coast College, and did freelance modeling.
“Tennis is a lifetime sport that I love so very much. Looking back at my high school days I realize that it was all a great learning and growing experience for me. I consider this a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
Sue Ellen Pollock graduated from Maumee High School in 1985 and earned nine varsity letters. Sue played two years of varsity volleyball, three years of varsity softball, and four years of varsity basketball. In volleyball Sue earned 1st Team NLL honors her junior and senior year; All District honors, Team MVP and Captain award her senior year.
As a third baseman and pitcher on the softball team, Sue earned All League 1st Team NLL honors her sophomore and junior years. She also earned All Districts Team MVP and Captain award her junior year. Their overall team record was forty wins and four losses.
In four year of varsity basketball, Sue’s accomplishments included: 1st Team NLL her sophomore, junior, and senior year; AP and UPI District All-1st Team her junior and senior year; NLL MVP her junior and senior year; Maumee High School MVP and Captains awards her junior and senior years; AP and UPI District Player of the Year as a senior; All State Honors as a senior; and multiple TV-24 Player of the Week awards.
Sue led her team in scoring (20 points per game), rebounding, assists and steals in her junior and senior years. Sue’s career team record was sixty-five wins and fourteen losses.
Sue was the first Maumee female athlete to surpass the 1,000-point career scoring mark and the first Maumee female athlete to receive a Division I athletic basketball scholarship.
Sue was recruited by more than 30 universities to play basketball. She selected the University of Toledo, where she earned four varsity letters. She was Tri-Captain her senior year and earned the Downtown Coaches Award and Mid-American All Academic Team honors. Sue graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education.
James Burr Rakestraw was born on March 13, 1925 in Malinta, Ohio. At age 5, he moved with his parents, Owen and Berneta, to their new home on West Harrison Street in Maumee. As a child, Jim’s favorite was a ball, and he spent most of his life throwing, hitting, swinging, catching, bouncing, chasing balls, and teaching others how to. He loved to play baseball down on Mouen’s Hill, basketball in the backyard, and tennis at the playground.
In 1939, Jim was a freshman at Maumee High School. Although small in stature, his quickness and talent helped Jim win a spot on the basketball team in 1939-1940. The next year, he played both basketball and tennis. Basketball was his favorite sport, and he was the second highest scorer that year. During his senior year, Jim played tennis, football, ran relay in track and was the top scorer as well as captain of the basketball team.
After graduation in 1943, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Trained at gunnery school, Jim spent the duration of the war on several ships in the Pacific and in the European arena. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Jim attended the University of Toledo from 1948-1952. He was a member of the tennis team, compiling a record of 57-12. As a junior, he was the Mid-American runner up in #1 Singles, and the Mid-American champion in #2 Singles his senior year. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, Biology, and History. In 1961 he received his Masters Degree from Kent State.
After college, Jim moved to Elyria to teach and to coach tennis at Elyria High School. In 30 years of coaching, Elyria High School posted a 501-132 record; winning numerous conference championships as well as the school’s first state championship. Directing the city’s summer tennis program as well, Jim was known as “Mr. Tennis” and an enthusiastic champion of the sport.
Retiring from coaching in 1982 and teaching in 1983, Jim received accolades from his peers. In 1981, he was inducted into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame. In 1982, he was inducted into the Ohio Coaches Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1993, the James B. Rakestraw Longevity Award was established in his honor.
Jim always gave credit to his family for their support. In 1953, he married Marjorie Haynes, a fellow teacher. They had two children, Jim and Julie, who benefited from their dad’s coaching ability. In 1984, Jim and Marjorie moved to Maumee to the same house where Jim grew up. They cared for his mother, Berneta, until her death in 1987. During his retirement years, he and Marjorie enjoyed traveling, golf, and remodeling their home. In 1990, after a courageous fight against cancer, Jim died on December 3. His family misses his great sense of humor, his laughter, and his love. Jim would have been so pleased with his induction into the Maumee Sports Hall of Fame.
Only five freshmen made the varsity football team that year and Frank Rogers played left end and started every game. The following is a quote from Coach Meyers: “Rogers was playing his first year on the team and his work was up to the standard and I believe if he continues to turn out with the team that he will be one of our valuable members.”
Frank was the only freshman to make the varsity basketball team. The coach’s statement: “Rogers was another of our trustworthy forwards who played with every ounce of strength obtainable, ‘always on the go.’ ”
Frank played every position on the line—both offensive and defensive, his sophomore year, depending where Coach Meyers decided he should play. He started every game in his sophomore year on both offense and defense. Coach Meyers’s statement for Frank: “Rogers was also a good end although he played several other positions and handled the well and in a competent manner. His work both on the offensive and defensive was very competent.”
In basketball his sophomore year, he was a starter as forward on the varsity team. He started every game at forward against a great amount of experience.
His junior year, Coach Meyers called him aside on the first day of practice and told him he was to be the fullback on offensive and line backer on defense. He played every game in both positions and also did all of the punting and kick-off returns.
The varsity basketball coach’s statement for Frank’s junior year was: “Frank played all positions on the team with equal skill. He had a good eye for the basket and was always at the right place at the right time. His speed and smiles were always pleasing with spectators causing our opponents to lose the ball. He will be a valuable player on our team next year.”
The 1927 basketball team was undefeated.
Frank started his senior year as fullback and linebacker.
Coach Meyers’s report in our yearbook: “Frank’s a fast, quick thinking fullback—his dependability will be greatly missed.”
The 1928 basketball season was a good one for Maumee. They lost their first game and they won all the remaining games in the regular season. They also lost in the second round of the Lucas County playoff.
Coach Davidson’s season-end statement: “Frank Rogers; a man in every sense of the word, and above all, a good sport.”
Frank Rogers received 12 varsity letters during his four years at Maumee High School; four in football; four in basketball; two in track; two in baseball.
Frank had no opportunity to go to college. His parents did not have the money for tuition. He did receive a scholarship for West Point Military Academy, but it was in 1929 and he had been married 30 days and could not accept the offer. He became a retail merchant in Maumee, starting in 1933 as an appliance dealer. First with Rogers Appliance Center and second in 1953 as Rogers Furniture City—a total of 50 years retail in Maumee, Ohio. In 1952 he received General Electric’s Dealer of the Year Award. He was a Past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F. (Oddfellows), a 32nd degree Mason, a charter member of the Maumee Rotary Club, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Maumee, and a Past President of the Toledo Electrical Dealers Association.
Don was born in Maumee, Ohio to Chester and Edith Spencer (both Maumee Class of 1927) on February 15, 1934. He has three brothers, Richard, James, and Jerald, and one sister, Virginia. A brother, Robert, deceased. He attended Glendale Elementary School and Union Elementary School. When he was in the sixth grade, the family moved to East Dudley in Maumee.
Don graduated from Maumee High School in 1953 after having excelled in athletics all four years. He played four years of football (three varsity as starting end); four years basketball (three varsity as starting center); two years track and two years baseball.
During the 1950 football season, as a sophomore, Don was chosen All Great Northern Conference end. As a sophomore varsity starter in basketball, Don was chosen to the GNC Second Team. During the 1950-51 basketball season, Maumee was the Great Northern League Champion; the first such achievement in the school’s history. As a junior in 1951-52 season, Don was again named to the All GNC Second Team in basketball.
During the 1952-53 season, as a senior, Don was named Most Valuable lineman in football. Maumee led the League or was in second place throughout the basketball season. At the end of the season, Maumee was co-champs with Whitmer, Sylvania, and Clay. Don was leading scorer numerous times throughout the year scoring 32 points against Sylvania to set a new all-time for Maumee held previously by Dick Kazmaier. He also set an all-time scoring record in the Anthony Wayne gymnasium that he held for many years. He was named to the All Great Northern Conference Team by the opposing coaches and the Blade Second Team in 1953.
Don’s senior year he was also chosen to represent Maumee High School at the Buckeye Boy’s Conference held at Bowling Green State University.
Following high school, Don was drafted into the Armed Services and served two years active in Germany, two years active reserve and two years inactive reserve. While in Germany, Don played football for the armed forces throughout Europe. His teammates included many pro football players such as Dick Szmanski, of the former Baltimore Colts. When discharged, Don had achieved the rank of Sergeant. Don recently celebrated forty years with the Anderson’s Grain Division.
In 1955, he married high school sweetheart Barbara (Rapp), a 1955 Maumee High School graduate. Don and Barbara have two children, Tim and Lori.
Chuck played three sports at Maumee High School for four years each. They were football, baseball, and basketball.
In his senior year he was All Area First Team quarterback, Honorable Mention All America, and Honorable Mention All Area in football.
In baseball, he was named All State pitcher his senior year and played in the North-South All Star Baseball game.
He was class president in his sophomore year, a delegate to Boys’ State, and a member of the National Honor Society, having only one grade lower than an “A” in four years.
Chuck attended Ohio State University on a baseball scholarship. He joined Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and graduated with a B.S.Ed. He attended Ohio State University from 1961-1965.
Beginning in 1965, Chuck has taught mathematics and coached in various high schools in Ohio and now in Indiana (Penn High School). He has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and assistant football coach; twenty+ years as a head baseball coach and two years as a head basketball coach. He is Past President of Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association and was elected Assistant Coach Representative from Northern Indiana from the North Team for the 1995 North-South All-Star Game.
He has been privileged to coach more than 25 All-State Offensive Linemen at Penn High School in the last 18 years; 5 have been named to All-American Teams.
Chuck earned a Masters Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1972 and has taken graduate work at Notre Dame.
He is married to Sharon and together they spend their vacation time with trips to California, Mexico, and Caribbean to make up for all the years without vacations.