The Lorain Sports Hall of Fame

Honoring the best in athletic achievement 

The Lorain Sports Hall of Fame was founded in December, 1969, to honor those Lorain residents whose names are synonymous with all that is the best in athletic achievement from the outstanding sports heritage in Lorain, the International City.

In The News…

LSHOF enshrinement banquet “go” for Sept. 4

The long-awaited 2020/2021 LSHOF enshrinement banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at German’s Villa in Vermilion. The banquet had been postponed because of the COVID pandemic requirements to limit social contact and avoid gathering. But now that vaccines will have been administered to the public by early summer and with gatherings being scheduled for after the Fourth of July, it’s finally time to get together and honor our new enshrinees.

Here’s the lineup of those being honored:

Regular Category
1. Brad Balmert, SAILBOAT RACING, Lorain HS (1977)

2. Anjeannette Chet Caffarel, VOLLEYBALL / BASKETBALL,
Lorain Catholic (1995) and John Carroll University

3. Mary Lou Rebman Poli, BOWLING, Lorain Catholic (1977)

4. Vince Villanucci, FOOTBALL / WRESTLING / COACHING
Lorain HS (1982) and Bowling Green State University

5. Barry Rush, FOOTBALL / TRACK, Lorain High (1981)
and Illinois Valley Community College

6. Lisa Nickoloff Lindberg, BASKETBALL / VOLLEYBALL,
Admiral King (1992) and University of Mount Union

Senior Category
1. Otis Jenkins, TRACK / FOOTBALL, Clearview HS (1973)
and University of Louisville

2. Chris Gregg, FOOTBALL, Admiral King (1964) and
Bowling Green State University

Special Category
1. Karen Boyle, TRACK & CROSS-COUNTRY COACHING,
Lorain HS (1975) and Bowling Green State University

2. William Reagan, FOOTBALL COACHING,
Lorain Catholic (1970) and St. Joseph College

Team Category
1984 Admiral King Boys Tennis

Posted March 18, 2021

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LSHOF mourns Ed Dohanos, area sports giant

The Lorain Sports Hall of Fame is mourning the death of Ed Dohanos, 95, on March 12, 2021.
For generations, Ed Dohanos was a well-known and respected figure on the Lorain County sports scene, as an athlete, in coaching and officiating. He was a three-time enshrinee in the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame, as well as being a past president (2008) and current board member of the LSHOF.

For more on Ed Dohanos and for his obituary, click here.

Posted March 16, 2021

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Lebron Gladden dies, was two-time LSHOF enshrinee

The Lorain Sports Hall of Fame mourns Admiral King basketball great Lebron Gladden, who passed away Feb. 15, 2021. Gladden was 52 and resided in Otisco, Indiana.

He was first enshrined in the LSHOF in 2017 as an All-Ohio member of the 1985-86 Admiral King High School team which reached the state finals.

In 2018, Gladden again was enshrined, individually, recognizing his continued success at Ashland University where he was an NCAA Division II All-American with an Ashland career record 2,102 points. 

Gladden was a member of a great Lorain basketball family. His brothers Byron and Jamie were previously enshrined in the LSHOF. Funeral services for Lebron are to be in Indiana.

Posted February 19, 2001

 

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