Berea Boots Award Winners

HISTORY

The Berea Boots award was started as a result of Cade Clover '16 buying a pair of boots in 1915 for working in the Berea, Kentucky oilfields. At some time the boots were bronzed and presented to the first recipient. Based upon records available, the student-athlete had to earn four varsity athletic awards in order to be eligible for consideration.

In 1929, Fred Bridewiser was the first underclassman to win the award by earning four varsity awards, which he did in one year. Shortly thereafter, it appears that the eligibility requirement was changed so that the award was presented at the end of the junior year to the athlete who had earned a varsity award in more than one sport at Capital University.

It is unclear how the selections were made in the early years, but at some time the records indicate that, "The recipient each year will be selected by the senior holder of the Berea Boots." This last requirement was eventually responsible for the award being discontinued in 1984. When Michael D. Linton '84 was questioned about why he had not made a selection in 1984, his response was "No one told me that I was supposed to." Another factor may have been a lack of eligible candidates meeting the requirements. With World War II in progress, there were no junior athletes in 1944 and 1945 eligible for consideration. Thus there were no winners selected.

In 2002, the Capital University Alumni Varsity C Planning Committee directed that the ad hoc Committee to Review Athletic Awards be activated "to develop proposed revised criteria for the selection of Berea Boots recipients in order to reinstate the award." The ad hoc committee members were: Fred Dafler (chair), Seth Pymer, Mark Shaw, Dixie Jeffers, Jim Collins, Elizabeth Klopfer, Leonard Reich and Roger Welsh.

The ad hoc committee unanimously recommended the following changes and additions to the Berea Boots regulations to present to the Alumni Varsity C Planning Committee. On September 2, 2002, the Alumni Varsity C Planning Committee unanimously adopted the recommendations from the ad hoc committee without change. The adopted changes are contained in Articles II and III. On April 1, 2003, the selection process was enhanced by the addition of a clause to cover any situation in which the senior award recipient may not be available to select a winner.

 

BEREA BOOTS AWARD WINNERS

 

1915 - Cade Clover '15

1916 - Luther Dannecker '17 (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

1917 - Floyd "Shorty" Kantzer (Canton, Ohio)

1918 - Grover Clyde "Doc" Heffelfinger '18 (Loudonville, Ohio)

1923 - Kenneth "Tubby" Feich '23

1924 - Harley Meyer '25 (Logan, Ohio)

1925 - John Braun '23, S'26 (Zelienople, Pa.)

1926 - Bill Bernlohr '27 (Columbus, Ohio)

1927 - Milton Sheatsley '28 (Columbus, Ohio)

1928 - Albert Kauber '29 (Pataskala, Ohio)

1929 - Fred Bridewiser '31

1930 - Eugene Mechling '32 (Columbus, Ohio)

1931 - Walter Heischman '32 (Columbus, Ohio)

1932 - Paul Davidson '33 (Worthington, Ohio)

1933 - Albert Schiff '34 (Lancaster, Ohio)

1934 - Dana Swinehart '35 (Groveport, Ohio)

1935 - Fred Heischman '37 (Columbus, Ohio)

1936 - James Horan '37 (Sandusky, Ohio)

1937 - Kenneth Heisler '38 (Mansfield, Ohio)

1938 - Donald Burkey '40 (Marietta, Ohio)

1939 - Ed Long '40

1940 - Richard Stock '47 (Santa Ana, Ca.)

1941 - Clyde Bauer '42

1942 - Bob Kalish '46 (Baltimore, Ohio)

1943 - Paul Walters '47 (Springfield, Ohio)

1944 - no selection

1945 - no selection

1946 - George Aggas '47 (Columbus, Ohio)

1947 - Dan Susil '49 (Columbus, Ohio)

1948 - Jack Ortman '50 (Dayton, Ohio)

1949 - Glenn Barrett '50 (Columbus, Ohio)

1950 - Robert Miles '52 (Columbus, Ohio)

1951 - no selection

1952 - Paul K. Bernlohr '53 (Columbus, Ohio)

1953 - Loren Beck '54 (Youngstown, Ohio)

1954 - Robert Bernlohr '55 (Columbus, Ohio)

1955 - Fritz Stafford '56 (Plymouth, Mich.)

1956 - James Burke '57 (Columbus, Ohio)

1957 - Charles Kessler '58 (Johnstown, Ohio)

1958 - Robert Kunde '59 (Oak Forest, Ill.)

1959 - Jerry Walke '60 (Jackson, Ohio)

1960 - Duane Pelkey '61 (Johnstown, Ohio)

1961 - Joel Dill '62 (Evansville, Ind.)

1962 - Robert Skidmore '63 (Eaton Park, Fla.)

1963 - James Demo '64 (Cleveland, Ohio)

1964 - David Eberhard '65 (Vermilion, Ohio)

1965 - Gordon McMaken '67 (Covington, Ohio)

1966 - John H. Pettorini '68 (Columbus, Ohio)

1967 - Timothy Rink '68 (Columbus, Ohio)

1968 - Daniel Jones '69 (White Lake, Mich.)

1969 - Joseph McDonough '71 (Worthington, Ohio)

1970 - James Tenbrink '71 (Lima, Peru)

1971 - David Lewis '72 (Columbus, Ohio)

1972 - Joseph Jacobus '73 (Johnstown, Ohio)

1973 - Greg Risco '74 (Opalocka, Fla.)

1974 - Victor Wolfe '75 (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)

1975 - Steven Gwin '77 (Columbus, Ohio)

1976 - David Truex '77 (Columbus, Ohio)

1977 - Richard Meindl '78 (Columbus, Ohio)

1978 - Louis Mejuto '79 (Miami, Fla.)

1979 - Russell Reynolds Jr. '80 (Loudonville, Ohio)

1980 - Gary Lewis '82 (Westerville, Ohio)

1981 - Brent Markley '82 (Newark, Ohio)

1982 - Joe Glassco '83 (Columbus, Ohio)

1983 - Michael D. Linton '84 (Columbus, Ohio)

From 1984 through 2002, there were no selections of Berea Boots winners.

2003 - Nici Workman '04 (Chillicothe, Ohio)

2004 - no selection

2005 - Jennifer Lilly '06 (Johnstown, Ohio)

2006 - Charlie Smith '07 (Sunbury, Ohio)

2007 - Derick Alexander '08 (Grove City, Ohio)

2008 - Shelly M. Gaines '08 (Grove City, Ohio)

2009 - Joel Eversole '10 (Waverly, Ohio)

2010 - Cory Trump '11 (Hilliard, Ohio)

2011 - no selection

2012 - Alex P. Moore '12 (Hilliard, Ohio)

2013 - Emma McCarron '13 (Mansfield, Ohio)

2014 - Maggie Donnelan '14, women's soccer and basketball (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2015 - no selection

2016 - no selection

2017 - Derek Knabe '18, cross country/track & field (Cincinnati, Ohio)

 

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