St. Paul announces 2018 Hall of Fame class and ceremony

Mark Hazelwood • Aug 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

St. Paul High School has announced its 2018 Hall of Fame Class and details on the yearly ceremony.

Being inducted in October will include Bill Bader Jr. (distinguished), the late Charles Roth (distinguished), the late Fr. Harvey Keller (distinguished), Mike Mushett (distinguished), Jordan Centers-Mayer (athletic) and Mike Gfell (athletic).

Inductees will be honored prior to an Oct. 5 St. Paul football home game vs. Mapleton, with the induction ceremony slated for Oct. 6 at the Social Hall.

Prior to Friday’s game, there will be a free tailgate party beginning at 5 p.m. behind the St. Paul social hall. Introduction of the Hall of Famers will take place 15 minutes before the 7 p.m. kickoff.

Induction Saturday begins with 4:30 p.m. mass at the church, followed by the dinner and induction at 5:30 p.m. at the social hall.

Tickets for the ceremony are available now at the St. Paul High School Development Office. The $25 ticket includes a buffet dinner and two adult beverage tickets. Water, soda and coffee will be provided.

Tickets for children 12 and under will cost $10.

Any questions about the HOF should be directed to HOF committee chair Matt Fair at [email protected] or by calling 419-668-7223.

Below is a brief look at each of the inductees:

Bill Bader Jr. (distinguished)

A 1986 graduate, Bill Bader Jr. has been an integral part of the Norwalk community with his business acumen and community involvement for decades following high school.

He started working at the former Norwalk Raceway by the time he was 10 years old for his father, Bill Sr. Working from the bottom up, Bader Jr. eventually took over the reigns as President of the dragstrip from his father in 1998.

Over time, Bader Jr. oversaw expansion and additions to the facility, eventually renaming it to present-day Summit Motorsports Park. At that time, the yearly national event, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, began its successful run in 2007.

The event — among several others on the yearly schedule — bring a significant business and economic impact to the Norwalk area.

Charles Roth (distinguished)

A 1962 graduate, the late Charlie Roth wore many hats within the St. Paul community.

From his active involvement in the Parish as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Roth was also varsity baseball and softball coach at various times, along with golf and junior high basketball.

Also a respected OHSAA umpire in the spring in baseball and softball, Roth is best remembered for his booming voice. He most notably served as the public address announcer for St. Paul football games at Whitney Field for two decades, as well as basketball home games.

Roth was also a mainstay on the microphone for the wheel raffle at the St. Paul festival for years. A renowned carpenter, Roth, who passed away in 2007, and his wood work is also long remembered in the entry way of the high school, the walls of the Joan C. Camp auditorium, the sides of the church, as well as the baptismal font.

Father Harvey Keller (distinguished)

The late Keller was a dedicated priest who touched many lives within the St. Paul Parish and school community.

Outside of church, Keller could be found at virtually every Flyer sporting event that he could make, often leading the students in prayer while supporting their efforts. Before away football games, the team met with Keller at the church after school, where he would give a blessing to each player.

Keller served in several capacities at various Toledo churches for much of the 1950s and 1960s, eventually ending up at St. Joseph in Monroeville from 1967-80.

He retired from there and resided at St. Paul rectory until 2001.

The St. Paul Convocation Center, built in 1994, was dedicated in his memory. Keller, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 95, sold off much of his retirement funds in order to help fundraise for the gymnasium.

Michael Mushett (distinguished)

A 1970 graduate, Mushett was well-known as a standout on the 1969 Class A state poll champion football team for the Flyers.

However, the multi-sport athlete at St. Paul has left an even bigger mark after high school.

After playing four years of football at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Mushett has spent the past 30 years organizing and implementing Paralympic and adaptive sports programs at the community, state, national and international levels.

Mushett currenlty is the executive director of Wheelchair and Ambulatory sports, and the head of Mushett Sports Consulting, which deals in the implementation of competitive athletic programs for the physically handicapped.

Prior to his current position, Mushett served as the Director of Paralympic Sport Outreach and Development for the United States Olympic Committee.

Jordan Centers-Mayer (athletic)

A 2003 graduate, Centers helped St. Paul to its first-ever team OHSAA state championship trophy in the fall of 2002.

A three-sport athlete, Centers-Mayer also was the class valedictorian on top of her accolades in the gym and softball diamond. Best known for helping lead the Lady Flyers to the Division IV state championship with a perfect 29-0 record in 2002, she was also a standout in basketball and softball, earning nine varsity letters across the three sports.

Centers-Mayer also was on the lone St. Paul girls’ basketball team to win a district championship.

By the time her volleyball career for the Lady Flyers was finished, the two-time All-Ohioan had six program records for kills and blocks.

Michael Gfell (athletic)

A 1976 graduate, Gfell was a standout multi-sport athlete in the 1970s, perhaps best remembered for accomplishing an athletic first in St. Paul history.

An All-Ohio selection in football (1975), Gfell set program records for interceptions in a season (10) and career (16) upon graduation.

As a four-year letterwinner in track and field, Gfell left his mark in school history when he reached the state championships in 1975 and 1976. Earning a 10th-place and sixth place finish in the Class AAA one-mile race, Gfell became the first-ever St. Paul athlete to ever score a point in an individual state track championship event.

Also a nine-time letterwinner for the Flyers, Gfell was also a key contributor in basketball, and was the school’s first-ever Bill Magnuson award winner, given annually to a senior who has shown dedication and leadership in athletics.

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