1997 Hall Of Fame



The Windham Bomber Athletic Hall of Fame honors former athletes who achieved excellence through competition, coaches who have made a difference
in the lives of their athletes and supporters of the athletic program.

(Special thanks to George Belden for supplying the information on this page)

(Note: The information written on these athletes were written at the time they were inducted into the hall of fame. Some of the information might be outdated. If you are in the hall of fame and want your information updated please contact Robin Martin through the "Contact" page.

jerry aJerry Apthorpe.....Basketball Lettered Four Years. Co-Captain Junior and Senior Year. All PCL Senior. Baseball Lettered Four Years. Golf Lettered Four Years. Co-Captain Junior and Senior Year. In high school, Jerry was very active lettering in basketball, baseball and golf. He was cocaptain his Junior and Senior year of basketball and was chosen All PCL his Senior year. Jerry was co-captain his Junior and Senior year of golf. Jerry was a member of the Esperanto Club and on Prom Committee.

barry lBarry Lyons.....1971-72 Freshman Year - Barry started on both basketball and football teams. Both teams were undefeated and were Portage County League Champions. Barry scored double figures in basketball in all sixteen games. 1972-73 Sophomore Year - Barry was the 6th man on a varsity basketball team that was Portage County Champions. Barry lettered in basketball and baseball. He was the starting pitcher and was elected for the MVP Award. He also lettered in football and was elected Honorable Mention All County. He played fullback midseason and gained 450 yards rushing. 1973-74 Junior Year - Barry, as the team captain, lettered in baseball as a starting pitcher. He was elected 1st Team All County and the team's MVP Award. The baseball team won the Sectional Championship. Barry played fullback and linebacker on the football team and was elected 2nd Team All PCL. He gained 675 yards rushing. 1974-75 Senior Year - Barry lettered again in baseball as a starting pitcher. He was selected as team captain and team MVP for the third year in a row. Barry was selected as 1st Team All PCL and 1st Team All Northeast Ohio and Honorable Mention All State Honors. Barry led the county with a 500% batting average. The baseball team won the Sectional Championship and were District Runner Up. Barry lettered a third straight year in football. He was selected as a Team tri-captain. He led the county in scoring and yards rushing with 1,029 total yards. Barry was All PCL fullback and 1st Team Northeast Ohio and 2nd Team All State. The football team, with an undefeated season of 9-0-1, went on to be the State Semi-Final Champions. Over the three years as a running back, Barry gained over 2,000 yards rushing. He scored 27 points and 230 yards rushing in the Mogadore game. During his senior year he was offered a position with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization but elected to attend Purdue University on a full football scholarship. Barry retired with 31 years in police work helping people. He is presently working as a detective with the Portage County Sheriffs Department.

gladys sGladys Snyder's career coincided with the birth of female athletics in Windham. The gym at the east end of the school was opened in 1928, her freshman season, and thus she played on the first basketball team ever. Amazingly, Gladys Snyder was the Captain of the girls' basketball team for every one of her four years. As a freshman forward she led the first-ever team to a record of 6 wins and 4 defeats. In her sophomore year, Windham lost only two games, and Snyder, now a 5'5" center, scored 35% of the team's points, including 15 points in a 19-16 win over Paris High School. Her junior year saw Snyder emerge as one of the county's finest athletes. Windham lost only one game, to league champion Mantua village. Gladys averaged 15.5 points per game, more points than the majority of teams scored in those days. On January 16, 1930, in a 45-8 victory over Paris, she set a Portage County League scoring record of 26 points; a record which stood for many seasons. In her senior year the Windham Yellowjackets, with Gladys as the captain and center, won the first County Championship in school history. Gladys scored 57% of Windham's points during a 13-1 regular season, and during an elimination tournament to decide the county championship, Windham defeated Mantua village 26-24. Not only did Gladys average 15 points per game, she sank the game-winning basket at the buzzer. Windham then defeated Twinsburg, the Summit County champion, to claim the girls' basketball title for the two-county area. Snyder led a novice squad to a record of 38 and 10 during her career. Gladys was also on the Windham track team and performed as brilliantly outdoors as she did on the basketball court. As a freshman she won the county track meet in the broad jump; as a sophomore she was 2nd in the broad jump and 5th in the 100 yard dash. No individual records exist of her junior and senior year. However, Windham girls' track team did win the County Championship.

no photoDenise Fabry.....1985-86 Freshman Year - Denise played junior varsity basketball and on a number of occasions dressed and played varsity basketball. Denise played junior varsity volleyball and quickly moved up to varsity volleyball. By far her best effort was in freshman varsity track, where she was undefeated in the long jump in the PCL. She qualified for the District, Regional, and State meets. At the State meet in Columbus, Ohio she finished at 6th in the state of Ohio, with a jump of 16 feet 18 inches. 1986-87 Sophomore Year - Denise earned Varsity letters in three sports; basketball, volleyball and track. Basketball was a tough season with many small nagging injuries. Volleyball was a better season where she played more varsity than junior varsity. Track season was better also where she qualified for District and Regional meets. 1987-88 Junior Year - Denise lettered in varsity basketball her Junior year and earned an Honorable Mention award on the All PCL Team. She scored 179 points, averaged 7.9 points per game, and led the Bombers in rebounds. Denise was also awared the Unsung Hero Award. Denise lettered in varsity volleyball where the team captured a District Title and she received the Team MVP Award. In varsity track, Denise was a letter winner and chosen Team MVP. Again she was undefeated in the long jump in the PCL. Once again she qualified for the District, Regional, and State meets. In the long jump she finished 15th in the state. She also qualified for the 4x100 relay team, where they finished 9th in the state. 1988-89 Senior Year - In volleyball Denise earned a varsity letter and was chosed 1st Team All PCL. Some of her statistics in volleyball were: 83 points with a 69% serving average to go with 47 kills among her 139 spikes. She was also chosed to be a member of the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron and All PCL Girls All Star Volleyball Team. In her senior year of track she was a varsity letter winner, a Regional and District qualifier and received Senior Athlete of the Year-Track and MVP Award. Some of her statistics in her senior year were: Regional qualifier long jump - 5th place, 200 meters - 7th place, and 400 meters - 6th place

jsJohn Stamm formed a very successful Pee Wee Football League in Windham. He raised funds for uniforms and equipment. He supervised Little League Baseball from the maintenance of fields to equipment maintenance, etc. John oversaw construction of the first permanent home bleachers at the Windham High School football field and also the installation of lights for the night football games. He organized the Windham Booster Club, The 100 Club, The 100 Club Dinner Dances and the Game Football Raffle. John was also the Mayor of Windham, on the Board of Public Affairs, on Village Council and a Democrat Party Chairman.