The Summit County Softball Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members Sunday at Guy’s Party Center.
The class of 2013 includes:
Dean Barker (Umpire) — A founding member of the Greater Akron Umpires Association, Barker umpired from 1969 to 1996, was District 9 umpire-in-chief from 1980 to 1995, assigner from 1980 to 1995 and worked 18 state tournaments for the OHSAA and ASA. In addition, he worked seven national tournaments. Barker lives in Cuyahoga Falls.
Robert Robinson Sr. (Miktarian Award) — Robby Robinson has been involved in softball for 66 years as a player, coach, instructor and fan. He played for more than 30 years, coached at Revere High School for four years, and worked with 25 to 30 young women as an instructor. He has been a member of the Akron Softball Commission and Hall of Fame committee for 23 years. He resides in Akron.
Larry Brasko (Sponsor) — Owned and operated Brasko’s, which sponsored 130 teams from 1972 to 2007. He sponsored the Women’s Cherry Blossom Tournament for 11 years. Among a host of dedicated and good sponsors in the ’70s and ’80s, Brasko’s was one of the best. He lives in Barberton.
Jeff Kurtz (Coach) — Kurtz coached from 1980 to 1996. He coached Helmling Excavating in the Triple D League from 1980 to 1990, and coached Total Sports from 1991 to 1996 in the Firestone Stadium League. In 1989, his team won the NEO ASA District and the Class B state championship. His teams won the Tournament of Champions five times, 1988 NSA World Champions in Class B and the WNSA Class B runner-up in 1989. His teams won 605 games and lost 112. Kurtz lives in Brimfield.
Bob Graham — Graham played slow pitch from 1975 to 1995. He left the game to coach high school football and baseball at Garfield. He played for Dulucca Distributing, Tramonte, Dechecos, Akron Wings, Jednota Club, Smith Electric, Sims NY Life, Carriage House, late Nite Pub, Lindy’s Lounge, Haney’s Pizza and the Drift. Bob was named to numerous league and tournament all-star teams and played in numerous state tournaments and two world tournaments. He also was a part of 10 tournament title teams in this period. He lives in Akron.
Josef Schler — Schler played slow pitch from 1974 to 2000. He played for Jednota Club, Smith Electric, American Athlete and Mogadore Moose. An outfielder by trade, Joe’s teams won five league championships, two NEO titles, won five tournaments and played in four world tournaments. Joe was named to five all-tournament teams and awarded three MVP honors. A very good outfielder who was a perennial .600 hitter, Schler lives in Akron.
Rick McGalliard — McGalliard played slow pitch from 1973 to 1993. A third baseman and pitcher, he played for VIP lounge, The REEF and The Club. He was named to 15 all-star teams and 10 all-tournament teams. He was awarded six MVP honors, twice for state co-ed tourneys. He was awarded the George Popp Service Award in 1993 and was part of 14 league championships in the Barberton League. His teams won nine tournament championships. He lives in Barberton.
Amy (Madrin) Mathia — She played fast pitch, beginning in 1979 for the Suffield Doves, Holly Hills, Cheers Beverage, The Hummers, Archbishop Hoban High School and the University of Akron. In 1983 and 1986, she played in national tournaments in Binghamton, N.Y., and San Antonio, Texas. At Hoban, she compiled a career record of 48-7 with a career 0.51 ERA and state championships in 1984 and 1986. In 1986, she was named Beacon Journal Player of the Year, All-District and All-City. At the University of Akron, she was named “Freshman of the year” in 1987, three-time “pitcher of the year,” from 1988-1990 and University of Akron Female Athlete of the Year in 1990. She compiled a 63-30 mark at the University of Akron with 386 career strikeouts and a career 1.33 ERA. She lives in Atwater, Ohio.
Sharon Questel (Kriket) — She played slow pitch from 1970 to 2010. She played outfield for Hub Victor, Dubl Tyme, Barberton Speedway, D&N Construction, JL Produce, Sports INC, and Tri-County. During this 40 year span her teams won 11 state championships, seven national championships, and one world championship. She was named All-World six times playing in eight world tournaments, was named to 19 all-star teams and earned seven MVP awards. One of the best female softball players of her time, Questel (Kriket) hit over .600 and had a .976 fielding average. She lives in Wooster.
Rita Covin — Covin played slow pitch from 1985 to 2010. An outfielder, she played for Tri-County, Hub Victor, Sports INC, Petroset, JL Produce and Boomers. Her teams won 17 league championships, 16 league tourneys, and 18 tournament championships. She competed in nine world tournaments and was named to 20 all-tournaments teams, 15 all-star teams and won five MVP awards. Hitting over .600 with a fielding average of .987 she was also known as one of the fastest females in the game. She lives in Independence.
Jennifer Johnson Bonnette — She played slow pitch from 1992 to 2010. A third baseman, she played for Tri-County, Sports INC, JL Produce, Hub Victor, Petroset, Pebble Creek, Wine Warehouse and Kehoe. Her teams won 16 league championships and 17 tournament championships. She played in nine world tournaments and was named to 12 all-star teams, 14 tournament teams, five all-world teams and won four MVP awards. She was a two-time Triple Crown home run champion and a two-time home run champion in world tournaments. She lives in Bedford.
Robby Robinson Jr. — Robert played fast pitch from 1978 to 2008 for Older Brothers, Orr Park, Akron Merchants, Polish Club and Frank’s Place. An infielder and outfielder, Robinson’s teams won five NEO championships, eight tournament championships and played in five world tournaments. He had very good speed and was an outstanding defender. He lives in Clinton.