Barry Clemens was born in Dayton and grew up in Xenia. He was a standout in basketball, cross country and track and graduated as class salutatorian. He went on to have an outstanding basketball career at Ohio Wesleyan University and helped the team win 71 games and an Ohio Athletic Conference championship during his four years. He was a four-time all-conference selection, won the league’s MVP award as a senior in 1965 and ended his career as Ohio Wesleyan’s and the conference’s scoring leader with 1,905 points. As a junior, he earned third team AP Little All-America honors when he averaged 24.1 points and 13.4 rebounds a game, and his senior year he was second team AP Little All-America when he averaged 23 points and 14.7 rebounds per contest.
Clemens was a third-round draft pick and the 19thoverall selection by the New York Knicks in 1965 and spent 11 seasons in the NBA with New York, Chicago, Seattle and Portland and spent the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons with Cleveland. Known as one of the game’s top pure shooters of his era while playing mostly in a reserve role, he retired in 1976 with career totals of 5,312 points and 2,526 rebounds. Barry and his wife, Vivian, have three children and three grandchildren. He is currently a managing director with Wells Fargo Advisors in Westlake.
Bob Hoying was a standout athlete at St. Henry High School. He led the Redskins to a state football championship in 1990 when he earned Ohio Mr. Football honors as a quarterback. He also helped St. Henry win back-to-back state basketball championships in 1990 and 1991 and was all-state as a senior.
Hoying then attended The Ohio State University, where he started for three years and led the team to a record of 30-7-1. As a senior, he earned first team all-Big Ten honors, was a team captain and rewrote the Buckeye record book by throwing for 3,269 yards and 29 touchdowns while also setting school records for completion percentage and passing efficiency. He currently ranks second at Ohio State with 7,232 career passing yards and holds the OSU career mark with 57 TD passes.
Bob earned a National Football Foundation award as the top senior student-athlete in college football and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is a member of the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. The grandson of baseball player Wally Post, Bob was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft by Philadelphia and spent six seasons in the league with the Eagles and Oakland. He retired after the 2001 season and has been a partner with Crawford Hoying, a comprehensive commercial real estate firm that was established in 1999. Bob and his wife, Jill, and their four children reside in Dublin.
LaVonna Martin-Floreal was born in Dayton. While at Trotwood-Madison High School, she was a standout in track and field, leading the Rams to back-to-back state championships by remarkably scoring all of her team’s points at both state tournaments. As a junior in 1983, she finished first in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles to account for 30 points, and as a senior in 1984 she scored 38 points by placing first in the 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and second in the 100. Her times in both hurdles events set state records.
LaVonna went to the University of Tennessee and had an outstanding career. She won All-America honors 14 times, captured six Southeastern Conference indoor championships and six SEC outdoor crowns and won five NCAA championships. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UT in 1989.
As a 100-meter hurdles specialist, she won a gold medal in the 1987 Pan American Games, then qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988 that participated in Seoul. Martin-Floreal also won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team four years later that competed in Barcelona and she captured a Silver Medal in the hurdles with a personal best time of 12.69 seconds.
LaVonna married former Canadian Olympic Team triple and long jumper Edrick Floreal, who is currently the director of track and field at Stanford University. Edrick has been selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Track and Field Team that will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. They reside in Palo Alto and have two children.
An Akron native, Harry "Butch" Reynolds placed second in the 400 meters at the OHSAA state track and field tournament as a junior and senior before graduating from Archbishop Hoban High School in 1983. He then earned All-America honors at Ohio State in 1987 after winning Big Ten and NCAA championships in the 400 and winning three titles in the conference indoor championships.
Butch then became one of top runners internationally, breaking the 20-year-old World Record in the 400 in 1988, a mark that stood for 11 years and still ranks second all time. That same year he participated with the U.S. Track and Field Team in the Olympic Games in Seoul and won a silver medal in the 400 and a gold medal in the 4x400 relay. In 1993, he became the World Indoor Champion in the 400 and he won two successive Silver Medals in the outdoor World Championships. He also was a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team that won world outdoor titles in 1987, 1993 and 1995, with the ‘93 team setting a world record that stands today. He qualified to be a substitute for the 4x400 relay team in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and ran the 400 in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Reynolds received his degree from Ohio State in 1991 and recently moved back to Akron to serve as CEO of the Care For Kids Foundation, where he works with youth to stress the importance of education, values, sportsmanship and respect. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Akron. They have two children.
Dick Snyder was born in North Canton and was a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Hoover High School. Besides earning all-state honors in basketball, he was named a Parade Magazine All-American as a quarterback and was MVP of the Ohio all-star baseball series. He earned a basketball scholarship to Davidson College, where he had an outstanding career, was a two-year starter in baseball and even participated in track and field.
On the hardwood, Snyder played for legendary Coach Lefty Driesell and helped the team go 67-13 in three years. As a senior in 1966, in what was expected to a rebuilding year, Snyder led the Wildcats to a 21-7 record, their first Southern Conference championship and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 26.9 points per game that year and was named second team All-American, third team Academic All-American and conference player-of-the-year.
Snyder ranks sixth on the Davidson career scoring list with 1,693 points. He also was a second-team all-conference outfielder as a sophomore and junior and was drafted by the Washington Senators after college. In addition, he long and triple jumped for the Wildcats in the Southern Conference Track and Field Championships. Dick continued his basketball career in the NBA, spending 13 years with St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle and Cleveland and had 11,755 career points. Dick ended his career with his second stint in Seattle and was part of the 1978-79 SuperSonics’ World Championship team. Dick and his wife, Terie, reside in the Phoenix area where he has his own insurance agency.
Gene Tenace is a graduate of Lucasville Valley High School. He helped Valley finish as runners-up in the OHSAA Class A state baseball tournament as a senior in 1965, homering in the title game for the Indians’ only run. Drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Athletics, he played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues between 1969 and 1983 for Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
Tenace became the A’s regular catcher during the 1972 post-season. After helping Oakland beat the Tigers in the American League Championship Series, he went on to win World Series MVP honors when the A’s knocked off the Reds in seven games. In game 1, he became the first player to hit home runs in his first two World Series at-bats, driving in all three of Oakland’s runs in a 3-2 victory. In game seven, he was again the hero, driving in two runs in a 3-2 victory to help clinch the World Championship. He collected four homers and nine RBIs in the series. That helped him earn a full-time starting job with Oakland as he played first base when the A’s repeated as World Series champions in 1973 and ’74. The following year he was selected as the starting first baseman in the All-Star Game.
Tenace then spent four years with San Diego beginning in 1977 before moving to St. Louis, where he spent two seasons and was a member of the Cardinals’1982 World Championship team. His final year in the majors was with the Pirates in 1983. Gene continued in baseball as a minor league and major league coach before retiring in 2009. He earned his fifth and sixth World Series rings when he was a coach in Toronto when the Blue Jays won championships in 1992 and 1993. Overall he played in 1,555 games in the Majors, accumulating 1,060 hits with 201 homers, 674 RBIs and an outstanding .388 on-base percentage. Gene and his wife, Linda, reside in Redmond, Oregon, and have three daughters and two granddaughters.