KEYSTONE LADY 'CATS: BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
Sue Waldecker Class of 2005
Sue Waldecker joins her brother Jim Waldecker (induction class of 1998) as a member of the K.A.T.S. Hall of Fame. Sue’s remarkable talents were spread evenly between three different sports at Keystone, and she was an athletic pioneer in an era when female sports were only beginning to earn recognition and acceptance. Sue was arguably Keystone High School’s first truly dominant female athlete.
Sue earned 9 varsity letters at Keystone, including 4 in basketball, 3 in volleyball, and 2 in track. As a basketball player, Sue garnered Most Valuable Player awards in her sophomore (1975), junior (1976) and senior (1977) seasons, leading her team in 10-12 points per game average and 12-15 rebounds per game average and earning 1st-Team All Inland Conference honors in 1977. In volleyball Sue was again dominant, earning Most Valuable Player honors after her junior (1976) and senior (1977) seasons.
It was in the sport of track that Sue had her greatest success. Only participating in track her final two years at Keystone, Sue was able to carve a legacy that current track athletes have yet to match. In her senior year, Sue rewrote the Keystone record books in both the shot put and the discus. In the 1977 Inland Conference meet, Sue excelled, breaking not only Keystone’s records in both events, but also breaking the conference records with throws of 37’-1” in the shot put and 113’-5” in the discus. The discus record stood at Keystone for 20 plus years, but Sue was able to better her own shot put mark the next week by tossing a district record 39’-6”, qualifying her for the State Meet and establishing the school record which still stands today. Sue finished sixth at the State Meet, and she wrapped up her high school career by capturing her 6th Most Valuable Player award in track. She also received the Kathy Middlestetter Award for the most outstanding female athlete at Keystone, and an honorable mention for the Madeline Manning Jackson Award for most outstanding female athlete in Lorain County.
Sue continued her track career for one year beyond high school, earning the Charles Dunlap Trophy as top female weight person at the Wayne Russell AAU Track and Field Meet in the summer of 1977 and setting the University of Toledo’s women’s shot put record in the spring of 1978 with a throw of 39’-11”.
Sue retired from active competition after her freshman season at Toledo, but she has remained actively involved with the athletes at Keystone. She is currently a pharmacist working for the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Sue resides in Grafton, Ohio with her daughter, Holly Waldecker who is at Keystone High school and following in her footsteps in volleyball, basketball and track.
|Jodi Reimer, Class of 1995
Jodi participated in four sports at Keystone earning 11 varsity letters. She played one year of softball and as a freshman and earned 1st Team All Lorain County Conference honors, was named 2nd Team All Lorain County Division II and contributed to the team finishing runner-up in the State Championships.
Jodi lettered in volleyball 3 times. As a junior, she was named 1st team All Lorain County
Conference, Honorable Mention All District (Division II) and the team’s Most Valuable Player. In Jodi’s senior year, she earned 1st team honors for the
conference, county and the district. She was named the Player of the Year in Division II in Lorain County and Honorable Mention All State. Jodi was named to the 1st
team Plain Dealer and Morning Journal All-Star teams. She was a member of the All County and All District All-Star teams.
In Track & Field, Jodi earned 3 varsity letters. As a sophomore, she was a regional qualifier in the 400 X 4
relay and in the long jump. In Jodi’s junior year, she qualified for the regional meet in the long jump and 100 meter hurdles. She went on to qualify for the
100-meter hurdles at the State Championship meet. In her senior year, Jodi qualified for the regional meet in the 100 and 300-meter hurdle events. Jodi led her
team to the Lorain County Conference Championship as a junior and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Jodi was named the winner of the Kathy Middlestetter Award for the Female Athlete of the Year her junior and senior years. The Morning Journal recognized her as the Athlete of the Year in 1995.
Jodi continued her athletic career at Baldwin-Wallace College where she earned 7 varsity letters. Jodi earned 4 letters in basketball while starting 2 years and serving as a Captain. She led the team in free throw shooting percentage her junior year. As a senior, Jodi led the team to the OAC championship and the OAC Tournament championship. Jodi had the honor of starting for the first B-W team ever to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
In volleyball, Jodi earned 3 varsity letters and started each year. As a sophomore, she earned the Rookie of the Year Award and lead the team in blocks, digs and kills. In Jodi’s junior year, she was named All Tournament at the Otterbein Tourney, 2nd team, All-OAC and the team’s Most Valuable Player. As a senior, Jodi was named All Tournament in 3 of the 4 tournaments played, 1st team All-OAC, Honorable Mention All Great Lakes Region (includes Ohio and the four surrounding states) and the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Jodi’s outstanding career at Baldwin-Wallace College concluded on a positive note when she was given the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete at B-W Award.
|Amy Johnson, Class of 1994
Amy earned 12 varsity letter, 4 each in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. In volleyball, as a freshman Amy earned Honorable Mention all-conference honors and was given the KHS Miss Consistency Award. Amy's sophomore year led to being named to the 2nd team all-conference. As a junior, Amy was named 1st team all-conference, 1st team all-Lorain County, and honorable mention for the Northwest District and earned the KHS Miss Consistency and Most Valuable Player Awards. In her senior year, Amy was named first team all-conference and all-Lorain county, 2nd team for the Northwest District and named a Lorain County All-Star.
In basketball, Amy lettered as a freshman and followed with a successful sophomore year when she was named 2nd team all-conference, honorable mention all-Lorain County and given the KHS free throw and Most Valuable Player Awards. As a junior, Amy was named 2nd team all-conference, 3rd team all-Lorain County and Northwest District and earned the KHS free throw, Coach's and Most Valuable Player awards. In Amy's senior year, she was named 1st team all-conference and all-Lorain County as well as Lorain County All-Star. Amy ended her basketball career at Keystone as the 2nd leading scorer in girl's basketball history.
Amy excelled in softball earning 1st team honors for the conference as well as Lorain County her freshman year. As a sophomore, she was named 1st team all-conference, all-Lorain County and 2nd team all-Ohio. She was chosen the Plain Dealer Player of the Year and awarded the KHS Most Productive Award. At the Amherst High School Invitational Tournament, she was named the Most Valuable Player. In Amy's junior year, she was named 1st team all-conference, all-Lorain County, all-Northwest District and 2nd team all-Ohio. She was named the Most Valuable Player for the Lorain County Conference and KHS. As a senior, Amy earned 1st team all-conference and Lorain County honors. She was named the Lorain County Conference MVP for the second straight year and was named "Miss Softball" for Lorain County. She also was named a Lorain County All-Star. Amy ended her softball career at Keystone with a pitching record of 53-8 and an ERA of 0.69.
Amy earned an athletic scholarship to Cleveland State University for softball. Pitching and playing second base, she was given the CSU Athletic Academic Award for all 4 years. During her junior year, Amy was named the MCC player of the Week. Amy was named 2nd team, Midwestern Collegiate Conference her junior and senior years. She was named 2nd team MCC Tournament her senior year and led the team to a MCC Championship. Amy completed her 4 year career at CSU second in wins and winning percentage and third in career ERA, strikeouts and appearances.
|Sue Scarbrough, Class of 1981
Sue earned 13 varsity letters during her career at Keystone, becoming the only female athlete in history to accomplish this feat. She was a KHS Scholarship Award winner every year of her varsity career. Sue earned 4 letters in volleyball and was named 1st team all-conference her junior and senior years. In basketball, Sue also earned 4 letters and was named 1st team all-conference her senior year and twice named to The Plain Dealer Dream Team. At the Sectional tournament, Sue was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She led the team in scoring as a senior at 18.1 points per game.
Sue's most significant achievements were in softball. A 4 year letter winner, Sue was named 1st team all-conference as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a junior, she established the highest batting record in the history of Keystone softball at .604. This record remains intact today. Sue followed up this record setting year by batting .547 her senior year. For Sue's career, she hit 14 home runs and posted 111 runs batted in.
Sue continued her softball career at the University of Toledo where she earned 4 varsity letters. In her senior year at Toledo, Sue led the Mid-American Conference in hitting and was named 1st team all-MAC. She continued playing softball after her college career in Europe for Athletes in Action.
Staying close to softball, Sue coached the junior varsity at Keystone and went on to coach varsity at Magnificat. This past summer, sue was named the head coach for Keystone's varsity girl's softball team.
|Gaylene Weigl, Class of 1981
Gaylene earned 10 varsity letters at Keystone. She was awarded three letters in softball and named 1st team All-Conference twice. In Gaylene's senior year, she was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the conference. In volleyball, she earned three letters and was named 2nd team All-Conference her junior year and 1st team her senior year. Gaylene was a four-year letter winner in basketball and named 1st team All-Conference for three years. She was named 2nd team All-County her junior year and to the 1st team her senior year. Gaylene remains the all-time leading scorer in Keystone girl's basketball history with 1,010 career points. She also holds the season record of 471 points and the single game record of 35 points. These figures are especially impressive considering there was no 3-point line during Gaylene's playing career and a men's size ball was used.
Gaylene continued her athletic career at Kent State where she lettered in basketball as a freshman. One notable performance was against the University of Southern California in the NCAA Tournament where Gaylene scored 7 points. Gaylene transferred to Youngstown State University on a basketball scholarship and played one additional year.
Jennifer "Jay" Toby, Class of 1990
Jay was a three- sport star at Keystone, earning nine varsity letters. During her sophomore year Jay led the team to a conference championship and was named 1st team All-County and 2nd team All-Conference. In basketball, she was honorable mention, All-County. As a junior in softball, Jay was named to the first team All-Conference, All-County, All-District, and 3rd team All-State. During Jay's junior year in basketball she earned the following honors: 1st team All-Conference and All-County, selected to the All-Tournament Team at Rocky River, member of the state All-Star team for underclassmen and the Keystone Team MVP during her junior year in volleyball, named honorable mention All-Conference and awarded, "Miss Consistency." Jay's senior year was truly outstanding in all three sports. In softball she was named 1st team All-Conference, All-County, All-District, 2nd team All-State. Jay was chosen Lorain County conference MVP, team MVP and selected to various All-Star teams. In basketball she was named 1st team All-Conference, All-County, All-District, honorable mention All-State, Lorain County Conference MVP, Team MVP and selected to the All-Tournament Team at Rocky River. In volleyball she was named 2nd team All-Conference and Coaches Award.
Jay's all-around athletic accomplishments were recognized when she was awarded the Kathy Middlesetter Award, issued annually to the best female athlete at Keystone. Additionally, Jay was runner-up Female Athlete of the Year for Lorain County.
Jay continued her athletic career at Mississippi University. In softball, she finished in the top ten in the nation for RBIs and was named 1st team, All-South Region.
Jody Johnson, Class of 2000
There are all-around athletes and then there are all-around all-stars. Jody Johnson was one Keystone’s true All-Stars. Jody graduated from KHS in 2000 with 11 Varsity letters: four in volleyball, four in softball, two in basketball and one in swimming. She lettered on one of Keystone’s earliest swim teams in 1998. Jody also participated in basketball her junior and senior years, garnering the team MVP trophy in 1999 and First Team All Lorain County Conference in 2000. Volleyball was one of her “All Star” sports, snagging the team MVP trophy in both 1999 and 2000. She was First Team All District for three seasons and Second Team All State her junior and senior years. At the same time she was enjoying the crown of “District Player of the Year” and participating in the All-Ohio Volleyball game. Softball was Jody’s most successful sport. She started all four seasons for the Wildcats and was First Team All Conference and All County during her sophomore, junior and senior years. Her senior season Jody took advantage of her opportunity to pitch by going 15-1 with a 0.38 ERA. Her career pitching total stands at 20-1. She was an integral part of the 1999 State Championship team and in 2000 was awarded the Lorain County Conference “Player of the Year” title and the “Division II Player of the Year” trophy. Jody’s softball career continued at Bowling Green State University where she earned four letters and had a 31-19 pitching record with five saves. She was the Falcon’s Captain in 2004 when she led the team to the MAC Championship and a NCAA Regional Appearance. Jody was both an OHSAA and BGSU “Scholar Athlete”.
2000-2001 KEYSTONE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
The 2000-2001 Girls basketball team hit a historic milestone when they became the first basketball team in school history (boys or girls) to win a District Championship and advance to the Regional Finals. It was also the first girls’ team to have a 20 plus win season. The Lady Wildcats finished the season 21-4. A Lorain County Conference Championship and a Sectional Championship also highlighted the season. As this team gets inducted into the Class of 2011 Hall of Fame, there has been no other team in Keystone basketball history to make it to the Regional Finals “Elite 8.” It was this basketball team that raised the bar and set the standard for the many successful seasons that the girls basketball program has had over the years. By most standards this team was considered to be a young team as well. The team had (2) freshman, (3) sophomores, (5) juniors, and (2) seniors. The starting lineup consisted of 2 freshman and 3 juniors. The 2000-2001 basketball season also began the creation of the “Mama Cats” organization. This support group consisted of Mom’s who fundraised and provided team dinners and other functions that benefited the team. The success of this team was truly a total team effort that had great support from the parents and fans.
The team members were: #12-Amanda Friedl, #15-Erin Shaw, #22-Jamie Feeney, #24-Amanda Terry, #30-Brandy Terry, #32-Monica Bollinger, #33-Becky Kay, #34-Kelly Bowman, #40-Erin Johnson, #42-Justina Fraley, #43-Jessica Fraley, #44-Cassie Banks.
Coaching staff: Head Coach Scott Terry, Assistant Varsity Tracy Hollars, JV coach Ed Curtis, Freshman coach Megan Rodak and special volunteer assistant Larry Shaw.