The North East Athletic Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the class for 2021.
Seven individual athletes, plus the 1982 and 1983 girls state championship cross-country teams, the 1983 and 1984 girls state championship 3200 relay teams, and the 2007-08 boys championship basketball team, regarded by many as North East’s greatest.
Individual inductees include:
• Football coach, the late Joe Setcavage (three championship seasons at North East plus a short career in the National Football League).
• Gary Grey, outstanding three-sport star (basketball, cross-country and track). Six state medals in track/cross-country and named the Erie Times Athlete of the Year in 1995.
• Brian Vereb, North East’s “Most Outstanding Swimmer” in 1986, 87 and 88. Vereb went on to have an impressive swimming career at the College of Wooster and followed up with several years of coaching at the college level.
• Thomas Priester, a 1947 North East graduate, playing basketball and then four years of soccer at Slippery Rock University. Priester then began an outstanding career coaching track and cross-country at Southwestern High School in Lakewood, N.Y. Priester’s great-est achievements centered around an outstanding career as a high school and college track official.
• Brian Whitten had an outstanding career in track, cross-country and basketball at North East. Whitten attended and ran track for Cornell University, earning all-league honors three years in a row. Whitten is now retired after a distinguished 28¬-year career in the Air Force.
• Jeanee Lebold Suber was a three-sport star at North East—track, basketball and cross-country. She earned a total of nine ECL track championships and six state track medals.
• Sarah Edwards-Kobielski McElroy was an outstanding hurdler in track while also earning all-county honors in both basketball and volleyball. McElroy then received a track scholar-ship to attend Bucknell University.
The induction banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Harborcreek Fireman’s Social Hall on Buffalo Road.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and the ticket price includes a three-meat buffet and cash bar.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the induction scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Ticket information will be announced in the near future.
This induction marks the sixth year for the Hall of Fame. More than 50 of North East’s greatest athletes have been enshrined.
The NE Athletic Hall of Fame was created to highlight past athletes and their accomplishments. A kiosk displaying the honored athletes was donated by the hall of fame committee will be installed in NEHS for students and visitors to view.
Numerous graduates have earned athletic scholarships for college and have played professional football, baseball and golf.
The NE Athletic Hall of Fame is not affiliated with either NESD or St. Gregory School. Plaques have been displayed in the North East High School gym as a courtesy to the hall and its inductees.
For any questions, contact Jeff Buchholz at firstname.lastname@example.org.