baseball program had its share of successes, and won one State AA Regional. The win-loss record and name of the coach are
Chicago Catholic League Champs
Team members included the following:
Shearer (drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 78’)
Dave Dyrek (signed with the Houston Astros out of college)
Tim Peraino (played professionally in
Melbourne Australia from 1986 to 1988 with the
Eagles, won the Australian Grand Final for Baseball in 1988).
AA Regional Champions Coach
FAMOUS ALUMNI OF WEBER
Walter Bednarz (class of 1960) - William Bednarz is the post mortem recipient of the military's second highest award,
the Silver Star. Upon graduating from Weber High in 1960 William entered the military during the Viet Nam
War. He was killed in the line of duty performing a brave and courageous act for his country. William's
place on the Virtual Wall website can be viewed at http://www.virtualwall.org/db/BednarzWW01a.htm .
Bednarz' Silver Star Medal document reads as follows:
|"For gallantry in action involving close combat against an
armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: PFC. Bednarz distinguished himself by heroic actions on 16
May 1967 near Ap Rach Gau (2), RVN, while serving as a machine gunner when his company was engaged in a night assault against
a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Immediately upon debarking the aircraft, Private Bednarz's platoon
became separated from the rest of the company and came under heavy enemy machine gun and automatic weapons fire from the front
and left flank. Private Bednarz demonstrated great personal courage as he assaulted the enemy positions and
delivered a continuous and effective volume of fire. At one point, Private Bednarz engaged a sniper who had
stopped the movement of the company and had the company commander and his radio operator pinned down in a open field. After
killing the enemy sniper, Private Bednarz shifted his fire to an automatic weapon position threatening the
company's left flank. He took up a position on a berm and fired his weapon from the shoulder to place more effective fire
on the enemy. While performing this hazardous mission, Private Bednarz was mortally wounded. Private
Bednarz acted with great courage and determination in the face of intense enemy fire. His heroism and devotion to
duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th
Infantry Division, and the United States Army." |
Thank you William Bednarz, a true American Hero!
Bill (Moose) Skowron (class of 1948)
– Helped lead Weber to a Prep Bowl appearance as a punter and halfback, and went onto Purdue via football scholarship.
Even though the Red Horde did not offer baseball when he attended, Skowron did play at Purdue, hitting .500 as a sophomore
and it led to a 14-year major league career with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators, Chicago White
Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. Moose hit .293 in his career, played in nine World
Series and was in six All-Star games. He has been inducted into five Hall of Fames, including the National Polish-American
Hall of Fame in 1980.
Krzyzewski (class of 1965) – After
graduating from Weber, “Coach K” went onto play at the U.S. Military Academy, where he was a three-year letter
winner for then-coach Bobby Knight. Mike wound up serving out his military obligation, earning the rank of captain before
resigning in 1974. Krzyzewski wound up as an assistant at Indiana, then became head coach at Army for five seasons
before taking the job at Duke in 1981. Thru March 2006, his teams have won over 750 games with a winning percentage of .751,
and have brought home three National titles (1991, 1992, & 2001). Like Skowron, Mike is a member of the National Polish-American
Hall of Fame along with the Basketball Hall of Fame. One statistic that Krzyzewski certainly takes pride in is that 90% of
his scholarship players have graduated, which is one of the highest in the country, in light of the tough academic standards
set at Duke.
Krupa (class of 1952) -- Once his Red Horde days were over, Krupa continued playing football at Purdue
and continued at the professional level with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1956-64. Joe was named all-NFL in 1963
as a defensive lineman.
Kurzawski (class of 1965) -- football great and later a star halfback at Northwestern University (see question
125 here, http://hailtopurple.com/features/trivia03.html) who was drafted in the last round of 1969 by the New Orleans Saints.
McGee (Class of 1983) - basketball - received a scholarship to Ohio State University.
Michalik (class of 1949) -- In his rookie season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 1953, this Weber
grad was all-NFL as a linebacker. Art's pro career was short after leaving St. Ambrose College in Davenport, where
he was a two-way player (guard on offense, linebacker on defense). Michalik played two seasons in San Francicsco,
before playing another two in Pittsburgh (including one season with Joe Krupa) and finishing with Calgary in the Canadian
Football League in 1958.
Niziolek (class of 1976) -- Bob suited up for one season with the Detroit Lions (1981) as a backup tight end, but
spent the majority of his professional career with the Denver Gold and Orlando Breakers of the United States Football
League between 1983-85.
Ostrowski (class of 1950) -- Ostrowski played at Notre Dame once his Weber days were over, and then had a five-year
pro career with the Washington Redskins from 1954-59. Ostrowski was a mainstay in the Redskins' defensive line during
those years, playing both the tackle and end spots.
Tim Radtke (class of 1984) - football - Tim Radtke
played football at Weber and as captain of the team led the Red Horde to their first ever state playoff berth. The Red Horde lost to eventual State Champion Glenbard West in a battle that was much closer than the final score of
16-0 would lead you to believe. Tim was named a first team All-State selection, was captain of the All Catholic League Team that defeated the Public League All Stars 44-0. After his final
season at Weber ,Tim received a full scholarship to Indiana University. He
started at offensive guard for 4 straight years, totaling 45 games. While at Indiana,
his teams went from perennial loser to competing in three bowl games and winning the last one, the Liberty Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks
34-10. His Indiana teams also accomplished feats never done before. In 1987, they beat Michigan 14-10 and Ohio State 34-10,
and in 1988 beat Ohio State for the second straight year 41-0. Tim received all-conference honors starting after his sophomore
season including being named second team All-Big Ten as a Senior. He also blocked for Anthony Thompson who was second in the
1989 Heisman Trophy voting, broke Red Grange’s record for career rushing touchdowns and was named to the NCAA Hall of Fame.
Darrin Trieb (Class of 1986) - football - from a Purdue University website:
"Darrin Trieb had it. Trieb transferred to Purdue from Iowa State, coming to West
Lafayette from Ames with defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. Trieb's transfer was controversial in the eyes of Cyclones
fans, especially since Trieb was the Big Eight's Newcomer of the Year in 1986. Not surprisingly, Trieb made an instant impact
at Purdue, making second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 1988. The talented middle linebacker from Chicago still ranks seventh in solo tackles in school history with 247." (Thank you to Chris
Thomas for this addition)
Kenny Redfield (class of 1986) - basketball
- received a scholarship to Michigan State University.
Simmons (class of 1989) - football - Simmons was an All-State Defensive Back
on the 1988 playoff qualifying team. He went on to play at Jackson State University.
Sanders (class of 1992) - football - Tim Sanders played football at Weber and then
went on to play linebacker for the Iowa State University Cyclones where he was named captain for two of his years there.
While he was at Iowa State, former Weber coach Bob Carskie joined the Cyclone football coaching staff!
After graduating from Iowa State in 1996, Tim played in the European Football League for the
Wiater (class of 1963) - basketball - upon graduating from Weber in 1963, Robert Wiater continued
his basketball career at Purdue University.
Phillips (Class of 1989?) - was named the athletic director of Northwestern University in 2008 after previously serving
as A.D. of Northern Illinois University for four years. (http://nusports.cstv.com/school-bio/nw-athdir.html)
Borowski (Class of 1965) - from Jim Eme (Class of 1963:
"I am a 59’ to 63’ graduate and grew up with Steve Borowski,
who was two years behind me. As far as outstanding athletes, Steve should definitely be included. He has
a lifetime swimming/coaching career that includes world masters records at age 55." For more on
Steve Borowski's incredible career check out the following web addresses:
**From Tim Peraino (Class of 1978):
was an terrific school with great teachers who helped create and mold some outstanding students."
Ted Stanko, Jr. (Class of 1962):
the request for more information on sports, I thought I would add two not on your list. I was a member of the Weber Crew team
from 1959 to 1962 (Spring sport) Our coach was a '58 graduate who had also been on the team for four years, so the activity
had started no later than 1955. It ended some time in the '60's, most likely when the the Central States Amateur Rowing Association
disbanded. There is a complete history of high school rowing in Chicago on the following site:
Another sport active for the years I attended was Golf. Sorry I can't say how long there had been a golf
team. I have attached a copy of the front page to the sports section from the 1962 yearbook (The Dolphin)." (See below
Tom Stemm (Class of 1957):
went to WEBER from 1953 to 1957. I was at the 1955 Catholic League championship.
We beat ST. GEORGE in a blizzard 3 to 0. By the end of the game you could barley see the players.
sister was with us that day. She asked who was winning. I said we are. She then said, 'then let's go home.' We made a dragon,
put an arrow in it. Then we tied it to the top of my dad's car. It had a big long red tongue. By the time we got home the
tongue was frozen and sticking straight up.
time at WEBER were the best years of my life. In fact they were the best years to be an American. They are years no one will
ever see again."