By Keith McShea
I mentioned in today's Prep Talk column that there were just too many names to list when it came to local players, coaches and officials who have been impacted by the Depew Boys & Girls Club.
Here are some more:
(My apologies to those who are on this list and not on the other one -- only so much space and time!)
Charlie Vesper, Billy Gorman, Ron Krysztof, John Otto, Conrad Walters, Mike Borton, Jeff Deibel, Chris Keicher (played at Fredonia State), Matt Krotz, Chris Mattheson, Dan Lutman, Matt Marinaro, Fran Snyder, Ken Sansone, Dave Konst, Marty Cott (drafted third by the Houston Astros in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft out of Hutch-Tech), Dave Grunditsch, Don Grunditsch, Paul Anthony, Jeff Jones (played for the Cincinnati Reds), Chris Jerebko (played basketball at Syracuse, father of current Detroit Piston Jonas Jerebko), Dave Lyman (played at Buffalo State), Ken Carlson (played at Colgate), George Osika (played at D'Youville, another former Youth of the Year), Jake Maryniewski (Depew grad now at D'Youville and a former Youth of the Year), Dan MacFarland (St. Mary's grad now at Hilbert, another Youth of the Year), Tyler Stevens and Anthony Battaglia (Depew grads now at Medaille), John Koniniec (Depew grad played at Hilbert), Ryan Hadsall, Dan Seelig (Depew softball coach), Mike Trczybinski (Williamsville East coach), Ryan Shlotterbech, Scott Jachimiak (played at ECC), Brad Kujawa, Matt Kowalski (Depew grad now at SUNY-ESF), Steve Griffin (Maryvale athletic director), Donnie Picolo (played at Hilbert), Anthony Picolo (played at Buffalo State), Mark Dippiro, John Dougherty (former official), Jerry Shanley (official and former Youth of the Year).Referees who have passed away who were "legends around the club" according to Kupka: Ron Thrun, John Nostrant, Don Satterly.
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The fundraiser is Saturday at St. Mary's High School's fieldhouse. The $25 ticket includes food, beer, soda and music; doors open at 5:30 with the event running from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be raffles, check presentations as well as an update on the rebuilding of the club.
To make a donation to the rebuilding fund, to purchase tickets or for more information, contact the club at 683-6755 or 683-1485 or email Hoch at email@example.com. More fundraiser-specific information on fundraisers are on the club's web site.