The 2015 Wauseon Athletic Hall of Fame Class was inducted during a ceremony at Saturday’s boys basketball game between the Indians and the Archbold Blue Streaks.
Those inducted were Randy Zeigler, Pete Zuchowski, Lindsay (Zeigler) Dwornik and Kayla Heising, along with former girls basketball coach Brad Myers.
Randy Zeigler – Class of 1971
Randy Zeigler graduated from Wauseon High School in 1971, earning six varsity letters, two in basketball and four in track. After graduation he attended Miami of Ohio where he competed in track and field for the Redskins, earning a fifth place high jump of 6’8” at the 1972 Ohio State Relays.
Randy served as a volunteer assistant coach for WHS track and field from 1974-1998 and was an assistant coach from 1999-2001.
At WHS Zeigler started in basketball two years, competing in both the NWOAL and the NBL.
In track he competed in sprints, high jump, long jump and triple jump. In 1970, Zeigler was the NWOAL champion in the high jump and long jump. In the 1971 NBL meet, Zeigler won the long jump, 100 and 220 meter runs, and was runner-up in the high jump.
At the 1971 NWOAL track meet, Zeigler was first in four events – the high jump, long jump, and 100m and 220m. Since the NWOAL was formed in 1926, only eight athletes have won four individual events at the league meet.
At the 1971 district meet, Zeigler was the high jump champion with a jump of 6’6”. He was also first at the regional meet. He completed his high school career with a fifth place finish at the state track meet and earned All-Ohio honors.
In the 1971 Midwest Meet of Champions, Zeigler won the triple jump with a mark of 44’4” which is still the WHS record in the triple jump. Zeigler also held the WHS high jump record from 1969-1993, including the 6’6” jump his senior year.
Zeigler is proud of the fact that he and his wife Mary Jane started the Wauseon Indian Striders in 1986 with the help of WHS varsity track coaches Charlie Meyer, Jim Spiess, John Precht and Mary Colbert. The Striders program was an introduction to track and field as an alternative sport in the summer programs for the kids of the Wauseon community. Over the years it has become a starting point for some great track and field athletes that have gone on to have spectacular careers.
Zeigler returned to Wauseon after his college career at Miami University. He was involved in construction with Zeigler Construction for 28 years and has worked with Short’s Custom Woodworking LLC in Archbold since 2015 as a custom builder. He and his wife of 42 years, Mary Jane, are parents of Lindsay Dwornik of Perrysburg and Bryant J. Zeigler of Columbus, and have five grandchildren.
Pete Zuchowski – Class of 1992
Pete Zuchowski graduated from Wauseon High School in 1992, earning 11 varsity letters, one in swimming, two in wrestling, four in cross country and four in track. He was the WHS Sterling Award winner in 1992. Pete graduated from Kent State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Movement Studies. During high school and college, Pete ran both cross country and track, earning many awards.
At WHS, Zuchowski was a 3-time state cross country qualifier in 1989, 1990, and 1991. In his sophomore year he placed 30th, while in his junior year he improved to 15th. In his senior year he was a NWOAL, district and regional champion. He finished third at the state meet and qualified for the United States Kinney Midwest Regional Championships.
Zuchowski also had a prestigious track career at WHS. He set the WHS freshman record in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. He was a 3-time 1600 meter NWOAL champion in 1990, 1991 and 1992, holding the NWOAL record from 1992-2011 with a time of 4:25.5, with a personal best of 4:23.
In the 3200 meter run, Zuchowski qualified for state in 1991 and 1992. As a junior in the 3200, he was a league and district champion, and regional runner up. He was the state runner-up with a time of 9:32.25. In his senior year he was the league, district and regional champion, and finished third at state with his personal best time of 9:31.95.
At Kent State University from 1992-1997, Zuchowski continued his running career in both cross country and indoor and outdoor track. In cross country, he was a 4-year varsity member and team captain his junior year. He placed third in the 3000 meter run in 1994. His PR of 8:34 in the MAC’s 3000 meter run on an indoor track in 1994 was fourth best on Kent’s top five list. He also was All-MAC in the 3000 meter run at the Indoor Championships in 1997.
A resident of Virginia Beach, Pete works in Norfolk, VA. as the Director of Sales of the mortgage division of Homes.com. Homes.com is a real estate listing portal that consumers visit to look at various listings featured throughout the country. He has been with Dominion Enterprises, parent company, since 2002.
Lindsay (Zeigler) Dwornik – Class of 1995
Lindsay (Zeigler) Dwornik graduated from Wauseon High School in 1995, earning eight varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field, and was also a 2-time winner of the Triple W award.
In volleyball Lindsay was All-NWOAL and second team all-district in 1993. She was a 3-year letter-winner. In basketball she won letters in her sophomore and senior years and was an outstanding three point shooter. Her career was hampered by a serious knee injury during her junior year.
It was in track and field where Dwornik made her mark as one of the outstanding female athletes in Wauseon High School history. At one time she held or shared four WHS track and field records – the 100 meter dash, the 100 meter hurdles, the high jump and the triple jump. She was in the top five standings in an additional three events – the 200 meter dash, the 400 meter dash and the 4 by 100 meter relay. Dwornik was an outstanding sprinter, but her favorite event was the high jump. In this event she was a 2-time NWOAL and district champion, a regional champion, and a 2-time All-Ohioan while placing fourth in 1992 and fifth in 1993 at the state track meet. She set and continues to hold the WHS high jump record of 5’5”.
Dwornik was a key contributor to the first Wauseon girls track league championship team in 1993. At the NWOAL meet that year she won the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, anchored the winning 4 by 100 meter relay team and finished second in the high jump. She earned 38 of a possible 40 points for her team. Her point totals for the season more than doubled those of the next highest contributor on the 1993 championship team. Even after her knee injury, Dwornik returned to the track to compete and win the NWOAL high jump championship in her senior year.
Dwornik lives in Perrysburg with her husband Ryan and her three daughters Torrie (18), Kylie (13) and Hayley (9). She works as a paralegal for the Toledo law firm of Spitler and Williams-Young Company LPA.
Kayla Heising – Class of 2000
Kayla Heising graduated in 2000 from Wauseon High School, earning 10 letters at WHS, two in volleyball, four in track and field and four in swimming. She was a Triple W award winner twice, and also received the Sterling Award in 2000. Upon graduation, Kayla attended The College of Wooster and earned a degree in education.
In WHS volleyball, Heising was a 2-year starter and was named All-NWOAL in 1999 and honorable mention all-district. In track and field, Heising excelled in the shot put and discus. She was the NWOAL and district discus champion in 2000. She was also a district and regional qualifier in both field events, and holds top five school performances in both events.
While at WHS Kayla received many awards and honors in swimming, including qualifying for state three times. She was a finalist in the 50 yard freestyle and earned All-Ohio honors. At one time Heising held six school swimming records and was named an NISCA All-American her senior year.
Heising continued her swimming career at Wooster where she became a 20-time All-American and maintained a 3.86 grade point average as a mathematics major. During her freshman season, she earned All-American honors three times, and as a sophomore, she led Wooster to a seventh place finish in the NCAA, achieving five all-American awards and school records in five events.
As a junior, Heising collected the maximum seven All-American honors at the national meet, leading Wooster to a fifth place finish. She was also named North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, a feat only one other swimmer has achieved at Division III Wooster.
Heising topped off her career at Wooster by earning All-American honors five more times. At Wooster she broke seven school records and still owns the top times in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 200 medley relay. She was named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Ohio as a senior. She was also a 2-time academic All-American, with first-team honors her junior year.
Heising earned a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA after graduation in 2004 and was inducted into the Wooster Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2014. She resides in Wauseon where she is in her 11th year as a mathematics teacher at WHS and serves as an assistant volleyball coach.
Brad Myers – Coach 1989-2013
Brad Myers is a 1982 Stryker High School graduate. In high school he participated in cross country, basketball and baseball. After graduation, Brad attended Defiance College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1986. While a student at Defiance College, Myers played basketball for two years and baseball for four years. He also coached high school basketball while attending Defiance. Myers went on to get a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Western Illinois University. His graduate work included assisting as an intern in the University of Michigan athletic department.
Myers came to Wauseon High School in 1989 when he accepted a position as a business teacher. He coached JV baseball for five years and was the head girls’ basketball coach for 24 years. During his career as the WHS girls’ basketball coach, his teams earned nine NWOAL championships, 12 sectional championships, four district championships and two regional championships. The 1997 team also won the state championship with an undefeated 27-0 record. The 1997 and 1998 teams combined to win 52 consecutive games, including a return to the Final Four in 1998.
As girls basketball coach Myers finished with a career record of 367 wins and 159 losses, and was named State Coach of the Year in 1998. He was named District VII Coach of the Year and NWOAL Coach of the Year on many occasions.
Myers was awarded the OHSAA Sportsmanship Ethics & Integrity Award in 2014. One of his players said, “Brad has definitely impacted my life in a positive way. He taught his players the value of hard work and dedication in a family atmosphere. He is a role model and mentor spending his time teaching girls about the game of basketball and life.”
A resident of Wauseon, he and his wife Becky have three children: Shay, Jessi and Jaelyn. Myers continues to teach at WHS and continues to impact the lives of his students on a daily basis.