2006 Wall of Fame Class
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
"Walsh University to Induct Six into Athletic Wall of Fame"
(North Canton, OH) Walsh University will induct six new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday in the Schervish Dining Centre at the Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center, beginning with a social hour at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and the induction ceremonies at 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $15.00. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 330-490-7035. The 2006 class will also be presented on Saturday, at halftime of the women's (2 p.m.) and men's (4 p.m.) basketball games against the Cedarville University.
Michelle (Mooney) Clark ('91) (Highland HS) lettered four years for the Cavs on the softball diamond. One of the most versatile players in Walsh history, Clark lettered for the Cavs from 1988-91. Clark was a two-time first team Mid-Ohio Conference selection and All-District 22 selection, earning honors at different positions. She earned first team honors on both teams as an outfielder in 1989. Clark hit .345, stole 14 bases and scored 20 runs, while hitting in the lead-off spot. In 1991, she earned first team Mid-Ohio and honorable mention All-District 22 accolades after hitting .387. Clark played shortstop, third base and first base and compiled a .975 fielding percentage her senior year. She led the team in runs scored, hits, base on balls and on base percentage (.526), which is still a Walsh record. She finished her Walsh career fourth all-time in hits (71), 6th in runs scored (63), third in doubles (9) and fourth in at-bats (236). Her career on base percentage stands at .483. Clark was just as successful in the classroom as she was on the diamond, earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors in 1991 and being selected as Walsh's "Outstanding Senior in Physical Education."
Nate Falvo ('98) (Canton Central Catholic HS) is the first Cavalier football player to join the Wall of Fame. Falvo, a transfer from the University of Dayton, was a member of the Cavs' first team in 1995 and played three years as a defensive back. Falvo earned first team Mid-States Football Association honors in 1996 and 1997 and was a Hansen Gazette honorable mention All-American in 1996. Falvo had 76 tackles and three interceptions in Walsh's first season in 1995. He then followed his first season at Walsh with back-to-back outstanding campaigns. In 1996, Nate led the team in tackles with 89 and in '97 recorded 80 tackles to go along with three interceptions. Falvo is currently eighth in career tackles (245) and in interceptions (7). Walsh compiled a 20-11 mark in Falvo's three years, the first three for Cavalier Football.
Mario Giganti ('94) (Cleveland St. Edwards HS) lettered four-times for the Cavs' soccer team at midfield. Giganti was a mainstay on and off the field and played a major role on Walsh's only NAIA National Qualifying team in 1993. Giganti earned first team Mid-Ohio Conference and All-District 22 accolades in 1992. In 1993, Walsh finished 21-4 and won the District 22 title to advance to the National Tournament for the first time, with Giganti leading the way. After switching from midfield to defender, Giganti was named first team Mid-Ohio, All-District 22, All-Mideast, All-Ohio, Area VI and was named Mid-Ohio Conference and District 22 Player of the Year. On a national level, he was named third team NAIA All-America, second team Umbro All-America and played in the Umbro Senior Bowl. He was also selected as Walsh's Male Athlete of the Year and earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete and All-Ohio Academic honors with a 3.62 grade point average.
Brian Hayes ('71) (Union, NJ) is the first Cavalier to earn Wall of Fame recognition through the senior committee. Hayes, a four-year letter winner from 1967-71, was one of the finest golfers of his era. He earned All-District 22 honors in 1971 and tied for medalist honors at the 27-hole championships with a 107. Walsh's 1971 team was the winningest team in Ohio with a mark of 23-2 overall and 16-1 in the regular season. The 1971 season also marked Walsh's first appearance at the district championships. Brian averaged 74.0 during the season and averaged 80.3 as a freshman.
Wendi (Schrock) Hudson ('94) (Smithville HS) ran both cross country and track from 1990-94 and enjoyed a career which earned her All-America honors in three different years. In 1991, she earned first team Mid-Ohio Conference and District 22 accolades and finished 33rd at the NAIA Nationals. In 1992, Wendi was again first team All-MOC and earned NAIA All-America honors at the National Cross Country championships. In 1993, she earned NAIA All-America honors in cross country and track. Schrock placed 10th at the NAIA National Meet Cross Country Championships and won the MOC, District 22 and All-Ohio Championships. She earned track NAIA All-America honors in the 10,000m, was a cross country and track NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was selected as Walsh's Female Athlete of the Year. In 1994, Wendi would earn All-America honors for the fourth consecutive semester, when she finished sixth in the 10,000m (37:20.87) and ninth in the 5,000m (18:18.41). She was also honored for the fourth straight time as a NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.
Joe Tomlinson ('99) (Rittman HS) lettered three times for Walsh on the baseball diamond, after transferring from the Ohio State University. An outfielder, Joe was a line-drive hitter who produced. In 1997, he earned first team Mid-Ohio Conference honors after hitting .353, with 17 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBI. His 17 doubles in a single season is still a Walsh record. Joe would earn first team All-MOC honors all three years for the Cavs. In 1997 he hit .397, with 34 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs and 34 RBI. He capped off his Walsh career by hitting .396 as a senior with 12 doubles, 31 RBI and Walsh Male Athlete of the Year honors. His career batting average stands at .380, with 36 doubles, 15 home runs and 108 RBI. He is in the top ten in six career categories and four single season categories.