Two men excelling at the highest level of professional sports and one of the best female basketball players in local history headline the 2019 class that will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during a June 13 banquet at The Galaxy in Wadsworth.
Kyle Juszczyk, a 2009 Cloverleaf graduate and current fullback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Daryl Morey, a 1991 Highland grad who now serves as general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, and Cassie Schrock, a 2007 Wadsworth grad who went on to an outstanding college career at Eastern Michigan, were unanimous selections Thursday in voting done by county athletic directors, members of the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club and Gazette sports staffers.
Also to be enshrined at the 34th annual event are former Brunswick quarterback Sean Bedevelsky, Medina cross country and track standout Donny Roys and Black River basketball star Richard Jackson.
Team recognition will be given to Medina’s 2007 Division I state champion boys cross country team, while the Al Thomas Award, presented annually to someone who contributes in a non-playing or non-coaching manner, will go to Medina tennis benefactor Tim McQuown.
In a special feature, former Major League Baseball players Clifford Virgil “C.V.” Matteson (Seville), Joe Neale (Wadsworth), Henry “Cy” Vorhees (Lodi) and Frank Luce (Spencer), all of whom played in the late 1800s or early 1900s, also will be inducted.
Juszczyk led Cloverleaf to its first state playoff berth in football as a senior and also played basketball and excelled in track for the Colts. Now 27, he went on to enjoy an outstanding career at tight end for Harvard, after which he was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Juszczyk spent four seasons with the Ravens, seeing time at tight end, H-back, fullback and on special teams. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016, then signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the 49ers. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of his two seasons with San Francisco.
The 46-year-old Morey grew up in Sharon Center and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwestern in 1996. He then earned his MBA from MIT and started working as a consultant for The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm.
Morey went on to spend three years working for the Boston Celtics, with his primary responsibility being the development of analytical strategies to be used in the NBA Draft, trades and free agency.
Morey became the assistant GM of the Rockets in April 2006 and took over as GM in April 2007. In the fall of 2012, he acquired reigning NBA Most Valuable Player James Harden in one of the many trades he’s made since taking over.
The Rockets have not had a losing record since Morey became GM and reached the Western Conference finals in 2015 and 2018. Morey was named NBA Executive of the Year following the 2017-18 season.
Schrock finished her four-year career at Wadsworth with 1,391 points, which ranks eighth in county history, and was named Gazette MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Currently the girls head coach at Massillon High, Schrock scored 1,506 points in her four years at Eastern Michigan, where the Rockets went 24-13 in her senior year (2010-11) and 22-9 in her junior season.
A rugged competitor who could play power forward on defense and point guard on offense, Schrock averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a senior and 12.6, 5.1 and 5.5 as a junior.
Bedevelsky, a 2008 Brunswick graduate, lettered two years in baseball and three in football for the Blue Devils before going on to play the latter sport at Lake Erie College.
As a high school senior, “Beda” was a finalist for Ohio’s Mr. Football award and a first-team All-Ohio selection. He earned second-team all-state honors as a junior.
Roys, a 2009 Medina grad, earned four Gazette MVP awards in cross country and one in track before going on to run for four years at Ohio State.
He was a high school All-American in cross country his final two years and Gatorade Runner of the Year as a junior in 2007, when he won the D-I state championship in 15:21.83 while also helping the Bees capture the state team title.
Roys also was a seven-time state qualifier in track, an All-American in the steeplechase and Gazette MVP as a senior.
Jackson, a 1998 Black River grad, is still the fifth-leading scorer in county history with 1,330 points. He was a second-team Division III All-Ohio pick as a senior, when he averaged 25.4 points and led the Pirates to 14 victories, their most in 33 years.
The Gazette Senior Male Athlete of the Year went on to play four years at Mount Union, where he led the Ohio Athletic Conference in assists as a senior and was a two-time honorable mention all-league pick.
Coached by Milt Place, the 2007 state champion Medina boys cross country team also won Northeast Ohio Conference, district and regional championships.
The Bees recorded a perfect score of 15 at the Medina County Invitational, won the McDonald’s Maymount Festival in Richmond, Va., placed third at the Nike Regional Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., and finished 12th at the Nike National Championships in Portland, Ore.
Al Thomas Award winner McQuown has spent decades helping out area tennis teams, particularly the programs at Medina, where he has devoted countless hours preparing the courts and helping out as an unpaid assistant coach.
A United States Tennis Association player, McQuown has done everything from raking leaves, cutting grass and cleaning debris from the Medina courts.
Among the MLB players, Matteson played for St. Louis in 1884, Neale played for Louisville and St. Louis from 1896 to 1991, Vorhees played for Philadelphia and Washington in 1902 and Luce played for Pittsburgh in 1923.