The 65th Price Hill Baseball Oldtimers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at The Farm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. This year, three grads and friends of Elder -- Ray Dieringer, Bill Earley '74, and Fritz Meyer '61 -- were inducted into the HOF while senior Elder Lacrosse player, Jack Streicher '17, received a $1,500.00 college scholarship for his excellence in the classroom and on the field of play.
JACK STREICHER '17
Academics: First Honors 14/14 quarters; 95 GPA; Ranked #6 in Class of 2017; Elder Honors Program; National Honor Society; Merit Award-AP World History, Anatomy and Physiology, AP U.S. History, AP Chemistry; National AP Scholar; George Eastman Young Leaders Award; Notre Dame Club of Cincinnati Book Award.
Athletics: 4-year Varsity Lacrosse, team captain in 2016 and 2017 seasons; First Team All-GCL; Honorable Mention All-Southwest Ohio; Shackleton Leadership Award; 3-time Brine All-American, played for Team Ohio at National Brine All-American Tournament, won 2015 Brine All-American Championship; Selected to play on Team USA in Brine Brogan Cup vs. Canada.
Extracurricular Activities: Co-Director of Christmas Food & Toy Drive; Co-Founder of Leadership & Initiative Club; Student Ambassador; Student Council; Peer Tutor; Lacrosse Camp Counselor; Support the Troops Club; Leader of Spirit/Pep Rally Committee; Key Club; Jimmy Heath House volunteer; community clean-up volunteer.
COACH RAY DIERINGER
Ray played basketball for four years at St. Joseph High School in Wapakoneta, OH, earning All-Ohio honors in 1950. He also played center field and pitched for the school's baseball team and was inducted into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002.
Having earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Dayton, Ray helped lead the Flyers to NIT runner-up finishes in 1953 and 1954.
Ray became the head basketball and baseball coach at Elder in 1956. His baseball teams were 97-16, winning five GCL championships and three consecutive Ohio state championships. Additionally, his 1960-61 basketball team is the only undefeated team (regular season) in school history.
Following Elder, Ray became the assistant basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati, 1963-1969, and then became the head basketball coach at Cleveland State University until 1983, sending three players to the NBA. He became a member of the CSU Hall of Fame in 1998. Finally, Ray served as a basketball scout for the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks, earning a World Championship ring with the Mavericks.
BILL EARLEY '74
During Bill's high school baseball career, he helped Elder win a State championship in 1973, and was named All-GCL and All-City in 1973-1974, as well as Elder MVP and All-State in 1974. He pitched a no-hitter in 1974.
Bill was also a two-year starter for Elder's basketball team which won back-to-back State championships in 1973 and 1974. He earned second team All-GCL and second team All-City honors.
Bill received a scholarship to play baseball at Miami University (OH). He pitched a no-hitter in 1977 and was 9-2 on the season earning first team All-MAC and Honorable Mention All-American honors. He was Honorable Mention All-MAC the following season.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 1978, Bill spent ten years pitching in the minor leagues and pitched a no-hitter in 1978. He pitched in three games at the end of 1986 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Bill then spent ten years as a minor league pitching instructor for the Chicago Cubs.
FRITZ MEYER '61
Fritz played baseball in 1961 at Elder. The team went 20-3 that season before losing in the State semi-final game. He also played basketball and was co-captain of the first undefeated team (regular season) in school history in 1961; he was named first team All-City and All-State that season.
Outside of Elder, Fritz played summer baseball for the Cheviot Eagles (City champions in 1960) and Bentley Post 50 in 1961.
Fritz earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and played four years. His 1962 team won the NCAA National championship and was NCAA National runner-up the following season. He also played baseball at UC for coach Glenn Sample.
Fritz coached basketball at Grandview Heights, Oak Hills, and Harrison high schools, and was an assistant coach at Elder from 1990-1997. He also coached at Urbana College and was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Akron for seven years.