O’Shea-Wayt, Mattern, Doerr, Zaleski to Wheeling Central Hall of Fame

WHEELING — Four storied athletes are the next additions to the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame for 2018.

Selected to be inducted Saturday, Sept. 29 at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Benedum Room are football standout Dr. Robert (Bob) Zaleski, John (Ted) Mattern, football and basketball; Joseph (Joe) Doerr (basketball and baseball) and Heather O’Shea Wayt, record-setting girls’ track standout and collegiate All-American at Mount Union.

Robert (Bo) McConnaughy, a 2017 Maroon Knights honoree and chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, said, ”with this being our third HOF induction class, it was a monumental task for our selection committee. We have chosen some of the finest athletes to wear the maroon and white. It will be a thrill and a great honor for me to introduce Heather O’Shea Wayt, Ted Mattern, Joe Doerr and Bob Zaleski into our school’s hall of fame.”

Previously chosen as members of the 2018 class were standout coaches Mike Young, Peggy Dailer, Stan Kaniecki and Mickey Duffy. Overall a total of 14 past Maroon Knights greats will be honored this year.

Hall of Fame Day will begin with a brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. After the induction ceremonies, the newest hall of fame members and their guests are invited to attend the Maroon Knights’ football game against city rival The Linsly School, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Bishop Schmitt Field on the WJU campus. The 2018 honorees will be introduced at halftime of the game. Also planned for Saturday evening is a gathering of CCHS Alumni at the Maroon Knights gymnasium beginning at 6 p.m. Details for this event will be announced at a later date.

The public is invited to attend the brunch with the cost of tickets priced at $25 each. Tickets can be ordered by contacting the school.

The hall of fame committee also is accepting nominations from the public for possible future inductees. Nomination forms are available on the school website, cchsknights.org

Listed below are brief capsules on the latest announced members to the 2018 WCHS Hall of Fame class:

Dr. Heather O’Shea-Wayt

(Class of 1991)

A six-time All-American in track at Mount Union College, Heather O’Shea-Wayt started her illustrious running career at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. During her senior year at CCHS, she earned West Virginia state championships in three events, the 400 (twice) and 800 runs and she also was the anchor runner on the 4×400 relay. In both the 1989 and 1990 state track meets, O’Shea-Wayt was the runner-up in the 800 meters.

She was a three-time OVAC champion in the 800, setting a Class AAA meet record in 1991. O’Shea-Wayt twice won the 400. During her high school career she captured five Region One titles, setting the meet record in the 400. On three occasions O’Shea-Wayt ran her way on to The Intelligencer’s All-Valley Track Team and she was selected as the team captain her senior year.

Elected to the Mount Union College Athletic Hall of Fame, O’Shea-Wayt won 17 OAC titles, nine as an indoor performer and eight outdoors. On two occasions, she was voted as the OAC’s Most Outstanding Indoor Athlete (1994 and 1995). At the conclusion of her senior season, she received several outdoor track accolades. O’Shea-Wayt was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American at 800 meters and part of the national championship 4×400-meter relay team. Overall, she held seven Mount Union track and field records. Also an Academic All-American, O’Shea-Wayt received the conference’s Clyde Lamb award as the OAC’s top female student-athlete. She also was the recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Heather graduated from the West Virginia School of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in family medicine. She is affiliated with Wheeling Hospital.

Despite her busy schedule, O’Shea-Wayt has served as Central Catholic’s cross-country and track coach since 2000.

John ”Ted” Mattern

(Class of 1958)

Physicality, rebounding and scoring were all plus features in Ted Mattern’s game during his stellar basketball career at Wheeling Central. The three-year starter twice was named to the West Virginia Catholic all-state team and following his senior year, Mattern earned a first-team berth on the Mountain State’s ”big school” honor squad. He broke into the Maroon Knights starting lineup as a sophomore, averaging eight points and nine rebounds as CCHS won the state Catholic tournament.

The following year saw the rugged front-court performer up his average to 17.4 points and 11 rebounds earning first-team laurels on the All-City, All-OVAC and All-Catholic honor squads. Mattern saved his best for his senior year, averaging 21.6 points and 12 rebounds in sparking the Maroon Knights to another state crown. In the season-ending tournament, Central Catholic upset undefeated and nationally ranked Parkersburg Catholic in the semifinals and then knocked off Huntington St. Joseph in the title game.

In addition to making the first team all-state Catholic and All-WV Big School squads. Mattern captained both All-City and All-OVAC clubs. He then was selected to play in the Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Game.

Mattern played three years of football at Central Catholic. The two-way end and part-time middle linebacker earned three letters and was named to the All-City team as a junior and a senior.

Although his collegiate career was interrupted by a back injury for one season and three years in the military, Mattern continued his winning ways by playing on West Liberty’s WVIAC championship team in 1960. Ted returned to the Hilltop campus for his senior year in 1966-67, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds a game.

After graduation, Mattern was an assistant coach for three seasons at West Liberty and then began a lengthy and highly successful career in teaching and administration in his home state.

His first job as a principal was at Triadelphia High School prior to the Ohio County consolidation. He was an assistant principal and principal in several counties throughout the state, often being sent in by the State Board of Education to help rescue schools in financial or academic deficiencies. He was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of Southern West Virginia Community College and then named by Governor Joe Manchin to the West Virginia University Board of Governors. Prior to retiring in 2011, Mattern had a two-year term as the State Superintendent of Schools and he still serves as as a liaison between the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools. In 2011, Gov. Manchin named Mattern as a Distinguished West Virginian.

Joe Doerr

(Class of 1964)

Joe Doerr was a three-year starter in basketball and baseball and was one of the key players on Wheeling Central’s only undefeated hardwood team in school history.

The play-making point guard averaged 9.8 points per game while helping lead the Maroon Knights to a 23-0 record in 1963, culminated with a victory over Huntington St. Joseph in the championship game of the West Virginia Catholic Tournament. In addition, he was the assist leader and a determined defender on that powerhouse team coached by another Central hall of fame honoree, Earl Haberfield. One other member of that talented squad, Ed ”Butch” Erb was previously enshrined individually along with entire roster of players on the 1963 club.

The Maroon Knights were crowned as City and OVAC champions that year and were voted the No. 1 team (all classes) in the entire state by UPI. Another highlight of that season were two wins over Weir High School, the only defeats handed to the Ron ”Fritz” Williams-led Red Riders powerhouse that finished the season with a 25-2 record and captured the West Virginia Class AAA championship.

Doerr’s standout play earned him multiple All-WV Catholic first team berths in both basketball and baseball. He also was a first-team selection on the All-City and All-OVAC teams in both sports.

In baseball where Doerr went on to achieve stardom on the collegiate level, he played shortstop on yet another state Catholic championship team.

As a freshman at West Liberty, Doerr played third base and was the leading hitter with a .468 average in the 1964 NAIA World Series while sparking the Hilltoppers to their only national championship in baseball. He drove home the winning run in two of the games and scored the winning run in the championship game of the NAIA Series.

Doerr returned to play his sophomore season but then was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He played two seasons in the Cubs’ farm system where he was managed by Wheeling native George ”Bud” Freese.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Zaleski

(Class of 1966)

One of Wheeling Central’s all-time standouts on the football field and in the classroom during the 1960s, Dr. Robert (Bob) Zaleski was selected as a fullback on the West Virginia all-state team during his senior year along with finishing second in the Kennedy Award voting which selects the best football player in the Mountain State. He was recognized by Scholastic Magazine as an honorable mention All-American.

During his three-years as a starter (1963-65), the Maroon Knights won three straight Catholic state championships and incurred a total of three losses during this highly successful span. Also Zaleski earned first team All-OVAC laurels and was captain of the All-City team.

Nicknamed the ”Bulldozer” because of his fearless running style that saw him love to punish defenders trying to tackle him, Zaleski averaged 6.1 yards per carry throughout his high school career. In addition to football, Bob ran track for four years and competed in basketball and wrestling for one season each.

Because of his success in the classroom, collecting straight As and graduating No. 3 in his class, Zaleski was probably one the WCHS’ most highly recruited players as he had more than 60 scholarship offers. Among the schools seeking his services were Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Kentucky Vanderbilt, Indiana, Duke, West Virginia and most of the Ivy League schools. He eventually chose Duke and played three seasons for the Blue Devils despite incurring numerous back injuries.

Football became the catalyst for Zaleski’s collegiate academic success. He enrolled in Pre-Med at Duke and later attended WVU and Penn State to become an orthopedic surgeon.

His vision was always to someday help young athletes with their health problems. Soon, after starting his medical practice in his home town of Wheeling, Zaleski became known as Dr. Z. For many years he devoted countless hours walking the football sidelines during games at schools throughout the Ohio Valley, including River, Central Catholic, The Linsly School, Wintersville and Steubenville.

Also, for 34 years he was reconized as a true humanitarian by charitably helping many local and Maroon Knights athletes with their orthopedic health problems.

In 2003 he became a Nationwide figure when he represented the Doctors of West Virginia on the Tort Reform issue. His leadership helped result in Tort Reform being adopted in 34 states.


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