Kevin El-Hayek (1997)-Wrestling
Graduating from Boardman High School in 1997 as a valedictorian and wrestling academic All-American, Kevin El-Hayek was, and continues to be, the model of a true scholar-athlete. A four-year standout, Kevin racked up 97 wins, 11th all-time in the school’s wrestling history. He was the team co-captain as a junior and senior, as well as Eastern Ohio Wrestling League, sectional, and district champion both years, going on to the state meet each time, placing fifth overall there. He was inducted into the EOWL Hall of Fame in 2008.
Continuing his academic and wrestling endeavors, Kevin attended Harvard University as a pre-med student and four-year wrestling team member, named co-captain his senior year and All- Ivy League as both a junior and senior, graduating cum laude in 2002.
While attending medical school at Case-Western Reserve University, he volunteered as a graduate assistant coach for their wrestling team. After earning his MD degree at CWRU, Kevin did his internship and residency in surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, where he is still a consultant and assistant professor, currently working at their Abu Dhabi branch in the United Arab Emirates, along with his wife, Raecel and two daughters, Keira (6) and Alison (4).
George Evans (2000)-Track
George Evans began the 21st century by graduating in 2000 with unsurpassed accomplishments in track and field. Selected All-Steel Valley Conference, all-district, and all-state, Evans placed sixth in the state meet in Dayton in the 100m dash, holding the record in that event until 2013. He was also selected for the Midwest Meet of Champions-Team Ohio prior to graduation. Evans was a key member of the team that also won the SVC and district titles.
An outstanding football player as well, he started at wide receiver for a Spartans team that advanced to the state quarterfinals. He was also chosen to play in the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association All-Star game.
An excellent student, Evans enrolled at Lehigh University where he earned seven varsity letters in football (3) and track (4), and was named All-Patriot League four times. He holds several track records there and earned conference titles in both sports. In 2004, he won the Patriot LeagueSportsmanship Award and was named Lehigh’s Most Outstanding Athlete in track and field.
Since graduation, he has entered the collegiate coaching profession. Previously the head track coach at Marietta College and an assistant at Brown; he is currently the sprints/hurdles coach for men’s and women’s track & field at Yale University.
Celeste Hlebovy (2000)-Basketball
Celeste Hlebovy continued the tradition of excellence for the Boardman High School women’s basketball program under legendary head coach Ron Moschella into the 21st century.
A four-year starter, All-Steel Valley Conference first team, and All-Northeast Ohio selection as well, Hlebovy was a dominating player. She was named NEO Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and was selected first team All-Ohio those same years. She capped off her senior year being named Ohio Player of the Year by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and played in the All-Ohio North/South All-Star game. She finished her prep career with 1,692 points and 838 rebounds.
Receiving a Division I athletic scholarship to Indiana State University, Hlebovy went on to make the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team and All-Academic Team as well. After earning her degree in 2004, she worked toward her MBA at Maryville University, graduating in 2013. She is currently working as a project manager for Lockton Companies in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jonah Karzmer (1999)-Golf
One of Boardman High’s all-time greatest golfers, Jonah Karzmer continues to serve as an ambassador for the sport.
At BHS, Jonah was a three-time All-SVC selection, including being named conference MVP once. Karzmer also earned first team All-Ohio and National High School Coaches of America First Team All-American honors (placing seventh at the national finals). He was also a two-time Junior State Champion at the Independent Insurance and Callaway Junior World tournaments and First Team All-American at the Nike Winternational Junior Series in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Karzmer entered Kent State University and as a freshman earned his varsity letter on their Mid-American Conference and NCAA championship team. After transferring to Youngstown State, he became two-time captain of the men’s golf team there and a first team All-Horizon League selection.
In 2001, he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championships. Since his graduation in 2004, Karzmer has won eight local club championships, and in 2013 became the Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion.
He is currently co-owner of the Karzmer Insurance Agency, as well as being part of the “Greatest Golfer of the Valley” committee. Additionally, he served as pro instructor at Tee Up Golf in 2010. He lives in Poland with his wife Beth Ann and daughter Stella.
Larry Lencyk (1999)-Soccer
A three-year letterman on the boys soccer team in the late 1990’s, Larry Lencyk played at a level that was nothing short of phenomenal, especially as a junior and senior. As a junior he scored 26 goals on a 10-6-2 SVC Championship team and was named All-SVC and All-District first team. As a senior, he scored 32 goals on a 17-2-1 team that won the District Championship. He was chosen All-SVC, All-District, and All-State first team, playing in the Senior All-Star
Suzy (Thompson) Maddock (1996)-Track
Suzy Thompson served as the epitome of a team leader who lifted those around her to achieve their best and the team’s success. As a four-year runner at Boardman in both cross country and track and field, she ran the 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, and both the 800m and 1600m relays. She set a school record in the 400m dash as a sophomore and captured the district championship in that event. As a junior, she was All-SVC in the 200m, 400m, and both relays, as well as district champ in the 1600m relay. Her senior year, she was the All-SVC champion in the 400m and 800m relays and was given the team’s Leadership & Pride Award. She was an outstanding student and four-year member of the Spartan Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra. She received a full track and field scholarship to Youngstown State University, where she helped set a 1997 outdoor 4x200m relay record and went on to complete her bachelor of science in physics and astronomy with honors in 2001. She has since gone on to receive her Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2005 from the University of Kansas. She is currently working as a senior systems engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, were she resides with her husband, Robert Maddock and sons Jacob (8) and Tyler (6) and daughter Hannah (11 mos.).
Brian Mihok (1995)-Football
An All-SVC and All-State lineman for the Spartan football team in the early 1990’s, Brian Mihok was a two-way player who was named to an all-opponent team by the then-conference-rival Warren Harding team. He was also a National Honor Society member whose other football honors included SVC Player of the Week, WYTV Student-Athlete of the Week, and Offensive MVP by the members of his own team. He also received the Black Watch Award for consistent excellence on defense as well.
Mihok went on to play college football at Westminster, where he continued to excel as a student-athlete, making All-PAC two years. Graduating magna cum laude in 1999 with a 3.89 GPA, he was given several scholar-athlete awards, including the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete and the first NCAA post-graduate scholarship from Westminster College.
He was a two-time GTE Academic All-American and was nominated by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a National Scholar-Athlete.
In 2005, Brian earned his D.O. degree from Des Moines University and currently is in private practice as a board-certified ophthalmologist serving also as the residency Program Director for Grandview Hospital in Centerville, Oh., where he lives with his wife, Mikki (BHS 1995) and daughters Mikayla and Bella.
Tom Pipoly (1986)-Football
One of the greatest all-around Spartan athletes of the 1980’s, Tom Pipoly earned ten varsity letters during his high school sports career – three in football, three in basketball, and four in baseball. Tom was the Spartans starting quarterback as a sophomore and junior, switching to tailback as a senior. All the while, he was playing both ways as a defensive back, which earned him All-SVC honors in 1985. He was also a two-year All-SVC selection in baseball, named SVC Pitcher of the Year in 1986.
Enrolling at Baldwin-Wallace College after graduation, Pipoly played four years of football there, earning All-OAC honors as a defensive back in 1988 and 1989 when he was also named pre-season All-American. He continued his baseball career at Baldwin-Wallace as a starting pitcher for three seasons.
At present, Pipoly is living in Medina, Oh. and is working for Genentech USA, a bio-medical company covering northeast Ohio. He is married to Kimberlee and they have three sons, Zach (17), Cade (15) and Shane (13).
Matt Sammon (2000)-Baseball
Collecting eight varsity letters in his athletic career at Boardman, Matt Sammon stood out in baseball as an all-time greats. He was named All-SVC at shortstop all four years, the last three as a first-team pick. Chosen as the team captain his senior year, Sammon was also named All-State honorable mention. Upon graduation in 2000 he held numerous baseball records, including the career hits record that still stands today.
Sammon also starred as Boardman High’s quaterback and free safety as a a junior and senior, and was an All-SVC selection both years. He was selected All-NEO first team and All-State special mention as a senior, as well as serving as team captain. With a starting role at point guard in basketball for two years, including the SVC championship team of 1998, he remains the only BHS athlete to start on three Steel valley Conference championship teams in the same year. Due to his success on and off the field, Sammon was selected for the prestigious George Brownlee Award and Scholarship upon graduation.
Attending Bowling Green State University, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Statistics in 2005. He is currently working on his masters degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. where he and his wife Anne are expecting their second daughter to join them and Lexi (2) very soon. He is the Director of Planning for Nooter/Eriksen, a St. Louis engineering firm that operates in the energy sector
Rob Theis (1968)-Contributor
One of the greatest individual bowlers in
Greater Youngstown history, Rob Theis has continued the family tradition as co-owner and manager of Boardman Lanes on Market Street. As such, with the advent of bowling as a state-sanctioned and governed interscholastic sport for both girls and boys, Theis has generously facilitated the Boardman bowling teams during the years they have been competing, as the teams’ practice site and ‘home court,’
Theis’s prowess as a bowler was evident in his youth and continued throughout his adulthood, including numerous championships and sanctioned 300 games. He has been inducted into both the Youngstown Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame for his achievements.
A 1968 Boardman High School graduate, Theis earned his degree from Bliss Business College in Columbus in 1972. He and his wife, Karen reside in Boardman and have a son Billy living here, and a daughter Holly living in Maryland.