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Class of 1950 - John Joseph "Jack" Egan - Student Athlete

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At MCHS, Jack Egan was in the Jr. Red Cross, Tennis, South Florida Conference Tennis Team and Key Club. The quote with his senior photo is “Always put off until tomorrow the things which threaten you today”. Jack didn’t learn to play tennis until the summer of 1949 when Bradenton had only 4 public tennis courts - 2 were clay (complete with peebles) and 2 were cement with grass growing up between the cracks and a chain link fence for nets.He likes to say that he learned “BB” - Before Bollettieri. At the time, tennis was the sport that probably had the least fan following and press coverage at MCHSchool but sent more boys on to notoriety in college than most other sports.When the season started, Jack was named Captain and playing the #1 position, however, his first match found him playing against the National Boys Clay Court Champion.That match taught Jack a valuable lesson-he would have to work harder to be competitive enough to win.By his senior year, he defeated the defending South Conference Champion and was the finalist in both singles and doubles and named all South Fl Conference.  In the State Championship match,he was seeded 3rd in the state but was defaulted because the school’s football coach didn’t get him to the courts in time to play the 1st match.Jack furthered his education and tennis game at FSU and named Captain in his junior year. The team had a 15-2 win/loss record and after 64 years, that record still stands today in FSU Tennis History. A newspaper article says “Egan, who is considered the hottest thing since animal crackers in high school, has improved a surprising amount especially playing under three different coaches”. Graduating from FSU, Jack served his country in the United States Army stationed in Germany and was 3rd seeded in the All-European Army Invitational Tournament at Garmish. A groin muscle injury knocked out his chances of returning to the United States for the All Amy Tourney in NC. Jack defeated the 1954 captain of Ohio State’s net team upon discharge and attended law school at UF on the GI Bill. Jack is now a retired award winning editorial cartoonist and lives on Anna Maria Island and was nominated by his daughter, Erin Egan Kosfield, Class of 1980. 

Class of 1963 - Edwin Raymond "Ed" Mahoney - Student Athlete

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Ed enrolled at MHS as a junior from Gary, Indiana in 1961 and started as a junior on the MHS Conference Championship and State Qualifying team. He averaged 15 points per game, was All Conference and voted MVP in basketball. In 1962 the team was Conference Champion and State Qualifying. Ed averaged 26.5 points per game and was voted one of the ten best players in the State of Florida. Ed still holds MHS single game scoring record of 49 points. He was All Conference and All State in basketball and voted MHS MVP in basketball  two years in a row. Ed ran track and in his Jr. year was runner up in 440 in State while never losing a race in the 100, 220 and 440 during the regular season. He broke state records in the 440 six times including at the state meet. In his senior year, the team was Conference Champions and he broke the state record in 440 another 5 times and ran a 48.6 school record in the Clearwater Invitational. He ran 220 and 9.8 in the 220 and 100. He was undefeated in 100, 220 and 400. All Conference Clearwater Invitational He ran 220 and 9.8 in the 220 and 100. He was undefeated in 100, 220 and 440, All Conference and was voted MVP in track two years in a row. In addition to his abilities in basketball and track, while at MHS, Ed was a member of the baseball team, Key Club, “M” Club, Senior Notable, Inter-Club Council, Anchor Club Admiral Court and graduated with high honors. Ed received his bachelor’s degree from University of Florida where he played and lettered in basketball and track. He is listed as one of the top 440 runners in the country by Track and Field magazine. Athletics ran in the Mahoney family as Ed’s Mother was a professional golfer and his Father was a professional boxer. Ed lives in Granite Bay, CA and was nominated by Joe Kinnan, Class of 1963.  

Class of 1985 - Deborah Ann "Debbie" Smith - Student Athlete

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Debbie was a member of the basketball, softball, volleyball and weightlifting teams all 4 years of high school. On the volleyball team, they put in long hours practicing during 7th period until early evening every day to develop the skills needed to play a competitive game. The girls Varsity Basketball team continued their standard of excellence throughout the season. The Lady Canes practiced hard, striving for perfection and hoping to win the District Championship. Debbie was the only senior on the team and a quote in her senior yearbook “being a senior has given me many responsibilities such as setting a good example, working hard and being a leader at practice”. Numerous newspaper articles in a scrapbook tell the story of how powerful Debbie was behind the bat and as shortstop on the Girls Softball Team. Debbie was chosen Female Athlete of the Year her senior year receiving a full scholarship to Florida State University where she utilized her athletic abilities on the softball team. Fierce and competitive in sports, Debbie showed her softer side as a member of the 1984 MHS Homecoming Court. Debbie followed in the footsteps of her Father and is now a First Responder with Manatee County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. She served as a Child Protection Supervisor for 15 years and now puts her life on the line every day on the road as a Deputy Sheriff. She was awarded the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Award in 2016. Joining Debbie tonight are her parents, David & Patricia Smith and she was nominated by Pat Smith.  

Class of 1986 - Charles Perry "Chuck" Howard - Student Athlete

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They called him “Dog” and he was one canine character with a bite as bad as his bark. Chuck Howard, a varsity linebacker at Manatee from 1983-1985 was a throwback to football the way it used to be played. Chuck was light on flamboyance and heavy on hitting. Coach Gary Theiler was quoted as saying “probably the most ornery of all the linebackers we’ve ever had. He would get in fights during a 30 second water break and he knows no fear” Coach Joe Kinnan was quoted as saying “The kid knows no fear - If I had to go to war, Chuck Howard is the one guy I’d want on my side whether it’s a fight, a war or a football game”. Bottom line, when Chuck was on the football field, it was like a different world and it changed him. Chuck and place-kicker Andy Elton share a special place in Manatee football history. They are the only two athletes who played significant roles in two of Manatee’s State Championships - 1983 - 1985. 1983 was the first “official” state championship and “Manatee Magic” became synonymous with Manatee Football. In 1984 he was awarded Defensive Player of the Week by Sarasota Herald and received honorable mention for the Sate of Florida. In 1985 he was a member of the All Area High School Football Team, All State of Florida - 3rd team and Sarasota Herald Player of the week. Chuck also played baseball all 4 years at MHS and still holds the home run record. After graduation, Chuck went to Northeast Mississippi Jr. College where he was on the Allstars team for both football and baseball. He completed his education at Samford University where he was named Most Valuable Player and Defense Captain. With Chuck tonight are his wife, Kerri, daughter, Perri, son, Jacob Jordan, his wife Alaina & their son, Jayce. His parents CJ and Carolyn Howard, his sister Chandra Howard Moore with her husband Ryan & son Payne and his Uncle, Ron Anbderson, several friends and high school coaches.  Chuck was nominated by his sister, Chandra Howard Moore - Class of 1988 

Debra H. "Debbie" Crowe/Shake Pit - Contributor

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Debra H. “Debbie” Crowe grew up in Kalamazoo, MI and moved to Bradenton with her husband Bob and their daughter Hannah, a 2008 graduate of MHS. Debbie has the maturity of an adult and the energy of a teenager that never ceases to amaze anyone who knows her. Her name is synonymous with the Shake Pit, an institution founded in Manatee County in 1959 and a frequent destination for not only Manatee County residents but those who have moved away and come home for a visit. Have you ever driven down Manatee Avenue and not looked at the Shake Pit sign to see what it says and who is being congratulated? Once inside, the sound of burgers sizzling on the grill,oil popping in the fryer,memorabilia hanging above your head and a  growing collection of signatures scrawled on the ceiling are reminders of times past.You won’t find a portable phone or computer at the Shake Pit and you won’t find commercial advertising in any local publications. Funds that could be used for advertising are used to help MHS and the community. Debbie has quietly and actively supported MHS Athletics in so many ways, it would be impossible to list them all. She provides meals for the football team during football season, quietly slips in the kitchen at the field and leaves surprises for the team, provides their breakfast on Thanksgiving morning after practice and works tirelessly on banquets, special events, etc. She brought an elephant for Coach Joe Kinnan to ride into Hawkins Stadium for the football banquet held in a huge tent after the 2011 State Championship.Her support of MHS is endless and you can take a trip back in history just by going inside the Shake Pit. The hundreds of photographs,newspaper clippings,momentos brought by former athletes who will always make a trip to the Shake Pit when they come home.The food and service are excellent but the magnetism is the blonde haired bundle of enthusiasm that is contagious. It’s a snapshot of Bradenton - past and present!! When we have Alumni Association events, Debbie is there to help us decorate the tables with the flowers she purchases and the flair to make them pop. When the event is over, we take the flowers to the Shake Pit and she delivers them to nursing homes. With all the excitement and planning for everything she helps with, she wants to remain quietly in the background without any fanfare or recognition but she will always hold a special place in our hearts and in the MHS Athletic Hall of Honor. Debbie was nominated by Bruce Braithwait.

James Michael "Mike" Kelly - Coach

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In the 1980’s, Phil Upton met Mike when he interviewed for a teaching/coaching position at MHS. Mike played football at Ball State University and coached some football and wrestling in a small school in IN. He came to Florida to be close to family but it was very obvious that he wanted to coach.He was very enthusiastic and seemed to have a strong desire to work with teenagers to help mold them into good men and fathers. Mike worked tirelessly in the wrestling program and was willing to spend the time necessary to learn wrestling techniques and rules. When he saw that something needed to be done, he did it without waiting to be asked. He didn’t like the way some of his matches were called and had no problem sharing his dissatisfaction with the poor soul that happened to be working.Back then a coach could not be kicked out of the gym for berating an official but could be banished as far away from the wrestling mat as possible. At a state tournament, the ‘Canes had a terrible official and Coach Upton knew he was not going to finish mat side so told Mike he would have to behave so we would have someone to coach our wrestler. As predicted, Upton was banished from the mat and just got to the top of the bleachers when Mike was sent to join him - we don’t know if our wrestler won that match or not. The next year, they both started their officiating careers.Mike was a coach for the USA Wrestling Jr. National team from FL in 1982 and made the contacts that would lead him to becoming an international official. As usual, Mike set out to be the best that he could be.He attained the highest ranking an official can achieve, as a FILA M1E,working the 1988 Olympic Trials in Iowa City, multiple World Team Trials, over 40 National and 30 Regional tournaments and served at the National Weigh Master for USA Wrestling. He was also an official at the 1999 Pan-American Games in Canada and the Weigh-master at the 1995 World Championships in Atlanta, 2003 World Championships in New York and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Mike was a vital part of the team when Manatee hosted the state wrestling tournament at the convention center in 1988. Not only did he help coach the team but he also helped with the logistical operations involved with transporting a dozen wrestling mats and setting them up. This was the first time for state tournaments(1A,2A & 3A) to be held together in the same venue and the 1st time they were not held in a gym. Mike’s work set a precedent for the future. In addition to the sport of wrestling, Mike also coached JV Football, the team was undefeated several times and every time they shaved his head.He was MHS Football Equipment Manager. the Macon Knights Arena Football team Equipment Manager and General Manager. With all his participation and expertise in sports, Mike’s greatest legacy was Key Club Sponsor at MHS.His leadership was the result of hundreds of students giving thousands of volunteer hours and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars resulting in the MHS Club being recognized as the best in the State of FL and used as a model for other clubs.Mike left us in 2006 at the age of 56 but his spirit, humor and commitment to wrestling will be with us forever.He was posthumously inducted into Florida Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011. Mike was nominated by Rich Morris, Class of 2002.

1995/96 Men's Soccer Team 

The 1995/96 Men’s Soccer Team had an awesome regular season with a record of 18-0-3 and finished the year with a record of 23-2-3. The season had great promises with two wins over State Championship Teams - defending 6A Championship team Bloomingdale with a score of 4-1 and defending 5A championship team, Tampa Jesuit with a score of 2-0 and they tied 4A State championship team Tampa Berkley Prep.  Working as a team was something they needed no help with and all had an excellent work ethic making it the most well rounded soccer team any of the members had played on. Being the first team to make it out of Districts and the the State Tournament, they made it to the State Regional Final - the Elite 8. Ian Murdoch, Michael Cruikshank, Eric Price and Douglas Sander were elected to 1st Team All Area; Tony Rasulo was elected to 2nd Team All Area; Area Player of the Year was Michael Cruikshank and All Star Area Senior Soccer Challenge MVP was Douglas Sander. The team was nominated by Michael Cruikshank. 


TEAM MEMBERS ATTENDING BANQUET::  Michael Cruikshank, Ian Murdoch, Tom McMahon, Eric Price, Tony Rasulo, Daryl Quinn, Joseph DeJongh, Jay D’Angiolillo, Douglas Sander, Alex Csizinszky. 

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