Nearly 40 years after he earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior guard at Ohio State University, former Waltham High football star Chuck Bonica (pictured) earned one more start for the Buckeyes against archrival Michigan.
And he did not have to pull on his shoulder pads or his No. 58 jersey.
A 1973 Ohio State graduate who still lives in Waltham, Bonica was selected to an all-time Buckeyes squad by the Columbus Dispatch. The newspaper, through computer analysis, pitted Ohio State against a team of former Michigan stars that included New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“The computer had it right. The game came out 33-28 in favor of Ohio State,’’ said Bonica, who played in two Rose Bowls and was a third-team All-America selection as a 6-foot-1, 275-pound senior. He played on three Big Ten championship teams as well as the 1970 national champions.
A former Globe All-Scholastic, he was coached by two legends - Hal Kopp at Waltham and Woody Hayes at Ohio State, who called Bonica “the best head-up blocker in America.’’
“Woody told me that Hal was one of the game’s great innovators, and I knew that first hand. Hal used drills and plays - and even invented some training equipment - that were all way before their time,’’ said Bonica, who was recruited by a young Ohio State assistant coach, Lou Holtz.
Bonica, who earned two degrees in exercise science from Ohio State, was a three-time letterman in college. He was a member of the Detroit Lions’ taxi squad for two seasons (1974-75). A member of the Waltham High Hall of Fame, he has worked as a fitness trainer for 35 years.
Foley settling in well at Tufts
Acton’s Hannah Foley, a freshman guard on the women’s basketball team at Tufts, went into holiday break on a high note: scoring a career-high 17 points Dec. 10 in a 74-35 win against Bridgewater State University.
“Hannah has stepped right in and has made an immediate impact on our program,’’ said Tufts coach Carla Berube, whose team had won seven straight (7-2) and resumes its schedule Jan. 2 at the Maine Maritime Tournament against Middlebury College.
“Her defensive prowess, her ability to score in the open court, and make plays on the offensive glass has made us a much better team. Recently she’s been shooting the ball with a lot of confidence. I’m looking forward to watching her grow as a player and leader. I believe she can have a tremendous career here,’’ Berube said.
Against Bridgewater State, Foley (6 of 9 from the floor) finished as the game’s high scorer, draining 3 of her 5 three-point attempts.
She was averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season.
As Gorovitz goes, so goes Stonehill
Chris Gorovitz has been on a hot streak for the Stonehill College men’s hockey team, with points in his last eight games.
A Globe All-Scholastic at Framingham High who also attended the Tilton School, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior left wing had six goals and four assists in that span, including the game-winner in a 2-0 blanking of Nichols College. He leads the Skyhawks with seven goals.
Stonehill, 5-6-1 overall, was 3-0-1 in its last four games, and faces Becker next on Jan. 15,
“Chris has had a productive first half for us,’’ said coach Patrick Leahy. “He started slowly, but has stepped up his play. He has tremendous speed and a hard shot. When he’s moving his feet and shooting the puck, he creates opportunities and is hard to contain.’’
Gorovitz skates the wing on Stonehill’s top line and also anchors the squad’s second power-play unit. He was a 2009-10 Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team selection, and a Bay State Conference first-team pick in high school.
Wegner takes first in second meet
Westborough High graduate Vanessa Wegner is off to an impressive start with the Bentley University women’s track team, finishing seventh among 40 runners in the 400 meters (1:01.84) at the Jay Carisella Invitational at Northeastern, and winning the same event her next time out (1:01.03) at the Reggie Poyau Memorial at Brandeis. The freshman also competes with the Falcons’ 4x400 relay squad.
“Vanessa has been terrific so far,’’ said Falcons head coach Kevin Curtin. “She works as hard as anyone that we have and it’s paid off. It’s only been two meets, but she’s shown a lot of promise. The win at Brandeis was a terrific race. She ran a tactically sound race, and showed patience and strength, which should serve her well the rest of the season.’’
In high school, Wegner competed in 300- to 600-meter races and in the triple jump. As a senior, she won the 600 at the Midland Wachusett League championships.
Wayland’s Getz joins Brandeis hall
Wayland resident Geoff Getz is among six inductees to the Joseph Linsey Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame.
A middle-distance runner, he won three NCAA Division 3 national championships and was a two-time runner-up in the 800 meters while competing for Brandeis University as a member of the class of 1999.
Getz also won five All-New England titles at that distance.
Also to be honored March 31 are Ruth Porter Bernstein (’57, women’s basketball), the late Harold Zinn (’61, golf), Robert Nayer (’70, basketball), William Carpenter (’81, baseball), and Maya Marx (’04, swimming).
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