Eastwood inducts three into inaugural Eagle Way Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:35
PEMBERVILLE - Tickets remain available for the inaugural Eagle Way Hall of Fame banquet set to honor three people who have made outstanding contributions to the Eastwood Schools community.
The dinner and program will be Feb. 22 at Riverview Banquet Center in Pemberville. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at the Pember-ville Public Library, the Eastwood Central Administration Office, the Sentinel-Tribune office in Bowling Green, and at all remaining home basketball games.
Only 70 tickets remain from the 150 made available.
The three people being honored are Dale Bruning, Dallas Gardner and Doyce "Frenchy" Filiere.
All three are deceased.
"They are all well-deserving of recognition and we are 30 years, at least, behind doing so," said Betty Kahlenberg, president of the Eastwood Alumni Association, which is overseeing the Hall of Fame.
Bruning started coaching basketball at Eastwood High School in 1965, and did so for 21 years. He retired from teaching history in 1985. He was named to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1971 and had a coaching record of 278 wins and 102 losses.
Brun-ing died in 2011 at the age of 84.
He was a 1945 graduate of Pemberville High School.
He loved history, especially the history of Pemberville and its citizens.
The first project he completed was an owner's history of every house in the village complete with photographs of each house when available.
He also transcribed hundreds of articles about fires, floods, businesses and other topics for inclusion in notebooks housed in the Dale M. Bruning Local and Family History Room. He continually searched for photographs of historic Pemberville and included many of them in the library's collection.
Another of Bruning's talents was the ability to read and speak German. He had traveled to Ger-many many times and was an ambassador to Pember-ville's sister city Rodinghausen.
Gardner was a former Eastwood Schools superintendent, from 1958 to 1970, and was superintendent of Wood County from 1970 to his retirement in 1991.
In his spare time, he announc-ed the Eastwood football games for 30 years.
Two of his greatest passions, besides his family, were education and golf. Even before his death at age 82, he said he hit the links about 200 days a year and shot six holes in one. He played in the Toledo area, Florida and California.
He died in 2008.
Filiere coached basketball at Troy-Luckey starting in 1941 and later at Eastwood High School from 1959 to 1961.  He also taught biology.
His Troy-Webster squads advanced to the district tournaments 15 times and regionals seven times.
His Class B team was ranked number one in Ohio in 1957. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1960 when his team won the Northern Lakes League championship and advanced to the regional final.
His teams won three county championships, eight district championships and 18 of 19 teams qualified for district tournaments.
He went 337-84 over 19 seasons.
He was noted for his intensity on the bench and the disciplined play of his teams.
For over 20 years, his summer income came from his self-employed painting business.
He died in 1976 at the age of 64.
Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to Eastwood High School directly or indirectly, or have contributed to the community at large. Nominees do not have to be a graduate of Eastwood.
Plaques honoring Hall of Famers will be hung in the high school main entrance hall. Kahlenberg hopes to inspire students who enter the school and read the plaques.
The next meeting of Eagle Way Hall of Fame Committee is Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Higher Grounds, Front Street in Pemberville. The meeting is open to all Eastwood residents, especially those who want more information on the nominating process.
Nominations for next year are due in May. Forms can be picked up at the Eastwood Administration Office.

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