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Saint Joseph Academy inducted five new members to the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Academy on April 22. The women inducted into the Hall of Fame class of 2017 were Laura Hageman Cobb ‘00, Leslie Douglas Frye ‘86 (deceased), Caitlin Smith ‘05, Alexandra (Alex) Miles Stiffler ‘06 and Clare Corrigan Woidke ‘81.  

Other Hall of Famers in attendance were:
HOF Class of 2011 – Maryann Marek
HOF Class of 2013 – Maureen Adler, Brigid Radigan
HOF Class of 2015 – Mary Moloney Sever, Larry Chernauskas, Lindsay Wolff

Athletic Director John Manuszak began the program which was highlighted by wonderful speeches from the presenters and inductees themselves.  Laura Cobb was introduced by her father Chuck while Leslie Douglas Frye was represented by her niece, Emma Fox ’18, and friend Jane Gerace Granzier ’87.  SJA cross country and track coach Fred Kieser presented Caitlin Smith and was followed by Mary Moloney Sever ’05 (hall of fame class of 2015) who presented Alex Miles Stiffler.  The final presentation came from SJA President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis who presented her sister, Clare Corrigan Woidke.

Pictured from left to right: Emma Fox ’18 (representing Leslie Douglas Frye), Alex Miles Stiffler, Clare Corrigan Woidke, Caitlin Smith, Laura Hageman Cobb.

Laura Hageman Cobb ‘00 of Sandusky, Ohio, was a three-sport athlete at Saint Joseph Academy in basketball, softball and volleyball. She was a member of the varsity team her junior and senior seasons and as a senior was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio, First-Team All-District, Team Most Valuable Player and The Plain Dealer Player of the Week for volleyball. Laura continued her volleyball career at Ohio University where she was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. As a senior, she was also named the National Player of the Week, The Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament MVP and Honorable Mention All-American as she led the Ohio program to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Laura played professional volleyball in France, Russia and Prague following her graduation from Ohio University.  

Leslie Douglas Frye ‘86 (deceased) was a three-sport athlete at Saint Joseph Academy as a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She was a member of the varsity team in each sport for three seasons. Leslie earned the Greater Cleveland Catholic Girls Athletic Conference (GCCGAC) Most Valuable Player Award for basketball in 1986 after earning an all-star selection. After graduating from Saint Joseph Academy, she went on to letter four years in basketball at Kenyon College where she was a team captain her senior season. Leslie had three sisters who also attended Saint Joseph Academy (Leigh Douglas Fox ‘87, Stephanie Douglas Gargiulo ‘88 and Tobey Douglas Hanna ‘94) and now has two nieces at the Academy (Emma Fox ‘18 and Elly Hanna ‘20). Sadly, Leslie passed away in 1998 after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Caitlin Smith ‘05 of New York, New York played three sports at Saint Joseph Academy; she was a member of the cross country, basketball and track & field teams. She earned ten letters at Saint Joseph Academy (four each in cross country and track & field, and two in basketball). Caitlin was a track state qualifier three times (2002, 2004 and 2005) as a member of the 4×800 relay team. She helped lead the cross country team to a district title, regional runner-up finish and a trip to state in 2004. Caitlin earned All-Ohio honors in track in 2004 and still is the school record holder in the 800 meter run (2:17.59). After graduating from Saint Joseph Academy, she continued her running career at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned All-Horizon League Honors. Caitlin’s mother is also a graduate of Saint Joseph Academy (Celeste Kaloczi Smith ‘78).

Alex Miles Stiffler ‘06 of Rocky River, Ohio, earned eight letters at Saint Joseph Academy as a four-year member of both the cross country and track & field programs. She qualified for state seven out of eight seasons at Saint Joseph Academy as she competed at the state track meet four times and the state cross country meet on three occasions. Alex earned All-District and All-Region honors five times. She helped lead the cross country team to a district and regional title in 2002, along with a fourth-place finish at state. Alex also played an instrumental role in the cross country team’s district title in 2003 and 2004. In track, she was a member of the 4×800 relay team which competed at state all four years. Her cross country time of 18:38 is the third-fastest in school history. Alex is still is a member of the school-record holding relays in the 4×800, 4×1600 and the distance medley relay. She continued her running career at the University of Dayton where she earned Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Honors four times and was named the cross country rookie of the year in 2006.  

Clare Corrigan Woidke ‘81 of Avon Lake, Ohio, was a three-sport athlete during the early years of organized team sports at Saint Joseph Academy. She was a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball programs. Clare played four years of softball, three years of basketball and two years of volleyball. In 1979, her sophomore year, she helped lead the Saint Joseph Academy basketball team to the Greater Cleveland Catholic Girls Athletic Conference (GCCGAC) West Division Title and was named a conference all-star and received recognition in the press. The next year, she repeated as a conference all-star in basketball.  In her senior year, Clare was again recognized in the press and was named a conference all-star for the third consecutive year. During her senior softball season, she was selected as the GCCGAC League Most Valuable Player (MVP) which marked the first MVP award for any Saint Joseph Academy athlete. She continued her athletic and academic career at Georgetown University where she was a member of the Hoyas’ basketball program. Clare has three sisters who also attended Saint Joseph Academy (Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ‘71, Eileen Corrigan Smoot ‘74 and Catherine (Kate) Corrigan Tompkins ‘87), a niece who is an alumna (Megan Corrigan Estes ‘01) and a niece who is currently attending Saint Joseph Academy (Cecilia Tompkins ‘19).

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