Bill Sparhawk

St. Vincent St. Mary (OH)

Bill is honored to have played for the Irish in the first ever match-up between St. V-M and Walsh Jesuit in 1969. The game was played right here at Green Street Stadium. Bill played in that game as a junior and started at the left offensive tackle position. Both ST. V-M and Walsh were excellent teams that year. The Irish were led by coaches John Cistone and Fred Malligio. The top players were TB Warren Sharpe and Offensive Tackle Dan Boarman. Walsh was led that year by coach Bill Ricco and quarterback Greg Koss and offensive guard Richie Kase. The stadium was packed by 7PM for a 8 PM kickoff. The Fighting Irish won the game 26-9 in a classic high school football contest. After graduating, Bill attended Indiana University in 1973 along with Irish head coach Dan Boarman. After graduating from Indiana, Bill taught and coached football in Scottsburg, IN. After that, he returned to Akron to work locally in the Polymer Industry for the past 30 years.

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