Hawken School congratulates the Class of 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees. These athletes – like those previously inducted and those who will join them in years to come – represent student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have significantly impacted Hawken’s athletic programs and demonstrated the highest standards of character, leadership, sportsmanship and Fair Play. 

Mission & Guidelines

The mission, structure, process, and by-laws that will guide the Hawken School Athletics Hall of Fame was formulated by a Hall of Fame Committee, and approved by our Head of School. 

Mission

• To recognize those exemplary Student-Athletes, Coaches and Contributors who have made significant and honorable contributions to the history of Hawken School athletics.
• To honor those who have demonstrated the highest standards of character, leadership, sportsmanship and Fair Play through engagement in Hawken athletics and beyond.
• To encourage others to aspire to the achievements, values and ideals of Hawken School athletics.

Nomination Criteria
Athletes
Student-athletes who are nominated should have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics while at Hawken School; additional accomplishments of note may be considered. Evaluation will also be based on the student-athlete’s alignment with the mission and values of Hawken and its Athletic Hall of Fame. Student-athlete nominees must be 5 years removed from graduation in order to be considered.

Coaches & Contributors
Individuals nominated in the coach and contributor categories should exemplify Hawken School’s mission and that of the Hall of Fame. Consideration encompasses those who have shown extraordinary dedication to Hawken Athletics. Additional noteworthy accomplishments will be considered. Contributors may include faculty, staff, administrators, volunteers and other members of the Hawken community.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Robert J. Anslow, Jr. '77

    Swimming
    Best known as Hawken School’s first ever OHSAA State Champion, Robert J. Anslow, Jr. was a force to be reckoned with in his four years of swimming with the Hawks. Leading the team to a four-year total of 42 wins and 4 losses, Anslow spearheaded the Hawks’ dominating run of three consecutive undefeated seasons beginning his sophomore year, culminating in the state runner-up trophy in 1977.
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  • Sarah Dorenkott Pearson '06

    Swimming, Track & Field
    Described by Coach Jerry Holtrey as “very focused,” Sarah Dorenkott was a leader from her first day on the swim team. Even as a freshman, Dorenkott always held her teammates to the highest standards, constantly expecting everyone to do their part in terms of supporting the team and working hard in practice. By the time she was a senior, Dorenkott was fully in control of the girls swimming team, and was relied on by Coach Holtrey to lead and motivate the swimmers.
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  • Timothy F. Hable '73

    Swimming
    Tim Hable was an impressively well-rounded swimmer. A four-year All-American in both butterfly and individual medley, Hable was able to swim all strokes equally strongly. His swimming career at Hawken resulted in school records in the 200 and 400 freestyle set in 1972, and he was a member of the 1973 100 freestyle relay team that posted an undefeated season. He placed 1st in the 200 individual medley, 2nd place in the 100 freestyle, and 1st place in the 100 freestyle relay at the ISSL Championships, being crowned ISSL champion that year.
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  • Alan L. MacCracken, Jr. Ph.D. '54

    Baseball coach, basketball and football announcer
    “The Voice of the Hawks.” Little else needs to be said about Al MacCracken, who has served as the iconic announcer for the Hawken football team for 30 years and for Hawken boys basketball for three decades.  The announcer’s booth at Walton Stadium is named in his honor.  MacCracken, who over the course of his long career has dedicated a great deal of time and passion to the School, has left a lasting impact on many students.
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  • Victor Schmelzer was chosen by the Selection Committee for the Class of 2017 but is unable to attend this year and will be inducted with the Class of 2018.

    Basketball
    Victor Schmelzer’s enduring legacy at Hawken School includes two records which have remained unbroken since he graduated in 1974. Team captain and student leader, Schmelzer was admired by teammates and classmates alike and was respected by his teachers and coach, Tom Bryan, who called Schmelzer “one of the two best basketball players that I coached.”
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  • Jeffrey T. Walton '99

    Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse
    Jeff Walton has had a lifelong interest in sports and athletics. As a young child, he would often visit the Upper School campus on Saturdays to watch football games and wrestling matches and would eventually turn this interest into a long and colorful career in both sports, along with Hawken’s budding lacrosse program.
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Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, October 13, 2017
2:00 pm
Kennedy Auditorium - Gates Mills 

Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106
440.423.4446