Chillicothe High School Athletic Department has released the CHS Hall of Fame fall 2013 inductees, three sport athlete Tony Aloisio, former Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Norma Shaar and State Doubles Tennis Champions Rachel (Taylor) Morton and Amanda Taylor.
Tony Aloisio – A 1953 graduate of CHS and was a three year letterman for the football, basketball, and track teams. In 1954 he began his career at Indiana University as the end for the Varsity team and started every game thereafter. The Army called him away in 1955-56 and played on the All Far East Football Champions Team in Japan for two years. He graced the cover of “Stars and Stripes” a U.S. publication as the featured football player. Tony then returned to Indiana University in 1957 and resumed his starting role as offensive and defensive end. The team voted him the Most Valuable Player in the same year. Tony’s awards included the Chicago Tribune athletic award, voted onto the Notre Dame’s All Opponent team, and played in the “Gem Bowl” coached by Ara Parseghian. In 1957 he was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals to play linebacker but chose to stay his senior year to finish his college career in 1958. He played in the “Blue/Gray Game” for the best college seniors. In 1959 he reported to the Chicago Cardinals but switched to the Canadian football league and played every game with the Tiger Cats.
Norma Shaar – Early in life in Charleston W.V. she distinguished herself as one of the state’s best female basketball and softball players, while playing on AAU squads. This was well before females had the same equality as their male counterparts. Norma found her greatest success and satisfaction in a lifetime of teaching and coaching. She went to Marshall College and then took a job at DuPont High School where she taught health and Physical education for eight years. She wanted to branch out, get away from home, and in 1963 she came to Chillicothe. She stayed for 30 years in Chillicothe where she introduced girl’s sports to the school system, coaching everything from basketball to softball and tennis. Norma led the CHS tennis team to 76 straight victories, while setting a record number of victories in other sports. Once leading the softball team to the state tournament before losing to Westerville South 3-2. At one time she also served as the Assistant Athletic Director. She returned to Charleston in 1993 and continued teaching, and also competed in the Senior Olympics. In 2009 she had just completed her 55 year as a full time teacher.
Amanda Taylor – Was a 5 time state champion in tennis. She was awarded to team MVP all five seasons of play in Ohio and Washington State. Her numerous awards include, “Coaches Award” 3 years, undefeated her freshman year at CHS, OCC player of the year in 2000, won the sectional, district, and State Championship in doubles in 2000, (with her sister Rachel) then went on to win the State Championship of Washington state in the same year in the spring of 2001. The family had to move due to job relocation. Amanda never lost a tennis match in high school until the finals of her senior year, for a combined record of 183-1. She was ranked #8 in the nation in doubles her junior year, and #20 her senior year, earning All American honors both years. Amanda went on to Vanderbilt University ranking in the top 10 in the nation with multiple SEC-player of the week honors. After college she went to play professionally, traveling to Europe, Mexico and the U.S., and winning multiple ITA events across France. She enjoys playing and coaching tennis, and works with young and upcoming female players as a coach and mentor.
Rachel Taylor – Was a 2001 graduate of CHS. She had a 93-15 record over a 4 year period, and lettered all four years. Some of her other accomplishments were, lost only 1 match as a senior, MVP in 1998,1999, 2000, team captain in 1999, 2000, OCC League runner-up, singles sectional champ, doubles district champion 1997, 2000, and State Champion in doubles in 2000. Rachel went to Abilene Christian University, where she excelled in tennis and the classroom. She was a LSC Conference, Regional Champion in 2002 with a 15-2 record. In her sophomore year (24-4 ranked #6 in Central Region-doubles) and junior year (15-5 singles & 17-9 doubles ranked #5 in NCAA D-II singles) she repeated as the Regional and National champion. Rachel was All Conference, 1st team doubles and 2nd team singles also in her junior year. As a senior she was the LSC Conference Champion, made it into the regionals, Sweet 16 D-II Nationals, all while receiving a Senior Academic Honor award.
There will be a reception for the Fall class of inductees in the CHS/CMS Auditorium on Thursday October 17th and the Fall and Spring Athletic Hall of Fame inductees (Phil Bobo, Abby Bunstine, Chad McAllister and Dan Ramey) will be recognized during the Chillicothe-Hillsboro Football game on October 18th.