Cardinal inducts seven into Hall of Fame

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MIDDLEFIELD—The Cardinal High School Hall of Fame inducted seven new members during the Huskies’ Chagrin Valley Conference game against visiting Wickliffe on Friday.

The inductees include Nick Adams, Ken Bevington, Elizabeth Noreika, Paul Porter, Rebekah Shipman, Marcellus Ann Trybus Tabor and T.J. White.

“I feel very fortunate and it’s a very humbling experience,” Adams said of his induction. “The coolest part about it for me is being inducted with one of my teammates, Kenny Bevington, and then all the guys that showed up from our team. I think I speak for Kenny too and people in our era of sports here, it was really nice to see everyone come out. We had probably 10 or 12 of our teammates out, even people from different states. It was cool to see all my family members wearing my old jersey. That was a cool surprise.”

Bevington also was pleased to be among the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

“I think it’s great to be a part of something new and the Hall of Fame tradition that has been started here,” he said. “I think the administration has done a great job putting this together. Getting to see so many guys I got to play with, either who graduated before me or after me, the relationships and the bonds you have coming from Cardinal High School are strong. Being around the entire team and group of guys is very memorable.”

While each inductee left behind a legacy to inspire future Cardinal students, each also left the school with lasting memories of his or her own.

“My favorite memories have nothing to do with what went on on the field or the court,” Adams said. “I think it’s everything you do with your teammates after the game or on the bus rides or in the locker room. Those memories stick with me probably the most but from a personal standpoint, winning the Johnny Smallwood Award was big for me.”

The Johnny Smallwood Award is presented each year to the most outstanding male athlete at Cardinal. It’s female equivalent, the Jo Harris Award, was claimed by two members of Adams’ family.

Nick Adams’ cousins, Haley Adams and her sister, Kelsey Adams Cote, both won the Jo Harris Award during their time at Cardinal.

“We had multiple family representatives on the board up there,” Nick Adams said.

For Porter, sports were a driving force behind his success at Cardinal.

His participation in football, wrestling and track helped him stay focused on his school work and also kept him out of trouble.

“Cardinal was a wonderful experience,” Porter said. “(Sports) was a driving factor getting me out of bed in the morning, getting me to school. It was driving factor keeping my grades up because I knew I wanted to stay on the team and I had to make practice and I had to make the team and I had teammates counting on me to be there. A lot of fond memories of football practice and wrestling practice and going to games on Friday nights and going to wrestling matches on Friday nights and everyone going to the pizza shop in town after the sporting events. It was really a fun time and motivating factor which really kept me in school, kept me out of trouble and kept my grades up.”

Current and future Cardinal students and student-athletes can learn a lot from this group of Hall of Fame inductees and the ones who came before them.

“Be resilient,” Bevington said. “You’re not always going to be the star player on the field or be on first string, but you keep after it and work hard and outwork the other guys, whether it’s on the football field or wrestling room or baseball field. Just be resilient and put your time in and work hard. Make sure you do everything you can do to be the best you can.”

2018 CARDINAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

NICK ADAMS
Athletic Hall of Fame

Nick AdamsNick Adams was a student-athlete who graduated from Cardinal High School with eight varsity letters while playing football, basketball and baseball, earning CVC All-Academic Team honors in all three sports and was a three-year member of the National Honor Society. For his merits on and off the field, Adams earned the 2003 Johnny Smallwood Award. In football, Adams was a three-time letter winner and captain of the 2002 football team that finished with a school record 11 wins and the program’s first state playoff berth. In 2002, Adams set the single-season records for passing touchdowns (22) and passing yards in a game (305).

Full football accolades include:

  • 2001: CVC Honorable Mention, District Honorable Mention
  • 2002: CVC First Team, Geauga County First Team, District First Team, All-Ohio Honorable Mention.

In basketball, Adams was a three-time letter winner and captain during the 2002-03 season. Basketball awards include:

  • 2000-01: CVC Honorable Mention
  • 2001-02: CVC Second Team, All-Ohio Honorable Mention
  • 2002-03: CVC Second Team, News-Herald Classic All-Star, District First Team, All-Ohio Second Team.

In baseball, Adams was a two-time letter winner while playing shortstop and pitcher. Baseball accomplishments include:

  • 2002: CVC Honorable Mention
  • 2003: CVC Second Team, News-Herald Division III Honorable Mention, Star Beacon Classic All-Star.

Following his high school career, Adams attended Westminster College in Pennsylvania earning five varsity letters while playing football and basketball. In his senior season playing basketball, Adams earned PAC Honorable Mention honors. As a starting small forward, Adams helped Westminster to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007.

After his academic career, Adams has gone on to work in the NBA for over a decade with the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, Adams earned an NBA Championship ring with the Cavaliers.

KEN BEVINGTON
Athletic Hall of Fame

Ken BevingtonWhile at Cardinal, Bevington excelled in baseball, football and wrestling. He was a four-year letter winner in football.

In 2004, Bevington set the school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,306. He is second all-time with 17 rushing touchdowns in a season and has the second most rushing yards in a game (301). His accomplishments that year earned Bevington the 2004 Chagrin Valley Conference Most Valuable Player award.

In wrestling, he earned 2nd Team All-CVC honors three times.

After graduation, Bevington continued his football career at John Carroll University where he was a two-time All American at defensive end.

ELIZABETH NOREIKA
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Elizabeth NoreikaAfter graduating from Cardinal High School, Noreika attended Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Telecommunications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government/Communications.

Noreika has achieved popularity as a news reporter and anchor in West Virginia, Massachusetts and now Cleveland. Since becoming a news anchor and reporter, Noreika has been nominated for several awards including Associated Press Reporter of the Year (2011, 2013), West Virginia Broadcaster Association Best Anchor and Best Reporter (2014). In 2016, she was nominated for an Emmy by the National Academy of Arts and Science Lower Great Lakes.

In March 2016, Noreika joined Fox 8 News in Cleveland, where she Anchors the 7 p.m. newscast and reports for the 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

PAUL “CHIP” PORTER
Athletic Hall of Fame

Paul PorterA three-sport athlete, Porter was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams at Cardinal, earning a total of eight varsity letters.

He was an All-Geauga County selection in football his senior year and also won the state title at 155 pounds in wrestling.

Porter also was part of the school record-holding 3200-meter relay team in 1987.

As a senior, he was awarded the Johnny Smallwood Award, which is given to Cardinal’s top male athlete. After graduation, he attended Ashland University on a wrestling scholarship.

Since college, Porter has competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions, duathlons and 5Ks with much success. He opened his own fitness studio, Fitness Plus, in Middlefield in 1992.

REBEKAH SHIPMAN
Athletic Hall of Fame

Rebekah ShipmanShipman was a standout three-sport athlete at Cardinal. She earned 10 varsity letters while playing basketball, softball and volleyball.

As a senior, Shipman earned all-state Honorable Mention and league MVP in both basketball and volleyball.

In 2000, she was the District II, Division III Player of the Year in volleyball. Throughout her career, she was named Player of the Week by the News-Herald and Plain Dealer numerous times.

As a senior, she was awarded the Jo Harris Award for the most outstanding female athlete at Cardinal.

Shipman continued her volleyball career at Division I Coastal Carolina and then went on to play 2-on 2 beach volleyball for seven years.

MARCELLUS ANN TRYBUS TABOR
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Marcellus TaborDr. Marci Tabor, the Class of 1977 Valedictorian, is a rare combination of family doctor and businesswoman.

While at Cardinal, she earned a varsity letter in golf competing on the boys’ team and played the forward position on the basketball team.

She participated in numerous musicals and plays and was a member of the Cardinaires. She also earned First Chair Flute standing in the Orchestra.

Dr. Tabor was named Miss Cardinal in the Maple Queen court and received the NCTE Honor of Excellence in writing.

After graduation, she continued her education, earning degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to do her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then became an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina. Along the way she has earned many certifications including Family Medicine, Patient-Centered Medical Home Quality Assurance, and National Committee for Diabetes, Heart Attack and Stroke.

One of Dr. Tabor’s greatest accomplishments came when she joined a small practice in South Carolina. With her leadership and vision, it expanded from one office to over thirty locations in the county. Today, Dr. Tabor continues to provide medical care to her large number of patients.

T.J. WHITE
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

T.J. WhiteWhite has spent 26 years in the stunt and film industry, starting out as a stuntman and stunt driver, and eventually progressing to stunt coordinator, 2nd Unit Film Director, and is also the CEO of his own production company.

White began doing stunts when he was 18 years old, but also decided to pursue a Chiropractic career and attended Life University in Atlanta, Ga. After 10 years in Chiropractic practice, White sold his business in 2006 and returned to the film industry full time, starting his own production company, T-Minus Productions.

Since then, he has stunt coordinated over 120 music videos and films, TV shows, print jobs and commercials.

In 2017, White returned to Cleveland to film scenes for the “Acts of Violence” movie featuring Bruce Willis. The movie’s director allowed White to assist in casting the stunt acting parts from local talent, and he chose a Cardinal High School student and a 1990 Cardinal graduate for roles in the movie.

Haley Adams (Cardinal 2016) and current Cardinal student Hannah Hill contributed to this story.

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