Six to be welcomed to Lima Catholic Schools Wall of Excellence


By Staff reports



LIMA — The 2015 class of the Lima Catholic Schools Wall of Athletic Excellence, better known as “The Wall”, will be inducted on Friday in a ceremony at the school.

The latest class goes in as part of the alumni homecoming weekend festivities this weekend at LCC.

The former athletes to be honored are Kelly (Salinas) Bitter, Molly (Sites) Mayhew, Steve Corbin, Tom Terry, Bill Taflinger Sr. and Jim McPheron.

Kelly (Salinas) Bitter graduated from LCC in 1997 and was an outstanding swimmer and volleyball player.

She was a four-time sectional and district champion in the 50 freestyle. She also qualified for the state tournament all four years in six events.

Salinas Bitter scored over 1,000 individual points and had a school record 99 Academic all-state and Academic All-American.

Molly (Sites) Mayhew graduated in 1981 as the school’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.

She’s currently sixth on the list with 887 points. Her 20.3 points average in the 1980-81 season is still the third highest in school girls basketball history.

Sties Mayhew held the single-game record of 38 points, which stood for 34 years until it was topped last year by Madison Stolly.

Steve Corbin is a 1979 graduate who had an outstanding career at LCC in football, basketball and track.

Corbin is best known for his football career, which earned him a full scholarship to Ohio State.Corbin’s Ohio State career was shortened by knee injuries.

He also qualified for the state track meet in both the shot and discus.

Corbin also had a standout basketball career, as he started on Bob Seggerson’s first team as head coach at LCC.

Tom Terry graduated from LCC in 1974 and is still considered by many in that era to be one of the greatest players to ever wear a T-Bird uniform.

Terry graduated as the No. 2 scorer in school history and still stands at No. 5 on the LCC all-time boys scoring list with 946 points, a total he accumulated in only two years of varsity action.

He was also named the Lima City Player of the Year for the 1973-74 season, as he led his team to the regionals.

Terry received a scholarship to Division I East Tennessee State and was named freshman player of the year in the conference.

Bill Taflinger Sr. is a 1963 graduate of LCC ,who starred in basketball and baseball as a T-Bird.

He left LCC as the second-leading scorer in school history. He currently stands at No. 19 on the list with 668 points.

Taflinger received a basketball scholarship to the Citadel.

In spite, all of those accomplishments, Bill Taflinger Sr. may be best known around LCC as the father of three standout T-Birds (Bill, Steve and Chris) and the grandfather of six more T-Birds, all who rate as some of the best athletes in the history of LCC (Billy, Danielle, Liz, Nick and Stephen).

Jim McPheron is a 1944 graduate of St. John’s who starred in all three sports as a Titan.

McPheron was the leading scorer on the 1944 St. John’s team that was the first team in Lima history to make it to the state championship game.In fact, it was Jim’s clutch free throws and last-second shot that sent the Titans to the final game.

Shortly after graduation, McPheron and all of his teammates were drafted into the war effort, and he was one of the soldiers who marched into Germany.

By Staff reports

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