2009 Palm Beach Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class Announced

November 19, 2008

Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Induction Class. Inductees include Football Legend, Howard Schnellenberger and Golf Legend, Mark Calcavecchia

Ten amazing sports leaders, including PGA Tour star, Mark Calcavecchia and Football legend, Howard Schnellenberger, are scheduled for induction into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. 

Calcavecchia was at his best in the late 1980’s. His most notable achievement was in 1989, when he won the British Open, winning a four hole playoff over Wayne Grady and Greg Norman.  Calcavecchia has won 13 times on the PGA Tour and 11 further times in other professional golf events. He played on four Ryder Cup teams, set seven Tour records with his 28-under par win at the 2001 FBR Open, six of which still stand, including 32 birdies over 72 holes. Mark grew up in North Palm Beach and currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens.

Coach Schnellenberger brought years of experience to Florida Atlantic University as the University’s first head football coach. Coach Schnellenberger won a National Championship as head coach of the University of Miami in 1983. Coach Schnellenberger was also an assistant coach on the 1972 Dolphins in their historic undefeated season. In 2008, Schnellenberger led Florida Atlantic to their first bowl game, defeating Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl. Florida Atlantic set an NCAA record for becoming the youngest team to receive an invitation to a bowl game. Overall, Coach Schnellenberger is 5-0 in bowl games during his college coaching career. He was awarded the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the year in 2007.

Others scheduled for induction are Ray Botel, Daryl Ceravolo, Joey Ceravolo, Tom D’Angelo, Bill Davis, C.W. (Web) Pell, Charlie Persson, and Jack Rhine.

Ray Boetel wrote for the Palm Beach Post and the Miami Herald, but was primarily identified with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale News, specializing in high school sports. He died in 1998.

Darryl Ceravolo was an all-time scoring and assists leader at Palm Beach High School, which had 59-19 record for 1965-68; he earned all-conference, all-state and all-America honors. Ceravolo was also a University of Florida scholarship recipient. He died in 1992. 

Joey Ceravolo was an All-time scoring and assists leader at Twin Lakes High School; earned all-conference, all-state and all-America honors; three-year Academic All-Area, 3.9 GPA. He was a Southern Methodist University scholarship recipient.

Tom D’Angelo is an award winning sports writer for The Evening Times and the Palm Beach Post since 1981. Throughout his career, he has covered most college and professional sports teams in the state of Florida.

Bill Davis played football and basketball at Palm Beach High School. Bill has coached youth sports and has served on many sports related committees in South Florida, including the Super Bowl, Orange Bowl and the Breeders Cup. Bill is currently a the chair of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-kicker Award.

C.W. (Web) Pell is first on a long list of legendary coaches who helped build Pahokee High School into a football power. Coach Pell is 88-68-9 as head coach from 1952-1968 on its own level and competitive against schools two and three times larger; 88-68-9 from 1952-1968. 

Charlie Persson is the current head football coach at Jupiter High School. Charlie was a perennial playoff contender, a First Kodak All-American and two-time NAIA first team as defensive end, 1971-74, at Georgetown College in Kentucky. Persson is also a member of the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jack Rhine was all-conference in baseball, football and basketball; Suncoast Conference Player of the Year in baseball and football. Rhine won 2 College World Series while playing at Florida Southern College and was elected to the Florida Southern College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

The 33rd annual Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled March 29 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  In addition to the Hall of Fame Inductees, a variety of annual sports awards will also be distributed. These recipients will be announced in January.

The 10 Hall of Fame inductees were voted in by current members of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

For more information regarding the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.palmbeachsports.com.

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