The Perkins Local School District Board of Education honored long-time statistician Stan Stewart at its meeting on Wednesday by naming the media room in the stadium press box after him. Mr. Stewart passed away on May 13, 2022.
Mr. Stewart in 1973 started as Perkins High School football statistician and continued for the next 47 years. In 1978, he added his expertise to the girls and boys basketball and track programs, and continued until 2020, when the pandemic stalled athletic programs. Through the pandemic, Mr. Stewart continued to offer his services from home, with coaches sending stats and records to him to verify.
Board member Ted Kastor, who had previously been an announcer for Perkins girls basketball while Mr. Stewart kept stats, described Mr. Stewart as “detailed” and someone who always “has several sharpened pencils” nearby.
“Stan loved our kids,” Mr. Kastor said. “You just don’t find that kind of loyalty anymore.”
In addition to his involvement at Perkins, Mr. Stewart served as the secretary-treasurer of the Sandusky Bay Conference from 1984 until 2016. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his dedication to the sport, and he was a 2020 inductee into the Perkins High School Hall of Fame.
Mr. Stewart was a Fostoria High School graduate, where he lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Montana and then served 35 years for the Erie County Family Court.
“Stan, we thank you for your hard work, love for our athletes, and dedication to making sure the numbers were always spot on,” said Superintendent Todd Boggs.
The Stan Stewart Media Room will be commemorated during a pregame ceremony ahead of the Perkins High School football game on Friday, October 14.
The district also will dedicate the Alex Tetzloff Memorial Practice Field and a plaque honoring longtime Perkins Athletic Booster Club member Chris White. The families of Messrs. Stewart, Tetzloff, and White are expected to attend the game.