On Friday, Jan. 20, following an all-school Mass, the Hoban student body and community celebrated senior Lamar Sperling and the tremendous success he accomplished as a student-athlete this year. Akron City's Director of Business Retention and Expansion Catherine Breck, Hoban Class of 2002, and Youth and Community Opportunity Director Denico Buckly-Knight attended and declared Jan. 20, 2023, Lamar Sperling Day in the City of Akron.
Sperling was named the 2022 Ohio Mr. Football, only the second Hoban student to earn this prestigious title, and made the 2022 MaxPreps High School Football All-America Team, in addition to the several individual records he set during the 2022 football season.
"Lamar’s character connects well to Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision," Griffith said. "Humble, disciplined, team-oriented, resilient and a man of action–not of words, Lamar accomplished so many individual records this year that it would be difficult to list them all. Perhaps the most impressive would be the 3,867 yards he picked up in this season alone, making him the second-highest, single-season rusher ever in Ohio history."
Next year, Sperling plans to attend University at Buffalo and continue his academic and athletic career for the Buffalo Bulls.