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Henry (Hank) Josefczyk

Henry (Hank) Josefczyk Henry “Hank” Josefczyk (Yorkville High School, Class of 1956). After five decades, he holds the Ohio Valley record for basketball scoring average for a senior. The 6-foot-6 center scored 1,097 points in 26 games for a 42.2 per game norm. He averaged 17.5 per game with 728 points as a junior and his four-year total of 2,001 points ranks in the Top 15 in Ohio Valley history.

An 11-letter winner — four each in basketball and baseball and three in football — he led the Ductillites to a 22-4 team record as a senior. They won the Jefferson County title for the second straight year plus the Ohio Class B section and district crowns including a win over an unbeaten Strasburg team before losing to Chagrin Falls, 62-60, in the regional tournament.

As a senior, he broke the Yorkville single game scoring record set by OVAC charter Hall of Famer Ken Alessi by netting 76 points against Shadyside, a team he also scored 60 on in another game. He had 62 against Linsly and four 50-point games to average 45.1 points for regular season. The 76-point game is the third-highest in OV history and came in the final regular season game, a 99-78 win.

Josefczyk was selected first team All-Ohio, All-OVAC and All-Eastern Ohio as well as Chuck Taylor All-America recognition by playing in the annual North-South All-America Game in Murray, Ky. He also played in the Ohio/W. Va. vs. Kentucky All-Star games in Huntington, W.Va. and Ashland, Ky.

He reportedly had some 200 college scholarship offers and the senior class president and salutatorian selected the University of Dayton. He was a three-year varsity letterman with the Flyers after playing on the freshman team. In his sophomore season, he was a reserve on the 25-4 record NIT runner-up team which lost in overtime to Xavier after beating Fordham and St. John’s. At Dayton, he received the first John L. Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Award in 1958.

He graduated in 1960 in Electrical Engineering and received a master’s degree from Case Institute of Technology. He returned to UD as an instructor for two years, teaching the school’s first graduate digital computer courses. At the time, Dayton was one of only four colleges to offer computer courses. He then joined the business world, working for 12 years for Intel Corp. and has resided with his family in the Dayton area for all of his career except for 12 years in Woodside, Calif.
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