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Randy Berentz

These days most people know Randy Berentz as a retired Barberton High School science teacher and as an outstanding sports official. He is a long-time official in volleyball, softball and, this coming winter, the 60-year old Berentz will enter his 38th year as basketball official- 15 on the college level. However, it is on the other side of the whistle where the 6 foot-6 Berentz excelled. A walk-on at The University of Akron under Head Coach Tony Laterza, Berentz earned three letters. He saw limited action in 29 games as UA captured 18 of 24 contests in 1961-62 and 22 of 25 games in '62-63. Berentz began his senior season by coming off the bench in the first two games to score 13 points versus Dayton and 14 points against Denison. That got Laterza's attention! Thrust into a lineup that included Don Williams, Frank Thompson and Billy Stevens, all in the Hall of Fame, Berentz became the Zips' zone-breaker with his long, high-arching outside shots. On a roll, Berentz hit for double figures, including a career high 26 points versus nationally-ranked Youngstown, in the next nine games to become the team's leading scorer. Eventually, the season came down to the Ohio Conference Championship against arch nemesis Wittenberg, who had downed UA in 13 consecutive games. Before a packed house in Akron's Memorial Hall, Berentz played brilliantly, netting a team-high 14 points and slapped away a last second shot as UA prevailed, 52-51. That triumph seemed to inspire Berentz and company to greater heights as UA captured its first NCAA Mideast Regional before eventually dropping the college division national championship to number one ranked Evansville, 72-59. With Berentz leading the way with 432 points, the 1963-64 team had compiled the most wins in UA history on its way to a 24-7 record. He went on to play one season with the Cleveland Airmatic Valves and three seasons with the Goodyear Wingfoots, where he earned AAU All-America honors in 1969. Berentz was inducted into UA's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Inducted 2002 | Official, Basketball