Barons Club Award to honor 3 locals

STEUBENVILLE – During the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Baron Club Dinner on Saturday, former university president the Rev. Terence Henry, TOR, will present the Baron Club Award to three Ohio Valley individuals for their career achievements and the pivotal roles they play in the lives of young people.

As quarterback and safety, Mike Orlando helped lead Steubenville Catholic Central High School to the 1993 Ohio Division V state football championship.

He also played third base on the Crusaders’ 1994 Division IV state baseball championship team.

Orlando now teaches business classes and is the head football coach at Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati. In fall 2013, Orlando led the McNicholas football team to the regional semi-finals.

As the longtime director of the Steubenville Striders, Patricia Herring, Class of 1975, has mentored and coached hundreds of youth who went on to state championships at the high school and college levels in track and field and long distance running. Herring’s award comes on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Steubenville Striders.

Frank “Digger” Dawson co-founded the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame in East Liverpool, established a $400,000 scholarship foundation for the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and writes about the history of Potter football, and is involved in his community in numerous ways.

– The Baron Club Dinner supports the Franciscan University NCAA Division III athletic program.

The event will be held in the newly renovated Finnegan Fieldhouse, home of the Barons. Visitors will be able to see the results of the $5 million expansion project, which increased the size of the fieldhouse by 17,000 square feet and features a 5,100-square-foot fitness center complete with cardio equipment, free weights, an aerobics room double the size of the previous one, and a strength, performance, and flexibility training room.

Reservations for the dinner are $65. Sponsorships are available by calling (740) 284-5210 or visiting