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Michael Burke, writing under the pen name of Stephen Francis, published his memoir, “…and if Duffy should appear”, in January, 2007. In his book he writes of attending and playing sports for St. Mary Academy during the last year it was open and of being a member of the first class of students at the new Lorain Catholic High School in 1960.
Burke was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. According to their website “Mike Burke was a versatile multi-sport athlete while attending Lorain St. Mary and then the newly-opened Lorain Catholic High School. He was a two year starter in both football and basketball and was basketball co-captain as a Senior. Burke also excelled at tennis where he was a four year starter with a senior year record of 26-1 and a career record 72 wins and 11 losses. He was Lorain Catholic’s first Academic - Athlete Award winner in 1970. Burke was dominant in amateur tennis play. He was eight-time Lorain City champion, including five wins in the Father-Son Doubles competition with his father, Bill Burke.
Burke continued his tennis career at Defiance College where he was outstanding. He was a four year starter, elected team captain in his senior year, was a two-time collegiate league champion and remains the only two-time collegiate NAIA National Qualifier in Defiance College tennis history.”
Burke and his wife, Jane, are adjunct instructors in Communication at Defiance College.