Baksa was a standout in football and basketball in his junior and
senior years as he represented the Middies in the late 60’s.
A two year letterman in football he was a quarterback and corner back.
At 6’4” he used his height to advantage on both sides of the ball. Jay
had a career record 1307 yards passing in 101 of 251 completions. He
was the first team All Conference quarterback his senior year as he
led his team to a 7-3 record. He also had five career interceptions.
The most memorable game of the 1968 season brought Lorain St. Mary to
Midview. The Middies led by Jay’s 15 completions for 146 yards,
defeated the North Central Conference Champions by a score of 30-23.
That loss was St. Mary’s second of the year. Jay was named the All
Lakeland Conference quarterback his senior year.
A two year starter on the hardwood for the Middies, Jay was an
outstanding rebounder, able scorer and a strong defender. As the lone
junior starting with four seniors, he averaged 11 points and 16
rebounds per game. He had 21 points and 23 rebounds against Amherst
that year. He was also named the teams’ MVP. Jay turned in another
stellar performance his senior year as he averaged 16 points and 15
rebounds per game. He was a team co-captain and was again the MVP. He
made All-Conference first team. One of the best rebounders in school
history, Jay pulled down 545 rebounds in two years and had 10 games of
20 or more with a single game high of 27.
Jay was a four year letterman at Ohio Weslyan University and was
co-captain of the basketball team his senior year.
Jay has been the City Manager in Gilroy, California since 1983. He was
named the 2002 man of the year by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce.
Jay and his wife Vicki reside in Gilroy with their three sons Jay II,
Bobby and Tucker.
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