BY DOUG HUFF
For the Wetzel Chronicle
Three student-athletes from the 1980s are among eight honorees who will be feted at the 27th annual Magnolia Athletic Boosters Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
The public event is scheduled for Aug. 4 at Magnolia High School. A social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 o'clock. Tickets are available at Witschey's in New Martinsville or from banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.
The three honorees, with graduation year, are Sherry Lemasters Bachman (1985), Alicia McCaskey Hissom (1987), and Scott Kriss (1987). Here are capsule summaries of each honoree:
BACHMAN - One of the most honored girls' track athletes in Blue Eagle history, she was a four-time All-Ohio Valley selection at 800, 1600, and 3200 meters and was the the honorary All-OV co-captain as a senior.
She was the state meet's leading scorer (30 1/2 points) for the 1985 Class AA championship team when she repeated as state 1600 and 3200 champion, placed second in the 800, and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team which set an Ohio Valley record time of 9:55.8. She also competed in volleyball for three years.
She graduated Cum Laude in Business Administration from West Liberty State and has been employed for 23 years as an Industrial Hygiene Technician at Momentive Performance Materials.
Active in local community, school, and charitable events, she is the founder and Fairy Godmother for Cinderella's Closet, a ministry through the New Martinsville United Methodist Church. It provides free prom dresses for young ladies in Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, and Monroe counties.
She also serves as a Relay for Life and United Way team member and volunteer for the Esther Crumbley Foundation.
She has been a den leader and Cubmaster for CubScout Pack 128; a WVSSAC volleyball official; and member of the New Martinsville United Methodist Church choir.
A Magnolia High School Band volunteer, she also was instrumental in reviving a school choir program and starting an after-school program at New Martinsville Middle School.
A resident of New Martinsville, she is married to Chris Bachman and has two children, Joe and Bill Feeney.
HISSOM - She competed in track for two seasons and also was a cross country team statistician for two years.
A graduate of West Virginia Northern Community College in Banking, she has been employed by local insitutitons for 25 years.
After working at Doolin Security, she joined WesBanco and is currently a Mortgage Loan Officer. Her 20-year career includes serving as Branch Manager, Assistant Banking Officer, and teller.
Active in community projects and organizations, she is an active Rotary Club member and board member for Community Resources, Inc.
She has served on the Monroe County Affordable Housing board and is past member of the Quota Club. She also has worked on River Heritage Days committees and Relay for Life, as well as taught classes for First Time Homebuyers.
A resident of the New Martinsville area, she is married to Richard Hissom, parents to son Brantley.
KRISS - He was a four-year football and basketball athlete and played baseball three years. In football, the offensive end-defensive back twice earned first-team Class AA all-state.
He was selected offensive captain as a senior when he led the Ohio Valley with 51 receptions for 761 yards and seven TDs.
He hauled in 112 passes in two years, including a school record 61 as a junior. He also led the OV with 11 pass interceptions as a senior.
Kriss earned first team All-Valley "Big School" as a senior and second team as a junior.
In basketball, he was a three-year starter and two-year team captain. He also was a two-year base-ball starter at first base.
Kriss graduated as class valedictorian, was a three-year National Honor Society member and served as vice-president, and Young Men's Union member.
A graduate of Bethany College with a degree in accounting, with honors, he played football there as a freshman and was active in Students in Free Enterprise, Beta Theta Pi, and Society of Business Students.
He also received several academic, dean's list, and honor society awards.
He worked in Columbus, Ohio, from 1991-2010 for three companies before joining a Miami, Fla., based firm, Bacardi-Martini, Inc., as Tax Director-Americas, from 2010 to May 2012. He recently returned to the Columbus area as Senior Vice President-Tax for Wendy's.
He has been a summer travel baseball coach and treasurer of the New Albany Eagles team and worked with United Way Young Leadership Group.
He and wife Julie reside in New Albany, Ohio, and have two sons, Shane and Nate.