By DOUG HUFF
For the Wetzel Chronicle
Three student-athletes from the 1960-80 decades who competed in football, basketball and golf will be among eight honorees at the 27th annual Magnolia Athletic Boosters Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
The public event will be held on Saturday, 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 Wayne (Mac) McCaskey (1962), Forrest Miller (1972) and Darren Cook (1983).
Here's capsule summaries of each honoree:
McCASKEY-A four-year Blue Eagle basketball player, he was a member of the 1961 team which won the state Class AA championship, the first title in school history.
He also started the first Blue Eagle golf team in 1962 and served as the team captain.
He attended Marietta College where he competed on the school golf team. He also served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.
Employed at Bayer Corp. for 34 years, he also was active in school and community events.
He has assisted with the Blue Eagle golf program and coached summer league softball and girls basketball. He also was a member of the Parent Teachers Association. A long-time, active member of the local Moose Lodge, he was awarded the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest Moose honor.
He and wife Meredith Lynn McCaskey reside in New Martinsville and have two daughters-Alicia Hissom and Amy Petin.
MILLER-He was a four-year Magnolia football player and selected team co-captain as a senior.
He received two college B.S. degrees, with Dean's List honors, from Fairmont State in Accounting, Mathematics, and Computer Science, and from Purdue University in Construction Management.
After working in public accounting as a CPA for four years, he started a second career in the construction business.
Starting as a field engineer and superintendent, he moved into an office as project manager and ended his career as senior vice president with a top design build company.
Active in community projects, he was involved in building and obtaining materials for two Habitat for Humanity homes; worked with various fundraising efforts for school sports and cheerleading; and served as a referee for youth soccer.
He also led fundraising efforts and purchased a concession trailer for a Lions Club to use at events and helped establish project goals for community involvement in toys for tots, meals, etc.
He and wife Debbie reside in Lexington, Ky., and have three children-Ryan Miller, Beth Henderson and Katy Miller.
COOK-A four-year Blue Eagle football and basketball player, he was a member of the 1981 football team which won the OVAC Class AAA title and finished with an 11-2 record as state Class AA runnerup. He also played baseball as a senior.
He graduated from Glenville State and received two master's degrees from West Virginia U.
He served in the U.S. Military, as a Sergeant Major, with two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently serves in the Individual Ready Reserves.
From 1992-97, he was employed as a teacher in the Frontier Local Schools. Since 1997, he has been an Administrator in the Switzerland of Ohio Schools and currently is director of the Swiss Hills Career Center.
Active in school and youth organizations, he served as President of the Sardis and Hannibal Elementary Boosters from 1998-2004 and was President, and a coach, of the Hannibal Little League from 1998-2001. He also was a volunteer River High School football coach from 2003-06. He also has been a Toys for Tots volunteer for two decades.
A resident of Hannibal, Ohio, with wife Desira, they are parents of two children-Jill Jackson and Russell Cook.