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OVAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Slated for Saturday

By Staff | Aug 12, 2015

WHEELING – The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 12th annual OVAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place with the addition of the Class of 2015.

The McLure Hotel in downtown Wheeling will serve as the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame Banquet – which is sponsored by the Robinson Auto Group – because of ongoing renovations at WesBanco Arena.

A total of 19 individual associated with the conference will take their place among the elite who have helped make the OVAC – embarking on its 73rd year – one of the premier high school athletic leagues in the nation.

This year’s inductees include:

OVAC ‘Family’ – Linda Myers

OVAC ‘Contributor’ – Denny Magruder

Coaches – David “Ty” Fleming (Shadyside) and Rod Johnson (Buckeye Trail/Cambridge)

Media -George Kellas

Official – Duane Powell

1940s Athlete – Sam “Buzz” Berry (Warwood)

1950s Athletes – Clyde Eads (St. Clairsville) and Gene “Beef” Lamone (Wellsburg)

1960s Athletes – Rick Nau (Wheeling Central) and Ed Pastilong (Moundsville)

1970s Athletes – Rudy Jovicic (Shadyside) and Janis Trupoovnieks (Cadiz)

1980s Athletes – Kelly Swierkos (Bishop Donahue) and Jamie Taylor (Edison South)

1990s Athletes – Paul Hoover (Steubenville) and Mike McLeod (Wheeling Park)

2000s Athlete – Brittany Hocker (Bridgeport) and Ted Talkington (Magnolia)

Five “Legends of OVAC Member Schools” will also be recognized at the banquet, including Cathy Clark (Fort Frye), Hutchinson “Junior” Hart (Irondale), Brian Hesson (Caldwell), Lou Mott (Pine Grove) and Jack Thayer (New Cumberland).

The “Legends” category recognizes athletes and coaches who competed prior to the inception of the OVAC in 1943 or while their schools were not members of the conference.

This year’s group of inductees bring the 12-year total of Hall of Famers to 217, with 55 others honored in the “Legends” category.

A special Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Ohio University Eastern, which has provided countless student-athletes with scholarships and also serves as the site of the OVAC Basketball Championships and OVAC Samuel A. Mumley All-Star Basketball Classic.

Plaques of the OVAC Hall of Fame inductees are on permanent display in the outer concourse at WesBanco Arena as part of the OVAC Museum.

The OVAC Hall of Fame selection committee includes Tom Rataiczak, executive secretary/treasurer of the OVAC; Jeff Harrison, sports editor of The Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge; Doug Huff, retired sports editor of The Intelligencer in Wheeling; Robert “Bubba” Kapral, managing editor of The Times Leader in Martins Ferry; Ron Mauck, long-time OVAC Wrestling Championship director; Kelly Rine, athletic director at St. Clairsville High School; Tom Tisher, teacher/coach at Magnolia High School; Dick Wolf, former East Liverpool City Schools Board of Education member; Don Zinni, former OVAC Football Commissioner; Seth Staskey, sports editor of The Times Leader in Martins Ferry; and Bob Koch, director of the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game.

John Sorrenti, former sports director of WEIR radio, will again serve as master of ceremonies while Dr. Vince Monseau will offer the invocation and benediction.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 and the induction ceremony starts at 6:30.