Mott Honored by Valley High School
Pine Grove legend and basketball standout Lou Mott was honored during the game between Valley and Tyler Consolidated.
Mott was recently inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. A metal banner will hang at the south end of the gym in honor of his achievement and was unveiled on Dec. 8 in front of a packed gym.
“I can’t hold back the tears. They’ve been so kind to me throughout the years and I am overwhelmed with the turnout tonight. Especially from my teammates who helped me through my playing years. I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Mott.
The Ohio valley Athletic Conference recently recognized Mott as a Legend of OVAC Hall of Fame with the 2015 class. The “Legends” category recognizes athletes and coaches prior to the inception of the OVAC in 1946 or while their schools were not members of the conference.
Ed Watson, a former teammate of Mott’s at Pine Grove, said Mott was not only a great basketball player but an outstanding husband, father and citizen. Watson said while he averaged about 3.3 points as Mott’s teammate, he still remembers Mott not only scored but he also was a great ballhandler and passer.
“Growing up in the Pine Grove area was very special. At that time, we had several different high schools in the area. We were all rivals and we knew each other very well. We had Reader, Jacksonburg, Smithfield, Wallace and Pine Grove, all within 20 minutes of each other,” said Mott. “I’m just thrilled to have people from all those areas in attendance here tonight.”
Mott is a 1956 graduate of Pine Grove, and after 59 years, he still holds the Wetzel County career scoring record with 2,117 points. He also holds the single-season point mark of 33 points per game set in his senior year.
As a senior, Mott was selected Class B (smaller of the two classes) first-team qll-wtate and was chosen as the state player of the year by the Sistersville-based Tri-State Invitational Tournament.
As a junior, he averaged 29.4 points which included a school record 51 points in a 127-58 win over Wallace High School. In his senior year, he scored 693 points in 21 games.
His 33-point average his senior year was the third highest in West Virginia behind the legendary Jerry West (34.3) and New Cumberland legend Jack Thayer (33.95).
His career point total broke the state mark of 1,956 set from 1951-1953 by the legendary Hot Rod Hundley of Charleston. Mott became the first 2,000 point scorer in Mountain State history.
Following his senior year, he was selected to play on a combined West Virginia-Ohio all-sar team against the Kentucky all-stars. His teammate included West and Yorkville great Henry Josefczyk, an OVAC Hall of Fame honoree, who averaged 42.2 points his senior year.
Mott was also a four-year baseball pitcher/shortstop and played American Legion baseball. He also competed in the Wheeling outdoor basketball league.
Following high school, Mott went on to Marshall University on a basketball scholarship He played a year on the freshman team and three years of varsity.
“Making the transition from a small class B high school to a major university, like Marshall, was not easy,” said Mott. “I had to work extra hard and spent some time on the bench, which I wasn’t use to. My coach and teammates picked me up and helped me along and helped me become the player that I am. It was one of the most enjoyable times in my life, one I will never forget.”