Of all the classes inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame, the 12 people who will be taken in at the enshrinement dinner tonight are more familiar to me than some of the others already inducted.
I've seen the majority of the Class of 2013 either play, coach or be involved in sports in some positive manner in the Mid-Ohio Valley -and they're all most deserving of the honor that will be bestowed upon them tonight as the dozen inductees achieve their moment in MOV sports lore.
Several highlights of their careers follow:
Ashli White Childers: Scored a single-game Ripley High basketball school-record 40 points; twice chosen Class AAA all-state first team in basketball; was also a standout softball pitcher for the Vikings with a career record of 50-22, earned-run average of 1.33 and more than 500 strikeouts; achieved first-team all-state status in softball.
Bryan Crislip: Earned all-state honors in both basketball and golf at Parkersburg South; was a first-team Division II All Independent Conference cage selection twice and D-II Independent Conference MVP as a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Mike DeVol: Left his winning mark on the football programs at Caldwell, Warren and Parkersburg South with a career prep coaching mark of 251-111-2. In 2003, DeVol guided South to the W.Va. Class AAA state championship and after returning to Caldwell to close out his career, he got the Redskins back in the Ohio high school playoffs for one final time.
Joe Garrett: Took two different teams to the state high school basketball tournament in two different states as Belpre made the Ohio Division III Final Four three times, with one state-runner-up finish, and Parkersburg Catholic claimed the 2010 W.Va. Class A state championship; had a career coaching record of 292-175.
Roger Hosaflook: Built a successful Belpre wrestling program; his Golden Eagle matmen produced 403 wins, four district championships and 14 Tri-Valley Conference titles; started Belpre's youth wrestling program; was just inducted in March into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mike Lucas: Head football coach at four different high schools; had his greatest success at Wirt County, a perfect 10-0 regular season and three 9-1 seasons; took the Tigers to the state playoffs five times, including three years in a row.
Larry Martin: Longtime PGA club professional at the Parkersburg Country Club; oversaw the area's oldest and most successful charity golf event, The Sour Mash Open; founded a state-wide junior golf tour. Martin died in February 2012.
Mike McCoy: Finished his football career at Parkersburg High as the Big Reds' sixth all-time leading rusher with more than 2,500 yards and scored 18 TDs; earned all-state honors and was second in the Kennedy Award voting; a three-year starter at Marshall, he led the team in rushing in 1985.
Alison Spiker Morris: The first female athlete at Ripley High to earn 12 varsity letters; was an all-stater in both cross country and track.
Missy Spangler: A dominant high-school athlete in basketball, cross country and track, she garnered first-team all-state honors four times in both basketball and cross country; was the 2003 W.Va. Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year.
Don Stansberry: Head girls basketball coach at Parkersburg High for parts of three decades; won 263 games, the most in PHS history; his Big Red cagers won four Class AAA state championships, and nine regional and 11 sectional crowns.
Don Ullmann: A founder of the Pioneer Valley Athletic Conference in 1973; was also on the founding committee of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame and serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.
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