Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame to induct 12 in June

A dozen inductees will make up the 2014 class of enshrinees into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, June 14 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

The Hall of Fame electees for this year number six from Wood County, two each from Washington and Jackson counties, and one each from Pleasants and Noble counties. The 2014 honorees are Dave Barnes and Dave Wilcoxen (Washington), Larry Butcher (Pleasants), Bernie Buttrey, George Elliott, John Flint, Susan Gardner, Larry Phillips and Jill Stephens (Wood); Joe Fox and Dick Sturm (Jackson) and Jedidiah Stephen (Noble).

BARNES earned four varsity letters in basketball and three each in football and baseball at Marietta High School. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967, he opted for college at Glenville State, where he played basketball for four years and baseball for two. Barnes coached at Gilmer County High School from 1971-78 and in Wood County in junior high and at Parkersburg Catholic High School.

BUTCHER’s St. Marys High School track and cross country teams posted close to 1,000 wins each, routinely competing against much larger schools, but yet producing multiple all-state and all-LKC runners, many of whom went on to run in college. He was instrumental in the growth of cross country in the LKC, with weekday cross-country meets at LKC schools and a novice meet at the start of each season in addition to organizing and starting the LKC cross-country championships.

BUTTREY was the head football coach at Parkersburg High School for seven years (2004-2010) with two Class AAA state championships, back to back in 2006 and 2007, and a record of 66-30 after going 24-10 at Williamstown from 1999-2002 for an overall career mark of 104-66. He coached 32 W.Va. all-state players, and from 1994-99 was an assistant football coach at Marietta College.

ELLIOTT was captain of the 1976 nationally-ranked (25th) Parkersburg High School football team, which won the Class AAA state championship that year. He was also a first-team Class AAA all-stater in ’76 and named the Big Reds’ defensive MVP. Elliott received a college scholarship to Marshall, where he was a four-year starter. He returned to PHS from 1983-86 as an assistant football coach.

FLINT was a longtime athletic director at Parkersburg South High School who helped plan and build the Erickson All-Sports Facility. South was named the most outstanding high school athletic program in the state for 2003 after the Patriots won Class AAA state championships in football, boys basketball, wrestling and girls soccer. Before South, Flint coached Harrisville High’s football team to a 9-1 record and a state playoff berth in 1973.

FOX quarterbacked Ravenswood to the only undefeated football season in school history en route to the Class AA state championship in 1972, earning all-state and all-LKC honors in the process as well as a full scholarship to Marshall. In basketball at Ravenswood, Fox was all-LKC twice, averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior, and he anchored the 1973 state championship-winning shuttle-hurdle relay team.

GARDNER was the head girls track coach at her alma mater, Parkersburg High School, for 35 years (1976-2011) with a record of 3,644-400-20, which includes 11 state championships and seven state runner-up finishes. As the Big Reds’ head volleyball coach from 1975-82, she was 200-30 with a pair of state titles and a runner-up. The running track at PHS Stadium Field was named after Gardner in 2011. She was voted W.Va. High School Female Coach of the Year for 1985-86, the W.Va. HS Track Coach of the Year for 1991-92 and the W.Va. HS Girls Track Coach of the Year for 1995-96.

PHILLIPS was the middle one of three Phillips brothers that all won the Hunt Award as the best high school football lineman in W.Va. Phillips was a three-year starter at PHS and an all-state defensive tackle in 1977, when he was also a prep All-American. He earned a football scholarship to Ohio State and played in the Gator, Rose, Fiesta and Liberty bowls before graduating from OSU.

STEPHEN won four varsity letters in football, three in basketball and four in baseball at Shenandoah High School. He was all-Ohio in football and basketball for two years and in baseball for one, and a finalist for both Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball in Ohio as a senior. Stephen holds the Shenandoah record in basketball for career points with 1,278. He played baseball at Ohio State for four years, then was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and played several years in their farm system.

STEPHENS is the only athlete in Parkersburg South history to be all-state twice in three sports (volleyball. basketball and softball). She was first-team all-state in volleyball (2003, 2004), softball (2003, 2004, 2005 as captain) and basketball (2003, 2004, 2005). Stephens is South girls basketball all-time leading scorer (1,942) and rebounder (1,276), and leads in career free throws made (443) with season highs in total points (643) and rebounds (364) in 2005. She played basketball at the University of Cincinnati (2005-2008), and was team MVP in both 2007 and 2008.

STURM coached football for 46 years at Ravenswood High School in 484 out of the Red Devils’ 851 games before his 2011 retirement, with 303 of RHS’ 504 wins and two state championships in 1972 and 1976. Sturm was the Ravenswood head coach for 15 years from 1997-2011, with a record of 111-56, a .664 winning percentage. He coached two Hunt Award winners, and over 2,300 Ravenswood football players.

WILCOXEN played basketball at Belpre High School and then for four years at Marietta College. After that, he coached basketball, both boys and girls, in high school from 1967-2000 with a combined record of 364-242 (221-168 boys, 143-74 girls). At his alma mater for almost 20 years, Wilcoxen coached both the Belpre boys or the Golden Eagle girls basketball teams, spanning a time frame from 1979-1997 and then for 1998-99.