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Martins Ferry starting an athletics HOF

May 25, 2013
By BUBBA KAPRAL - Times Leader Managing Editor (bkapral@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

By BUBBA KAPRAL

Times Leader Managing Editor

MARTINS FERRY High School has an athletic tradition second to none.

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MARTINS?FERRY?High?School has announced plans to establish an athletic Hall of Fame. Pictured are four of the committee members are, from left, Jeff Oberdick, Dave Bruney,?Dick Fitch and Kim Appolloni.

Now that rich and glorious past will receive its just do.

Plans have been launched for the creation of the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame. Superintendent Dirk Fitch made that announcement at Saturday night's Alumni Banquet.

"There is something new that I am pleased to announce this evening. A committee has been formed, comprised of school alumni, past and present coaches, administrators and media personnel to start a hall of fame for the Purple Riders who have excelled or played a major role in the success in athletics while at Martins Ferry High School," Fitch said. "The first class will be inducted in the fall of 2014. Mr. (Jeff) Oberdick, our high school principal and a committee member, has placed a table at the door with information if you would like to nominate someone. Individuals may be nominated in one of three areas: either as an athlete, coach or as part of the Martins Ferry family.

"Each of the three areas has attached to it criteria in order to be considered for induction. We are very excited about the prospect of finally having a hall of fame. With the many great athletes and coaches who have had success on the fields, courts, track, mat and pool while at Martins Ferry, we are excited about forming the hall and looking forward to inducting these Purple Rider legends," he continued. "Although the committee realizes the task will be daunting, it will also be a labor of love and way past due."

Joining Fitch and Oberdick on the committee are athletic director Kim Appolloni, head football coach Dave Bruney, school board member and businessman Bob Zilai, attorney Keith Sommer, former Ferry grid star, teacher, coach and athletic director Larry Duck and Times Leader Managing Editor Bubba Kapral.

While the committee faces a voluminous task, the process will be aided by the nominating process, as no one will be considered until formally nominated.

Nomination forms have already been placed in circulation, as they were available at the alumni dinner last night. They also may be secured at the high school, chamber of commerce office on South Zane Highway or the school's website.

All sports will be considered, as well as cheering. Minimum entry level for candidates have been established.

They are:

COACHES

Baseball (250 wins, 5 OVAC titles or a state championship),

Basketball (250 wins, 5 OVAC titles or a state championship),

Cheering (5 OVAC titles),

Cross Country (5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Football (125 wins, 5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Golf (5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Softball (250 wins, 5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Swimming (5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Tennis (5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Track (5 OVAC Class titles or state championship).

Volleyball (250 wins, 5 OVAC titles or state championship),

Wrestling (5 OVAC Class titles or state championship).

ATHLETES:

Baseball (Multiple first team all-OVAC and or all-state honors),

Basketball (Multiple first team all-OVAC and or all-state honors),

Cheering (Performance on multiple OVAC and or state championship teams),

Cross Country (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships),

Football (Multiple first team all-OVAC and or all-state honors),

Golf (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships),

Softball (Multiple first team all-OVAC and or all-state honors),

Swimming (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships),

Tennis (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships),

Track (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships),

Volleyball (Multiple first-team all-OVAC and or all-state honors),

Wrestling (Multiple individual OVAC and or state championships).

The family category is more open-ended and broad-based. It will examine worthwhile nominees who have done notable deeds for the district but who do not fall in the athlete or coaching categories.

Induction cannot occur until 10 years after graduation or upon retirement. The decision for selection is solely left up to the committee.

One of the first orders of business for the committee is to raise money to help with induction-related costs. Oberdick has already ordered the display mounts for the inductees' names.

Anyone wishing to donate should contact Oberdick at the high school (740-633-0684).

Once the nominations begin to flow in, committee members will begin the arduous task of selecting honorees for the inaugural class. The initial HOF ceremony will take place in the fall of 2014, in conjunction with a home football game.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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