Martins Ferry Athletic HOF names five for Class of ’19
Year six for the Martins Ferry High School Athletic Hall of Fame includes a reduction in the number of selections, but the level of excellence remains just as high for the Class of 2019.
The first five choices for the “hall” this year are William H. (Bill) Dorsey from the Class of 1933; Mike (Bear) Goudy from the Class of 1974; John Schuller from the Class of 1977; Jesse Outward from the Class of 1984; and Jason Pollock from the Class of 1993.
Next week, the remaining four selections for this year will be announced and the following week will feature the four Wall of Honor picks for 2019 (individuals who’ve supported or impacted Purple Rider athletics off the field).
This year’s HOF class will be inducted at the Purple Riders’ home opening football game on Friday, Sept. 6 against The Linsly School. There will be an afternoon luncheon for the inductees and their families and they’ll be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the game that night. A program featuring not only the bios of this year’s selections, but those of all of those chosen starting in 2014, will be available at both events.
Here’s a look at the bios of the first five selections:
William H. (Bill) Dorsey
(Class of 1933)
A four-year starter and letterman as a fullback/end – a rarity in that era – he served as team captain of the Purple Riders under Coach John Cox during an 8-1-1 record season in 1932. During his four years on the gridiron, Ferry posted a combined 36-3-4 record.
He was also a four-year letterman in track, setting what was then the school record at 48 feet. He also lettered three years in basketball, serving as captain as a senior, and played one year of baseball.
The uncle of 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Raymond “Bill” Dorsey, he was recruited by and signed with the University of Pittsburgh (1934-35), but transferred to Manhattan College where he started for two seasons (1936-37). He was selected as a College All-American in 1939 and played in the College vs. Pro All-Star Game against the New York Giants.
The 6-2, 200-pounder was drafted by and played end for the Newark Bears of the American Professional Football Association, a “farm team” for the NFL’s Chicago Bears, in 1939.
He became head football coach of Powhatan High School in 1940, leading the team to a 9-0 record and tied the valley/state record as the only unbeaten/untied/unscored upon high school team (the other was Steubenville). He was co-coach in the Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Game (the precursor to the OVAC All-Star Game).
Dorsey then served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy from 1942-56, and later became head football coach at St. John Central (1947-50), posting an 18-19-1 record with his 1950 team going 8-2, and finally as head coach at Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling.
(Class of 1974)
“Bear” was the prototypical fullback in the era of grind-it-out, run-oriented football at Ferry High and he was also force at linebacker.
Goudy was selected first-team all-Ohio Class AA by United Press International at linebacker and third-team all-Ohio Class AA at running back by the Associated Press. He was a three-time all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class AAA honoree, named honorable mention as a sophomore before gaining a first-team selection as a junior and senior; first team all-Eastern District as a junior and senior; and first team all-Valley “big school” as a junior and second team as a senior.
The 6-foot, 225-pounder represented the Purple & White in the OVAC All-Star Football Game.
Goudy finished his career with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, with 772 yards and 13 scores coming during his junior season.
One of the area’s premier performers in the shot put in track, he set what was then the school record during his junior season at 52 feet, 1† inches.
He was the Ohio Class AA District champion and a state qualifier as a sophomore; second in the district (49-10) and a state qualifier as a junior; and sixth in the district as a senior.
Goudy was the OVAC Class AAA champion as a junior (51-0Ç) and finished fourth as a senior; and won the Belmont County Relays as a junior (49-0¢) and finished second as a senior.
Other top efforts as a junior included first in the Martins Ferry Relays (51-2) and second in the Shadyside Relays (52-1™).
Also a basketball letterman as a senior, he went on to play football at the University of Iowa.
(Class of 1977)
“Schu” was the embodiment of intensity, both on the football field and on the wrestling mat.
In football, as a wingback/nose guard, he is among a select few players credited for helping lay the foundation for the resurgence of Purple Rider football after more than a decade of lean years (MF had only one winning season and two .500 records between 1964-74).
For his performance on the gridiron, he received recognition on the all-Eastern District, all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and all-Valley teams and played in the OVAC All-Star Football Game.
As a wrestler, he was a qualifier for the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships as a junior and again as a senior, taking it a to All-Ohio status in his final campaign by finishing in third place in the 175-pound weight class in Class AA. That performance capped a 28-1 record season for the Purple Riders’ captain.
Schuller was also the OVAC champion at 175 pounds as a senior after finishing as the runner-up during his junior season. He was inducted into the Martins Ferry Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.
He went on to play football at Waynesburg College for four years, serving as team captain as a junior and senior.
(Class of 1984)
Pound for pound, Outward ranks among the best Purple Rider wrestlers of all-time, overcoming adversity to shine during his time on the mat.
As a junior, he posted a sparkling 25-5 record and captured first place in the sectional and district tournaments en route to a runner-up finish at 105 pounds in the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Columbus. In doing so, Outward became Ferry High’s first state finalist since Jeff Sommer in 1969.
Outward was a three-time finalist in the OVAC Wrestling Championships, finishing as the runner-up as a sophomore and junior before claiming the title as a senior. He was also a three-time sectional champion and a two-time district titlist.
Outward finished his prep mat career with a 64-16 record and he went on to wrestle for a year at The Ohio State University.
He was inducted to the Martins Ferry Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
(Class of 1993)
A talented right-handed pitcher who could also swing a mean bat, he played a key role as a senior on a team that posted a 19-6 overall record, won the OVAC regular season title and finished as the tournament runner-up.
He worked 61 innings that season and recorded 82 strikeouts while walking just 21 batters. No doubt his highlight game was a nine-inning, 19-strikeout, one-hit shutout against Cambridge. When not on the mound, he played third base and his senior numbers at the plate included a .438 batting average with 32 hits (nine doubles), 30 RBI and 25 runs scored.
For his efforts, Pollock received first team all-East District, all-OVAC and all-EOBL honors and was named second team all-Valley. He played in the OVAC George Kovalick All-Star Game and the EOBL Kyle Rose All-Star Classic.
Pollock went on to an outstanding career at West Liberty State College, earning first team all-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in 1995 and ’96.
As a junior, he led the Hilltoppers in innings pitched (62), complete games (6), wins (4) and strikeouts (81). His strikeout total led the nation.
As a senior, the 6-foot-3 Pollock led WLSC in innings pitched (61), wins (5), strikeouts (950 and ERA (1.92).
He also enjoyed success on the diamond in the summer with the Martins Ferry American Legion Post 38 and Mountaineer Palominos.
Pollock was drafted in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played one year for the New Jersey Cardinals in the New York-Penn League and posted a 3-7 record.