Wheeling Central will induct four into HoF

WHEELING — A quartet of standout performers from the 1990s have been selected for induction into the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year’s group of honorees includes former Maroon Knight greats Erin Bryson, Lisa Bober Miehle, Curtis McGhee and Chris Carroll.

They join previously announced HOF inductees Chuck Lovinski, Tom Abraham, Jim Finn and Mel Stephens.

Following are brief capsules covering the achievements of this year’s Hall of Fame honorees.

LISA BOBER MIEHLE (Class of 1995)

Bober was a three-sport standout for the Maroon Knights. Softball, however, is where she exemplified greatness.

She is still regarded as one of the premier pitchers in OVAC annals. Bober was a four-year regular in softball at Central, hurling the Maroon Knights to OVAC 2A championships in 1993 and 1995.

Moreover, Bober helped guide Central to the 1995 Class A state softball championship.

Her outstanding circle efforts not only yielded great team success, but it also brought about a slew of individual honors for Bober.

She was named first-team all-state as a senior while also being tabbed the OVAC Class AA Player-of-the-Year that same season. Two additional prestigious honors came her way after her splendid senior season — being named the Wheeling Intelligencer Softball Player-of-the-Year as well as being named prep All-American by Fastpitch World Magazine.

Bober was the winning pitcher in both the 1995 OVAC All-Star Game and the West Virginia North-South Game. In the OVAC contest, she pitched all nine innings, striking out 11. In the state all-star game, Bober also went the distance.

Bober also distinguished herself on the hardwood, lettering for three seasons. She helped the Maroon Knights to the 1994 OVAC 2A championship as well as a state runner-up finish. She averaged 10.4 ppg. that campaign.

The well-rounded athlete was also a three-year varsity performer in volleyball.

Bober is a 2001 graduate of Duquesne University with a doctor of pharmacy degree. She resides in Wheeling with her husband, Joe. They have two children: Madison and Morgan.

CHRIS CARROLL (Class of 1995)

When you think of boys’ soccer at Wheeling Central, Chris Carroll is the first name that should pop into one’s head.

Carroll scripted a soccer career second to none in Maroon Knight annals.

He finished his Wheeling Central career with a school-record 107 goals. The talented booter enjoyed an amazing senior campaign, one in which he tallied 60 points, including 43 goals.

Those lofty numbers earned Carroll first-team all-state honors that year. He was also captain of the all-OVAC all-star teams as a junior and senior.

Carroll was chosen as the Central most valuable player during his final two seasons. He also served as the team’s captain as a junior and senior.

Carroll’s scoring exploits led Central to the OVAC regular-season championship in his final season.

Carroll now resides in Orlando, Fl. and is a practicing physician.

CURTIS McGHEE (Class of 1993)

McGhee is regarded as one of the finest football players every to wear a Maroon Knight uniform.

The game-breaking running back was a two-time first-team all-state selection, captaining the squad as a senior. In addition, he was runnerup as a senior for the prestigious Kennedy Award, emblematic as the state’s premier football player. He was awarded the West Virginia Gatorade Player-of-the-Year that season.

McGhee was a two-time captain of the all-OVAC and all-Valley all-star teams. He also participated in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star game, again serving as a captain.

The electric running back, who played his freshman year at Bridgeport, served as an assistant coach on the Maroon Knights’ 1997 state championship football team. He ended his prep career with more than 4,000 rushing yards.

After picking up his diploma from the East Wheeling school, McGhee went on to script a sparkling grid career at Pitt.

He was a four-year letterman for the Panthers, excelling in the defensive secondary. McGhee again displayed his leadership skills by being named a team captain during his senior season. His four-year total of 244 tackles still ranks in the top 25 in Pitt annals.

McGhee also distinguished himself in both basketball and baseball at Wheeling Central.

He was a three-year regular in both basketball and baseball for the Knights. His athleticism and versatility yielded all-OVAC, all-Valley and all-state laurels his senior year in both basketball and baseball. He also played in both OVAC all-star contests in those two sports.

ERIN BRYSON (Class of 1998)

Bryson was a dynamic two-sport standout for the Maroon Knights.

Be it on the hardwood or on the softball field, she was a difference-maker.

Bryson was a rare four-year starter at point guard for Central, helping lead her team to the state tournament all four seasons. The Maroon Knights came away runners-up on three occasions.

Bryson was a second-team all-state honoree as a senior after averaging 10 points and a sharp 7.5 assists per game. The savvy playmaker was a first-team all-OVAC choice that campaign.

She received a plethora of honors for her hoop prowess including: all-tournament selections in the Undo’s Catholic Classic, John Marshall Holiday Invitational, sectional tournament team while also being tabbed first-team West Virginia North Region All-Star Team. She also received the Wheeling Central Coaches’ Leadership Award.

Bryson was also a winner in softball, helping lift the Central program to new heights.

The talented outfielder was a four-year starter, playing an integral part in the Knights claiming four straight state championships. Central compiled an amazing 96-10 diamond record during Bryson’s career.

Bryson’s stellar athletic career did not end when she picked up her Maroon Knight diploma. She went on to become the four-year starter at point guard at Mount Union College. She earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as a senior.

Also a star in the realm of academics, Bryson earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Pitt. She currently works as a physical therapist at UPMC.

The fourth annual induction ceremonies for the Straub Automotive/Fato Family sponsored WCCHS Athletic Hall of Fame take place during a brunch scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The White Palace at Wheeling Park. Following the induction ceremonies, the Hall of

Famers will be guests at a football game matching defending Class A state champion Wheeling Central Catholic against Western Reserve Academy, from Hudson, Ohio.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and the new Hall of Famers will be introduced at halftime. Tickets for the brunch, priced at $25 each, can be purchased at the school or by calling 304-233-1660. No tickets will be sold at the door the morning of the brunch.