Reasbeck, Tomasovich chosen for OVAC Hall

WHEELING–Two multi-sport high school standouts who earned fame on the major college level have been selected for induction into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.

Picked for enshrinement from the decade of the 1950’s are Dick Reasbeck from Bellaire St. John Central and Mike Tomasovich from Weir High. They will be inducted at the 19th annual ceremony on Saturday, August 12 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The OVAC Hall of Fame and Sports Museum are located inside WesBanco Arena.

Reasbeck and Tomasovich will join previously announced inductees for the Class of 2023 in Ted Tomasovich of Weir, Mike’s brother; Al Salvadori of Wheeling Central; Warwood’s Steve Doe; Woodsfield’s Lance LaFollette; Barnesville’s Tim McCrate, Jessica Hines and Jennie Castle; Bishop Donahue’s Shawn Straughn; Martins Ferry’s Fred Ray; Union Local’s Koel Davia; Magnolia’s Justin Fox; and Weirton Madonna’s Max Nogay.

The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Robinson Auto Group.

Here’s a capsule look at the latest selections:

DICK REASBECK, Bellaire St. John Central (Class of 1959 )– He was a sharp-shooting Irish guard who earned 1st team, five-player All-Ohio largest Class AA as a senior. Also a 1st team All-OVAC Class AA and All-District selection, he scored 501 points for a 27.1 per game average and played in the annual Ohio North-South All-Star Game.

As a junior, he sported a 18.9 point norm and earned first team All-District and honorable mention All-Ohio.

He also was a three-year regular in baseball and played football two seasons.

The basketball sharp-shooter earned a scholarship to Ohio State where he was a three-year letterman on nationally-ranked teams after competing on the freshman team while the varsity squad–led by Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, won the NCAA crown.

In his sophomore year, the Buckeyes went unbeaten in regular season, 27-1 overall, and finished as NCAA runner-up to Cincinnati. He averaged 3.1 points.

As a junior, the Buckeyes (26-2) again finished as NCAA runner-up to Cincinnati with Reasbeck averaging 8.2 points in a sixth man role.

He was a senior regular as the Buckeyes finished with a 20-4 record. Reasbeck averaged 15.1 points a game and was accorded second team All-Big Ten Conference. He scored a high 32 points vs. Purdue.

After college, he signed in 1963 with the baseball Los Angeles Angels and pitched two seasons for the Class AA minor league San Jose team.

Reasbeck resides in Yorkville.

MIKE TOMASOVICH, Weir (Class of 1959) — He was a highly-honored, 6-foot-4, 205-pound nine-letter athlete who earned five all-state honors while helping the Red Riders win state titles in football and baseball and also earning all-state tournament in basketball.

In football, he was a junior starter at quarterback on an 11-0 record team which won the OVAC largest Class AAA title and the W.Va. Class AAA crown with a 19-12 finals win over Fairmont Senior at Wheeling Island Stadium. As a senior, he started at end and defensive back on a 9-1 record team which repeated as OVAC champ and had a 21-game winning streak ended in the regular season finale by eventual state titlist Parkersburg. He earned 1st Team All-State and All-OVAC at end.

In basketball, the senior led the Red Riders to sectional and regional titles to qualify for the state event where he earned all-tourney honors. He also was a 1st Team All-OVAC Class AAA pick and selected all-class “Big” All-State third team. As a junior, he helped Weir to a 21-4 record and sectional crown.

In baseball, he was a three-time one-class, all-state honoree at pitcher. As a senior, Weir won the one-class state title with a 16-2 record and a 6-2 state tournament title win over state power East Bank.

He batted .400 with a 7-1 mound record. As a junior, he earned 2nd team one-class all-state as a pitcher. As a sophomore, he was 1st team one-class, all-state with a 6-1 record while batting .350 with three homers. His only mound loss was a 2-1, 8-inning state tourney loss to Martinsburg as he struck out 13 batters.

After his senior season, he rejected a pro minor league contract to sign a Georgia Tech scholarship. At Tech, he was a three-year letterman, and two-year starter in basketball and two-year letterman as a pitcher-outfielder in baseball.

In basketball, he played 74 games with a 9.2-point norm, with a 30-point game high, and 6.2 rebounds a game. He was 3rd team All-Southeastern Conference as a senior cager when he averaged 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.

The Georgia Tech Hall of Fame inductee, and Weir High Wall of Fame honoree, resides in Atlanta.


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