Three more selected for Martins Ferry Athletic HOF Class
It’s time to unveil three more selections for the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.
Joining the Class of ’23 to be inducted on Friday, Sept. 2 in conjunction with the Purple Riders’ home football game against Tuscarawas Valley are Margie Kunze (Class of 1981), Brad Rinderer and Barry Voytecek (Classes of 1981 and 1982) and Jack Becker (Class of 1995).
The final three members of this year’s HOF Class of 2023 will be announced next week followed by the choices for the “Wall of Honor” and the “Teams of Distinction). Here’s a look at this week’s three bios:
Class of 1981
Kunze was a force in three sports, putting her size and strength to full use in track, basketball and volleyball.
In track, she excelled in the discus and was also solid in the shot put.
As a sophomore, Kunze earned all-Ohio Class AA honors with a sixth place finish (108-4) at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. She placed first in the section al (100-8) and second in the district (99-7) to advance.
As a junior, she set what was then an Ohio Valley record in the discus with a toss of 116-1. She finished first in the OVAC Class 3A Meet (111-7) and first in the Class AA Sectional (116-0).
As a senior, she repeated as OVAC Class 3A champion in the discus (106-2); won the Class AA Sectional (115-5) and finished third at the district (111-3) to qualify for the state tournament. She also won the discus at the Martins Ferry Relays (103-2) and finished sixth in the shot put.
In basketball, Kunze was a co-captain and key player on the Lady Riders’ team that went 16-5 and finished as the OVAC Class 3A runner-up her senior year. She averaged 10 points and an impressive 14 rebounds per game to earn second team all-OVAC Class 3A honors and she also was selected to play on the Ohio squad in the OVAC Samuel A. Mumley All-Star Basketball Classic.
Ferry also won the OHSAA Class AA Sectional championship all four years she played.
Kunze also was a two-year letterwinner in volleyball who served as a co-captain as a senior.
Brad Rinderer/Barry Voytecek
Classes of 1981/1982
When this tandem reached the HOSAA Division II State Tennis Tournament in 1981, they became only the second Martins Ferry netters to advance to that level. They joined the 1942 state champion doubles duo of Bob Bowen and Ken Kadar in that elite club.
Along the way, Rinderer and Voytecek captured the OHSAA Class AA/A Sectional and District titles. They won two matches in the Sectional at Cambridge and then swept three matches in the District at Lancaster to reach the state “final eight” where they lost twice to finish with an overall 18-4 doubles record.
The “Dynamic Duo” also fared well individually on the court that season, with Voytecek finishing with a 16-6 record, winning an OVAC title at No. 2 singles and finishing fourth in both the Sectional and District while Rinderer was 14-4 in singles, the OVAC runner-up at No. 1 singles as well as the Class AA/A Sectional runner-up and third in the District.
A year earlier (1980), both qualified for the Class AA/A District in singles (Rinderer was second in the Sectional and Voytecek was 4th), both reaching the semifinals before being eliminated. Voytecek was also the OVAC No. 2 singles champion as a sophomore and the No. 1 singles runner-up as a senior.
Including a host of summer tournament appearances, the Rinderer-Voytecek tandem combined for an impressive 85-8 record in doubles.
Both were also solid contributors to the Purple Riders’ basketball program, each earning two varsity letters.
Rinderer was the starting point guard as a senior, earning honorable mention all-OVAC Class 3A honors after averaging 12 points per game, and he also lettered as a receiver in football as a senior. Voytecek was the seventh man and a 6.5-point per game scorer on Ferry’s 20-5 record team that won OHSAA Class AA Sectional and District title before falling to Wheelersburg (71-69) in the Regional Championship Game.
Class of 1995
Becker was a talented multi-sport athlete, earning a combined 10 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.
On the gridiron, he was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at quarterback, guiding the Purple Riders to a combined 14-5 record during those two seasons. After completing 63-of-129 passes for 962 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, he went 56-for-110 for 1,090 yards and nine TDs as a senior.
Those numbers earned Becker special mention all-Ohio Division IV recognition along with first team all-Eastern District Division IV and all-OVAC Class 3A, and second team all-Valley honors.
He played in both the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game and the Dial-Ohio North-South All-Star Game.
On the hardwood, the 6-0 wing was a three-year letterman/starter who scored more than 600 career points including a 10.8 average as a senior to help the Riders to a 17-7 overall record, a third place finish in the OVAC Class 3A standings and an OHSAA Division III Sectional championship.
On the diamond, he was a four-year letterman as a centerfielder/pitcher. The Riders went 16-7 during his senior season and were the OVAC Class 3A runner-up and Becker was selected to play in the Eastern Ohio Baseball League All-Star Game.
Becker originally planned to play basketball at Ohio University-Eastern, but opted for Waynesburg College for football.
He became a four-year letterman for the Yellow Jackets, spending his first two-plus years at strong safety before transitioning to quarterback.
On defense, he was credited with 108 tackles, 10 interceptions and 19 pass break-ups and earned second team all-Presidents Athletic Conference as a junior.
He became the starting quarterback as a senior, also serving as a team captain, and passed for 1,792 yards and 22 touchdowns in nine games while also having five rushing TDs and one receiving TD and once again, he was named second team all-PAC.