Williamsburg names first sports hall of fame class

November 24th, 2006    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

The first class of the Williamsburg High School Sports Hall of Fame has been chosen. The first class of 18 includes all of the 13 Wildcats who are members of the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame.

Following are those inductees already members of the Clermont County Sports Hall.

Royl Bohl (class of 1947) competed in sports at WHS, but is best noted and fondly remembered for his years of service as the Wildcats’ timer/scorer/statistician/announcer at ‘Burg football and basketball games for more than 30 years.

Herb Rowan (class of 1956) was a Clermont County League (CCL) all-star several times in basketball and led the league in scoring and the Wildcats to the CCL title his senior year. He continued his stellar career at Miami (of Ohio) University.

Kenny Irvin (class of 1965) was All-CCL, All-Ohio, and All-American in baseball and was also all-league on the gridiron and the basketball court.

Jim Sammons (class of 1965) was all-league in football and also lettered in basketball and other sports.

Phil Redrow (class of 1968) was a CCL all-star in football and basketball and also lettered in volleyball and track and field. His stellar play at Wilmington College led to his being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1972.

Jim Vickers (class of 1968) was a CCL all-star in football and also lettered in track and field. He played football at the University of Cincinnati.

Dave Carter (class of 1973) was All-CCL and All-Ohio in football and played Division I college football. He also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track and field.

Chuck Hauck (class of 1976) was All-CCL and All-Ohio in football and a CCL all-star in basketball and tennis. At one time he owned passing records at Miami (of Ohio) University. He is a member of the first induction class of the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame.

Greg Steward (class of 1980) lettered in football and wrestling. He was a member of the United States Olympic team.

Donna Russell (class of 1986) was twice state champion in the 1,600-meter run and a state placer in the 800 meters. In addition she was a CCL all-star in track and field, volleyball, and basketball. She is a member of the first induction class of the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame.

Brandon Malott (class of 1993) was All-CCL and All-Ohio on the gridiron where he earned Ohio’s Division IV Defensive Player of the Year honor. He was the first Wildcat to compete in powerlifting, was all-league in baseball and lettered in wrestling. He was All-American during his football career at Georgetown (Ky.) College.

Ken Osborne coached football for more than 30 years at Williamsburg, many times being chosen as the CCL coach of the year. He also coached the county’s first football state playoff qualifying team. He coached many other sports at ‘Burg and also served as the school’s athletic director. He is a member of the first induction class of the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame.

J. W. Prewitt was a very successful coach at Williamsburg from 1929-42 and was the coach of Clermont County’s first district qualifying team in any sport (basketball 1936).

Other sports stars being inducted include the following:

Kenny Craig (class of 1959) Williamsburg’s first state placer in track and field and a lettermen in football and basketball.

Brenda Butts (class of 1983) a three-time CCL all-star in both volleyball and track and field and a state qualifier in the latter.

Tom Lefker (class of 1985) owns or shares several WHS football records. He was All-CCL in football and baseball and All-State on the gridiron. He also lettered in basketball. He played college football at Georgetown (Ky.) College.

Clayton Connor (class of 1994) was a Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) all-star in basketball and baseball and enjoyed a successful college diamond career at Wake Forest University.

Kady Dyer (class of 1997) lettered in volleyball, basketball, tennis, and fast pitch softball. She was All-SBC and All-State in volleyball.

The induction ceremony will take place on Jan. 27, 2007. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7 p.m. in the new high school gymnasium. Former Cincinnati Bengal star Jim Breech will be the guest speaker.

Ticket sales begin on Nov. 27, and will be sold at home athletic events. Ticket prices are $10 per person or $100 per table.

For more information, call Ron Ogden, high school athletic director at (513) 724-2211.

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