A Champion is Forever
A Champion is Forever


  • Chance Adding Ohio Basketball HOF to List of Laurels May 15, 2014 - Dean Chance has been a staple On the hall of fame and sports banquet scene for so long that he sometimes chooses when he attends based on how long the ceremonies will take. A 1959 Northwestern High School graduate and 1964 Cy Young Award winner, Chance will be inducted this Saturday into the Ohio Basketball […]
  • WCSHOF Hosts Bowling Tourney April 22, 2014 - WOOSTER — Although it was a perfect day outside, more than 60 people chose to be inside Saturday afternoon (April 12, 2014) when the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame held its first WCSHOF bowling tournament at Wayne Lanes. Sixteen four-person teams took part in the only fund-raiser for the Hall of Fame, helping raise […]
  • WCSHOF Announces 2014 Induction Class March 17, 2014 - The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been voted upon and it’s one of the most diverse since the charter class was inducted in 1976. The 20th class of WCSHOF inductees consists of Sarah (Gordon) Baker, Jessica (Carmichael) Bolinger, Ben Hackett, Tim Hiller, Fitz Hurd, Leroy Kuhns, Roman Majerczak, Sue (Porter) […]
  • 2014 HOF Induction Ceremony Set For June 28 January 7, 2014 - Our Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for Class of 2014 nominations has passed and we have some great new candidates to consider, plus many others who will remain on the ballot from past years. The 2014 WCSHOF induction class will be inducted during a ceremony Saturday, June 28, at Grace Brethren Church.
  • WCSHOF accepting nominations until Jan. 1 December 4, 2013 - Area sports fans have less than a month left to nominate deserving people for the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame. The WCSHOF is taking nominations for the June, 2014 Induction Class. It will be the 20th induction class for the WCSHOF, which was founded in 1975. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014, and […]
  • Knight grateful for Orrville’s gymnasium recognition December 1, 2013 - ORRVILLE — No matter where Bob Knight travelled in climbing to the top of the basketball world, he never forgot his roots in Orrville. From coaching three NCAA championship teams at Indiana, to leading the 1984 USA team to an Olympic gold medal, to holding the all-time Div. I record for coaching wins at the […]
  • Remembering Al Van Wie October 15, 2013 - WOOSTER – Al Van Wie was remembered as a man who gave of himself to others, whether as husband, father, grandfather, coach, teacher, mentor or community volunteer during a memorial service Monday at McGaw Chapel. Looking out at all of the people, son Paul Van Wie said the family was humbled by all of the […]
  • Beaumont goes from Rittman to OSU HOF September 29, 2013 - From little Rittman High School in Wayne County to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, it’s been quite a journey for Matt Beaumont. Beaumont, a 1991 Rittman graduate, was one of 14 members of the 2013 OSU HOF Class inducted during a dinner in Columbus Friday night. The honorees, who also included former basketball […]
  • Al Van Wie was much more than a great basketball coach September 19, 2013 - WOOSTER — College of Wooster legend Al Van Wie died Wednesday morning at age 85, leaving a legacy that extended well beyond the basketball court where he made his name as a coaching great. The Fighting Scot alum compiled a 302-216 record as the men’s basketball coach from 1961-82 and was the athletic director from […]
  • Story of football player Charles Follis comes to life at Malabar August 2, 2013 - Written by Ginnie Baker – News Journal correspondent The story of Charles Follis, the first black professional football player, will be presented at Malabar Farm State Park August 9, 11, 16 and 18, with a film crew from the NFL filming there on opening night. The original play, written by local resident and performer Jim […]
  • Front Row Seat: Schafrath back in spotlight one more time July 10, 2013 - by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER – Aurora Advocate When Dick Schafrath was a standout offensive tackle with the Cleveland Browns, he used to drive his Volkswagen Beetle to practice. Receiver Gary Collins rode with him. Both lived in Aurora. The journey was sometimes treacherous in the winter. Schafrath said his car had no heater or […]
  • The many faces of Title IX (video) July 27, 2012 - Diane Shanklin is one of the all-time Ohio high school volleyball coaching legends and a member of the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame. Shanklin won 518 matches over 33 seasons leading the Orrville program she started in 1975 and coached every year but one before retiring after the 2008 season. That run included a […]
  • Hall of Famers Share Secrets to Success July 1, 2012 - WOOSTER — One would expect to come to a hall of fame induction ceremony and listen to a long list of accomplishments of the honorees. That was the case at the 2012 Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony held at Wooster High School Saturday night. Nine new members were inducted in the 19th biennial […]
  • Famous and infamous come alive in Chance’s stories May 23, 2012 - NEW PITTSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Dean Chance, perhaps the greatest high school pitcher ever, went on to win the 1964 Cy Young Award. For most people, that’s enough. But he’s also been a farm kid, playboy, card sharp, carny showman and a boxing administrator. Pushing 71 years old, the former two-time 20-game winner is still […]
  • Orrville legend Tipton, 75, dies November 29, 2011 - ORRVILLE — On the week in which the latest football team from Wayne County, Norwayne, will play for a state title, the coach of the first team to make it that far, Morris “Mo” Tipton, has died. Tipton, who took Orrville to two state championship games in his 23-year coaching career at the school, died […]
  • ‘Thank You, Coach Bates’: Area legend’s story told for first time in book form July 17, 2011 - “Thank you, coach Bates.” When those words were spoken by Isiah Thomas on national television after leading Indiana past North Carolina to win the 1981 NCAA basketball championship, most viewers across the country had no idea who the future NBA great was talking about. However, it’s a phrase that was uttered countless times over more […]
  • Musselman is often forgotten, under-appreciated local legend April 3, 2011 - Sold-out arena. Frenzied college basketball fans awaiting a big-game tip-off. Pregame ballhandling display and layup line set to music and a light show. Colorful uniforms and basketball shoes. Countless venues in recent years fit that description, but that type of atmosphere was almost unheard of 40 years ago. That is, unless fans were lucky enough […]
  • Captains hear from All-Pro WHS alum Schafrath speaks at annual luncheon October 28, 2010 - WOOSTER — Things were a lot different back when Dick Schafrath played high school football for Wooster against Orrville in the 1950s. However, one thing hasn’t changed a bit: “Everybody in each town hates each other for one week in rivalries like this, but then when the game is over they all pull together again,” […]
  • Bobby Knight Gym is official Plus more on ‘The General’ September 26, 2010 - A few thoughts from the week in sports … “A Night with Knight” lasted a little over 1 1/2 hours at Orrville High School last Sunday evening. Long after most of the 850 fans had heard the legendary Orrville graduate and college basketball’s all-time winningest coach speak and left the building, there was one final […]
  • Knight delivers serious message with humor September 20, 2010 - ORRVILLE — A flood of memories returned to Bobby Knight early Sunday evening when he entered the Orrville High School Gym where he once starred. The star of “A Night with Knight” was so anxious to start reminiscing that he interrupted a brief introduction that Orrville Boys and Girls Club director Kevin Platz had started […]