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  • Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2024 April 19, 2024 - The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2024, which will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, June 22 at the Greystone Event Center in Wooster. The 24th WCSHOF class consists of Nick Bellanco, Mike Breckenridge, Barb Davis, Terry Dilyard, Brad Doty, Beth Green, Mason Monheim, Erica (Short) Baker, Rhonda […]
  • WCSHOF honors class of 2020 after two-year wait June 27, 2022 - » Class of 2020 Photo Gallery WOOSTER – It was a celebration worth the wait when the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was inducted at the Greystone Event Center in Wooster on June 24, 2022. The COVID pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 banquet, but all of the inductees were […]
  • WCSHOF inducts class of 2018 June 26, 2018 - The 22nd biennial class of the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame was inducted Saturday, June 23 at Wooster Grace Church. The inductees were (front, from left) Heidi Filippi Haas, Gary Jensen, Mary Beth Thompson McKinney, Mike Smith, Joe Tomlinson; (back) Tom Reusser, Derek Jackson, Don Hershey, Nate Gaubatz and Seth Mastrine. Presenters were Steve Moore (Nate’s father-in-law […]
  • Deadline to purchase WCSHOF induction dinner tickets is June 15 June 13, 2018 - Tickets will be on sale through the end of this week for the 2018 Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony, which will be held at Wooster Grace Church, 4599 Burbank Rd., on Saturday, June 23. The 22nd WCSHOF induction class consists of Nathan Gaubatz, Heidi (Fillippi) Haas, Don Hershey, Derek Jackson, […]
  • WCSHOF Announces 2018 induction class May 10, 2018 - By Mike Plant / Sports Editor The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2018, to be inducted at the dinner and ceremony on Saturday, June 23 at Grace Church in Wooster. The 22nd WCSHOF class consists of Nathan Gaubatz, Heidi (Fillippi) Haas, Don Hershey, Derek Jackson, Gary Jensen, Seth Mastrine, […]
  • WCSHOF bowling fundraiser will be April 22 at Wayne Lanes April 9, 2018 - The fifth annual bowling outing to benefit the WCSHOF will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Wayne Lanes in Wooster. Cost for each four-person team (men, women or students welcome) is $100 and includes three games plus lunch. The event features door prizes and raffles, team awards, and a 50/50 drawing. […]
  • WCSHOF dusts off artifacts, seeks them April 17, 2017 - WOOSTER — The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame museum opened in 2003 with a memorable ribbon-cutting ceremony. A who’s who of local dignitaries were on hand for the event, including late Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame members Roy Bates and Ed Arn; former WCSHOF trustee and state representative Jim Carmichael, who passed away […]
  • It was a great night as the WCSHOF inducted 10 new members July 14, 2016 - WOOSTER — The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame added 10 new members during its 2016 induction ceremony held at Wooster Grace Church on Saturday night (June 25, 2016). The 21st biennial induction class consisted of Mark Alberts, Sr., Stephanie Bercaw, Linda Boyan, Marcell Denson, Tonya Smoot Haralson, Brianne Morlock Indorf, Rick Mast, Bob Morgan, […]
  • WCSHOF Announces 2016 Induction Class March 24, 2016 - The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 offers another incredible cross-section of men and women, who excelled in more than a half-dozen different sports as athletes and coaches over the past five-plus decades. The 22nd class of WCSHOF inductees consists of Mark Alberts Sr., Stephanie Bercaw, Linda Boyan, Marcell Denson, Tonya (Smoot) […]
  • 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 […]