By Eddie Mowen Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2014
Twin Valley South honored four of its finest earlier this year during halftime of a boys basketball game — two for extracurricular activities and two for service to the school community.
Pat Masters and Magen Maleski were enshrined into the hall of fame for the abilities in athletics, while Duayne Sewell and Dwight “Breezy” Lanthrop were inducted for their longevity and commitment to the boys’ basketball program.
Masters is a 1969 graduate of Twin Valley South, who earned 11 varsity letters in high school, two in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and two in track.
In football, Masters was 1st team All-Dayton Suburban League, All-Southwestern District and Honorable-Mention All-Ohio his senior year when the Panthers went 8-1.
In basketball, Masters was 1st team All-Dayton Suburban League, All-County and team MVP as he averaged 18 points a game. In baseball, he was a leading home run hitter and all-league as well.
In track, Masters was the Preble County, League and Southwest District Pole Vault champion. He was a state qualifier in the pole vault. He was a member of the 880-yard relay team which won the Preble County, League, District and Regional titles. The team set records in both the district and regional meets. At the state meet, the relay team placed 4th.
Masters went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky in 1973. He has had a long career in education. He was the head football coach at Meadowdale High School for 15 years. His teams won the Dayton City League championship nine times, while he accumulated a 99-47-2 record. His teams produced 55 major college players and five NFL players.
In 2003, Masters was named as one of five finalists for the 2003 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year.
Masters and his wife Debbie have been married for 32 years and have two sons, Ryan and Patrick.
Maleski is a 2004 graduate of Twin Valley South.
She earned 10 varsity letters in high school, four in track, three in basketball, two in cross country and one in softball.
In track, Maleksi was the first-ever female state champion for Division III Pole Vault, in 2002, her sophomore year. Maleksi also was the first Twin Valley female to win a state championship.
She qualified for state in the pole vault the next two years, placing 4th her junior year and 7th her senior year. Maleski was a member of the 2002 800-meter relay team that set a school record and a regional record and entered the state meet with the top qualifying time of 1 minute, 45 seconds. She also held the school record in the 300 hurdles at the time of her graduation.
In basketball, Maleski was All-Preble County and All-League.
In cross country, she was part of the 2002 team that won the Preble County championship, was league runner-up, fourth at the district meet, and a regional qualifier.
She received the Rae Burick Women in Sports award as a high school junior.
In academics, Maleski graduated in the top five percent of her class and was in the National Honor Society.
Maleski went on to Baldwin Wallace University and competed for their track team, lettering all four years. She graduated cum laude, completing a double major in Fine Arts and Art History.
She is the daughter of Pat and Mandy Maleski.
The first service inductee honored was the late Dwight “Breezy” Lanthrop. Lanthrop’s family will be accepting his plaque later this spring.
Lanthrop was a 1937 graduate from Lanier High School.
He was scorekeeper for Lanier and later Twin Valley South for 42 years. He was official scorekeeper for the Preble County, Sectional, and District basketball tournaments. He was the official scorekeeper for the Ohio High School State Basketball Championship games in 1972.
Lanthrop served on the Preble County Soil Conservation Board and the Preble County Farm Bureau. He is a past Lanier School Board member and a past Lanier Township trustee.
Lanthrop played tuba for the Homer Bacon Farmers Band and the Moose Band of Dayton.
The second service inductee was Duayne Sewell.
Sewell served on the West Alexandria Fire Department for 35 years. He retired as a captain in 2008. He was also one of the charter members on the West Alexandria Emergency squad and was until this past year a volunteer driver for the EMS.
Sewell was the official scorekeeper for TVS basketball for 40 years from 1972 to 2012, keeping score at times for both girls’ and boys’ games. He has kept score for over 1,000 games in his career. He was also the time keeper for the TVS football games. He has served 40 years as the official scorekeeper for the Ohio High School Tournament games held at UD Arena, and he was scorekeeper for the Ohio High School State Basketball Championships in 1982 and 1983.
He served as co-chairman with Phil Dawkins for the West Alex Jamborees in the 1960s and 1970s. For St John United Church of Christ he has served as a trustee, and chair of the Octoberfest food booth. He is a past manager of the West Alexandria Community Pool.
Sewell was inducted into the Preble County Hall Of Fame in 2013. He was inducted into the Dixie High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was chosen as West Alexandria Outstanding Citizen in 2008.
Sewell and his wife Sue have two children, Amy and Jenny, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.