By Eddie Mowen Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13, 2014
The Preble County Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome nine individuals and three teams as the newest members to be inducted on Sunday, May 25. This year’s class will be the 12th to be inducted.
The event will take place at the Preble County YMCA and begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour. The ceremony will start at 7 p.m.
Those to be honored include:
Betty Brenner — Twin Valley North — Class of 1969
Brenner’s athletic accomplishments date back to her days at Twin Valley North High School. She began playing softball before TVN had a team to call their own and has excelled ever since. She began playing in summer leagues in 1968, while in high school. In 1970, she began playing in women’s leagues, where she has left her mark. In July of 2013, Brenner was inducted into the Southwest Ohio Softball Legends Hall of Fame for her stellar career. While at North, Brenner was a four-year starter in volleyball and basketball. She was a two-year starter in softball and competed in track. After high school, Brenner attended Bowling Green State University where she played three years of volleyball, competed in track for two seasons and completed one season on the field hockey team. Since, she has been playing with the Ohio Cardinals and won five world championships. Brenner also coached for several years at the collegiate level.
Brian Ramsey — Tri-County North — Class of 1984
Ramsey earned 10 varsity letters while at North, including four in baseball and three each in basketball and football. He earned special mention All-Oho. After his career at North, Ramsey went on to earn four varsity letters in baseball at Ohio Northern, where he was a First Team All-Conference player twice.
DaShayne Wadsworth — Eaton — 1986
Wadsworth started and lettered four years in basketball, two years in cross country and graduated 10th in a class of 158. She achieved a personal goal that was set at the age of 10, to receive a full scholarship to play basketball at a Division I School. She was Eaton’s MVP all four years and scored more than 1,000 points in her career. During her senior season, Wadsworth was first-team All-Southwest Ohio and second team All-Ohio while averaging 17.6 points per game and 10.6 rebounds a game. After high school, she played at Wright State University.
Susan George — Preble Shawnee — Class of 1988
George was a two-sport standout for the Arrows. George earned four varsity letters in softball and three in volleyball. On the softball field, she was one of the top pitchers in the state her junior and senior seasons. She earned first-team All-Ohio honors twice while leading the Arrows to a 41-8 record her final two seasons. She played on the first-ever softball and volleyball league title teams at Shawnee. After high school, George played collegiately at Wright State before an injury ended her career. She later became head coach at Preble Shawnee, a position she held for 13 years, compiling 153 wins, a league championship (1998), a sectional title (2001), a district championship (2001) and a regional semifinal appearance. She was twice named Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division Coach of the Year.
Mark Erslan — Twin Valley South — 1988
Erslan helped guide the Panthers to an 18-2 regular season mark during his senior year and a 19-3 overall mark on his way to earning All-Southwest District Honors and a spot on the Ohio North-South All-Star team as an alternate. He was a four-year starter for South and was named First Team All-Cross County Conference Player of the Year twice (1987 and 88). He was an All-District pick in both his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 23.5 points per game and 9.9 rebounds a contest his senior year. For his career, he averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Erslan finished his high school career with 1,583 points and 656 rebounds in 89 games. After high school, he played at Rio Grande where he collected 1,330 points as a three-year starter.
Dan Bassler — Twin Valley South — 1988
Throughout his high school career, Bassler was a four-year starter and letterman in football, twice an All-League pick. His senior year he was voted to the All-District as a safety and also received All-State Special Mention. As a member of the TVS basketball squad he was a three-year starter and letter-winner. As a four-year letter-winner and starter for the baseball team, Bassler helped his team advance to the regionals three times, including making two trips to the regional finals. After high school, Bassler continued his baseball career at Wright State on an Academic and Athletic Scholarship where he had an outstanding career. He was an assistant coach for nine years with the Raiders after his playing days.
Lettie Combs — Preble Shawnee — 1990
Combs was one of the more complete athletes to ever play at Preble Shawnee. The three-sport star earned 11 varsity letters and played on seven league championship teams during her four-year career for the Arrows. She starred on three basketball championship teams, where she scored 915 career points and grabbed 683 rebounds, while playing in 90 games. She played for two sectional title winning teams, a district champion and a regional qualifier. In volleyball, she was part of three league title teams, in addition to a sectional championship team, a district title team and a regional runner-up. In softball, she was an Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection during her senior year.
Travis Miller — National Trail — 1991
While at National Trail, Miller was a three-sport athlete winning seven varsity letters, three in football, two in basketball and two in baseball. While playing baseball, he threw three no-hitters, and had a career pitching record of 15-3. He had 195 career strike outs and a 1.19 career ERA. He led his 1991 team to the regional finals. His baseball career continued at Kent State where he pitched for three seasons before becoming a first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1994. He pitched in the major leagues for seven seasons and appeared in 203 games before an injury ended his career.
Heather Eubanks— National Trail — 1993
Eubanks is one of the most decorated female athletes to ever grace the hallways of National Trail High School. The track and cross country star made multiple trips to the state meet in both sports, including becoming a state champion in the 1,600-meter run in 1992. In cross country, she was a four-year state qualifier and placer (6th, 8th, 6th, 13th). In addition to winning state title in track, Eubanks earned two state-runners up finishes, once in the 1,600 and once in a 3,200. She completed her running career at The Ohio State University.
1958 West Alexandria Baseball team
The team won the Preble County and district championships before losing in the regional finals. Team members and managers included, Dan Deeter, Tim Duffie, Tom Deeter, Jay Brixey, Jay Wright, Al DeVillbiss, Gary Gilbert (manager), Jess Curry (coach), Dave Wright, Tim Worley, Art Curp, Dick Bruns, Kendall Toney, Jim Mobley and Ed Duffie.
1974 Preble Shawnee Basketball team
The Arrows finished the season 20-4 and as regional runners-up. They were the top-rated AA team in the area en route to winning the SWOC championship, sectional and district titles. Team members include Tom Morris, Kenny Wysong, Greg Via, Tom Johnson, Dave Biggs, Dave McDaniel, Ritchie Longworth, Bill Neal, Sherman Perkins, Derek O’Banion, Lance Beam, John Gevedon, Mike Moore, Ken Ward and Steve Johnson. The team was coached by Mike Akers and Larry Banfield.
1975 Eaton Wrestling team
The team placed 6th at the state meet, earning one of the highest finishes of a team from Southwest Ohio at the time. The Eagles won six of seven dual meets on the season, in addition to claiming sectional and district championships. Team members include Darrel Howe, Terry Gallimore, Bob Pieratt, Scott Vosler, Robin Bourne, Scott Sorrell, Mike Howe, Tim Gallimore, Dennis Knight, Bill Johnson, Rusty Meyers, Glen Findley, Terry Nickell, Dirk Crosier. The team was coached by Sam Ridder. Statisticians were Melissa Horigan and Teresa Miller