VIENNA, W.Va. - The Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame has a dozen new members after its 16th annual induction banquet Saturday night at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center.
Five coaches, three women, a local golf pioneer, a basketball and football player, and one of the driving forces behind the MOV Sports Hall of Fame were those enshrined.
Ashli White Childers, a standout athlete in basketball and softball at Ripley High in the 80s and then in college softball as a Morehead State Hall hall of famer, "reflected back" on her athletic career, "and a lot of the life lessons that you learn from sports."
Bryan Crislip became the third member of one family ever to have three Mid-Ohio Valley HOF inductees on Saturday, following in his dad Terry and uncle Joe's athletic footsteps at Parkersburg South with all-state honors in both basketball and golf, and attained even more prestigious honors in college as a basketball player at Florida Gulf Coast University before the days of Chase Fieler.
"I read the list of inductees and it's a great class," he said. "I'm just privileged to be a part of it."
Mike DeVol, who won almost 70 percent of his games coaching football at Caldwell, Warren and Parkersburg South where he won a state championship in 2003, accepted the HOF honor on behalf of all his players and coaches through the years as well as his family, wife and parents.
"For therm and all the individuals who made me a winning coach, I accept this award," he said.
Joe Garrett, who coached two different teams - Belpre and Parkersburg Catholic - to state high school basketball championships in two different states and won almost 300 games in his career, thanked his mentors and especially "the hundreds of players I had through the years."
Roger Hosaflook, the first high school wrestling coach in Ohio to win 400 dual matches and a recent inductee into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, was "honored to be included in the group of Belpre coaches in this hall of fame. They were great men and great coaches, and I'm happy to join them."
Mike Lucas, who led Wirt County to a perfect 10-0 regular season, three 9-1 seasons and five state football playoffs, in particular thanked his wife Barbara and Kenny Wright, his high school football coach at Pennsboro - "the single most reason I got into this (coaching). None of us got here on our own, but the people I owe the biggest debt to are my players."
Larry Martin was a longtime pro and general manager at the Parkersburg Country Club who in 1984 founded a state junior golf tour, but died in 2012. His wife Becky accepted his induction plaque Saturday, but said it was "a bittersweet moment" for her, as she "was honored to accept this award, but wish he was here to do so."
Mike McCoy, one in a long line of premier Parkersburg High School running backs in football who had over 2,500 yards rushing before playing at Marshall, called the annual MOV Hall of Fame induction ceremony "a great event and I'm really humbled and honored to be here."
Alison Spiker Morris, the first female athlete at Ripley High to earn 12 varsity letters and an all-stater in both cross country and track, was represented Saturday by her father Mike Spiker as she and her husband, both doctors, were on a medical mission in Guatemala.
Missy Spangler, a multi-sport (basketball, cross country and track) Ritchie County High School athlete who was voted the state girls prep cager of the year in 2003, is now running for a cause in her dad Terry's honor as he has Parkinson's disease and was unable to attend Saturday's HOF induction. She runs for Michael J. Fox's Team Fox to find a cure for the disease.
"In life, you have to be a fighter who never loses hope," she said.
Don Stansberry, the winningest coach in girls basketball at Parkersburg High with four state championships, said his coaching philosophy was to "always surround myself with people who were smarter than me.
Don Ullmann, on the founding committee of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame and who currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization, acknowledged that "the person who really makes the thing go is my wife. I prefer to be behind the scenes."