For the seventh consecutive year The Times-Gazette is requesting nominations for its hall of fame and scholar-athlete awards.
Both the hall of fame inductees and scholar-athlete nominees will be honored at a dinner banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Ponderosa Banquet Center in Hillsboro. The banquet is open to the public.
Nominees for The Times-Gazette Athletic Hall of Fame can be athletes, coaches, or anyone who has had an influence on athletics in Highland County. Nominations, which should include as much detailed information about the nominee as possible, can be dropped off or mailed to The Times-Gazette, 108 Gov. Trimble Place, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. They can also be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations for the hall of fame should be submitted no later than Friday, May 13 so the newspaper can have time to review the submissions and notify the inductees.
Nominees for The Times-Gazette Scholar Athlete Award must be a senior from a Highland County high school who has lettered in at least one sport during the 2015-16 school year. Nominations can be made only by varsity coaches who coached the nominee during the current school year. Coaches can nominate one student-athlete for each sport they coached.
The nominations should include the student-athletes’ name, school, cumulative grade point average, number of letters won during their high school years and senior year, accomplishments both academic and athletic, and community service achievements.
Nominations will be sent to all athletic directors at Highland County’s five public high schools next week.
Those nominations can be dropped off at the respective school’s athletic director’s office or mailed or dropped off to: The Times-Gazette, ℅ Jeff Gilliland, 108 Gov. Trimble Place, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.
Nominations for the hall of fame should received no later than May 13.
The hall of fame inductees, the student-athlete nominees and the coaches who nominate the student-athletes will be guests of The Times-Gazette at the June 23 banquet, where one of the student-athletes will be announced as the winner of the 2016 Highland County Scholar-Athlete Award and receive a $200 scholarship courtesy of The Times-Gazette.
Others can reserve $16 tickets by calling Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.
The hall of fame inductees will be announced in an upcoming edition of The Times-Gazette and will be featured in the newspaper during the week prior to the banquet.
Past hall of fame inductees include:
Joe Crawford, Hillsboro H.S.
William “Buck” Ewing, Hoagland native
James “Jimmy” Hull, McClain H.S.
Raymond “Dutch” Purdin, McClain H.S
Bill Uhl Sr., McClain H.S.
Kip Young, Whiteoak H.S.
Linda Fittro-Hatten, Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
Joe Hiestand, Hillsboro H.S.
Don Grate, McClain H.S.
Dante Jackson, McClain H.S.
Ernie Blankenship, Hillsboro H.S.
Jim Cook, Fairfield H.S.
Dennis Overstake, Whiteoak/McClain H.S.
Rick Van Matre, McClain H.S.
Jon Cole, Hillsboro H.S.
Kevin Greer, Fairfield H.S.
Whitney Lewis, Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
Otis Wagner, McClain H.S.
Angie (Roush) Bogard, Whiteoak H.S.
Audra Cook-Branham, McClain H.S.
Mark Pierson, Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
Terry McConnaughey, Hillsboro H.S.
Danny Long, McClain H.S.
Sarah (Hull) Marietta, McClain H.S.
Glenn Moberly, Buford/Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
T.J. Turner, Hillsboro H.S.
Past winners of the scholar-athlete award include:
Andrew Goolsby, Hillsboro H.S.
Cali Hatten, Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
Aric Carroll, Hillsboro H.S.
Luis Rivas, McClain H.S.
Karen Hilt, Lynchburg-Clay H.S.
Morgan Dettwiller, McClain H.S.
Tara Karnes, McClain H.S.
Trey Moberly, Hillsboro H.S.
Kiley Sosby, Whiteoak H.S.