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Wellsville High School Hall of Fame

August 20, 2012
Salem News

WELLSVILLE - Induction of the latest class of the Wellsville High School Hall of Fame is 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at the high school.

The Tigers play host to Toronto at 7:30 p.m. that night at Nicholson Stadium.

All Hall of Fame members will be driven around the field in convertibles before the game.

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Raymond S. "Pick" Rolley

Class of 1924 Football

Raymond "Pick" Rolley was born in Wellsville, on May 28, 1906. He graduated from Wellsville High in 1924, where he played varsity football all four years and was named first team All-County in 1921 and 1922. His outstanding play contributed to Wellsville becoming the Columbiana County champions in 1923.

Both as captain, his senior year, and end, Rolley stood out as a gridiron star. An article in the Nov. 17, 1923, newspaper describes him as having displayed an admirable ability both on offense and defense. His determination and power made it practically impossible for opposing teams to send runners around his end. On offense, his pass catching ability seldom failed to end up the way it was pointed, snuggled beneath his arm. Always a man of integrity, Rolley's display of sportsmanship received praise equal to his athleticism. Through good clean playing and thinking, it is said Rolley injected into the hearts of his teammates a spirit of sportsmanship paralleled by few teams.

Following high school, he worked at McLain Fire Brick Co. located in Wellsville. To find employment during the Depression, he moved to Cleveland and worked as a salesman for the Hudson Motor Co. Rolley returned to Wellsville and became regional salesman for the Campbell and Wood Coffee Co. His wish to become a businessman was later fulfilled when he started his own coffee machine business, serving local potteries and area businesses for many years. In April 1948, Rolley began his duties as clerk-treasurer of Wellsville schools, a position he held for 23 years, retiring Aug. 20, 1971.

On June 20, 1938, he married his wife of 46 years, the former Helen McKenna. They had two children, Raymond J. "Pick" Rolley and Linda L. (Rolley) Weekley.

Pick Rolley was devoted to his family, his community and especially the Wellsville School System. He firmly believed and preached that education was the key to success. He died Aug. 1, 1984, at the age of 78, but lived to see his life's dream of both his children graduating from college.

George Calhoun

Class of 1928

Football, Basketball, Track

George Calhoun, son of Jess and Edith Calhoun, was a member of the Wellsville High School Class of 1928. This outstanding athlete earned 13 varsity letters.

Unfortunatly, press coverage and individual statistics during this era are scant except for game scores.

As a four-year letterwinner on the football team, Calhoun was a halfback and the team's kicker. The team record during the 1926 season was 2-4-1. Home games were played at Hammond Park. The highlight of the season was the final game with East Liverpool before 6,000 fans at Patterson Field. The Potters won 13-6. During the 1927 season the football team played home games at Nicholson Stadium and the record was 3-5. Calhoun was named to the All-County first team for his efforts. The 1928 season was under the direction of new head coach Evans.The team record was 3-4. Once again the highlight of the season was the Thanksgiving Day game with the Potters at Patterson Field. Before a crowd of 8,000, the Tigers lost 31-0.

Calhoun was also a standout on the basketball court. He was the center on the basketball team and he had 157 career points. As proof of his basketball talents, he was named to the All-County Basketball team for three consective years, 1925-27. According to reliable sources, Calhoun actually earned five letters in basketball because Wellsville was holding half-day sessions during this time.

This multi-talented athlete also excelled in track and field. At one county meet in Salem, he placed fourth in the long jump, third in the shot put, and fourth in the 220 hurdles. The team also did very well during his track career

as they placed second at the county meet and ourth place at the Class A district meet in Salem.

Upon graduation, Calhoun received a scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh. He attended Pitt for two years before returning home to marry his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Beech. Calhoun then went to work on the railroad and was killed in a railroad accident. This multi-talented athlete was also a decorated WWII Navy veteran and at one time was named one of the 10 greatest

checker players in the United States.

Sherrill Jackson

Class of 1972

Football, Basketball, Track

Sherrill Jackson is the son of the late Wilmer "Bussy" and Luenell Jackson. A 1971 graduate of Wellsville, Jackson participated in football, basketball and track.

In basketball his senior year, he was named All Buckeye Border Conference, All Area, All County, All Ohio Valley, All Eastern Ohio, All District, Columbiana County Defensive Player of The Year, and Honorable Mention All State.

In football, he was named All Buckeye Border Conference, All Area, All County, All OVAC and All State. He received the Buck Powell Memorial trophy, receiving 4 letters in track, 4 letters in football, and 3 letters in basketball.

Jackson graduated from Bowling Green State University where he was a 3 year letterman and earned All MAC conference honors his senior year.

Jacksons children are Lindsey, Jess, Dan, Tiffany, Kaye Lynn, and Frankie. Jackson resides in Grove City, Ohio, with his fiancee Judy.

Carrie Cornwell

Class of 1987

Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Tennis

Carrie Ann Cornwell graduated from Wellsville in 1987. She is the daughter of Carol and George Cornwell and has two boys, Keegan (12) and Parker (9). Cornwell is the only athlete from Wellsville to earn 16 varsity letters as she played volleyball, basketball, tennis and track.

She threw both shot put and discus for the track team and held the school record for these events upon her graduation. She earned the coaches award along with 24 1st place ribbons during the Indian League meets along with All Area second team for throwing events. During the OVAC meets she earned 2nd place medals 1985-87 for discus.

As a member of the tennis team she made All Area first team four years in a row and 3 years of MVP and 1 for outstanding player award.

On the volleyball court, she received most points scored for two years and had the thrill of serving all 15 points to help the team win in matches. She also earned Co-MVP, All Area third team, and MVP Reserve.

One of her proudest moments was the girls' basketball victory against Millersberg-West Holmes for the Regionals. She earned the captain award and WHS basketball State runner-up 1987, best foul shooter two years in a row and upon graduation received the Ken Carr Memorial award for basketball

Cornwell attended Otterbein College in Westerville, where she played basketball and soccer.

She graduated with a double major in Sports Medicine and Education with a minor in coaching. She spent three years working for the D.O.E.'s Protective Force Unit as a Fitness Coordinator and Training Officer where she had the opportunity to train and be on a SWAT team.

From there she spent the next 16 years working for General Motors in numerous locations. During this time she earned her Masters degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. She finally retired from GM and has moved back to the Dayton Area to be with her children and has started a new career in management for Kohl's at their

distribution center. If she is not at work she is golfing, rock climbing, or finding her way to a beach for rest and relaxation.

Eric Dowling

Class of 1987

Football, Wrestling

Eric Dowling is the son of Ed and Sally Dowling. A 1987 graduate of Wellsville, Dowling excelled in football, wrestling, and baseball.

In his senior year, he placed 2nd in the State wrestling tournament. He also wrestled for Ohio in the Ohio versus Pennsylvania all star event. In 1986, during his junior year, he placed 3rd at the state tournament. In both years, Dowling won many local tournaments.

In football, Eric was a 4 year letterman for Coach Mike McVey earning Honorable Mention all state his junior year and special mention all state his senior year. He was also named to the OVAC All-Star team both his junior and senior

seasons, and was honored by the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club for outstanding achievement in football.

Jared Mike

Class of 2003 Basketball

Jared Mike graduated from Wellsville, Valedictorian, of the class of 2003. Upon graduating he attended Wheeling Jesuit University, where he completed degrees in Chemistry and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Then he went on to pursue his doctorate in pharmacy at the Lake Erie College of medicine in Bradenton, Fla.

Mike is employed with CVS Pharmacy and involved in many philanthropic activities with the professional pharmaceutical fraternity Kappa Psi with which he is an active member in.

JMike's High School Achievements include: In 2002 he was named to the All Ohio Division 5 Special Mention team and was also represented in the 2002 edition of varsity speed magazine for basketball. He was a USA Junior National Basketball Participant at Ohio State University and was selected to participate in the USA Junior National Championship in Atlanta.

He was chosen as captain of the basketball team his senior year (2003). A 3-year letter winner for Varsity Basketball, District 5 player of the year 2003, First Team All-Ohio 2003. He was named the East Liverpool Review Co-player of the year, also in 2003. First Team AP Eastern District Basketball. Columbiana County Coaches Co-Player of the year and First Team Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. In his career he scored 900 career points and snagged 700 career rebounds to go along with 250 blocked shots. His senior year he was able to record 19 double-doubles and average 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game. His career high came against Youngstown Wilson where he had 39 points.

The Valedictorian of the class of 2003, he was able to carry that success into college as he was named an Academic All-American. In 2006, Mike was inducted in Alpha Sigma Nu, which is the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, where he served as president in 2006-07. Also in college, he was a member of the 2004-05 Wheeling Jesuit men's basketball team that has won the only West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in school history and went to the first ever NCAA Division II National Basketball Tournament for the Cardinals as well.

Gabrielle Burns Baker

Class of 2004 Softball

Gabrielle Annette Burns graduated from Wellsville in 2004. She is the youngest of four children of Jim Burns and the late Georgeanna Burns. She ranked 8th in her graduating class.

By her junior year, she had accomplished many goals. In 2003, she tallied 304 strikeouts, averaging 15 strikeouts per game. She recorded two 18 strikeout games, two 17 strikeout games, and one 16 strikeout performance in which she struck out 14 batters in a row. Burns had four no-hitters, and three one-hit games, which was 1/3 of all the games she pitched. Her earned run average was 0.96 and the batting average against her was .081. Within her first two years of pitching, she had allowed only 42 hits with 36 of them being singles, three doubles, three triples, and no home runs. Burns also led the team with a .354 batting average. She received First Team All-County, First Team OVAC, First Team All-Eastern District, and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. This season was also the first time in Wellsville's softball history that the team had a record above .500 (12-11) and still stands as the Tigers' best season ever.

As her senior year began, Burns signed early with the Division I Kent State. She received First Team All-County, First Team All Eastern District, and All-Ohio honors.

She finished 2004 with 264 strikeouts. By the end of her high school career, Burns notched 706

strikeouts and seven no-hitters. She is the only softball player from Wellsville to make All-Ohio honors, as well as pursue a softball career at the collegiate level.

By her senior year at Kent State she had finished the season with the lowest earned run average (1.29) for any pitcher in the Mid-American Conference, and helped the pitching staff record the most strikeouts in a season by striking out 231 batters. In 2008, her wins and shutouts are tied for 6th most in a season, 7th in strikeouts, and her winning percentage is 5th for Kent State.

She is ranked 6th at Kent State in career strikeouts, 7th overall in ERA, and first in the best career winning percentage. Burns was also ranked 13th in the nation her senior year for number of hits allowed per 7 innings. She threw a no-hitter during a tournament in North Carolina, where she was named "Most Valuable Player of the Tournament."

She received 2008's "Coach's Award" at Kent State. The Flashes completed the 2008 season with a record of 46-12, where Burns finished with a personal record of 20-6.

Burns was named First Team All-MAC and was selected for the All-Star team, where she was presented the opportunity to face the Women's USA softball team. She was selected to be the starting pitcher tossing the first two innings, allowing only one hit and no runs. Burns always said she ended her career in the best way possible during this game. She struck out Olympic Gold medalist, Jennie Finch, to conclude her career on the mound.

Burns graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She currently works as an Intervention Specialist at Wellsville Middle School.

She married Justin Baker in 2010. The couple reside in Minerva, with their 2-year-old daughter, Clara.

Howard Gilger

Coach Football, Track

Howard Gilger was born in New Martinsville, W.Va. in 1937, and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1954. He attended WVU, West Liberty State and graduated with honors from Marietta College in 1959. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio University while earning his Masters

Degree in Physical Education and Administrator in 1961. From 1961-68, Gilger held several positions as a teacher and coach. He was an assistant coach for football and basketball at Middleport, Ohio, an assistant coach at Marysville for football, basketball and baseball and in 1964, Gilger was hired as the head football coach and reserve baseball coach at Stanton Local.

In 1966, Howard returned to Marysville as head football coach where one of his star players, Gary Shirk, ended up playing pro football for the New York Giants.

Gilger was hired as head football Coach and teacher at Wellsville in 1968 and spent the next 29 years as a Tiger. Due to a levy not passing Wellsville did not have football in 1967 which made his job much harder to build a program. The team went 3-16 the first 2 years and the 3rd year Howard coached the Tigers to an 8-2 record - the best record in 32 years at Wellsville. The next 10 years, his record was 64-35. Gilger coached the Tigers for 12 years and most of those years he had 50-60 players on varsity and another 20-25 om freshman team. Gilger also spent 9 years coaching Jr. High basketball and was the head track coach for 25 years and during that time he had several players go to state, including state high jump champ Greg Pullie in 1984 and state long jump champ Ronnie Pullie in 1988.

Wellsville won several titles during his 25 years, including regional champions in 1993. He received the Wheeling Intelligencer Track Award in 1993 which included all Classes in the OVAC. From 1980-92, Gilger was athletic director and during that time several improvements were done at Nicholson Stadium. A new building was erected that provided new locker rooms, wrestling room, and a much needed storage. New concession stands, restrooms, lights and scoreboard were also completed at this time.



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