EAST LIVERPOOL - Steve Golden, chairman of the East Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, recently released the names of those in the induction classes of 2011 and 2012.
The class of 2012 is Rick Carter (1972), while the class of 2011 includes the late Tyler Butler (2004), Mark Douglas (1982) Jenny McVay (1991), George Hornick (1956), Robert Jackson (1999) and and Josh Martin (1996).
On Friday, prior to the 7:30 p.m. opening kickoff between East Liverpool and Beaver Local at Patterson Field, the inductees will be introduced to the fans.
The formal ceremonies are Saturday with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the induction at 7 in the high school auditorium.
Jack Cunningham, former East Liverpool High School principal, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Cunningham is a 1988 graduate of ELHS, the 50th Bill Booth recipient in 1987, the ELHS Lou Vindetti Most Valuable Wrestler in 1988 and a Hall of Fame Inductee in the Class of 2010.
Talented 2011 ELHS graduate William Hogue, now a student of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, will sing the National Anthem.
The induction ceremony is open to the public without charge.
Class of 2004
Butler was three-sport athlete at ELHS having earned 7 varsity letters. Small in stature as a football player he gave no quarter to larger opponents. He roamed the secondary and had a reputation as a vicious tackler. As a senior he was accorded honors as 2nd team All-County as a defensive back and special mention All-Ohio Eastern District.
As a three-year letterman in wrestling he came in second in the Lorain Southview Invitational Tournament.
Tragically, Butler was killed in a humvee accident while serving his country with the Army in Iraq.
His father, Kenneth, will be his presenter and his mother, Laura, will be his recipient.
Class of 1982
A superb athlete, Douglas earned 9 varsity letters.
As a three-year letterman in football, he was All-Area 1st team safety, All-County 2nd team and Honorable Mention All-OVAC as a junior.
As a senior, he had 23 receptions for 293 yards with 3 TDs and two interceptions. He set a school record for return of a fumble against Salem of 102 yards.
Douglas lettered for three years in basketball and will be well remembered for his phenomenal 44-inch vertical leaping ability and the resulting slam dunks. He was selected 2nd team All-County and 1st team All-Area as he averaged 22 points per game.
As a two-year track competitor, he won the District long jump in 1981, and the Columbiana County 110-yard high hurdles in 1982.
Douglas joined the Army in January of 1991 and has served honorably for the past 21 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He has served in Iraq and Kuwait.
He has added to his accomplishments by earning a degree in criminal justice.
Class of 1991
One of the most versatile athletes ever to perform for the Potters began making headlines as a freshman, when she was selected as the most improved volleyball player and 1st Team Eastern District in softball with a batting average of .431.
As a sophomore she continued to make her mark when she was selected Honorable Mention District 1 in volleyball, Honorable Mention All-Ohio in basketball and 1st Team Eastern District and Special Mention All-Ohio in softball with a .429 batting average.
As a junior, she was 2nd team Eastern District in volleyball, 1st team Eastern District in basketball and special mention All-Ohio and in softball she was 1st team Eastern District and Special Mention All-Ohio with a .481 batting average.
As a senior, she was Div. 1 District 1 Player of the Year, 1st team Eastern District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio in volleyball, in basketball she was District 5 1st team, River Valley League 1st team and special mention All-Ohio, and in softball she was Eastern District 1st team and Co-Player of the Year, 1st team All-State with .397 batting average.
All told, McVay earned 11 varsity letters.
She played four years of softball at Ashland University, graduating in 1996.
Her presenters will be her uncle, Mike McVay, and her grandmother, June McVay.
Class of 1956
George Hornick was a fastball pitching ace on Hayden Buckley's 1956 Potter nine. He won 6 games, while losing only one during that phenomenal season when he hurled the Potters to the State semifinals, where they lost to Cleveland Benedictine.
While hurling a no-hitter against Bridgeport in the District Finals, he also added to his cause by driving in the winning run in the eighth inning of that 1-0 victory.
In the Regional Final, Hornick threw a five-hitter as the Potters defeated Canton McKinley 4-2.
In two years Hornick won 11 games while losing only two. He worked in seven games, giving up eight earned runs as he fanned 44 batters.
In September of 1956, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for an undisclosed bonus and was assigned to a Class C farm team. An injury to his pitching arm railroaded what was believed to have been a brilliant pitching career.
His teammate, classmate and fellow pitcher, Don Rogers, will serve as his presenter.
Class of 1999
As gifted an athlete as any who ever wore the Blue and White, Jackson personified the phrase of "playing with reckless abandonment." A punishing, yet adept, runner, he thrilled fans and teammates with his bull-like rushes, cat-like quickness and snake-like elusiveness. Those who saw him will forever have memories of his greatness.
He holds the single season rushing record of 1,656 yards amassed in 1998, the single-game rushing yardage at 373 yards and 3rd most points in game at 30 against St. Clairsville in 1998. He is 2nd in most points in a season with 136. He has the 3rd longest run with a pass interception for a TD of 90 yards and is tied with Eddie Oliver for the longest run for a TD at 93 yards. He is the 3rd leading career rusher with 1,960 yards and holds the single game total offense record of 477 yards. He is 2nd in total offense for a season with 1,843 yards.
For his accomplishments, he was selected 1st Team All-State at running back in 1998.
In basketball he earned two varsity letters and was selected Special Mention All-Ohio as both a junior and a senior.
His presenter will be Rob Kelly.
Class of 1996
Martin was co-captain of the ELHS basketball team his senior season. He was selected 2nd Team All-Ohio for averaging 23 points per game and 12 rebounds. He was the recipient of the prestigious Bob Devon/Hi-Y Award as the Most Outstanding Senior Basketball Player. He was chosen to play in the postseason Penn-Ohio All-Star Game and the North-South All-Star Game in Columbus.
He received a basketball scholarship from St. Vincent College where he was voted MVP for his performance during their Holiday Tournament his freshman year.
His sophomore year he transferred to Tiffin University on a basketball scholarship. While there he was selected as 1st team All-Conference for three consecutive years. He was once selected for the honor as National Player of the Week. Following his junior season, he was selected as Honorable Mention All-American.
Martin scored more than 1,500 career points and 800 rebounds in his college career. Academically, he made the Dean's list every semester.
He returned to ELHS as Coach Nick Aloi's assistant for one season.
He is currently employed by the Columbiana County MRDD in Lisbon.
His presenter will be his father, Jeff Martin.
Class of 1972
Carter was a three-year varsity performer in football where he earned 1st team honors on the All-Area, All-County and All-District teams, while being accorded great honor as District "Lineman of the Year" and 1st team All-State.
As a 3-year varsity wrestler, Carter compiled a career record of 15-3 with 10 pins. He pinned his opponent is 43 seconds at the Northwestern Wrestling Tournament.
He beat the renowned Wally Pesuit of Wintersville during the regular season, but lost to him in the sectional finals.
Carter played 4 years of football at Youngstown State University serving as captain his senior year.
His presenter will be classmate, Dru Joyce.