2012 honorees inducted into Hall of Fame
McARTHUR — The 10th class of honorees was inducted into the Vinton County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night.
Vinton County High School principal Kevin Waddell introduced the 2012 class, which consists of three individuals and one team. They will join the 24 members previously inducted into the Hall.
Long-time service honoree Jerry Hawk has been a mainstay in assisting the athletic program and an integral part of the program’s successes.
Hawk is a graduate of the former Allensville High School who served his country during the Vietnam War. His actions over seas earned him the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Hawk was president of the Athletic Boosters Club for four years; girls softball assistant coach for five years; and assistant to the summer youth softball and baseball programs for 25 years. He has been the official boys basketball scorebook keeper for nearly 30 years, a position for which he has earned the name “The Bookkeeper.”
Harold Caudill is a Vinton County High School graduate with the class of 1974. His athletic endeavors at the varsity level include four varsity letters in football, four in basketball and two in track, for a total of 10 varsity letters. His senior football season was cut short because of a protracted school strike and personal injury.
In track, Caudill lettered his junior and senior years. As a junior, he was named best runner on the team as well as being awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy.
Basketball is the sport in which Harold made the biggest impact. As a freshman, he was named the most improved player. His sophomore year saw him lead his team in scoring and rebounding, and he ended the season with the highest field goal percentage on the team. As a result, he was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-TVC first team.
As a senior, Harold narrowly missed out on leading the team in scoring for the third consecutive year, but did lead the team once again in rebounding. He was once again honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player. The team won the school’s first TVC championship and following the season, Caudill was named to The Athens Messenger All-Star team. He was also named first team All-TVC, first team All-Southeast Ohio and All-Ohio.
Caudill’s career totals left him first in total rebounds, seventh in scoring and eighth in games played.
“This is truly an outstanding personal record,” Waddell said.
Caudill is the father of three former Vinton County athletes Jason, Kevin and Ryan Caudill. Jason and Ryan have also been inducted into the Hall.
Missy Runyon is a Vinton County High School graduate with the class of 1988. Her athletic career at Vinton County High School included earning 10 varsity letters in three different sports — three both volleyball and basketball and four in softball.
“She demonstrated remarkable achievement in all three sports,” Waddell said.
Runyon was named to the All-Southeast District team and a place on the All-Ohio girls basketball team. She was the third Viking girl to be named All-Ohio. There have been only eight girls so recognized.
She led her team in scoring both her junior and senior seasons, and ended her career with a total of 812 points — the eighth best in Vinton County history. Her scoring average for her career points is ninth best in Vinton County history. Her 35 points scored against Wellston in 1987 still stands as the best ever in a tournament game.
Runyon was named to the 1988 Wendy’s All-Ohio basketball team and received the District 92, Ohio House of Representatives Outstanding Achievement Award her senior year.
Runyon’s softball endeavors not only led to her being named All-Conference in 1987, but also led to her being named the TVC Most Valuable Player that year. In 1988, she was again named All-TVC and was also named to the All-Southeast District softball team.
The 1991 Vinton County High School football team is the first team to be inducted into the Hall.
“This group of young men established records for the Vinton County football program which may never again be attained,” Waddell said.
Eight players were named to the All-TVC football team. Six players were named to the All-Southeast District team. Five players were named to the All-Ohio football team.
These players and their teammates led Vinton County to a 7-0-0 TVC Championship and a perfect 10-0-0 undefeated football season.
Along the way, they scored 32.1 points per game, which is second best in Vinton County history and gave up only 3.9 points per game, which is the best in the 46 years of football at Vinton County High School. That, plus a 28.2 scoring difference between offense and defense, is the best in Vinton County history.
This team shut out five of its opponents and lost shut-out bids in three other games in the fourth quarter. During its 10 games, this Viking team allowed only two first-half touchdowns all season.
“This was a team of which all of us can be proud,” Waddell said.
Coach Jack O’Rourke spoke of how much he appreciated being a part of the 1991 football team and its successes.
O’Rourke said there was no segregation among Hamden, McArthur or Allensville boys, but rather a team of boys working together to get the job done. He said they were a Band of Brothers and he thinks of the team and the memories from that year often.