WITH the football play-offs continuing Friday between the Bridgeport Bulldogs and the Shadyside Tigers football teams, this is a good time to look at champions in regard to individuals.
Three of the champions pictured in today's "Remember When" are in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame while the others have been either involved in the operation of the OVAC, in community activities or in the coaching ranks.
The late Sam Mumley, who was executive secretary of the OVAC for 32 years, and late Evan Reese, an area high school and college arbiter for more than 50 years, were in the first class of OVAC Hall of Fame inductees in 2004.
THESE three men have had varied roles in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. From left are the late Sam Mumley, longtime OVAC executive secretary; Don Zinni, current OVAC football commissioner; and the late Evan Reese, who was OVAC commissioner for both football and basketball officials. Mumley’s honors included his selection as Dapper Dan Man of the Year.
NELSON Field is quite familiar to these two individuals. Don Ault, at left, was a legendary coach there, and Stanley Stein still has a close connection to the field as he is completing his 19th year as a member of the Bellaire School District Board of Education.
NOT ONLY is the Bridgeport High School basketball court named in honor of Frank Baxter, but his 47 years as athletic director at that school — his alma mater — is believed to be the longest tenure in OVAC history. Included among his honors have been his selection as OVAC All-Sports Coach of the Year in 1969 and Ohio Class A Coach of the Year in basketball in 1966.
Don Zinni is football commissioner for the OVAC and has been active with that conference for years.
Frank Baxter, who was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame this year, compiled more than 60 years as a student, athlete, teacher, coach and administrator in the Bridgeport School District. The basketball court at Bridgeport High School is named the Frank Baxter Court in his honor.
Among the places where Don Ault served as football coach have been at Bellaire High School and Bethany College. He also was track coach for a short time at Bethany College where he was assistant football coach before serving as head football coach from 1976-82. Ault was selected for the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997-98.
Stanley Stein, development director for Martins Ferry, also served as city planner in Bellaire. Among his other efforts to aid others, he is a member of the Bellaire School District Board of Education.
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