MCGUFFEY - The third annual Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held May 18, at Upper Scioto Valley High School; dinner will served at 6 p.m.This year's inductees are Thad Gardner, Arden "Stretch" Roberson, Beth Elwood, Tony Osbun, Pete Brunow, and Lea Ann (Mullins) Carroll.Gardner was a well known and state wide respected sports reporter for The Kenton Times. He was inducted into the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1991. Gardner died in 2004.
Roberson was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. He was a successful coach at the high school and collegiate level in both basketball and football. When Roberson retired he was the winningest coach in ONU's history. He has been inducted into the ONU Hall of Fame and the current football field is named in his honor.
Elwood had a career record of 402 -75, won 15 BVC championships, eight District Championships and was State Runner-up in 1984. She was elected into the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
Osbun was a 1977 Kenton graduate who played football for the University Of Michigan. He played on the Wolverines 1980 Big 10 Championship team and signed with the New York Giants in 1982; in 1984 played with the USFL Michigan Panthers and played for the USFL New Jersey Generals in 1985. He presently is an assistant coach for Kenton High School.
Brunow coached football for 26 seasons at Hardin Northern. He enjoyed a 221-70 record, won nine BVC Championships, was the D-VI 2002 State Runner-up, and won the D-VI 2004 State Championship.
Mullins, an Upper Scioto Valley graduate was a three-time All-Ohioan and Class A Player of the Year as a Senior in 1985. She scored 2,127 career points in high school with a high point mark of 59 points. She attended Rio Grande College and was a four-time NAIA All-American. She led the nation in free throw shooting as a senior. She also scored 2,179 points in her college career.
This years team award recognition is going to the 1978 Ada Girls Basketball team who has the distinction of being Hardin Counties very first State Championship team.
Tickets are on sale, in Ada, at the Quest Federal Credit Union and the ONU Sports Department in the King Horn Center; in Dunkirk, at the Southside Carryout; in Mt. Victory, at Hardin Motors; in McGuffy, at the Rams Roost; in Kenton, at Quest Federal Credit Union. Ticket deadline is May 13. Tickets will not be sold at the door.