The Class of 2012 for the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame included a pair of former Ravenswood three-sport standouts along with another Jackson County resident.
Todd Ritchie and Paul Fletcher joined some select company from Jackson County over the weekend during ceremonies at the Comfort Inn in historic Marietta. Both Ritchie and Fletcher were outstanding quarterbacks during their time at Ravenswood High.
Playing for the legendary Fred Taylor, Ritchie, who also started in the secondary, engineered the 1973 team as a junior and then led the 1974 squad to a 10-0 season and trip to the Class AAA playoffs, the first of only two years Ravenswood played at that level. He was also a three-year starter in basketball for Jack Wiseman and also starred in track and field for Wiseman. Ritchie, who resides in Ravenswood, went on to play football at WVU before an injury brought his career to a close.
“I am quite humbled by all of this. It takes me back to a lot of good times with good friends,” said Ritchie.
Fletcher, too, was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back at Ravenswood starting for Taylor’s teams in the seasons of 1982, 1983 and 1984. He also started his final two seasons in basketball for Mick Price’s Runnin’ Red Devils. Where Fletcher, who now resides back in his hometown, truly excelled was on the baseball diamond. A two-time Class AA All-Stater, he was a regular all four years for head coach Doug Parrish’s program.
Fletcher then pitched at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and West Virginia State before getting drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He enjoyed a lengthy professional career and saw time on Major League Baseball mounds. He was also in the organizations of the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays during his career.
“It is a wonderful feeling and an honor. It feels good to reconnect with so many people,” said Fletcher.
Although a resident of Ravenswood for the past several years, Mike Goodwin, who lives across the street from Ritchie on Hillcrest Drive, was inducted as a representative of Wirt County. Goodwin was a three-sport star at Wirt County High School back in the 1960s. Goodwin went on to play football at WVU, starting on the offensive line as a senior in 1971.
He then returned to Wirt County and enjoyed a fine coaching career as the leader of both the Tiger football and wrestling programs. The MOV Hall of Fame, the brainchild of the late Bob Zide, inducts a new class each year from seven different counties in the region. The West Virginia Counties are Jackson, Wood, Wirt, Pleasants and Ritchie along with the Ohio counties of Washington and Noble. The first class of inductees for the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame was 1998.