VIENNA – Among the Mid Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame's Class of '13, three were women. All three are linked to Jackson County and were honored Saturday night at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center during the induction banquet.
One-time Ripley High Lady Viking softball and basketball great Ashli White (now Childers) was the first to be inducted.
While at RpHS, she was both a Class AAA First Team All-State softball and basketball player. She was voted the 1989 Athlete of the Year as a senior.
After high school, she went to Morehead State and enjoyed a fabulous four-year career as a pitcher in the seasons of 1990-93. She was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2007.
"I learned so many life lessons with sports," said White Childers, who now lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
She had many people to thank Saturday night, including her parents – Vernon and Kathy – for "all the sacrifices they made."
Later in the evening, Alison Spiker (now Morris), was honored.
Due to a medical mission trip in Guatemala, her father, Mike, accepted on his his daughter's behalf.
"There's no greater place to participate in sports than the Mid-Ohio Valley," Mike Spiker said while reading his daughter's eloquent speech.
Spiker Morris was the first Ripley High female athlete to win 12 letters, claiming four each in cross country, track and field and basketball.
She was an All-State runner in cross country and a state champ in track. She was the 2004 Ripley High Female Athlete of the Year.
After high school she attended WVU and again won 12 letters as a varsity athlete in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
She recently graduated from medical school at WVU along with husband, Grant.
Missy Spangler has been living in the Ripley area for the past couple of years and was inducted on Saturday as a Ritchie County representative.
Spangler was the 2001 West Virginia Girls State High School Basketball Player of the Year while playing for the Ritchie County Lady Rebels.
She was also an outstanding runner at RCHS. She moved on to play college basketball and run cross country at Robert Morris University.
She also ran cross country and track at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Spangler gave one of the night's most moving speeches.
Her father, Terry, was her high school coach and is suffering from Parkinson's. He went into the MOV Hall with the Class of 2010, making them the first father/daughter inductees.
"To follow in my dad's footsteps means a lot," said Spangler, who dates former Ripley High football standout Brock Stotts, Alison Spiker Morris' first cousin. Until recently Spangler had worked for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Page 2 of 2 - BANQUET NOTEBOOK – Long-time Belpre High School wrestling coach Roger Hosaflook was one of the 12 inductees Saturday night.
He is the brother of Ripley's Bill Hosaflook and the uncle of Ripley High School principal Will Hosaflook...Former Wirt County High School head football coach Mike Lucas was another member of the Class of 2013.
During his speech, Lucas praised former Ripley High head coach Jimmy Frashier as being "the best assistant and maybe the best football coach period" he ever had. Frashier worked with Lucas at WCHS from 1990-97 during a successful era for the Tigers...Hall of Fame inductee Jack Wiseman, a former Ravenswood coach and Ripley principal, was in attendance Saturday...This marked the 16th year for the MOV Hall, which honors athletic greats from the West Virginia counties of Jackson, Wood, Wirt, Pleasants and Ritchie along with the Ohio counties of Washington and Noble. Visit www.midohiovalleysportshalloffame.org for more information.