VIENNA – Former Ravenswood running great Ben Miller was inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t be there for the ceremony.
And for good reason.
Miller is serving his country and is waiting for deployment while stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
“We didn’t find out until Wednesday he wouldn’t be able to come,” said Miller’s father, Scott, a one-time Red Devil golf standout.
Thus, Scott Miller spoke on his son’s behalf during the banquet at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center. Ben Miller’s wife, Lauren, accepted his Hall of Fame plaque. (An enshrinement and unveiling of the plaques took place the next day inside the Grand Central Mall).
“Any other weekend than this one and he would have been here,” said Scott Miller, who noted his son will likely be going to Afghanistan in the near future.
While at Ravenswood High School, Miller, a 2007 graduate, won five individual Class AA titles at the State Track and Field Meet. He was also a vital part of five state championship relay teams.
Miller owned the top time in the 800 meters (regardless of class) both as a junior and senior.
He was the High Point Trophy winner at the State Meet as a senior and runner-up during his junior year.
Miller also helped Ravenswood win four straight Class AA-A cross country state titles while in high school and was the valuable sixth man on the 2006 Class AA state championship basketball team.
Scott Miller praised his son’s coaches at Ravenswood, particularly Bryan Canterbury, the long-time leader of Red Devil cross country and an assistant to Mick Price in boys basketball. “He’s been a great mentor to Ben,” said Scott Miller “He will be in this Hall of Fame one day whenever he quits coaching.”
After high school, Miller competed at the University of Kentucky. One of his career highlights at the collegiate level was running the lead leg on a 4x400 relay team which set a record at the Bluegrass Games.
Scott Miller noted that he and his wife, the former Terry Stanley, couldn’t be happier for their son’s honor.
“We’re both proud.”
Other Class of 2017 inductees included:
-Gus Bell, a one-time Parkersburg High great who played baseball at the University of Jacksonville and in the 1968 Olympics.
-Sam Foggin, a basketball star at Parkersburg South, who later lettered four years at Virginia Tech and then played internationally for 10 years.
-Larry Handshumacher, one of Washington County, Ohio’s all-time basketball greats.
-Molly Kiger, a three-sport standout at Williamstown High who moved on and enjoyed great success in basketball at Fairmont State.
-Sina King, a basketball sensation at Waterford High School near Marietta. She played on the college level at Akron and was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.
-Misty Singer Mahefkey, one of Marietta High’s top track and field performers who then competed at Ohio University.
-Paul Reed, a standout in track and field and football at St. Marys High School. Reed had a football scholarship to WVU but an injury cut short his career.
-Martin Santini, a former Marietta College wrestler, became the second winningest coach in the state of Ohio while coaching wrestling at Warren Local.
-Susie Schramm, a 1975 Parkersburg High graduate, who has been competing in equestrian since she was 15 years of age winning multiple national titles.