On the Mark: Hall of Fame inductees, playoff contenders and Easthom on the links: Column

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
Mark Martin

RED DEVIL HALL OF FAME: Another star-studded class of football greats from the past will be inducted into the Ravenswood High School Red Devil Football Hall of Fame prior to the final game of the season against Roane County on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The committee totally outdid themselves with this group, which includes three stars from the 1972 Class AA state championship squad and two more from the 1976 AA title winners.

Representing that ’72 team are Steve Seagraves, Ron Foose and Mike Workman.

The latest members of the ’76 squad to go in are Bob Searls and Bob Snyder.

Other greats to be inducted on the grounds of Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field will be Tim Ambro, Mike Winter, Bill Sinnett, Jeremy Lawrence, Luke Murray and Rhys Jelich.

Much more on these greats will be coming your way in an upcoming issue of Jackson Newspapers.

MOV HALL OF FAME: We are getting closer and closer to the induction ceremonies of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

When the event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20, it will actually be the Class of 2019 being honored as COVID-19 delayed the prestigious event time and time again.

Three of the 10 inductees hail from Jackson County.

They are James Abshire, Chase Fischer and Josh Miller.

Abshire was a Class AAA All-Stater in football at Ripley before earning All-America honors as a linebacker at West Virginia State College.

Fischer was a two-time Class AAA First Team All-State basketball player at Ripley, earning captain honors as a senior. He was named the Evans Award winner as the state’s top player in 2011. Fischer played college basketball for two years at Wake Forest and two more at Brigham Young University. He spent a year overseas playing professionally after college.

Miller, the mayor of Ravenswood, was a three-sport athlete as a Red Devil. He earned Class AA First Team All-State not once, but twice in both baseball and football. As a senior in 2003, he was captain of the All-State baseball team. Miller was a four-year starter in baseball at West Virginia State. As a senior, he was named to two All-America teams in addition to earning West Virginia Conference Player and Hitter of the Year honors. He played two years of pro ball in the Frontier League.

PLAYOFF CONTENDERS: Ravenswood and Ripley have faced off with some good competition this season with more still to come in the 2021 football season.

The latest Class AAA ratings had two opponents Ripley has fallen to in the Sweet 16 as Brooke landed at No. 11 and Lincoln County was clinging to the No. 16 slot.

The ratings, released by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, will determine playoff teams at the season’s end.

Another team Ripley lost to — Roane County — was 13th in Class AA.

Still awaiting the Vikings are Greenbrier East, who was No. 9 in Class AAA, and Point Pleasant, who was No. 5 in AA.

Ravenswood has faced off with Williamstown and Ritchie, who were tied for No. 7 in Class A.

The Devils meet Roane in that final game of the year.

Cabell Midland, guided by former Red Devil standout Luke Salmons, was No. 7 in Class AAA. Eddie Smolder, who guided Viking football for five seasons, is his defensive coordinator.

EASTHOM ON THE LINKS: One-time Ravenswood High golf standout Alex Easthom garnered All-Mountain East Conference by finishing in a tie for third during competition in Ohio.

Easthom posted a total of 10-over 226 in the MEC action.

He helped his West Liberty Hilltoppers finish second to champion University of Charleston.

Easthom’s wonderful career as a Hilltopper will continue this spring.