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Class of 2022 Inductees Announced

The Oakwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Class of the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame.  The following individuals and team will be inducted at a banquet at the Dayton Country Club  Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

Robert “Wid” Worthington is a 1938 OHS graduate who participated in football, basketball, track and golf, earning 12 letters.  Worthington was the starting quarterback as a sophomore on OHS’ undefeated 1935 team.  As a senior, he was selected by area coaches as the best football player in the greater Dayton area by the Dayton Journal Herald.  Also during his senior year, Worthington was captain of the football, basketball and golf teams.

Barbara Nichols O’Hara is a 1959 OHS graduate who lettered all four years in field hockey, basketball and tennis.  In field hockey, O’Hara was captain her senior year, leading her teams to a 21-3-4 record.  On the basketball court, O’Hara scored 32 points in a game against Beavercreek her sophomore year.  In tennis, she played 1st singles her junior and senior year and was runner up in the Journal Herald Tournament as a freshman.  O’Hara was the Vermont Open Champion in singles/doubles 15 and under division in 1956 and the Dayton Tennis Center Tournament singles/doubles champion in 1957.

O’Hara is also a charter member of the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and a lifetime supporter of Oakwood athletics.  She supports and encourages young, female student-athletes through the Barbara Nichols O’Hara Scholarship given annually to an outstanding female athlete graduating from OHS.

Mary Hochwalt Buershen, a1977 OHS graduate, participated in tennis.  Buershen participated on the boys’ tennis team as a sophomore and junior since there were no post-season opportunities for girls at that time.  Her sophomore year she played 1st singles, was sectional champion and a district qualifier.  As a junior, Buershen played 2nd singles, was sectional runner-up and a district qualifier.  As a senior, she played 1st singles on the girls’ team, was sectional and district champion, and State runner-up.  Buershen finished the regular season undefeated, winning all matches in straight sets. 

Ken May, Jr. is a 1993 graduate of OHS who excelled in basketball and graduated as class valedictorian. May was a three-year starter and letter winner.  As a senior, he led the team in points (18.2 points/game) and rebounds (13 rebounds/game).  May was named SWBL Player of the year, District 15 Player of the Year, all Southwest Ohio First Team, and 3rd team All-State.  He was also selected to play in the State All-Star game at St. John’s Arena.  He is currently #2 in career rebounds at OHS with 675 and #6 on the career-scoring list with 867 points. 

May was captain of the 9-0 SWBL Championship team, that was ranked #1 in the state for four weeks.  After OHS, May graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College, earned an MD/PhD from The Ohio State University and completed internal medicine and oncology training at Harvard Medical School.          

Kelsey Thornton Cafarella is a 2002 graduate of OHS.  Cafarella participated in soccer and basketball.  In soccer, she was 1st team SWBL all four years.  As a junior and senior, she was named SWBL Player of the Year, Dayton South Player of the Year and Kettering-Oakwood Times Player of the Year.  She was also selected to the All-District team, first team All-State and was OHS’ MVP both years.  As a senior, Cafarella was also selected to the All-Midwest Region Team. 

In basketball, Cafarella was a four-year starter and made the 2nd team all SWBL as a freshman and sophomore and was named 1st team her junior and senior years.  As a junior and senior, she was selected to the All-District team. She was named Defensive Player of the year and MVP as a senior. 

The 2009 State Championship Golf Team will also be recognized this year.  The team won the SWBL, Sectional, District and State Championships. Team members who participated at the state tournament included:  Class of 2010 – Ronnie Stump, Patrick Meeks, and Ben Miller; Class of 2011 – Corey Weckerling and Adam Bogdan.  Other members of the team who also played in matches that year included:   Class of 2010 - Jacob Silverstein and Michael Galaska, Class of 2013 - Alex Marquis.  The team was coached by 2021 HOF Inductee Jen Lohmeyer. 

Tickets can be purchased at https://oakwood.hometownticketing.com/embed/all.  The 2022 inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the football game Aug. 19. The Athletic Hall of Fame is displayed on the southeast wall of the portico of Oakwood High School facing Schantz Avenue. 

2021 Honorees

individuals inducted 2022
Team induction 2022

The 2021 Class includes:  Jim Reston, Tom “Blitz” Creager, Bob Brundige, Wendy MacIlwaine Bendersky, Jen Lohmeyer and the 1972 wrestling team.

   

2020 Honorees

Rob Corrado, Chris Hardy, Jerry Wenzke, Kelsey Haviland, Mark Stiver

Rob Corrado, Chris Hardy, Jerry Wenzke, Kelsey Haviland, Mark Stiver

1979 Football Team

1979 Football Team

Nominating Process

Oakwood High Schools has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and there are many worthy individuals who deserve consideration for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eligibility requirements for the Hall of Fame for an athlete include:

  • Being a graduate of Oakwood High School
  • Having lettered in at least one sport for two years or two or more sports for one year, or the Girls Athletic Association equivalent.
  • Having graduated at least 10 years prior to consideration for induction

The Committee will also consider coaches and administrators who served OHS.

You may nominate an individual by submitting a Nomination Form. 

For more information, contact the Athletic Office at (937) 297-5342.

The Athletic Hall of Fame is displayed on the southeast wall of the portico facing Schantz Avenue.

Hall of Fame Committee

Ted Coyle - Class of 1979
Lissa Priest Fickert, Class of 1971
David Greer, Class of 1955
Jeff Kunst, Class of 1962
Christy Whalen Heppner, Class of 2001
John Jervis, Class of 1982
Anne Jones, Class of 1989, Booster Rep.
Nicole Motto, Class of 2000
Rob Stephens, Class of 1986
Jim Whalen, Class of 1975
Adam Woessner, Class of 1997
Laura Connor, Athletic Director
Mark Hughes, Chairman, Retired AD

Nomination Form

Contact Information

Past Inductees

2021 Inductees
Jim Reston - Class of 1927
Tom "Blitz" Creager -   Class of 1949
Bob Brundige - Class of 1962
Wendy MacIlwaine Bendersky - Class of 1985
Jen Lohmeyer - Coach
1972 Wrestling Team

2020 Inductees
Jerry Wenzke - Class of 1959
Mark Stiver - Track and Field Coach - 1995 - Present
Rob Corrado - Class of 1999
Chris Hardy - Class of 2008
Kelsey Haviland - Class of 2008
1979 Football Team

2019 Inductees
Ed Wysocki – Football Coach, 1950 – 1964
Ann Wilson Turner – Class of 1973
John Hochwalt – Class of 1999
Geri Woessner – Class of 2000
Mark Hughes – Director of Athletics, 1995 -2013
2005 Girls' Tennis Team

2018 Inductees
Marianna “Kim” Kimmel Oliver
Craig “Skip” Loucks
Tom Jervis
Rob Pine
Leah Henninger Graves
1998 Softball Team

2017 Inductees
D.R. “Turk” Hughes, Jr, Class of 1944
Gene Folkerth, Class of 1950
Steve Chappell, Class of 1962
Tom Walters, Class of 1979
Lisa Parrish, Class of 1990
1978 Baseball Team

2016 Inductees
Betty Lee Boren Wood*, Class of 1941
Mary Maher Lawson, Class of 1970
Joey Magill, Class of 1978
Nick Lewis, Class of 2005
Emma Jandel, Class of 2006
1953 Football Team

2015 Inductees
Dick Johnson, Class of 1949 Football/Basketball/Baseball
Howard Carr*, Coach/Teacher 1956-1979
Jamie Wise, Class of 1972 Golf/Basketball/Field Hockey/Volleyball/Softball
Betsy Schauer, Class of 1994 Cross Country/Basketball /Track
Rich Bair, Class of 1980 Football/Baseball
1985 Football Team

2014 Inductees
Jane Shaffer, Class of 1969 Basketball/Tennis/Volleyball/Softball
Leo Flotron, Class of 1979 Basketball
Jon Easton, Class of 1986 Track/Soccer
Lesley Whalen, Class of 1999 Tennis/Track
Christy Whalen, Class of 2001 Tennis/Track
1935 Football Team

2013 Inductees
Chris Stefan*, Class of 1941 Basketball/Baseball/Track
Betty Epstein, Class of 1953 Basketball/Tennis/Field Hockey
Mark Wells, Class of 1972 Football/Baseball
Mark Nagel, Class of 1980 Football/Baseball
Charlie McElligott, Class of 1996 Football/Track
1971 Boys' Basketball Team

2012 Inductees
Virginia Hollinger McCloud*, Class of 1936 Tennis
Nick Warring, Class of 1957 Tennis/Football/Track/Basketball
Lissa Priest Fickert, Class of 1971 Coach/Field Hockey/Basketball/Volleyball/Softball/Track
Dan Hines, Class of 1986 Football/Basketball/Baseball
Paul Seim, Class of 1992 Football/Track/Wrestling
1997 Baseball Team - Division III State Champs

2011 Inductees
*Dwight “Dusty” Mills, Class of 1935 Football/Basketball/Track/Baseball/Golf
Bonnie MacKay Barnes, Class of 1951 Tennis/Field Hockey/Basketball
Chip Seidl, Coach Football/Wrestling/Softball
Russell Boose, Class of 1989 Soccer
Steve Lohmeyer, Class of 2001 Golf
1940-46 Field Hockey Teams

2010 Inductees
*Bob Servis, Class of 1933 Golf/Basketball/Baseball
Dan Rasor, Athletic Trainer Coach/Athletic Trainer
*Mike Creager, Class of 1961 Football/Track
Carrie Roedersheimer Doerr, Class of 1987 Cross Country/Track
Nicole Motto, Class of 2000 Basketball/Tennis
1985 Golf Team

2009 Inductees
*George Neal, Class of 1931 Football/Basketball/Track
*Howard Blose, Class of 1940 Football/Basketball/Track
Howard Sales, Coach Football/Athletic Director
Tim Coughlin, Class of 1964 Football/Basketball/Track
Katy Deddens Dalrymple, Class of 1993 Field Hockey/Swimming/Track
1942 Football Team

2008 Inductees
Dr. Roger Beardmore, Class of 1969 Football/Track
Kate Burton Nessinger, Class of 1981 Track/Field Hockey/Basketball
*Edward Cook, Coach, 1926-1943 Football/Track/Athletic Director
*Bess Hayner, Coach, 1934-1956 Field Hockey/Basketball/Field Hockey
*Dan Howell, Class of 1973 Wrestling
*J. Mack Hummon, Coach, 1925-1965 Football/Basketball/Baseball/Tennis
Barry MacKay, Class of 1953 Tennis/Basketball
*Joe (Buzzy) Pierce, Class of 1964 Tennis/Basketball
*John Sauer, Class of 1943 Football/ Basketball/Track.
Marisa Tuzzi Maher, Class of 1995Track/Swimming
1929, 1930 & 1931 State Champion Track Teams

*deceased at time of induction

Past Events

Recipients posing after HOF dinner
Display table at 2005 HOF dinner
Recipients posing after HOF dinner
Display table at 2005 HOF dinner
Display table at 2005 HOF dinner