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Dave Ball

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Dave Ball was one of the finest basketball players ever to wear the Crimson and Blue.  During his years as a varsity player Dave earned All-Mid 8 League Honors (2nd team – junior; first team – senior) and both All-District honors and Honorable Mention All-State (as a senior).  He was also a member of the school’s Cross Country team.

Dave scored 548 points in a single season and averaged 13 rebounds a game.  He was selected MVP for the 1970 team which had a best-ever 22-1 record.

This earned Dave an athletic grant to Ohio University where he played all four years.  He earned All Mid-American honors in both 1973 and 74 and helped lead the Bobcats to the Mid-American crowns in 1972 and 1974 when they advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Dave returned to his Alma Mater to serve as an assistant basketball coach and also at Grandview Hts. before becoming Head Coach for Hamilton Twp.  Today, Dave is retired from active coaching and resides in Cape Coral, Florida.

Mike Chinn

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Mike Chinn earned three varsity letters in wrestling (132 #) for the Greyhounds.  He had an overall won-loss record of 83-3!  He was Mid 8 Conference Champion all three years of varsity wrestling, and won the Sectional Tournament all three years.  As a sophomore he placed third in the District and won the District Championship both as a junior and a senior.  His senior year Mike won the first state championship in the history of GCHS.

He was selected as a High School All-American and was also voted the Best Central District Wrestler for the 1972-73 season by the Citizen-Journal and legendary OSU Coach Casey Fredricks.

Mike won a wrestling scholarship to the University of Oklahoma and was a Big 8 champ (134#) during his three letter winning years.  He was a member of the 1974 Division I NCAA Champions for the Sooners.

Transferring to LSU for his senior year of athletic eligibility, Mike earned all-SEC honors and was selected as a member of the East Squad at the 1978 East-West NCAA Coaches All-Star Meet.  He earned All-American honors in 1978 and led the LSU squad to a Fifth Place national finish serving as their team captain.

After a brief stint as an assistant coach at LSU, Mike returned to GCHS where he served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach.

Charisse Crews

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Charisse Crews was “First Lady of Basketball for GCHS” during her four years as a Greyhounds starter (1997-2001)  she earned First Team All-Ohio honors 1999, 2000 and 2001 after being named Second Team All-Ohio in 1998.  She was Ohio Capital Conference and Central District Player of the year in both 1999 and 2000.  Her team won the District Championship in 2001 and four consecutive league titles during her tenure.

Charisse was a 1,500 career point scorer and was selected as a Super 12 Captain in 2000 & 2001 (runner up in 1999).  She was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American in 2000 & 2001 and was one of ESPN’s Top Center Recruits in 2000 & 2001.  She also was selected a Jump 25 Ohio All-Star in 2000 & 2001.

She captained the Greyhounds and was selected as MVP for three years (1999-2001).  She scored the most points and garnered the most rebounds for her teams during her freshman through senior years.  She also played volleyball for three years serving as team captain her sophomore and junior years.

Charisse earned a full athletic scholarship to The Ohio State University and played for the Buckeyes for four years earning Most Improved honors in 2002, and after a medical leave year in 2005 was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2007.

Her AAU team was  All-Ohio State Champions in 1999 & 2000 and ranked in the Top 10 nationally.  In 1999 they were AAU All-Ohio State Runners-up.

 

Joe East

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Joe East is the only two-time state wrestling champion in the history of Grove City High School!  In both 1978 and 1979 Joe was Sectional Champion, Central District Champion and OHSAA State Champion.  Further, he was a Central District All-Star (1978 & 1979) and was named a Scholastic Wrestling News High School All-American in 1979.

Joe won the Columbus Dispatch All-High School Wrestling Award (1979), was Most Valuable Wrestler at the DeSales Classic Tournament (1978) and received recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives under the sponsorship of Rep. Don E. Gilmore. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he wrestled until suffering career-ending knee injuries.

He was the AAU United States Grand National Champion at 160.5# Advanced Class in 1977; a member of the U.S. Pan American Greco-Roman Wrestling team in 1979 at the 180# adult class; the Mexico International Champion (1978); AAU National Champion in Greco-Roman and Freestyle Divisions (1978 & 1979); National Champion for the U.S. Wrestling Federation in 1979 (2nd in 1978); and the Ohio State AAU Freestyle Champion (1978 & 1979).

He graduated with a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State (1983), and the Walter F. George School of Law (1986), Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  He became a partner in the Dillard and Landers Law Firm in Waycross, Georgia before founding (1997) the Joe East Law Firm in Kingsland, Georgia serving the southeast Georgia area where he practices law with his son, Remington.

Lorraine Ferret

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Lorraine Ferret was the first All-State girl’s basketball player in the history of Grove City School. During her high school career (1975-79), she was selected to the All-Central Ohio League (1978-79), All-Central District and All-State team (2nd – 1978; 1st in 1979).  She set the records for both points and rebounds in a single game vs. Zanesville in 1979, when she scored 44 points and snatched down 33 rebounds.

Lorraine earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Missouri (1979-1983).  There she was a Kodak first-team All-American (1983) and was a nominee for the Wade trophy, which is presented to the top female player in the country.  She earned All-Big Eight honors (1982 & 1983) and was a 4 year letter winner for Mizzou.  She currently ranks 6th  all-time in Mizzou history with 1,624 pts.

Lorraine played professionally in Italy and Switzerland for five years.  She was the first American woman to play professionally in Switzerland and won the Swiss scoring title four times and the Swiss Championship Swiss Cup Title in 1987.

In 2016 she received the Southeastern Conference Women’s Legend award.  The SEC annually presents this recognition annually to 14 Athletes/Admin./Coaches whose accomplishments on and off the court have brought distinction and pride to their institution and the SEC.

Mike Gregg

Mike Gregg, Class of 1964, was an outstanding three sport athlete for Grove City High School, earning all-league and all-district honors in basketball and all-league, all-district and all-state honors in baseball. Although he played only his senior year in football he earned all- league honors also.

Mike’s senior year he helped lead the Greyhounds to the District Championship in basketball.  He led the team in scoring and set a Central District Tournament Record scoring 113 points in six tournament games, a mark that stood for several years.

Mike carried a batting average of .351 as a senior when he won all Mid 8 honors.  Sadly, Mike passed away in 2005 and cannot be with us to personally receive this honor.

Richard Hagedorn

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Dick Hagedorn was one of the finest basketball players in the history of Grove City High School.  A member of the Class of 1955, Dick earned three varsity letters as a Greyhounds cager.  He was All-Mid Six League in both 1953 & 1954.  As a senior he earned All-Mid Six League, All-Central District, and Honorable Mention All-State honors.  Dick helped lead the Greyhounds to their first league championship in the history of the school (1953-54).

Dick captained his 1953-54 squad and was selected MVP of the Mid-Six league as a senior.  He averaged 29.8 ppg in league games and 28 ppg overall (without benefit of the 3 pt. shot).  He scored 30+ nine times that season and set a gym scoring record of 42 points against London and a single game Central District scoring record of 35 points vs. Columbus North. He was named as BMOB (Big Man of Basketball) for all of central Ohio.

Dick earned an athletic scholarship to The Ohio State University and is a member of Varsity “O” with the Buckeyes.  He coached high school basketball briefly (1959 – 1961) at Clarksburg H.S. in Ohio where his expertise was once again on display as his team set records for wins with over 20 wins both seasons.

Dick relocated to California, earned his Masters Degree in Education from Cal. State University in Los Angeles.  He was National Junior Basketball Coach (1985 & 1986) in San Clemente, California.

 

Carol Miller

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Carol Miller competed in volleyball, basketball and softball at GCHS, earning four varsity letters in each sport.  She was captain in each of those sports and selected as MVP twice (1978 & 1979) in volleyball and once (1979-80) in basketball.  As a softball player, Carol carried a batting average of .485.

Carol won numerous Coca-Cola Scholar-Athlete Awards in all three sports and carried a 4.0 GPA.  A member of the National Honor Society, she received the Certificate for Academic Excellence from SWCS and was listed among the Top 50 Scholars of SWCS.  She also represented GCHS at Buckeye Girl’s State.

Carol was awarded a volleyball scholarship to Syracuse University where she started all volleyball matches during her 4 years college career.  Her play was so outstanding; she was named to the Rutgers University All-Tournament Team both as a freshman and a sophomore.  She participated in the Empire State Games winning a Bronze Medal.  In 1983 she was awarded the Syracuse University Verhulst Sportsmanship Award.

She served as assistant volleyball coach at Kent State University, 1986-88.  Among her other honors were 1976 Optimist Club Youth of the year; 1980 Kiwanis Club Scholastic Achievement Certificate and the 1980 Agonis Club Student Athlete Award.

 

Lori Rutan

Lori Rutan competed in gymnastics, track & field and cheerleading.  She began her high school athletic career as a freshman at Bishop Ready where she set three varsity school track records (LJ, HJ, Hurdles) earned All-CCL Honors, was All-District and qualified for Regionals.

Transferring to GCHS as a sophomore allowed her to compete in high school gymnastics.  She was All-OCC (V,F,B,AA), All-District (V,F,AA) and All-State (V, F, AA) as a sophomore and junior. Her senior year she suffered a career-ending knee injury that prevented her from further athletic competition.  She was team captain (junior and senior) and Most Valuable Gymnast all three years.  She helped lead GCHS to Central District and OCC Runners-up, the best-ever finishes for a gymnastics team (at that point) in school history.

In track & field she was All-OCC and All-District both sophomore and junior years setting new school records in LJ, HJ and 800 M. Relay. During the summer meets she won five TAC/AAU state championships (LJ, HJ, Hurdles, Penthalon and Hepthalon). She added a USGF Class I Vaulting State Championship (for Buckeye Gymnastics) and qualified for the National Junior Olympics in both Gymnastics and Track & Field. During the Junior Olympics gymnastics meet in Jacksonville, Florida she suffered a torn ACL.

She cheered football for two years (1986 & 1987) and participated with the Greyhounds Cheerleaders at regional competitions.

Lori was a Dispatch-Agonis Student Athlete Honoree, a delegate to Buckeye Girls State, a member of the National Honor Society and the recipient of a Battelle Memorial Scholarship to Capital University. Today she resides in West Des Moines Iowa with husband Shawn Green and her four children

Lou Willard

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Lou Willard was a four year starter at tailback for the Grove City Football Greyhounds.  He earned four varsity letters and helped lead the Greyhounds to a 33-4 won/loss record with three playoff appearances. (The four losses were by a combined 13 points.) During his years at GCHS, the football team won three OCC Championships and was consistently highly ranked in state and local football polls.

Lou was Honorable Mention All-State as a sophomore and first team All-State as a junior.  He was twice honored as All-OCC and won numerous Player of the Week accolades. He was selected as The Dispatch-Agonis Club Player of the Year in 1991.  He was listed as the top-rated junior in Ohio and among the Top 50 national recruits as a senior.

In a memorable showdown with another nationally ranked OCC tailback, Lou demonstrated his remarkable talents winning a showcase game attended by many national scouts. Lou won a full athletic scholarship to play football for The Ohio State University.  He was rated #12 on the bucknuts.com poll of the Top 25 OSU recruits of all time.

Today, Lou is married to GCHS grad Mindy McCloy and the father of two grown children, Trey (Otterbein) and Jaylyn (Slippery Rock).  He is the owner of Premier Property Inspection, a company once featured on the hit TV show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition (2007).

Jim Workman

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Jim Workman (Class of 1963) helped lead the Greyhounds to championships in both basketball (1) and baseball (3).  He was unanimous All-Mid 8 in basketball both as a junior (scored 30+ points five times) and senior and led the league in scoring both years (20.7 & 18.7).  In baseball, Jim was All-Mid 8 as a junior and senior and all-Ohio as a senior.  He batted a lofty .405 his senior year.

Jim held the scoring title for the Greyhounds basketball team for many years.  He played on the first GCHS team to go undefeated (18-0 in 1960-61) during regular season play (20-1 overall).  During his junior and senior years the Greyhounds achieved a won/loss record of 40 – 4.

Jim was elected team captain and MVP for basketball as a senior.  He was selected as Most Improved Player (sophomore) and team captain for baseball as a senior. He earned a baseball scholarship to play for the Bobcats at Ohio University.  There he played on a MAC Championship team that went to the NCAA Regional Finals and were ranked 7th nationally (1965).

After graduating Jim continued with baseball and played 7 seasons of semi-pro ball in the Akron/Cleveland area.  In 1991 he was inducted into the Akron Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Career Achievement Award

Pat O’Conner

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President & CEO, Minor League Baseball

 

Pat O’Conner is a member of the Grove City Class of 1976.  Pat played two years of varsity basketball and varsity baseball.  Those experiences laid the foundation for what would become Pat’s lifetime career.  Pat began his baseball career in 1981 shortly after graduating from Wittenberg University (Economics and Finance).  He began as an Administrative Assistant for the Vero Beach Dodgers in the Florida State League.  The following year he became General Manager (G.M.) of the Greenwood Pirates in the South Atlantic League followed by two years as Assistant G.M. of the Beaumont Golden gators of the Texas League.

After two years working in marketing for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, Pat returned to baseball as head of Florida Operations for the Houston Astros and G.M. for the Osceola Astros in the Florida State league (1986-93). From there he transitioned to the Minor League Administrative Team and remained in a leadership position thereafter.

Pat has spent 33 years in professional baseball, the last 23 in the Minor League Baseball office.   He joined the Minor League Baseball staff in 1993 as Chief Operating Officer and added the title of Vice President Administration in1995.  He was elected the 11th president of Minor League baseball in 2007 and was most recently elected to a third term in December, 2015.

Pat has overseen the successful negotiation of three successive Professional Baseball Agreements with Major League Baseball which defined the relationship between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball and impacted teams throughout the United States, Mexico and Latin America.  He also negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the Association of Minor League Umpires and helped structure a program for umpire development.  He has helped realign Minor League Baseball structurally and geographically to position the Minor Leagues in the best possible situation from a competitive and financial basis.

Under Pat’s leadership, the first diversity initiative was implemented for Minor League Baseball focusing on team ownership, executive staff and personnel, and business-to-business relationships within the industry.  As a result, Pat received the Third Annual Allen H. (Bud) Selig Award presented to someone who promotes equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics.  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) for his work in making a positive difference to communities all around the country.

Recently (Winter 2012), Pat initiated Project Brand; 160 Teams, One Brand , an industry-wide marketing program to model affordable, family-friendly entertainment in stadiums that are eco-friendly and cost effective.  In 1997 Pat received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio University Sports Administration Program and the 2005 College of Health & Human Services Award of Distinction from Ohio University.  He is an inductee into the South Athletic League Hall of Fame, received the Friends of Baseball Chapel Award (2005) and was also inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame in 2014.

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