MOV Sports Hall of Fame adds 10

STEVE HEMMELGARN The Marietta Times After being inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night, Jack Greathouse, Linda Moyer Burdette-Good and Mark Eliopulos (from left to right) listen to another hall of fame inductee giving an acceptance speech.

VIENNA — At its 21st annual induction banquet Saturday evening, the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame added 10 new enshrinees to its rolls as the Class of 2018 was taken into the hall.

The inductees were Jack Clark and Mark Eliopulos from Washington County; Linda Moyer Burdette-Good, Jack Greathouse and Catharine Worstell from Wood County; Mike Jaccar, Scott Ludwig and Luke Salmons from Jackson County; and Rodney Watson and Erica Dawn Whipkey from Wirt County.

Clark, now deceased, was not only Fort Frye’s initial first-team all-Ohio basketball player in 1962, but also the Cadets’ first-ever 1,000-point career scorer. Clark was also on Dell Sports Magazine’s All-American Top 500 list of prep basketball players in the U.S and led Fort Frye to its first state Final Four appearance.

Former Belpre High School football coach Ralph Holder said that when Eliopulos played for him, he was “simply the best linebacker and offensive tackle” that Belpre had ever had. All-Tri-Valley Conference three times, Eliopulos was the league MVP as a senior after leading the TVC in tackles as both a junior and a senior. At WVU, Eliopulos started his last two years at linebacker.

On Saturday, Eliopulos said that “all my success in sports was a team effort. My coaches, parents, friends and teammates all wanted the best for me.”

Burdette-Good, a Parkersburg native, was head coach for WVU women’s gymnastics for 37 years (1975-2011) in compiling a record of 644-263-4 (.706). The first WVU coach to have over 600 career wins, surpassed by just Bob Huggins, she amassed 35 winning seasons, guided her teams to four national championship appearances and 10 conference titles, and produced a number of individual All-Americans, including Shari Retton, sister of Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton.

Burdette-Good noted that she had “outstanding teachers growing up” in Parkersburg and gave Jerry Spencer credit for teaching girls gymnastics in Wood County.

“I had a wonderful career, but it was a lot of work, a lot of hours, but never one that I considered a job.”

Greathouse has been an athlete, coach and principal over the last 45 years.

At Parkersburg South from 1972-75, he was a three-year starter in basketball, started at multiple positions (5 total) in football and in track, threw the shot for a then-school record 50 feet, one inch. After playing basketball at Salem College, he successfully coached boys basketball at Spencer, Marietta and Lancaster high schools, before he became the principal at Lancaster from 2009 to when he retired in 2017.

Greathouse recalled growing up on the southside of Parkersburg, mentioning his middle school coaches Dave Fletcher and Fred Holbert, who “really influenced me,” he said.

Then after college, “Jim Hamric gave me an opportunity at Spencer High,” said Greathouse, to start his coaching career.

“My all-star team is my bride Sandy of 39 years, and our kids and grandkids.”

And even though he now lives in South Carolina, “my roots are here, so it’s great to be home for this tonight,” added Greathouse.

Worstell excelled in three sports at Parkersburg High School from 1989-1991, but gained her most fame in track. She was Gatorade’s W.Va. girls track athlete of the year for 1991, placing first at state in the high jump and long jump, second in the shot put and third in the discus to claim high-point honors. She set two school records that still exist — 124 feet in the discus and 39 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the shot. In 1991 too in the Gazette Relays, Worstell was a one-woman team for PHS and finished ahead of 10 other Class AAA teams.

“I’m truly, truly honored as a hall of fame inductee,” said Worstell, who gave thanks to her track coaches Susan Gardner in high school at PHS and Rod O’Donnell in college at Kent State, then closed with “I’m glad that I’m this hall of fame.”

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