GLENVILLE STATE INDUCTS TO SPORTS HALL OF FAME

(04/20/2004)

This Saturday Glenville State College will induct five individuals and the 1976 bowling team, as a team, into its Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in May 2001 through the generosity of the late Curtis Elam, a 1949 graduate.

This year’s inductees are W. Gordon Eismon, Gary Blake, Steve Datcher, Scotty Hamilton, Bob Sowards and the 1976 bowling team.

W. Gordon Eismon ‘34, being inducted posthumously, made his mark as an administrator of high school athletics in W.Va. A renowned innovator, he helped spark the growth of high school athletics across the State during his tenure as Executive Secretary of the Secondary Schools Activities Commission, a position he held from 1959-1975. Eismon was past president of the National Federation of State High School Associations and elected to the Mid Ohio Valley Hall of Fame a few years ago.

Gary Blake ’67, was a two-time All-Conference performer as a wide receiver. He competed in three sports, these being football, basketball and golf. One of the WVIAC’s premier golfers, he went on to enjoy a successful career as a club pro. He won numerous State and Tri-State tournaments and helped design and build two golf courses: The Classic Golf Club in Parkersburg and Woodridge Plantation in Mineral Wells, W.Va. Still very active in golf, he is co-owner of the Sycamore Creek Golf Course in Ripley and claims residences in both North Carolina and in Ripley, WV.

Steve Datcher ’73, was a two-time All-Conference, two-time All-Tournament athlete who competed in basketball and was named the WVIAC Most Valuable Tournament Player in 1972. He received All-American honors in 1972 and was selected to play on the NAIA All-American Basketball Team that toured Israel in the spring of 1973. Remembered as a basketball great during the Jesse Lilly era, Datcher resides in Waldorf, MD.

Scotty Hamilton ’73, was a three-time All-Conference performer in football. Hamilton was named the WVIAC Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year in 1973 and Kodak All-American as a linebacker, also in 1973. Hamilton played for legendary coach Bill Hanlin and received the Montrose Award in 1974. Originally from Marietta, Ohio, he currently resides in Duluth, Georgia.

Bob Sowards ’90, a four-time All Conference athlete, received All-American Honors for two years and was honored as the WVIAC Golfer of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1990. A professional golfer since graduating from GSC, he was recently named PGA Club Professional of the Year and lives in Hilliard, Ohio.

The 1976 Bowling Team will be inducted as the only team in the history of GSC sports to have won a National Championship. Team members Sam Ferrell, Mike Hickman, Tom Newberry, Mark Smith and Dave Twyman will be recognized for this prestigious honor, along with their team coach and former Athletic Director, Bob Dollgener.

The banquet and induction ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Heflin Student Union on the GSC campus. Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $25 and can be purchased by calling Debbie Nagy at (304) 462-4122.


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