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The Oakwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame will honor five deserving individuals and recognize one team at the 12th annual banquet Thursday, Sept. 5.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Ed Wysocki, Ann Wilson Turner, John Hochwalt, Geri Woessner, Mark Hughes and the 2005 State Championship Girls' Tennis Team.
Ed Wysocki, Varsity Football Coach, 1950–1964
The 1953 team finished with a 9-0 record and Ed had an overall record of 75-53-6 at Oakwood, which is 4th all time in wins. After his stint as the varsity football coach, he began an intramural program for 7-12 grade students and continued to teach Physical Education until his retirement in 1977.
Ann Wilson Turner, Class of 1973
Ann excelled in field hockey, volleyball, basketball and tennis, earning 10 varsity letters in 3 years. She was named the Most Valuable Player in basketball and tennis her senior year. In tennis, she played #1 singles all 3 years. In basketball her senior year, Ann was the team leader in total points, field goal percentage, rebounds, and assists. After graduation from Oakwood, Ann attended The Ohio State University where she played field hockey and #1 singles for the Buckeyes all four years. She then became the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Purdue University for several years.
John Hochwalt, Class of 1999
John participated in soccer and wrestling at Oakwood. In soccer, John played 4 years and was a 2-time letter winner. John excelled in wrestling earning 4 letters, serving as captain his senior year, and establishing many school records. He is the career leader in wins, 142-35, and most wins in a season 45-2, senior year. John was a 3-time state qualifier, finishing 5th as a junior and senior. John was the Most Valuable Wrestler for Oakwood as a Junior and Senior and was named the Southwest Ohio Division III Wrestler of the year during his senior year.
Geri Woessner, Class of 2000
Geri participated in soccer, basketball and track and field, earning 11 varsity letters. In soccer, she was a 4-year letter winner, earning all SWBL honors her junior and senior year. In basketball, she earned 3 letters. Geri still holds the school record in field goal percentage, 54.4%. She was named 1st team SWBL and District as a senior. In track and field, Geri was the anchor on the 4x400m relay, setting the school record at the time at the State Meet. As a senior, she was selected the MVP, finished 1st in the SWBL in the 400 meter run, 4x400 meter relay, and 2nd in the shot put. She qualified for the State meet in the 400 meter run, finishing 3rd and setting the school record at the time of 58.09 and the 4x400 meter relay. After graduation from Oakwood, Geri continued her participation in soccer, basketball, and track and field earning 12 varsity letters at Wittenberg University.
Mark Hughes, Director of Athletics 1995–2013
Mark became a Nationally Certified Athletic Administrator in 1993. He was elected and served on the Southwest District Athletic Board from 2007–2013 and served as President in 2008-2009. Mark also served on the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors from 2011–2013. In 2012, Mark was Selected Ohio Athletic Director of the Year by the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 2012 and inducted into the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2014. Mark was instrumental in the organization of the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame, serving as the Chairman from 2004 – Present. Mark managed the SWBL Girls and Boys Tennis tournaments for 18 and the Girls/Boys Swimming meet for 12 years. During Mark’s tenure, there were many individual and team championships, which Mark attributes to outstanding coaches and student/athletes. Mark retired as Athletic Director in 2013, and currently resides in Oakwood.
2005 State Championship Girls' Tennis Team
The team won the SWBL Championship and was ranked #1 in the State the entire year. Members of the team include:
- Erin Scharrer McAfee – Class of 2006
- Cara Wald Dalton – Class of 2007
- Kristin Cobb Neal – Class of 2007
- Brittany White Ballen – Class of 2007
- Lauren Tramontano – Class of 2007
- Kaylah Dempsey Thompson – Class of 2007Kelsey Haviland – Class of 2008
More information regarding tickets for the Sept. 5 event will be coming at a later date. The Athletic Hall of Fame is displayed on the southeast wall of the portico facing Schantz Avenue.
OHS 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 and having lettered in at least one sport for two years or two or more sports for one year, or the Girls Athletic Association equivalent. The athlete cannot be considered for induction until 10 years after graduation. The Committee will also consider coaches and administrators who served OHS. You may nominate an individual by submitting a Nomination Form, which may be found at www.oakwoodschools.org. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at (937) 297-5342.
The Oakwood Hall of Fame will have new members after Aug. 31. That’s when five deserving individuals and one outstanding team will be honored at a banquet at the Dayton Country Club.
Those being recognized in the 2017 Class of the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame are:
D.R. “Turk” Hughes, Jr, Class of 1944Played football, basketball and baseball. Turk was selected Most Valuable player as the quarterback his senior year. He was the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. After high school, Turk served as a captain in the Air Force paratroopers in WWII. Turk resides in Hanover, NH.
Gene Folkerth, Class of 1950
Played golf, football and track. Gene was selected as the best all-around athlete during the 1949-1950 school year. A three-year letter winner in golf, he helped lead the team to a fourth place finish in state his junior year and a second place finish his senior year. Gene resides in Oakwood.
Steve Chappell, Class of 1962
Played football, basketball and baseball. As a quarterback, Steve set a single season school record with 16 passing touchdowns. During his senior year, he was co-captain, MVP, First Team SWBL, All Miami Valley, and Honorable Mention National High School All-America Football Team . Steve also served as Class President as a junior and senior. Steve lives in Kettering.
Tom Walters, Class of 1979
Played golf. Tom was the 1977 AA State Golf Champion as a junior with a total of 146. Only 12 players since the state tournament began in 1928 have had a lower total than Tom. Tom lives in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Lisa Parrish, Class of 1990
Played soccer, basketball and track. Lisa earned 11 varsity letters. She was selected to the All Area Soccer Team for four years and scored 75 career goals. Lisa was a regional finalist in the long jump two times and qualified for the State Track Meet in the 4x200 relay as a senior.
OHS 1978 Baseball Team
Led by Head Coach Mark Lutz and Asst. Coach Bill Cheslock, the team became the first Oakwood team sport to reach the state tournament. The Jacks lost to the eventual state champions Coshocton 9-8 in the state tournament. The team had four players make the All State Team.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will be Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Dayton Country Club. For ticket information, contact the Athletic Office at 297-5342. The Class of 2017 will also be recognized at halftime of the home football game Sept. 1.