OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame to welcome 14 membersOfficials of the Year announced

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame will induct 14 new members Saturday at the annual banquet in Columbus and recognize the 2014-15 OHSAA Officials of the Year. Each of the 14 Hall of Fame inductees is being honored for significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio and were selected by the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Committee. More information on the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame is posted at http://www.ohsaa.org/officials/HallofFame.htm.

“The Officials Hall of Fame banquet is our opportunity to recognize the best officials in Ohio for their outstanding careers and their dedication to officiating,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and one of last year’s Hall of Fame inductees. “It is a joy to recognize these highly respected individuals with induction into the Hall of Fame. We thank all officials for their service to student-athletes, coaches, schools and other officials.”

In addition, the late Joseph “Joe” Pangrazio Sr., one of Ohio’s legendary football and basketball officials, will become the 28th Ohioan to enter the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame, July 2, in New Orleans, during the 33rd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will wrap up the 96th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

Ohio’s 28 NFHS Hall of Fame inductees are more than any other state (Illinois ranks second with 23). The previous 27 Ohioans to be inducted are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/NFHSHallOfFame.asp.

Pangrazio was a charter member of the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 1989, and last year he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. He was an OHSAA football official for 45 years (1955-2000) and an OHSAA basketball official for 55 years (1945-2000). He officiated six state football championships and 10 state basketball tournaments (eight boys, two girls). He conducted countless clinics and camps and was instrumental in recruiting and mentoring numerous new football and basketball officials. Pangrazio was also a highly successful college basketball official in several conferences and was a Big Ten Conference basketball officials observer and evaluator at Ohio State University for 25 years.

The OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame is the only Hall of Fame sponsored by the OHSAA. The OHSAA’s Circle of Champions recognizes individuals from various areas who had outstanding careers in high school athletics and have further contributed to interscholastic sports.

2015 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Induction Class:

Marie Anthony, Columbus (BK)

Dolores Billhardt, Willoughby (Administrator, deceased)

Joseph Grimes Jr., Shaker Heights (BK)

John Gurney, Shelby (BB, BK)

Galen Harris, Tipp City (BB, SB, VB, WR)

Ken Kaiser, Columbus (BK, FT)

Robert Peterfish, Columbus (SD, deceased)

Pat Porter, Chillicothe (BB, BK, SB, VB)

Bryan Reamsnyder, Toledo (FT, deceased)

Sue Sheck, Coshocton (BB, SB, BK, VB)

Brian Spangler, Reynoldsburg (BK, FT)

Melvin Staats, Newton Falls (BB, SB)

Elizabeth Van Tine, Englewood (CC, TF)

Eugene Wodzisz, Parma (BK, FT)

2014-15 OHSAA Officials of the Year:

Boys Cross Country – Ken Beard, West Milton

Boys Soccer – Douglas Billerman, Maria Stein

Girls Basketball – Jason Blazevich, Northwood

Wrestling – Russell Brode, New Franklin

Girls Soccer – Charles Daria, Bethel

Baseball – Frank Grubb, Grove City

Ice Hockey – Joseph Hrabak, Columbus

Boys Track and Field – Robert Jones, West Lafayette

Girls Cross Country – Arthur Joseph, Shadyside

Football – John Keener, Athens

Gymnastics – Maxine Matovic, Cleveland

Softball – Cheryl Opperman, Wellington

Boys Swimming and Diving – Jon Reidler, Blacklick

Volleyball – Mark Rose, Wheelersburg

Field Hockey – Todd Shapiro, Cleveland

Girls Track and Field – Pamela Spears, Lewisburg

Girls Swimming and Diving – Robert VanAlmen, Hartville

Boys Basketball – Mark Wanyerka, Olmsted Falls