GAHS to host Hall of Fame inductees

Staff Report

GALLPOLIS — The Gallia Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members for 2018 on Friday at half time of the GAHS football game and will honor those inductees at a banquet, Saturday, at the Gallia Academy High School with a dinner and awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

This year’s inductees are Michael Hemphill of the Class of 1981, Dave Rucker of the Class of 1997, Isaac Saunders of the Class of 1997, Amy Wilson of the Class of 1999 and Rob Woodard of the Class of 1997.

Mike Hemphill was an outstanding running back. He lettered three years in football. He was best offense back in 1979 and 1980. He was first team all All-SEOAL and All-District in 1980. He was AP-AAA All-District Offensive Back of the Year and AP-AAA All Ohio third team in 1980. He rushed for 910 yards and scored 60 points leading GAHS to a 7-3 record in 1980. He was co-MVP his senior year.

Dave Rucker earned six varsity letters one in baseball, two in football and three in basketball. In basketball, he was MVP his junior and co-MVP his senior year. Dave was two time AII-SEOAL. In junior and senior years in football, he had total rushing yards of 731 and receiving yards of 547.

Isaac Saunders earned nine varsity letters, four in baseball, three in football, and two in basketball. In baseball, he was AII-SEOAL his senior year. In football, he was All-SEOAL two years. His junior year, he was All-District honorable mention. His senior year he was first team All-District and honorable mention All-State. He had 541 completions and 2079 total yards for his career.

Amy Wilson is one of the most decorated athletics in track at Gallia Academy. She earned four letters in track and four in basketball. In track, Amy was AII-SEOAL, All-District, MVP and All-Regional all four years in high school. As a freshman, Amy was 14th in the state in 200 m. In her sophomore year, she was state qualifier in the 200m (7thplace}, 4 by 200m (placed first in the state) and the 4 by 400. During her junior year, she won a state championship in the long jump, becoming the first in school history to win an individual event in the state meet. The GAHS women’s track finished sixth in the state meet. During Amy’s senior year, she was a state qualifier in the long jump (third place), 4 by 100 and 4 by 200. Both relay teams finished 2nd, The GAHS women’s track finished 3rd in the state meet. The highest finish ever for GAHS. In basketball, Amy was MVP in 1999, All-League and All-District in 1998 and 1999. Amy won the female GAHS Athletic Key. She earned a track scholarship at Youngstown State University.

Rob Woodward earned seventh varsity letters, three in football, two in baseball and two in basketball. In basketball, he was Defensive Player of the Year. In football, he was AII-SEOAL his junior and senior years and MVP his senior year. Rob was first team All-District and second team All-State his senior year. Rob was a three-year starter in football at Ohio Wesleyan University. Rob won a state football championship as head coach of the Wheelersburg High School football team.

If the public would like to attend, call Lori at 740-446-2000.

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