GALLIPOLIS — Gallia Academy High School honored five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday night as Chad Barnes, Mark Berkich, Teresa Combs, Robby Skidmore and Mike Wood were recognized during halftime of the Point Pleasant football game at Memorial Field.
The quintet was nominated by former coaches or current members of the GAHS Athletic Hall of Fame, and each individual chosen had a solid career as a student-athlete while participating with the Blue Devils or Blue Angels.
Here’s a brief recap of each of the HOF recipients prep accolades.
Chad Barnes (Class of 1994)
Barnes was a 3-sport athlete and earned the 1994 Male Athletic Key Award as well as nine varsity letters at Gallia Academy, competing in football, basketball and baseball. He also earned team MVP awards in all three sports his senior year.
In football he garnered All-SEOAL two years, including co-SEOAL MVP one year. Chad was elected first team all-district, and first team All-Ohio one year.
In baseball, Barnes earned All-SEOAL his senior year. In basketball, he earned All-SEOAL two years, first-team all-district two years, and third-team All-Ohio his senior year. Chad participated in the North-South all-star basketball game.
Barnes continued his basketball career at the University of Rio Grande where he played four years as a scholarship athlete.
Chad Barnes was nominated by Coach Brent Saunders.
Mark Berkich (Class of 1988)
Berkich was an outstanding athlete in both football and basketball, earning three varsity letters in each sport. Mark was also awarded the 1988 Male Athletic Key Award.
In football, Mark played strong safety and tight end for the undefeated and SEOAL champion Blue Devils, who went on the play in the Division II, Region 7 playoffs. A career highlighted by a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against Marietta.
He was selected first team All-SEOAL and earned the Janzen Golden Helmet Award. Mark continued his football career playing four years for Wittenberg University.
In basketball, Berkich was a strong contributor on both ends of the court consistently averaging near the team lead in both points and rebounds per game. His teams claimed the 1987 SEOAL title and the 1988 sectional title.
Following his graduation from Wittenberg, Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1992–1996
Mark Berkich was nominated by John and Kathy Thomas.
Teresa Combs (Class of 1987)
Combs earned 10 varsity letters for the Blue Angels during her high school career and was awarded the 1987 Female Athletic Key Award.
As an outstanding four-year varsity basketball player and two-year captain, she was awarded best rebounder and best defensive player while earning All-SEOAL accolades.
During her four years of varsity track, Teresa was three-time All-SEOAL. She was a member of the 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relay teams that set school records throughout the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
Combs also competed in varsity volleyball for two years, including an All-SEOAL selection.
Teresa Combs was nominated by Alexandrea Combs.
Robby Skidmore (Class of 1991)
Skidmore was an outstanding three-sport athlete during his career at Gallia Academy, earning seven varsity letters, two team MVP awards, and the coveted 1991 Male Athletic Key Award.
In football, he was selected All-SEOAL two years. During his senior season, Robby was awarded team MVP as well as first-team all-district and first-team All-Ohio. He continued his football career playing for Ohio Wesleyan University.
In basketball, he earned team MVP and All-SEOAL his senior year. In baseball, he earned All-SEOAL his senior season.
Robby Skidmore was nominated by Coach Brent Saunders.
Mike Wood (Class of 1977)
Wood was an outstanding football and track athlete, earning three varsity letters in each sport.
During his football career, Wood played both offense and defense while earing multiple awards. They include Most Promising Sophomore and Best Offensive Lineman his junior and senior season.
During his final year on the gridiron, Mike was selected team captain, first-team All-SEOAL, first-team all-district, and all-state Honorable Mention.
In track, Mike was team captain and competed in shot put and discus.
He was the SEOAL champion his senior year in the shot put. He also earned Academic All-SEOAL all three years in both sports.
Following his high school career, Wood continued his football career at Georgetown College, where he earned varsity letters and was named NAIA All-Southeastern District First Team.
Mike Wood was nominated by teammate Kent Shawver.
Rusty Saunders contributed the biographies of the 2015 HOF inductees for Gallia Academy High School. Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.