NEW MARTINSVILLE - Eight former Blue Eagle student-athletes from four decades will be feted at the 28th annual Magnolia Athletic Boosters Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
The public event will be Saturday, Aug. 3 at Magnolia High School. A social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Tickets will be available at Witschey's in New Martinsville or from banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.
The honorees, listed by graduation year and hometowns, follow:
John Brookover (1966 of New Martinsville; Dan Gerkin (1967) of Vienna, Va.; Tom Myslinsky (1967) of New Martinsville; Pat Zohn (1971) of Cleveland, Ohio; Victor Dean (1982) of Midland, Mich.; Scott Stemple (1984) of Xenia, Ohio; Garry Heck (1988) of Mount Airy, N.C.; and Dr. David Watson (1991) of Morgantown, W.Va.
Capsule summaries of the honoree:
Brookover - He was a four-year football and baseball player and also competed in basketball one season. After attending West Liberty State, he served in the U.S. Marines from 1968-72 including a tour of Vietnam in 1970. He was employed in the construction and carpenter business from 1972-86. From 1986-2011, he was a Wetzel County Deputy Sheriff and was elected to his current position as Sheriff of Wetzel County in 2012.
Gerkin -A four-year football player, he also competed in baseball three years and was team co-captain as a senior when he received the Bob Bailey Award. He also competed a year in track and basketball. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism. Currently the Senior Vice-President of Political Affairs for the National Mining Association, he previously worked with the National Coal Association and was president of the Mining & Reclamation Council of America plus Center for Energy & Economic Development. He also was Executive Director of the Contractors Association of W.Va., and Vice President of the W.Va. Surface Mining & Reclamation Association.
Myslinsky -He was a two-year Blue Eagle golfer and also played basketball one season. An industrial Engineering graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, he later received an Organizational Leadership degree from Mountain State University. After working six years for Republic Steel in Cleveland, Ohio, he started a 32-year stint as owner-operator of Eagle Electronics Radio Shack franchise in New Martinsville. He served 10 years on City Council including six years as finance chairman and has served as president of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce and New Martinsville Rotary Club.
Zohn -A two-year football and basketball player, he also competed in baseball one year and served as football and basketball team statistician as a senior. He graduated in Social Science & Education from West Liberty State before earning a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He worked as a U.S. Department of Labor Trial Attorney from 1980-97 before joining Parkwood Corporation. From 1998-2010, he was a partner for Gateway Consultants Group in major construction projects including the Toledo Mud Hens Ballpark and Lucas County Arena. Since 2010, he has been the Chief Operation Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Dean -He lettered in five Magnolia sports while competing four years in football and basketball, two years in baseball and one each in track and tennis. A member of the 11-2 record 1981 OVAC Class AA title, and state runnerup, football team, he also played on the 1982 OVAC title baseball team. A Chemical Engineering graduate of WVU, he received master's degrees from Penn State and Louisiana State. He worked 24 years with Dow Chemical in a variety of global leadership roles before accepting in 2012 his current position of Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at CP Kelco, a division of JM Huber Corporation.
Stemple -He competed in track and cross country four years and baseball three seasons. A senior cross country team co-captain and member of two OVAC title teams, he also helped the Blue Eagles win two OVAC Class AAA track crowns. He placed fourth in the state Class AA 1,600 meter run as a senior and was 6th at 3,200 meters as a junior. He graduated from Marshall in Mathematics Educations before joining the Campus Crusade for Christ. He has worked for a not-for-profit organization for 22 years including student ministry, Director of Staff Development and Director of Family Ministry in Ukraine and the Kiev Christian Academy.
Heck - He competed in football four years and was a two-year track athlete. He graduated in Computer Management & Data Processing from W.Va. Institute of Technology. Since 1999, he has worked in the Surgical Services Information Systems for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. He works with 40 operating rooms and other departments and has worked on converting the Hospital's many different computer systems into one operation. He also works part-time as a firefighter for the City of Mount Airy and is a trained EMT and CPR Instructor.
Watson -A four-year Blue Eagle football player, he also competed in track two seasons. He graduated from W.Va. Wesleyan College before earning a M.D. degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. After a residency and fellowship at the University of North Carolina, he served from 2004-08 as Assistant Professor of Neurology at UPMC before joining the WVU School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Neurology. He also serves as Director of WVU Headache Center and is Neurology Student Clerkship Director. He also serves on various professional boards.