TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony is a time when past athletes, some of the greatest to ever wear a Buccaneer uniform, reunite to share memories and past glories with family, friends and former teammates.
Unfortunately, the Buckhannon-Upshur Class of 2020 will not be able to have that special moment as the B-U Athletic Hall of Fame committee had to make the difficult decision to outright cancel the induction ceremony this year due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Class of 2020 included five individuals and one team: Lorene George Kerans Bailey, David Boyles, Kip Cottrill, Kate Dobberstein, James “Jim” Johnson and the 1965 baseball team.
The inductees will have their plaques, certificates, and other items mailed to them this year in lieu of no induction banquet.
The Hall of Fame committee wanted to recognize the inductees with their resumes and photographs in this edition of The Record Delta.
Lorene George Kerans Bailey
Bailey was a 1949 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School where she served as cheerleader from 1946 to 1949. She was selected as ‘Best Cheerleader’ at the 1949 WV State Basketball Tournament. She was also a cheerleader at East Main Street School as well as at the middle school and junior high level. She was a member of the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Athletic Mothers’ Club for several years. She was also a supporter and contributor to Buckhannon-Upshur athletic events during much of her adult life.
Boyles was a 1989 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School where he participated in football, wrestling, soccer and track and field. He excelled at every sport he played earning all-conference and all-state honors. He was a two-time All-State First-Team football player in 1987 and 1988, and earned First Team All-NCAC honors those same years. He led the football team in tackles from his defensive end position in both 1987 and 1988. As a sophomore, he earned All-NCAC Honorable Mention honors. He played football at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1989-1992 and earned his graduate degree from Marshall University.
Cottrill graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1999 participating in baseball, basketball and football. He played all four years of baseball and one year each in basketball (1997) and and football (1998). Cottrill earned multiple honors during his baseball career as the team’s starting shortstop. During his senior year, he was named to the USA Today Honorable Mention Team, an All-State First Team selection and an All-Conference First Team member of the NCAC. His junior year saw him named to the All-State Second Team and he earned First Team NCAC honors. As a sophomore, he was selected to the NCAC First Team. Cottrill played two years (2000-01) as the starting shortstop at Davis & Elkins and then transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan (2002-03) and became the Bobcats starting shortstop.
Dobberstein was a 1999 Buckhannon-Upshur graduate and a two-sport standout in soccer and basketball. This will be the second Hall of Fame Dobberstein has been inducted into as she is a member of the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
In soccer, as a keeper, she was named First Team All-State three times (1995, 1996, and 1998), was First Team All-Conference those same three years and was named the West Virginia Goalkeeper of the Year in 1998. She recorded 544 saves, posted 27 shutouts and was in the net for 48 B-U wins.
In basketball, she scored 795 points, grabbed 690 rebounds and blocked 111 shots. Her basketball honors include All-State Special Honorable Mention and Second Team and Honorable Mention honors in the NCAC. She was selected as the 1998 Ray Wollaber Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 and was tabbed as the Who’s Who in Sports (1997-98).
James “Jim” Johnson
Johnson served as a coach at Buckhannon-Upshur High School for five decades before his retirement this past August. Since 1971, he has been an assistant boys basketball coach (1971-76), assistant track and field coach (1971), head boys track and field coach (1972-92), head girls basketball coach (1992-95) and head boys and girls cross country coach (1978-1990 and 1994-2020).
He was named the Coach of the Year in Cross Country and in Track and Field, won four regional championships and had several state qualifiers in both sports over the years. He also won three Big 10 Conference championships.
1965 Baseball Team
The 1965 Buckhannon-Upshur baseball team won the Big 10 Conference along with the sectional and regional tournaments on their way to the West Virginia State Baseball Tournament where they suffered their only loss of the season to Parkersburg High School. The loss in the championship game was a 10-inning affair that the Bucs lost, 4-3. They ended the year with a 19-1 record. They were coached by Larry West (head coach) and Tom Hart (assistant coach).
Team members included Steve Andrews, Junior Armstrong, John Barnes, Dave Corley, Mike Gillespie, Danny Hosaflook, Rick Hollen, George Leachman, Billy Mackey, Brent Phillips, Joe Shaw, Bill Shissler, Ron Sheets, Joe Tenney, Gary Wamsley and Roger Wilfong.