CWHS Athletic Hall of Fame to induct new members

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Canal Winchester High School is honoring its own on Sept. 14 with the 25th annual induction of athletes/ individuals or teams into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame inductees this year are Tricia (Rawn) Dulkoski, Vicky (Ross) Schaar, Sean Elliot and Award of Merit winner Anita Hoon.

A recognition dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the high school cafeteria prior to the Canal Winchester Indians vs. Westerville North football game, which starts at 7 p.m. A hall of fame ceremony will take place at halftime of the game.

About the hall of fame inductees

•Dulkoski is a 1983 honors graduate who earned nine varsity letters in track and field, volleyball and basketball. She earned multiple awards such as All-MSL in all three sports, All Ohio Honorable Mention in basketball, Sertoma All-Star team, Agonis Scholar Athlete and Mabel E. Gale Women’s Scholarship award.

She graduated in 1987 from Muskingum University with degrees in business and physical education. She coached in Canal Winchester in 1987, 2004-08 and 2011. She volunteers and helps coach at Sacred Heart Catholic School in North Carolina where she resides with her two children and husband. Dulkoski also works in the family business, the Revival Golf Course.

•Schaar, a 2000 Canal Winchester graduate, earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was All-MSL in all three sports, named to an All-Ohio Dream Team and co-captain of each team her senior year.

She attended Otterbein College, where she was a three-year letter winner and graduated with a general science degree from Austin Peay State University in 2005. Her husband is in the Army and while stationed in Colorado, she was an assistant softball coach at the high school level. Schaar is the programs supervisor for USO-Metro in Arlington, Va. The couple has three daughters.

•Elliot is a 2006 CWHS graduate who was a three-year letter winner in both golf and basketball. He was named All-MSL and All-District in both sports, Central District Player of the Year in basketball, District 10 All Star, and MAH Player of the Week.

He played for Shawnee State University. Elliot left school to work, but later returned at age 25 to finish his degree and play basketball—he was voted team captain and named to the 2nd Team All Conference. Sadly, during his senior year, Elliot was killed in an auto accident. The university named a scholarship in his memory.

•Hoon worked for the school system from 1971-2013, first as a substitute bus driver and then a full-time driver starting in 1979 when there were only five buses in the district. According to her nomination, “her dedication to the school district was exceptional. She has transported multi-generations to and from school on a daily basis. She also transported all sports teams hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the state to events. She was also the cheerleading section and moral support for the teams she transported.”

Although Hoon retired in 2013, she became a substitute driver again and spends her time riding horses, camping and vacationing with friends and family.

Nominating process

In order for an individual or team to be considered for the Athletic Hall of Fame, they must have made a major contribution to the athletic program as an athlete, coach or administrator and graduated at least five years prior to consideration by the hall of fame’s board of directors.

The Award of Merit is presented to individuals or businesses who contributed substantially to the athletic program, is limited to one annual award and the honoree is also selected by the board of directors.

According to Athletic Director Pat Durbin, anyone can nominate someone as long as they are eligible for the award.

He said notable inductees include, “Byron Mullens, an NBA Player, and Drew Dosch, a member of the AAA Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, who was chosen to play on this year’s AAA All-Star Team.”

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