Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Postpones 2020 Ceremony until 2021
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees has decided to postpone the 2020 Ceremony until 2021, with the tentative date of June 12 to honor this year’s class.
“We had hoped to be able to move the ceremony to the fall, but there are too many unknowns at this point to safely gather,” said Executive Director Sheila Fox. “The health and safety of our attendees, their families and our guests are our biggest concerns. We are following the advice of medical experts and will continue to follow their lead to know when we can safely gather to celebrate our 2020 Class.”
The 15th Annual Ceremony was originally slated for June 6th. The 2020 Class celebrates 18 individuals and four high school teams.
The class includes:
- Bucky Albers was a longtime sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News and contributor to the success of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. He has helped craft the biographies of over 200 inductees over the last 15 years.
- Beth Conway was the girls high school coach at Bishop Hartley High School and led them two state championships in 1976 and 1978.
- Antonio Daniels played at St. Francis DeSales High School before heading to Bowling Green State University, where he was named 1997 MAC Player of the Year. He went on to be the 4th overall pick in the1997 NBA draft and helped garner an NBA Championship for the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and retired in 2011.
- June Brewer Daugherty was an early pioneer of women’s basketball. June had great success as a player at Westerville South High School and Ohio State University and then moved into coaching roles at Kent State, Stanford, Boise State, Washington and Washington State.
- Rob Doss serves as the supervisor of Women’s Officials for several NAIA, NCAA Division II and Division III conferences. He has officiated multiple OHSAA state and regional tournaments as well as national tournaments for the NCCAA, NJCAA and NCAA Division II regional, Elite Eight and National Championship Games.
- Bill Fitch, a native of Davenport, Iowa, coached in the NBA for 25 seasons, being named Coach of the Year twice (1976, 1980). He was the first coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1970 when the team was formed in the expansion. He went to Boston next and led the Celtics to the 1981 NBA Championship. Prior to his pro coaching career, he coached at several colleges, including Bowling Green State University. He was the recipient of the NBA’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2012-13 NBA season and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September 2019.
- Ericka Haney had a great career in the mid-90’s at Toledo Central Catholic before playing as part of Notre Dame’s 2001 NCAA National Championship Team. Haney went on to play professionally and is now coaching on the collegiate level.
- Mike Haley was a very successful high school boys’ coach, winning four state championships, three at Dayton Roth (1976, 1981 and 1982) and one at Dayton Dunbar in 1987. Haley was also part of the 1964 Ohio University team that was inducted in the OBHOF in 2017. Haley will be inducted posthumously; he died in 2017.
- Hank Josefczyk played for Yorkville High School in the late 1950’s where he averaged 45.1 points per game. He went on to the University of Dayton where he was a three-year letterman and was the leading scorer in eight games in the 1958-59 season. He was integral in that season’s triple-overtime win over Duke in the Dixie Classic.
- Kelly Lyons made her mark at Bethel High School in Tipp City before heading to Old Dominion College, where she averaged 24.7 points per game, ending her time at Old Dominion with 2,224 points and 1,008 rebounds.
- Mike Moran has been coaching at the high school and collegiate level for XX years, first at St. Joseph’s High School where he led them to two state championships before heading to the collegiate level. He has coached John Carroll University for over 25 years, leading his teams to the NCAA tournament 12 times and advancing to the Final Four in 2004.
- Caity Matter Henniger was a prolific scorer at Bluffton High School and was named the Division III Player of the Year and Ms. Basketball before landing at Ohio State University. During the 2002-2003 season, she averaged 15.4 points per game and still holds the record for most three pointers during a season (106).
- Harry Pontius was a stellar athlete in basketball, football and track both in high school and at Western Reserve during the 1930’s. He received All-Ohio honors in both football and basketball while at Newton Falls High School and twice was named all-conference in those sports at Western Reserve. He played professional basketball with the Goodyear Wingfoots and also toiled on the football field for the Pittsburgh Pirates under an alias, so as not to jeopardize his basketball contract. Pontius will be inducted posthumously; he died in 2009.
- Kelvin Ransey was a Macomber High School and Ohio State University phenom, finishing second in the Big Ten in scoring as a junior with 21.4 ppg and ranked second on the team to center Herb Williams as a senior with 16.2 ppg while leading the way with 5.9 assists per outing. He was the 4th overall pick in 1980 NBA Draft and spent six seasons playing professionally.
- Toni Roesch has contributed to Women’s Basketball since her days at Bishop Hartley High School in the late 70’s and early 80’s, where her teams made it into post-season play each year, including the state semi-final in 1981. She went on to play at Ohio State, making three NCAA tournament appearances and winning the Big Ten Championship in 1986. After several coaching stints, she is the owner of a basketball training facility and is a radio analyst for OHSAA Girls State Tournaments, Ohio State Radio and is a WBNS radio commentator for Ohio State Women’s Basketball.
- Earl Shaw led the College of Wooster in scoring from 1946-1950, earning first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors each time. He became the first player in program history to score more than 400 points in a single season and more than 1,000 in his career, amassing 1,491 total points.
- KB Sharp honed her talent at Bexley High School and was named first-team all-state and honorable mention All-American her senior year. She went on to find success at the University of Cincinnati and in the professional ranks. She spent six years in the WNBA and also played in Europe, leading her St. Petersburg, Russia team to the EuroCup Championship.
- Tony Yates was a three-year starter and an invaluable playmaker for the University of Cincinnati, winning back-to-back NCAA national championships in 1961 and ’62, victimizing in-state foe Ohio State each time, and was runner up in 1963. He and his older brother, Fletcher, led Lockland Wayne to a high school state championship in 1952. Yates will be inducted posthumously; he died on May 16.
Learn more about the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame’s inductees or make a tax-deductible contribution at www.ohiobasketballhalloffame.com.