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Six to be inducted to B-U Hall of Fame

September 13, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Six star athletes and coaches along with one legendary team from Buckhannon-Upshur High School will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame Saturday.

The banquet honoring those individuals will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the high school. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance at the school or at the Upshur County Board of Education office.

Catherine "Splash" Williams

A 1942 graduate of Charleston High School, she became a teacher and coach in the Upshur County School system. Williams coached track, basketball and cheerleading during her time, and she founded the Buckhannon-Wesleyan swim team in 1964. She coached that team through 1996.

She was a U.S. Master Swimmer from 1981-2005, holding several records and winning three gold medals in the National Senior Olympics in 2005.

She was also active in the Buckhannon Rotary Club, being awarded the Athena Award in 1988 and the Service Above Self Award in 1997. Williams passed away in 2007. Her children, Tim, David, Danny and Tappan all reside in the Upshur County area.

Eric Chandler

A 1992 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Chandler was a four-time all-conference cross-country runner, winning the NCAC championship as a senior. He was named the NCAC Runner of the Year in 1991.

Chandler was a three-time qualifier to the state cross-country meet, winning the Regional championship and making the all-state list in 1991.

Chandler also was the North Central Athletic Conference 3,200-meter run champion in track in 1992.

Chandler continued his running career at West Virginia Wesleyan College, becoming a three-time all-West Virginia Conference runner. He was two-time cross-country champion and Runner of the Year in 1994-95.

In track, Chandler was an eight-time WVIAC champion, winning the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. Chandler was named the WVIAC Athlete of the Year in 1995 and was an All-American in 1995.

He is now a first-grade teacher in Loudoun County, Va., where he resides with his wife Ursula.

Newton S. Anderson

A former principal at B-UHS, Anderson also served as the head football and baseball coach for Upshur County High School in 1932 and in the same capacity at B-UHS from 1933-45.

He also served as principal in the Tennerton Division of B-UHS and from 1945-58 and as principal at B-UHS from 1958-63.

Anderson was the Pioneer, founder and leader of the 4-H clubs and Boy Scouts of America in the county.

Anderson was a Walter Camp All-American football player at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1929 and all-conference selection as an end in 1928-29. He played baseball in the Washington Senators organization from 1931-32. Anderson passed away in 1963.

James Edward McDaniels

A 1974 graduate of B-UHS where he was a three-sport letterman, McDaniel has served as the school's athletic director since 2007 until retiring this year. At B-UHS as a student, McDaniel played football, basketball and baseball.

He was the captain of the Big 10 Conference football team and an honorable mention selection to the all-state team in 1973. He was the catcher on the 1972 B-UHS team which won the AAA state championship. In 1974, he was the Big 10's all-conference catcher and was on the all-state second team.

McDaniels went on to play baseball at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Returning to his alma mater, McDaniel coached wrestling from 1988-89, football in 1992 and boys and girls basketball from 1990-98. He became the school's assistant athletic director in 2005.

Stephen L. Feola

A 1959 graduate of B-UHS, Feola was a stand-out basketball and baseball player. He led the Big 10 in scoring during the 1958-59 season and was the captain of the all-conference team. He was named the captain in the North-South All-Star Basketball Game, and he won MVP honors in 1959 His 830 career points still ranks 11th in school history. He continued playing basketball at Marshall University.

Feola was unbeaten as a pitcher in the 1958 and 1959 seasons, and he played center field when he was not on the mound.

Feola taught and coached for several years in Florida. He is retired and resides in Buckhannon with his wife Patricia.

Amy Rohr-Queen

A 1991 graduate of B-UHS, Queen earned varsity letters in volleyball, track and cross-country. She was the NCAC Runner of the Year in 1990 and 1991, and was part of the state-record setting 4x400-meter relay team. She holds school records in the 100, 200 and 400 and is part of record-setting relay teams in the 4x200 and 4x400.

She continued her running career at Wesleyan, winning 15 all-WVIAC awards between 1991-95. She holds five WVWC records and was named the college's Female Athlete of the Year in both 1994 and 1995. Queen is employed as a physical therapist at Health Works in Buckhannon. She resides in Upshur County with her husband Mike and daughters Maggie and Grace.

The 1979-80 B-UHS boys basketball team

The Buccaneers were Big 10 Conference, sectional and regional champions in a year that saw them finish 22-2. Losing the season opener by three points to Morgantown, the Buccaneers then rattled off 22 straight victories to earn a berth in the state tournament. They easily defeated Lewis County (83-35) and Elkins (71-25) to win the sectional tournament, then topped Greenbrier East (45-32) to earn the trip to the state championships. The Buccaneers season came to an end in the first round of the tournament, losing a two-point heartbreaker, 45-43, to Princeton.

The team was led by head coach Jim Marsh and assistant Tim Rollins. Players on the team included Wes Nickel, Lyn Wilcher, Joe Abel, Chet Wamsley, Bruce Blend, Scott McDaniels, Tim Murphy, Lytle Batten, Tim Critchfield, Rob Bennett, Tom Blend, John Poundstone and Jim Shaver. The managers were Tom Light, Mark Chandler, Keith Arbogast and Mike Rogers. Ron O'Neal served as the team's trainer.



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