O-D to induct six into Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday
HAMLET — Oregon-Davis High School will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday.
The new members of the Hall of Fame will be formally announced between the O-D-Westville junior varsity and varsity boys games.
This year, besides two members of Oregon-Davis graduating classes, the school will also be honoring four members of graduating classes of the two schools that preceded Oregon-Davis — Grovertown and Hamlet High Schools — before the school system was consolidated.
New inductees for Oregon-Davis are Tara Kensinger and Ralph Pearish.
Kensinger is a 2001 graduate who starred in basketball, scoring 1,089 points and pulling down 1,014 rebounds in her four years as a Lady Cat. Kensinger also excelled in track and field, where she still holds the Long Jump record of 17 1/2 feet. She qualified for state in the Long Jump her senior year, and she also holds the 1600 Relay record with Laure Kensinger, Sherri Kensinger and Amanda Harris with a time of 4:11.
Pearish was a 1974 graduate as a Bobcat. He lettered in cross country and baseball and scored 865 points in his basketball career but was best known for his feats in track.
Entering as the first Grovertown Athletic Hall of Famer will be a trio of brothers, Rex, James and Jerome Howard.
James, a 1950 graduate of Grovertown, lettered four years in baseball and basketball, where he scored 752 points in the two years there are records for the Rams before going on to play at Valparaiso University. He later went on to teach and coach at Grovertown and Walkerton High Schools.
Jerome, who graduated in 1955, lettered in baseball and basketball all four years of his high school career and in track one year. He scored 930 points as a basketball player.
Rex, a 1957 graduate, lettered in basketball and baseball four years and in track three years.
He scored 1,263 points as a basketball player with 566 of those points coming in his senior year.
The lone Hamlet High inductee is Al Haro.
Haro lettered in basketball, baseball, track, cross country, was a Class Officer and was in the Letterman Club before graduating in 1960. Haro recorded 961 points in his basketball career.