Hampshire County Athletics Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame (HOF) Weekend is typically held in September at a Friday night home football game followed by an afternoon banquet on Saturday at Hampshire High School.
History of the Hall of Fame
The present Hampshire County Athletics Hall of Fame was first envisioned by Hampshire High Athletic Director, Erino Leone, in 2009 although others had broached the idea previously. The idea was to honor outstanding teams from Capon Bridge High School Bobcats, Romney High School Pioneers and Hampshire High School Trojans. The first athletes recognized were the members of the state champion 1960 Romney High School basketball team. After that, a formal Hall of Fame committee was organized in 2010 with Donnie Davis as the chairman and a second state championship team, the 1949 Romney High School football squad, was inducted. The committee established a constitution and by-laws with some direction from Stan Shingleton, a Romney High School grad with experience in high school hall of fame organizations in Ohio.
Plans were made for also honoring individual athletes, coaches and notable athletic contributors. The first full class of inductees was honored in 2011 and has continued each year through 2019*. The next class will be honored in 2021.
(*There was no 2020 Hall of Fame Weekend as all HOF events were cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions.)
Nominations for the Hall of Fame are accepted from the public each year in the spring. A nomination form is required that includes the name of the nominee(s) and information stating the accomplishments that make the individual or group worthy of consideration by the HOF Committee. Nominations are accepted for teams, individual athletes, coaches and major contributors to Hampshire County athletics. Athletes must have graduated from Hampshire High at least 10 years prior to nomination or have graduated from the now closed old Capon Bridge High School or old Romney High School. Coaches and Major Contributors need not have graduated from a county school.
Nomination forms can be obtained from any of the committee members or are usually printed in the Hampshire Review in March. The committee then considers all those nominated and makes the final selections for induction. The following fall, the honorees are invited to attend a designated Friday night football game at Hampshire High during which the they are introduced at half-time. Then a banquet is held on the following day and each inductee is honored with a reading of accomplishments and given an opportunity to address the audience. A plaque is placed on the wall in the hallway at Hampshire High School showing each recipient's name, date of induction and a summary of their athletic highlights.
Current Committee Members (2021)
- Kenneth Sitar, Chairman - Email Kenneth Sitar
- Donald H. Cookman
- Steve Davis
- Carol Fultz
- Jean Shoemaker
- Jane Wright Slocum
- Wayne Whitacre
Past Committee Members
- Donnie Davis - 1st Committee Chairman (2010 to 2018) - See 2019 Tribute to Donnie Davis
- Norma Lee Clise
- Bill Sirk
- Patricia King York