One other summer time sporting staple has fallen sufferer to the coronavirus.
The Ohio Valley Athletic Convention just lately opted to postpone the induction of its 17th Corridor of Fame class one 12 months due to the problems and unknowns surrounding the pandemic.
OVAC Treasurer and Corridor of Fame Chairman Tom Rataiczak despatched out a letter to your entire class late final week, informing it of the choice.
“There are a number of uncertainties that performed into the choice,” Rataiczak stated. “A few of these are the pandemic itself, social distancing, crowd measurement and whether or not or not giant gatherings can be permissible by then. There are simply too many unknowns.”
The Class of 2020 consists of: Kim Clifford (St. Clairsville, Cadiz) and Robert “Bubba” Kapral (St. John Central) as coaches; Dr. Invoice Welker and Larry Deaton as officers; Jerry Narcisi within the OVAC Household class; Wealthy Wilinski as an OVAC Contributor; Scott Nolte for OVAC Media; Ralph Anastasio (Follansbee) and Tom Bloom (Weir) from the 1950s; Tony Jeter (Weir) and Mike Palmer (Steubenville) from the 1960s; Pete Abuls (Cambridge) and Don ‘Kip” McLane (Catholic Central) from the 1970s; JoJo Blaha (Wheeling Central) and Carl Fodor (Weir Excessive) from the 1980s; Daryl ‘Boogie’ Johnson (Wheeling Park) and Josh Watson (Magnolia) from the 1990s; and Leekycia Brown (Monroe Central) and Natalie Perzanowski (St. John Central) from the 2000s.
The 2020 Legends Class consists of Ed Bode, Bob Bowen, Russell “Bus” LaRue, Robert Lilienthal and Chris Yura.
The category of 2020 will likely be inducted formally on Aug. 14, 2021, at WesBanco Enviornment.
That is the most recent in a string of occasions which were canceled involving the OVAC and pertaining to the overall Ohio Valley sports activities scene.
On Wednesday, the OVAC opted to cancel the Rudy Mumley all-star soccer recreation, which was scheduled for late July. The Banquet of Champions stays on indefinite postponement.
“Cancelling the all-star soccer recreation in addition to others’ selections to cancel occasions just like the Italian Pageant, Debbie Inexperienced Memorial 5K street race and different occasions in shut proximity to the world had been considered,” Rataiczak stated.
The concept of merely suspending the occasion till later within the fall or winter was thought-about, however just too many transferring items had been concerned to permit that to achieve traction.
“The uncertainty as to scheduled for the beginning of faculties and fall athletics performed position in addition to a few of these folks had been going to be touring an important distance, so the supply and value of flights for these flying in in addition to the identical components for accommodations for out-of-town company.”
Rataiczak additionally identified coping with the schedules of the Ohio Valley Roughriders and Wheeling Nailers together with area availability made merely suspending to a different date a problem.
“The one fixed that we’ve maintained for 17 years is making this a first-class occasion,” Rataiczak stated. “And for the entire (aforementioned) causes, we don’t really feel like we are able to provide what the inductees deserve.”