WHS Athletic HOF to induct 7


The Washington High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 2016 class of inductees into the Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 13th Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in Liberty Hall on the high school/middle school campus. The public is invited to share in the induction of seven new members.

Two founders are being added as members who played or coached, at least 50 years ago. They are 1958 graduate Roger McLean and 1965 graduate Gary Card.

Roger was an outstanding four-sport athlete but was best known for his talents as a football player.

Gary was an outstanding basketball player but was also one of the fastest sprinters to ever run for the track team.

In addition to the two Founders, there were two coaches elected in the Class of ‘16.

The first was outstanding track coach Tim Walters who coached three State of Ohio champions at Washington High School, as well as winning seven District titles and a State runner-up finish in 1999.

Tim also added much to the track facility itself, including installing one of the few steeplechase water jumps at any Ohio public high school.

The second coach is Gary Shaffer who coached varsity boys’ basketball for 41 years, including 34 at Washington High School. In those years, Gary led teams to 631 wins, including 486 at WHS.

Gary is a member of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and coached 11 WHS Hall of Fame members.

Finally, three former athletes were elected to the Hall of Fame.

Travis Robertson, one of the all-time great Blue Lion basketball players, was a 1994 graduate. Travis scored over 1,000 points in his career, including what was probably the most famous 3-point shot in school history to defeat Cambridge in the Regional semifinals.

The second athlete is Kyle Brown, a 1999 graduate who was a star in three sports but is most remembered for helping pitch the Blue Lions to a Final Four finish in baseball before going on to star for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

The final athlete is 2001 graduate Scott Lewis.

Lewis helped pitch the Blue Lions to their only State Championship before going on to star at The Ohio State University and later as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Again, all True Blue Lion fans are welcome to join in the Induction Ceremony at Liberty Hall Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

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