WHEELING — Several members of the W.Va. Sports Hall of Fame plan to attend the 75th annual Victory Awards Dinner sponsored by the W.Va. Sports Writers Association.
The nation's oldest statewide sports fete will be held on May 1 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Start time is 4 p.m.
Headlining the event will be the 2022 Hall of Fame induction of Major Harris and Darryl Talley, two of the five West Virginia University football players to have their jersey numbers retired. Harris and Talley both are College Football Hall of Fame inductees.
Past Hall of Fame inductees planning to attend to help celebrate the 75th event which started in 1945 include ex-WVU football mentor and College Football Hall of Fame member Don Nehlen, who coached Harris and Talley; ex-WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong; ex-Marshall football coach Bob Pruett; ex-Salem College basketball great and National Small College Hall of Famer Archie Talley; former Minnesota Viking defensive stars Lonnie Warwick and Carl Lee; ex-Virginia Tech basketball All-America Chris Smith; former Olympian and WNBA star Vicky Bullett; record-setting Oak Glen wrestling coach and National High School Hall of Famer Larry Shaw; ex-Logan basketball coach and WVU cager Willie Akers; and former pole vault world record holder Dave Tork.
The dinner is open to the public with advance ticket sales through April 25. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Information on tickets, and sales, may be obtained from Ryan Pritt at the Charleston Gazette-Mail; Jim Workman at Wally's & Wimpy's Sports Digest in St. Albans; Grant Traylor or Tim Stephens at the Huntington Herald-Dispatch; Gary Fauber at the Beckley Register-Herald; Tyler Jackson at Lootpress.com in Beckley; Michael Minnich at the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram; Chris Johnson at Connect-Bridgeport; Rick Kozlowski at the Martinsburg Journal; Justin Jackson at the Morgantown Dominion-Post; Kerry Patrick or Jay Bennett at the Parkersburg News-Sentinnel; or Doug Huff, the banquet chairman and WVSWA secretary-treasurer, at P.O. Box 6076, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Other major award winners to be feted include:
• Hardman Award (amateur athlete of year) — Tyson Bagent, Shepherd U. football.
• Furfari Award (college coach of year) — Kim Stephens, Glenville State U. women's basketball.
• Van Meter Award (high school coach of year) — Kevin Gertz, Logan.
• Kennedy Award (prep football player of year) and Warner Award (top running back) — Atticus Goodson, Independence.
• Sam Huff Award (top defensive player) and Lee Award (top defensive back) — Ty Bartrum. Spring Valley.
• Stydahar Award (top lineman) — Eric Smith, Fairmont Senior.
• House Award (top quarterback) — Gavin Lochow, Huntington.
• Moss Award (top receiver) — Hudson Clement, Martinsburg.
• Howley Award (top linebacker) — Brogan Brown, Hurricane.
• Walker Award (top special teams player) — Daminn Cunningham, University.
• Evans Award (boys basketball player of year) — Isaac McKneely, Poca.
• Ostrowski Award (girls basketball player of year) — Marley Washenitz, Fairmont Senior.
• Dutton Award (wrestler of year) — Derek Raike, Point Pleasant.
• Volleyball Player of Year — Skylar Yates, Hedgesville.
• Lowery Award (baseball player of year) — Nate Paulsen, Bridgeport.
• Softball Player of Year — Tayven Stephenson, St. Albans.
• McCoy Male Trackperson of Year — Torrence Walker, Wheeling Park.
• McCoy Female Trackperson of Year — Irene Riggs, Morgantown.
• Doug Huff Award (leadership, hustle, determination) — Daion Taylor, Jefferson.
• Morehouse Award (sports journalism) — Mark Martin, Ripley.
• Kennedy Foundation Scholarships — Jeremiah King, Clarksburg R.C. Byrd; and Noah Waynick, Huntington.
Two more awards, the boys and girls soccer players of the year, will be announced and recognized at the event.
The list of W.Va. Sports Hall of Famers and award winners from 1934 by the W.Va. Sports Writers Association may be found on the wvswa.org website.