2008 Hall of Fame

The second class of the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame was inducted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 during the banquet at the 2008 Ohio Senior Olympics State Games.

 

Pete Augsburger

Pete Augsburger was a collegiate athlete at the University of Maryland, lettering in football and track. Pete played on the University's Gator Bowl championship teams in 1948 and 1950 and was an honorable mention All-American. Pete threw the shot put in the 1951 Olympic trials in Madison Square Gardens, then put the shot aside for 40 years.

Pete's career as a senior athlete began in 1990 and he won fifteen gold medals between 1990 and 2005. After hand surgery in 2006, Pete returned to medal winning form in the 2007 state games in Ohio. On the national stage, Pete won the silver medal for shot in 2001 and a gold medal in 2005.

Bob Cole

Although not everyone can see it, Bob Cole has "Mr. Basketball" stamped across his chest. Bob was on the 1956 All-District, All-Regional and All-State Tournament teams during his high school career with the Middletown Middies. After college ball at Western Kentucky, Bob hung up his shoes to focus on his career and it was 26 years before he returned to the basketball courts.

As a senior athlete, Bob's teams have twelve medals at the state Senior Olympics, in addition to his individual medals in foul and spot shooting. Bob's teams have qualified for every national competition since 1995. winning silver in 1997 at Tucson and bronze at the 2001 games in Baton Rouge.

Woodie Davis

Woodie Davis was inducted into the Hall of Fame both for his accomplishments in Senior Olympics and for his positive attitude about aging. Woodie began participating in Senior Olympics in 1983 at the local games in Dayton. The consummate athlete, Woodie never lets his age get the best of him, and takes every competition seriously. Known for his performance in track and field at Senior Olympics, Woodie also plays softball in a 70 league. For his Senior Olympic career, Woodie has more than 270 medals and ribbons.

Woodie is also noted for his ability to get those around him up and moving. At his senior housing community, he organizes corn hole, walking and other activities to keep his fellow community members on the move. His positive attitude and "get up and go" have been an inspiration to many in the greater Dayton area.

Eleanor Diers

Eleanor Diers has participated in Senior Olympics at the local, state and national level for 23 years, winning 180 medals. While she has competed in as many as 16 different events, her first loves are bowling and tennis. The Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association named her the Senior Sportswoman of the Year in 2001.

Byron Fike

 

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(Posthumous)

Byron Fike was one of the competitors at the first in Senior Olympics in Ohio in 1980, running a six minute, 40 second mile at age 70. From that point on, no one questioned the ability of senior athletes. Byron began his running career as a senior athlete at age 68, after retiring from car sales. He had played softball in the silver leagues, but then picked up a passion for running and he was off!

During his racing career, he won more than 1300 medals and developed a national reputation. Byron won five gold medals at the first National Senior Olympics competition in 1987, in the age 75-79 age group! He continued running well into his 80s and continued winning throughout his career.

Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox is a table tennis player who has competed in local, state and national competitions in her sport of choice. With over 200 medals and ribbons, Margaret is a formidable opponent at the table. Margaret won gold medals at the 2001 and 2003 National Senior Games competitions and silver medals in 1991, 1997 and 1999. She also competes in doubles with partner Jan Stansel.

Margaret has been inducted into the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame and the Dayton/ Miami Valley Senior Olympics Hall of Fame.

Mary Halfacre 

Mary Halfacre is one of the founding members of Ohio Senior Olympics. As an employee at the Area Agency on Aging, Mary realized the value of athletic competition for older adults and convinced the Agency to become involved in the early days of Senior Olympics. Mary represented the Youngstown games on the Ohio Senior Olympics board and helped encourage games development around the state.

Mary is known and beloved among the senior athletes in the Youngstown area who still look to see her friendly face at the competition each year. While no longer responsible for the games in Youngstown, Mary continues to be a faithful volunteer and a steady presence at the annual competition.

Wayne Mishler

Canton resident Wayne Mishler is a "Johnny come lately" to the athletic experience. In high school, Wayne did not participate in any sports. That lack of prior experience didn't stop him when he decided to teach himself the basics of track and field at age 57.

Apparently Wayne has taught himself well. His winning career includes top ten placements in high jump and long jump at the National Senior Games in 1993, 2001, 2005 and 2007. His medals include gold in the high jump in 2001, bronze in the high jump in 2007. Wayne is a regular medal winner in the state competition as well.

Blanche Motts

 

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(Posthumous)

Blanche Motts is a founder of Ohio Senior Olympics, working with the games in the Canton area and serving on the board of Ohio Senior Olympics for many years. Blanche is credited with developing the games in the Canton area and guiding those games for many years.

Ottie Reno

Ottie Reno, a resident of Lucasville, began pitching horseshoes in 1956. He has won 726 trophies at National Horseshoe Pitchers Association sanctioned events and was inducted into the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame in 1972. Ottie is a member of "The Reno Family Horseshoe Pitchers," a travelling road show with over 300 performances in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Canada and Mexico.

Ottie's Senior Olympic competition spans a twenty-four year period, with 50 gold, 11 silver, 3 bronze and one ribbon across all levels of competition. He has competed in six National Senior Olympic competitions and sixteen state competitions.

Mary Robinson

Participation in sports is a lifelong passion for Mary Robinson. Growing up in Middletown Ohio, Mary played softball and basketball with the neighborhood kids. Her first participation in organized sport was tennis in junior high. She played basketball and softball in high school, and added field hockey and track while at Miami University. Mary competed in the 1964 Olympic trials, but running had lost its thrill.

In 1994, Mary returned to running at the USATF Masters Meets. Her first Senior Olympics competition was in 1996 and her first National Senior Olympics in 1997. Mary medalled in running events at the 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 National Senior Olympics, becoming the woman to beat in her age group.

Mary also serves on the board of Central Ohio Senior Olympics and Ohio Senior Olympics.

Bob Shoemaker

Newark resident Bob Shoemaker is a teacher and coach to many. A noted Lacrosse player at Ohio State, Bob went on to coach basketball during a 28 year career at Granville, Heath, Lakewood, Memorial and Watkins High Schools in Licking County.

Bob began his career as a Senior Olympian in 1995 following his retirement. He has competed in 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, racquetball, softball, weight lifting, track and field events. Since 1995, Bob has won 287 medals: 162 gold, 93 silver and 32 bronze medals. Bob competes in local, state, and national competitions, primarily in running events.

Denver Smith

Denver Smith established a winning mind set early in his athletic career, earning letters in three sports in high school before moving on to an equally stellar career in college, where he lettered in football, track, baseball and basketball. In 1973, Denver was placed on the West Virginia All-time Sports Team for his accomplishments.

Denver taught and coached in Louisville (Stark County) from 1995 through 1982. At age 57 he embraced track and field competition, capturing many titles. He won his first decathlon in 1986 and established a decathlon record for the 75-79 age group at the US National Masters Championships in 2002. Denver is well known among track and field athletes for his accomplishments at local, state and national meets around the country.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor from Milford has excelled in sports for most of his life. He was an outstanding slow pitch softball player in an early era and for 21 years, including a stint as a professional player with the Cincinnati Suds. Tom is also a sanctioned American Bowling Congress member for 50 years, with four sanctioned 300 games to his credit. While a worsening medical condition has now limited his table tennis participation, Tom played for nearly 50 years and was a sanctioned tournament player for twelve years.

Tom credits his bowling and table tennis partners over the years for their successes as a team.

 

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