WHEELING–Two higher college multi-sport standouts who went on to star at the higher level of college have been chosen for induction into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
These selected for the 1950s decade are Dick Reasbeck of Bellaire St. John Central and Mike Tomasovich from Weir Higher. They will be inducted at the 19th annual ceremony on Saturday, August 12 at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The OVAC Hall of Fame and Sports Museum are positioned inside the VesBanco Arena.
Rizbek and Tomasovich will join previously announced Class of 2023 inductees Ted Tomasovich of Weir, Mike’s brother Al Salvadori of Wheeling Central Warwood’s Steve Doe Woodsfield Lance LaFollette Tim McCrate of Barnesville, Jessica Hines and Jennie Castle Bishop Donahue’s Sean Strawn Martins Ferry’s Fred Ray Koel Davia of Union Regional Magnolia’s Justin Fox and Max Nogai Weirton Madonna.
The sponsor of the OVAC Hall of Fame is Robinson Auto Group.
Here’s a fast appear at the most current selections:
DICK REASBECK, Bellaire St. John Central (Class of 1959) – Was a sharp-shooting Irish guard who earned 1st group, 5-man All-Ohio Class AA honors as a senior. Also, he was a 1st Group All-OVAC Class AA and All-District choice, scored 501 points for a 27.1 ppg typical and played in the annual Ohio North-South All-Star Game.
As a junior, he averaged 18.9 points and earned initial-group all-district and honorable mention All-Ohio.
He was also a 3-year letterman in baseball and played football for two seasons.
The basketball shooting guard earned a scholarship to Ohio State, exactly where he was a 3-year national group player soon after competing on the initial group although the varsity group, led by Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, won the NCAA crown.
In his second year, the Buckeyes went undefeated in the typical season, going 27-1 general, and completed as the NCAA runner-up in Cincinnati. He averaged three.1 points.
As a junior, the Buckeyes (26-two) completed as the NCAA runner-up once more in Cincinnati with Reasbeck averaging eight.two points in a sixth-man part.
He was a typical senior as the Buckeyes completed 20-four. Ryzbek averaged 15.1 points per game and was second group in the All-Massive Ten Conference. He scored a game-higher 32 points against Purdue.
Soon after college, he signed a contract in 1963 with baseball’s Los Angeles Angels and played two seasons with San Jose’s Class AA minor league group.
Reasbeck lives in Yorkville.
MIKE TOMASOVICH, Weir (Class of 1959) – Was a very touted six-foot-four, 205-pound nine-letter athlete who earned 5 all-state honors although assisting the Red Riders win state titles in football and baseball and also earn a state tournament look in basketball.
In football, he was the junior starter at quarterback on an 11- group that won the OVAC’s best Class AAA title and the V.Va. Class AAA crown with a 19-12 final victory more than Fairmont Senior at Wheeling Island Stadium. As a senior, he began at finish and defense on a 9-1 group that repeated as OVAC champions and had a 21-game winning streak ended in the typical season finale by eventual state champion Parkersburg. He ended up earning 1st Group All-State and All-OVAC.
In basketball, the senior led the Red Riders to sectional and regional titles to qualify for the state tournament exactly where he earned all-tournament honors. He was also a 1st Group All-OVAC Class AAA choice and a 3rd Group All-Massive “All-State” choice. As a junior, he helped Weir to a 21-four record and a sectional crown.
In baseball, he was a 3-time All-State honoree as a pitcher. As a senior, Weir won the 1-class title with a 16-two record and a six-two state tournament win more than East Bank.
He batted .400 with a 7-1 mound record. As a junior, he earned 2nd group in 1 class all-state as a pitcher. As a sophomore, he was initial group in 1 class, all-state with a six-1 record although batting .350 with 3 homers. His only major loss was a two-1, eight-inning state tournament loss to Martinsburg, as he struck out 13 batters.
Soon after his senior season, he turned down a contract in the minors to sign a scholarship to Georgia Tech. He was a 3-year starter at Tech, two years as a starter in basketball and two years as a pitcher-outfielder in baseball.
In basketball, he played 74 games with an typical of 9.two points, with 30 points extra, and six.two rebounds per game. He was 3rd group All-Southeastern Conference as a senior guard when he averaged ten.two points and 7. rebounds.
A member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Weir Higher Wall of Fame, he lives in Atlanta.
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