On Dec. 18 before the home boys basketball game with Lynchburg, West Union High School indicted its second class into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The following is a recap of the inductees and their achievements.
Dennis Sizemore – Sizemore is a 1975 graduate of West Union High School. During high school Dennis participated in Cross Country, track, basketball, and baseball. Dennis was a natural athlete as he set the Adams County two mile record and was a member of the team that set the WUHS 4 x 400 record. He was a district qualifier in Cross Country and was Co-MVP of both the baseball and basketball teams. He was a pitcher his senior year, striking out over 100 batters, was named the Portsmouth Times Adams County Athlete of the Year, and was the first recipient of the Tim Potts Memorial Scholarship.
After graduating from West Union, Sizemore was a member of the Southern State baseball and basketball teams. In 1979 he graduated from Morehead State University and returned to West Union High School and spent 30 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and finally principal. Dennis coached for over 20 years at West Union and Jefferson coaching basketball, baseball, cross country, and track. His teams and individuals had many victories and successes such as coaching Matt Armstrong, Deron Sizemore, and Erica Willett-Classing at the state level. Dennis also served on the Southern Hills League Board of Directors for eight years.
Erica Willet-Classing – Erica is a 1998 graduate of West Union High School. Erica was a member of the basketball, Cross Country, and track teams here at West Union High School. She is most remembered for her successes on the track where she was a member of the All- SHAC team. During her career she set the WUHS 100 and 200 meter dash records. She also tied Tara Purdy’s high jump record at 5’-4”. She was a regional qualifier in the 100 in 1996 and in high jump for all four years of high school. In 1997 and 1998 she competed in the high jump at the state level finishing seventh and ninth respectively.
After graduation she went on to become a member of the Malone College Cross Country and Track teams on an athletic and academic scholarship. Erica had a great career while she was a Pioneer. She is an all-time top 10 performer in the indoor 55 meters, indoor and outdoor high jump. She was a two time NAIA outdoor national qualifier in the 4 x 100 relay, NAIA indoor national qualifier in the high jump, and NCCAA outdoor national champion in the 4×100 relay.
Giovanni Stout – Giovanni is a 1998 graduate of West Union High School. Giovanni was a member of the basketball team where he earned all SHAC honors scoring 699 points as a Varsity player. Giovanni also excelled on the track when he was a member of the all SHAC track team. He is a member of the team that currently holds the WUHS 4 x 400 relay record. Giovanni was best remembered as a long jumper for the Dragons. He currently holds the WUHS record at 21 feet. He qualified for the regional meet in 1997 and 1998 in the long jump and in 1997 he competed at the state level and finished 10th.
After graduation Giovanni was a student at Shawnee State until he joined the US Marine Corps. In the eight years that he served he was able to visit many states and countries and meet people from all walks of life. He is an Iraq War veteran and obtained the rank of a sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge.
Pat Dubbs – Pat was a member of the faculty at West Union High School for 13 years where he was a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He started as a coach in the boys basketball program where he was an assistant under Larry Fossitt and later took over for him as varsity coach. During Pat’s tenure he won two sectional basketball titles, 1990 and 1991.
Pat also coached Cross Country and track and with the help of his assistants, built an outstanding program at WUHS. His track teams produced many regional qualifiers and set many WUHS records. The Cross Country program also grew while Pat was coach. The 1996 and 1997 Boys Varsity Cross Country teams became the first two WUHS teams to reach the state level. Dubbs was also Athletic Director when the high school moved to its current location and worked to set up the current athletic facilities. He started the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament which is in its 22nd year and made the Adams County cross country and track meets organized events to give county athletes a showcase to perform and be recognized.
Dubbs left West Union to become a school administrator and is currently serving as the superintendent at Wayneville Local School. He is a Jennings Scholar recipient and was recently named Southwest Educational Leader of the Year.
David Abbott – David Abbot is a 1998 graduate of West Union High School and was a member of the all county and All-SHAC Cross Country teams. David was consistently West Union’s top runner. He was the first WUHS runner to win the SHAC race as an individual in 1996 and again in 1997. In 1996 he finished fifth at the district and in 1997 he won the district with a time of 16:32 which is still the WUHS top boys time. In 1997 he finished sixth at the regional meet. As a member of the track team he qualified for the regional meet in the 3200 meter run in 1996 and 1997, the 1600 in 1997, and still holds the WUHS 3200 meter record at 8:30.
Matt Armstrong – Matt graduated from WUHS in 1999. While at WUHS, Matt was a member of the varsity baseball, basketball, cross country, and track teams. Matt is best remembered for his achievements as a distance runner as he was a member of the All-County team and All-SHAC Cross Country teams. He also made the All-District team in 1996, 1997, and 1998 finishing fourth, fourth, and sixth respectively. In 1998 he was the only Dragon to qualify and run at the state Cross Country meet .
Matt currently lives in Las Vegas where he is an emergency physician and is currently serving in the United States Air Force at Nellis Air Force base. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force commissioned officer training program and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He won the Academic Emergency Medical Student Excellence Award and has been deployed twice as an emergency physician, once to Kyrgyzstan, and most recently as medical support for President’s Obama’s Alaskan tour.
Deron Sizemore – Sizemore is a 1999 graduate of WUHS. Deron was on the All-SHAC cross county teams in 1996 and 1998 and All-District team in 1997 and 1998. Deron was All-SHAC in basketball his senior year when he scored 304 points for the Dragons. Deron might have been at his best on the track. He is a member of the WUHS 4 x 800 record holding team along with Josh Miranda, Greg McClanahan, and Mark Willett with a time of 10:14. He, along with Josh Miranda, Greg McClanahan, and Giovanni Stout, set the WUHS 4 x 400 records in a time of 3:44. Deron also holds the 800 meter run record with Josh Miranda at 2:05. In 1999 Deron finished 11th at the state in the 400 meter dash and he currently holds the WUHS record at 50.9. After graduation Deron went to Morehead State where he received is BBA in Computer Information Systems.
Also inducted on Dec. 18 were two teams into the West Union Athletic Hall of Fame, the are 1996 and 1997 Varsity Boys Cross Country teams, which included: Coach Pat Dubbs, Team Members: David Abbott, Matt Armstrong, Greg McClanahan (1998 graduate of WUHS), Eric Miranda (1998 graduate of WUHS), Josh Miranda (1999 graduate of WUHS), Ryan Phipps (1998 graduate of WUHS), Deron Sizemore, and Mark Willett (2002 graduate of WUHS).
Here are a few highlights from each team.
-The 1996 team were Adams County champs with a perfect score of 15, second in the SHAC and at district, and fourth at the regional to qualify for the state meet where they finished 14th.
-The 1997 team were Adams
County champs, second in the SHAC and first at district, and fourth at regional to qualify for the state meet where they finished 15th.