3 more in hall of fame with Alex Groza

May 29th, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by GD  

Three more names are set to enter the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. The names of Harold (Doc) Daugherty, Jim Hanna of Weir High and the late Bill Jobko of Bridgeport will be feted on August 22, at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling along with 8 others. Jim Hanna and Bill Jobko were recognized from the 50s, and Harold Daugherty was selected from the 40s. The rest of the eight names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Previously, names to receive the honors were Alex Groza, Ken Alessi, Joe Fortunato, Bob Gain and Tom Keane for the 1940s. For the 1950s, Bill Mazeroski, Chuck Howley, Dick Miller, John Havlicek, Phil Niekro, Lee Patrone, Don Fleming, John Reger, Nick Mumley and Tom Yakubowski were inducted. Harold Daugherty won the W.Va. Amateur Athlete of the Year award in the year 1945. It was the oldest honor in the state. Daugherty edged Weir to a record 22-2 win. Jim Hanna led the Red Riders to two state championships. He was the runner up for the Kennedy Award in 1949.

The Ohio State University recruited Bill Jobko. He played basketball, baseball and football and received All-OVAC and All-Valley football honors as a senior lineman. He was honored by the Bridgeport High School, who named the street entrance to Perkins Field as ”Bill Jobko Way” and in 2008, its home complex as “Bill Jobko Football Stadium.”

Alex Groza was a NBA leaguer player. He was drafted in 1949 in the first round of the NBA draft, by the Indianapolis Olympians. He was three times All-American and All-SEC, and two-times NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. His career was abruptly halted when he was banned from NBA for point shoving.

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