WHEELING–Two multi-sport larger college standouts who earned fame on the important college level have been selected for induction into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
Picked for enshrinement from the decade of the 1950’s are Dick Reasbeck from Bellaire St. John Central and Mike Tomasovich from Weir Greater. They will be inducted at the 19th annual ceremony on Saturday, August 12 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The OVAC Hall of Fame and Sports Museum are situated inside WesBanco Arena.
Reasbeck and Tomasovich will join previously announced inductees for the Class of 2023 in Ted Tomasovich of Weir, Mike’s brother Al Salvadori of Wheeling Central Warwood’s Steve Doe Woodsfield’s Lance LaFollette Barnesville’s Tim McCrate, Jessica Hines and Jennie Castle Bishop Donahue’s Shawn Straughn Martins Ferry’s Fred Ray Union Local’s Koel Davia Magnolia’s Justin Fox and Weirton Madonna’s Max Nogay.
The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Robinson Auto Group.
Here’s a capsule seem at the most up-to-date selections:
DICK REASBECK, Bellaire St. John Central (Class of 1959 )– He was a sharp-shooting Irish guard who earned 1st group, five-player All-Ohio most significant Class AA as a senior. Also a 1st group All-OVAC Class AA and All-District selection, he scored 501 points for a 27.1 per game common and played in the annual Ohio North-South All-Star Game.
As a junior, he sported a 18.9 point norm and earned 1st group All-District and honorable mention All-Ohio.
He also was a three-year common in baseball and played football two seasons.
The basketball sharp-shooter earned a scholarship to Ohio State precisely exactly where he was a three-year letterman on nationally-ranked teams just just after competing on the freshman group while the varsity squad–led by Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, won the NCAA crown.
In his sophomore year, the Buckeyes went unbeaten in common season, 27-1 common, and completed as NCAA runner-up to Cincinnati. He averaged 3.1 points.
As a junior, the Buckeyes (26-two) after once again completed as NCAA runner-up to Cincinnati with Reasbeck averaging eight.two points in a sixth man aspect.
He was a senior common as the Buckeyes completed with a 20-4 record. Reasbeck averaged 15.1 points a game and was accorded second group All-Important Ten Conference. He scored a larger 32 points vs. Purdue.
Just just after college, he signed in 1963 with the baseball Los Angeles Angels and pitched two seasons for the Class AA minor league San Jose group.
Reasbeck resides in Yorkville.
MIKE TOMASOVICH, Weir (Class of 1959) — He was a hugely-honored, six-foot-4, 205-pound nine-letter athlete who earned five all-state honors while assisting the Red Riders win state titles in football and baseball and also earning all-state tournament in basketball.
In football, he was a junior starter at quarterback on an 11- record group which won the OVAC most significant Class AAA title and the W.Va. Class AAA crown with a 19-12 finals win extra than Fairmont Senior at Wheeling Island Stadium. As a senior, he started at finish and defensive back on a 9-1 record group which repeated as OVAC champ and had a 21-game winning streak ended in the common season finale by eventual state titlist Parkersburg. He earned 1st Group All-State and All-OVAC at finish.
In basketball, the senior led the Red Riders to sectional and regional titles to qualify for the state occasion precisely exactly where he earned all-tourney honors. He also was a 1st Group All-OVAC Class AAA select and selected all-class “Big” All-State third group. As a junior, he helped Weir to a 21-4 record and sectional crown.
In baseball, he was a three-time 1 specific-class, all-state honoree at pitcher. As a senior, Weir won the 1 specific-class state title with a 16-two record and a six-two state tournament title win extra than state power East Bank.
He batted .400 with a 7-1 mound record. As a junior, he earned 2nd group 1 specific-class all-state as a pitcher. As a sophomore, he was 1st group 1 specific-class, all-state with a six-1 record while batting .350 with three homers. His only mound loss was a two-1, eight-inning state tourney loss to Martinsburg as he struck out 13 batters.
Just just after his senior season, he rejected a pro minor league contract to sign a Georgia Tech scholarship. At Tech, he was a three-year letterman, and two-year starter in basketball and two-year letterman as a pitcher-outfielder in baseball.
In basketball, he played 74 games with a 9.two-point norm, with a 30-point game larger, and six.two rebounds a game. He was 3rd group All-Southeastern Conference as a senior cager when he averaged ten.two points and 7. rebounds.
The Georgia Tech Hall of Fame inductee, and Weir Greater Wall of Fame honoree, resides in Atlanta.
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