Sports Trivia in Honor of Black History Month


February is when the annual celebration occurs and since the month is winding down, what better time for an Ohio Valley sports trivia quiz on the subject.

Test your knowledge on Black sports history with these queries. Answers are at the end.

(1) Name the coach of the 1925 Lincoln High of Wheeling team that won the West Virginia Negro Boys Basketball Tournament title, the first in the U.S.?

(2) Who was the first black player to earn All-W.Va. boys’ basketball honors and set a state SSAC tournament single-game assist record which lasted 25 years?

(3) Who was the OV track sprinter who set a W. Va. 440-yard dash record after winning a gold medal at the prestigious Mansfield (Ohio) Relays?

(4) Name the former Bellaire High and Ohio University football player who was a five-time Canadian Football League all-star and the Outstanding Offensive Lineman for 1975?

(5) Name the major league baseball player from the OV whose high school alma mater named its home field for him?

(6) Who was the most honored basketball player on the great 1952 Steubenville Big Red boys’ basketball team which finished as Ohio runner-up?

(7) Three Ohio Valley products were in the first classes to integrate football and men’s basketball at West Virginia University. Who were the scholarship athletes?

(8) Name the former Bellaire High boys’ basketball luminary who averaged 29.3 points a game as a senior before scoring more than 1,400 at Capital University?

(9) Two players on Dunbar High of Weirton basketball teams later played in the National Football League and major league baseball. Name them?

(10) Two former Ohio Valley prep girls’ basketball standouts later played for NCAA national championship teams and in the professional WNBA. Who are they?

The answers:

(1) Coach J. H. RAINBOW.

(2) CHARLEY GORDON of Wheeling High (1956).

(3) WILLIAQM (CATFISH) HEARST of Wellsburg (1959)

(4) CHARLIE TURNER of Edmonton (1975 CFL Offensive Lineman of Year).

(5) Zanesville High’s JAY PAYTON.

(6) BILL ROSS, a first team All-Ohio honoree.

(7) Wintersville’s ROGER ALFORD, 1962 WVU football; and Weir High’s RON (FRITZ) WILLIAMS and ED (POSSUM) HARVARD, 1964 WVU basketball.

(8) RICKY LEE of Bellaire (1973-75).

(9) The Dunbar High luminaries included BOB JETER (Green Bay Packers & Chicago Bears) and BOB TRICE (Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics).

(10) Linsly’s ASHLEY BATTLE, U. of Connecticut, and Steubenville’s SYLVIA CRAWLEY, U. of North Carolina.

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(1) A former Wheeling resident helped Carmel (Ind.) High girls’ basketball team end an 81-game winning streak for Ben Davis of Indianapolis last weekend and advanced the team into today’s Class 4A semifinals. LUCY DeFRUSCIO, daughter of Indianapolis Pacers’ assistant coach JAY DeFRUSCIO, a former Wheeling Jesuit coach-athletic director, scored 14 points in the upset and tied a school record for season 3-point goals with 64, the top season total in Indiana. The three-year starter, and two-year team captain, leads the 22-5 record team against Jeffersonville (25-2) in the state semis.

(2) West Virginia has recruited a late blooming 6-foot-10 basketball prospect from Brunswick, Ohio. He’s senior PAT FORSYTHE, who averaged only four points a game as a junior, but is a possible state Mr. Basketball candidate this season.

(3) Former Magnolia High and West Virginia football player MIKE DAWSON has been named football coach at Ritchie County High near Pennsboro, W.Va., for next season.

(4) The Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association has inducted the late Wheeling Central football coach JIM THOMAS into its Hall of Fame.

(5) I was sorry to learn of two recent deaths in the Ohio Valley. ABE BRYAN was a football coaching institution at Steubenville Big Red and had a legion of fans. The Harding Stadium press box is deservedly named in his honor. New Martinsville lost one of its most beloved citizens, and sports fans, in DR. LEMOYNE COFFIELD. He was a pillar of the community and a class gentleman.

(6) Enjoy the weekend.