Park HOF Is Announced
Jerome, Creighton, James, Gramlich, Shaffer honored
WHEELING – Wheeling Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2018 is scheduled for tonight during halftime of the Preston High School vs. Wheeling Park High School boys’ basketball game. This year’s inductees are Curt Jerome, Austyn Creighton, Anthony James and Kyle Gramlich. Honored as a Distinguishes Patriot, will be Steve Shaffer.
CURT JEROME — A 1996 graduate of WPHS, Jerome was a three-year varsity performer in football, earning letters as a junior and a senior, and was also a three-year letterwinner as a wrestling. It was on the mat where Jerome truly excelled, as he garnered a third-place finish in the 1984 OVAC Tournament. The 1985-86 senior was a banner one, as in addition to a runner-up finish at OVACs, Jerome became a Region I and state champion in the 155-pound weight class. When he took the mat at the Wheeling Civic Centewr for the 155 final, Jerome was under pressure to win by fall to secure a team championship for the Patriots, which he did in a mere 38 seconds. At the 1986 restling banquet, Jerome received awards for: most wins, most pins, most near falls and most reversals. He was also named team captain, a designation awarded at season’s end. Jerome was also a Dapper Dan honoree that spring and continued his wrestling career at West Virginia University, where he earned a degree in safety management. Jerome is employed by the Wheeling Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT, as well as by Cosmos Consulting as an inductrial Safety Specialist., Curt and his wife, Krista, have three children: Kayla, 25, Cory, 17, and Adriana, 3.
AUSTYN CREIGHTON — A 2010 graduate of WPHS, she was a three-year letterwinner in basketball, where she earned all-state honorable mention as a senior while leading the Patriots in rebounding. In addition, she was selected to play in the OVAC All-Star Game. Creighton competed as a sprinter-hurdler for the Patriots track team, earning four varsity letters. As a freshman, she was a member of the state champion 400 relay team. She was a baluable relay performer as a sophomore, helping the school claim the runner-up trophy. Creighton continued to improve, reaching the pinnacle of her career during senior year, by winning the 100M hurdles in a time of 15.04. In addition to her exploits in basketball and track, Creighton was a four-year member of the WPHS Orchestra while playing the violin. Following graduation, she was awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served a year of national service with Life Bridge Americorps and was a White House intern in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. Creighton is employed as a Project Analyst for the North American Treaty Organization. The daughter of Keith ”Silk” Creighton and Karyn Daniels, she becomes the second half of the first father-daughter combination inducted into the WPHS Hall of Fame.
ANTHONY JAMES — James is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit College. While at Jesuit, he captained the men’s soccer team to its first WVIAC championship in 1993. He is a four time All-WVIAC selection, gaining that honor from 1990-93. James was an All-America honorable mention choice in 1993 and a WJU Hall of Fame inductee in 2008. While coaching the girls’ soccer team at Wheeling Park, James led the team to a pair of state championships and was named West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1999. Following his stint at Wheeling Park, James coaches the West Virginia Wesleyan women’s soccer team where he was named WVIAC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. He was inducted into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. James and his wife, Andrea, are parents to three children: Jadon, 14, Anthony, 7, and Arion, 5.
KYLE GRAMLICH — Gramlich is a 2009 WPHS graduate. During his time at the school, Gramlich excelled in cross country and track and field. A four-year letterwinner, Gramlich garnered numerous cross country laurels. He is a three time All-OVAC runner, finishing second overall as a senior, as well as a three time all-state runner. Gramlich was instrumental in leading the cross country team to a pair of state championships. He hwas a three time all-state runner in track, as well, helping the team to a state championship. A 2013 graduate of West Virginia University, Gramlich is employed as a project engineer with Bowen Engineering. Gramlich is the son of Patrick Gramlich and Jenifer Mulley.
STEVE SHAFFER — A 1972 graduate of West Liberty State College and a 1980 graduate of the University of Detroit, Shaffer is a longtime assistant wrestling coach at WPHS. He has been a part of three state championship wrestling teams (1986, 1987, 2006) at Wheeling Park, as well as an OVAC team championship. Shaffer was named the OVAC JV Coach of the Year in 1986 and is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Shaffer was instrumental in establishing the Wheeling Park Duals — beginning with six teams — in 1990, and building it into the event it is today. Shaffer was also an asssitant girls’ basketball coach in 1998 and 1999, helping lead the Patriots to the only two state championships in school history. Shaffer, a retired teacher and coach, and his wife, Mary Ellen, are parents to four children: Shane, Shannon, Stephanie and Samantha.