Two Local Hoopsters Added To District 12 Hall of Fame
Will be honored on April 17 at Buckeye Trail High School
Four more talented performers who rank among their school’s best have been added to the District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Tabbed as the Class of 2020 in District 12 as athletes are Stacey Pfeifer of Bishop Rosecrans High School (Class of 1983) and Kacie Vavrek of Bellaire (Class of 2002) on the girls’ side while the boys’ honorees are Kevin Martin of Zanesville (Class of 2001) and Ricky Ray of Martins Ferry (Class of 1991).
Those four will be honored at the Pepsi District 12 All-Star Basketball Classic on Friday, April 17 at Buckeye Trail High School along with the two coaches announced last week — Greg Woodard (Crooksville/John Glenn) and Kim Clifford (Cadiz/St. Clairsville).
Here’s a look at the bios of the four players in the Class of 2020:
Kacie Vavrek (Bellaire High School, Class of 2002) — A four-year letterwinner in three sports, Vavrek ranks second all-time in scoring at Bellaire with 1,631 points, second only to her younger sister Ashley who tallied 2,036.
During her senior season, Vavrek led the area in scoring at 23.9 points a game. She was named first-team All-Ohio Division III, All-District 12, All-OVAC, Eastern District “Player of the Year” and finished fourth in the voting for Ohio’s Ms. Basketball. Vavrek took part in both the Ohio North-South Game (lead- ing the South with 20 points) and the OVAC All-Star Game.
As a junior, Vavrek scored at an Ohio Valley-best 22.7 points per game clip. She was named first-team All-Ohio, All-Eastern District, All-District 12, All-OVAC and captained the All-Valley team.
With opportunities to run track or play hoops, Vavrek elected to continue her basketball career at Kent State University.
She was a four-year player for the Flashes and start- ed in 22 games during her career.
On the track, Vavrek was one of the area’s all-time best high hurdlers and high jumpers. Vavrek finished her prep career with 10 state medals including three state championships.
After reaching the state final in the highs as a freshman and sophomore to come up short, Vavrek broke through as a junior by winning the state title.
She was fourth in the low hurdles and fifth in the high jump that season as well.
As a senior, Vavrek went double gold.
She defended her high hurdle title and added the lows hurdle crown.
She was also a four-time placer in the high jump.
Along with her state success, Vavrek was a four-time OVAC high hurdle champion. She won or played a role in 11 OVAC track titles and helped the Big Reds claim two team crowns.
Vavrek was also a standout in volleyball.
She was chosen as All- OVAC and played in both the Dis- trict 12 and OVAC All-Star Games.
The Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2002, she was inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ricky Ray (Martins Ferry High School, Class of 1991) — He was one of the rare four-year varsity letterman in basketball in that era, becoming a major force as both a junior and senior.
Ray finished his career with an impressive 1,203 points, which ranks No. 3 on the Purple Riders’ all-time boys’ scoring list behind OVAC Hall of Famers Ron ‘Cy’ Godfrey (Class of 1956) and Alex Groza (Class of 1943) who tallied 1,338 and 1,284 points, respectively.
After scoring 88 points as a freshman, he boosted that total to 172 as a sophomore and then enjoyed two stellar campaigns with 442 as a junior and 552 as a senior, the latter resulting in an impressive 29.2 per game average.
As a senior, Ray was selected to the third team All-Ohio Division II team by The Associated Press. He also received first team all-Eastern District Division II; All-OVAC Class AAA; All-District 12 Division II and All-Valley “Big School” ac- colades as both a junior and senior.
He continued to excel in hoops at the next level as a four-year letterman at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Ray tallied 1,001 points mark in college, earning third team All-WVIAC honors as a sophomore.
He graduated from WJU in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in 2001.
He was inducted into the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame in 2017.