Minford to induct new members into Wall of Fame
by Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer
Special to the Times
The Minford Local School district announced its seventh annual Athletic Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on August 24 prior to the start of the Minford-Rock Hill varsity football game.
The induction ceremony on the field will be preceded by a reception in the Middle School Cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to come and meet the Inductees at the reception.
The Class of 2012 includes four new members: Lester Brafford, Bill Powers, Cheryl Preston-Bolender, and Ron Goodson.
Lester Brafford is this year’s historical candidate. He graduated from Minford High School in 1950 after lettering twice in basketball and three times in baseball. Mr. Brafford was the county free throw champion and ended is career with 697 points.
Bill Powers is a 1979 graduate, was a four-year letterman in track and lettered twice in football. He earned All-SOC honors in football in 1978. Powers excelled as a pole vaulter on the Falcon track and field team. He won the pole vault at SOC meet in both 1978 and 1979. He finished sixth in the state in 1979.
Following high school, Powers continued his track career at Marshall where he was the indoor Southern Conference Pole Vault Champion in 1981 with a vault of 15 feet. That was the Marshall indoor record until 1990. Mr. Powers also finished second at the Outdoor Southern Conference Championships in 1981.
The third member of the class of 2012 is Cheryl Preston-Bolender. She graduated from MHS in 1983. She was a four-year letter winner on the Lady Falcon basketball team from 1980-1983. She was named to the SOC First Team three times in her career and scored 1,371 points.
Preston-Bolender continued her basketball career at Shawnee State where she earned Honorable Mention All American honors in 1985. Preston-Bolender also earned four varsity letters from the track and field team.
Ron Goodson rounds out the Minford Wall of Fame Class of 2012. Goodson is a 1987 graduate of MHS where he was a standout on the soccer team, earning four varsity letters.
Goodson earned two track and field letters as well. He was twice named to the SOC soccer First Team and was named his team’s most valuable player in 1986 and three times was voted the team’s Best Offensive Player. Goodson holds the Minford single season goal record at 47 and his 117 career goals is also a Minford High School Soccer record.
Following high school, Goodson continued his playing career at Rio Grande where he was named the team’s MVP in 1988 and was named to the All-Mid Ohio Conference First Team. He then transferred to Shawnee State where he ended his career with 44 goals. Ron Goodson is now the head coach at Shawnee State University where he has coached 49 all conference players, 19 NAIA Academic All Americans, and nine Academic All-Ohio players.
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