Munn, Wiley selected for Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Two multi-sport athletes who led their teams to all-time best seasons in school history will be enshrined at the 13th annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, August 13 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Selected from the 1960's Decade are Rob Munn of Bridgeport High School and Ben Wiley of Powhatan High School. Wiley will be inducted postumously. Additional honorees from the 1950's and 1940's Decades will be announced on March 13. The OVAC Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Robinson Automotive Group, and the OVAC Sports Museum are located inside WesBanco Arena. Capsule summaries of the latest honorees follow: ROB MUNN (Bridgeport, 1966 Class)--The three-sport standout helped the Bulldogs record their best combined football/basketball school year in history. In football, the team captain and quarterback-defensive back led the first perfect record (9-0) in school history. Coached by Joe Ault, the Bulldogs captured the OVAC Class AA title and was ranked No. 5 in the final Ohio Class A poll by United Press International. Bridgeport capped the perfect season with a 22-11 win at rival Martins Ferry for only the third win in 45 series games vs. the Purple Riders. In basketball, the two-year team captain anchored the school's first-ever unbeaten regular season team (18-0) which captured an OVAC "AA" title and was ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Class A poll by UPI. Coached by OVAC Hall of Famer Frank Baxter, the Bulldogs scored over 100 points in five games and won sectional and district crowns before bowining to Dalton, 71-70 in the Canton Regional to finish at 24-1. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward averaged 24.1 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior after sporting a 20-point norm as a junior. The senior was runnerup for Ohio UPI Class A Player of the Year to Kerry Myers of Celina and earned first team All-Ohio from UPI and third team by The Associated Press. He also was twice an All-OVAC selection and All-District honoree in Eastern Ohio. The 2010 Bridgeport High Hall of Fame inductee earned a basketball scholarship to Marshall and was a three-year varsity player after averaging 9.4 points and shooting 46.8% from the floor on the freshman team. In the spring at Bridgeport, he was a pitcher-infielder on the Bulldog baseball team. BEN WILEY (Powhatan, 1963 Class)--Like Munn, he led his team to the school's best-ever basketball season (20-1) and only unbeaten (18-0) regular season in school history. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard was a four-year player who scored nearly 1,500 career points for the Indians. As a senior, he averaged 28.8 points a game and was named Ohio UPI Class A Player of the Year for the team coached by Lou Blumling, later a head coach of the Wheeling Ironmen pro football team. Wiley was a two-time All-OVAC Class A choice and tabbed co-captain as a senior and captain as a junior. The two-time All-District honoree also was a first team All-Ohio choice by both the APand UPI as a senior. In 1963, the Indians shared the OVAC Class A crown with Paden City and ended with a 20-1 record after bowing to Strasburg, 73-61 in the Class A district tournament. In baseball, he was a senior regular on the second Indians' team to win an Ohio title. The Indians advanced to the regional tournament all four years (1960-63) during Wiley's career. The 1963 team, coached by Frank Bland, capped a 15-2 record season by winning the Ohio "A' crown with a 3-0 finals' win over Dublin after downing Spencerville, 2-1 in the semi-finals. Wiley, a senior class president and honor student, attended Gannon College in Erie, Pa., and played basketball for four years. The playmaker averaged 10.6 points as a senior with a game high of 28 points. He scored 896 points in his career and was inducted into the Gannon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. After graduation, he remained in the Erie area and became a civic leader who was recognized multiple times including the naming of a public building after him. He died in 2004.
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