Monday, January 7, 2019

           BELLAIRE -- The 16th class of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Famers will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 17.
           Today, the first two members of the Class of 2019 are being announced by the Hall of Fame Committee. 
           Representing the decade of the 2000s are Fort Frye's Tyler Engle and Steubenville's Liz Repella. Not only did both put forth brilliant prep careers, but each shined at the Division I collegiate level, too.
           The entire OVAC Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group and housed at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, class will be announced by the committee every two weeks.
           The next release will contain the honorees from the 1990s and it will be announced on Jan. 20. 
           Here's a capsule look at the honorees from the 2000s:

           TYLER ENGLE, Fort Frye (Class of 2007) -- It didn't matter the season for this former Cadet multi-sport standout because he shined brightly.
           The winner of 11 varsity letters , Engle really stood out on the basketball court and baseball field where he earned eight of those monograms.
           It was baseball where Engle earned his opportunity to compete collegiately at Ohio State University. Playing for the late Sonny Bidwell, Engle hit .502 for his career with 12 home runs and 117 RBIs in leading the program to a 74-25 record during his career.
           As a senior, Engle batted a robust .515 with four homers and 34 RBIs en route to earning all-Ohio first team honors and was chosen for the OVAC, Eastern District and Mizzuno All-Star Games. He was named first-team all-Eastern District four times and was the player of the year as a senior. 
           Twice, Engle was named first-team all-OVAC and was the Class 2A Player of the Year as a senior. He earned all-PVC four times. 
           On the basketball court, Engle left a lasting mark as he helped Coach Dan Liedtke's program to 65 victories by scoring 1,760 career points. He grabbed 400 rebounds, passed out 240 assists and had 130 steals during his career. He also drained 329, 3-point goals, which is the Ohio state record. 
           During his senior season, Engle averaged 19.8 points en route to first-team all-Ohio, all-Eastern District, all-OVAC and District 12. He also took part in the Ohio North-South and OVAC All-Star Games. That followed up a junior campaign in which he was named third-team all-Ohio. He was actually listed on the all-state team each year of his career.
           Engle also lettered three times in football, but elected not to play his senior season. 
           After high school, Engle elected to become a Buckeye. He lettered four times as a shortstop. He played in 193 career games and batted .256. He had four home runs, 82 RBIs and had 155 hits. When he finished his career, he ranked second in OSU history with 189 starts.
           With his playing days behind him, Engle entered coaching. He coached at Ohio Valley University, where he finished his Master's Degree, Elon University and Marietta College. He's currently the baseball coach at Meadowbrook High School. 

           LIZ REPELLA, Steubenville (Class of 2007) -- Whether it was at Big Red or West Virginia University, this standout basketball player simply scored the ball. 
           The multi-talented combo guard earned all-Ohio honors four times during her prep career. She was named first-team as both a junior and senior. After her 11th grade season, Repella was named the state's player of the year. She averaged 26.9 points a game as a senior
           She was named to the third team as a freshman and second team as a sophomore.
           Repella was recognized because she scored at will. She is the all-time leading scorer in Steubenville history -- regardless of gender -- with 2,065 points. A
           Along with her state accolades, she was named all-OVAC four times and first-team all-Eastern District four times, garnering player of the year as a junior and senior.
           Repella, who was also a multi-year letter winner in soccer, was ranked the 63rd best player in her class as a senior, which garndered several Division I offers. She eventually settled on becoming a Mountaineer.
           At WVU, Repella lettered four years and scored 1,612 points, grabbed 712 rebounds. She also collected 207 steals, passed out 162 assists and blocked 76 shots.
           She was named first-team all Big East as a junior and senior and was just the second WVU female to garner first-team honors in back-to-back seasons. 
           Repella was an honorable mention all-American after her senior season in which she helped lead West Virginia to a 24-10 record and a second-round NCAA Tourney appearance. During her final season in Morgantown, Repella led the team in 12 statistical categories.
           All told, she played in 134 games, which is the most in WVU history, and she was part of 96 victories. Her college point total was seventh best in WVU history at the time of her graduation.
           Away from athletics, Repella was a standout student, too. She graduated with a degree in exercise physiology and a GPA of 3.96. She was a representative on the WVU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also received the Big East Scholar Athlete Sports Excellence Award and was an Academic All-American.

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