Tuesday, February 5, 2019

          The 16th class of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame continues to take shape as two more honorees have been selected for induction on Saturday, Aug. 17.
          The two latest honorees include one of the premier girls  basketball players in Ohio Valley history along with an ultra-productive baseball player on the prep and collegiate levels who also  
made it to the Major Leagues.   Martins Ferry's Shelly Carroll and Mike Gulan of Steubenville  
Catholic Central have been tapped for OVAC HOF enshrinement from the  decade of the 1980s.
           Previously selected for this year's Hall of Fame induction  ceremony were Fort Frye graduate Tyler Engle and Steubenville product Liz Repella for the decade of the 2000s while Linsly's Jamie Adams and Bellaire' Scott Coyne were tabbed for the 1990s.
           The entire OVAC Hall of Fame class, which is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group and housed at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, will be announced by the committee every two weeks.   The next release will contain the honorees from the 1970s and it  will be announced on Feb. 17.
            Here’s a capsule look at the honorees for the decade of the 1980s:

           SHELLY CARROLL,  Martins Ferry (Class of 1988) —  Carroll was nothing short of a scoring machine during her Purple Rider days.
          The 5-11 forward averaged 29.8 points and 10.6 rebounds a game in her senior season for Coach Larry Duck. Those lofty numbers earned her UPI Division II Ohio Player of the Year honors.
           Carroll finished her sparkling prep career with 1,626 points,  establishing a new school record for boys or girls.   She was a second-team all-Ohio choice as a junior while being tabbed honorable mention in her sophomore season.
           Carroll played in the Ohio Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game and also competed in the International Cage Tournament in Budapest, Hungary in 1987.
           The multi-talented athlete also was a standout volleyball performer for Ferry.   She was selected to the all-OVAC team after her senior season.
           Her prodigious scoring earned her a basketball scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she because a four-year starter. She helped the Lady Mocs to three Southern Conference championships.
          Carroll finished her career at Chattanooga with 1,013 points while  also ranking first in school history via her 51.4 field goal percentage.   She also ranks in the top 10 in UTC annals in games  
played (115), rebounds (560), field goals made (450) and free throw percentage (74.1).
          Carroll was named first-team All-Southern Conference in 1992.  She was twice honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club (1989) and (1993).
          Carroll is currently a middle school teacher in Raleigh, N.C.

          MIKE GULAN, Steubenville Catholic (Class of 1989) — Gulan was a three-sport star at Catholic Central but baseball proved to be his future calling card.
           He was first-team All-Valley, All-OVAC Class AAA and All-Eastern District his senior season in baseball, a campaign in which he batted .452 with five home runs, seven doubles, 25 hits, 15  RBI and 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts.   The talented third baseman was named  second team All-Valley as a junior.
          In football, he was a second-team All-Valley honoree as a senior and earned honorable mention All-OVAC Class AAA in basketball.
          His sparkling prep diamond career earned him a scholarship to Kent State University, where he excelled for three seasons before being selected in the second round of the Major League Draft (53rd overall pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals.
         Gulan was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and  second team All-America. He was first-team All-MAC as a junior and second team as a sophomore.
          As a Golden Flash junior, Gulan led the MAC in hitting (.430), home runs (17), RBI (68) and triples (6).   As a sophomore, he batted . 311 with 11 homers.   He batted .336 as a freshman.
          Gulan was one of 90 players in the nation invited to the U.S. Olympic team tryouts in 1992  . He was inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame in 1999.
          Gulan enjoyed a 13-year career (two in majors, part of 12 in the  minors and one in Japan) from 1992-2004.   He was a member of the Cardinals' major league club in 1997 and the Florida Marlins in 2001 and also signed with the Pirates in 2002 and White Sox in 2003.
         He was also was a Steubenville American Legion Post 33 baseball standout.

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