Hall of Fame Class of ‘17


POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee released the names of 11 former athletes who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 26.

This is the eleventh class to be honored with this award, bringing the total number of inductees to 122. The Hall of Fame was formed to recognize the achievements of past Point Pleasant High School athletes, coaches and boosters. The current group will be introduced prior to the Big Blacks opening game of the season, this Friday against defending Class AA state champion Mingo Central. On Saturday, they will be honored at the HOF dinner where they will receive their award and their names placed on the Wall of Fame in the school. The dinner is at 6 p.m. in the common area at the high and is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the school, Farmers Bank or the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.

This year’s class:

Butch Oliver

Butch Oliver graduated in 1996 after successful careers in soccer, baseball and wrestling. His sophomore year, as the starting goalie, the PPHS soccer team appeared in the State Tournament for only the second time in school history. As the defensive MVP his senior year he was also the starting goalie and team captain. He made the All-Regional team and was an All-State selection for the second time. He had a high school wrestling record of 90 wins-24 losses. His career record through Junior high and high school was 179-44-1 from 1990-1996. Butch had an outstanding senior season being 31-6, qualified for the states, third in the region, placed first in 4 tournaments and was the SEOAL champion.

Ryan Bordman

Ryan Bordman graduated in 1987 having played football and baseball at a very high level from 1984-1987. He was all-conference football 1985 & 1986 while receiving Special Honorable Mention All-State Football both years. He was All-Conference baseball 1986-87, Special Honorable Mention All-State Baseball 1986 and Honorable Mention in 1987. He was voted the top offensive baseball player in 1986 and the top Defensive player in 1987. He lives in Houston, Texas with wife Gina, daughters Megan, Kalyn and Cara. Since 2010 he has played baseball for the Houston Hardball association and has served as Manager of the Angels, winning eight Championships.

William (Bill) Rardin lll

Bill Rardin, III, graduated in 1976 after earning 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, golf and baseball. He played on the 1975 State Tournament Basketball team. He excelled in football thru out his high school years, playing quarterback and halfback. In the 1975 season he rushed for 815 yards and had a career total of 1,425. He received special recognition for All-Southern and All-State teams his senior season. He graduated from UVA and WVU School of Law and had a private law office in Point Pleasant. He served as Putnam County Prosecutor and had a successful career in West Virginia State Government. In 1978-1979 he served as the National President of the Children of the American Revolution.

Travis Riffle

Travis Riffle graduated in 2006 having played football, baseball and track. Being a four year letterman in football he played running back, receiver and corner back, as well as a return man on special teams. His junior year he had two 90 plus yard kickoff returns. He was named First Team All-Conference and Point Pleasant Register All-Ohio Valley team as a utility player, and Special Team Player of the Year. In his senior season, he was a team captain and led the team in touchdowns, rushing yards, receiving yards, return yards, and defensive statistics, setting a PPHS defensive points record that is still standing. He finished the season selected First Team All-Conference, All-Ohio Valley as a defensive back, All-State Special Honorable Mention and Team MVP. In track he was a member of the State Champion AA 110M shuttle hurdle relay team and he made state final appearances in the 100m dash, 4 x100m relay, and long jump. His senior season he was the top AA returning long jumper in the state, as well as a top-3 returning 100M and 200M sprinter. He had many first-place finishes over the course of the season with multiple high point awards, including winning the high point award at the regional track meet with four first place finishes. He won the State AA long jump title and finished second in the overall high point award for the meet. He graduated with honors, earning Academic All-Conference each season, several Point Pleasant Athlete of the week Awards for football and track. He was recruited to play football at the University of Charleston. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-med Biology in 2010. Upon graduation he attended Marshall University as a graduate student in Communication Science and Disorders. After two years at MU, he was accepted to the audiology graduate program at Ohio University in 2012 where he is still currently enrolled working toward finishing a dual doctorate degree.

James Casto

James Casto was a 2007 graduate after an outstanding athletic career. He won two State Championships in wrestling and received first team All-State Honors in baseball. As a freshman wrestler he had a 37-5 record in the 140lb class and finished 5th in the state. His sophomore year he recorded a 46-4 record and became the 145lb class State Champion. The next year he again won the State Championship in the 153lb class with a 15-1 record. In 2007 his senior year, he finished with 48 wins and only 4 losses. Finishing 3rd in the state. His career record was 176-17. James was a two year starter at quarterback for the football team.

B J Buchanan

B. J. Buchanan played two sports and excelled in both of them before graduating in 1997. His 1996 Basketball team is the only Big Blacks team to win the AAA Sectional title in the past 40 years. They defeated Parkersburg South to win the Sectional and lost by only four points in the regional Championship. Playing in the All SEOAL league, he was the first Point Pleasant player to be selected to the All SEOAL team. The 1996 team is the only Big Blacks team to score 100 points in a game in the past 40 years. He recorded 37 points to lead all scorers in that game. The 1997 team defeated no 1 rated Weir by 20 points in the Cabell Midland Holiday Tournament as Buchanan scored 34 pts. and was selected to the All-Tournament team. He averaged 18 points per game in both his junior and senior seasons. He shot above 80% from the foul line each year. He was Special Honorable Mention All-State both years. He was a four year letterman in baseball. As a sophomore he was the defensive player of the year and had the second highest batting average. His top average was his junior year at .415. he was selected to the All-SEOAL League team both his junior and senior seasons. He was Special Honorable Mention All-State and selected to play in the North/South Game in Morgantown. Three times he made the All SEOAL Academic Team, was Wendy’s Mason County Student Athlete of the Year and Armed Forces Student Athlete winner from Point Peasant High School.

Brent Hereford

Brent Hereford graduated in 2006 taking with him the title of State Wrestling Champion in the AA 171lb class with a record of 40-6. The previous year he was State Runner-up in the 160lb class and a record of 35-9. As a sophomore in 2004 he wrestled in the 152lb class and finished with a 37-17 record. In 4 years he had 112 wins and 32 losses.

Todd Pridemore

Todd Pridemore played three sports for the Big Blacks and after graduation in 1980 went on to wrestle and play baseball at Marshall University. His high school achievements included being a three-year letterman and captain of the wrestling team while finishing 4th in the AAA state tournament his senior year. He posted a 29-4 record that year. He was a two-year letterman in football and earned second team AAA All- State honors as a linebacker on the undefeated 1979 team. He was also a third team selection for All-Southern. He earned one letter in high school baseball before moving on to Marshall where he was a three year letterman. He was recruited as a wrestler but after one year Marshall terminated their wrestling program. Since 2005 he has devoted time coaching Little League and his daughter’s travel and high school softball teams. In 2015 they won the Florida High School Class 8A State Championship and that same year the travel team won the 16U PGF National Championship in Huntington Beach, CA. The first team outside of California to win the tournament.

Beau Hill

Beau Hill graduated in 1998 having wrestled for four years and earning 135 wins with 25 losses. As a freshman in the 103lb class he was 39-9 and finished 5th in the state. His sophomore year again in the 103lb class he recorded 26 wins with only 3 losses and 4th place in the state. In his senior year of 1998 wrestling in the AAA 112lb class he finished 38-6 and was State Runner-up. He is a Control Engineer for an automotive supplier working in china, Japan and Mexico. He is married and has three children, two boys and a daughter.

Ryan Roush

Ryan Roush graduated in 1994 and was a 4-sport athlete for the Big Blacks. He was a multi-year letter winner in football, baseball and track accumulating several awards throughout his career including: team MVP and defensive player of the year in basketball, the “ Iron Man” award and Special Honorable Mention All-State in football, regional champion and state finalist in the 200-meter dash and long jump in track and field. In his senior season he was selected to play in the North-South All Star Baseball classic as the starting shortstop for the South squad. After graduation he received an athletic scholarship and continued his baseball career at Marshall University where he was a 4-year starter at shortstop for the Thundering Herd. He finished his senior season at Marshall batting over .340 and ranked 2nd in the Mid-American Conference for home runs and doubles. Over the course of his career, he remains among the leaders in many offensive categories for the Herd. Following his successful career at Marshall, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox where he spent two years playing professional baseball before an injury cut his career short.

Heath Shirley

Heath Shirley graduated in 2006 after playing two years of football as a starting guard and defensive tackle receiving the Jim White Golden Shoe Award in 2005. But it was wrestling that led him to the state level having a 4-year wrestling career for the Big Blacks. Coming into wrestling as a freshman in 2003 he was 20-23 wrestling in the AA 275lb class. As a sophomore he went 26-23 and as a junior 38-19 and was 4th in the state. He honed his skills against tough AA competition to finish his career as the State Champion with a record of 44-10. He had the most pins in 2005 (32), the Iron Man Award in 2006 (54 matches), Most Pins in 2006 (31). He finished his career with a record of 128-75.

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Butch Oliver
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Ryan Bordman
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William (Bill) Rardin lll
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Travis Riffle
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James Casto
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BJ Buchanan
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Brent Hereford
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Todd Pridemore
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_8.-TODD-PRIDEMORE201782111417568.jpgTodd Pridemore

Beau Hill
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Ryan Roush
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Heath Shirley
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