Buckhannon-Upshur to honor athletes

Six individuals, along with the 1952 regional champion basketball team will be enshrined in the Buckhannon-Upshur Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The 1952 basketball team finished with a record of 18 wins and seven losses. It defeated Weston High School, 61-35, for the sectional crown. The Buccaneers defeated Elkins, 60-58, in the regional semifinal before bettering Grafton, 45-39, in the championship game.

At the West Virginia state tournament, B-U survived a 57-54 scare to defeat Huntington Central. The team then fell to Fairmont West, 45-33.

The members of the team included coach Frank Feola, assistant coach Robert Neff, Dr. Thomas Rutherford, Dennis Hudson, Melvin Hager, David Whitescarver, Jeff Manser, Wayne Kiddy, Ronald Hoover, James Curtis, James Campbell, James Deane, James R. Smith, Wayne Miller, Paul Gay, Donald Brown, Robert Whitescarver, Ronald Crane, Lewis Arnold and Bob Manley.

A member of that storied team will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame as an individual. James R. Smith, who was graduated in 1953, led the 1953 team in rebounding. He went on to play basketball at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he was a three-year letterman. He was also a sprinter on the college’s track team for three seasons, setting a school and West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference record of 22.4 seconds in winning the 220-yard dash championship in 1956.

He then went on to a career in coaching in Ohio, first at Centerburg High School from 1959-61 and then at Belpre High School from 1961-68. He returned to his alma mater to serve as a head basketball coach, assistant football coach, cross country coach and tennis coach until 2001. His WVWC tennis teams compiled a 287-96 record, and he was named the NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1988. He was inducted into the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

A member of the Class of 1980, Scott McDaniels played football, basketball and baseball in all four years of high school. He was awarded both the John Young Memorial Award and the Freal “Red” Crites Award in 1980.

In football, he earned first-team, All-Big 10 Conference honors and was an honorable mention pick to the all-state team in 1979. In basketball, he was a second-team all-conference pick in his senior season. He was also an honorable mention selection to the All-Big 10 team in baseball as a junior and a second-team pick as a senior. He hit over .300 in each of his last two seasons.

Robert “Tinker” Jackson, a member of the Class of 1976, was a four-sport standout for the Buccaneers from 1973-1976, playing football, wrestling, track and baseball. In football, he was an all-state honorable mention selection as a junior and was picked as a first-team fullback and defensive back to the All-Big 10 team. As a senior, he set the school record with 1,655 rushing yards and was named the captain of the all-conference team and was a first-team selection to the all-state team. He was picked to play in the annual West Virginia North-South Game. After high school, he played football at Fairmont State, running for 965 yards in 1976.

Jamie Green, a member of the Class of 1989, set a school record with eight interceptions in 1988. He was named to the all-state second team and was a first-team pick to the North Central Athletic Conference team. He was also named to the first team of the All Monongahela Valley team as a senior. He was a second-team pick to the all-conference squad as a junior.

Green was honored with a Who’s Who in High School Football Award and the Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Award in 1980.

He was an all-conference first-team selection in baseball in 1989 and an honorable mention pick to the all-state team in baseball.

One of only four people in school history to record 1,000 points in basketball, Bryan Swisher is the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,014 points.

He was an honorable mention all-state pick in basketball in 1993 and 1994 and was named to the All-NCAC first team in both of those seasons. He was honored with being selected to play in the 1994 NCAC vs. Big 10 all-star game and in the1994 West Virginia North-South game. In his senior season in baseball, he hit .400 with four home runs.

Swisher continued his playing days at Concord College, participating in basketball, football and tennis.

Jared Feola, a 1996 graduate of B-U, starred as a midfielder on the soccer team from 1992-95. His 40 goals are ranked sixth all time, and he also recorded 36 assists.

He was a four-year starter and was named the team captain in 1996. The Buccaneers during his time finished with 60 wins, just seven losses and two ties. The team won state titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was a two-time first-team all-state selection and was the state’s Player of the Year in 1995. He was inducted into the state’s WVHSSCA Hall of Fame in 2011.

He continued playing soccer at West Virginia University, where he was a four-year starter and team captain in his senior season.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.