POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for the class of 2013.
This will be the seventh group of former Point Pleasant High School athletes to be honored with this award. The Hall of Fame was formed to promote the achievements of past Point Pleasant High School athletes, coaches and boosters.
This year’s class of Denny Bellamy, Ron Durst, Ashley Rawson Kerekes, Jason Safford and Terry Rollins will be inducted into the Hall of Fame following the annual dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church this Saturday, Nov. 2. The dinner, being served by the Christ Church Episcopal Men’s Fellowship, will begin at 6 p.m. The $15 dinner ticket can be purchased at Farmers Bank, Point Pleasant River Museum or by calling 304-674-0144. The day’s activity begins with an 11 a.m. social in the Commons Area at Point Pleasant High School sponsored by the Handley Law Office and catered by Kortney Engle. The inductees will be introduced on the field prior to the 1:30 p.m. kickoff of the Big Blacks football game with Oak Glen.
Biographers for this year’s inductees are as follows.
Denny Bellamy - Bellamy was a three year Letterman in football playing for Coach Dick Ware and Coach Steve Safford’s first team in 1975. He received Special Honorable Mention All-State Honors, Second Team All-TVC and then went on to letter three years in football at Marshall University. Bellamy played defensive end and was on most of the special teams. He was named defensive player of the week in Marshall’s upset win over Miami. Bellamy was also a two year Letterman in baseball while in high school. He served as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was voted most dependable in his Senior Class and is an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Marshall University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing, served as President of the American Marketing Association at Marshall and is a member of the M Club. Presently Bellamy is Director of Economic Development, City of Point Pleasant, Director of Mason County CVB, Chairman of Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, Chairman of Mason County Career Center Graphic Arts Committee, Mason County Quilt Trail Committee, 2010 Governor’s Service Award. He is a member of the Point Pleasant Athletic Complex Committee.
Ron Durst, Jr. — Durst is a member of the PPHS Class of 1976. While at PPHS, he lettered three years in football and two years in baseball. Durst was tri-captain of the football team, honorable mention All-State as a defensive end, and second-team All Southern WV as an offensive tackle his senior year. During his senior season Durst recorded nearly ten tackles per game, recovered six fumbles, blocked two punts and logged an interception. On the diamond, Durst played first base, outfield and pitcher. His career record on the mound was 6-3. Off the playing field he was a member of the National Honor Society and two year President of the Rod and Gun Club. After high school, Durst attended Marietta College where he graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He started all four years on the Pioneer football team as a defensive tackle, defensive end and center.
Durst has always stayed involved with sports in the local community. From 1996 to 2004, he was an active member of the Big Blacks Football Boosters. He served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer. During this time he helped launch projects resulting in the creation of today’s athletic facilities. In 2002 Durst raised $100,000 for the construction of the PPHS Baseball field and facilities which opened for play in the spring of 2003. In 2007, by request of the Mason County Superintendent, Durst formed a committee to raise money and design the new PPHS football stadium. The stadium committee raised $2.2 million in donations to build the first turf football field in Mason County and state-of-the art rubberized track. The stadium opened in 2009 and facilities are continuing to be built. The most recent were the professional-grade tennis courts and concession building. Durst married former PPHS cheerleader Jody White in 1982. Together they raised three children: Miranda, Kenny and Rebecca, who were all members of PPHS Big Blacks varsity sports.
Jason Safford — Safford earned a total of eight varsity letters during his athletic career. There were three in both football and wrestling along with two in track. He also served as co-captain of football and wrestling. His career wrestling record was 59-16. He placed fourth in the 189 pound division his senior year. In 1992 Safford received the Ironman award in football and was honorable mention for All-State. His senior year he was named the team MVP and earned second team All-State honors. Safford ranks ninth in Big Blacks career rushing with 1808 yards along with 21 career touchdowns. After playing in the 1994 North-South football game Jason played at Marshall University where he was a member of the Southern Conference title team in 1994 and a part of their National Championship title game team in 1995.
Ashley Rawson Kerekes — Ashley enjoyed one of the most successful and rewarding careers of any female athlete to play for the Lady Knights. Her three year record as a pitcher was 61-18, including nine no-hitters, with three of those being perfect games. Ashley helped lead her 1998 team to the AAA state championship pitching six games in the tournament allowing one earned run and two runs total. The Lady Knights were SEOAL Champs in 1997 and 98. In 1998, 99 and 2000 Ashley was First Team All-State, All-SEOAL, Team MVP and Defensive MVP. Ashley went on to play for Shawnee State for one year before going to Wheeling Jesuit where she was first Team All-Conference two years and All Tournament two years.
Terry Rollins — Rollins played three years of football, baseball and a two year letter winner on the PPHS wrestling team. He was a member of the 1972 State Tournament Baseball Team and was Honorable Mention for the Class AAA All-State football team. He went on to play football at Glenville State College. Rollins has been an all purpose coach at Point Pleasant High School since returning to his Alma Mater following graduation from Glenville State. During his 37 year coaching career Rollins was the head wrestling coach from 1978-1984, head track coach from 1987-1990 and head baseball coach in 1999. He was assistant football coach under head coach Steve Safford from 1978-2006, coaching the defensive line and assisting with the offense. Rollins was the Junior Varsity Head Coach for 18 years. He has been assistant football coach under Coach David Darst since 2007, serving as Defensive Coordinator. Coach Rollins has had the privilege of being on the coaching staff of ten state playoff teams.