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Beavercreek touts latest Athletic Hall of Fame class

By Scott Halasz Special Correspondent

January 14, 2014

BEAVERCREEK — A Major League Baseball all-star and a first-round WNBA pick highlighted the 2014 Beavercreek Athletic Hall of Fame class that was recognized on Saturday.


Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, former Duke center Alison Bales and eight others were recognized for their athletic achievements during halftime of the Beavercreek-Centerville boys basketball game, Friday night and officially entered the Hall, Saturday. Joining the class of 2003 duo were Chuck Anderson (1972), Becky (Manuszak) Ballman (1979), Anthony Brown (1995), Greg Brown (1977), Jeremy Clingner (2003), George Freiberger (1993), Mike Pittman (1969) and Clarissa Wentworth (2003).


Masterson was a two-time Greater Western Ohio Conference player of the year and was drafted in the second round by the Boston Red Sox in 2006. He had an 18-6 career record at Beavercreek and was an All-Star last season for the Indians.


“It’s incredible,” said Masterson, who has not been able to get back to Beavercreek much, but made a point to be here. “You can’t miss out on this. This is where it all began.”


Bales led the Beavers to a 99-8 record and a pair of Division-I state titles. A McDonald’s and Parade High School All-American, she ended her Duke career No. 3 all-time in blocks in the NCAA. Bales was drafted No. 9 by the Indiana Fever in 2006 and has also played overseas. Retired from hoops, she is now in medical school at Wright State.


“It’s an amazing honor,” Bales said. “I had a great career here. Mr. (Coach Ed) Zink and (then-athletic director) Denton (Brower) were very supportive.”


Anderson played football, ran track, and wrestled. He was a multiple event track record holder and played football at North Dakota State.


Ballman played basketball and softball and was the first BHS player to hit for at least a .500 batting average.


Anthony Brown, the son of former Wright State coach Jim Brown, was a three-year starter, MVP his junior and senior seasons and played collegiately at WSU for four years.


Greg Brown wrestled, ran track and played football and was first team All-Western Ohio League, All-Southwest District and second team All-Ohio in football. He played at Villanova and Indiana.


Clingner played football and wrestled and was a two-time All-GWOC first team pick. He had an 80-22 record in wrestling and was state runner-up. He played football and wrestled at Wilmington College. Clingner is currently an assistant wrestling coach at BHS.


Freiberger played football and basketball and ran track. He was offensive lineman of the year in the WOL and played in the north-south all-star game before playing football at Villanova.


Pittman had a 72-8 career record as a wrestler with five of those losses coming at the state tournament, where he was a three-time qualifier. He wrestled at Ohio State.


Wentworth was a multiple-event school record holder as a swimmer and was a four-time state qualifier and a three-time All-American at Indiana University.