Honoring the Past
Inspiring the Future
Wyandot Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2015
The Wyandot Sports Hall of Fame inducted its fifth class April 18, 2015 in a banquet at the Masters’ Building at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.
Members of the fifth class were: David Kalb, Wynford; Nick Mengerink, Carey; Vaughn Shell, Sycamore; John Reed, Upper Sandusky; Joelyn Shoup-Ridder, Upper Sandusky; Pat Weber, Riverdale; and the 1968 Riverdale football team.
Brief profiles of each member of the class of 2015 are available below. Longer profiles and additional photos are available by clicking on the photos above or the links below.
A 2000 graduate of Wynford High School, David Kalb is the only athlete in the school's history to earn All-Ohio honors in three different sports - football, basketball and track and field.
A point guard, Kalb scored 1,037 career points with the Royals and was an All-Ohio third-team pick as a senior. He twice earned All-North Central Conference selection and played in the Mansfield News Journal All-Star Game and the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game.
Upon graduation, Kalb went on to play a year at the University of Akron and two years at Capital University. He recently gained recognition by beating LeBron James in a trick shot challenge and twice in horse.
As a football player with the Royals, Kalb was an All-Ohio first-team defensive player his senior year and threw for 2,497 yards in his career as a quarterback. Kalb also placed fifth in the state in the 300 hurdles his senior year.
A 1996 graduate of Carey High school, Nick Mengerink won back-to-back state championships in wrestling in 1995 and 1996 after finishing as runner-up his sophomore year.
Mengerink finished his high school career with a 136-9 record before going on to wrestle at the University of Pittsburgh, where he went 105-27 while claiming All-American honors in 1998. He also was a three-time NCAA Division I Academic All-American with the Panthers.
A 1955 graduate of Sycamore High School, Vaughn Shell excelled in basketball, track and field and especially baseball, going onto play in college and professionally.
Shell went 14-1 in two years pitching at Mesa Community College and then went 3-5 at the University of Colorado before signing to play in the New York Yankees organization. He spent four years in the minor leagues, missing one of them with an injury.
With the Wildcats, Shell played all four years on the baseball team, leading his team to the state final his senior year. During the same season, he also competed in track and field, never losing in the pole vault. Shell had to miss the state meet because of a conflict with the state baseball tournament.
Shell also played four years of basketball, earning All-Ohio status his senior year when the Wildcats went 27-1.
A 1963 Upper Sandusky High School graduate, the late John Reed developed Coldwater High School into the one of the state's top small-school football program.
Before taking over the Cavaliers in 1995, the team had made the playoffs just one time. They were the postseason in all but one of Reed's 15 years at the helm, winning the state championship in 2005 and 2007 and finishing as runner-up in 1998, 2000 and in his final year in 2009. Reed led Coldwater to 168 wins and six conference championships.
The tradition Reed helped the Cavaliers develop has continued even after his death at from cancer at age 64 in 2010. Coldwater has won the last three Division V state championships.
Prior to taking over the Cavaliers, Reed had coaching stints with Lebanon, Upper Sandusky, Marion Harding, Parkway and Montpelier.
A graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Joelyn Shoup-Ridder was a four-year starter for the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team.
While with the Falcons, Shoup-Ridder earned All-Mid-American Conference honors her junior and senior seasons while leading the league in rebounding both seasons. She finished as the ninth-leading rebounder in the nation her senior year and twice competed in the NCAA Tournament. She then served as a graduate assistant during the 1986-87 season.
During her time on the team, the Rams were 57-16 with a trip to the state tournament and two Northern Ohio League championships. Shoup-Ridder was an All-Ohio tournament team member, was picked to the McDonald's All-Ohio team and also earned All-NOL honors in basketball and softball.
A 1970 graduate of Riverdale High School, Pat Weber was a 10-time letterwinner for the Falcons and coached the Falcons baseball team for 29 years.
Weber was a member of Riverdale's undefeated 1968 football team as a halfback and cornerback and earned All-North Central Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. He lettered in football and basketball three times and baseball four times, going onto pitch for Bluffton College for two years.
A teacher at RHS for 36 years, Weber won more than 400 games as baseball coach, leading the Falcons to three NCC championships, two district titles and a state semifinal appearance in 1980.
In addition to coaching baseball, Weber was varsity basketball coach for two years and also served as assistant varsity football coach, head junior high football coach, junior varsity basketball coach and eighth grade boys basketball coach.
The 1968 Riverdale football team finished 10-0 and was ranked seventh in the state in a time when there was only two divisions.
The Falcons outscored opponents 326-64 and outgained them 3,939 yards to 1,725 on the year.
John Altman was All-Ohio and named the lineman of the year. Steve Trout earned first-team All-Ohio honors, and Rusty Young and Bob Wigle both were All-Ohio honorable mention.
Numerous other players earned All-North Central Conference recognition.
The 1968 Riverdale football team