Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Findlay High School star Ben Roethlisberger will headline the 33rd annual
Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony that is slated for 6 p.m. April 22 at Owens Community College’s Community Education and Wellness Center.
Tickets for the event are sold out.
Other inductees that will be honored include Mike Dillon, Terry Grose, Kathy Morris, Carlee Roethlisberger and Mianda Watts.
This year’s six inductees brings the total of Hall of Famers to 203 members since the first class was inducted in 1985.
The Hancock Sports Hall of Fame has plaques, display cases and story bards containing memorabilia from inductees at Legends Steakhouse and Sports Bar at 411 South Main Street.
Below are brief bios of this year’s Hancock Hall of Fame inductees.
Before becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was a star athlete at Findlay High and Miami (Ohio) University.
As a Trojan, Roethlisberger was all-Ohio in football and basketball. As a senior, he threw for 4,041 yards and 54 TDs, throwing for eight TDs against Fremont Ross and two TDs in the last 19 seconds to beat Napoleon. On the hardwood, he finished as the top career scorer (1,095 points) after an FHS record 546 points in 1999-00.
At Miami, he passed for more than 4,000 yards as a junior, leading the 10th-ranked Redhawks to a 13-1 record including a 49-28 GMAC bowl victory over Louisville. For his career, he completed more than 65 percent of his passes and threw 80 TDs.
Ben was a 1st round draft pick of the Steelers in 2004 and has since started 183 games. In addition to being the winning quarterback in two Super Bowls (2005, 2008), Ben holds over 50 franchise records and many NFL marks. His career stats include more than 46,000 passing yards, 301 TDs and a 13-7 career playoff record. He is the only NFL quarterback to lead his team to 20 fourth quarter comeback wins before the age of 30. He currently has the ninth best passing rating in NFL history.
Known for his charitable works, including the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, in 2014 he donated $1 million to Miami University.
Carlee Roethlisberger was a star athlete in two sports at Findlay High School and the University of Oklahoma.
She set many records as a basketball player at FHS including the career record for points scored with 1,625, most points in a season with 534 and most career steals with 199. Roethlisberger led the Trojans to the state tournament in 2007.
As a 6-foot-1 middle blocker on the volleyball team, she averaged 3.7 kills per set and had 90 blocks as a senior. Roethlisberger was named a first-team all-Ohio selection in basketball and volleyball at FHS.
At Oklahoma, Roethlisberger played in 139 games, third highest in Sooners history. She averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, recording three double-doubles against ranked opponents, including 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 6 Ohio State. As a fifth-year athlete, Carlee played volleyball for OU and was named the 2011 Newcomer of the Year in the Big 12 Conference.
Roethlisberger is currently playing beach volleyball on the AVP tour.
Kathy (Lee) Morris
Kathy (Lee) Morris’ stellar basketball career began at Vanlue High School where she earned all-Blanchard Valley Conference and all-district honors four straight years (1982-1985) and twice was recognized as an all-state player.
She set numerous Vanlue records, including 43 points in a single game and career totals of 1,492 points and 724 rebounds. She also had a BVC-leading 19.6 scoring average as a freshman.
In 1985, Morris took her talents to Muskingum College where she again earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference recognition four straight years (1986-1989). As a senior, she captained the team to its first undefeated (16-0) OAC championship season and a trip to the NCAA Division III Elite 8, finishing as the OAC’s third all-time leading scorer (1,560 points, 18.4ppg), its No.2 free throw (84 percent) and 3-point (44 percent) shooter.
Following graduation with degrees in History, Physical Education, Health & Sports Science, Morris took her talents to Adrian College in Michigan where she has been the women’s basketball coach for 25 years. She has amassed the most wins in school history (266) and guided the Bulldogs to numerous Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament semi-final appearances.
In 2000, Morris was inducted into Muskingum College’s Hall of Fame.
Mianda Watts was an irrepressible force during an era of women’s basketball excellence at the University of Findlay. Her name appears in every meaningful category in the record book, 16 of those in the top spot. Watts scored an all-time career-high 1,898 points, averaging 15.7 points per game with a single-season high 21.4 average in 1999-2000 as a senior. She also had a game-high 40 points in that season.
A wonderfully well-rounded player, Watts is also the career leading rebounding (996) and the single-season leader with 316 as a senior. She was selected all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division first team twice and second team once and earned first-team NAIA and Kodak All American honors as a senior.
Findlay logged a 99-25 record during Watts’ career and made three NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, advancing twice to the Final Four. She also obtained her master’s degree from UF after earning a 3.8 GPA and a bachelor of arts in education degree.
A resident of Encino, California, Watts is a junior underwriter for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group. She has also done professional modeling and acting and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Mike Dillon is recognized as one of the most versatile athletes in Findlay High School history, participating in football, basketball and track and field.
His biggest achievement came in track and field. He capped a successful junior season in 1983 by capturing the Class AAA discus state title, recording a first-place throw of 166-8, with brother Pat finishing third (163-0). Mike also captured the 1983 Buckeye Conference discus crown, becoming the third member of the family to do so, behind Tim (1977) and Pat (1982). He is still the FHS record holder in the discus.
Mike went on to earn all-Ohio honors a year later, placing seventh in the discus, and capped his career by being selected to compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions.
During his time as a Trojans’ football player (1981-83), Mike twice earned all-Buckeye Conference and all-Ohio honors, both offensively and defensively. He also set a state record for longest fumble return for a touchdown of 97 yards. He finished off his gridiron career by being selected to the North-South All-Star Game as one of the top performers in Ohio.
Dillon’s versatility extended to the basketball court. He lettered as a sophomore at Findlay High and then played on a CYO team his last two seasons, advancing to the state championship twice.
Following his outstanding high school career, he earned a scholarship to play at Purdue University in the Big Ten Conference.
Terry Grose is known for his prowess on the golf course, but he developed his athletic talents at McComb High School, earning 11 varsity letters.
After winning player of the year honors as a freshman on the Bowling Green State University golf team, Grose went on to qualify for the 1973 U.S. Amateur in Toledo, make several appearances in the Ohio Amateur and earned a spot at the 1992 U.S. Mid Amateur.
Grose also missed the cut for the 1996 Senior Tour by a stroke, was runner-up in the 1992 Ohio Public Links match play and won four mini-tour events. He was a 2003 alternate for U.S. Senior Open at Inverness, set 7 course records and claimed over 60 tourney titles during his career.
At the age of 69, during the 2016 golf season, Grose either shot his age or under 36 times.
Grose has also been Northwest Ohio director of Ohio Public Links (2000-08) and co-founder of the nationally recognized All-Star Junior Tour.
The 1965 McComb grad was the point guard on back-to-back unbeaten teams as a junior and senior, quarterbacked an unbeaten football team as a senior and helped the Panthers to four straight district finals in baseball.
He was a chemical technician at Sylvania Electric in Ottawa (1968-74) and has sold insurance since 1976.