Potters to induct 10 into HOF

EAST LIVERPOOL – The East Liverpool Athletic Hall of Fame will induct 10 members for the classes of 2013 and 2014 at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the East Liverpool High School cafeteria.

Inducted will be Josh Reed (Class of 2003), Joey Wines (2007), Kerri Van Sickle-Hill (1995), Eric Martin (1997), David Allen (1990), Forrest Kirby (1999), Josh Stewart (1991), Phil Hayes (1957), Mark DeSarro (1977) and Gene Bell Jr. (1976).

The banquest will precede a social hour to be held in the Hall of Fame in the Potter Fieldhouse lobby. Josh Martin, class of 1996, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The inductees will also be introduced prior to the opening football game on Aug. 29 at Patterson Field.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 and will be on sale today until Aug. 23 at Bob and Robin’s Flowers, Outdoor Army Store, Tri-State Supply and from Steve Mabbott at First National Community Bank. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Josh Reed – Reed was a three-year starter in basketball and the Potters compiled a 50-20 record while he was a player. He led the Potters to sectional, district and regional runner-up finishes and was a special mention All-Ohio as a sophomore and junior. In addition, he was second team All-Ohio as a senior.

He finished with 1,305 career points broke the school record held by Steve Flores at the time.

Reed also was a winner of the Bob Devon/Hi-Y Award.

Joey Wines – Wines was a three-starter at quarterback for the Potters having earned All-Ohio Div. II honors in 2005 and 2006 in addition to many other awards.

He set the career record for all-purpose yards with 2,950 and was chosen as a Bill Booth Award recipient as well as being picked to play in OVAC all-Star game.

In basketball, he played four years and started three. In addition to being named Columbiana County Player of the Year in 2006-07, he was an All-Ohio honorable mention and won many local and regional awards.

He also had eight letters in track and was one of the few winners of the Bill Booth (football) and Bob Devon/Hi-Y awards (basketball).

He graduated from Robert Morris University in 2011 with a degree in business administration. He also lettered in football three times and held a 3.3 GPA.

Kerri Van Sickle-Hill – Van Sickle-Hill earned 11 varsity letters in her time at East Liverpool while captaining the volleyball, basketball and softball teams.

She was an All-Ohio selection in volleyball which went a long way to earning her a volleyball scholarship at Geneva College.

She was also an All-Ohio honorable mention as a senior in basketball in addition to many other awards.

On the softball diamond, she was an All-OVAC first team pick.

She was also recognized as a scholar-athlete with many local and state scholarship honors.

Eric Martin – Martin was a standout in football, basketball and baseball for the Potters.

In football, he garnered All-Ohio special mention honors as a punter in leading the state-ranked Potters to a 9-1 mark. He also played tight end and defensive end.

In basketball, Martin averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game and was an All-Ohio special mention on a team which sent four players to NCAA Div. I programs.

In baseball, he helped lead his team to a sectional win over Zanesville on the mound. He was also selected to pitch in the OVAC All-Star Game at Three Rivers Stadium.

David Allen – Allen was a two-year starter in football where he was recognized as one of the best in the Eastern District as a lineman.

As a senior, he had 104 tackles, eight sacks, three caused fumbles and four blocked kicks. He was named Eastern District Lineman of the Year and also was a first team All-Ohio selection.

He also played in the OVAC All-Star Game.

Forrest Kirby – Kirby was a power on the boards for the Potter basketball team as he blocked 96 shots and had 246 rebounds in one season.

He garnered many local, regional and state awards including District V Player of the Year and All-Ohio third team.

Josh Stewart – Stewart earned nine varsity letters during his Potter athletic career and was named captain of the golf, basketball and baseball teams.

In basketball, he averaged 11.6 points and six rebounds as a junior and helped lead the Potters to their first district title since 1947. For his efforts he was named MVP of the district tournament and was an All-Ohio special mention. As a senior, he averaged 19.3 points and seven rebounds per game and was the Eastern District Player of the Year including being name Div. I All-Ohio special mention.

On the baseball diamond, he was a first team pick in the Eastern District.

In golf, he had a 43 average in two years of competition.

After high school, he played basketball for four years at Geneva College and was the team captain there.

Phil Hayes – As a junior, Phil was a member of the undefeated and untied Potter football team of 1955.

He was also a three-year varsity basketball performer having scored 150 points as a sophomore and 345 as a junior.

In his senior season he scored 28 points in the sectional tournament against Steubenville Central and 18 against Martins Ferry in a district championship loss.

He also broke the single-game scoring record of Jimmy Harris which had stood since 1946.

Mark DeSarro – DeSarro earned three varsity letters each in football and basketball at East Liverpool.

He went on to play baseball and football for four years at Hiram College. After college he served as an assistant under former Potter coach Don Charlton.

He went on to graduate from the Harry Wendelstat (MLB) Umpire School in Bradenton, Florida and performed at Little League, NCAA Div. I and II, Tri-State Area and Class A professional leagues.

He returned to the East Liverpool area for several years where he was a beloved coach and once again left the area in 2007 to teach middle school science and to coach in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2012 and was mourned by both communities where he was loved.


Gene Bell Jr. – Gene is the latest in a long line of Bells to reach the Hall of Fame.

Under coach Don Charlton, Bell was an outstanding defensive back that eventually helped lead the team to a 9-1 mark in 1975. Also on the team were Parade All-American Ernie Washington and All-Ohioans Bob Thayer and Jerry Browne.

Bell picked up many football awards during his career icluding first team All-Ohio and Eastern District defensive player of the year.

After high school, Bell went on to the University of Michigan where he helped lead the Wolverines to Big Ten championships in 1977 and 1978.

Bell graduated from Michigan with a degree in psychology and resides in Lathrup, Michigan where he is a sales rep associated with the investment firm Harley Stanfield.