Class of 2002
Agnes E. Ramdayer– A West Branch community member for all of her 89 years, Ramsayer had a love for cooking and dedication to the West Branch Local School system. She worked as a cook and district food service supervisor from 1950 until she retired in 1977. Active in numerous community organizations she also spearheaded several projects. For over 50 years, she cooked at the Columbiana County Fair at the West Branch Athletic Booster Club Food Concession.
Dr. Fredlee Votaw, Ph.D– Dr. Votaw graduated from West Branch High School in 1956 and is an accomplished artists and distinguished educator. A visual artist of national acclaim, Dr. Votaw’s work has been exhibited statewide and nationally. Among his many accomplishments, he was chosen as “Ohio Teacher of the Year” by the Ohio Department of Education. In 1995 he was awarded his doctorate from Kent State University.
Rev. William Buell– Rev. William Buell served as pastor at the Damascus United Methodist Church from 1966-1990. While serving at the parsonage on Valley Road, Rev. Buell had the opportunity to become the athletic chaplain of West Branch High School for a period of 24 years. Rev. Buell is a graduate of Asbury College in Whitmore, Kentucky. He and his wife Janet currently reside in Florida.
Gary Andreani– Gary was an administrator and football coach at West Branch High School for 13 years. He coached linebackers and receivers for the 1994 State Championship team. He graduated from Alliance High School and Mount Union College. His contributions, spirit, and enthusiasm will always be remembered.
John Runzo, Class of 1969– John was a three sport athlete. He was a four year letter winner in football, won 10 varsity letters during his career, and continued his education and football career at Muskingum College. He is currently the principal at West Carrollton Middle School near Dayton. Runzo and his wife, Donna, have two grown children, Kami and Tony, who are both Miami of Ohio graduates.
Scott Woolf, Class of 1980– Scott was an All-Ohio quarterback for West Branch and a three sport athlete participating also in basketball and baseball. After graduating in 1980, he continued his education and football career at Ohio State University then Mount Union College. Woolf set many passing records during his playing days at Mount Union and played briefly with the Oakland Raiders at the professional level.
Class of 2003
Dr. Jerri (Cahill) Nielsen, Class of 1970– Jerri is the daughter of Phil and Lorine Cahill of Canfield and graduated from the Medical College of Toledo 1977. Her senior year at West Branch, Dr. Nielsen was an exchange student to Sweden. She was active at West Branch as a cheerleader throughout junior high and high school. An outstanding student, Dr. Nielsen was a member of the West Branch National Honor Society. Dr. Nielsen has worked at numerous hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Youngstown. In 1999, she signed on as a National Science Foundation Physician and was stationed in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station in Antarctica. It was there that she discovered that she had breast cancer. Her self treatment and daring rescue from the South Pole was international news and subject of the book ICEBOUND, as well as a movie about her experience. Dr. Nielsen embodies the ideals of her alma mater in her courage, determination, and service to others.
Roger Wyss– is a 1957 graduate of Goshen Union High School. Roger was a three sport star for Goshen, participating in football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, Roger played third base and pitched. In football, he was the quarterback, team captain, and MVP for Goshen his senior year. Roger also led the team to a 3rd Mahoning County Championship along with winning the Inter County League Championship where he was a 1st Team selection. In basketball, Roger was the team captain and MVP his senior year. He led Goshen to the Mahoning County Championship in Class A and was selected All-League and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Roger attended Kent State University and served in the United States Army in Germany.
Robert A. Risbeck– graduated from Goshen Union High School. He was an active member of the Damascus United Methodist Church and Damascus Historical Society. He was a member of the Sebring Masonic Lodge 626, Valley of Youngstown Scottish Rite, Akron Tadmor Temple, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was instrumental in the development of the Sebring Civic Center and worked to see the West Branch stadium built. He was a trustee of the Salem Community Hospital and a board member for the Sebring-West Branch Community Foundation. He was co-owner and operator of Quaker City IGA. Bob always put the community first and helped wherever he could either physically or financially.
Joseph Tucker– was a 1951 graduate of Sebring McKinley High School. He served 32 years at West Branch and Goshen High Schools, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Joe taught mathematics at Goshen and West Branch from 1955-1970. he was the head basketball coach from 1955-1964 where he compiled a record of 116-46 and won Mahoning County Championships in 1957 and 1958 and the Inter-County League Championship in 1958. Joe also served as head baseball coach at Goshen and West Branch High School from 1955-1962. He served as the athletic director at West Branch from 1962-1970, assistant principal at West Branch from 1970-1973, and principal at West Branch Junior High from 1973-1987.
Bobbi Jo (McCosky) Yusko, Class of 1989– Bobbi Jo won 10 varsity letters and participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball at West Branch High School. In volleyball she was a member of the state poll championship team in 1987 and the regional qualifying team in 1988. Bobbi Jo received All-District and All-Area honors in 1988. She was a 4 year award winner in basketball and earned All-District honors her senior year. She is still in the top ten in scoring and rebounding at West Branch High School. In softball she was a 3 year letter winner and a member of the first softball team at West Branch. She set several records in softball and earned All-Area honors.
Class of 2004
Brynn Denny, Class of 1997– Brynn was a member of the 1997 Girls’ Basketball Regional Championship team. She went on to distinguish herself in academics and athletics at Ashland University and is now a graphic artist.
Terry Romigh, Class of 1969– Terry earned eight high school varsity letters and was an outstanding athlete at Mount Union College. He serves West Branch as a science teacher and coach.
Bruce Rohrer– is a graduate of Muskingum College. He served the West Branch Local School District for 35 years as a science teacher and later OWE coordinator and coached wrestling and football.
Don McDaniel– was a graduate of Goshen High School. He was the founder of MPI Labels and served the district in many ways, including the establishment of the Sebring-West Branch Foundation, which awards scholarships and supports community projects.
L. Timothy DeStefano– was director of the Warrior Marching and Concert Bands from 1961-1974, during which time the band won numerous state and regional awards. He now directs the Mount Union Purple Raider Marching Band.
Class of 2005
Wanda Bedell– nicknamed “Mom,” was the first scorekeeper for the basketball team, a position she held for numerous years. She served as vice president and secretary of the Beloit PTA and as chairperson and Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of Beloit. She has three children: Barbara, William, and David. Mrs. Bedell was the wife of Lyle Bedell. She is remembered fondly by dozens of coaches and hundreds of students.
Scott Greenawalt, Class of 1993– He lives in Cincinnati where he is the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Cincinnati. At West Branch, Mr. Greenawalt played football, basketball, and baseball, lettering in football. He was first team NBC, MVP, and All District. After graduation, Scott attended Muskingum College where he played football for four years. He was a three time All Conference selection, OAC MVP, and received the William G. Moor Award. Mr. Greenawalt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health in 1998. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Frederick “Pete” Schoeni– is a 1942 graduate of Goshen High School and a longtime resident and community supporter. A member of the very first Goshen Gopher football team at Goshen High School, he played football, basketball, and baseball all four years of high school. After High School, Mr. Schoeni served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. His wife is Violet Schoeni. The Schoenis have four daughters: Barb Peters, Bonnie Pinkerton, Patty Brogan, and JoAnne Meier. Mr. Schoeni helped construct Clinton Heacock Stadium in 1971 and is an Honorary Chapter Farmer with the West Branch Vocational Agriculture Program. A retired farmer, Mr. Schoeni is a member of the Mile Branch Grange, Farm Bureau, Knox Ruritan Club, Alliance Shriners, Sebring Masons, West Branch Booster Club, and Bethel United Church. He is a recipient of the Mahoning/Columbiana County Corn Club Award and was honored by the Columbiana County Steer Committee.
Myron Stallsmith– is a 1954 graduate of Goshen High School. He currently serves as Athletic Director for Poland Local Schools. He has worked for the Poland School District for 46 years. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 46 years and have three children (Cathy, Sheri, and Jim) and four grandchildren. Mr. Stallsmith earned letters in football, basketball, and baseball at Goshen High School, earning recognition as All County in 1953 and 1954, was the leading scorer in football in the county in 1953 with 22 touchdowns and had a two year total of 36 touchdowns. He received Honorable Mention All-Ohio in 1953. Mr. Stallsmith was the leading hitter in the county in baseball during the 1954 season. He graduated ninth in his class at Goshen and received a football scholarship to Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from West Virginia University and was the first president of the Poland Teachers’ Association. Mr. Stallsmith was named Athletic Director of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into the Poland Hall of Fame in 2003.
Steven F. Tucker– was a long time teacher and coach in the West Branch School system. Steve is a 1959 graduate of Sebring McKinley High School. Mr. Tucker received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University in 1969 and his Master’s Degree in 1974 from Youngstown State University. Mr. Tucker began teaching at Knox Elementary School where he taught science and physical education from 1959-1963. From 1963-1973, Mr. Tucker taught science and physical education at West Branch Junior High School. He served as a science teacher at West Branch High School from 1974-1988. Mr. Tucker coached football, basketball, and track at Knox from 1959-1962. He was a varsity football assistant in 1963. He coached freshmen basketball and was a varsity basketball assistant from 1966-1973. Mr. Tucker also served as Athletic Director from 1970-1988. He and his wife Phyllis have three sons, all of whom are West Branch graduates.
Class of 2006
Allen West– known to all as “Pete” is a 1933 graduate of Goshen High School. He served as band director for Goshen High School and later, West Branch from 1952-1961. A master musician and director, West wrote the West Branch alma mater. He is also credited for composing “The Gophers’ March” for Goshen High School and the “Warriors’ March” for West Branch High School. Among many of his accomplishments as band director, Mr. West was voted as one of the top ten band directors in the United States in 1968. Pete West passed away in 1990.
Kyle Doak, Class of 1995– Kyle was an outstanding athlete at West Branch in the early 1990s. He lettered three years in both basketball and football. He received numerous honors for his athletic achievements in high school, including 1st team NBC in both football and basketball. He was a member of the 1994 State Championship football team. Doak is a sales representative for Sherwin-Williams. He and his wife Amy have a daughter, Lilly.
James Laut– Coach Laut coached football at West Branch High School from 1970-1972. He returned to West Branch in 1980 and remained head football coach until 2003, guiding the Warriors to their first State Championship in 1994. Laut also taught physical education at WBHS. He is being honored for his dedication to decades of student athletes in the West Branch community. Laut and his wife Sharon have two children, both of whom graduated from West Branch.
Carson McNeely– is a graduate of Goshen High School. An outstanding athlete for Goshen, McNeely has lived and worked in the West Branch community his entire life. He has given his time and support to numerous causes and projects in the community. Among his many civic duties, he serves on the board of the Sebring-West Branch Community Foundation. He and his wife Phyllis have three children, all of whom graduated from West Branch.
Curt and Beverly Mosher– are being honored for their years of service on behalf of the students of West Branch and the West Branch community. Long time owners of Bayless Gas in Damascus, the Moshers have given both time and support to numerous causes and projects in the community. The Moshers have four children, all of whom graduated from West Branch.