Vinton County 2007-2008 basketball point guard Andy Grillo (left) is interviewed by his father, Total Media broadcaster Bob Grillo (right) shortly after the 2007-2008 team was inducted into the Vinton County High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday night. Andy was also a standout baseball player for both VCHS and Capital University. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Vinton County 2007-2008 basketball point guard Andy Grillo (left) is interviewed by his father, Total Media broadcaster Bob Grillo (right) shortly after the 2007-2008 team was inducted into the Vinton County High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday night. Andy was also a standout baseball player for both VCHS and Capital University. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

It was a special occasion for the Vinton County High School Vikings, as another Athletic Hall of Fame Class was inducted on Saturday evening, Jan. 8. The ceremony was held before the Vikings boys’ basketball game with Jackson.

The individuals inducted were: Mya Faris, Kristen Collins-Emmert, Tim Ousley and Michaela Puckett, along with the 2007-2008 boys’ basketball team.

Public Address Announcer Bruce Knox introduced each of the inductees and announced their accomplishments to the crowd. Each inductee was also interviewed by Total Media Broadcaster Bob Grillo, one of The Radio’s “Voices of the Vikings.”

Collins-Emmert was an outstanding softball player and all-around athlete at Vinton County High School as she earned a total of 13 varsity letters. In softball, she led her team to the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) championships in 2003 and 2006, earning All-TVC and All-District honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Collins-Emmert earned the TVC Defensive Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2005 and the Offensive MVP Award in 2006. She is the only Viking player to be named All-Ohio twice in softball. She turned down a Division I  scholarship at Ohio University and is currently employed by the Vinton County Local Schools.

Faris was an accomplished cross country and track star for the Lady Vikings. Her most prominent accomplishment in high school was her list of achievements in the 800-meter run. After high school, she went to Morehead State College, where she starred for four years. She plans to leave the area to enroll in the University of Kentucky's Physician's Assistant School.

Ousley was a power running back for the Vikings football team. He also earned All-American Honors at Muskingum University. He is proud of his current position as an assistant coach for the current Vikings football team, which went to the playoffs last season.

Puckett was a 1,000-point scorer on the Lady Vikings basketball team, a strong offensive player and also played at the collegiate level. She was also an assistant coach on the history-making 2021 girls’ basketball team, which went to the State Tournament in March. She told The Telegram she is proud of both roles and is thrilled that her accomplishments will be remembered.

Almost every player on the 2007-2008  Vikings boys’ basketball team returned for the induction ceremony. Knox introduced each player separately while also noting their collective accomplishments. The team won a huge game over Greenfield at Ohio University's Convocation Center and the postseason run ended with an eventual loss to the Chillicothe Cavaliers, the state champions. Point Guard Andy Grillo represented the team on the radio interview. Knox congratulated these inductees on their special night.

The night ended on a high note and the crowd went home happy, as Eli Radabaugh hit a shot at the buzzer to defeat Jackson, 63-62.