By David Fong
TROY — The Troy Athletics Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2016 inductees.
Former baseball, football and basketball player Harold Lewis “Corky” Valentine (class of 1948); football, baseball and basketball player Kees Scarff (class of 1963); baseball player Mark Elliott (class of 1968); soccer, basketball and softball player Holly (Rhoades) Saylor (class of 1987) and Julia (Reel) Niles (class of 1992) will be be officially inducted in August.
This is the fourth class to be inducted into the Troy Athletics Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2013. Introduction of the class will occur Aug. 26 during the Troy High School football team’s game at Troy Memorial Stadium. The formal introduction will take place the following night at the Crystal Room in Troy.
Here’s a closer look at the inductees, listen in chronological order of graduation:
Harold Lewis “Corky” Valentine
Valentine was a three-year letterwinner in baseball who went on to pitch professionally for the Cincinnati Reds.
In his two years pitching for the Reds, he went 14-12 with a 4.81 earned run average. He pitched a total of 221 innings with three shutouts, one save, six complete games and 87 strikeouts. He also spent five years in the minor leagues pitching for the Havana Sugar Kings and Atlanta Crackers.
Valentine was a three-year letterwinner in baseball at Troy. As a junior, he went 9-2. As a senior, he went 11-1 with 110 strikeouts in 80 innings.
He also played football and basketball all four years at Troy.
Valentine passed away in 2005.
Scarff was a three-sport star at Troy and a two-sport star in college at Indiana University, playing both football and baseball for the Hoosiers. He went on to sign with the California Angels organization following his career at Indiana.
On the football field at Troy, Scarff was named first-team All-Miami Valley League and first-team All-Area. He was named honorable mention All-Ohio as both a junior and senior.
In basketball, he was a three-year varsity letterwinner who was named first-team All-MVL as both a junior and senior. He was the team’s most valuable player as a senior, while also earning first-team All-Area and honorable mention All-Ohio honors.
On the baseball field, he was a four-year letterwinner who was the team’s leading hitter each of his final three seasons.
He earned two letters in football and three letters in baseball at Indiana.
Elliott was a star pitcher for the Troy High School baseball team.
As a junior, he was named the team’s most valuable player and all-conference. He recorded 22 strikeouts in one game, including five in the same inning. He followed that with 18 strikeouts and a no-hitter in his next game. In his next start, he recorded 12 strikeouts and another no-hitter.
As a senior, he was named team MVP, Western Ohio League MVP and first-team All-Ohio. He went 9-2 with a 0.80 earned run average and 158 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings. During Troy’s tournament run, he pitched in five games, recording three shutouts and a no-hitter in his first four games. In Troy’s final tournament game, he pitched 14 2/3 innings in relief, striking out 15 before losing in the 15th inning.
He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Holly (Rhoades) Saylor
Saylor earned 12 varsity letters at Troy, lettering all four years in soccer, basketball and softball. In soccer, she was named All-Greater Miami Valley Conference all four years. She was named All-Dayton Area and All-Ohio as a senior. She was a team captain as both a junior and senior.
In basketball, she was named All-GMVC as both a junior and senior.
In softball, she was named All-GMVC four years in a row.
Following her career at Troy, she went on to play soccer at the University of Cincinnati.
Julia (Reel) Niles
Niles is the only girls basketball player in school history to score more than 1,000 points, finishing her career with 1,128 points. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Trojans.
Niles was named All-GMVC four times, including winning GMVC Player of the Year honors as both a junior and a senior. She also was named second-team All-Southwest District as a senior.
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