By MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY
For 21st Century Media
OXFORD - Oxford Area High School alumni take pride in the accomplishments of Oxford’s athletes. To honor student athletes of past years, a committee selects outstanding individuals for inclusion in the OAHS Sports Wall of Fame. The six latest additions will be inducted on Monday, Oct. 14, at the 13th annual ceremonies at the High School.
The community is invited to attend the free event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria, with desert and time to greet the award winners. The presentation will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the school Auditorium.
Five of the six individuals being honored this year are women athletes. The new inductees chosen by the selection committee are: Kathryn Jamison Aylsworth, Alma Doyle Barton, Janine Collins Pavese, James Canaday, Kimberly Vaughn Stout, and Meghan Tait.
The late Kathryn Jamison Aylsworth, class of 1935, earned three varsity letters in Field Hockey, captaining the team in her Junior year. She was also a member of the Varsity Basketball team in her Junior and Senior years, and played on the class teams all four years. Known as “Kitty” to her classmates, she graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1939, then went into the US Army where, as a Lieutenant, she served as a physiotherapist stationed at Walter Reed Hospital during World War II. After the war she returned to teaching and worked as a substitute Physical Education teacher for a time.
Alma Louise Doyle Barton, class of ‘74, participated in field hockey, tennis and ski team at Oxford. She discovered Soccer while attending the University of Hawaii and brought that interest with her to Widener University from ‘75 to ‘78. There was no Women’s Soccer at Widener at that time, so she earned a place on the Men’s JV team and then went on to the varsity squad, earning three letters. After her success Widener began to offer soccer as a women’s sport. She currently lives in Hawaii, where she continues to play soccer. She was selected for the All-Hawaii Women’s Senior Soccer Team, with her team winning the USA Veterans Cup in 2006, ‘07, and ‘08.
Janine Collins Pavese, class of 1983, earned a bronze medal in the SCCL Relays in the 44 in 1980, but was also active in other sports. She was on the varsity field hockey team for two years, and played for three years on the varsity basketball team. She was team MVP in ‘82 and ‘83. She also played third base on the varsity softball team, batting .443 her junior year.
James Canaday, class of 1994, is the only male athlete on the roster of inductees this year. Canaday wrestled for Oxford all four years and was team captain for two of those years. His career record of 130 wind and only 11 loses set a county and school record at the time he graduated. He finished in the top eight at the state tournament as a sophomore and was sixth at states as a senior. In 1992 he was PA Freestyle Cadet Champion and Freestyle Cadet National All-American, finishing sixth in the United States.
Kimberly Vaughn Stout, class of ‘96, earned varsity letters three years each in track and field and field hockey, as well as two in basketball. In the shot put, she set multiple records and accumulated many awards including the PIAA State Championship in 1996. She continued her success in track and field and field hockey at Monmouth University. She set multiple school records, including the university’s freshman shot put record, shot put relay record ad weight relay record that still stand today.
The youngest inductee this year is Meghan Tait, class of 2008, who earned three varsity letters each in softball and field hockey and four in basketball. She was Oxford’s Field Hockey MVP in both her junior and senior years. She continued to play basketball at Washington College, where she scored 1068 career points and was first in career assists, free throws made and the percentage of three point shots made.
Oxford Area High School will hold the 13th annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction on Monday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with dessert in the cafeteria of the school located at 705 Waterway Road, East Nottingham. Dessert will be followed by the annual induction ceremony in the auditorium. Admission is free and all community members are encouraged to attend. For additional information call 610-932-6609.