Press Release October 16, 2019
The VCHS Athletic Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce our 2019 Induction Class. This year’s class is a tribute to the 3-sport athlete-the quartet combined for twelve individual or team championships during their high school careers. Our 2019 honorees notably represent one of the most successful collectives the Hall of Fame has inducted; their impressive number of team wins attests to their leadership and dedication to excellence. We are proud to recognize four of Vinton County’s finest.
Melody Graves (1991)
Graves left an indelible mark on the Viking sports scene as a talented three-sport athlete. The ultimate team player, Graves made everyone around her better, and her efforts on behalf of her teams forged an impressive winning tradition for female athletics during her tenure at Vinton County. She played four years of varsity volleyball, earning All-TVC awards in 1990 and 1991. A gifted ball handler and floor general, she finished her basketball career with three varsity letters and earned All-TVC and All-District recognition in 1990 and 1991. As a shortstop on the softball field, Graves led the Vikings to a 64-20 record, winning two TVC Championships and a District runner-up finish in 1990. She was also named All-TVC and All-District multiple years.
Josh Ousley (2005)
One of the most gifted athletes to wear a Viking uniform, Ousley competed in four years of varsity football, three years of varsity basketball, and four years of varsity baseball. Primarily a receiver in football, Ousley was twice named All-TVC, in addition to helping lead the Vikings to the playoffs in 2004, the year he also garnered All-District and All Ohio honors. He earned all TVC honors in basketball as a member of two TVC Championship teams and one district runner-up squad. Ousley proved himself an elite pitcher and outfielder on the baseball field. He earned All TVC three times in baseball and was twice named All-District, leading the Vikings during three of the winningest seasons in school history.
Greg Powell (2005)
Starring in three varsity sports, Powell earned four letters in football, two in basketball, and four in baseball. A force on the 2004 playoff football team, Powell was acknowledged twice in his career as an All-TVC honoree, as well as an All-District award in 2004. Powell also contributed to the ascendance of the Viking basketball program, winning two TVC Championships and a District Runner-Up on the hardwood as a junior and senior. Along with Ousley, Powell powered the Viking baseball team to the finest stretch in school history- he anchored the Vikings as a 4-year starter at shortstop and pitcher, racking up three All TVC and two All-District awards.
Caitlyn Owings-Carper (2013)
Keeping with the theme of three-sport stars, Owings-Carper earned a total of 12 varsity letters at VCHS. In her 2011 and 2012 volleyball seasons, she was named All-TVC and All-District. She was also honored as the 2012 Volleyball District 13 Player of the Year. Her impressive basketball accomplishments include a TVC championship, All-TVC in 2011 and 2012, All-District in 2012 and 2013, and All-Ohio in 2012. As noteworthy as her feats on the court of the VCHS gym undoubtedly are, Owings-Carper’s most resounding impact on VCHS athletics occurred in the events of Track and Field. She earned multiple All TVC finishes and individual championships in the high-jump, long-jump, and sprint relays. Her accolades in the high jump include three TVC and district championships, twice qualifying to both the indoor and outdoor state meets and having the highest jump in the state during her 2013 senior season. Owings-Carper was also named district track and field athlete of the year in 2013. She holds numerous VCHS school records for Track & Field, as well as the distinction of being one of the most decorated all-around athletes in school history. She went on to compete collegiately in track at Marshall University.
We invite the community to help us honor and welcome our 2019 Hall of Fame class on November 30 prior to the varsity basketball game v.Miami Trace.