By: Paul AdkinsSports Editor
September 11, 2012
CHAPMANVILLE – For the third straight week it will be Hall of Fame Week in Logan County.
This time, it’s Chapmanville Regional High School’s turn.
This week, Aaron Amburgey, Jim Hicks, Aaron Kelly and Christopher Sam Mullins will be inducted to the Chapmanville Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hicks, who passed away two years ago, will be this year’s Ralph May Service Award recipient.
The inductees will be honored on Thursday with a golf outing and dinner at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.
The newest hall of fame class will then be recognized on Friday night before the Chapmanville-Poca game at Tiger Stadium.
Here’s some biographical sketches on the four inductees as provided by CRHS:
Aaron Amburgey, the son of Junior and Anita Amburgey of Chapmanville, graduated from Chapmanville High School in 1998.
Aaron has played sports his entire life in Chapmanville beginning with Little League, Grade School Basketball, and Midget League Football.
His love for sports continued throughout his junior and high school years as he played all three sports.
Aaron continued his education after high school at Marshall University with a scholarship to play college baseball for the Thundering Herd.
His love for sports especially baseball continues as he is a member of the “Orioles” Wooden Bat Team-WV Senior Men’s Baseball League in Charleston.
The Orioles have won four championships out of the six years he has been with the team. He has also recently helped organize a Senior League men’s baseball team in Logan County and is a member of the Chapmanville squad.
Aaron played in the Little League State Championship, Senior League State Championship and American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournaments in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
He played for the Doyle Baseball Camp Travel Team in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with training in Orlando, Fla., and Arizona and also played in Hawaii in international competition.
He was the President of the National Honor Society at Chapmanville Junior High School and was a member of the All-County Football Team as quarterback and All-County Basketball Team as a guard. In 1994, the football team was 7-1 and the basketball team was county runner-up with a record of 16-4.
While at CHS, Aaron was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a 3.68 GPA, receiving academic scholarships from the University of Charleston and the Norelco Scholarship.
In 1997, he was named the WV High School Heisman Winner, Honorable Mention All-State Football, Honorable mention All-State Basketball and Special Honorable Mention All-State Baseball. He was also a member of Chapmanville’s 1997 Class AA state championship game and made the All-Tournament Team.
In 1998, he was named to the WV Special Honorable Mention Football Team, the WV Special Honorable Mention Basketball Team and the WV All-State Baseball team as a shortstop and the WV All-Tournament Team.
Chapmanville’s 1998 baseball team went 30-4, finishing runner-up in the state tournament. He went on to be named the Most Valuable Player in the WV State High School Baseball All-Star Game.
During his career at Chapmanville High School the football team made the playoffs in 1998, the basketball teams were 35-20 and the baseball teams were 78-17.
He was named the Kentucky Finance Player of the Week in football five times and basketball four times.
After high school, Aaron attended Marshall University on an athletic scholarship to play baseball.
He majored in biology, making the Dean’s List seven times, having a 3.14 GPA.
He was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1998-2002.
He was a member of the Herd baseball team and played in 140 games with 102 hits and had career batting average of .280. He hit .300 in 2002.
In 508 fielding chances his fielding average of .945 and was one of the best in the Mid-American Conference as he played shortstop and second base.
Aaron enrolled at Mountain State University in 2002 and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Medical Science and a Masters Degree in Health Science-Physician Assistant.
He is currently employed as a Physician Assistant at Charleston Area Medical Center-Cardiology Care, Kids Care Pediatrics and Med-Express Health Clinics.
During transition time, Aaron has also worked for the WV Department Of Highways, The Logan County Board of Education as a substitute teacher and Logan Emergency Service as an EMT.
He has assisted in helping the youth in Chapmanville at several baseball and basketball camps.
He was also a volunteer assistant baseball coach for CHS in 2003-04.
Aaron continues to support the Tigers and attends Chapmanville ballgames and sports when he is in town.
Aaron resides in Scott Depot and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Ashley and their dog Millie.
Aaron attended Calvary Baptist Church and is very thankful to God for his many accomplishments in life. Family is very important to Aaron and he enjoys spending time with his grandparents Ernest and Lois Amburgey and the late John and Mary Mendez — all of Chapmanville — along with his many aunts, uncles and cousins who have supported him throughout the years.
Aaron began his athletic career like many others, as a little league baseball and buddy league basketball player.
During this time, Aaron played on various all-star teams in both sports including a first-place finish in the 1993 Logan Buddy League Invitational Tournament.
While attending Chapmanville Middle School, Aaron earned Boone-Lincoln All-Conference basketball honors.
In baseball, Aaron continued to develop his skills on the mound as he led the Chapmanville Senior League All-Stars to two state tournament appearances including a 3-0 district record in 1998 and a 16-strikeout performance over Taylor County in 1999. Both years, those teams finished as state runner-up to baseball powerhouses Jefferson and Martinsburg.
At Chapmanville High School, Aaron became a two-sport standout.
As a freshman, Aaron was a member of the 1998 baseball team that finished as state runner-up.
The following year, Aaron finished his sophomore campaign with a 5-2 record and 2.15 ERA, including a perfect game with 10 strikeouts. This remains one of his most memorable moments. Aaron was also named WV Class AA All-State Honorable Mention.
As a junior, Aaron averaged 19.5 points per game for the CHS basketball team, including a 27-point effort to lead the Tigers to their first sectional title in 18 years.
At season’s end he was voted to the WV 2A All-State Second Team.
On the diamond, Aaron became one of the best pitchers in West Virginia by finishing the year with an 8-2 record and a 1.09 ERA, earning WV AA First Team All-State Honors.
As a senior, Aaron picked up where he left off, on the court, averaging 17 points per game and leading the Tigers to consecutive sectional titles with a 30-point effort.
He was named MVP of the Charter Communications 2000 Hoops Classic and nominated as a McDonald’s All-American – given to the top 1600 best basketball players in the country.
He finished his basketball career at CHS, once again receiving WV AA Second Team All-State Honors.
On the mound, Aaron finished 9-3 with a 1.52 ERA and was voted captain of the Class AA All-State Team and Player of the Year in West Virginia.
As a Tiger, Aaron compiled a 22-7 record, striking out 253 batters in 200 innings. His career ERA was 1.59.
He led CHS baseball teams to two sectional titles, one regional runner-up, one regional title and on state tournament appearance.
After high school, Aaron received a baseball scholarship to West Virginia State University. While there, he was a part of three WVIAC conference championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
In 2005, he was part of the North-Atlantic Region Championship team and West Virginia State University’s second Division II World Series appearance in Montgomery, Ala., where the Yellow Jackets finished fifth in the country.
Aaron finished his career at West Virginia State University with a 10-8 record and a 6.23 ERA. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 2005.
He is married to Jona Godby and they have two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Ella.
Today, Aaron is employed as a Buyer with Arch Coal, Inc. working in the Purchasing/Accounting department for their subsidiary Coal-Mac, Inc. in Holden.
He is currently on the Chapmanville Little League Board of Directors.
He is active in his church and remains active as a fan and supporter of Chapmanville athletics.
For nearly 30 years, Jim Hicks was a fixture on the sports scene in Chapmanville.
He held nearly every position in Chapmanville Little League on multiple occasions, including President, Vice-President, Board Member, umpire and coach.
He represented Chapmanville Little League as the Assistant District Administrator for the District 2, and was a founding member of the Chapmanville Athletic Association.
From Little League Baseball to Midget League Football to High School Football and basketball, Jim served the youth of Chapmanville in any way he was needed.
He served as a scorekeeper, scoreboard operator and public address announcer for everything from Little League Baseball to Midget League Football to Buddy League Basketball to high school football and basketball and anything in between.
Whether a field needed raked, moved, or water dried up, everyone in Chapmanville knew his help was a phone call away.
He frequently spent his weekends at the ball fields and in gyms, and on more than one occasion took his “vacation” to help run a baseball district or state tournament during the summer.
Even after both sons had graduated from CHS, Jim, along with his wife, Judy, traveled across the state of West Virginia following and cheering for Tiger teams of all ages and sports, including girls’ softball, football, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, as well as Little League teams of all ages.
It was rare to see a team in Orange and Black on the field without Jim (and Judy) in the stands or at the score table.
Jim served in the United States Army from 1964-66, serving as a tank gunner in the First Infantry Division during the Vietnam War.
He passed away on August 6, 2010 at the age of 69.
He was a faithful husband to Judy for over 44 years, and a dedicated father of two CHS graduates, David (’91) and Jeff (’98).
The family has established the Jim Hicks Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor, and each spring, awards two Chapmanville High School student athletes with a $500 scholarship to use towards their college expenses.
Contributions to the scholarship fund can be mailed to Jim Hicks Memorial Scholarship Fund, 319 Godby Branch Road, Chapmanville, WV 25508.
Christopher Sam Mullins
Christopher Sam Mullins graduated from CHS in 1991.
Sam was a member of the 1986 Junior League baseball team that played in the World Series in Taylor, Mich.
Mullins contributed both at the plate and on the mound. During the tournament he was 5-for-12 with a .417 batting average. He pitched one game in the Junior League World Series and led his team to victory.
Mullins excelled in three major sports at CHS and was awarded the 1991 Conley-Edmonds Post 103 Chapmanville High “Best All-Around Athlete Male,” but baseball was the sport he loved.
As a senior on the mound Mullins was 10-2 with an ERA of 2.12, recording 100 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. His batting average was .389 with 40 RBIs.
He collected 28 wins throughout his career as a pitcher at CHS. He was selected in 1990 and 1991 to the Second Team All State team as a pitcher and was invited to play in the North-South All-Star game as a senior.
After high school graduation Mullins participated in a tryout camp at Walt Powell Park in Charleston that the Cincinnati Reds were holding.
He signed with the Cincinnati Reds on August 12, 1991 and played three seasons in the Reds minor league system.
The most memorable accomplishment during this time was being named the number one starter in the rotation for the Princeton Reds’ team two seasons in a row and getting selected to be on the winter select team in Plant City, Fla.
In 2004, Mullins enrolled at the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in May 2010.
After graduation Mullins enrolled in a Teachers Certification program and received his teaching certificate. He then became certified in history.
He is currently a substitute teacher and a private pitching instructor and lives in Houston, Texas with his wife of 17 years, JoAnn Southern-Mullins and two children Jacob and Sarah.
He is also an active member of the Katy Church of Christ.