Chapmanville Hall of Fame has familiar faces
By Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE – Some familiar faces are in the induction class for this year’s Chapmanville Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year’s class includes: current Chapmanville Regional High School baseball coach Eric Ellis; former Chapmanville and West Virginia University baseball player Casey Bowling; former softball player Deanna Booth; and ex-Chapmanville baseball standout Pete Fala.
The new inductees will be honored on Thursday with a hall of fame golf outing and banquet at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville. The golf begins at noon with the dinner to start at 7 p.m. The four will then be recognized on Friday night before the Chapmanville football team’s Hall of Fame Game with rival Logan.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadidum.
Here’s some biological sketches of the hall of fame class as provided by Chapmanville Regional High School:
Eric Ellis is a 1988 graduate of Chapmanville High School.
He was a three-sport starter during his senior year at CHS.
During his junior year, he was a member of the 1987 Class AA state championship baseball team at CHS — the first-ever state title at the school.
Ellis played college baseball at Concord College where he played second base. He was then an assistant coach there during his last year. Concord made the WVIAC tournament for the first time in more than 20 years during that season. He has been actively involved in athletics at Chapmanville his entire life.
Ellis was an assistant baseball coach under his father Ted Ellis at CHS for 10 years, where the Tigers won the 1997 state baseball championship and were state runner-up in 1998.
During the 2002 season, he became head baseball coach at CHS, a position in which he currently holds today.
In 12 seasons as head coach, his teams have averaged 23 wins per season, including 10, 20-plus win seasons. He has coached three No. 1-ranked teams (2004, 2007, 2011), one undefeated team in conference play (2007) and two Cardinal Conference championship teams (2007, 2011) — a conference in which the school has been a member since 2007.
The Tigers have won five sectional titles, one regional title and one state championship title (2011) under Ellis, as well.
During the 2011 state championship season, the Tigers set a school record with 35 wins, finishing with a 35-3 mark. During the incredible tournament run, the Tigers average margin of victory was eight runs per game, including the championship game win of 8-0 over Wyoming East. The Tigers scored 10-plus runs in 24 games that season as well.
Chapmanville also finished as the 55th-ranked team in the nation, according to ESPN. The 2011 team was fifth in the nation in total wins.
In addition, Ellis was also named the West Virginia Baseball Coach of the Year in 2011.
Ellis has coached more than 20 players that have went on to play college baseball. He has been a member of the WVBCA Board of Directors for six years and has been both head coach and assistant coach of the South team in the North/South baseball all-star game.
He was a very instrumental part of the designing and construction of the beautiful new Ted Ellis Field. It is often referred to as one of the best high school baseball fields in the state.
Ellis is currently Vice Principal at Chapmanville Regional High School as well as head baseball coach. He is married to Amy (Kirk) Ellis, and together they have one daughter, Reese Ellis. He is the son of Ted and Marlene Ellis, has one brother, Mark, and two sisters, Tammi and Stacy.
Casey Bowling was a 2002 graduate of Chapmanville High School.
He is the son of Rick and Tammy Bowling.
Rick, his late father, is a member of the Chapmanville High School Athletic Hall of Fame, as well.
Casey was a three-year starter in varsity basketball and a four-year starter for the varsity baseball team.
Bowling averaged nearly 20 points per game his senior season in basketball; however, he excelled most in baseball.
He was named the starting centerfielder for Coach Ted Ellis’s Tigers as a freshman during the 1999 season.
He wrapped up his freshman season hitting nearly .360, and was voted to the Special Honorable Mention All-State Team.
During his sophomore year, Bowling’s batting average was .507, and he was named Captain of the First Team All-State roster, making him the WV Class AA Player of the Year.
Bowling then followed his sophomore campaign with two more First Team All-State Selections as a junior and senior, and was named a high school All-American following his senior season.
Casey was heavily recruited by several Division I schools to play baseball and finally committed to play for WVU in the Big East Conference, which was a dream of his since he was a child.
Bowling started at WVU all four years and wrapped up his collegiate career with a stellar senior season.
At the end of his senior year, Bowling had amassed a .403 batting average which was tops in the Big East and landed him 18th in the nation for Division I college baseball players.
Casey was selected as a First Team All-Big East outfielder and was named by the American Baseball Coaches Association to its 2006 Rawlings All-East Region team.
He became just the seventh WVU player to bat .400 or better since 1990. In hitting a team-best .403 for the season, he had 15 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. He also excelled in the field as the only starter who did not make an error all season. He was also named the WVU team MVP, as selected by the coaching staff.
After his collegiate career, Bowling signed a free agent contract to play professional minor league baseball in the Frontier League.
He spent three seasons playing as a professional in O’Fallon, Mo., for the River City Rascals, in Slippery Rock, Pa., for the Slippery Rock Sliders, and finally in Kalamazoo, Mich., for the Kalamazoo Kings.
During his professional career, Bowling led the Slippery Rock Sliders in many offensive categories including games played (93), plate appearances (394), at bats (360), runs (47), hits (96), home runs (10) and total bases (137).
Casey also served as an assistant baseball coach for WVU in 2008, before coming home to help take care of his ailing father. While back home, Casey helped fellow Hall of Fame member, Eric Ellis, coach the Tigers for one season.
Casey now resides in Ansted, W.Va., in Fayette County with his lovely wife Jessica. They are expecting their first child in February 2014. Casey and Jessica own Bowling Insurance Services, Inc., and operate as an Erie Insurance Agency in Summersville.
Pete Fala, the son of Robert and Nancy Fala of Chapmanville, graduated from Chapmanville High School in 1998 with a 3.98 GPA.
While at CHS, Pete was a two-sport standout in football and baseball. Pete was a three-year starter for the Chapmanville football team receiving Honorable Mention All-State honors his senior year.
On the gridiron, he played on both sides of the ball, punted and played special teams, rarely coming off the field.
Fala was a member of the 1997 Class AA state championship baseball team. He led the team in home runs and was named Honorable Mention All-State. He again led the team in home runs in 1998 and finished with a batting average of more than .400.
As catcher, Fala stopped the running game of the vast majority of opponents with a sub 1.95 second pop-to-pop time to second base. Chapmanville’s 1998 baseball team went 30-4 and finished runner-up in the state tournament. He was named First Team All-State and played in the North South All-Star Game in Morgantown.
During his career at CHS Fala was named Kentucky Finance Player of the Week three times.
After high school, Pete attended The University of Charleston on a baseball scholarship.
He majored in Interior Design, made the Dean’s List eight consecutive semesters and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a 3.65 GPA in 2002. In his senior year at UC Pete was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for Art & Design, he was also a finalist for Scholar Athlete of the Year and President’s Award for Outstanding Senior.
Fala was a four-year starter for the Golden Eagles finishing his senior year with a .302 batting average and leading the team in home runs and on base percentage.
After graduating from UC, Pete attended the University of Colorado at Denver where he received a Master’s Degree in Architecture.
Fala is now a licensed architect living in Winston-Salem, N.C., with his wife of seven years, Traci Lucas Fala, and their beautiful daughter Ollie Rose. He remains active as a fan and supporter of Chapmanville athletics.
Throughout her high school softball career Deanna Booth helped to lead Chapmanville to two state tournament appearances.
Her sophomore year she was named to the WV honorable mention team.
Chapmanville’s 1997 softball team, which was her junior year, made a very strong appearance at the state tournament, finishing runner-up. In 1997 and 1998 she was named First Team All-state as well as to the All-Tournament teams.
Booth’s commitment to her team was very strong ,missing her High School graduation to play in the state tournament.
Also while at CHS, Deanna was a member of the National Honor Society graduating with honors.
Deanna continued her athletic and educational career at West Virginia State College with a scholarship to play college softball for the Yellow Jackets.
She continued her pitching career at the collegiate level all four years of her attendance.
In 2002, Booth earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After receiving her degree from WV
State College she continued her education at Alderson Broaddus College in the Physician’s Assistant program. She graduated in 2005, receiving a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
She is currently employed by Logan Regional Medical Center as a Physician Assistant working both in the Cardiology Department and family medicine in Chapmanville serving the community that she loves.
Currently, she lives at Low Gap with her fiancé Jeffrey Pauley Sr., her children Colson Andrew Vance age 6, Ayla Rae Vance age 3, and her soon-to-be stepson Travis Pauley, age 8.
She now spends her days pursuing her very busy professional career as well as being a mother.
All three children are now playing sports and now she has taken on the role of the supportive fan in the bleachers.
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