CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville Regional High School will induct its newest Athletic Hall of Fame Class this week.
This year’s inductees include: Seth Amburgey, Lowell “Bo” Burwell, Mike Dingess and Cathleen Moxley.
Three others — Sam Garrett Jr., Robert Miller and Gary Thomas — are this year’s recipients of the Ralph May Community Service Award.
The new Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Thursday night at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville. The banquet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
There will also be a Hall of Fame luncheon and golf outing on Thursday at the country club.
The new class will also be honored on Friday night before the Chapmanville football team’s Hall of Fame Game against Scott at Tiger Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The following are biographical sketches on some of the inductees:
Seth Amburgey is a 2004 graduate of Chapmanville High School, where he was a two-sport standout as a guard in basketball and middle infielder in baseball.
On the basketball court he scored 1,013 career points, and was the first CHS boys’ player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in over 20 years.
As a senior, he was named Third Team All-State as he averaged 24 points per game, and finished ninth in Class AA in scoring.
He was named the Associated Press state player of the week after averaging 34 points per game in a pair of wins, including a 42-point performance.
He was named honorable mention AP state player-of-the-week on three more occasions and was selected to play in the Pepsi Twin Rivers Classic All-Star game.
As a junior, Amburgey averaged 18 points per game and was named Honorable Mention All-State as he helped lead the Tigers to four consecutive sectional championships.
As a three-year starter on the baseball diamond, Seth was named Special Honorable Mention All-State in both his junior and senior seasons.
As a junior, he hit for a .402 average as the Tigers finished the season ranked fourth in Class AA.
As a senior, Amburgey helped lead the Tigers to a No. 1 state ranking with a .420 batting average and 42 stolen bases.
In the classroom, he was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the West Virginia Promise Scholarship. He was also awarded the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award and the Larry “Daffer” Coffindaffer scholarship for his athletic and academic achievements.
After high school, Seth attended Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio to play basketball. As a freshman for the Pioneers he played in all 25 games and started five games. He averaged five points per game, finished second on the team in assists, and led the team in 3-point shooting percentage for the 2005 season.
As a sophomore, Seth was awarded the William Wetzel Sportsmanship Award for his efforts to help the team in any way he could after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Academically, he excelled and made the Dean’s List three times while at Marietta.
In 2007, Seth was accepted to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, where he graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.
He is now a pharmacist at Kroger Pharmacy in Teays Valley where he resides with his wife Jessica and daughter Scarlett.
Seth is the fourth member of the Amburgey family to be inducted into the Chapmanville Hall of Fame, joining his grand father Ernest Amburgey, father Ernest Amburgey, Jr., and brother Aaron Amburgey. He also joins his wife Jessica Godby-Amburgey, a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.
Lowell “Bo” Burwell
Lowell “Bo” Burwell grew up the Big Creek/Daisy Camp community of Logan County and graduated from Chapmanville High School in 1960.
His sports involvement began by playing junior high football under Coach Joe Ferrell. Following the season he was selected as the manager of the basketball team.
That led to appointment as manager of the baseball team too.
Coach Ferrell was a mentor to him as well as Coach Fletcher “Shag” Barker.
Burwell played varsity football for Chapmanville beginning as a freshman in 1956.
His senior year in which he served as co-captain, he averaged 135 yards rushing per game, led the team in scoring and had 160 total tackles.
Burwell was selected to the all-county team his last two years and was named Special Honorable Mention All-State.
He was also awarded the CHS Citizenship Award and was the Football Player of the Year in 1960.
Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and also served in the Marine Corps Special Operations.
In his military career, Burwell served in Navy Underwater Demolition Teams, SEAL Team Two, and worked in the Navy Deep Submergence program as a Saturation Diver. He had multiple tours of combat being involved in hundreds of combat missions in Vietnam, and other special missions around the globe.
As a Saturation Diver, he made the two deepest dives by the U.S. Navy, the deepest being 1,800 feet. Twice he was the primary diver on deeep dives resulting in World Records.
Following retirement from the military he worked several years as a government contractor that enabled him to use the years of military/special operation experience. Included, were assignments to work at NASA and two trips to the South Pole in Antarctica working for National Science Foundation.
He married his CHS sweetheart Zola (Meade) Class of 1962 and soon the couple will celebrate 53 years of marriage. They have two children: David Burwell and his wife Luanne; and daughter Vicki Lynn and husband Rob.
Cathleen (Moxley) Burns
Cathleen (Moxley) Burns is a 2004 graduate of Chapmanville High School where she cheered for four years.
She then went on to study broadcast journalism at Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and cheered for the Thundering Herd for three years.
Since college, Cathleen has worked at WTAP News in Parkersburg W.Va., and WSAZ Newschannel 3 in Charleston, W.Va.
She is currently the weekend anchor and reports out in the field during the week. Her reporting has won several awards including an Emmy for a spot news story in 2013.
Cathleen is honored and humbled to be inducted into Chapmanville Regional High School’s Hall of Fame.
Mike Dingess was 1971 graduate of Chapmanville High School, were he contributed as a team member, leader, and became a three-year letterman for the CHS football team.
He was named Honorable Mention for the All-State team and was chosen Tiger of the Week multiple times during his football career.
Dingess played both offense and defense for the Tigers but being one of the smallest players on the field didn’t stop him.
He was given the Alumni Award for Most Valuable Player in 1970.
Dingess graduated and worked for Dingess Line Co. for several years before going to C&C Line Co. He has worked at C&C Line for 34 years as a certified electrician and is the superintendent of the company.
Dingess was involved with the Chapmanville softball league for about 13 years.
He dedicated lots of hours coaching many talented ladies. He volunteered his time, his talents, and heart in showing the ladies what winning was about but most importantly how to represent the league and community in a successful manner. He enforced sportsmanship and leadership to all the ladies.
Mike is a life-long member of Rocky Hill Freewill Baptist church. He is a Christian man, with strong family Christian values.
He is the son of Victoria and the late Romie Dingess formally of Chapmanville. He is the husband of 35 years to Teresa Dingess and the father of Amanda Tomblin, Ashley Dingess, Chastity Munday, and Robin Dingess. Mike is the proud papaw to Mikayla and Landen Tomblin, Brandon and Kaitlyn Munday and Bailey Price.
Sam Garrett, Jr.
Sam Garrett, Jr. is a 1973 graduate of Chapmanville High School.
In high school, he played baseball under Coach Ted Ellis.
He was a member of the National Honor Society and a nominee for boys state.
Sam coached and managed Little League baseball.
In 1981, Sam managed the 11-12 year-old all-star team to a second place finish in the Little League State Tournament.
He managed and coached in the Chapmanville ASA girls’ fast pitch league and served on the board as the mini-minor coordinator and then later as president.
Sam managed a 14-and-under ASA girls fast-pitch team which won the “Class A” SSAA World Series Championship in Tennessee.
Under his guidance and with the help of many dedicated workers, two girls’ softball fields, complete with concession stand and picnic shelters, were built.
He has also coached Buddy League Basketball.
He operated the clock for the Chapmanville Middle School girls and boys basketball teams.
His community involvement also includes serving as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 76.
He has served as committee chairman and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow.
Currently, Sam is a member of the Chapmanville Athletic Association and Garrett Fork Crime Watch.
He operates the clock at the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball games.
Sam takes up tickets at the football and basketball games including sectional and regionals.
He serves as a SSAC girl’s softball official on the Tug Valley Board.
Sam and his wife Patty reside at Garrett Fork. They have two daughters.
Sam attends Sunbeam Chapel Church where he is active in the children’s ministry and men’s fellowship.
Also being honored during Hall of Fame Weekend are Gary Thomas and Robert Miller. No biographical information was provided for either. No picture of Miller was provided by CRHS.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).