Man to honor new Hall of Fame class

By Paul Adkins - [email protected]

MAN — Man High School will induct eight new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame this week.

The inductees are: Joe Pete Burgess, James Burgoyne Mullins, Tommie E. Brooks, Donald P. Cowan, Perry Harvey, Kenneth Sias, Michael Stevenson and Sarah Caserta McCallister.

The new Hall of Fame class will be honored on Thursday at 6 p.m. at a banquet at Man High School and will be recognized on Friday night before the Man-River View high school football game at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.

Kickoff for the game is 7:30 p.m.

Here’s some biographical sketches of the inductees:

Joe Pete Burgess

As a 1939 graduate of Sharples High School in Logan County where he played football and basketball, Joe Pete Burgess bravely served our country in World War II from 1942-45.

He served in the Third Armored Division, Company E, and 33rd Armored Regiment Tank mechanic/Gunner. The Battles and campaigns Joe Pete was involved with were on D Day — Sword Beach, Normandy; Northern France; and the Rhineland.

For his service, Joe Pete received three Battle Stars for EAME (European, African and Middle East) Theater Service.

Joe returned home and graduated from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) in 1949 with a B.S. Degree in Physical Education and Social Studies. He received his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in 1955 along with a Driver’s Education Certificate.

Joe Pete began his teaching/coaching career at his Alma Mater, Sharples High, teaching and coaching football and basketball.

In 1955, Joe began his teaching/coaching career of 34 years at Man High School coaching football and baseball for the Hillbillies.

Throughout that career, Joe’s football team in 1959 was undefeated (one tie with Mt. Hope), and his 1962 football team had one loss at Point Pleasant.

His baseball teams had much success also. Joe was instrumental in getting bleachers on both sides of the football field to gain playoff status.

Joe continued to guide the Billies as Athletic Director, Dean of Boys, and Dean of Student Affairs until he retired in 1989.

Joe married the love of his life, Louis Burgess and they have two children, Paula and Donald Joe Burgess. Joe is a legendary figure in both Man High School Sports and as a teacher, AD, and Dean.

James Burgoyne Mullins

As a 1956 “Old Man High School” graduate, James Burgoyne Mullins played outstanding football for the Hillbillies during his high school years, was a member of the National Honor Society and Salutatorian of the Class of 1956.

After high school Burgoyne attended West Virginia University, was a member of Eta Kappa National Engineering Honor Society and served as its president during his senior year. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

From 1961-63 he was an officer in the United States Army and in 1963 he accepted an appointment as a patent examiner at the US Patent Office in Washington D.C. where his responsibilities included determining patentability of applications for linear amplifiers and issuing valid patents for the same. During this time Burgoyne earned his private pilot license, was appointed supervisor of the Linear Amplifier section of the US Patent Office where he worked until retirement in 1999.

In 1960, Burgoyne married Jeanette Hill (deceased) of Lundale (Class of 1957). Burgoyne and Jeanette have two daughters, Constance Leigh and Jennifer Ann. He currently lives in Springfield, Va.

Tommie E. Brooks

Tommie Brooks was a 1961 graduate of Man High School and was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball. As a youth he played Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth baseball as well.

After graduation, Tommie went to Boston, Mass., and attended trade school to learn to be a machine operator.

Tommie returned home where he boxed Golden Gloves. He then returned to Boston and began working for Westinghouse, where he helped build air conditioning units for Department Stores as a Lathe Operator. While in Boston, he continued with sports and played City League baseball, football and softball.

In 1968, Tommie enlisted in the United States Coast Guard which he retired from in 1991 Coast Guard Station Governors Island in New York, with a Pol/E-6 Machinery Technician degree, 23 years of service, and an Honorable discharge. He also played softball while in the USCG.

After USCG retirement Tommie moved to Orlando, Fla., and worked at Stanley Doors Warehouse as a Machine operator, then a Forklift Operator for Walgreen Distribution Center for 15 years. Tommie retired in 2014.

Currently, Tommie and his wife, Nancy Lopez Brooks, live in Orlando. He and Donald Cowan are first cousins.

Donald P. Cowan

As a 1962 Graduate of Man High School, Donald Cowan played football, basketball and baseball his sophomore, junior, and senior years. For his sports ability, Donald received a four year scholarship to Highlands University in New Mexico.

Donald then served our country in the Air Force for 14 years and was stationed at Shaw AFB, S.C.; Vietnam; Elgin AFB, Fla.; and Edwards AFB, Calif., where he has earned numerous Air Force medals and commendations. Afterward, he served as a civil servant for the Air Force for another 24 years.

Donald has served as member of the California City, Calif., Emergency Response Team for five years, served on the Antelope Valley Board of Directors for the Red Cross Local Chapter for 13 years, and served as a Board member on the Mojave, Calif., Unified School District for 21 years.

Currently, he is a board member on the Kern County Board of Education and has served as a California School Board Association Delegate.

Donald and his wife, Janet, live in California City and have one child, Cassandra Cowan Hunter, and one grandchild.

Perry Harvey

A 1967 graduate of Man High School, Perry Harvey was drafted into the US Army in February 1968 and served until February, 1970. His service included a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam from June 1968 to June 1969. Perry received an Honorable Discharge and numerous awards, medals and citations during his Vietnam Service. Perry is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Currently, he is a Board Member of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association.

Throughout his life in the Triadelphia area, Perry has served as a Little League Baseball coach, Buddy League Basketball coach, and as a Midget League Football coach. He also served on the Big Green Club for the Man Pioneers and is on the Man High Quarterback Club. Perry spends the majority of his time and efforts supporting Athletics and the Community in the Man area.

Perry and his wife, Lola, currently live at Kistler. They were married on September 5, 1970 and have four children, Susan and Lindsey Whited, Debbie and Donald Lafferty, Kim and Jon Trent and Chris and Lavana Harvey. What Perry is most proud of is that all four of his children were Honor Graduates of Man High School.

Kenneth Sias

Kenneth Sias was a 1981 graduate of Man High School where he excelled in Baseball. He received Honorable Mention AAA All-State Baseball honors in 1981.

After graduation, Ken married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Morgan. They have two children — Brandi, born in 1982 and Kevin, born on Ken’s birthday in 1990.

Ken and Lisa moved to Cincinnati in 1983 where he started his own business, Kabco Beverage & Mechanical.

Ken also began working for Coca Cola as a Service Tech then became the Service Manager in Dayton, Ohio.

Later, he became a Division Service manager in Lansing, Mich.

Next, Ken accepted a Field Service Training Manager with Coca-Cola North America, moved to Richmond, Va., and for 13 years did a lot of traveling for Coca-Cola.

In 2011, Ken retired from Coca-Cola after 26 years of service and re-opened Kabco Beverage & Mechanical. His company is contracted to install fountain equipment for Coca-Cola. In 2013, he opened a heating and air conditional company in two locations.

Ken began coaching youth baseball in 2001.

His teams have been AAU Virginia State Champs twice, and runner-up on three occasions. In 2002 his 15-and-under team finished fourth at the AAU National Championships. His team won the Sportsmanship trophy. During his coaching career he had more than 50 players to go on to play college baseball with one player making it to the Major Leagues.

Today, Ken and Lisa have two children, five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. They enjoy spending a week each year each summer vacationing with all the kids and grandkids. He and his family enjoys camping. Ken usually takes his motorcycle along to squeeze in some riding time on the fire roads and back roads of the places they visit.

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson is a 1985 graduate of Man High School where he excelled in football for the Hillbillies. He lettered as a three-year starter and was honored as an All-State Football Team member in his senior year as a Hillbilly player.

After high School Mike began his career as a coal miner. He married his high school sweetheart, Laurice Porter, and has two sons, Corey Michael who is 24, a graduate of Newberry College, and Casey Jack, who just finished high school and is attending Presbyterian College on a scholarship.

At the age of 34, Mike was diagnosed with cancer. With the help of chemo and radiation treatments and by the grace of God, he is a survivor. Currently, Mike, Laurice, and his family live in Greenville, S.C.

Sarah Castera-McCallister

A 2002 graduate of Man High School, Sarah played both volleyball and basketball for the Hillbillies. She was first Team All-State in Basketball all three years at the High School, voted Honorable Mention in volleyball, and joined the 1,000 Point Club her senior year at Man. She holds the record for the most points scored among females when the high school was a three-year school.

After graduation, Sarah went to West Virginia State on a full basketball scholarship. She played one year of basketball there then transferred to Southern WV Community College for one year prior to accepting a volleyball and basketball scholarship to WV Tech.

She played several local Division II Colleges for basketball ad traveled to Alaska to play the University of Anchorage. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance and began an internship with Massey Energy in May 2006.

Sarah worked for Massey Energy for five years and made a home for herself in Boone County.

While working she attended the University of Charleston and received an MA in Business Administration.

In 2011, Sarah took a job with Cliffs in Logan County in the Man area. Today, she is the Manager of Purchasing.

Sarah married Adam McCallister, also an accountant.

Sarah and Adam have built a home in Lincoln County in Griffithsville and are looking forward to their future together.

By Paul Adkins

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(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).

(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).

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