CASEY — The Casey Softball Museum chose the Hall of Honor inductees last Wednesday for 2018. The induction ceremony is to be Aug. 25 at Warrior Field between games of the Casey Junior High softball doubleheader at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Five individuals and one husband and wife team are to be honored. They were selected by eight voting members out of 12 qualified nominees.
The individual honorees are Mark Brayfield, Melissa (Hickox) Daily, Trisha (Hupp) Gilbert, Debra (Montgomery) Hawkins and JD Spangler. Each year the committee selects one deceased honoree and this year it is Paul (deceased) and Lois Yealick.
Brayfield may be one of the most qualified individuals ever selected to be in the Hall of Honor. He was one of the best pitchers from this area to play the game and played for many prestigious teams all over the country. He is currently the softball coach at Robinson.
Daily played for the Casey-Westfield softball team from 1997-2000 at first base and as a pitcher. Casey won the Class A state championship with a 39-1 record. Daily was recruited by and played volleyball at Lake Land College.
Gilbert played junior high softball at Casey and was on the 1990 (one-class system) seventh-grade state championship team. In six years at Casey, her softball teams made it to to the state tournament five times, culminating with the 1996 Class A state championship.
Hawkins started playing on the first organized summer team for girls in Casey. Hawkins said the team sometimes got to play on a diamond, otherwise maybe a cow pasture. Hawkins played for the Turntable Disco and the Casey Stingers.
Spangler has spent most of his life in the broadcast business. He grew up in Casey and later worked in San Francisco, Chicago and various stations in the Midwest. In 1998 he started his own radio station, WMMC 105.9 FM in Marshall. The Casey softball program has benefited greatly from his promoting men's and women's softball in Casey. For 20 years he has broadcast the Lady Warriors games. His father Clem was one of the first to be inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Paul and Lois Yealick were pioneers in Casey women's softball. In 1971 they formed the Commanche's fast pitch team. Paul and Lois managed and coached the team. They made it to state the first year but lost. They later changed the named to the Casey Stingers. After Paul's death, Lois remarried and coached ages 9-13 softball in Palestine.