Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, March 20 newspaper on Page B3.
WELLSTON — A Wellston man who has kept score books for both girls and boys basketball for 33 years was honored for his efforts.
On Sunday, March 10, at halftime of the District Championship Game at the OU Convocation Center, Roger Rader of Wellston received the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Friends of Youth Award.
The award was given to Rader for his 33 years of keeping score book for both boys and girls basketball.
“I started with Wellston High School basketball in 1986,” Rader recalled. “I was on the radio with Ken Miller.”
Rader said, “We got to the Trimble game which was our main nemesis at that time, and we were getting ready to go live on the radio and Bobby Walton asked if I could keep the score book. I told him I kept it in high school once in awhile and he said ‘good enough.’ Wellston ended up winning, and Jim Derrow said I was the permanent bookkeeper. That was 33 years ago and I’ve not left yet.”
Wellston City Schools Supt. Karen Boch along with the Wellston City School District Board of Education congratulated Rader on his achievement during the school board meeting in March.