Allie Hinton of Newcomerstown High and Taylor Spang of River View High have been named the 2013 recipients of the John Wells Memorial Scholarships.
Hinton and Spang were selected from 26 applicants for the $1,000 scholarships awarded each year by the Road Runner Fastpitch Organization to senior softball players who plan to attend college and are from Muskingum, Geurnsey, Noble, Coshocton, Perry or Morgan counties. The scholarship is in memory of John Wells, the long-time area softball player and volunteer pitching coach at Muskingum College who died suddenly pitching batting practice at the NCAA Division III World Series in 2001, the year the Lady Muskies brought home the National Championship.
Hinton is a four-year letterwinner at Newcomerstown in softball and basketball. Playing shortstop and seving as captain of the softball team, she has accumulated numerous honors in her career including IVC honorable mention as a freshman and first team as a sophomore and junior; second team Eastern District as a freshman and first team as a sophomore and junior; and first team all-Ohio as a sophomore and second team as a junior.
She also played basketball for four years, earning special mention all-Ohio as a junior and senior; first team District 5 three times; and Eastern District and IVC first team as a junior and senior. She concluded her NHS career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,251 points.
She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Athletic Leadership Council and is enrolled in post-secondary classes at Kent State University-Tuscarawas. She has also received several academic excellence awards in both sports during her career.
Hinton is active in her community through Rotary Interact, Salvation Army and St. Paul's Lutheran Church and has volunteered as an Elementary Education aide and assisted with youth sports programs. She plans to attend Ohio Dominican Univesity where she will play softball and major in Sports Management with plans to eventually become a college softball coach.
Spang is a four-year starting pitcher and scholar-athlete at River View. Her honors include first team ECOL three times, including "Player of the Year" the last two seasons; first team Eastern District three times; honorable mention all-Ohio as a freshman and first team as a sophomore and junior.
She is active in Student Council, Yearbook, German Club, Letterman's Club and Light Club, has worked as a teacher's aide and played volleyball two years.
In the community, she is a member of the Ridgerunners 4-H Club, Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and Gospel Hill Ministry, and has been a participant in Relay 4 Life, Crop Walk and Famine Fest. She intends to major in Criminal Justice and play softball and Tiffin University.
The Road Runner Organization has presented $24,000 in scholarship money since its inception since 2002. The selection committee includes Ron Miller, Gene Bess, Rick Sherman and Jane (Wells) Sherman.