Eight women were honored in the inaugural class of the Reynoldsburg High School softball Hall of Fame at the banquet for the 2010 team on May 19.

Eight women were honored in the inaugural class of the Reynoldsburg High School softball Hall of Fame at the banquet for the 2010 team on May 19.

Inducted were seven former players in Erica Blair (2000 graduate), Kristin Emanuel-Miller (1999), Sue Grant (1980), Jessica Sciacca (2008), Kathy Wollenberg-Egan (1979), Jo Zari (1985) and Natalie Zwicker (2008) as well as Janet Prout, who coached the Raiders from 1974-85.

"I've been kicking the idea around for a few years," junior varsity coach Jack Koelbl said after the ceremony. "Every one of the inductees was glad to hear from me and glad we remember what they did."

Prout was the first coach in program history.

"Back then, the girls played for the love of the sport. There wasn't the option of scholarship dollars," she said. "I have a lot of great memories, a lot of fond memories from my time there. I appreciate being remembered. It was a real nice event."

Wollenberg-Egan, who played first base, was named all-OCC as a junior and senior. She was one of the first standout fast-pitch players at Reynoldsburg.

"We all had so much fun. I couldn't wait to get to practice every day," she said. "It was nice to get the call about this and be remembered. I was flattered when I took the call."

Grant, who already is in the Reynoldsburg Athletic Hall of Fame, still holds the program record for batting average: .630, which she set in the slow-pitch era. She no longer lives in the area and couldn't make it back for the ceremony.

"I was certainly surprised and honored," Grant said by phone from her home in Blackhawk, S.D. "What I remember more than anything was the exciting teams and times and all the great teammates I had."

Zari held the program record for home runs in a season until junior catcher Tiffany Ricks broke it this spring by hitting nine. Zari also was an all-state volleyball player who went on to play volleyball for West Virginia University.

Emanuel-Miller batted .494 as a senior and held the program record for stolen bases in a season until the 2009 season.

"My best memory was going down to Florida with the team for spring break my junior year, she said. "We beat a team from New York that was highly ranked and that set the tone for the whole year. Coach (Diane) Mankins and the coaches set the expectations high and expected us to achieve."

Blair holds the record for triples in a season with six and also hit the first home run at the current varsity field.

Sciacca was a four-year starter at shortstop. She batted .470 as a junior and twice was named all-district. She currently plays for Ohio Dominican.

Zwicker was a four-year starting pitcher and currently pitches for Otterbein.

Each of the honorees received a plaque at the ceremony. Their names also are on a plaque that will hang in a hall at the school.

"We want to bring tradition and family back to Reynoldsburg High School," coach Shannon Brown said. "We want the athletes to be recognized and we want the kids now to be able to strive for another goal."

Junior outfielder Keri Lemley was impressed by the ceremony.

"I didn't know we had such good teams and players in the past," she said. "It makes me wonder and think that it could be one of my teammates and classmates honored in the future."