Six Edgewood alumni were recently inducted into the Edgewood Athletic Hall of Fame. These graduates were honored on January 16 with a dinner and induction ceremony. Coaches, Athletic Hall of Fame members, administrators, staff, family members, and friends were in attendance to celebrate and recognize these outstanding athletes. On January 17, the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame were introduced to the crowd who were in attendance at the boys basketball game against Northwest High School.
Here is a look at this year's inductees:
Xavier Fugate, Class of 2009, was a three-year Varsity starter in both basketball and football. He was part of three league championship football teams and part of the only league championship basketball team in Edgewood school history. In basketball, Fugate set numerous records including Most Points Scored in a Season (504), Highest Points Per Game Average in a Season (24.1), Most Career Points (1,312) and Most Career Rebounds (569). He was FAVC Player of the Year his sophomore and senior years and Honorable Mention All-State his junior year. He earned 1st team All FAVC his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was named team MVP his sophomore, junior and senior years and was named Edgewood Athlete of the Year his senior year. Fugate continued his record setting in football with Most Receptions in a Season (65), Most Receiving Yards on a Season (1,135), Most Receiving Touchdowns in a Season (12), Most Career Receptions (112), Most Career Receiving Yards (1,927), and Most Career Receiving Touchdowns (22). In his junior year, he earned 1st team All FAVC, All District and All Butler County along with an Honorable Mention All State. As a senior, he earned 1st team All FAVC, All District, All Butler County and All State. He was named Team MVP as well as FAVC Offensive Player of the Year. After high school, Fugate attended Wright State University and Miami University Hamilton before enlisting in the US Army from 2013-2018. While in the Army, he served as a Military Police Officer and team leader of a drug suppression team, as well as becoming a federal agent prior to being honorably discharged. He is currently enrolled at Miami University Oxford pursuing a degree in Integrated Social Studies education. In addition, he is the coach of the JV boys basketball team at Edgewood High.
Tim Gault, Class of 1978, participated in basketball, football, and track and field. In basketball, he was named Tri-Captain his senior year and was part of the team that earned sectional and district championships before losing out in regionals. Gault earned the Hustle, Heart, and Harmony Award in track & field and participated in the district finals in the 880 run in 1976 and the mile relay in 1977. He was part of the relay team that held the school record for the mile relay in 1977. In football, he was a three-year Varsity letterman and was named First Team All-State, First Team All-District, and First Team MML his senior year. His junior year, he received an MML Honorable Mention as part of the MML Championship team. Gault was pursued by numerous universities to continue his football career, including Coach Woody Hayes from The Ohio State University, Bo Shembechler from Michigan University and 58 others. He, however, chose to attend Homewood Technical School for Diesel Engineering. For the past 23 years, Gault has been a Senior Engineer for the Canadian National Railroad.
Brian Hangbers, Class of 2004, participated in football his freshman year before focusing on baseball and basketball. He was a four-year Varsity letterman in baseball and basketball. As the captain of his team his senior year, he was voted Most Valuable Basketball player and Middletown Journal 2004 Player of the Year. He achieved numerous records including Most Points Scored in a Game (41), Most Free Throws during a Season (142) and Most Field Goals in a Game (16). He was first team MML his junior and senior year and was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Senior Athlete Award. Hangbers signed early with the University of Louisville as a left-handed pitcher and designated hitter. After being red-shirted his freshman year, he transferred to Bowling Green State University. He earned a starting position his freshman year at Bowling Green as a hitter, first baseman, and pitcher. He was named Freshman Player of the Year in 2006, Golden Glove Player of the Year, Most Improved Player in 2007-2008 and Academic Athlete 3.0+ GPA in 2008 and 2009. As part of the Bowling Green MAC Championship teams in 2008 and 2009, Hangbers was voted MAC Player of the Week in 2008 and was Team Captain in 2009. He still holds the school’s record for the second highest number of defensive putouts and was eighth highest in home runs. Following his graduation in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, he stayed on as part of the BGSU coaching staff, where they again captured the 2010 MAC Championship. Hangbers has continued his knowledge and love of the game by helping many Edgewood, Butler County, and Cincinnati players develop their skills as a hitting and pitching coach at DNA Academy and other facilities. Since 2016, he has been an Account Executive with IEL in Blue Ash.
Michael McSorley, Class of 2003, earned seven varsity letters including four in wrestling and three in football. In wrestling, McSorley graduated with records in wins, single season nearfalls, career nearfalls, and career reversals. He was the school’s first three-time state qualifier and four-time district placer. In addition to these accolades, he was a two-time sectional champion, Mid Miami League champion, and wrestled for Team Ohio in Greco-Roman style wrestling at the US Nationals tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. In football, McSorley was part of two Mid Miami Valley League championships and three OHSAA State playoff teams. During his senior year, he earned Second Team All Ohio, First Team All District, First Team MML (junior and senior years), and was named MML Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named Class of 2003 Male Athlete of the Year. After high school, McSorley lettered in football at Thomas More College. He also became a wrestling coach at Edgewood for seven years (one year youth, two years Junior High, and four years as a Varsity assistant). Michael was able to help coach his younger brother, Nicholas, to break numerous Edgewood wrestling records. McSorley is employed by the City of Trenton and in his free time, he serves as an OHSAA football and wrestling official.
James Smith, Class of 1999, participated in football all four years for his high school career. As a three year Varsity starter as linebacker, he is Edgewood’s all time leading tackler. He was named to the 1st Team All State and Cincinnati Player of the Year in the fall of 1998. Smith also earned MML Defensive Player of the Year his junior and senior years. In Smith’s senior year, he was Butler County Defensive Player of the Year for Butler County. Following graduation, Smith attended Michigan State University on a full Football scholarship. He ultimately graduated from Miami University with a degree in Kinesiology. Smith also pursued boxing as a sport and was named the NCAA Boxing Champion in the Heavyweight Division as a student-athlete at Miami University. He also volunteered as a coach with the Edgewood Pee Wee Football Association.
Bob Wirtley, Class of 1965, graduate of Seven Mile High School, Wirtley participated in basketball, football, track and field where he was a three-year Varsity letterman in each. Wirtley also participated in baseball his sophomore year where he was the catcher on the District Runner Up team and volleyball his senior year earning Varsity letters in each sport. In total, Wirtley earned a total of 11 Varsity letters. In basketball, he was the starting center as a sophomore, leading his team to District Champions. In his junior year, his team finished as District Runner Ups. Wirtley was a high scorer in several games his senior year including 44 points against Waynesville, 30 points against Fenwick, and 26 points against Reily.