The Norwalk Hall of Fame Committee is planning an induction banquet and ceremony to be held in the Art Gallery at Norwalk High School at 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 18, 2020. The boys basketball team will host Huron later in the evening.
Four individuals will be inducted, including Bob Cowman (soccer), Ryan Grose (basketball), Robin Welch (distinguished citizen) and Gary Wilde (baseball).
The cost of the dinner will be $15 for adults and $8 for children (ages 6-12). Tickets can be purchased at Norwalk High School in the athletic office during school hours from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cowman was the second-ever head coach in program history of the Norwalk boys soccer program from 1998-2004. His teams compiled an overall record of 88-21-17 for an .807 winning percentage in seven seasons. That stretch included four Division II sectional titles and the program’s only undefeated regular season (1999).
Grose, a 1996 NHS graduate, scored 1,011 career points at Norwalk. He is one of 10 players to score 1,000-plus points in program history. An All-Ohioan in 1995-96, Grose is one of eight players in program history to lead the league in scoring, one of five players to lead the league in blocks — and one of three to lead the league in free-throw percentage.
Welch graduated a year early from NHS in 1980 after a standout multi-sport career that included volleyball and softball. She also played four years of softball at Findlay College, and spent 30-plus years coaching youth and high school sports, making a significant impact on area students from many different schools. Also a retired teacher, Welch taught special education for 30-plus years, mostly at schools in nearby Sandusky County.
A 1979 graduate, Wilde earned first team league, district and All-Ohio honors in baseball in the spring of 1979. He was a starter on the 1978 Class AA state semifinal team, and held two program records at graduation. As one of six first team All-Ohioans in program history, Wilde was a part of six league titles, 12 sectionals, one district and one regional championship as a player and assistant coach at Norwalk.