Hall of fame class announced

By David Fong


TROY — The Troy Athletics Hall of Fame Committee and the Troy High School Athletic Department has announced the Troy Athletics Hall of Fame Class for 2015.

The five-member class will include: Russell “Bussie” Favorite (football, basketball and track and field), Jeff Brown (football, basketball and baseball), Todd Darbyshire (football and wrestling), Matt Terwilliger (basketball) and Beth Greulich (volleyball).

This will be the third class to be inducted into the hall of fame. The induction will take place Sept. 4, prior to Troy’s first home football game of the season. The following day, an induction banquet will take place during a banquet at the Crystal Room in Troy.

Here’s a brief look at this year’s inductees:

Russell “Bussie” Favorite (Class of 1950)

A three-sport athlete for Troy, Favorite is best known for his exploits on the football field, where he was widely regarded as one of the first true superstars of the “modern era” of Troy football.

As a senior in 1949, Favorite and backfield mate Dick Carnes became the first rushers in school history to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Favorite rushed for more than 1,600 yards that season, which still stands as one of the top-10 single-season rushing totals in school history.

Jeff Brown (Class of 1974)

Like Favorite, Brown excelled at three sports at Troy — although ultimately, attained his greatest success on the baseball diamond. Following his graduation from Troy, Brown attended the University of Toledo, where he lettered in baseball for four years.

Following his career with the Rockets, Brown would spend two years in Detroit Tigers’ minor league organization. Brown has spent much of the past three decades coaching both high school football and baseball.

Todd Darbyshire (Class of 1982)

Darbyshire remains not only the greatest wrestler in Troy history, but one of the most dominant wrestlers in Ohio high school history. After finishing third at the Division I state tournament as a junior following a controversial loss in the state semifinals, Darbyshire returned with a vengeance as a senior, finishing the season undefeated at 167 pounds and pinning his way to a state title.

To this day, he remains the only state wrestling champion in school history.

Matt Terwilliger (Class of 2004)

Terwilliger is one of just four boys basketball players in school history to score more than 1,000 points in his career. His senior year, he helped lead the Trojans to a top-five state ranking.

Following his career at Troy, Terwilliger played at The Ohio State University, where he helped the Buckeyes to both an NCAA Tournament runner-up finish and an NIT championship.

Beth Greulich (Class of 2006)

Following a standout career at Troy that saw her earn first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior, Greulich attended Cleveland State University.

While at Cleveland State, Greulich was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, was named first-team All-Horizon League three times and was the Horiz0n League’s Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American as a senior.

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