COLUMBUS – Wilmington News Journal Sports Editor Mark Huber has been named to the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) Hall of Fame, the organization’s officers announced Friday.
He will be inducted on Saturday, March 21 at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) boys basketball state tournament at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus along with Pat Galbincea from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Craig Dunn from the Logan Daily News.
They will join 67 sports writing greats previously enshrined in the OPSWA Hall of Fame. OPSWA was created in 1972 to support, promote and recognize the coverage of high school sports across Ohio.
Mark Huber became the sports editor of the Wilmington News Journal in 1987 after working at the newspaper since the late 1970s as a part-time sportswriter.
While at the News Journal, he has served in various capacities, including editor, assistant editor, general assignment reporter and in the graphics department.
In his 25 years as the sports editor, Huber has earned numerous awards from the Associated Press, OPSWA and company-wide.
“I am honored to be considered among the best in Ohio because there are so many hard-working, talented sportswriters that I’ve crossed paths with over the years,” said Huber.
“To be thought of in the same group with people like Steve Blackledge (former News Journal sports editor), Marc Pendleton and Dave Long is humbling, to say the least. I learned from each of those guys over the years as we worked together to help cover student-athletes in our area.”
“Mark is the absolute best at his craft,” said News Journal Editor Tom Barr. “He’s a great writer, reporter, editor and photographer, as well as great to work with.
“And he not only strives to cover local sports to the best of ability, he cares deeply about the Clinton County community and its scholar-athletes, coaches and schools.”
Huber started the Clinton County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, helping to honor the sports heroes of our county’s past. In addition, he was involved in the formation of the News Journal Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012, recognizing senior athletes each year who excel in the classroom as well as the field of play.
Huber, a graduate of Blanchester High School, lives in Wilmington with his wife, Elizabeth, and children Gehrig, Adalee and Aaron.
Dunn was 15 years old when he began working part-time at The Logan Daily News and then in 1977 became the youngest sports editor of a daily newspaper in Ohio at the age of 17. Dunn also worked at the Pike County News Watchman, The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and Hocking College before returning to the Daily News in 2004. He has earned awards from the Associated Press, the OPSWA and the OHSAA’s Southeast District Athletic Board.
Pat Galbincea was hired by The Plain Dealer in Cleveland as a sports reporter in 1969 because of his wrestling knowledge, which he learned under three Ohio Hall of Fame members – coaches Gene Gibbons and Dick Bonacci and official Al Carroll. While he covered virtually all sports, wrestling was his specialty, earning several national awards for his wrestling coverage, including the Bob Dellinger Award as National Wrestling Writer of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News and Journalist of the Year by the National Media Wrestling Association. In 2018 Galbincea was selected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.