UHS to induct four into Ring of Honor

Citizen staff report

Former Urbana High School basketball standouts Gail Evans and Jannon Roland and coaches Bill Moss and Pam Brenning will be enshrined in the George Scott Ring of Honor on Friday, Sept. 2, prior to the UHS-Stebbins football game at Urbana.

The enshrinement ceremony will begin at 6:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the start of the game.

Evans, who died on Dec. 18, 2015, was named the Associated Press and United Press International Player of the Year in Class AA in 1961, a season in which Urbana advanced to the state title game.

One of the leading scorers in Hillclimber history, Evans later played at Ohio Northern University.

Roland led the Hillclimbers to consecutive girls state titles in 1992-93.

She is the leading scorer in UHS girls basketball history with 2,426 points and was the Division II Player of the Year in 1993.

After a stellar career at Purdue University which culminated in her being named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1997, Roland played professional basketball with the Columbus Quest (1997-98) and the Orlando Miracle (2002-03).

Moss, the current and long-time girls basketball coach at Urbana, led the Hillclimbers to consecutive Division II state titles in 1992-93.

During Roland’s tenure at UHS, Moss coached the team to a record of 100-9.

To date, Moss has won 396 games since taking the reins in 1987.

Brenning was a long-time volleyball and softball coach at Urbana, leading the Hillclimbers to the 1976 state volleyball title in Class AA.

In 19 years as UHS volleyball coach, Brenning posted a record of 268-142. As softball coach from 1975-93, her record was 189-150.

Her husband Bob, a long-time football and baseball coach at UHS, was enshrined in the George Scott Ring of Honor last year.

The Ring of Honor is named after an Urbana football standout who later played for the New York Giants of the NFL in 1959.

Citizen staff report