The Pacer Varsity Club dinner has become one of the most popular events of the year, and officials at Switzerland County High School have announced that this year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 14th.
The gala will be held at Belterra Casino and Resort, but will move this year into the Center Stage Showroom. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 each, and there are opportunities for sponsorship and also to purchase groups of tickets.
Highlighting this year’s dinner is the induction of new members of the Switzerland County Athletic Hall of Fame. This year, two former athletes will be honored:
• Shannon (Anders) White, a member of the Switzerland County High School Class of 1991, is being inducted.
White excelled in cross country, track, and basketball while in high school. In cross country, she was a four time All-Conference runner; and in two of those four years, she was the ORVC Individual Champion. She was also a regional qualifier twice and is fourth all-time in school history with a 4K time of 15:34.
In track, White was a three time All-Conference member and was a Sectional champion in the 800-meter run. When she graduated, she held the school record in the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run, and the 3,200-meter run. She still holds the school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.55.
White was also a member of two sectional title teams (1989 and 1991) and a conference team champion (1988) in basketball.
She is married to husband Eric; and is blessed with two daughters: Emily and Gracie; as well as her first grandchild, Ryker.
• Keith Oeffinger will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the dinner. He was a member of the Switzerland County High School Class of 1995.
Oeffinger excelled in cross country, track, and basketball. In cross country, he was a three time All-Conference performer, a Regional qualifier, and currently ranks fifth all-time in school history for 5,000 meters.
In track, Oeffinger currently holds the school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.86. He is also second all-time in the 1,600-meter run and third all-time as a member of the 3,200-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Oeffinger played an integral role on the 1994 Sectional Championship basketball team. His role on the team was to do a little bit of everything. He was a tenacious defender and competitor in an era when Switzerland County Pacer basketball won a tremendous number of games.
After high school, Keith attended and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University.
Another highlight of the Pacer Varsity Club dinner will be featured speaker Elbert ‘Ickey’ Woods.
Woods is a former professional football player, having played from 1988-1991 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played his entire professional career with the Bengals until a knee injury forced his early retirement.
A college football standout at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Woods was a member of the last Bengals team to appear in a Super Bowl — and may best be remembered for his “Ickey Shuffle” end zone dance, which he did after every touchdown — and is still performed today in commercials.
But Woods was much more than a dancer, as the second round draft pick set franchise rookie records for rushing with 1,066 yards, 15 touchdowns, and an NFL-leading 5.3 yards per carry, along with 228 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs as the Bengals advanced to Super Bowl XXIII. The Bengals lost the game to the San Francisco 49ers, but he finished as the game’s leading rusher with 79 yards.
Even after a short career of just four seasons, Woods still holds at least 30 Bengals franchise records.
In retirement, he runs the Ickey Woods Youth Foundation as well as the Jovante Woods Foundation, named for their son who died at age 16. Jovante was an honor student and a member of the Princeton High School football team in Cincinnati who suffered a fatal asthma attack at home. The foundation provides funding and education for asthma research and organ donor education.
Switzerland County athletic director Mark Boggs said that there will also be a wide array of auctions and items for sale during the event, from Pacer merchandise to other athletic memorabilia and local items such as gift certificates and merchandise.
For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, contact Switzerland County High School at (812) 427-2626.