One of the Ohio Valley’s fastest sprinters and one of the best scorers on the basketball court will take their place in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame this summer.
Meadowbrook’s Jodi Bates-Starr and Barnesville’s Matt Powell were elected to the OVAC Hall, which will formally induct the Class of 2016 on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The OVAC Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Robinson Automotive Group, will hold its induction ceremony at WesBanco Arena.
The athletes representing the decade of the 1980s will be published on Jan. 31.
Here’s a capsule look at the 1990s honorees:
Jodi Bates-Starr
(Meadowbrook High
 School, Class of 1999)
Speed to burn. That’s exactly what this former Colt possessed as it pertained to track and field.
A standout sprinter for the Colts, Bates shined in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning 10 state medals during her career.
Bates burst onto scene in a big way as a freshman, placing second in both the 100 and 200 at the state meet. She didn’t slow down from there.
As a sophomore, Bates won her first state championship, blazing the Ohio Stadium track to a 24.87 to win the 200-meter dash. She also finished second in the 100 for the second straight season that year.
Bates broke through and climbed to the top of the state podium in the 100-meter dash as a junior. It was one of four medals she claimed in that meet. She won the 100 in 12.22, finished second in the 200 and ran a leg on the fifth-place 4x100 and eighth place 4x400 squads.
During her senior campaign, Bates ran consistently under the coveted 12-second barrier. She successfully defended her 100-meter title and anchored the fifth-place 4x100 during the first state meet held at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
En route to the state competition, Bates won 14 OVAC championships, including four straight 100- and 200-meter titles. She also claimed 12 district and 10 regional championships during her career, while running a personal best time of 11.95, which still stands as Meadowbrook’s all-time best and is the second-best in Ohio Valley history.
After her prep career, Bates signed to run at Wheeling Jesuit University. She competed just one season before developing an injury, which proved to be career ending. She attempted a comeback after transferred to Muskingum, but the injury was simply too much to overcome.
While on the track is where Bates made her mark, she also lettered twice in basketball and was an honorable mention all-league selection.

Matt Powell
(Barnesville High
School, Class of 1990)
This former Shamrock didn’t  just score the ball, he filled it up every night during an impressive four-year career.
Powell helped lead the Shamrocks to their first trip to the Ohio Sweet 16 during his senior season in which he averaged 32 points a game en route to first-team all-Ohio accolades by both The Associated Press and United Press International.
UPI selected him as its Division III state player of the year, a worthy honor when you consider he scored 760 points that season, connected on 60, three-point goals and was 168-of-203 from the foul line. That senior-year explosion followed a junior season in which he scored 621 points and his 46 “treys”..
Powell made an immediate impact for the Shamrocks. He scored 282 points as a freshman and then really took off, pouring in 510 points as a sophomore.
His presence is still felt at Barnesville. He owns three of the top four point totals ever recorded at Barnesville. His single-game high of 45 ranked third and his 60 bonus baskets rank second all-time. Powell’s career points and free throws made (411) are school records.
Along with being recognized as all-Ohio, Powell played in both the OVAC and the Ohio North-South All-Star Games. He was the captain of the all-OVAC Class AAA team, Eastern District Player of the Year, District 12 Player of the Year and captained the all-Valley Big School team. He was selected to the District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
After his prep career, Powell originally went to the Air Force Academy, but transferred back to Rio Grande College and etched his name into its lore.
He scored 2,367 career points at the college level, which is second in Rio Grande history to only Bevo Francis. He led Rio Grande to the NAIA National Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma during his senior season. He was twice an all-conference selection and a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention choice after the 1992-93 campaign. As a senior at Rio Grande, Powell, who battled a foot injury during his junior campaign, scored 705 points and served as a co-captain.