AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be this Saturday, honoring three new members Brenda (Denlinger) Doehrel (2006), Rex Karns (1956) and Brooke (Strayer) Hoying (2006).
Brenda (Denlinger) Doehrel was highly involved in both academics and athletics during her time at Arcanum High School. She received 12 varsity letters playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. She also actively participated in band throughout high school. During her athletic career at Arcanum, she was nominated as the 2005 Cross-County Conference Softball Player of the Year, was named to the 2006 Volleyball All District and All Cross County Conference teams, and received the 2005 YMCA Junior Athlete Award. Brenda graduated in the top 10 of her class and currently holds the “Career Blocks” record in volleyball. After high school, she went to college at Capital University, where she played volleyball and graduated cum laude with degrees in accounting and financial economics. Brenda is married to Grant Doehrel and has two children, Elaina and Drew, and resides in Delaware, Ohio. She became a certified public accountant and works as an enterprise risk manager at Alliance Data in Columbus.
Rex Karns (deceased) was an athletic standout at Arcanum in basketball and baseball. He was also a member of the track and field and cross country teams. Among his athletic accomplishments was his being a part of the 1956 State Championship basketball team. Rex enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation from high school and served in Korea. He continued his love of baseball by playing for the I Corps. He was involved in the Arcanum community through the Jaycees and Arcanum Athletic Boosters. He played on the first-ever winning tournament team at Beechwood Golf Course. Rex was married to Sue Karns and together they had five children. He was a grandfather to 11 and a great-grandfather to 13.
Brooke (Strayer) Hoying graduated in 2006 from Arcanum, where she participated in many sports. She was a member of the cross country, basketball, softball and track teams and was a cheerleader. Brooke received a total of 15 varsity letters and numerous athletic awards during her high school career. She received all-conference honors in cross country all four years and advanced to district and regional meets. Brooke was a member of the softball team that won the CCC her junior year. Her greatest accomplishments came in track. She competed at the state level for three years in the 300-meter hurdles. Brooke placed fourth at state her freshman year and won state champion her senior year in the 300-meter hurdles. She holds school records in the 300-meter hurdles and was a member of the school record holding 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. Brooke attended college at The Ohio State University receiving her master of occupational therapy. She and her husband, Mitchel, currently reside in Miamisburg, Ohio.
The induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the small gym with a reception immediately following in the library. The formal induction ceremony will be conducted between the reserve and varsity boys basketball game. Tip off time for the game is 6 p.m. Congratulations to the new honorees and their families.
The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee will be hosting a Barbecue Chicken Dinner on Jan. 27, prior to the Arcanum-FM boys’ basketball game. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now; they may be purchased at home basketball games until Jan. 21. Serving will be from 4:30 to 6:30 in the AHS cafetorium, curbside service will be available for carry-out. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the alumni scholarship fund.
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