Vikings induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Teays Valley Athletic Department inducted Cory Barnett, Hayden Ellis, Hannah Giammarino, Peyton Hamilton and CJ Kinzer into its Hall of Fame with an induction dinner last Thursday night. The Hall of Fame class for 2022 was also recognized last Friday during the varsity football game against Watkins Memorial.

The Teays Valley Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2022, from left, Peyton Hamilton, CJ Kinzer, Cory Barnett, Hayden Ellis and Hannah Giammarino. Photo courtesy of Teays Valley Athletics.

Cory Barnett

Cory is a 2016 graduate and earned three varsity letters in soccer, three varsity letters in golf, two varsity letters in football and basketball.

As a soccer player, Cory won two Mid-State League Buckeye Division championships and was named first-team all-league once and second-team all-league once. He also holds the single-season save record.

As a golfer, Cory won three league championships, was first-team all-league three times and was also recognized as the Pickaway County player of the year. He also earned All-Central District honors. Cory held five school records at the time of graduation.

In football, Cory won a pair of league titles and was part of two playoff teams. He was league special teams player of the year, first-team all-district, second-team all-state and held three kicking records at the time of his graduation.

After high school, Cory attended The University of Mount Union where he won a Division III National Championship and was a National Runner-up. He won three Ohio Athletic Conference championships and was two-time academic all-conference.

He holds numerous kicking and punting records at Mount Union including most points in a single game (24), most points in a National Championship game (10), longest FG in a
National Championship game, and most FG/PATs made in a game. Cory recently graduated
from Physician Assistant school at Mount Union.

Hayden Ellis

Hayden is a 2015 graduate and earned four varsity letters in softball and one varsity
letter in volleyball and basketball.

She earned first-team all-league twice and was a four-year varsity softball player who helped lead the Vikings to the 2015 Division I State Championship.

During that season, Hayden hit .410 with 14 doubles, and 32 RBI. Hayden ended her career with a .988 career fielding percentage as a catcher, she is the career leader for walks (60) and put-outs (787) and is third in doubles (36).

After high school, Hayden attended Marshall University where she was named Emileigh Cooper
Award Winner (2019), All-Conference USA second team (2019), Conference USA Player of the Week (2019), Conference USA Commissioners Honor Roll (2016-2019), Conference USA Aca-
demic Medalist (2016-2018), and NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete (2016-2017).

Hayden is now a teacher in Columbus.

Hannah Giammarino

Hannah is a 2015 graduate and earned four varsity letters in softball, three varsity letters in basketball, and one varsity letter in volleyball.

In softball, Hannah was a four-year starter at shortstop and earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and first-team in her final three seasons. Hannah was honorable mention All-District as a junior and second-team as a senior.

As a senior, Hannah helped lead the Vikings to the 2015 Division I State Championship. She hit .407 with nine doubles and four homeruns that season. Hannah finished her career second all-time in career triples and runs.

In basketball, Hannah was honorable mention all-league three times and helped the Vikings to a 40-2 league record.

After high school, Hannah went on to play three years of softball at Bowling Green State University where she was awarded the Meserve Award which demonstrates passion, leadership, competitive spirit, and athletic and academic excellence. Hannah transferred to Marshall for her senior year and started all 61 games and led the team with 19 stolen bases, and tied for fourth with 44 hits, 35 runs, and eight home runs.

Peyton Hamilton

Peyton is a 2017 graduate and earned four varsity letters in swimming.

Peyton was a team captain and earned MSL honors nine times, was MSL Academic all-league four times and qualified for districts in 16 events. During his swim career at Teays Valley, Peyton broke 22 school swim records, was the team high point winner three times and a two-time sectional champion.

Peyton won the Kiwanis Sportsmanship Award, was a recipient of the Central Ohio Swim Schol-
arship and was an Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete. Peyton was the first Teays Valley swimmer to continue to swim at the collegiate level.

After high school, Peyton attended Malone University where he was a three-year varsity swimmer. He was a three-time Academic All-GMC and he in the in the top five fastest times in
the 100 breaststroke and in the top 10 in the 200yd breaststroke, 200yd individual medley, and
the 400yd individual medley.

Christian (CJ) Kinzer

CJ is a 2014 graduate and earned four varsity letters in wrestling, three varsity letters in football and one in track.

On the mats, CJ was first-team all-league in 2014 and a three-time District Qualifier (two-
time placer sixth in 2012 and second in 2014). In 2014, CJ was honorable mention All-Metro team and finished seventh in the OHSAA Division I State Wrestling Tournament. CJ finished his senior year with 37 wins, 29 of them coming by pin. He was also named academic all-Ohio that season Dispatch Athlete of the Week, Marine Corp Athlete of the Year and won the David Drum Scholarship.

CJ finished his wrestling career with a record of 116 wins and 56 losses (.674 winning percentage).

After high school, CJ attended Ohio University where he wrestled for one year. CJ has served as
the Athletic Trainer for Teays Valley since the spring of 2019.

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