of the finest athletes to ever represent the Royal Blue and Silver,
Bob Vales was the Middies captain in football, basketball and baseball
his senior year. He was All Conference, All County and was named to
the Ohio third team as a safety. An outstanding triple option
quarterback, Bob led his team to a 30-22 win over state ranked,
Clearview in a game in which he had just come off a severe injury
which was thought to be career ending. At 6’4"”Bob was a formidable
obstacle for opponents as the leader of the defense from his safety
position. He led the Middies to a 7-3 record and second place in the
conference. He was the team MVP.
Bob was a three year letterman in Basketball. He was named MVP his
senior year. He was named All Conference and All County second team
and was named to the Plain Dealer Dream Team. The Lakeland conference
produced a state champion in Clearview in 1974, led by Ohio Player of
the year, Larry Harris. A Bob Vales led Middie team battled the
Clippers on the Midview home court before succumbing by a score of 67
to 55. Bob bested Harris by scoring 21 points to Larry’s 18. An
outstanding rebounder and formidable scorer, Bob was the heart and
soul of the Midview team.
There was no letup for Bob in the spring as he was an outstanding
pitcher for Midview’s Lakeland Conference Champions team his senior
year as he threw a no-hitter at Vermilion in a 5-0 win to clinch the
championship. Bob was the ace of the Middie pitching staff in both his
junior and senior years.
Bob went on to play football and baseball at Marietta College.
Bob and his wife Rena, and sons Dana and Cory reside in Coolville,
Ohio where he owns a contracting business. Bob’s adult daughter,
Michelle lives out of state.
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