A community input meeting to discuss Federal Programs will be held at PWES on March 14th, 2019, for any interested parents with students in grades from Pk-12. There will be two sessions: 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Parents are invited to attend either session. 


                The 2017-2018 Senator Baseball Team                        Coach Rapp

Mr. Chris Rapp was named to the 2019 class of Southeastern Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame by his fellow coaches. 

Coach Rapp started as the Junior Varsity Coach for Chris Gibson in 1992. The next year he became the head coach. Chris coached from 1993-2004 and returned in 2009, coaching up to present day. In this span, his team has achieved 334 wins. Coach Rapp has guided his Senators to 9 Sectional Titles, 3 District Championships, 3 District Runner-up, 2 Regional Semi-Finals, 1 Regional Runner-up, 1 Conference Championship, and 4 Conference Runners up. In this time period, eight of Rapp's teams have been ranked in the state poll.

In order to be nominated by a fellow coach, coaches must receive 150 points from categories such as, wins, Sectional, District, Regional, and State tournament appearances and being named District Coach of the Year. 

Chris says, "It is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame but it wouldn't be possible without the fine players I have coached and great assistant coaches that have worked by his side. This honor is just as much theirs as mine. I have been so fortunate to be able to coach at Portsmouth West."

Chris will be inducted on June 3rd at the Veteran's Stadium before the Southeastern District All Star Game.

Congratulations Coach Rapp!!

Roger Tackett

           Roger Tackett with his wife Martha - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame

Mr. Roger Tackett, a 1964 graduate of West High School, was inducted into the West Alumni Hall of Fame this past August. Mr. Tackett enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1966, forgoing his college enrollment to fight for his country in Vietnam. He was critically wounded in action in 1967 which left him paralyzed from the waist down. In 1968, he received the Purple Heart for Military Service as a result of his valor in combat and the wounds he received. 

He graduated from Wright State University in 1973, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Mr. Tackett ran for public office and was elected to serve as the Clark County Commissioner for six consecutive terms serving a total of 28 years. He oversaw the construction of the Clark County Administration Building and the Springfield Government Center during his tenure as County Commissioner. Mr. Tackett also served as Chairman of the Governor's office of Veteran's Affairs, and served on the Advisory Committee. During this time he helped elevate the Department of Veteran's Affairs to a cabinet level position and advocated a pay bonus for Iraq Veterans. 

Mr. Tackett was twice named Ohio's Outstanding Disabled American Veteran and was also recognized or held office in the following:

  • Served on the Board of National Association of County Commissioners.
  • Chairman of Clark County United Way Campaign.
  • Advocate for Miami Valley Council on Aging.
  • Advocate for Air Quality Standards, Energy Conservation and Environmental Preservation.
  • KTK Industrial Park in Clark County has his name on it.
  • Member of Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame
  • Vice Chairman of Steering Committee for Air Quality in the Miami Valley.
  • Served on the Board of Directors for County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
  • Worked to obtain funding for the VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Received the "No Greater Love Award" from the 7th District Congressman Clarence Brown for his ongoing community service


Congratulations Mr. Roger Tackett in being inducted into Portsmouth West Alumni Hall of Fame and thank you for all the sacrifices you made for our country, our community, our veterans, and our families.

Dr Walker alumni hall of fame

                Dr. John Walker - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee


Dr. John Walker is the 2018 Washington-Nile Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. He graduated from Washington High School as Valedictorian in 1955. Dr. Walker then graduated from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, receiving honors with a B.A. in zoology. After graduating from McMicken, Dr. Walker attended the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where he received his physicians doctorate. 

He had a private practice in urology from 1968-1999. During this time he served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital in 1973-1974, and served on the hospital's Board of Trustees from 1975 until it's merger with Scioto Memorial Hospital. He was also president of the Scioto County Medical Society in 1991. Certified by the American Board of Urology in 1972, he is also a member of the American College of Surgeons continuing with a senior membership to present day. 

In the community, Dr. Walker has been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club since 1968. He served as team physician for Portsmouth West from 1968-1982 and then at Portsmouth High from 1983-1999. He was awarded the Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award in 1995 by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Dr. Walker was honored with star on the Portsmouth flood wall in 2000, and received the Outstanding Physician Award in 2005. 

Congratulations Dr. Walker in all of your outstanding achievements and awards and in being a 2018 Washington-Nile Hall of Fame recipient!


Chris Gibson Athletic Hall of Fame
Mr. Chris Gibson with his wife, 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
We are very honored to introduce our newest athletic hall of fame induction, Chris Gibson. Mr. Gibson is a 1972 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. He is also a graduate of Graceland College in Iowa.

While at PWHS, he played football, earning a letter there for those years. He was the starting quarterback. He was named to the Southern Ohio Conference All Conference 1st Team. He also was a basketball and baseball standout for the Senators.

 Mr. Gibson played football and baseball at Graceland College where he was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and football. As quarterback, he led his football team to their first ever bowl appearance and was named MVP his senior season. He was also a member of the Heart of America All- Star Team. In addition, to his very impressive football season, he was an all-district baseball player for two years.

 Mr. Gibson spent 30 years as a teacher at West. He has had a positive influence on literally hundreds of students and athletes.

 He coached in some capacity most of this Career-Some of his accomplishments include:

  • 22 years as a football coach-7 years’ head coach-Several SOC playoffs
  • Multiple SOC Championships as a head football coach
  • Named District Coach of the year
  • He also was assistant baseball coach

The Washington-Nile Local School District is honored to induct Chris Gibson into our 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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Andrea Kegley APHA World Champion
Andrea with family, friends, colleagues, and  her horse All in the Timing at APHA World Championship 2018
Mrs. Andrea Kegley, PWE Literacy Specialist, traveled to Fort Worth, Texas a few weeks ago to compete in the American Paint Horse Association World Championships where she and her horse, All in the Timing, earned four World Champion titles and one Reserve World Champion Title: World Champion 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle; World Champion 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle Southern Belle; World Champion Gold Breeders 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle; and Reserve Champion Non Pro 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle. 
Congratulations Andrea on your outstanding accomplishments at the APHA 2018 World Championship!
PW State Champions
              2018 9-11 Girls State Little League Champions
Team l-r: Emily Moore, Kaylor Picklesimer, Kamryn Spriggs, Brooklyn Pitts, Myla Mead, Shelby Rhea, Morgan Stiles, Kate Rollins, Addison Arnold, Kyndall Ford. In front: Emma Sayre
This past July, West Portsmouth Little League hosted the district tournament for the Girls 11U softball teams. Our Lady Senators ran away with the district title by sweeping the competition and maintaing a perfect 3-0 record. The Senator team scored 35 runs during the three district games and only gave up one run to their opponents. The district championship allowed the Lady Senators to advance to state tournament play.
In late July, the Lady Senators traveled to Tallmadge, Ohio, where they again went undefeated rolling over Cuyahoga Falls South, Fairland, and Tallmadge. Their first victory was a 15-0 blowout over Cuyahoga Falls that lasted only 3 innings due to outstanding play both on the field in the batter's box by the Senator team. In semi-final play, the Lady Senators met up with Fairland. The Senators had previously defeated Fairland in district play with 11-0 and 9-1 victories. State play was no different as the team took the game with a 5-1 victory. In the championship game against Tallmadge, the Senator team delivered a 10-3 victory to bring the state title home. 
PW State Champions
PW 11U State Champions with coaches Shad Ford, JP Picklesimer, John Rollins, Rodney Moore
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