Charles “Bus” Hockensmith
An all-around athlete, Charles “Bus” Hockensmith, excellent in football, basketball, baseball, and golf at Ashland High School. His powerful legs and arms were a great asset in all sports and he had great confidence in getting any job done. “Hocky” earned ten varsity letters, was a three-year starting quarterback, and scored over thirty points each year in football. He made the All North Central Ohio League team in 1934 and 35, and second team in 1936. His great run against Mansfield in 1934 broke a nine year jinx the Tigers had over Ashland as it set up the tie score at six all, and he proceeded to calmly dropkick the extra point for the victory. He had fumbled the ball on the snap on the double wing formation, picked up the ball and spun and weaved to the one yard line, knocking off tacklers on the way.
An outstanding defensive guard in basketball, he set up plays and scored on outside shots. “Bus” made All North Central Ohio in basketball in 1936 and 1937, being a member of those two teams, which went to Columbus for the state playoffs.
In baseball Hockensmith was an able catcher with a strong throwing arm, a long ball hitter, and no fear in blocking home plate.
Continuing his career for two seasons at Ashland College “Bus” again quarterbacked did all the passing and punting, and much of the running for the Eagles, also playing basketball and baseball for a season.
Hockensmith saw duty with the Air Force in World War II and returned to participate in softball and golf. He had been employed by the State Highway Department and at his death in 1981 was retired owner of Business Consultants, a bookkeeping and accounting firm.
Nominator: Bob Sprague & John Conklin
Presenter: Dave Gray