FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its class of 2013 at a ceremony Saturday at the high school. The class included 13 individuals, three coaches and three teams.
“One of the greats in sports, Curtis Martin, said in his induction ceremony, ‘It’s not necessarily what you achieved in life, it’s what you’ve become in the process of those achievements that means the most,’” said Tom Craze, member of the Athletic Hall of Fame committee and coach of the 2012 baseball team that was inducted. “There are 13 individuals, three coaches and three teams we’re inducting tonight. They are all very deserving of this honor.”
Isaac Potes led the 13 individuals by being inducted in two sports — cross country and track. He was All-Ohio three times in cross country and two times in track, won three regionals in cross country, four district titles and was a nine time Mid-Buckeye Conference champ in track.
“Isaac was the best distance runner ever at Fredericktown and one of the more interesting ones,” said coach Bob Geiger in presenting Potes. “In cross country, there were a lot of times he was so far out in front that no one knew he was in the race.”
Running was a big theme with the class of 2013, as five other track individuals, one track relay team, two cross country individuals and one coach were inducted Saturday.
Sisters Juli and Jackie Algire were both inducted for their prowess in the field events for track. Jackie was a three-time state qualifier in the shot put and discus, while Juli went to state all four years, finishing third, second and first in consecutive years in the shot put and sixth in the discus. Juli also held the school records for both shot and discus.
Matt Kempton, Kate Newkirk and Stacy (Porter) Miller were also inducted for being great in track at FHS. Kempton was a two-time state qualifier in the 3,200-meter run, finishing eighth and fifth, and was also a state qualifier in cross country. Newkirk qualified for state competition twice in the pole vault, finishing her career with the school record. She was never beaten in the MBC in six years of doing the pole vault. Miller was a four-time participant in the state track meet, finishing third in the high jump. She holds the school records in the high jump, as well as the 200 and 400.
Joining them in the class of 2013 were cross country runners Brian Cull and Greg Wyatt.
Cull was a four-time state qualifier, finishing eighth his senior year. He won the district championship all four years and was all-regional three times. Wyatt was a two-time all-Ohioan in cross country. He won the district meet three times and the MBC twice.
The 4x100 relay team of Marcy Foster, Anne DeMarco, Katrina Iben and April Sipes were also recognized. The quartet were the first relay team from Fredericktown to qualify for state competition, finishing sixth overall in 1998.
Three football players and two baseball players were also inducted.
Logan Awwiller was a two-time, first-team all-Ohio selection as a lineman in football. He was also first team all-MBC. Austin Hoeflich was a first-team all-Ohio selection as a linebacker and holds the school record in tackles for a season (259) and career (649). Merrit Zollars was a first-team all-Ohio pick as quarterback. He was the Central District and MBC Player of the Year.
In baseball, Tim Craze and C.J. Ruhl were both honored. Craze was a second-team all-Ohio pick and made first team in the Mid-Ohio Conference and district. Ruhl was a first-team all-Ohio selection, playing in the Mizuno All-Ohio game, and first team in the MBC and district. He was also named player of the year in the district.
“I had an opportunity to meet C.J. when he was 12. I knew then he was a special athlete,” said former coach and presenter Matt Smith. “Without a doubt, he was the best pure hitter I’ve ever coached. When he would step into the cage, everyone else stopped. They wanted to see him hit.”
The 2010 football team and 2012 baseball team were also honored. the football team won the regional title after going 10-0 in the regular season and advanced to the state semifinals, while the baseball team won the school’s first regional title in baseball, advancing to the final four.
Three coaches were inducted along with the class — football coach Luke Beal, track and cross country coach Dave Geiger and track coach Ann Ullman. Beal coached football at FHS for 10 years, making it to the playoffs three times. Two of those teams made it to the regional finals and Beal was named coach of the year in the league and district several times.
Geiger spent 16 years coaching track and cross country at FHS. He mentored many teams and individuals who won conference titles and advanced to state competition.
“This is tough, but I’m real proud to be up here talking about my dad,” presenter Bob Geiger said about his dad, Dave, who passed away recently. “He would have been embarrassed to be up here, but I know he’d be honored to go in with Luke and Ann. The athletes he coached would tell you what a difference he made in their lives, not just on the track.”
Ullman was also instrumental in the success of the Fredericktown track program. She coached the local Junior Olympic team for many years, was junior high coach and high school coach. She was district coach of the year three times and regional coach of the year once when her team finished third in the state, the highest ever for a Fredericktown girls track team.
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