BELLVILLE — Three teams and two individuals will be inducted into the Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.
The 1989 Clear Fork football team, a regional finalist, the 1994 boys’ and girls’ Clear Fork cross country teams, softball standout Taylor Thomas, and contributor Jack Bennett, will be enshrined this year.
On Friday, before the start of the football opener vs. Fredericktown, the enshrinees will be introduced before the game. On Saturday, the induction ceremony and banquet gets started at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
The 1989 football team finished with a (9-3) record under head coach Dan Sparks and advanced to the regional finals in the Division IV football playoffs.
The cross county teams, coached by Don Thogmartin, put together very similar records that fall. The boys’ were Mohican Area Conference champs, Colt Stampede champs, Fredericktown Invitational champion, Lucas Invitational champion, Crestline Invitation champion, and Northmor Invitational champion. They were also regional qualifiers.
The girls’ 1994 team was the Mohican Area Conference winners, Colt Stampede champs, Northmor Invitational champion, North Union Invitational champion, and Lucas Invitational champs. They were also regional qualifiers. Both squads qualified one runner for the state finals.
Thomas, a 2011 Clear Fork High School graduate, was a first team All-Ohio softball player her senior year. She had 14 home runs, 62 RBI and 120 total bases. She also had 30 wins and four no-hitters in her pitching career.
Bennett graduated from Bellville High School in 1957, and was a member of some solid football and baseball teams, but he is being inducted for what he did after his graduation. He was part of a committee that built the current Clear Fork football field and he also helped with the construction of the baseball, softball and soccer fields.