The Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome four new members to its ranks at the annual induction ceremony coming up in September.
Jerry Marshall, president emeritus of the hall of fame, said fans will get their first look at the Class of 2015 during the Hall of Fame Classic Football Game on Friday, Sept. 4. The Colts will play Ontario at 7 p.m. The new inductees will be introduced during a pre-game ceremony at the Colt Corral.
The official induction ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Clear Fork High School. Marshall said the public is invited to celebrate this special event. Admission is free. A reception will follow the ceremony.
The Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015 features two standout individual athletes and two historic CFHS teams. This year’s inductees are Dan Henry, Ron Kochheiser, the 1980 Lady Colts varsity softball team and the 2010 Colts varsity baseball squad that won the OHSAA Div. III state championship.
Henry, a 1995 alumnus of Clear Fork, was a standout in both football and baseball for the Colts. He was honored as a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete.
Following the 1994 football campaign, he was voted first-team All-Ohio, state co-defensive player of the year and Northwest District player of the year. He earned All-Ohio honors in 1993 as a punter. Henry finished his football career with 17 interceptions and 115 tackles.
On the baseball diamond, Henry served as team captain, earned all-district honors and was a three-year letter winner.
A quote regarding Henry in the press release announcing the his induction stated, “He had the capacity of a leader and he used it.”
Kochheiser, a member of the Bellville High School Class of 1955, starred in both basketball and football. He was the Blue Jays basketball team captain and most valuable player, and was voted All-Ohio and first-team all-district. Additionally, he earned all-tournament honors and was a first-team selection on all-area squads honored by regional media outlets.
In football, Kochheiser was a four-year starter at guard and was voted first-team all-conference. He was a member of the historic 1953 Blue Jays team that finished the season undefeated.
“This team set the standard for winning Lady Colt softball teams” read the statement in regard to the 1980 Clear Fork team that is being honored this year. The squad was the first Clear Fork team in any sport to reach the state finals.
Matry Plas and Cheryl Sowash coached the ballclub that finished 18-4. The team’s 17-game winning streak ended in the state tournament.
The 2010 Colts baseball team was the picture of dominance on its road to winning the OHSAA Div. III state championship. Head coach Jeremy Riddle’s ballclub finished 32-2 and won 17 games via the mercy rule, including the state title game. Clear Fork pounded Wheelersburg 14-3 in a game that ended after six innings.
As a team, the 2010 Colts recorded a .416 batting average, posted a 2.34 earned run average and scored 378 runs while surrendering just 86 runs. Clear Fork finished the season ranked No. 2 in Div. III by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association.
“This will be another special year in the Valley,” Marshall said. “As you see, each of the four would have been inducted into any hall of fame in Ohio. We are very pleased that former Bellville High School and Ashland University football coach Fred Martinelli will be at the podium introducing Ron Kochheiser. The induction of the state champion baseball team will add numbers to the audience as well as the 1980 softball ladies. Clear Fork’s only state football player of the year (Henry) will add to the magnitude of this year’s class.”
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