Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame announces new inductees

The Groveport Madison Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members as well as recognize the area’s historical roots by also inducting the world famous 19th century horse trainer from Groveport, John S. Rarey, and his equally famous stallion, Cruiser, who is the school’s mascot.

The inductions will take place Sept. 26 at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, prior to the home varsity football game against Grove City.

The event begins with a closed ceremony in the high school gym for invited guests from 5-6 p.m. At 6 p.m. the public is welcomed in to the gym for the public induction ceremony. At 6:45 p.m. the audience will go to the high school auditorium to view a short film featuring the late Bob Starr’s rousing “Cruiser Speech.” At 7:10 p.m. the hall of fame inductees will be introduced to crowd in Cruiser Stadium.

The 2014 Groveport Madison Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:

•Jim Stokes, class of 1956. Stokes earned nine varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football. He made all-county teams during his junior and senior years. He held the Franklin County League record for longest punt (80 yards). He was a member of the National Honor Society.

•Jerry Roof, class of 1957. Roof played football, basketball, baseball and golf. He earned all-league honors in football, basketball and baseball. He attended the University of Toledo on a football scholarship. After graduation he participated in competitive golf and won the 1960 Indianapolis Tony Hullman Speedway Golf Tournament. While in the Army we took second and third in the Army Championship.

•Ed Cunningham, class of 1974. Cunningham was a two-way star football player, a wrestler and baseball player. He earned all-metro and second team all-state in football. He was a first team all-Mid-8 League wrestler and was multiple first team all-Mid-8 League in baseball. He is the father of Tommy Cunningham, who was inducted into the athletic hall of fame in 2013.

•Jennifer Selfinger, class of 2001.  Selfinger was a golf standout for the Cruisers. In 1998, she finished sixth in state and was second team all-state. In 1999, she was fifth in the state and first team all-state. In 2000, she was third in the state and first team all-state. She won the Scott Robertson Memorial in 1997 and in 2000-2001 was Plantation Golf Tour Player of the Year. She is a six time Columbus Women’s Amateur Champion and three time Franklin County Champion. She went on to Ohio State on a golf scholarship where she played on four Big 10 championship teams and earned four varsity letters.  She earned second team Big 10 honors and finished as high as third in the Big 10 as an individual.She won the Big 10 Sportsmanship Award in 2006.

•George Thompson. Thompson was a coach for Groveport for 35 years from 1956-91. He coached middle school and high school football for 28 years.  He coached basketball at various levels for 34 years. He coached track for eight years and baseball for five years. In between, he organized bowling and golf leagues for Cruiser students. Thompson served as the high school athletic director in the early 1980s. Few athletes came through Groveport without being coached by Thompson.

John S. Rarey and Cruiser. Rarey was a talented horseman internationally known for training unruly horses using his humane “Rarey Method.” The fiery and fierce stallion, Cruiser, was his greatest challenge and achievement. Rarey and Cruiser serve as an example that the combination of intelligence, discipline and inner and outer strength bring success.

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