Feb. 12: Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame banquet

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Rick Renick, a 1962 Madison South graduate, was an all-around athlete who went on to play Major League Baseball. He will be inducted into the Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame.

(Posted Feb. 1, 2022)

The Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its fifth class of honorees at a banquet set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the high school. Tickets are $20, include dinner, and will be available for purchase at the door.

This year’s honorees are:

Valerie Conn (Madison-Plains Class of 2009)
Conn was a standout softball player for Madison-Plains from 2007 to 2009. She set many school and South Central Ohio League (SCOL) records including career pitching wins (52), career strikeouts (707), career ERA (1.14), season pitching wins (23), season strikeouts (253), and season ERA (0.58). She was also a solid hitter (15 career home runs). She was named 2nd Team All-State as a senior. Additionally, she was first team all-district once, second team all-district twice, first team all-SCOL three times, and first team all-county three times. Her teams won three consecutive SCOL titles.

2007, 2008, 2009 Softball Teams
From 2007 to 2009, Madison-Plains softball won three consecutive SCOL championships. The championships were the first regular season softball titles in school history and the first girls’ team to win three consecutive league titles. The teams were coached by Kevin Stockham. They had numerous all-league, all-district, and/or all-state players, including Stephanie Brown, Valerie Conn, Loren Kiser, Sarah McGraw, Sarah Dwyer, Liz Wilson, Casey Blosser and Heather Martin. The teams were invited to numerous tournaments featuring some of the best teams in the state and country.

Rick Renick (Madison South Class of 1962)
Renick is one of the best all-around athletes ever to come out of Madison County. During the 1960-61 school year, he helped lead the football team to an undefeated season and the basketball team to the State Final Four (still the only Madison County boys’ basketball team to make the Final Four). In football, he was named 2nd Team All-Ohio at linebacker, and in basketball he was twice named Honorable Mention All-Ohio. He also ran track for four years, however, his best sport was baseball. After playing baseball and briefly basketball at Ohio State, he played five seasons for the Minnesota Twins which included hitting a homerun in his first Major League at bat.

Derek Wilson (Madison-Plains Class of 2005)
Wilson is the most accomplished boys’ golfer in Madison-Plains history. He set or tied numerous school records including best overall season average (37.6) and lowest 18 hole score (71). He was part of the 2001 team that had the best record in school history (102-23). In 2002, he became the first Madison-Plains golfer to qualify as an individual for the state golf tournament. He returned to the state tournament the next season shooting a 148.

The 1950-51 Mount Sterling High School boys’ basketball team will be inducted into the Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame. They were the only central Ohio team to go undefeated that season.

1950-1951 Mt. Sterling High School Boys Basketball
The team finished the regular season a perfect 18-0 with wins over Grove City, Reynoldsburg and Mifflin. They were the only team in central Ohio that had an undefeated regular season that year. They were ranked as high as 19th in the state Class B poll. They won the Madison County League championship and Madison County Tournament championship. They were coached by Dick Beltz, and their leading scorer was Jim Justice. Other players included Pete Wittich, David Nicholson, Joe Brady, Phil Richardson, John Galbreath, Jay Joslin, Bud Porter, Don Forrest and Dean Porter.

In addition to recognition at the Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 12, this year’s inductees will be honored between the junior varsity and varsity boys’ home basketball games on Feb. 11.

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