By Rick Palsgrove
Four more standouts will be enshrined in the Groveport Madison High School Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame this year.
“We are proud to announce the next great class of the Groveport Madison Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Groveport Madison Athletic Director Steve Petros. “This class not only features a Cruiser from long ago in Irma White, but also two athletes who also succeeded at the college level in Skip Ivery and Daryl Royal. We are also inducting a member who may well have the longest tenure in the athletic department in Brenda Moody. This will be a fun class that still has a lot of local ties here in Groveport. Having the opportunity to have the ceremony in our brand new high school will only make the occasion more special.”
The seventh annual Cruiser Hall of Fame ceremony will be on Sept. 28 in the Groveport Madison High School commons area, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. The induction ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public prior to the varsity football game vs. Franklin Heights (the game begins at 7 p.m.). The inductees will also be introduced to the crowd in Cruiser Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
About the inductees
•Irma White – White was a 1927 graduate and basketball standout on Cruiser Hall of Fame coach Lucinda Doersam’s successful girls basketball teams of the era. White, who played forward and was team captain for two years, was a prolific scorer. As a junior, White scored 357 of the team’s 517 points. She easily outscored the opponents’ total team points of 283 that season.
•Daryl Royal – Royal was a football and basketball star who was a 1994 graduate. Upon graduation, he held the school records for most rushing yards in a game, season and career. He also held the school records for rushing average and points in a season. He continued his career by earning a scholarship at the University of Cincinnati. He was also a standout basketball player who played on back to back OCC title teams and ranks highly in career points.
•Skip Ivery – Ivery excelled in both football and track. He continued his two sport achievements at Wittenberg University. In track, he won the NCAAA Division III championship in the 110 meter hurdles. He had four All American finishes. He was a two time Cosida Academic All-American. He won six individual NCAC titles. He was the indoor and outdoor NCAC sprinter/hurdler of the year in 2004. He was inducted into the College Football and Track Hall of Fame. He is married to Heather Bradford Ivery, who is also a member of the Cruiser Hall of Fame.
•Brenda Martin Moody – Moody is a 1977 graduate who has served as the athletic department assistant for 27 years, which makes her one of, if not the, longest tenured member of the Cruiser Athletic Department. Moody has worked with four athletic directors and has helped classes of athletes through their high school athletic careers.