Madison-Plains names Athletic Hall of Fame honorees

(Posted Jan. 22, 2024)

Madison-Plains Local Schools will induct five individuals and three teams into the district’s Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet set for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the high school gymnasium.

Tickets are $20, include dinner, and must be purchased online by Jan. 29 at

The district asked the public to submit nominations. From those submissions, a committee comprised of the athletic director, coaches, and community members selected this year’s honorees.

Joan Boyle

Joan Boyle
Joan Boyle was a dedicated educator and coach at Madison-Plains for many years. She made a positive impact on the lives of Madison-Plains students and athletes.

She was a girls’ indoor and outdoor track coach for over 20 years, serving as the head girls’ outdoor coach for 16 years. She was an assistant coach of the 2001 team that won the Buckeye Athletic Conference league championship.

Boyle was a boys’ and girls’ golf coach at Madison-Plains for over 20 years, serving as the boys’ golf head coach for 14 seasons. Her 2016 team won the Ohio Heritage Conference South Division championship.

She also coached middle school girls’ basketball for a season.

Prior to coming to Madison-Plains, she was the first female athletic director in Ross County, Ohio. She also was inducted into the Unioto Athletic Hall of Fame.

Derek Dingus

Derek Dingus – Madison-Plains Class of 2011
Derek Dingus was an outstanding track and field athlete for Madison-Plains. During his time at Madison-Plains, he set and still holds the school record in four events: long jump, 22 feet 3 inches; 110-meter hurdles, 15.01 seconds; 400-meter dash 50.63 seconds; and 200-meter dash 22.34 seconds. He was twice named the team’s most valuable player.

During his high school career, Dingus qualified for the regional track meet in five events (200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, long jump, and high jump), including qualifying for the regionals three times in the 200-meter dash. As a senior, he ran his career best 200-meter dash time at regionals and qualified for the Div. II State Track and Field Championships where he finished 14th.

Sabrina Vallery Woodruff

Sabrina Vallery Woodruff – Madison-Plains Class of 1996
Sabrina Vallery Woodruff was an amazing all-around athlete for Madison-Plains.

In volleyball, she was named first-team all-conference three times and honorable mention all-Central District twice.

In basketball, she scored 1,203 career points. Her career total is still second in school history (boys or girls). She also tied the school record for points in a game with 39. She was named first-team all-conference twice and received all-Central District recognition all four years (third-team three times and honorable mention once).

After graduation, Vallery Woodruff received a full athletic scholarship to play Div. 1 basketball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. While at Marist, she led the team in scoring two seasons and was named team captain four years. She also received numerous awards for her success on the court and in the classroom. In addition to being selected third-team all-league in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, she was a four-time Academic All-American and the Marist College Class of 2000 Sportswoman of the Year.

Jerod Conley

Jerod Conley – Madison-Plains Class of 1992
Jerod Conley was a standout athlete for Madison-Plains, graduating in 1992.
In football, he was a four-year letter winner. During his four seasons playing varsity football, Madison-Plains never had a losing season. As a junior, Conley was named honorable mention all-Central District as Madison-Plains won its only league championship in football.

As a senior, he was named first-team Div. IV All-Ohio in football as a defensive lineman. He was the first Madison-Plains athlete in any sport to be named first-team All-Ohio. He also was named first-team all-Central District and selected to the Columbus Dispatch All Star team.

In basketball, Conley was a three-year varsity letter winner and was first-team all-conference twice (Kenton Trace Conference and Buckeye Athletic Conference). As a senior, he was named honorable mention All-Ohio and second-team all-Central District. He also led central Ohio with an 86 percent free throw percentage.

Bailey Stephens Davison

Bailey Stephens Davison – Madison-Plains Class of 2015
Bailey Stephens Davison is one of the greatest golfers in the history of Madison-Plains. She set or tied the school record for 9 holes (38), 18 holes (78), and 36 holes (167). She earned first-team all-league honors three times (South Central Ohio League and Mid-State League) and was a league tournament medalist twice (SCOL and MSL).

In her junior and senior seasons, Stephens Davison had a combined record of 695 wins, 82 losses, and 14 ties. She played on some of the most successful teams in the history of Madison-Plains, winning three league championships, one in the SCOL and two in the MSL.

Her senior year, the Golden Eagles became the first team in school history to qualify for the state tournament. The team finished ninth in Div. II with Stephens placing 21st as an individual.

Stephens Davison went on to golf collegiately on scholarship at Ohio Dominican University.

2012, 2013, and 2014 Madison-Plains Girls Golf Teams
The Madison-Plains girls’ golf program had an incredibly successful run from 2012 to 2014. It started with the team winning the SCOL championship in 2012. After moving to the MSL, the team won two additional league championships.

The 2013 team had a season record of 56 wins and 6 loses. The 2014 team had a season record of 56 wins and 9 loses. The 2014 team was the sectional champion, district runner-up, and qualified as a team for the Div. II Golf State Tournament. The team finished ninth at the state tournament with a score of 744. They are the only team in Madison-Plains history to qualify for an OHSAA state tournament as a team.

Numerous golfers on the teams received all-league recognition: Kaylin Dill (four times including league Player of the Year), Christin Bowshier (four times), Bailey Stephens Davison (three times) and Morgan Hunter (once).

Dill, Bowshier, and Stephens Davison are co-holders of the school record for lowest 9-hole score at 38. Stephens Davison also set the school records for 18 holes and 36 holes, 78 and 167, respectively.

Other team members included Hailey Matheny, Savanna Nelson, Emma Davis, Blair Bryant, and Regan Rubel. The teams were coached by Jim Miller who was named the 2014 Central District Coach of the Year.

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