February 12: Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet – Archyde

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

(Posted February 1, 2022)

The Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its fifth class of honorees at a banquet scheduled for February 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $20, include dinner, and are available at the box office.

This year’s award winners are:

Valerie Conn (Madison Plains Class of 2009)
Conn was a standout softball player for Madison-Plains from 2007-2009. 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 homers). As a senior, she was named a 2nd Team All-State. She was also First Team All-District once, Second Team All-District twice, First Team All-SCOL three times, and First Team All-County three times. Their 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 softball titles in school history and the first girls’ team to win three consecutive championship titles. The teams were coached by Kevin Stockham. They have 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. Teams have been 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 to ever emerge from Madison County. During the 1960-61 school year, he helped lead the football team to an unbeaten 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 and field for four years, but his best sport was baseball. After playing baseball and briefly basketball at Ohio State, he played five seasons for the Minnesota Twins, including a home run in his first major league at bat.

Derek Wilson (Madison Plains class of 2005)
Wilson is the most accomplished boy golfer in Madison Plains history. He set or tied numerous school records, including best 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 and posted a 148.

Mount Sterling High School boys’ basketball team of 1950-51 inducted into 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 ended the regular season a perfect 18-0 with victories over Grove City, Reynoldsburg and Mifflin. They were the only team in central Ohio to have an undefeated regular season that year. They ranked 19th in the Class B state poll. They won the Madison County League Championship and the Madison County Tournament Championship. They were coached by Dick Beltz and their top 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 February 12, this year’s inductees will be honored on February 11 between the junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball games.


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