The lengthy history of the Madison-Plains athletic department will once again be celebrated as the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) will be inducted in a ceremony in the high school gymnasium Aug. 5.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will celebrate the career of four individuals and a former Golden Eagles team as they will become the third HOF class. The ceremony which will be open to the public will cost $10 per person and will include dinner. It will take place in the high school gymnasium starting at 6 p.m. If you plan on attending you’re asked to contact Madison-Plains High School director of athletics Matt Mason at 740-490-0669.
“It’s one of those things,” Mason said. “We’ve had a lot of great athletes come through our school. So we put together a committee and every year we try to find the five individuals/teams that deserve to be honored. We’ve kind of made this an annual event.”
This year’s HOF class includes four standout individuals and a championship basketball team.
Chris Smith, the most accomplished boys track and cross country athlete in the history of Madison-Plains. In track he was a two-time individual state qualifier in the 3,200-meter run, finishing eighth in 1988 and ninth in 1989. His 4×800-meter relay team also qualified for the state meet. He still holds Madison-Plains records in the 3,200-meter (9:37), 1,600-meter (4:31) and the 4×800-meter relay (8:11). In cross country, he ran on the first ever Madison-Plains team. He qualified for the state cross country meet and finished 16th while setting the school record of 16:07.
Dickie Brown, one of the greatest basketball players in the history of Madison-Plains High School. Known for his shooting ability, Brown scored 994 points in just two years of varsity basketball. He averaged 27.5 points per game in 1979-80 and was named Class AA Second Team All-Ohio. He scored a Madison-Plains High School record 45 points in a game against Hillsboro. He was the 1979-80 Central District Player of the Year and was twice All-South Central Ohio League. He helped lead the 1978-1979 team to the Central District Title.
Lisa Null Wijnands was a standout basketball player at Madison-Plains from 1981-85. Her career total of 1,415 points still stands as the school record (boys or girls). A four-year varsity starter, Wijnands scored her 1,000th point during her junior year. She was named Class AA Special Mention All-Ohio in both 1982-83 and 1983-84. She was named to the South Central Ohio League all-league team.
Brian Stoughton was a star football player for Madison-Plains High School graduating in 1991. He was a co-captain on the 1990 Kenton Trace Conference Champions, still the only Madison-Plains football team to win a league championship.
That season he rushed for a then school record 1,683 yards and 24 touchdowns. His 1,683 yards led all of Central Ohio in rushing. He also had a team leading 82 tackles, four interceptions, 33.1 punting average, and 33.1 kick-off return average. He was named Division IV Second Team All-Ohio at running back in addition to being named all league, county, and district.
Stoughton received a full athletic scholarship to play football at Ohio State University. While at OSU he was twice named academic all Big Ten and he earned a varsity football letter in 1995.
Dickie Brown, one of the greatest basketball players in the history of Madison-Plains High School. Known for his shooting ability, Brown scored 994 points in just two years of varsity basketball. He averaged 27.5 points per game in 1979-80 and was named Class AA Second Team All-Ohio. He scored a Madison-Plains High School record 45 points in a game against Hillsboro. He was the 1979-80 Central District Player of the Year and was twice All-South Central Ohio League. He helped lead the 1978-79 team to the Central District Title.
That ’78-’79 team is also a part of this third Hall of Fame class. That squad is one of the most memorable ever to play at Madison-Plains. The team had a record of 15-8 and won the Class AA Central District Championship with a victory over River Valley before narrowly losing in the regional semifinals.
Mike Wilson was the team captain and Brown led the team in scoring. Other members of the team included Ben Stroup, Todd Henry, Scott Joslin, Pat Blackburn, Jeff Griffith, John Ruggles, Jeff Moss, Mark Kimbler, Dean Glispie and John Gray. The team was coached by first-year coach Dan Hughes. Coach Hughes went on to a successful coaching career in college basketball and the WNBA.
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