MPHS to honor standouts

By Chris Miles -

Dickie Brown

Dickie Brown

Lisa Null Wijnands

Brian Stoughton

Chris Smith

The third class of inductees into the Madison-Plains Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) will be enshrined in a ceremony in the high school gymnasium Saturday, Aug. 5.

The ceremony will celebrate the career of four standout individuals and a former Madison-Plains High School team. The ceremony which is open to the public will cost $10 per person and will include dinner. It will take place in the high school gym starting at 6 p.m.

This year’s HOF class includes:

Chris Smith, the most accomplished boys track and cross country athlete in the history of Madison-Plains High School. 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 school 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 championship meet and finished 16th while setting the school record of 16:07.

Dickie Brown was one of the best 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 ball. He averaged 27.5 points per game in 1979-80 and was named Class AA Second Team All-Ohio. He scored a school record 45 points. 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 High School 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.

Brian Stoughton was a star football player for Plains prior to graduating in 1991. He was a co-captain on the 1990 Kenton Trace Conference Champions, still the only Madison-Plains High School football team to win a league championship in football.

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 letter in 1995.

The ’78-’79 basketball team led by Brown is also a part of this third HOF class. 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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Lisa Null Wijnands Null Wijnands

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Chris Smith Smith

By Chris Miles

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