Fred Main/News Members of the Clear Fork girls cross country team from 1994 were one of several new members elected to the Clear Fork Athletic Hall of Fame and were honored Friday prior to the Colts’ football game with Fredericktown. Jeff Swank, left, a member of the hall of fame committee introduced the team, from left, coach Don Thogmartin, Deanna Pore, Gretchen McCarthy, Dusty Au, Julie (Hamilton) Tomich, Kristy (Thomas) Tucker and Nicole (Riddle) McGregor.

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Clear Fork girls cross country team from 1994 were one of several new members elected to the Clear Fork Athletic Hall of Fame and were honored Friday prior to the Colts’ football game with Fredericktown. Jeff Swank, left, a member of the hall of fame committee introduced the team, from left, coach Don Thogmartin, Deanna Pore, Gretchen McCarthy, Dusty Au, Julie (Hamilton) Tomich, Kristy (Thomas) Tucker and Nicole (Riddle) McGregor. Request this photo

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BELLVILLE — The 1994 cross country season at Clear Fork was one for the ages.

The girls team advanced to the regionals and were unbeaten during the regular season portion of the schedule, winning five invitationals, including their own Colt Stampede. The boys team also made it to regionals, winning six invitationals.

The members of those teams highlighted a large contingent of teams and individuals who were inducted into the Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame this year. They were honored Friday night prior to the Clear Fork football game with Fredericktown.

Also inducted was the 1989 football team, coached by Dan Sparks. That team went 9-3 overall and advanced to the regional finals.

Two individuals were honored Friday night — one for her exploits on the softball diamond and one for what he did after graduation for Clear Fork.

Taylor Thomas, a 2011 Clear Fork graduate, was a first-team All-Ohio softball player her senior year. She had 14 home runs and 62 RBIs offensively and led the Colts to the state semifinals. Thomas was also a standout pitcher, recording 30 wins and throwing four no-hitters in her career.

Jack Bennett graduated from Bellville High School in 1957, but was selected because of his work for the athletic department after he graduated. He was a member of the committee that built the Clear Fork football field and also helped with the construction of the baseball, softball and soccer fields.

The teams and individuals will be further honored tonight at a banquet at the school at 6 p.m.

 

Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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