COLUMN: Clinton County Sports Hall of Fame now has website


Mark Huber

The Clinton County Sports Hall of Fame has a website.

Well, it’s had a website for a while — a little over a year — but finally it has a functional, populated website. The address is clintoncountysportshalloffame.weebly.com.

Now, it’s only a listing of each class and a group photo of the class. Hopefully, soon, it’ll have a head shot and bio of each inductee. That will come with time but will help folks follow the HOF and its inductees.

It’ll very soon have an update on when the next induction will be held. There’s a forum on there, too, which can be used to submit nominations for future classes, or share stories about those already inducted.

One thing is missing, though. I can’t find a group shot of the Class of 2007. Anyone who has a post-induction group photo of that class, please email me at mhuber(at symbol)civitasmedia.com.

The members of that class were Ellen Brown, Casey Chroust, Jeff Hobbs, Russell J. Hodson, Larry Richard, Kiesha Michelle Cowin Richardson and Jack Rittenshouse.

… Maybe a bit late bringing this to print but three Clinton County athletes still hold Div. II Dayton District track and field records.

Not surprisingly, Jennifer Caldwell has the 300-meter hurdle record for the girls at 44.4 seconds. She won two state championships while at East Clinton — one her sophomore year and another her senior year. She did not run track her junior year because of a knee injury. Pretty amazing that she bounced back as a senior to win a state title.

Skylar Dooley and Alicia Smith of Clinton-Massie also hold district meet records.

Dooley, who ran on the Falcons state championship 4×100-meter relay team in 2007, has the 200-meter dash record. He clocked a 21.73 on the Welcome Stadium track in 2008.

Smith set the district discus record of 127-6 in 2003.

… The recent revelation on Pete Rose betting on Reds game while he was a player should have been either surprising or opinion-altering.

Since he was banned from baseball for gambling and then subsequently admitted the same, I believe he should never be allowed back in the game. That’s the rule and he knew the rule when he did all of this.

The Hall of Fame isn’t run by Major League Baseball and therefore is a different topic. He could be inducted into the Hall of Fame, I’d be OK with that. His plaque should reflect his indiscretions.

But to manage a team or even be on a team payroll, no way. Sorry Pete. I worshipped Rose as a player and still think he is what every player should strive to emulate on the field of play. But a rule is a rule.

Then why are the steroid users allowed in the game, you might say?

The rules don’t call for a lifetime ban of substance abusers. Should they? I would be for that but — right or not — the Major League Baseball Players’ Association is way too powerful to ever allow that to happen.

So baseball will have to be happy with keeping those substance abusers out of the Hall of Fame.

Mark Huber may be reached at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.