Clippers induct six into Athletic Hall of Fame

COLUMBIANA–The twenty third annual Columbiana High School Athletic Hall of Fame was held Saturday, January 12, 2019. Six individuals were inducted.

Rick Clark (Class of 1987) Rick won seven varsity letters; three in football and baseball, and one in wrestling. In football, Rick was All Inter-County League, All Columbiana County, and All Salem News, his junior and senior years. During his junior year, he was All Northeast Ohio Inland Distrcit and was co-captain his senior year. He continued his football career following graduation at Baldwin Wallace College as a three-year letter winner.

In baseball, Rick was All Inter-County League and All County both his junior and senior years. As co-captain his senior year he helped lead the team to a regional runner-up finish.

Rick also participated in wrestling as a senior. He earned a varsity letter and placed fourth in districts, just shy of a trip to the State Tournament. Rick’s athletic ability and determination shown through with this, considering he had never wrestled before. Rick and wife Amy returned to Columbiana in 2004 and have two sons, Jacob and Zach. Jacob is a CHS grad and Zach is a junior.

Tucker Cope (Class of 1964) Tom, “Tucker” Cope won five varsity letters, two in football and three in track. As a tough, elusive running back, Cope was part of a speedy backfield which included Fred Gosney, Rick Perrin, and Jim Ward. Tucker was the only back to play in all nine games his senior year. Against Leetonia he gained 222 yards, playing only in the first half. This was the first time a Clipper had gained over 100 yards. He was named to second-team All Tri-County League his senior year. The league consisted of Poland, Canfield, Minerva, Louisville, East Palestine, Lisbon, Leetonia, and Columbiana. He was also named second-team All-County.

In track, Tucker, ran the 440 (400) and was a member of the 880 (800) and mile relay teams. As a senior he also ran the 180 low hurdles. The Clippers, who were known for their team speed, won the Columbiana County Meet his junior and senior years. The 880 relay team of Cope, Dukats, Gosney and Perrin won the County Meet in 1964, upsetting Salem. That same group qualified for the State Meet in 1964.

Tucker and wife Linda reside in Columbiana and have two grown children, Tucker, Jr. and Kerri and are blessed with five grandchildren.

John Kelton, deceased; represented by George and Jim Hinerman (Meritorious Service 1972-1984) John Kelton held two nicknames within Clipper Wrestling; “Trail Blazer” and “Videoman” As “Trail Blazer”, John was on the road with wrestlers, whether it be transporting to summer camps and tournaments, off to watch Olympic Trails or World Cup Wrestling matches, or simply team bonding with camping. No wrestler ever paid for any of this and neither did the athletic department.

The “Videoman” John purchased state of the art video equipment to tape all matches as well as taping at camps and clinics to show techniques to the team. During the 70’s he made sure the matches were shown on the Columbiana cable channel. Due to videotaping, the wrestlers were critiqued by John and coaching staff.

John was a local businessman and he not only hired athletes, he helped several Clippers through college. He spent little upon himself and much of his money went to helping athletes with wrestling camps, tickets to events, gas money, vans, athletic gear, and motels for the team when traveling.

John is remembered by the athletes who knew him; for them, he was the heartbeat of the team.

Derek Garrod, (Class of 2002) Derek was a four-year letterwinner with the following records: single game rushing (311), single season rushing (1630), and career rushing (3139). He was the Penn Ohio All Star Game MVP in 2002. Following graduation, Derek played at Ohio Northern University winning the Daniel Q. Gennett Bear Award in 2005. He was also an Honorable Mention All OVAC Running Back at Ohio Northern in 2005.

As a sprinter, Derek made three trips to the State meet, placing all three times. As a sophomore, he finished sixth. in the 100 meters. As a junior, he finished sixth in both the 100 and 200 meters. Also during his junior year, he was Columbiana County Meet MVP. During his senior campaign, Derek was named Top Senior Track and Field Performer for Columbiana County by the Youngstown Track Officials Association. As a senior he qualified for the State Meet in both the 100 and 200 meter dash; placing 2nd in the 100 and 5th in the 200. As a senior he won regional titles in both the 100 and 200 meters. He also ran a leg in the 1600 meter relay team that placed fourth at the regional meet. Derek holds the Columbiana 100-meter record at 10.9 set in 2002.

Derek and his wife, Jenea, reside in Powell, Ohio. They have three children, son, Jamin, daughters, Arielle, and Talia.

Donald Groubert (Track Coach 1996-2002, Cross Country Coach 1998-2000) Donald coached boys and girls track for seven years. During that time, 67 athletes qualified for the Div. III regional meet and 20 competed at the State Meet. His teams were District runners-up in 1997 and 2000. They also won the Tri County League, East Palestine Track League championships in 2000 in addition to a Columbiana County runner-up

Donald was inspirational in reinstating cross country after it had been dropped in the mid 1980’s. In 1999, the boys cross country team won the Tri County League championship and were Div. III regional qualifiers. He is the designer/creator of the cross country course at Ward Athletic Complex. Donald has overseen three changes to the course due to updates to the facility.

He has been and continues to be the Event Manager for Track and Field and Cross Country at Columbiana. overseeing the following special meets; Waldo Ward Middle School Relays, Clipper CC Summer Series, Clipper Cross Country Invitational, and Clipper Track and Field Invitational, all of which he developed. He also manages indoor track meets at Youngstown State University and has been a track official for many years.

He and his wife, Lisa live in Hartford, Ohio. Together they have five children and nine grandchildren.

Ian Schmidt (Class of 2001) Ian won eight varsity letters, two in football, three in basketball, and three in baseball. He was part of the 1998 Tri County League Champs in football. The team also qualified for the state playoffs that year. After college, Ian played Arena Football for the Marion Maybern/Columbus Destroyers.

As a basketball player, he led his team to many thrilling victories during his senior year en route to a Tri-County League championship. Ian’s accomplishments that year on the basketball court included: first-team All Tri-County League (a unanimous vote), first-team All-County and first-team All Northeast Ohio. His school records include: most free throw attempts in a game (18) and most free throws made in a single game (17). A prolific scorer, Ian was in double figures for 15 straight games his senior year and was the leading scorer in Columbiana County averaging 18 points a game. He scored 33 points in a victory over South Range.

As a baseball player, Ian helped lead the Clippers to back-to-back TCL titles in 2000-2001. Ian was first-team All-TCL and first-team All-County his senior year.

Ian and his wife, Natalie live in Dublin, Ohio.