Four inductees highlight HOF class
COLUMBIANA — The Columbiana Athletic Hall of Fame held the 25th induction on Sept. 18 with four inductees. They include:
(Class of 1966,
Ron is synonymous with service and volunteering. He has been the voice of Clipper football for 28 years and will begin his 26th year announcing Clipper Basketball. He announced basketball his senior year of high school and returned to that in 1995. You also hear Ron during the Penn-Ohio Football game as well as during Columbiana’s Street Fair parade.
In 1994, as a founding member of the Clipper Facility Committee, Ron served as treasurer until the group disbanded in 2019. This group was responsible for fundraising for the football press box, locker room, and sports equipment.
Ron was elected to the board of education in 1990 and served as the president for two years. He was appointed by the board of education to the Harvey S. Firestone Park board in 1993. He was elected chairman of the board in 2003 and still holds that position.
Ron did his undergraduate work at Kent State University, received his Optometry Degree from Illinois College of Optometry and has been in practice for 50 years. He was recognized by Ohio Optometric Association in 1990 and 1991 as Young Optometrist of the Year and in 1992 was named National Optometrist of the Year, by the American Optometric Association.
For the past 25 years, Ron has been part of the CBS broadcasting team for the Pittsburgh Steelers; he has expanded that to include the Cleveland Browns and Fox broadcasting network.
Ron and his wife, Marilou, have resided in Columbiana for the past 44 years and have three children, Kristen, Jeff and Dan.
(Class of 2000, Athlete)
Caleb was a three-year letter winner in basketball and a two-year letter winner in baseball. He was the MVP, as the leading scorer and assist leader his junior and senior year. His senior year, Caleb was named to the Tri-County League All-Star team and the Columbiana County Classic.
Baseball, though, was his favorite sport. As a junior, Caleb earned TCL honors at shortstop. That year, he helped lead the Clippers to a sectional championship, district runner-up and the TCL championship. Caleb played in the NEOBCA all-star game at Jacobs Field, now Progressive Field. He also played in the Northeast Ohio vs Western Pennsylvania all-star game in which Ohio won. Caleb capped his senior year being named to Mizumo All-Ohio All-Star team and All-Ohio academic team.
He continued his academic and baseball career at Thiel College, where he was a four-year letter winner and named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference all-star team all four years. As a junior, Caleb led the Tomcats to their first conference championship in 20 years. During his senior year, he earned All American Academic honors as well as being named to the CoSIDA All-American team. Caleb has also been inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Following graduation he attended West Virginia University earning his dentistry degree. After spending three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Forces Dental Corp., he and his wife, Julie, also a dentist, live and practice in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
Stevie Goist Green
(Class of 2003, Athlete)
Stevie was a four-year letter winner in basketball and softball, and a two-year letter winner in volleyball. On the basketball court, Stevie was a leader from the beginning; as the team captain, sophomore thru senior year. She was second-team Tri-County League her freshman year and first-team All-Columbiana County. Her sophomore through senior year she was first-team TCL; a unanimous pick her senior year. She was honorable mention Northeast Ohio her freshman through junior years. As a senior she led the Clippers to their first TCL championship, was named first-team All-County, Columbiana County Player of the Year, first-team Northeast Ohio, special mention All-Ohio and District One Coaches Association Player of the Year. At one point she held school records in five categories.
On the softball field, Stevie served as leadoff batter, pitcher and middle fielder. She received post season honors every year. Her freshman year, Stevie was first-team All-County and honorable mention Northeast Ohio, the Clippers were also TCL champs. During her sophomore campaign, the Clippers missed the championship but Stevie garnered a unanimous first-team TCL, first-team All-County and honorable mention Northeast Ohio. Her junior and senior years the Clippers shared the TCL championship and Stevie was a unanimous first-team TCL, first-team All-County, first-team Northeast Ohio and second-team All Ohio. As a player, Stevie had six season records and nine career records.
Upon graduation, Stevie attended Wheeling Jesuit University on an athletic and academic scholarship, playing both basketball and softball, lettering in both. She transferred to Geneva College her sophomore year, played basketball and was a student assistant coach her senior year. Stevie has degree in English and a master’s in reading. Presently she is a high school English teacher at Beaver High School in Pennsylvania.
She and her husband, Brett, reside in Boardman with their children Maizy and Maurelius. She is the assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Boardman; Brett is the head coach.
(Class of 2001, Athlete)
Kris was a three-year letter winner in football and a four-year letter winner in track. Kris started all 30 games as a varsity football player. During his time on the offensive line, many school rushing records were set. He was a two-time Tri-County League, All-Columbiana County and Quad County offensive lineman. During his senior year, he was first-team All-Northeast Inland District offensive line and part of the offensive line blocked for three current school records. As a senior, and part of the football program, Kris placed third in the state powerlifting meet. A fun aspect for Kris his senior year, as well, was playing side by side with his younger brother, Tim.
Competing in the weight events in track, Kris won the Columbiana County shot put as a junior and TCL shot put as a senior. He was a two-time regional qualifier in the shot put. In his senior year, Kris made his way to the state track meet and placed ninth. He is also part of the shot put relay school record.
After graduation, Kris attended Westminster College, participating in football and track. He transferred to Youngstown State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Mathematics Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Kris has been a math teacher at Boardman High School for 15 years. He has coached football at Columbiana and Boardman and has been part of 12 playoff teams. He has been offensive coordinator at Boardman and presently is coaching running backs. Kris was throwing coach at Columbiana for five seasons, having four athletes go to state.
He and his wife, Chelsea reside in Columbiana with their son Kaleb.