XENIA — Xenia High School is looking for more than a few good men and women for its inaugural athletic Hall of Fame class.
Xenia Assistant Principal Rick Newsock said the initiative has been on and off for four years, but that a committee is in the final stages of receiving nominations. Newsock said anyone who wants to submit a name should contact him immediately at (937) 562-9908. The group will finalize a class by Dec. 15.
“I got hooked up with a lot of people who have deep-bedded roots here,” said Newsock, in his fourth year at Xenia. “There’s 11 of them that go back into the late ’30s when they went to school at Xenia Central. We’ve got a committee of vast knowledge and experience of the Xenia traditions and athletics.”
The committee members are Phil Anderson, Mack Bottorff, Greg Cross, Wendell Cultice, William Diamon, George Geyer, Earl Knight, Syd Knight, Eddie Scott, Michael Ungard and James West.
Their charge is to find worthy Xenia athletes, get proof and pictures of their athletic accomplishments and decide a first class.
The committee won’t limit the selections to just high school sports. That could mean accomplishments by girls in club sports before high school sports were available to them or non-school sports.
“There might be a team or athletic event that a person could not have been part of when they were at Xenia,” Newsock said. “If we have an individual who went and achieved greatness that way, we need to get those people in.”
A handful of the 100 or so names that have come up include Ohio State and NFL veteran Doug Adams, University of Miami track standout Dave Reasons, speedboat driver Dean Chenoweth, Ohio State football player Vaughn Broadnax, 11-year NBA veteran Barry Clemens and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Pro Bowler Trent Cole.
The first class will be given a quick recognition before the Feb. 18 varsity boys basketball game against Fairborn. The induction ceremony will be Feb. 19 in the school gymnasium. A display will be placed in the hall near the boys locker room.
Contact this reporter at (937) 225-6951 or mgokavi@DaytonDailyNews.com.