What I found during research is that one state title doesn’t guarantee a spot in the book. There have been many athletes to win multiple championships or earn recognition in state halls of fame, and even national ones. The competition is fierce. But it ultimately showcases how well-rounded the area’s athletic teams have been through history.
Not one sport has dominated at these high schools for the entire duration of this book. Team championships are plenty in track, tennis, swimming and golf, but other sports have had good runs that maybe didn’t last as long, like wrestling in the 1980s at Clinton High School, basketball at St. Marys (Prince of Peace) in the 1970s, football at Fulton High School in the 1970s and 1990s, and baseball in Camanche in the 1980s.
An interesting dynamic to the book is the advent of women’s sports in the 1970s. Several women have left a major impact on the sports history of these towns, and many of them will be featured in the book.
Alongside the teams and athletes that were great, we also will focus on some odds and ends to the record books. This is a section that I particularly enjoy. Did you know that Clinton High School still holds the championship game record for most points in a title game during its 1992 state basketball championship?
Maybe you did know that, but I’m sure there will be some entries in that section that will stump the most ardent local historians.
By the time fall sports season begins, the book will be ready. So until then, let the debate begin on who will be featured.
Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.