BELLVILLE -- Four new members of the Clear Fork Valley Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced to the crowd before Friday night’s football game between the Colts and
Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the induction ceremony for these four new members will be held in August of 2022 in conjunction with next year’s class.
The four new members include former softball coach Jeff Gottfried, the winner of 448 games, All-Ohio softball and district soccer star Taylor Kline, 1,000-point scorer Scott Sellers and Clear Fork’s only All-American, Deijah Swihart.
Gottfried began his coaching career in 2000 with no softball experience and went on to win at .760 clip, claim 11 conference, 17 sectional, four district and two regional titles with the Lady Colts. He was also golf coach for 17 years and led the district through the tumultuous COVID period as athletic director.
He has often been a presenter at the hall of fame induction ceremony.
“I would rather talk about other people than to talk about myself, that’s for sure," Gottfried said. "With all of the teams I have coached over the years it was more fun to talk about how good they were as opposed to what I ever accomplished.
"It goes without saying that I am getting in because of them.”
Kline established a state record of 72 stolen bases in a season her junior year playing for Gottfried. She hit over .400 in all four of her years and put together a 65-game hitting streak. She was a four year starter as a defender for coach Brittany Bechtel and the Colts soccer team. She was twice all state in softball and twice all district in soccer.
Sellers, currently the girls’ basketball coach at Clear Fork, was a four-year varsity player for the boys’ team, scoring 1,107 points in his career. He was honorable mention all-state in 1998. He also played golf for the Colts, were he qualified for district play. After his graduation from Ohio Wesleyan, Sellers was United States Army Green Beret.
“I might have been a little bit of an overachiever," Sellers said. "I always liked getting in the gym get in there and lift at five and shoot at 6 a.m. before school and that carried over to what I did afterwards.”
Swihart was a three-time first team All-Ohio soccer player for the Colts. She is the program’s all-time leader in assists and second in career goals. In basketball, she stands second in career points and first in career steals. She was an all-district selection in basketball. She also ran track. Deijah is currently an assistant soccer and basketball coach at Clear Fork.
Deijah says she loves sports.
“I am a very competitive person, so I would say that is why I was driven toward sports. I like to compete," Swihart said. "I also like to have fun with friends and the social aspect of it too.”