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  • Sturm, Fox part of Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame class

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  • VIENNA – Ravenswood Red Devil coaching legend Dick Sturm and three-sport standout Joe Fox (Class of 1973) are among those who will be indicted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014. Honorees represent outstanding accomplishments in playing, coaching, administration and fostering the growth of athletics in the seven-county area in Ohio and West Virginia.
    The Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 14, at the Grande Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna.
    Richard “Dick” Sturm is a graduate of Calhoun County High School, who played football on scholarship at Salem College, lettering four years. He coached for 46 years at Ravenswood High School, coaching in 484 games out of the 851 in Ravenswood football history (57%) at his retirement in 2011. He had coached in 304 of the 504 wins (60%)in Red Devil football history.
    Sturm coached the 1972 and 1976 state championship teams, and served as head coach from 1997-2011 (15 years) with a record of 111 wins and 56 losses for a .664 winning percentage. Sturm coached the first home playoff victory in 2004 over Winfield (35-14). He coached two Hunt Award winners, took the Red Devils to a state runner-up finish in 2010, and coached over 2,300 Ravenswood football players in his career.
    Sturm was characterized as “a humble man who brought out the best in everyone.”
    Joe Fox was a three-year starter in football, basketball and track. Fox quarterbacked the 1972 Red Devil football team to its first and only undefeated season and the Class AA State Championship with a 14-6 win over Magnolia. Fox was named to the All-LKC, All-Southern and All-State teams. He received a full scholarship to play football at Marshall University.
    In basketball, Fox was All-LKC in his junior and senior season, averaging a double-double as a senior. He scored 21 points and averaged 12 rebound per game.
    Fox was also a member of the state champion shuttle hurdle relay team for three years. The team won the state championship in 1973.
    Fox also excelled in the classroom, carrying a cumulative 3.85 grade point average. He was and is a model citizen and was well beyond his years in maturity as a high school student.
    In his firs two seasons at Marshall, Fox played under Jack Lengyell in the rebuilding of the Thundering Herd after the 1970 tragedy. He played his junior and senior season under Frank Ellwood. While his playing time diminished under Ellwood due to a shoulder injury, Fox looks back with little regret knowing he was part of something special.
    Other MOV Class of 2014 members include Donald “Dave” Barnes (Washignton County, OH), Larry E. Butcher (Pleasants County), Charles “Bernie” Buttrey (Wood County), George B. Elliott (Wood County), John B. Flint (Wood County), Susan K. Gardner (Wood County), Larry Phillips (Wood County), Jedidiah Stephen (Noble County, OH), Jill E. Stephens (Wood County) and David L. Wilcoxen (Washington County, OH).
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