|Hall of Fame ceremony honors 2 athletes, first team|
By JIM LANGHAM
PAULDING – Several times, former Paulding football coach Steve Clark used the phrase, “I’m going to set the record straight,” during induction ceremonies for the Paulding High School Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the Paulding-Ottoville boys game on Saturday night. Each time, a round of laughter broke out among former team members from the 1978 football team that finished undefeated and won its second straight outright Northwest Conference championship.
Two athletes and the entire 1978 football team were inducted into the local athletic hall of fame. In addition to the ’78 team, individual honors went to former wrestler Ryan Collins and to Jerry DeLong, who garnered 15 varsity letters during his tenure at the local high school.
In referring to a get-together the team had prior to the ceremony, Clark said, “I heard members telling different stories about things this coach and that coach said. They also told me things that I said.
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