Indian Lake High School inducted four elite former athletes into the ILHS Athletic Hall of Honor during a ceremony at a home basketball game Dec. 22. Although Indian Lake has long displayed the photos of its athletes who have earned state recognition or have placed at a state tournament, no public recognition was ever held. Athletic Director Jeff Courter wanted to change that.
“I thought, let’s bring them back to an event, show them how proud we are of their efforts,” Courter said. “I knew that would mean more to them.”
The first group to be publicly inducted into the ILHS Hall of Honor consists of four 2018 graduates. They are Collin Coburn, Connor Dixon, Dylan Knotts and Cole Mefford.
Knotts remarked, “To actually be recognized publicly for our accomplishments is great.”
Collin Coburn, son of Dave and Lisa Coburn of Lakeview, was named a member of the 2017 Second Team All Ohio Football Team as a Receiver. He is currently transferring to Ohio Northern University where he will continue playing football.
Connor Dixon, son of Todd and Jamie Dixon of Huntsville, was a 2017 State Wrestling Meet Qualifier, a member of the 2017 Second Team All Ohio Football Team as a Linebacker and placed fifth in his weight class at the 2018 State Wrestling Tournament. Dixon currently wrestles for Urbana University.
Dylan Knotts, son of Steven and Sandra Knotts of Russells Point, was a 2018 State Wrestling Qualifier. He is a also member of the Urbana University Wrestling Team.
Cole Mefford, son of Daren and Missy Mefford of Lewistown, was a member of the 2017 Third Team All Ohio Football Team as an Offensive Lineman and placed seventh in his weight class at the 2018 State Wrestling Meet. Mefford wrestles at Ohio Northern University.
Mefford said, “It’s great to know these Laker fans still support us with what we’re doing now.”
In front of the crowd, Courter presented each young man with their official Hall of Honor photo and a special gift. Then they gathered with friends and family outside the gym to officially place their photos in the ILHS Athletic Hall of Honor.
Coburn said, “It’s a huge honor to be up there with all the other elite athletes from Indian Lake.”
Courter plans to make the ILHS Hall of Honor induction ceremony an annual event. He also hopes to bring back every member of the Hall of Honor for public recognition during the 2019 event.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.