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Athletic Director Pat Murtha, 2003 graduate Chad Middaugh, 2007 graduate Jeremy Espinoza
5a53b4bf121e0 Athletic Director Pat Murtha, 2003 graduate Chad Middaugh, 2007 graduate Jeremy Espinoza
Athletic Director Pat Murtha, 2003 graduate Chad Middaugh, 2007 graduate Jeremy Espinoza

Two Bulldogs introduced to RHS Athletic Hall of Fame


The Rossford High School Athletic Hall of Fame introduced its 28th Class Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 with inductees Chad Middaugh and Jeremy Espinoza.

Golf Coach Del Clayton introduced Chad Middaugh, a 2003 graduate before Wrestling Coach Ron Recknagel introduced 2007 graduate Jeremy Espinoza at an induction ceremony in the high school auditorium. Afterward the two were presented with their Hall of Fame plaques before the varsity boys basketball game by Athletic Director Pat Murtha.

Mr. Middaugh was a three-sport star who carried a 3.73 grade-point average and had a perfect attendance Chad Middaughrecord for all four years of high school. Today he is still coaching golf professionally, and even recently played a round with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Chad earned two 1st Team All-NLL awards in bowling and helped Rossford take first place in the NLL his senior season. On the diamond he maintained a strong batting average, but joked his golf swing would bring down his average.

On the course is where Mr. Middaugh found his calling. He earned all-league honors each season, earning top golf in NLL his senior year and was first team all league for a second time. He won District Player of the Year Award while breaking school records for low scores for nine and 18 holes and low averages for nine and 18 holes too. 

Mr. Middaugh thanked his parents, Jan and Fred Middaugh, some of his teammates and coaches. Jeremy Espinoza

Mr. Recknagel said Mr. Espinoza is one of two of the best wrestlers to come through Rossford. In his competitive nature, when Jeremy was introduced he said he would wrestle for that top honor. He was a four-time NLL Champion. He placed eighth in the State Tournament as a sophomore and then went 82-2 his final two seasons as a Bulldog. Mr. Espinoza placed third in the state his junior year at 125 pounds, and was state runner-up his senior year at 130 pounds. He finished his career as the RHS and NLL leader in career victories with 138 wins.

Mr. Espinoza also thanked his teammates for pushing him to be better. He thanked his parents, coaches, and Mr. Murtha.

 
 

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