Second Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame class announced

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AP File PhotoTroy High School graduate Heath Murray delivers a pitch for the San Diego Padres in this 1997 file phot. Murray recently was named one of five members of the 2014 Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame Class.
AP File PhotoTroy High School graduate Heath Murray delivers a pitch for the San Diego Padres in this 1997 file phot. Murray recently was named one of five members of the 2014 Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame Class.
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By David Fong

Regional Sports Content Manager

TROY — One year after inducting the inaugural class into the Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame, the second class has been announced.

The Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame Committee and Troy High School Athletic Department has announced the 2014 class will include: Carlton Kazmaier (football, basketball, golf and track coach), Leslie Wells (football and baseball player), Mike Lyons (gymnastics and track), Heath Murray (baseball) and Levi Fox (cross country, track).

The inaugural class contained 10 members, while this year’s class will include five members.

“We felt that five was a good number for this year and moving forward,” committee chairman John Terwilliger said. “We’ve still got a lot of great candidates out there that we will eventually get to.”

This year’s class will be formally inducted Aug. 29 at Troy Memorial Stadium prior to the Troy football team’s season opener against Chaminade Julienne. The following day, a banquet will be held in their honor at the Crystal Room in Troy.

A look at this year’s class:

Carlton Kazmaier

Kazmaier arrived in Troy in 1940 as an assistant football coach. He took over as head coach in 1941, a position he held through 1951. During his time as head football coach at Troy, Kazmaier’s teams compiled a 73-27-6 (69 percent) record. During one four-year stretch, the Trojans went 36-3-1, winning a pair of conference titles and finishing as runner-up twice.

In his final seven years as Troy’s coach, the Trojans went 55-10-1 (83 percent) and earned the first 10-win season in school history (1946). That season, the Trojans outscored opponents 202-24 with six shutouts.

Kazmaier also served as Troy’s varsity basketball coach on two separate occasions. From 1945-48, the Trojans went 49-11 under Kazmaier, capturing league titles in 1945 and 1946. He returned as head coach from 1954-56, capturing a league title in 1956.

From 1952 until his retirement in 1969, Kazmaier served as the school’s golf coach. Under his reign, the Trojans won Miami Valley League titles consecutively from 1962-65. In 1963, the Trojans finished second as a team at the state championships. In 1964, Troy went 17-0 in match play, the first time that happened in school history. Troy sent six teams to state during his coaching tenure.

From 1941-43, Kazmaier served as an assistant track and field coach, taking over as head coach from 1944-46.

Leslie Wells

From 1904-1907, Wells played second base or shortstop on the Troy baseball team and offensive and defensive halfback and kicker on the Troy football team. In 1906, he was a player and the coach for a Troy team that went 8-0.

Following his career at Troy, Wells went on to The Ohio State University, where he was a two-sport athlete as well. In 1908, he was the starting halfback and kicker for the Buckeye football team. He scored three touchdowns in a game against Ohio Wesleyan. In 1909, Wells was the leading rusher and scorer for the Buckeyes. In 1910, Wells was named team captain. He was selected to the All-Ohio College Football Team and was named one of the top five players of the decade at OSU for 1900-1910.

In 1911, Wells served as an assistant football coach at Ohio State. He also lettered two years in baseball for the Buckeyes, 1909 and 1910.

Mike Lyons

Lyons was a state champion gymnast for Troy in 1977, capturing a state title in the still rings with a score of 9.85. That year, he also placed second in the all-around, second in the floor exercise, third in the parallel bars and third in the high bar. As a team, Troy placed fourth at state that year.

During his career at Troy, Lyons also was a team captain and a Western Ohio League champion in the all-around, rings, floor, parallel bars and high bar.

Following his career at Troy, Lyons went on to Iowa State University, where he competed from 1977-1981.

In 1980, Lyons captured second in the rings at the NCAA national championship meet, earning him All-American honors. In 1981, he served as team captain and captured the ISU Alumni Award.

Lyons’ athletic career didn’t end after college. In 2010, Lyons — owner and operator of CrossFit Troy — took sixth place in the Masters Division at the CrossFit World Championships. The following year, he placed eighth.

Heath Murray

Murray is one of two Troy High School graduates to have pitched in Major League Baseball.

In 1990, as a junior at Troy, Murray went 9-4 with a 2.39 earned run average and 102 strikeouts in 78 innings. He helped lead the Trojans to Division I district and regional titles. He was selected All-Greater Miami Valley Conference and all-district.

In 1991, as a senior, Murray went 12-1 with a 0.16 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched. He led the Trojans to a GMVC title, a Division I district title and a regional runner-up finish. He was named first-team All-GMVC, the Division I district player of the year, first-team All-Ohio and was the “Mizuno Co-Player of the Year.”

Following his career at Troy, Murray went on to pitch at the University of Michigan. He lettered four seasons, earning All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior. He was a third-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres. In his debut with the Padreds, he out-dueled pitching legend Greg Maddux to pick up his first-career MLB win.

During his Major League Baseball career, Murray played for the Padres, Tigers and Indians. Between his time in the minors and big leagues, Murray compiled a total of 61 wins, 857 strikeouts and a combined ERA of 3.98.

Following his retirement from baseball, Murray has served as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at Troy. He currently serves as Troy’s pitching coach.

Levi Fox

Fox graduated from Troy in 2005 as the most-decorated cross country and track athlete in school history.

In track and field, Fox captured a state championship in the 3,200-meter run as a senior. He also was a Greater Western Ohio Conference champion in the 1,600 and 3,200, a district champion in both distance events and a regional champion in the 3,200. As a junior, Fox took second at state in the 3,200. He also was a district champ in the 1,600 and 3,200 and regional runner-up in the 3,200. As a sophomore, Fox placed fourth at regionals and 12th at state in the 3,200.

Fox still holds school track and field records in the 1,600 (4:16), steeplechase (6:31), 3,200 (9:10), 5,000 (15:23) and as a part of the 4x800 relay (7:57).

In cross country, Fox was a state runner-up as a senior. That year, he also took first at districts and second at regionals. He placed in the top 10 in the Footlocker National Championship meet, good enough for All-American honors. As a junior, Fox placed fourth at state, first at districts and fifth at regionals. As a sophomore, he took second at districts and finished in the top 25 at state.

Following his career at Troy, Fox competed in both cross country and track at The Ohio State University, lettering three times in both sports. He was a part of two Ohio State cross country teams to qualify for nationals and two Big Ten runner-up cross country teams.

Contact David Fong at dfong@civitasmedia.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong

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