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Three more inductees announced for MF Athletic HOF

It’s time to unveil three more members of the Class of 2020 for the Martins Ferry Athletic Hall of Fame.

This trio all wore the Purple and White at the same time – one who could get off the ground, one who could run like the wind and one who could hit like a ton of bricks.

Joining the Class of ’20 to be inducted on Friday, Oct. 23 in conjunction with the Purple Riders’ home football game against Beaver Local are Marc Freeman (Class of 1989), Kari Peterson (Class of 1990) and Scott Joseph (Class of 1990).

The final three members of this year’s HOF class will be announced next week.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:

Marc Freeman (Class of 1989) — Regardless of the sport, this talented athlete could really soar.

On the basketball court, as part of a well-balanced three-pronged attack, Freeman was a three-year letterman/starter for Coach Joe Gala. He finished with more than 900 career points and his all-star recognition included honorable mention all-Ohio Division II; first team all-Eastern District; first team all-OVAC Class AAA; first team all-District 12 Division II; and first team all-Valley “Big School”. During his senior season, the Riders finished with a 14-8 record and captured the Division II Sectional championship. He was also first team All-OVAC as a junior.

He participated one year in, but made a major impact as a sprinter and high jumper.

Teaming with Sean Banal, Dan Covington and Pete Sinclair, he earned All-Ohio Class AA honors with a third place finish (43.30) in the OHSAA State Track Championships.

Freeman set a school and meet record in the high jump with a leap of 6 foot, 7 inches at the Class AA District Meet and claimed the district title in the 4×100 relay with the above trio, again winning the 4×100 relay at the regional while finishing fifth in the high jump (6-5) to narrowly miss a state berth.

At the OVAC Cal Giffin Track Championships, he was first in the high jump (6-6) and on two winning relay teams – 4×100 (44.25) and 4×200 (1:32.93); and he also captured the high jump at the Belmont County Relays (6-4).

At the Martins Ferry Relays, Freeman placed first in the high jump (6-0) and was on three winning relay teams – 4×100 (48.0), 4×200 (1:38.0) and sprint medley (1:43.4).

Kari Peterson (Class of 1990) — This track star could run with the best of them, and she could overcome any “hurdle” in her way, too. In fact Peterson was in the Purple Rider record books at one time in no less than seven events.

Peterson was the standard-bearer for the girls at one point in the 100 hurdles (17.4), 300 hurdles (47.0), 800-meters (2:23.5) and as a member of the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relays teams.

As a junior, she became an All-Ohioan with a fourth place finish in the Class AA 4×800-meter relay (9:41.40) along with teammates Trina Richardson, Vanessa Sikora and Debbie Wisell, setting what was then an all-time record in the Ohio Valley. That group was second in the district (10:06.3) and fourth in the regional (9:49.5).

Individually, Peterson placed first in the district in the 300 hurdles (47.1) and sixth in the regional (47.0); and second in the 300 hurdles in both the OVAC Track Championships (49.35) and Belmont County Relays (49.5).

Other top relay performances that year includes winning the 4×800 in both the OVAC (10;17.47) and Belmont County (10:40.1) events with the above mentioned group and the 4×400 in the OVAC (4:31.84) and Belmont County (4:22.4) with Wisell, Richardson and Judy Zingo.

As a senior, she was first in the 300 hurdles (48.1) and sixth in the 4×800 relay at the OVAC; first in the 800 (2:27.6) and sixth in the 4×800 relay at the Belmont County Relays; second in the Division II District in the 800 (2:25.9) and fourth in the Regional (2:224.0) to become an OHSAA State qualifier.

Also a varsity cheerleader, she took part in state competitions.

Scott Joseph (Class of 1990) — A member of one of Martins Ferry’s best-known athletic family trees, Joseph excelled in both football and track.

In football, he was a three-year letterman and a hard-hitting linebacker (offensively, he played guard, tackle and fullback during his career) who earned first team All-Ohio Division III recognition as a senior. He was also first team All-Eastern District Division III and All-Valley “Big School” while receiving first team All-OVAC Class AAA honors as both a junior and senior along with honorable mention as a sophomore. He represented the Purple Riders in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, with Ohio winning by a 42-0 score.

His defensive numbers each year were impressive: 142 tackles, six QB sacks and two interceptions as a sophomore; 165 tackles, seven QB sacks and two interceptions as a junior; and 172 tackles, eight QB sacks and four interceptions as a senior captain. As the fullback during his senior campaign, he rushed 142 times for 879 yards and seven TDs and caught 12 passes for 211 yards.

In track, as a three-year letterman, he sparkled in the shot put – taking first place in the OVAC Cal Giffin Track Championships (50 ft. 0 in.); the Belmont County Relays (47-4) and the Ferry Relays (50-¢). In OHSAA postseason action, he was the Division II District champion (49-4 §) and finished sixth in the regional (51-9 ™).

He also competed in the 100 and 200 as well as the 4×100 relay, with the latter earning a regional berth during his senior season.

He also lettered as a freshman in baseball and three years in wrestling.

Joseph then played football at Ashland University, graduating in 1994 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He was a four-year letterman in four-year letterman and two-year starter, earning team player of the week honors at linebacker and on special teams. An injury cut short his senior season with the Eagles.

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