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St. C. HOF to add three members

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Clairsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame is back.

The hall will formally induct three new members Thursday evening when the Red Devils take on Wheeling Central in football

This marks the 16th class to be inducted and raises the total membership of the group of 57 members.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:

JAYLON BROWN, Class of 2014 — Whether it was on the football field or the track, speed was the name of the game for this Red Devil standout.

Brown earned four letters in both football and track before accepting a scholarship offer to continue his football career at Youngstown State University.

Before joining the Penguins, however, Brown etched his name into not only St. Clairsville lore, but Ohio Valley and Ohio history.

In football, Brown made his biggest impact as the primary tailback. During his junior season, which saw the Red Devils advance to the Division IV state championship game, Brown rushed 213 times for 1,848 yards. He also caught 16 passes for 323 yards. All told, he scored 38 touchdowns.

He followed that up with a senior campaign in which he rushed 171 times for 1,328 yards. He caught six passes for 115 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.

All told, Brown finished his prep career with 484 carries for 4,167 yards. He caught 43 passes for 791 yards and finished with astounding 78 career touchdowns.

Brown was a First-Team All-Ohio running back as a senior and was named Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year. He played in the North-South Football Classic, too.

On the track, Brown was a six-time All-Ohioan. Half of those medals came during his senior season.

He finished second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes during 2014. He was also part of the fourth-place 4×100 squad.

As a senior, he was the OVAC champion in both short sprints. He was actually undefeated in his specialties until the state meet.

Brown’s career-best times of 10.66 and 21.47 in the 100 and 200, respectively, still stand at St. Clairsville school records.

JESSE MACHOVINA, Class of 2012 — This former Red Devil shined for four years on the softball diamond during her career at St. Clairsville.

Saying Machovina was a tough out for opposing pitchers may not be giving her enough credit. Machovina was a career .588 hitter for the Red Devils. She had well over 100 hits, 80 RBIs and she hit 15 home runs from her sophomore through senior seasons. Her RBI numbers were made even more impressive by the fact that she hit lead-off most of her career.

Machovina flashed speed on the bases, too. She stole upwards of 40 bases in three seasons. She struck just out twice during her entire career with the Red Devils.

Machovina’s career certainly garnered numerous accolades. She was named First Team All-Ohio as a senior. She was named the OVAC Player of the Year and three times named to the All-Buckeye 8 Team. She was also All-Eastern District and All-OVAC multiple years.

Machovina committed to play for Ohio State University in 2010 following her summer travel season. As a Buckeye, she played three seasons. Her best season came in 2015 when she hit at a .306 clip. She batted .279 as a sophomore.

Machovina graduated from Ohio State University in January of 2018 with a degree in air transportation.

JOEY MAROON, Class of 1986 — Whether you’re talking about his contributions on the fields and court or his support of St. Clairsville High School since his graduation, this honoree has been one of the Red Devils’ biggest backers.

Maroon shined in football, basketball and baseball during his career as a Red Devil. He was named team MVP on both the basketball and baseball teams.

The baseball field is where Maroon earned the majority of his accolades. A three-year starter at shortstop, he was named All-OVAC twice, played in the OVAC All-Star Game and was named to the Eastern Ohio Regional All-Star Squad twice.

In basketball, Maroon was a three-year start at point guard and was the team’s leading scorer as a junior.

On the football field, Maroon helped guide the Red Devils to an undefeated season in 1985.

Maroon’s athletic prowess was recognized at the state level by virtue of his appearance on the All-Ohio Honorable Mention listing in all three of his aforementioned sports.

After his prep career, Maroon attended West Liberty University and was a letterman on the Hilltoppers baseball team. He also played 16 seasons in the Ohio Valley Baseball League.

Maroon completed his degree in business administration in 1990 and then in March of 1991 started Abbey’s Restaurant and Lounge, which he still owns and operates today.

Maroon also coached for 12 years at St. Clairsville, tworking with the junior high, freshmen and varsity levels.

Since his graduation, Maroon has been recognized for his generous philanthropy to both the St. Clairsville Athletics Department as well as the school district.

Maroon expressed his appreciation to his parents Abbey and the late Kathy Maroon, his sisters — Angie Figura, Lenora Davies and Vanessa Burke along with his wife, Dawn, and sons Abbey and Joey.

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