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2008 Circle of Champions Inductees

2008 Circle of Champions Inductees

 

Galen Cisco
Jim Lachey
Susan Nash Sugar
Bill Willis
 

 

Galen Cisco is a St. Marys native who was a football and baseball star at Memorial High. Also a two-sport star in college, Cisco earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors while serving as captain of Woody Hayes' 1957 Buckeye football team that won the National Championship and the 1958 Rose Bowl. He played both fullback and linebacker. On the diamond, Galen was 12-2 with the Buckeye and earned All-America honors. He then pitched seven years in Major League Baseball for three different teams, then spent as a pitching coach with several organizations, including the Toronto Blue Jays teams that won three straight American League pennants and were the 1992 and the 1993 World Champions. Cisco currently resides in Celina.

A native of St. Henry, Jim Lachey was all-state in football, played on the 1979 Redskins basketball team that won an OHSAA state title and won a state tournament silver medal as a senior and a bronze as a junior in the shot put. Following high school, Jim played football at Ohio State and was an All-American and all-Big Ten guard on the 1984 team that won the conference championship and played in the Rose Bowl. Following graduation, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the NFL draft. He played 11 years in the NFL for the Chargers and Washington Redskins, was named All-Pro seven times, was selected to three Pro Bowls and helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. Jim lives in Columbus. 
 
Susan Nash Sugar won 11 events in the OHSAA State Track and Field Tournaments between 1981 and 1984, including first place in the 400 meters four straight years, and she helped her team win three state championships. Susan also won two state cross country individual titles and led her team to a state championship. In basketball, she was a two-time all-Ohio selection and helped Rosecrans win Class A state championships in 1982 and 1983 and finish as state runner-up in 1984. While at the University of Florida, Susan won All-America honors during the 1986 indoor season in the 4x800 championships and at one time held American and World records. Susan resides in Columbus.. 
 
Honored posthumously was Bill Willis, a pioneer for African-American athletes. Bill attended Columbus East High School, then starred as a football lineman under Paul Brown at both Ohio State and with the Cleveland Browns. At Ohio State, he was the Buckeyes' first African-American football All-American in 1943 and 1944 and was on the 1942 National Championship team. He helped break the professional football color barrier with the Browns, playing for Cleveland between 1946 and 1953. The team won four All-American Football Conference championships and the city's first NFL title in 1950, and Willis was named all-league seven times. Bill is a member of the college and professional football Halls of Fame. Mr. Willis died at the age of 86 in November of 2007.
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