Celebrating 50 years


POMEROY — The 2017 football season kicks off this weekend for teams around the county, with 2017 marking a special milestone for one local school and team.

Meigs Local School District turns 50 this year, which also marks the 50th year of Meigs High School football.

During their regular weekly meeting on Thursday, the Meigs County Commissioners, along with State Representative Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) recognized the first Meigs High School football team for their success on the field during that first season. The team is also being honored at the home opener for the Marauders on Friday evening.

Head Coach Charles Chancey and assistant coaches John Bentley and Ed Bartels were in attendance for Thursday’s meeting, along with current Supt. Scot Gheen, Principal Travis Abbott, Athletic Director Steve Wood and Athletic Booster representative Debbie Gerard.

The proclamation read by the Commissioners recognizing the team and coaches, stated in part,

Whereas, Meigs Marauder football has been a Friday night tradition for 50 years celebrating its anniversary in 2017.

Whereas in the summer of 1967, three school newly consolidated started preparing for their inaugural football season in the Southeasten Ohio Athletic League.

The team went 9-1 in the inaugural season, with the lone loss coming 8-0 to Ironton. A week 9, 28-0 victory over Nelsonville-York clinched the 1967 SEOAL football crown for the Marauders.

Whereas, the tradition set in motion 50 years ago, has been one of family, dedication, team work and pride,

Whereas the Meigs County Board of Commissioners recognize these qualities as paramount to the development of young people and worthy of recognition,

Therefore be it resolved that the Meigs County Commissioners do hereby proclaim August 25th as a day to recognize not only the 1967 Meigs Marauder football team, but the tradition they set in motion that is strong and apparent today.

Likewise, the recognition presented by Edwards from the Ohio House of Representatives congratulated the team and coaches for the accomplishments that season, bringing together a group of players who just one season before had been rivals.

“Each member of the 1967 Meigs high School football team was an excellent young athlete, successfully combining personal ability and competitive spirit with the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. That year, three small schools combined to create Meigs High School and under the astute guidance of Coach Charles Chanceey and his assistants, the Marauders completed their first season in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League with an impressive 9-1 record,” read a portion of the recognition from Edwards.

In addition to recognizing the football team, the commissioners issued a proclamation for “Meigs Local at 50 Day.”

The proclamation read in part,

Whereas, the Meigs Local School District is observing and celebrating 50 years of service to students in the district, it is altogether fitting and proper that we pause to remember and honor those who have come before and their individual and collective achievements;

And whereas the administration, teachers, coaches, staff, parents and friends have been dedicated to providing an atmosphere and educational philosophy,which is carried over into the community to set high standards, to promote excellence in all aspects of the lives of all who have attended school and all who have worked in Meigs Local;

We, the Meigs County Board of County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that Friday, the 25th day of August 2017 be observed and celebrated as “Meigs Local at 50 Day,” with the latest renewal of a great friendly rivalry in the first football game of the 2017 season, as the Meigs Marauders host the Gallia Academy Blue Devils; that old friends from both schools gather and are re-united; that those who attend and those who play on the field may experience and enjoy the fellowship and shared memories of fifty years.

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Several Meigs Local representatives, along with coaches from the 1967 football team were in attendance for the commissioner meeting on Thursday. Pictured are (from left) Supt. Scot Gheen, Athletic Director Steve Wood, Principal Travis Abbott, Athletic Booster President Deb Gerard, Commissioner and current Meigs football coach Mike Bartrum, 1967 head coach Charles Chancey, State Rep. Jay Edwards, 1967 Assistant Coach John Bentley, Commissioner Randy Smith, 1967 Assistant Coach Ed Bartels, and Commissioner Tim Ihle.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.25-Commissioners.jpgSeveral Meigs Local representatives, along with coaches from the 1967 football team were in attendance for the commissioner meeting on Thursday. Pictured are (from left) Supt. Scot Gheen, Athletic Director Steve Wood, Principal Travis Abbott, Athletic Booster President Deb Gerard, Commissioner and current Meigs football coach Mike Bartrum, 1967 head coach Charles Chancey, State Rep. Jay Edwards, 1967 Assistant Coach John Bentley, Commissioner Randy Smith, 1967 Assistant Coach Ed Bartels, and Commissioner Tim Ihle.
Officials honor MHS football team, district

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.