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Clay High School inducted two new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame before the Clay- Springfield football game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The members of this years’ Hall of Fame class are Troy McLaughlin (1982) and Shelli Habegger-Phillips (1999), These individuals join 195 other former Clay athletes in the Hall which was started in 1975. 

McLaughlin earned seven varsity letters during his career at Clay: three in track, two in football, and two in wrestling.

As a member of the track team, McLaughlin competed in the high and low hurdles as well as the long jump. In football, He played on the defensive side of the ball as a middle guard and also on special teams. 

Wrestling is where McLaughlin excelled. He accumulated a 72-8 career record and was team captain his senior year. He won multiple tournaments as well as winning two individual Great Lakes League championships. Additionally, he was a two-time sectional champion and district runner up.

McLaughlin says one of his most memorable moments was when he was awarded the James F. O’Brien award as the most valuable male athlete at Clay in 1982.

Shelli (Habegger) Phillips was the 1999 Leta Wescott award recipient for outstanding female athlete, She earned five varsity letters during her career, three in volleyball and two in basketball. 

In basketball, Phillips was a two year starter and honorable mention all-GLL selection during the 1998-99 season. 

Volleyball is where she excelled. Phillips was named Second Team All-GLL in 1996 and First Team All-GLL after the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Additionally, she was a two-time First Team All-District selection and once was named honorable mention. As a result of her play during the ‘98 season, she was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio. 

Phillips continued her volleyball career at Wittenberg University, where she was a three-time National Scholar athlete. Her college awards include Conference Player of the Year in 2000 while leading the nation in assists for a setter.

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