Two former Columbus Unified High School athletes, Marc Eddington and Austin DeVoe, will be inducted into the Columbus Sports Hall of Fame January 27 at the Annual Columbus Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
The two former CUHS athletes will be recognized at a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Maple Uncommon prior to the banquet.
Cost of the banquet is $18 per person with reservations due by January 18. For additional reservation information call the chamber at 1-620-429-1492.
Eddington was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at CUHS from 1988-1992. During his high school sports career he achieved 1st Team All Southeast Kansas League honors in basketball, football, and baseball. In addition, he was named to the Joplin Globe All Area Baseball Team as a 1st Team selection in 1992.
After high school Eddington attended Coffeyville Junior College and played baseball where he led the Red Ravens with a .351 batting average while helping the team win the Jayhawk East Division Championship.
After junior college Eddington went to play sports at Pittsburg State University where he lettered and excelled in two sports. As a basketball player he was a two-time 1st Team MIAA and All District selection. He broke the Gorilla’s basketball scoring record for a two-year career with 1,090 points.
In addition to basketball, Eddington played baseball at PSU where he pitched PSU to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota State to help the Gorillas in their first NCAA Regional appearance.
Eddington majored in printing while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology from PSU in 1997. He was a two-sport letterman in college and because of his scholarship, athletics, and involvement on campus, he was named Outstanding Senior Male Student at the PSU graduation ceremonies in 1997.
In 2009 Eddington was inducted into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Eddington and his wife Kami reside in Nixa, Missouri.
DeVoe distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete at CUHS from 1997-2001. During his high school sports career he won multiple state championships in wrestling. He placed 3rd at the Junior Nationals Freestyle Wrestling Championships and was named All American.
DeVoe was named the Kansas State High School Wrestler of the Year in 2001 after he earned his third state title. He was the Kansas State Champion in his weight division in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In addition, he finished second in the Kansas State Wrestling Championships as a freshman in 1998.
After high school DeVoe earned four wrestling letters at the University of Missouri and in 2002 was named the Outstanding Freshman Wrestler of the Year at Missouri University.
As a Big XII wrestler he also qualified for the NCAA National Wrestling Championships.
While at the University of Missouri DeVoe won the Freestyle University National Championships and was selected to travel to Bulgaria and Greece to wrestle in freestyle matches.
DeVoe majored in parks and recreation management while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006. Since leaving the University of Missouri DeVoe has been instrumental in teaching wrestling to youngsters in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in both camps and clinics and is currently the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Northern Colorado, an NCAA Division I wrestling program.