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Climon Lee

A 1957 graduate of South High where he led the Cavalier cagers and cross country teams to city championships as a senior. Took his talents to Akron U where he excelled in basketball and track. All told Climon earned nine letters - four each in basketball and track and one in cross country. He began his career under Russ Beichly (1957-59) and then played two years for Tony Laterza. During that four-year span Lee and his teammates compiled a 76-23 mark, including a 21-2 record in 1958-59 when our inductee earned All-Ohio Conference honors. Equally successful in track, Climon was the OC hurdles champ from 1959 through 1961, All-Ohio champion in 1961 and captured the NCAA Mideast Regional hurdles championship in both 1960 and 1961. It was in 1961 that the Zip thinclads won their first OC championship and Lee earned the Sterling Geesman Award as the outstanding performer in the meet. He capped his career by being named Athlete of the Year in 1960 and sharing the same honor with Hall of Famer Alex Adams in 1961.

Inducted 1977 | Track & Field, Basketball