Port Clinton High School inducted its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023 recently at the Catawba Island Club. Honored were basketball star Ryan Hicks, tennis standout Blake Troller and award-winning swimmer MacKenzie Stewart Gluth.
Ryan Hicks, Class of 2010, led Port Clinton’s cage squad to the 2010 Division II State Championship Game against Dayton Dunbar. In his senior year Hicks was the Sandusky Bay Conference Player of the Year, NW District Player of the Year, and 1st Team All-Oho.
Hicks finished his Redskins career with 1,045 points and 625 rebounds. He lettered four years at Defiance College, where he was All-HCAC for two years, and All-Midwest Region in 2013-14. Hicks graduated from Defiance College with 1,115 points, 505 rebounds, more than 75 blocks and more than 75 steals.
Hicks is only the third player in program history to have 1,000-plus points, 500-plus rebounds, 75-plus blocks and 75-plus steals. Hicks returned to lead the Port Clinton basketball program as the head coach for four years from 2019-2023. Hicks led Port Clinton to back-to-back Division II Sectional Championships.
MacKenzie Stewart Gluth, Class of 2012, was the first Port Clinton swimmer or diver to win a State Championship when she won the 200 individual medley at the Division II State Championships in Canton in 2010. In 2009, Stewart Gluth finished as State Runner-Up in the 100 breaststroke. During her four years in high school, Gluth had eight top five finishes at the Division II State Championships.
Gluth continued her swimming career at Virginia Tech University, where she lettered four years. She had five top six finishes at the ACC Championships and qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet in 2013. Gluth qualified for the 2015 USA Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke.
Extraordinary tennis player Blake Troller, Class of 2010, finished his Port Clinton career in 2010 as the all-time leader in wins with 125, and remains the all-time wins leader to this day. Troller was the Sandusky Bay Conference’s Most Outstanding Performer as the SBC Tournament Singles Champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Troller was a Division II Sectional Champion all four years at Port Clinton, District Champion in 2009, District Runner-Up in 2007 and 2008. Blake qualified for the Division II State Championships in 2008 and 2009, earning 2nd Team All-Ohio in 2009.
He continued his tennis career at Ohio Northern University, earning four varsity letters. Troller finished his ONU career with 74 victories, including finishing 34-8 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. He was All-OAC for two years and in 2013 earned the Iron Bear Award in boys tennis.