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Class of 2018

The best athletes to come out of Canton High School during the first 45 years of its existence have gone on to stardom at the collegiate and professional levels — not to mention U.S. freestyle swimmer Allison Schmitt of Olympics fame.

That rich tapestry of excellence finally will be officially recognized with the inaugural class of the Canton Athletic Hall of Fame. Fourteen athletes or coaches, plus the 2005 football team, will be enshrined Saturday, Feb. 3, at Fellows Creek Golf Club in Canton, during the induction ceremony and dinner.

What’s more, the Class of 2018 will be recognized at halftime of Tuesday’s Canton-Salem boys basketball game. The boys game will tip off around 7:30 p.m., following the 6 p.m. girls basketball contest between the Chiefs and Rocks.

“There have been many great athletes, coaches and teams over the past 45 years and there will be so many more in the future,” Schmitt wrote in an email. “To be able to stand among them is quite an honor.”

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