Jeff Barbee and Cindy Hale to join Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame
BRADFORD – Bradford is pleased to announce the induction of Jeff Barbee and Cindy Hale into the Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame. They will be inducted on Friday, January 14th at the boys varsity basketball game with Mississinawa Valley.
“We are pleased to be adding two such wonderful candidates to the already prestigious Hall of Fame here at Bradford High School,” said Bradford Athletic Director Chloe Thompson (Shell). “Since last year was canceled due to the pandemic, we wanted to be sure this year would make up for that.”
“Jeff and Cindy to join the other 82 athletes and honorary members that have been selected since the HOF’s birth in 1995,” she added. “Cindy and Jeff are great examples of what makes Bradford so special. I would like to extend my thanks for making this possible to the HOF committee and Sally Brewer.”
Jeff Barbee, a member of the class of 2004, was a four year participant in football, powerlifting and track and field, earning a total eight varsity letters. Jeff excelled in football, earning many accolades which include: First Team All CCC (02, 03), Special Mention CCC (01), Honorable Mention DVI Southwest District (02), First Team All-Southwest District (03), All-State Honorable Mention DVI (03), and was a three time choice for the All-Darke County Team (01, 02, 03). Jeff was also a member of the Powerlifting program and place third at the State Meet in 2003 and 2004. During his years on the track team Jeff earned Special Mention CCC in Shot and Discuss (04), was District Champion in Shot Put (04), and place 8th at Regionals (04). Because of these impressive honors, Jeff was awarded the 2002-03 YMCA of Darke County’s Athlete of the Year Award.
Honorary Member, Cindy Hale, has been an instrumental part of the Powerlifting Program since 1996. Cindy the wife of current head coach Greg Hale, coached 28 individual state champions, and lead the team to two team championships (00, 01), eleven runner up titles (99, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 11, 13, 14), one 3rd place finish (10), and a fourth place finish (15). During her time as coach, she became so invested in powerlifting that she began to compete herself, setting a state deadlift record in her age and weight class. Cindy is currently the treasure at the Miami County ESC, and continues to support the powerlifting program by helping at the home meets.