Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Koth named to Iowa athletic shrine

Ketchum physical therapist joins wife in legacy


Sherri and John Koth, married owners of Koth Physical Sports Therapy in Ketchum, now share yet another trait in common.

With John's recent induction into the Chariton, Iowa high school athletic Hall of Fame, the couple are now both featured athletes in the small school's athletic legacy.

"I'm humbled by it," said John Koth, a high school football player and track athlete who excelled at defensive end on the field. He was named an all-conference player his final two years playing high school ball and was named to the hall of fame this fall.

Sherri Koth was inducted in 1989, the year Chariton High first unveiled its Hall of Fame. She was an all-state track runner, once capturing the Iowa State Championship in 400-meter hurdles.

The Koths have made a name for themselves in the Wood River Valley helping local athletes—many of them elite in their sport—recuperate from injury. They were also high school sweethearts in Chariton, a town of 4,400.

In the context of a small town, where 3,000 people turn out for a homecoming football game, the Koths were moved by the tribute to their high school careers and their shared youth.

"No one else in the world knows what it means, but in that school in that town, it's an amazing honor because of how they look at sports," said John Koth.

John Koth has stayed involved in high school sports throughout his career as a physical therapist. Since moving to Idaho, he has been the trainer for Wood River High School athletics for nine years.

Sherri Koth, despite her state championship title, was nothing but humble. "It's not such a big deal in the context of (the Wood River Valley), and the athletes here," she said.

Still, "it's special for us," she added with a smile.

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