Local athletic icons to be inducted Nov. 17
PANTHERS TO BE RECOGNIZED
ELKHART — The annual induction ceremonies and banquet for the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame will be Nov. 17 at the Matterhorn Banquet Hall in Elkhart at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by Sunday.
Tickets may be purchased at the NorthWood H.S. Athletic office open during normal school hours or from Richard Campbell at 574-773-7582, Bob Riley at 574-773-4717 or Jim Loucks at 574-77-4499. The following are being inducted:
Nappanee High School, 1968
Indiana University, 1972
Earned 11 varsity letters in cross country, track, basketball and baseball
Basketball — Elkhart Truth All-Sectional team member
Track — IHSAA state runner-up in 880-yard-run, 1968; Northern Lakes Conference champion in 880, setting school and league record, 1968; Elkhart County Sectional, Fort Wayne Regional 880 champion, 1968; school-recordholder in mile run and mile relay 1968.
College track — Earned All-American status in mile relay after 5th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, 1972; team co-captain, 1972; member of Hoosiers’ 4th-place mile relay team, indoor and outdoor, 1972; member of the Big Ten Conference outdoor champion, 1970-1971.
NorthWood High School, 2006
Bethel College, 2010
Earned four varsity letters in basketball
Basketball — Helped the Panthers to a 59-27 record during career, the best four-year span for wins in school history; school-recordholder for career points (1,673) and three-pointers made (138); Elkhart County scoring champion, 2006; three-time MVP; three-time All-Northern Lakes Conference; three-time all-sectional team, 2004-2006.
College — four-year starter, helped Pilots to 2007 National Christian College Athletic Association national championship; helped Pilots to Mid-Central College Conference regular season and tournament championships, 2007, 2009; fifth in career assists (702); sixth in career three-pointers made (251) and 10th in points (2,075); All-MCC 2nd team, 2008-2009; NCCAA second-team All-American, 2008; NAIA All-American honorable mention, 2009; NAIA third-team All-American, 2010; Pete Maravich winner, 2010.
Coaching — Bethel College, men’s basketball assistant coach, 2010-present.
Wakarusa High School, 1958
Elkhart Christian, 1974-1988
Earned nine varsity letters in baseball, basketball and track and field
Baseball — earned three letters, carried .482 batting average, 1958.
Track and field — earned three varsity letters, school-recordholder in mile relay
Basketball — earned three varsity letters -MVP, 1958; scored 446 career points, including 298 (1958).
Coaching — Assistant varsity and junior varsity boys basketball coach at Elkhart Christian, assistant girls softball coach, NorthWood High School
NorthWood High School, 1979
University of Indianapolis, 1982
Shelbyville High School, coach
Earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field.
Track — earned four varsity letters - MVP, IHSAA state qualifier in shot put, school recordholder in shot put and discus, sectional champion in shot put and discuss, 1979.
Basketball, earned two varsity letters, team captain, 1979
Football, earned three varsity letter, two-time Elkhart County scoring champion, 1978-79; Team MVP, 1978-79; set school records for career rushing yards (2,284), career attempts (428), season attempts (185), career points (170), season points (96), career touchdowns (28), season touchdowns (16) and single-game touchdowns (4); was first Panther to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,012 in 1979).
College — Football, earned three varsity letters, 1st team all-conference, 1981; second-team all conference, 1980; Defensive MVP, 1981
Track and field, earned four varsity letters, captain, 1982
Coaching — 29 years at Shelbyville High School; 18 years as head coach, 92-100 record,, most wins in school history; Indiana Football Coaches Association Region All-Star Game coach, 2000, 2008; Hoosier Heritage Conference unbeaten season and HHC Coach of the Year, 2007.