BOURBON — The Triton High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2013 class will include four athletes, one coach and two contributors, the school’s athletic department announced recently.
Athletes Jamie Erwin, Jack Carpenter, Curt Kreft and Julie Lozier will be honored alongside former girls basketball coach Mark Heeter and contributors William Moriarity and Kenneth Keller during halftime of the Triton versus Culver boys basketball game in a boys/girls doubleheader Jan. 11. Tipoff for the varsity girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The THS Hall of Fame festivities will continue during the induction banquet Jan. 12. beginning at 6 p.m. at the Back Forty Banquet Center in Bourbon.
Triton’s Athletic Director Mason McIntyre will serve as the Banquet’s emcee for the evening and tickets for the banquet can be purchased now in the Triton High School Athletic Office and will also be sold at all home boys basketball games. Tickets are $20 per person and will include a meal. The last day for ticket sales will be Jan. 7.
“The selection committee did an outstanding job selecting the Class of 2013,” McIntyre said. “The selection process was difficult, but the committee was able to narrow it down to the group that they felt most deserved to be inducted into the Class of 2013.”
The first athlete to be inducted is 1973 graduate Erwin.
Erwin participated in football and wrestling and was a member of the most successful era in Triton football history playing for coach Charlie Smith. Erwin was a member of the first Triton wrestling team in 1971 and went undefeated at heavyweight that season. He finished fourth at regional in 1972 and was the regional champion in 1973, advancing him to the IHSAA state finals. He ultimately finished his wrestling career with a combined record of 43-8.
The second athlete to be inducted is 1981 graduate Carpenter.
Carpenter was an eight-time varsity letterwinner participating in tennis, cross country, basketball and golf who earned MVP honors twice in basketball and three times in golf. He was the first Triton golfer to advance to the regional meet, and in basketball is a member of Triton’s 500-point club for single season points with 558 points in 1981.
Carpenter went on to excel in both basketball and golf at Bethel College, where he earned NCCAA and NAIA All-District team awards in both sports. He was also named an NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention player in basketball in 1984 and was inducted into the Bethel College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
The third athlete to be inducted into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame is 1981 graduate Kreft.
Kreft participated in cross country and track for four years, earning four varsity letters in each sport. He received MVP honors in both cross country and track his junior and senior seasons, was the Northern State Conference champion in cross country two times and was the NSC 1600-meter champion his senior year. He still holds records in the 800 meters (1:56.2) and the 1600 meters (4:20.3) and is the former school record-holder in the 3200 meters.
Kreft earned a scholarship to run cross country and track at Liberty University, where he was an NCCAA National Qualifier in both cross country and track and held records in the indoor 1500 meters (3:51), the indoor mile (4:07) and the outdoor 1500 (3:49). He was the Liberty University Track MVP in 1985.
The last athlete to be inducted is 1987 graduate Lozier.
Lozier participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She was named MVP of the volleyball team two times, MVP of the basketball team three times and MVP of the track team two times. She is a member of Triton’s 1,0000-point club with a career 1,421 points and earned a scholarship to play basketball at Ball State University, where she is still ranked seventh all-time in career blocks and sixth for most blocks in a single season.
She led the Cardinals in field goal percentage and rebounds during the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was twice named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week.
Heeter will be the third coach inducted into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame.
He coached JV volleyball for three seasons and JV girls basketball for one season but is best known for his 14 seasons (1990-2004) as the Lady Trojans varsity basketball coach, where he accumulated a career record of 208-98, making him the all-time winningest coach in Triton girls basketball history. Heeter coached Triton to six NSC championships, five sectional championships, two regional championships, two semistate championships and back-to-back state championships in 2000 and 2001. He retired from coaching at the completion of the 2004 season.
“Bill” Moriarity, a 1943 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, was a contributor to Triton Athletics for many years, spending 49 years driving the school bus before retiring in 2007. Although Bill no longer drives the bus, he can still be found at every boys and girls basketball game.
“Bill didn’t drive a lot of athletic trips until after he sold the grocery store,” Triton Transportation Director Kris Berger said. “But after that he drove every athletic trip he could.”
Kenneth ‘Buzz’ Keller will also be inducted as a contributor.
He served the Triton School Corporation as a teacher, a guidance counselor and Athletic Director. He was also in charge of the construction of THS’ current baseball field, named in his honor as Ken Keller Field. Keller retired from Triton in 1991, but didn’t give up his love of sports, continuing to serve his community as an IHSAA official in baseball, basketball, football, cross country and track before he passed away on Oct. 24, just two days after his selection into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. Keller will be missed by many, but the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame will allow his legacy to live on.
To be eligible to be inducted as a THS Athletic Hall of Fame athlete, the candidate must be a graduate of Triton High School and must have participated in interscholastic athletics while at Triton. The THS Selection Committee is looking for those athletes who set themselves apart by receiving, among other things, conference and state-wide recognition. In order to be eligible to be inducted as a coach, one must have coached at Triton High School for at least five years and must be inactive at the time of the induction. A contributor is someone who has given of themselves for the betterment of the Triton Athletic Department.