BOURBON — The Triton High School Athletic Department has announced its 2012 Hall of Fame class.
The class of 2012 will be the hall’s second class and will follow the 2011 class of the Bourbon Foundry, Coach Ron Smith, Lorea Feldman, Rich Rhodes, Dan Sharpe and John Yantiss.
The class of 2012 will include four athletes in Joe Berger, Steve Gochenour, Max Trowbridge and Justina Reichert, one coach in Sam Davis and two contributors in Terry and Jackie Alderfer.
“The selection committee did an outstanding job selecting the Class of 2012,” said Triton Athletic Director Mason McIntyre. “It is a challenge to sort through the many qualified individuals and select just a few. The gentlemen on the committee take this responsibility seriously and gave much consideration to each nominee.”
The Hall of Fame festivities will kick off with recognition of these inductees at the Triton versus Knox boys basketball game Feb. 24. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the varsity contest.
The Induction Banquet will take place Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Back Forty Banquet Center in Bourbon. McIntyre will serve as the Banquet’s emcee for the evening.
Tickets for the Banquet can be purchased in the Triton High School Athletic Office beginning Jan. 9 and continuing through Feb. 17. Cost is $20 per person and will include a meal. Tickets will also be sold at all THS home boys basketball games.
“At this time we have received a confirmation from all inductees,” McIntyre said. “We look forward to honoring them during the Hall of Fame weekend and look forward to recognizing Triton Athletic Legends for years to come.”
The first athlete to be inducted is 1965 graduate Berger.
Berger participated in cross country, basketball, baseball and track, competing on the Bourbon cross country, basketball, baseball and track teams until the school’s consolidation with Triton in 1963.
As a basketball player, Berger averaged 21 points per game while leading the Trojans to the basketball semistate in 1965. He was the MVP of the basketball team in 1964 and received MVP honors with the entire team in 1965. He was also named the cross country MVP in 1964 and the Male Athlete of the Year in 1965.
The second athlete to be inducted is 1971 graduate Gochenour.
Gochenour participated in football, basketball, baseball and track, receiving Honorable Mention honors on the 1970 All Northern Indiana Football team and earning the THS football team MVP in 1970. He was the school record holder in the 440 and went on to have an outstanding football and track career at Defiance College where he was a three-year letterwinner in football and a two-year letterwinner in track. He received the Elks Award (Scholar Athlete) and was named to the First Team All-Conference and First team All-District in football at the college. He was also named the Most Valuable Freshman of the Defiance track team.
The third athlete to be inducted into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame is 1972 graduate Trowbridge.
Trowbridge participated in football, basketball, golf, baseball and track. He earned MVP honors and the Batting Title on the 1970 baseball team, was the Most Valuable Defensive player on the football team in 1970 and the MVP of the basketball team in 1970 and 1971. Trowbridge was named All-County in 1970, 1971 and 1972 and earned a scholarship to play basketball at Defiance, where he was a letterwinner his freshman year before transferring to Ball State to pursue a degree in Accounting.
The last athlete to be inducted is 1993 graduate Reichert.
Reichert participated in cross country, basketball and track and may be the most decorated athlete in school history as a four-time MVP in all three sports. She was named the Female Athlete of the Year four consecutive years as well.
Reichert participated in the Cross Country State Finals twice, finishing fourth and 13th. She participated in the State Track and Field Finals all four years of her high school career, finishing second in the 1600-meter run twice and third twice. She was also a state qualifier in both the 800 and the 3200 races.
Reichert was named to the All-State Cross Country Team and the USA Honorable Mention Track Team. She received All-Conference Honors, was named to the All-Sectional Team, the Times Union All-Area Team and the South Bend Tribune All-Star team, and was given an invitation to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 40 Workout.
Davis will be the second Triton coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A 1964 graduate of Warsaw High School who went on to earn a degree in secondary education, technology education, physical education and driver education, Davis was Triton’s first wrestling coach and went on to coach for 42 seasons. In 2008, he was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He also coached football for 27 years and track for three years.
Davis and his wife Gin have been outstanding ambassadors for Triton Athletics and in 1987 they were selected to work for FILA and the ISWA at the Pan-Am games in Indianapolis. Davis also helped with Triton intramural wrestling as a clock operator and was the Technology Club sponsor for the school.
Lastly, Terry and Jackie Alderfer have been contributors of the Triton Athletic Department for the past 26 years.
Jackie began working at Triton High School in 1987 as a Library and Career Aid. The couple began working the concessions stand for boys basketball and football in 1987 and have served in both 25 years ever since.
Terry and Jackie were also part of the committee who formed the original Triton Athletic Booster Club. They have been married for 44 years and have three children (Terry, Andy, and Leah), four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.