The Hall of Fame directors have chosen another outstanding Hall of Fame class for induction into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
This year's class will be introduced during the Joe Smith Sports Talk show on WGCL 96.1 FM and AM 1370, which is recorded live at Yogi's at 10th and Indiana, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
If you can't attend Joe's Sports Talk show at Yogi's, you can listen to WGCL on the radio at 96.1 FM or AM 1370 or here: http://www.wgclradio.com/category/localprograms/sportstalk/ (click on the "Listen Live" link on the right side) to find out who will be in this year’s class of honorees. Plus, we will update the website as soon as possible after the radio show to provide more information on this year’s class.
The induction ceremony for the Class of 2016 into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. The last two years, we were at full capacity. This year we are changing the “meet and greet” (which is free and open to the general public) to the ground floor of the Convention Center in order to free up space for more tables. We anticipate a sell-out early this year, so order your tickets early!
Director Grier Werner Inducted into the Indiana High School
Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association inducted the Hall of Fame class for 2016 Friday January 22, 2016 at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis, IN. This event is part of the 3-day IHSBCA state clinic and information is available at www.ihsbca.org. The class of 2016 contains three coaches (Andy Owen of Fort Wayne Snider HS - retired, Brian Kuester of South Spencer HS - active, and Grier Werner of Bloomington South HS – retired), a contributor (Mark Riggins – Cincinnati Reds pitching coach), and the Veteran’s Committee nominee (Ray Oyler – Indianapolis Cathedral HS).
Coach Werner, a founding and current member of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, is a graduate of Taylor Allderdice HS in Pittsburgh, PA. Grier then transitioned to Penn State University where he played baseball for four years and participated in the 1963 College World Series. Upon graduating from PSU in 1964, he then went to Indiana University to work on his master's degree in HPER, which he received in 1965.
Grier began teaching in the Bloomington school system in the fall of 1965 and spent a total of 43 years in education. He was an assistant coach at IU from 1975-1980 and then became the head coach at Bloomington South HS in 1981. He spent 28 years in the head-coaching role and amassed 419 wins; including seven sectional titles; two regional championships; and four conference rings. He was IHSBCA president in addition to serving in many association roles and being named district coach of the year.
[Information obtained from the IHSBCA press release, December 7, 2015]
Community Comes Together to
Dedicate Headstone for George Shively
On Easter Sunday, baseball's Opening Day 2015, members of the MCSHOF and about 150 Monroe County residents gathered at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington to place head stones on the unmarked graves of 10 African Amercians, including 2015 inductee George Shively, a Negro Baseball League great.
Shively passed away in 1962 and was buried without a marker. Officiating at his funeral was a minister by the name of Anthony Thompson. Officiating on this day was another minister named Anthony Thompson, yes THAT Anthony Thompson, the 2-time IU All-American and now the pastor of Lighthouse Community Church.
Bob Hammel, another 2015 MCSHOF inductee, introduced guests, including Sally Gaskill of vocal group Voces Novae, an active participant in the project. Timothy Noble, the great local baritone, sang "Amazing Grace" and led the gathering in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."
Present for the ceremony were Shively's grand niece and grand nephew, Janice Leonard and Seth Debro. The final salute of the day had the entire group forming a circle around the grave markers and joining Voces Novae in the singing of "We Shall Overcome."
The limetone was donated by Reed Quaries. Special thanks also to Casey Winningham for the stone designs; Mike Waggoner of Standish Steel for the metal work; Ron Pursell of Purcell Monuments; Greg Guise of Guise Art; and Brad Powell and Mike Donham of Accent Stone -- truly a community effort.
To see the video of the ceremony, click on the link directly to the right under "Latest News."
CLASS OF 2015
The Class of 2015 is in the books. It was a great one.
Four of the inductees were the most decorated in their respective sports.
- No other Monroe County resident came claim to be a seven-time baseball All-Star, but George Shively earned that distinction as Negro League standout in the 1920s and 30s.
- No other Monroe County sportsman can claim to have started six Indianapolis 500 races, but Sheldon Kinser did.
- No other Monroe County basketball player ever earned a Final Four MVP award, but Sean May did.
- No other Monroe County gymnast can claim a state gymnastics title, but Becky Cousins did – and then some.
In addition, Bill Armstong Jr. and Kevin King were dominant three-sport stars in their day. Armstrong was the county’s first state swimming champion, and also excelled in baseball and football at Bloomington High. King, a 1979 grad of South, was a state champion in two sports, wrestling (heavyweight division) and track (discus). He was a Mental Attitude Award winner in track and also was named an All-State linebacker in football.
The Class of 2015 also boasted two very familiar names in coaching, Charlie Warthan and John Holmes. Warthan, the longtime track and cross country coach at North, already is in a three-time Hall of Famer -- National Cross County, Indiana Track/Cross County Coaches Association and Indiana State University. Warthan’s cross country teams have qualified for state 14 times, and his 1980 boys’ squad not only won the Indiana state title, but was later recognized by The Harrier magazine as one of the best high school teams ever. Holmes has been a fixture in the area as a coach, athletic director and farmer. He piled up 318 coaching wins and four sectional titles at five schools in 26 years – Ellettsville, Cascade, Martinsville, Avon and Shawswick. Back in the day of single-class basketball, Holmes won sectional titles at three of the smaller schools he coached -- Ellettsville (1961), Cascade (1965) and Avon (1978). He returned to Ellettsville to coach Edgewood from 1981-85 and then as athletic director until 1992.
The Humanitarian Award went to the late Thomas “Doc” Petry, who served as a sports trainer at Bloomington High/South from 1964-94, missing only one game in those 30 years.
The argument also can be made that the recipient of the Contributor Award is the most decorated journalist to ever call this county home, Bob Hammel, the nationally recognized sports writer whose words graced the pages of the Bloomington Herald-Telephone/Times for 30 years.
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