MEMORIAL TO STEVE STURGEON
Steve Sturgeon, a long-time sports reporter and lead writer for the Ellettsville Journal passed away August 22, 2016. His family graciously asked that in honor of Steve and his love of Monroe County Sports, memorials may be made to the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Checks may be sent payable to Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 122, Bloomington, IN 47402-0122. Please note on your check: In memory of Steve Sturgeon. All gifts are accepted with deep appreciation.
CLASS OF 2016
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 includes Tina (Debro) Hauger, Bobby Dobson, Dan Grossman, Bob Kirk, Vernon Pfaff, and Dick Sparks (all as athletes), Marshall Goss and Marvin Groh (coaches), Angelo Pizzo (contributor), and Bill Mallory (humanitarian). Representing our three local high schools as 2016 Scholar Athletes are Gracie Heeb (track and cross country) and Malik Laffoon (basketball and track) from Bloomington North, Cherise Otter (golf and basketball) and Tucker Blackwell (basketball and baseball) from Bloomington South, and Erin Sherfield (basketball and track) and Brayton Patton (football, basketball and track) from Edgewood.
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 4:45 p.m. for the "Meet & Greet" (open to the public at no charge) and 7:00 for the Banquet, at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. The last two years, we were at full capacity, so the Convention Center is letting us use all of the second floor. Even so, we anticipate a sell-out this year, so order your tickets today!
Please take some time to browse through our website for more information on the Hall of Fame, as well as each year's class of inductees and scholars. See below for a brief bio on this year's class of.
Tina (Debro) Hauger, Bloomington High School North ’82, track, swimming – High school career included 3 school records in track and swimming … went to Indiana University as a walk-on in track and lettered 4 years ... 2nd in the 1987 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the triple jump ... All-Big Ten 3 times ... 9th in the NCAA in the triple jump in 1984 ... held the IU indoor and outdoor triple jump records for 12 years and still has IU’s third best indoor triple jump (40-3) and fifth best outdoor jump (40-4) … served as assistant to Sam Bell at IU, 1988-89 … graduate assistant at Indiana State, 1990-92 … assistant coach at Southern Illinois-Carbondale, 1992-97 … coached sprinters, hurdles and jumpers at SIU-Carbondale, with 39 athletes earning all-conference honors between indoor and outdoor seasons … currently employed as a quality assurance representative for TMS Health Inc. in Indianapolis … married to Scott Hauger … has 2 children, Arianna (15) and Gregory (13).
Bobby Dobson, Bloomington High School ’49, basketball, baseball – First Monroe County player to score 1,000 career points; held county record (1,120 points) for 13 years … scored record 523 as senior, 18.8 average … stole ball, scored in last half-minute to put Panthers ahead in semistate championship game before losing on late basket to Jasper team that went on to win State … county’s first Indiana All-Star, won “Star of Stars” award (game MVP) for game-high 21 points, including basket to put team ahead in 66-61 win over Kentucky … only non-Final 4 player on five-man 1949 Indianapolis News All-State … 16 strikeouts in no-hit pitching victory for Panthers … lettered one year in basketball at IU, scoring 42 points in 14 games for 19-3 team ranked No. 7 in final national poll) … transferred to Purdue and believed to be only athlete to letter in sports at both IU and Purdue (baseball) … died at 80 in 2012.
Dan Grossman, Bloomington High School ’69, football, baseball, basketball – All-State quarterback on unbeaten football team as senior … scored 20 touchdowns as senior on 10-0 team that launched Panthers’ 60-game winning streak … leader on Panthers’ State baseball runner-up, winning Mental Attitude Award … part-time starter at quarterback at IU before switching to starting linebacker role … key contributor in IU’s Old Oaken Bucket Game win over Purdue in 1971 … left football after junior year to enter medical school … prominent Bloomington eye surgeon … son Rex, a 2012 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, had All-American career at Florida and started at quarterback for Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI (2007).
Bob Kirk, University High School, ’65, football –Tri-captain of University’s undefeated (10-0) team in 1964 … all-State as a two-way tackle and tight end … went to IU and lettered two years as offensive tackle ... as a junior started every game for Big Ten tri-champions and Rose Bowl team … missed the Rose Bowl because of knee injury suffered in preparations for game (only game IU didn’t score a touchdown that year)… also started at tackle his senior year at IU … only player from Monroe County to play and start on a Big Ten championship football team as an offensive lineman... drafted by the Buffalo Bills ... Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Southern Africa for two years ... Department of State Diplomatic Service Officer in the Middle East, East Africa and Southern Africa for 17 years ... enters Hall of Fame two years after his coach at University High, Walter Gray, was inducted.
Vernon Pfaff, Ellettsville High School, ’62, basketball, baseball, track – As junior scored 72 points in leading Ellettsville to 1961 Martinsville sectional title … as a senior scored 108 points in four games to lead Ellettsville to championship in 87-team Wabash Valley tournament, including tourney-record 43 in quarterfinal win over Linton….county’s second 1,000-point career scorer (after Bobby Dobson), finished with 1,289 (county record at time) … 19.0 high school career average … senior year average of 27.5 is still county record … 3-year letter-winner at IU … in first college game he scored 12 off bench against Michigan State – 19 two games later in 87-84 loss at Purdue … earned starting spot, broke hand, played little rest of season … scored 125 IU points, including 51 in 16 games for Big Ten co-championship team as senior in 1967 … became Air Force pilot and flew 137 missions on C-47s in Viet Nam, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross … after service he went into banking and went on to own his bank in Nebraska … still lives there with wife Barbara.
Dick Sparks, Bloomington High School ’60, basketball, baseball – Scoring leader (23 points) for BHS in State Final 4 game against Muncie Central … all-state pitcher, never lost in high school (21-0) … teams’ 3-year record was 44-2 … lettered in both sports at IU … started 10 games in basketball as sophomore, averaging 6.3 … had high of 16 points when team tied all-time school single-game scoring record 122-95 win over Notre Dame … still has IU record for rebounds vs. Michigan State, 19, (plus 12 points) in 76-71 win … pitching for the ’62 Hoosiers, he had 6 of team’s 16 wins … signed with White Sox after season … reached Triple-A with Giants, 53-59 in six pro seasons, covering 900 innings with 3.90 career ERA … best year 14-9 with 2.40 ERA at Giants’ Double-A Waterbury team … after arm problems shortened baseball career, he became a corporate pilot …younger brother Dan was a 2013 inductee into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame.
Marshall Goss, Bloomington South track-cross country; IU, head track coach, also assistant; Martinsville 1956, track, cross country – Head coach track and cross country South 1964-’82, coached 29 sectional champions, 11 regional, 20 South Central Conference champions – including Olympic pole vaulter Dave Volz … state cross country Coach of Year 1975 (national Coach of Year 1982), state track Coach of Year 1980 … assistant IU track coach 1982-’97, head coach 1998-2003 … coached 6 All-Americans,16 Big Ten champions … inducted Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame 1994, University of Indianapolis Athletic Hall of Fame 2005 ... long-time national and international track and field meet official, Manager of Officials for 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles … assistant coach U.S. Junior National team at first World Junior Championships in Athens, Greece, 1986 … eminent Indiana track historian, leader in establishment of state track-cross country Hall of Fame building at Terre Haute … annual IU relays named after him … writes and publishes Hoosier Trackman and Goss’ Cross Country Trivia.
Marvin Groh, Bloomington High School, baseball – Re-started baseball at BHS in 1948 after long lapse … with few opponents around then, his first four teams played only 37 games, going 26-11 … after that, Panthers were dominant in southern Indiana for 15 years before state started tournaments (1967) … teams went 44-2 in 3-year run from 1958-’60, including 33-game winning streak… 1959 team went 17-0, 1964 team 18-0 … once tournament play began, Panther teams won 5 sectionals, 4 regionals, 2 semistates …runner-up in third state tourney in 1969 (record 24-3); won championship in 1972 (record 22-5), year he retired … 25-year record of 352-76 (.822) … also coached junior varsity football team; assistant coach during 60-game streak … school legend, diamond named for him … inducted into Indiana High School Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 … Navy lieutenant during World War II … died at 55 on March 18, 1977.
Angelo Pizzo, University High School, ’65 – As screenplay writer-producer of 1986 movie “Hoosiers,” he teamed with fellow IU graduate and director David Anspaugh to introduce nation and world to magic of Indiana high school basketball, still ranked with all-time best sports movies 30 years later… “Hoosiers” recently selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress … with with Anspaugh, first co-recipients of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Medal for contributions to Indiana high school basketball … also teamed with Anspaugh to create hit film “Rudy” (Notre Dame football) and “The Game of Their Lives” (U.S. Olympic soccer) … writer-director of 2015 film “My All-American,” on Texas football player Freddie Steinmark … returned to hometown to live, raise sons and follow IU sports.
Bill Mallory, football – IU football coach 1984-96 (winningest in IU history with 66 and twice Big Ten Coach of Year) …Hoosiers went to six bowl games in his 13 years, winning 2 … stayed in community and contributed by organizing and conducting football camp for youth and middle-school coaches (sponsored by Bloomington Hospital); instructors included other college and high school coaches, teaching fundamentals of game and how to prevent injuries … served as fund-raiser/speaker for Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Jill’s House, Salvation Army, First Methodist Church, Phi Kappa Tau … “Kissed the Pig” as Monroe County Fair fund-raiser … adviser, Bloomington City Recreation Department. … on Bloomington Hospital Health and Wellness Committee.
Gracie Heeb, track, cross country: fourth in 300 hurdles, fifth in 100 hurdles at 2016 state meet, setting school records in both; sectional and regional champion in both; fourth in 100 hurdles at 2015 state meet and sectional champion in 100 and 300 hurdles; runner-up in both at 2015 regional; state qualifier in 3 events 2013-14; member of 4 x 400 record-breaking relay team; four-time H-T All-Area Team; Conference Indiana Scholar Athlete; Leaders of Tomorrow; Leadership Opportunities Through Service (LOTS).
Malik Laffoon, basketball, track: leading scorer in basketball the last two years; two-time H-T All-Area First Team selection; All-Conference Indiana, 2016; 2016 track season shortened by injury after a junior year in which he qualified for state in two events; sectional and regional champion in the high jump, 2015; Morrison Scholarship; James Massey Leadership Award; named Outstanding Male Black Leader of Tomorrow Award by the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males; Student Athletic Board member; will attend Anderson College.
Cherise Otter, golf, basketball: Four-time H-T All-Area Golfer of the Year; 2014 girls’ state medalist in golf; tied for second in 2015; H-T Player of the Year in girls’ basketball, 2016; National Honor Society; Honors Diploma; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Athletic Director’s Award; South Central Leader of Tomorrow; Ruth Hidore Award; Leadership Opportunities Through Service; athletic scholarship to University of South Florida.
Tucker Blackwell, basketball, baseball: Four-year starter, basketball; 2016 H-T All-Area Player of the Year in basketball; finished with 1,335 career points; named to Indiana High School All-Star Team; although injury kept him from playing in Kentucky series, he received the event’s John R. Wooden Citizenship Award; played shortstop on South’s 2016 sectional champions; Honors Diploma; U.S. Army Scholar Athlete; Conference Indiana Scholar Athlete; athletic scholarship to U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Erin Sherfield, basketball, track: H-T All-Area First Team in basketball, 2015, 2016; All-Western Indiana Conference 3 years; Hoosier Basketball Coaches All-Region Team, 2016; Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honorable Mention, 2016; two-time team MVP; second in career assists, sixth in steals, ninth in 3-pointers; Academic Honors Diploma; Spanish Honor Society; will attend Indiana University.
Brayden Patton, football, basketball, track: Made H-T All-Area in football and basketball in 2015-16; All-Area First Team in football, 2015, second team in 2014; Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State, 2015; in basketball he led Edgewood in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (8.8) his senior year, earning team MVP honors and making All-Region Second Team and Honorable Mention All-State; in track he was a conference runner-up in the shot put; Academic Honors Diploma; will play football at Northern Illinois.
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 Americans, 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."
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