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THE HALL HAS A HOME
The Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. Wall of Fame was unveiled at Fountain Square Mall, south side of the Square in Bloomington on January 28th. The beautiful plaques for the first three classes are now ensconced in the Atrium of Fountain Square for all citizens and visitors to enjoy. Joe Smith's Sports Talk's live broadcast may be heard. Go to the WGCL 1370 website at Joe Smith Sports Talk.
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Our newest addition is memorabilia cases on display in front of the Wall. See Jill Watson's costume and skates, photos, items commemorating football, basketball, track; the 1919 Bloomington High School basketball state championship plaque and much, much more. Stop and see at your first opportunity. You won't be sorry.
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CLASS OF 2014
Athletes in the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2014 induction class represent a 100-year span of high school stardom. The two coaches picked were contemporaries, who combined to give the city of Bloomington its only two-school undefeated season in history.
The Hall’s third class will be inducted Friday night, July 11, at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. In addition to the athletes and coaches, two other men will go into the Hall in recognition of long-time contributions to Monroe County athletics: multi-sports coach George Finley, honored as a Contributor, and international sports medicine leader Dr. Larry Rink, as Humanitarian.
The athletes include three-time state wrestling champion Jim Cornwell of South (a 1971 graduate); three-sport star Jack Crandall of Bloomington High (1950); golfer John “Spider” Miller, a Jennings County native but Bloomington businessman when he twice shot his way into golf’s Masters; Fred Seward, a double-winner in leading BHS to the first State track championship in 1904; Terry Stotts, North basketball’s first Indiana All-Star, a Big Eight champion at Oklahoma, and currently coach of one of the NBA’s best teams at Portland; and Cyndi Valentin, an Indiana All-Star at South and a Cook Hall photo-gallery inclusion as a first-team All-Big Ten player at IU.
Walter Gray, whose tenure as football coach at University High was topped by a 10-0 season in 1964, and Fred Huff, who had a 10-0 team at Bloomington High the same year and closed his coaching career with two more perfect seasons that launched the Panthers’ state-record 60-game winning streak, were the coaches named. Both are deceased.
“We’re very proud of this class, but as much of a thrill as it is for all of us on the selection committee to come up with such a distinguished group it has its sobering side, too, because we always have to leave out for at least another year a long list of outstanding candidates,” Hall of Fame president Lynn Houser said. “The one thing we all know – and say frequently at our meetings – is we’re never going to run short on great candidates. And we keep adding terrific prospects as every new group becomes eligible.”
Candidates in all four categories – Player, Coach, Contributor and Humanitarian – must come from Monroe County or have been a resident of the county when achieving honors warranting their selection.
You may make reservations at any time on our website. The 2014 banquet and induction ceremony will be Friday, July 11 at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. Meet & Greet open to public 5:00pm-6:00pm; reception 6:00 pm-7:00 pm; Dinner at 7:00 pm; program at 8:00 pm.
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