2016 CLASS IS COMING
The Hall of Fame directors are diligently working to choose another outstanding Hall of Fame class for induction into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. There is a long list of worthy candidates from which to choose. The process is as follows: first, each director nominates their athletes, coaches, contributor and humanitarian from a list that is ongoing and updated as new information is acquired. Voting continues at subsequent meetings until there is a majority vote for six athletes, two coaches, a contributor and a humanitarian. It is a thorough and thoughtful process, and all voices are heard. Each year another class of outstanding individuals is chosen. We encourage the community to nominate candidates; however, if there is a person you would like to see added to our list, we ask that you furnish as much information and documentation as possible. We look forward to another great year. Stay tuned. There are exciting things on the horizon!
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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