MCSHOF Class of 2011 - Inaugural Year
Jade Butcher – Bloomington High School – Football – 1965
Scoring leader on IU’s 1967 Rose Bowl team, set IU one-season and career receiving and touchdown records, first-team All-Big Ten … 30 touchdown catches in 30 college games, Big Ten career record for TD catches until Anthony Carter broke it with 37 in 44 games … All-State football on unbeaten BHS team: 29 TDs, 29 high school games … also all-sectional In basketball … played some pro football … in IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cornelius Cook – Bloomington High School – Baseball – 1928
Leading passer on BHS football team … school dropped baseball as varsity sport in late 1920s … pitcher, made it to highest league available to African-Americans at the time, the Negro American Baseball League, in mid-1930s, played for Pittsburgh Crawfords with and against all-time greats Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston and Cool Papa Bell … after NABL, barnstormed with mixed teams around nation … entered military during World War II, left baseball after war to work in Bloomington.
Tommy Deckard – Bloomington High School – Track – 1934
State mile champion, winning time stood as state record for 9 years … IU track All-American, on world-record 4-mile relay team … ran 5,000 in ’36 Olympics … switched to steeplechase by coach Billy Hayes, aiming at 1940 Olympics. set Penn Relays record In event that stood 24 years… war cancelled ’40 Olympics, ended running career … outstanding college coach at Drake, director Drake Relays … in IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Hooker Brinegar – Bloomington Native, Trained in Mission, Viejo, CA – Swimming – 1979
Olympian, 200 freestyle finalist 1976, placed 6th – at age 15;, won relay gold medal … in high school, American record-holder 500, 1,650 freestyles, 2-time national champion, world-ranked in ’77, ’78, ’79; at IU, won 6 Big Ten titles ’80, ’81, captained Big Ten team champion, ’81; set 5 Big Ten, 10 IU records; still has IU records 200, 500, 1,650 … in 2000, H-T readers poll named her co-IU Female Athlete of Century (with Tara VanDerveer).
Stacy Martin – Edgewood – Track – 1999
State champion shot put, discus (set records that still stand in both); won Mental Attitude award; named national Gatorade track Athlete of Year … at Auburn, NCAA All-American in shot put … SEC outdoor shot put champion … holds Auburn shot put, discus records.
Charley McDaniel – Bloomington High School – Wrestling, Football – 1933
State wrestling champion, leader of Panthers’ first state team champion … also football star … at IU, NCAA heavyweight champion, 1936 Olympian … also starting tackle, football …longtime IU coach (head wrestling, assistant football, including chief scout Rose Bowl season) … charter member IU Athletics Hall of Fame … in National Wrestling Hall of Fame … 2000 H-T readers’ poll named him Monroe County Male Athlete of Century.
Beth Morgan – Bloomington South – Basketball – 1994
Outstanding high school career, Indiana All-Star … also went to State as tennis player … set, still has career scoring record at Notre Dame (2,322 points) … 4 years first-team all-conference (last 2 years, Big East) … WNBA player … women’s basketball head coach at Virginia Commonwealth.
Missy Schwen – Bloomington South – Rowing – 1990
All-round athlete at South, introduced to rowing while at Georgetown, within 2 years was a national champion and Olympian … City’s only 2-time Olympic medalist: pairs rowing: silver ’96 (highest finish ever by Americans in event, edged out of gold by inches); bronze 2000 … weeks after ’96 Olympics, donated kidney to stricken brother in major surgery, regained top form in time to make 2000 team … inducted National Rowing Hall of Fame 2010.
Dave Volz – Bloomington High South – Track – 1980
2-time state pole vault champion, also qualified for State as regional hurdles, long jump champion … won NCAA vault as freshman, an IU track and field first … at 20, soared quickly to top ranking in world, twice set American record In summer of ’82, before ankle fracture almost ended career … 10 years later, came out of retirement to make ’92 Olympics, just missed medal with 5th-place finish at Barcelona.
Jill Watson – Bloomington South – Ice Skating – 1981
Through high school years, her mother made pre-dawn drive daily to Louisville for training, back for school … 2-time Olympian in mixed pairs figure skating … at 20, with partner Burt Lancon made U.S. team and placed 6th at Sarajevo … with partner Peter Oppegard, won 3 national championships, U.S. Olympic Trials, won bronze medal at Calgary … she and Oppegard inducted U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame 2004 … now outstanding coach.
Joyce Gates – Edgewood – Volleyball, Golf
Outstanding athlete herself, was a pioneer in girls sports coaching in ’70s and ’80s … launched volleyball program at Edgewood, coached Mustangs to 6 sectional championships before class division … among distinguished alumna: IU volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar … also coached gymnastics and track … Bloomington city golf champion, 1983 … Junior golf tournament named after her.
Harold Mumby – Bloomington High School – Wrestling
Teams dominated early wrestling in Indiana, total of 5 official State championship teams – the first 2 IHSAA-sanctioned champs, then 3 more later, after 3 unofficial team titles … coached 19 Individual state champions, 3 of them repeat champions … also football coach, old BHS football field was Mumby Field … State meet mental-attitude award also was originally named for him.
Clifford “Two-Bit” Myers – Bloomington High School – Wrestling
After great career at IU (2 Big Ten championships, led team to 1936 Big Ten title, won IU’s Balfour Award), coached Panthers to 8 State championship – 4 official, 4 unofficial … coached 19 individual state champions, 2 of them repeat winners … stayed active in sport as official… received IU’s top athletic-alumni honor (Clevenger Award) 1986.
Cliff Wells – Bloomington High School – Basketball
BHS graduate, while still IU student, coached Panther team that included brother to 1919 State championship, school’s only one in basketball until division to South and North … also coached Logansport to only State title (1934) … after World War II service, used Indiana players in making Tulane main southern challenger to Kentucky … headed national college basketball coaches’ organization for years, elected to Indiana and to national (Naismith) Basketball Halls of Fame.
Charter member of Bloomington Softball Hall of Fame… also in Indiana Softball Hall of Fame … pioneered adult softball in Bloomington … helped start youth football program in Bloomington and outlying communities … long-time high school sports official … worked IHSAA championship games in football and basketball … received IHSAA Merit Award in 1984 … co-founded Indiana North-South football game with Phil Dickens … honored in 2010 as 50-year member IU football “chain gang.”