MCSHOF Class of 2014
Jim Cornwell – Bloomington High – Wrestling – 1971
City’s first 3-time State champion … only Bloomington athlete to contribute state championships to 3 straight team champions … Monroe County’s first IHSAA Mental Attitude winner in wrestling. … competed 1 year at LSU, won SEC championship … left after year “because I was burned out on wrestling – I was tired of starving myself to death.” … inducted Indiana Wrestling Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1982.
Jack Crandall – Bloomington High – Football, Basketball, Track – 1950
Outstanding in all 3 sports, won 10 letters … . All-State in football as senior, recruited by Notre Dame and UCLA, chose IU …knee injury cut short college career … No. 2 scorer (behind Bobby Dobson) on Panther teams that reached semi-state finals in 1949, semi-state in ’48 … scored 750 career points … in track, went to State all 4 years, finished 2nd in high hurdles as junior.
John “Spider” Miller – IU – Golf
Twice played in Masters (1997, 1999), earned spot each time by winning prestigious U.S. Mid-Amateur Tournament championship … oldest (at 49) ever to win Mid-Amateur in 1998 … played on 1999 U.S. Walker Cup team, contributed 2 points in team’s 15-8 loss to Europe … qualified into match play at 2 U.S. Amateur tournaments … inducted Indiana Golf Hall of Fame (2000) … IU graduate, Bloomington businessman … has several other national victories including the Society of Seniors National Sr./Jr. and two victories at the Tri-State Sr./Jr., both with Jerry Nelson and the prestigious Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey … top-25 finishes at Porter Cup, Western Amateur, Coleman Cup … two-time Gasparilla Invitational champion… 3 times low amateur at Indiana Open.
Terry Stotts – Bloomington North – Basketball – 1976
Son of military man, moved to Bloomington from Guam as junior … lettered two years at North, lndiana All-Star as senior… school’s first Indiana All-Star … 4-year starter at Oklahoma, 2nd-team All-Big 8 on league champion …1st-team Academic All-America, earned MBA at Oklahoma after winning NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship … won university’s outstanding senior-athlete award … played some professional basketball … present Portland Trailblazers’ head coach, called by GM Neil Olshey “one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA” – named November 2013 Western Division Coach of Month for team’s 15-3 start … 5th year as NBA head coach, assistant coach NBA 14 years, won championship ring with Dallas 2011.
Cyndi Valentin – Bloomington South, IU – Basketball – 2002
Photo hung with IU greats on Cook Hall row of honor … at South as 5-8 All-State, Indiana All-Star, McDonald’s All-America nominee, scored 1,326 career points – career-high 38 against strong Ben Davis … averaged 21.9 as junior, 21.5 as senior on Panther team ranked No. 1 in state after winning first 23 games … … outstanding career at IU, No. 6 on all-time women’s scoring list (1,769 points … last Hoosier to be first-team All-Big Ten (2006), 18.5 average as senior … best free-throw shooter in IU history, men and women – .881 career percentage, .925 one-season high … Big Ten record 61 straight over 6-game stretch as junior; set previous school record with 48 straight as sophomore – both in Top 15 all-time Division I … led team in free-throw percentage all 4 years, scoring leader last 2 … 3 times Big Ten Player of Week … outstanding in Puerto Rico pro league, averaged 18.5 in 2011-12 season with 3 games in 30s … played on Puerto Rico National team 4 summers, including 2007 Pan American Games.
Walter Gray – University – Football, Golf, Baseball
New Castle native, football and baseball star at Wabash College … decorated Army officer, World War II … Univees’ first full-season coach, stayed on 19 years, record 110-55-1 … ’64 team 10-0, 23 seniors all went to college and played at least some football … one, Bob Kirk, was starting offensive tackle on IU’s 1967 Rose Bowl team … known for never cutting a player, once dressed 123 …played more than 100 in game, substituting 11 at a time for one play … also coached Univees’ only State champion – golf, 1965 … inducted Indiana Football Hall of Fame; received Presidential Citation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in WW II; taught rocketry classes for US Army; named Sagamore of the Wabash in 1984. Deceased (9-10-1999, aged 80)
Fred Huff – Bloomington High, IU – Football
BHS football star, 1938 captain … lettered on strong ’41 and ’42 teams at IU, earned school’s prized Big Ten Medal for athletics and scholarship in 1943 … head football coach at BHS 1947-1969, record 154-61-13 … Indiana High School Football Coach of the Year in 1968 and inducted into Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame in 1975 … served as Game Director for Indiana North-South All Star Football Game 1972-1974 … 10-0 team in ’64 (school’s first) included IU Rose Bowl starter Jade Butcher … won last 21 games as coach – No, 1-ranked 10-0 team in ’68 launched Panthers’ state-record 60-game winning streak, coached follow-up 10-0 team in ’69 before retiring. … school’s stadium named Fred Huff Field … son J.W. also lettered at IU … team won 3 South Central Conference titles, tied for fourth … Fred Huff Mental Attitude Award is awarded annually to senior student athletes (male and female) who have displayed an outstanding mental temperament while competing for Bloomington High School South… Served as president of MCCSC Board of Trustees 1988-1992… Died September 21, 1992 at 70.
Fred A. Seward – Bloomington High, IU – Track – 1904
Won both hurdles to lead BHS to championship in first IHSAA state championship event: 1904 State track meet … team captain; IU track letterman; 1905-06 … ran :09.8 100, recognized as unofficial state record for 50 years …won IU’s Z.G. Clevenger Award (highest honor given by I Association) in1966 … became leading Bloomington industrialist. Deceased
George Finley – Bloomington North and South – Wrestling, Golf, Contributor, and Coach
All-Conference wrestler in high school…..founder of Tiger Wrestling Club, 1988….head wrestling coach at Bloomington North, 1985-88, coached Gene Brewer to state title….member of Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame with brothers Jack, Ken and Bill….golf coach Bloomington South, 1996-2005….led 8 teams to state finals in 10 years with two 3rd place finishes….inducted Indiana Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, 2011….winner of multiple titles in Bloomington City Golf Tournament, inducted into City Golf Hall of Fame, 1998….mentor to many athletes in golf and wrestling, including current Monroe County Hall of Famers.
Larry Rink, MD – IU – Humanitarian, Sports Medicine
Long-time IU team doctor (30-plus years), has given generously of time to national and international sports but also to local … started and led in setting up annual free pre-season heart screenings for Bloomington and area high school athletes…. internationally renowned sports medicine leader; heading American and global drug-testing and medical services at several Olympics, World University Games and other world-championship events … has worked at Pan American Games, U.S. Olympic Trials, U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals, World University Games and was U.S. Team Physician for XXV Olympiad in Barcelona….President of the International University Sports Federation Medical Commission….won Distinguished Alumni Award from IU Alumni Association