HONORING ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE IN MONROE COUNTY, INDIANA!
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kit Klingelhoffer, President

Grier Werner, Vice President

Amy Crozier, Secretary

Nancy Werner, Treasurer

Bill Atkinson

John Baker

Ann Carpenter

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Bill Armstrong Jr. – Bloomington High – Football, Baseball, Swimming – 1970

Football-swimming-baseball star … hit .438 with 29 RBI In 89 at bats as senior, setting single-season record for doubles; career batting average of .372 … as a pitcher he had a 1.35 ERA with 64 strikeouts In 52 innings last 2 years…Panthers’ first state swim champion (100 backstroke), IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner … All-State as end-defensive back on 10-0 football team 1969 … won 3 letters each in football and baseball at IU (1971-74) and won IU’s Gimbel Award in 1974 … IU Medical School graduate, went on to career as sports orthopedist.

 

Betsy (Cousins) Mulder – Bloomington North – Gymnastics – 1992

Only Monroe County State gymnastics champion … dominated 1992 State meet, winning 4 events – vault (9.7), beam (9.75), floor exercise (9.8), all-around (38.65) … started training at 7 with IU coach Jim Brown … for club in Indianapolis, qualified for elite level at 11, won meet in Reno at 12, chose to leave sport … resumed training, national vault finalist as high school junior … joined Cougars as senior … after State meet, recruited by 3 Big Ten schools, chose Ohio State, by end of sophomore year held all school records … competed at Ohio State, 3rd in vault in Big Ten as freshman, 3rd all-around at NCAA Northeastern meet … all-Big Ten as senior, academic All-Big Ten all 4 years … stayed at OSU to get doctorate in pharmacy … now practices at university pharmacy in Columbus, mother of son and triplet girls.

 

Kevin King – Bloomington High – Football, Wrestling, Track – 1979

First-team All-State or State champion in all 3 sports … All-State fullback-linebacker in football … in wrestling he won the heavyweight division despite being undersized, often giving up 50-60 pounds; went 27-2 in senior year of wrestling and 66-11 in his career …in track: State discus champion, set meet record (189-9) … 2nd at State in shot put – IHSAA Mental Attitude award winner … at IU, won 2 football letters, 5 track letters … set school record in discus … inducted in Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame (1985) and Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame (2014) … coached football at Center Grove and is currently at Belzer Middle School (Lawrence Township, Marion County) … married 30 years, two children..

 

Sheldon Kinser – Indy-Sprint Racecar Driver

Six-time starter in Indianapolis 500, charged from 23rd to highest Indy career finish of 6th in 1981 500 … had never driven rear-engine car or raced on pavement before qualifying 26th and finishing 12th as rookie in ’75 Indy 500 … National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee (1992) came out of Navy in early ’60s to start career with dominance at hometown Bloomington Speedway, including one stretch of 13 straight feature wins … in ’65 switched to sprint cars, teamed with longtime friend/mechanic Galen Cox, won estimated 50 “outlaw” races … ran 7th in first USAC sprint race, 1973 Hulman Classic at Terre Haute, came back to win Hulman race in 1981, one of 37 USAC sprint victories … won 3 season championships (1977, ’81, ’82) … on dirt, won 5 major races, including 1985 Hoosier Hundred and 1975 Syracuse 100-miler … married Suzie Grim, daughter of 1959 Indy Rookie of Year Bobby Grim …. died at 45 Aug. 8, 1988, of throat cancer.

 

Sean May – Bloomington North – Basketball – 2002

Soph starter on North’s reg. season unbeaten 2000 state runner-up team …2002 Ind. Mr. Basketball – 30 pts, 20 rebs leading 2-game sweep of Kentucky.. graduated with county career scoring record 1,664 points, still No. 2 …McDonald’s, Parade All-America …starter all 3 seasons at North Carolina (2003-05), 1,213 career points .. 2005 Final 4 MVP, Sports Illustrated cover player (26 pts, 10 rebs in championship game), SI’s National Player of Year, team MVP in Tar Heels’ national title…ESPN All-America, 2nd-team …with aIl-time IU great Scott, one of 4 father-on combos to win NCAA championship – Mays only ones who both scored 25 in championship game… one of 7 Tar Heels with career dbl-dbl avg … last home game: 26 pts, 24 rebs in ACC-clinching win over Duke (rebs record for Duke opponent) … averaged 15.8 pts, 10 rebs in Tar Heel career….ACC Male Athlete of the Year in 2005….first round NBA draft pick (Charlotte), averaged 11.3 second year, career ending knee injury… played in Europe … size 20 shoe.

 

George Shively – Negro League – Baseball

Kentucky native, early career with professional West Baden Sprudels … moved with team and manager to form strong Indianapolis ABC team in Negro American League, playing with and against all-time greats Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston …7-time Negro League All-Star, 2-time MVP in division … on consideration list when Negro League players were chosen for induction into Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame … … career batting average .327 … ABC’s barnstormed throughout U.S., Hawaii, Cuba, Japan – often against white major leaguers in off-season exhibitions …native of Lebanon, Ky., moved to Bloomington with father before 1900 census, lived in Bloomington rest of life … H-T obituary June 7, 1962, listed age of 69, address of 811 N. Monroe … burial in unmarked grave alongside wife Lula at Rose Hill Cemetery … community fund drive in 2014 financed markers for both Shivelys, eight others in plot.

 

John M. Holmes – Edgewood – Basketball

318 coaching wins at 5 high schools, including sectional championships at Ellettsville (1961), Cascade (1965), Martinsville (1969) and Avon (1978) – first ever at Cascade and Avon … 1962 Ellettsville squad won prestigious Wabash Valley Classic … among players coached was 3-year IU letterman Vern Pfaff … Edgewood athletic director 12 years, mentored EHS basketball coaches John Foutch, Jeff Bertsch and Jay Brown, brought in Ron Hecklinski as Edgewood coach 1986-89 … lifelong farmer, in Greene and Monroe counties … now 84, with wife of 65 years, Joyce, has three sons.

 

Charlie Warthan – Edgewood, Bloomington North – Track, Cross Country

Outstanding career as distance runner at Edgewood, Indiana State … first ISU runner to make NCAA cross country championships, finishing 41st as jr, 72nd as sr – marks still first and third all-time for ISU athletes . In track, broke every school distance record from mile through marathon (4:10 miler, 9:10 two-miler) … qualified for 1976 U.S.Olympic marathon trials,..Coached North cross country team to 1980 State championship and No. 1 national ranking by The Harrier magazine, later nominated by magazine for consideration as best high school team ever – team recently inducted into National High School Hall of Fame .. North cross country teams 202-27 in duals, won 12 conference, 19 sectional, 17 regional, 14 semi-state championships; at State, 6 finishes in Top 5, 13 in Top 10 … North track teams won 12 sectionals, 9 regionals, finished in Top 10 at State twice … girls and boys track-cross country teams included 5 state champions, 3 runnersup, 19 State medalists.. inducted into state track-cross country, National Cross Country, Indiana State University Halls of Fame.

 

Bob Hammel – Herald-Times – Sports Writer, Journalist

In newspaper profession (1954) 50 years, 30 at Herald-Times Bloomington; covered IU’s NCAA championships, 8 IU bowl games, including 1968 Rose Bowl; 23 NCAA Final Fours, 5 Olympic Games, 8 World Series, 10 Indianapolis 500s, 29 Ind. high school basketball championship games and one heavyweight championship fight, Muhammad All vs. Michael Spinks (1978)… Member of U.S. Basketball Writers Assoc. Hall of Fame, Ind. Basketball Hall of Fame, Ind. Journalism Hall of Fame, Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame, Indiana Sportswriter and Sportscasters Hall of Fame; Sagamore of Wabash Award; Curt Gowdy Award (International Basketball Hall of Fame); Ind. Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Medalist; Bert McGrane Award for lifetime contributions to Football Writers Assoc of America; Fred Russell Award for lifetime contributions to All-American Football Foundation; National Sportscasters and Sportwriters Assoc. Sportswriter of the Year (17 times); Ind. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Assoc. Writer of the Year (4 times).

 

Thomas “Doc” Petry – Bloomington High, South, and University – Trainer, Humanitarian

Born in Gary in 1942; moved to Bloomington and graduated from University High in 1960, where he prepped under 2014 Monroe County Sports Hall of Famer Walter Gray…attended Indiana University and received B.S. and M.S. degrees … became a mathematics teacher and taught at Central Junior High and Bloomington High/South for 40 years … Served 30 years as high school athletic trainer at Bloomington High/South, including Bloomington High’s 60-game win streak of 1968-73…missed only one game in his entire career as trainer due to illness…named Indiana Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1994 … Retired in 2004 … Passed away Dec. 7, 2011 … survived by his wife of 44 years, Beverly; his daughter, Amy Lanham; sister, Patricia Brownlow.