MCSHOF Class of 2017
Courtesy of IU Archives
Courtesy of IU Archives
Courtesy of IU Archives
Stephanie Bassett – Bloomington High School North ‘84 – Track, Cross Country
All-state in both track and country, winning the state title in track’s 1,600-meter run in 1984; finished 4th in 1983; competed in IHSAA’s first girls’ cross country meet in 1981, finishing 17th; qualified for Mid-East Meet of Champions in 1984; went on to be a contributing runner on Wisconsin’s 1984 and ’85 NCAA champions; member of four Big Ten champs at Wisconsin, finishing 10th as an individual her freshman year; in 2006, at age 39, she finished 3rd in the Masters Division of the Chicago Marathon.
Dobby Grossman – Bloomington High School South ‘71 – Football, Baseball
Most prolific quarterback in city history on highest-scoring 10-0 Panther team in 60-game winning streak … 36 touchdown passes, 6 more rushing, 2,635 yards total offense as senior … school-record 6 in one game … team 20-0 as starter … shortstop, outstanding all-round leader on baseball teams, hit .298 as sophomore for 1969 State runner-up team, .342 as senior … 2-year starter, 3-year letterman in basketball … starting quarterback for Paul Dietzel at South Carolina, then for Lee Corso at IU.
Mark Litz – Bloomington High School South ‘70 – Baseball, Football, Golf
Outstanding pitcher, player at all levels of youth baseball up through high school; drafted by Seattle, Cincinnati, elected to go to IU … in football, All-State as end, punter on unbeaten ’69 BHS team, all despite diabetes that first threatened career at 15 … Tommy John surgery on pitching elbow after sophomore year at IU, lettered in golf as junior, senior … 3-time Bloomington City golf champion, Hall of Famer … also won Indianapolis District … became golf pro in 1984, PGA Golf Professional in 1990 … 22-year teaching pro at Cascades course … introduced “Hook a Kid on Golf” and junior programs … also pro at IU, Eagle Point courses … despite losing right foot in 2014 mowing accident, he continues as teaching pro with prosthesis.
Cory Martin – Edgewood ’03 – Track and Field
State and NCAA champion, 3rd–ranked shot putter in world in 2011 with 72-6¼ career best – 16th-best on all-time world list… won 2003 State discus title, 2nd in shot put … 9-time all-American at Auburn, won 2008 NCAA outdoors shot put and hammer – named by coaches 2008 USA field athlete of year … one of best all-round throwers in U.S. history … made U.S. team for World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, also 2010 World Indoor Championships … Inducted Indiana Track Coaches Hall of Fame 2011 … joined IU coaching staff 2014 after two years as volunteer.
Jennings Polley – Bloomington High School South ’43 – Wrestling
2-time state champion, one-time runner-up as leader of Panther teams that won state championships all three of his varsity years .. won at 95 pounds as sophomore, 127 pounds as senior … lost only 2 matches his entire high school career … coached by Harold Mumby, member of MCSHOF charter class (2011) … World War II veteran … inducted in Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame 1974 … at age 91, is the oldest living selectee for the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame … married over 70 years to wife, Patricia … they have 10 great grandchildren.
Jennifer (Warthan) Hester – Bloomington High School North ‘92 – Track, Cross Country
After a fall at the finish line denied her a title in junior year, came back to win it in 1991; awarded IHSAA Mental Attitude Award that year….second in 2 events (1,600 and 3,200) in 1991 state meet….as freshman, second in 3,200 at state … second in 1991 Mid-East cross country championships, with second-best 5,000-meter time in meet history…coached girls’ track and cross country at North and also served as girls’ athletic director … coached 2 sectional and regional champions in both track and cross country; 2007 CC squad won semistate and finished fifth at state; coached 2 individual champions in track ( Michelle Smith, Rachel Deloney); inducted into Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.
John Adams – Bloomington High School ‘12 – Basketball Coach
Played on school’s first basketball team (1911) … attended IU, began coaching at Smithville – 86-24 in four seasons there … at Vincennes, became local and state legend in 19-year career that included 438-158 record, 19 straight sectional championships, 8 regionals, state title in 1923 … first Indiana coach to win 500 games … 6,200-seat Coliseum at Vincennes named for him … also coached football, baseball, track and golf; school’s athletic director for 39 years, retiring in 1959 … inducted in Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1970 … deceased 1964.
Ralph Sieboldt – Bloomington High School North – Track, Cross Country
A 1963 Bloomington High grad, he won the sectional in the mile; began coaching career at Indian Creek, winning 4 conference titles in cross country and track; took over cross country and track programs at North in 1979 and won 19 sectional titles, 11 regional titles combined for both sports…coached 4 individual state champions in track Stephane Bassett, Amanda Wartah, Sara Fields, Michelle Smith) and one cross country champion (Jennifer Warthan)….coached 3 Mental Attitude Award winners (Jennifer Warthan, 1991; Amanda Warthan, 1993; Sara Fields, 2000); also served as North athletic director (1986-91, 1995-2002)…directed state indoor program and five IHSAA state meets at IU….worked Olympic Trials, 1988 and ’96.inducted into Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004….track at North bears his name.
Jerry Yeagley – Contributor– Soccer
Played on NCAA champion: West Chester (1963), started IU varsity soccer program at IU, coach 1973-2004…. all-time NCAA leader in coaching victories with 541-101-45 career record (.821) … won 6 national championships, led teams to College Cup (soccer’s Final Four) 16 times, national championship game 12 times….won 10 regular season Big Ten championships and 10 Big Ten tournament championships … 8-time Big Ten Coach of Year, 6-time National Coach of Year …..1989 inductee United States Soccer Federation Hall of Fame….Armstrong Stadium playing field named for him 2004….. in 2008 voted coach for NCAA Division I men’s soccer 50th anniversary all-time team … through successful summer youth camp, key to building boys’ and girls’ soccer as a leading statewide youth and high school sport … son Todd a 2013 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, only father-son combination to coach teams to Division I national championships at same school.
Dr. Brad Bomba – IU Team Doctor – Humanitarian
Bloomington family doctor, IU team physician….outstanding high school player in Chicago, 3-year starter as end at IU, 1954-56….All-Big Ten in 1955….3 time Academic All-Big Ten and 1955 Academic All-American….played in 1956 East-West game and Senior Bowl and 1957 College All-Star game….rejected NFL contract to enter IU medical school … served as team physician for all IU athletic teams from 1962-70 and served as basketball team physician for almost 30 years; also Bloomington High School South team physician, Chairman of Sports Medicine for the Indiana State Medical Association … received IU’s Z.G. Clevenger Award 1977 … he and wife Rita parents of five