Friday, December 17, 2010
KC Basketball Hall of Fame inducts second class
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)
SYRACUSE – A second class of Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame inductees were honored Saturday, December 11 between the Whitko and Wawasee High School boys’ basketball games.
The class of 2011 includes:
Atwood Greyhounds – Lyle “Skip” Witham-- Skip was a 1956 All-County selection and led the Atwood Greyhounds in scoring with 342 points. Skip led the 1956 Atwood team to 16 victories which is the second highest win total in Atwood history. Skip ended his career with 774 points and also led the 1953 Atwood baseball team to a county title. Skip went on to play baseball at Western Michigan University.
Beaver Dam Beavers – Larry Bibler—Larry’s 1958 single season scoring mark of 530 points ranks 3rd highest for Kosciusko County during the decade of the 1950’s. Larry led the county in scoring that year with a 25.8 average. Larry ended his career with 914 points and also led the Beaver’s to a county volleyball championship.
Burket Hawks – Virgil Gagnon—This 1953 All-County selection led Vern Campbell’s Burket Hawk team in scoring and finished his 4 year varsity career with 616 points. Vern also for former Burket Hawk player and popular coach Byron “Tim” Shoemaker for his first two varsity seasons.
Claypool Knights – Dick Morris- one of the 50’s best big men, Dick led the Knights in scoring his junior and seniors years. Dick was Claypool’s leading scorer during the decade of the 1950’s finishing his career with 904 points.
Etna Green Cubs – Dallas Stouder- Led the 1952 Etna Green Cubs to the county championship. Etna Green beat the Warsaw Tigers and the legendary Whitey Bell in the championship game 59-49. Dallas made the All-County first team and All- Sectional team that year. Dal ended his career with 618 points.
Leesburg Blue Blazers – Bob Ferverda 1950 graduate was one of the leading scorers in the county in 1950. Bob played for Burt Niles and Ted Ford and led Leesburg in scoring in both his junior and senior season. Bob’s sophomore season they were county runner-ups losing to Milford in the final game. Bob scored 340 points his senior year which ranked him as the second leading scorer in the county. Bob’s junior year he led all Kosciusko County scorers with 324 points.
Mentone Bulldogs – Clarence Dickey, this 1954 graduate led Abe Hoogenboom’s squad to the county championship and sectional titles his senior year. Mentone ended the season with a 25-2 record with Clarence scoring 410 points in his senior season. Clarence career total of 890 points was the 3rd highest total for Mentone in the 1950’s.
Milford Trojans – Bill Speicher 1948 graduate played on the historic Milford team that was the first in Kosciusko County history to win three straight county championships. Milford also won two sectionals in that same time period. The 1948 team had Kosciusko County’s first undefeated regular season to go along with a 25 game winning streak. Bill scored 254 his senior year and along with all four of his fellow starters, including his brother Lew made the All-Sectional Squad.
North Webster Trojans – Daryle Hill 1953 graduate helped lead the 1953 North Webster Trojans to a still county record of 27 consecutive wins and an undefeated regular season to go along with the county and sectional championships. North Webster lost in the Regional finals to eventual state champions South Bend Central. Daryle was All-county and all-Sectional that year and scored 389 points that year and 672 for his career.
Pierceton Cubs – Jim Stouffer 1955 graduate played for one of Burt Niles powerful Pierceton teams from the 1950’s. Jim led the 55 Pierceton team to a 17-7 record and led the Cubs in scoring with 433 points. Jim was selected first team All-Sectional and All-County First team in 1955. Jim finished his high school career with 751 points ranking him 3rd in scoring for the Cubs during the decade of the 50’s.
Sidney Wildcats – Gene Likens 1953 graduate led his Wildcats to an 18-7 record believed to be the best in Sidney’s history. That year Sidney was runner-up in both the county tournament and Sectional losing both times to North Webster in the finals. Gene scored 372 points his senior year and his 898 career points was second highest among Wildcat’s during the 1950’s.
Silver Lake Ramblers – Carl “Moose” Sands 1947 graduate was the leading scorer for the Ramblers and led his team to a 23-4 record which included a Sectional Championship beating Warsaw in the finals. Silver Lake lost in the Regional finals to a powerful Fort Wayne South squad. Carl scored 293 points those years and over 500 for his career. Carl went on to star for Manchester College and coach the Beaver Dam Beavers in the early 50’s.
Syracuse Yellowjactets – Lowell Barnhart 1950 graduate played for Millard Sink’s 23-2 County champions. Lowell scored 291 points his senior year. Lowell also starred on Sink’s 1949 sectional champions scoring 215 points that year. Syracuse lost to Fort Wayne Central in the first game of the Fort Wayne Regional.
Warsaw Tigers – Kent Adams and Larry Pinkerton teamed up on Ken Norris’s 1955 Sectional Championship team. Warsaw was 19-7 that year and lost in the Regional finals to Mishawaka. Warsaw also won the powerful CIC conference that year with an impressive 7-1 record. Larry and Kent teamed up for almost 600 points with Larry leading the Tiger’s in scoring with 322 points. Kent and Larry were both named first team All-Sectional guards and both were on CIC All-Conference team.