CLASS OF 2017
The Board of Directors of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame has made the selections for the Class of 2017. They were announced on the Joe Smith Sports Show on WGCL 1370AM on February 7, 2017.
This class will be inducted into the Hall at its July 14, 2017 banquet to be held at the Monroe County Convention Center, Bloomington, Indiana.
The 2017 class of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame is a family-friendly group.
Four of the 10 inductees will join family members already in the Hall: Jerry Yeagley, Jennifer (Warthan) Hester, Cory Martin and Dobby Grossman.
Yeagley, the coach who put Indiana University soccer on the map, joins his son, Todd, a 2013 inductee. Hester joins her father, Charlie Warthan, a 2015 inductee. Martin follows in the footsteps of his sister, Stacy Martin-Tenney, a member of the 2011 charter class. Grossman joins two other members of his family, brother Dan Grossman (2016) and nephew Rex Grossman (2012).
Rounding out the class of 2017 are Mark Litz, Stephanie Bassett, Jennings Polley, John Adams, Ralph Sieboldt and Brad Bomba.
Bomba is the recipient of this year’s Humanitarian Award for his many years as a team doctor for IU athletics and high school athletics.
Yeagley is the recipient of the other special award, the Contributor Award, for the impact he had on soccer, both nationally and locally.
Litz, a three-sport star at Bloomington High in the 1960s, also has made an impact on the community as the longtime teaching pro at Cascades, where he helped introduce many youths to the sport of golf through the “Hook a Kid on Golf” program.
Bassett was a track and cross country star in the early 1980s at Bloomington North, where she won a state title in the 1,600-meter run in 1984 before going on to an outstanding collegiate career at Wisconsin.
Polley made his mark in wrestling, winning two state titles as Bloomington High in the 1940s. He was a member of three state championship teams.
Adams and Sieboldt are this year’s coaching honorees. Adams played on Bloomington’s first high school team in 1911 and then went into coaching. After winning 86 games in four seasons at Smithville, Adams went on to coach Vincennes to 19 consecutive sectional championships and a state title in 1923. He was the first coach in Indiana to win 500 games.
Sieboldt coached track and cross country at North while also serving as athletic director. He coached four individual state champions in track and one in cross country. Bassett was one of those track champions, and Hester was the cross country champion.
Hester, a 1992 North grad, won the girls’ cross country title in 1991 and was a Trester Award winner that year. She went on to coach track and cross country at North alongside her father while also serving as girls’ athletic director from 2008-11.
Martin’s career very much mirrored his sister’s. Like Stacy, he won a state title in the discus and went on to an outstanding career at Auburn, where he won an NCAA title in the shot put and hammer. In 2011 he was the world’s third-ranked shot-putter and competed in the World Outdoor Championships in Moscow.
Grossman was a quarterback during Bloomington High’s 60-game win streak in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He quarterbacked 20 of those wins, throwing for 36 touchdowns, including a record six in one game. Also an outstanding baseball player, Grossman was the shortstop on the 1969 state runner-up team. He went on to play college ball at both South Carolina and IU.
Come join us at the July 14th banquet to honor these individuals who have contributed to the quality of life of Monroe Countians through sports, hard work, inspiration and dedication. To make reservations for this year's banquet, you may order through this website or call Ann Carpenter at 812-336-6434. Checks for reservations, ads, etc. may be sent payable to MCSHOF, c/o Nancy Werner, Treasurer, PO Box 122, Bloomington, IN 47402-0122.
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This spring we will also be announcing the six outstanding scholar athletes for 2017 from Bloomington North, Bloomington South and Edgewood High Schools.
WATCH FOR OUR 2017 INDUCTEE PAGE AND ALSO SCHOLAR ATHLETE PAGE, WHICH ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
MEMORIAL TO STEVE STURGEON
Steve Sturgeon, a long-time sports reporter and lead writer for the Ellettsville Journal passed away August 22, 2016. His family graciously asked that in honor of Steve and his love of Monroe County Sports, memorials may be made to the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Checks may be sent payable to Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 122, Bloomington, IN 47402-0122. Please note on your check: In memory of Steve Sturgeon. All gifts are accepted with deep appreciation.
Community Comes Together to
Dedicate Headstone for George Shively
On Easter Sunday, baseball's Opening Day 2015, members of the MCSHOF and about 150 Monroe County residents gathered at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington to place head stones on the unmarked graves of 10 African Americans, including 2015 inductee George Shively, a Negro Baseball League great.
Shively passed away in 1962 and was buried without a marker. Officiating at his funeral was a minister by the name of Anthony Thompson. Officiating on this day was another minister named Anthony Thompson, yes THAT Anthony Thompson, the 2-time IU All-American and now the pastor of Lighthouse Community Church.
Bob Hammel, another 2015 MCSHOF inductee, introduced guests, including Sally Gaskill of vocal group Voces Novae, an active participant in the project. Timothy Noble, the great local baritone, sang "Amazing Grace" and led the gathering in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."
Present for the ceremony were Shively's grand niece and grand nephew, Janice Leonard and Seth Debro. The final salute of the day had the entire group forming a circle around the grave markers and joining Voces Novae in the singing of "We Shall Overcome."
The limetone was donated by Reed Quaries. Special thanks also to Casey Winningham for the stone designs; Mike Waggoner of Standish Steel for the metal work; Ron Pursell of Purcell Monuments; Greg Guise of Guise Art; and Brad Powell and Mike Donham of Accent Stone -- truly a community effort.
To see the video of the ceremony, click on the link directly to the right under "Latest News."
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