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Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony to honor new inductees

Ticket sales will end Nov. 11; banquet set for Nov. 16.

Posted on Nov. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The 2013 Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Matterhorn Restaurant.

A social hour is set for 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 and the awards program at 7:30.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Phyllis Tubbs at Elkhart Memorial High Schoool, 262-5633. Tickets sales will end on Nov. 11. No tickets will be sold at the door on the night the event.

This year's inductees are:

GRETCHEN NYCE

Bethany Christian, 1989

Ÿ Earned 6 varsity letters in basketball and volleyball; named school's Athlete of Year (1989)

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … co-MVP and team captain in junior and seniors seasons; helped team to 32-6 record in junior and senior seasons; led team in assists (60), points per game (13.9) and second in rebounding (155) in senior season; named to Indiana academic all-state team, high honorable mention all-semistate.

Ÿ Volleyball – 2-year letter winner … co-MVP and Team Player Award winner in junior and senior seasons; captain as a senior; led team with service aces and hitting kills as a senior.

Goshen College, 1993

Ÿ Competed in volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … 3-time all-conference selection, finished in GC's top 10 all-time for total field goals, field-goal percentage, free throws, points, rebounds and assists.

Ÿ Volleyball – 2-year letter winner … finished career with 291 blocks, sixth all-time in GC history; helped team to 48-25 record.

Ÿ Soccer – 1-year letter winner (senior) … all-NAIA district selection, second on team in scoring, team captain.

Coaching

Ÿ Girls basketball JV coach, Wawasee High School, 1993-94

Ÿ Softball coach, Wawasee High School, 1995

Ÿ Women's basketball and soccer coach, Goshen College, 1995-97

Ÿ Volleyball, softball coach, Bandy's High School (N.C.), 1998-2001

Ÿ Soccer, volleyball, basketball coach, Albemarie High School (Va.), 2002-2006

RUSS MANN

Concord High School, 1999

Ÿ Earned 5 varsity letters in football, baseball; named Concord Male Athlete of the Year (1999); named Phil N.Eskew Mental Attitude Award winner by the IHSAA in Class 4A (1998)

Ÿ Baseball – 2-year letter winner … team captain senior season; led team in hitting (.420) as a junior

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … team captain and quarterback/defensive back on IHSAA 4A state runner-up squad; team captain as a senior; all-Region 2 IFCA selection; named all-state as a defensive back; North-South All-Star selection

Butler University, 2003

Ÿ Competed in football and track and field

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … team captain senior season, 2-time All-Pioneer Conference selection (2001-02); team captain and Hubert Brown Mental Attitude Award winner (2002); recorded 201 total tackles, 5 interceptions in career

Coaching

Ÿ Boys track assistant coach, Warren Central (2013)

Ÿ Football assistant coach, Lawrence Central's 2012 IHSAA 5A state champions (2012)

Ÿ Baseball, assistant coach, Indianapolis North Central's Marion County and sectional baseball champions (2006)

FRED MYERS

Concord High School, 1965

Ÿ Earned 7 varsity letters in gymnastics, track and field; inducted into Concord Athletic Hall of Fame (1990)

Ÿ Gymnastics – 4-year letter winner … two-time IHSAA state champion in tumbling in junior and senior season; IHSAA state champion on trampoline in senior season; led team to 2 IHSAA state team championships (1964, '65)

Ÿ Track and Field – 3-year letter winner … two-time team MVP, county champion in long jump, 100-yard dash, 800 relay

Indiana State University

Ÿ Gymnastics – 2-year letter winner

Coaching

NorthWood High School

Ÿ Gymnastics (1976-'81) – led NorthWood to No.1 ranking, third place in IHSAA state championships; coached an individual state champion (Craig Hoffer)

Ÿ Track and Field (1981-'95) – six-time Northern Lakes Conference Coach of the Year; 6 NLC team championships, 13 Kelly Relays championships, 1994 Goshen Sectional Championship; coached 16 state finalists, 3 all-state athletes, 1 IHSAA mental attitude award winner

Ÿ Cross Country (1987-'92) – two-time NLC Coach of the Year; 1 NLC championship

HALEY L. EMERSON

Concord High School, 2006

Ÿ Earned 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, softball

Ÿ Soccer – 4-year letter winner … named All-Northern Lakes Conference as a senior; NLC honorable mention as a sophomore and junior, All-NLC academic as a senior; led team to 3 NLC championships, 2 sectional championships, 1 regional and semistate championship; led team to IHSAA state finals (2005)

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … three-time team Best Defensive Player Award winner; All-NLC, honorary captain, top rebounder as a senior; named to all-area squad (2006); competed in Indiana East-West All-Star game

Ÿ Softball – 4-year letter winner … two-time All-NLC; named most improved player as a sophomore, best offensive player as a junior, honorary captain as a senior

Oakland University, 2010

Ÿ Earned 4 varsity letters in softball; named all-academic Mid-Continent Conference (2007); three-time all-academic Summit League (2008-'10)

TOM CONWAY

Elkhart High School, 1958

Ÿ Competed in golf and basketball

Ÿ Golf – Two-time team MVP, two-time IHSAA state finalist; three-time team captain; won most individual matches for sophomore, junior, senior seasons; team medalist in sectional and regional

Professional

Ÿ Earned PGA pro status (1960), PGA member (1964)

Ÿ Served on Indiana PGA Section board of directors

GARY KRATZER

Elkhart High School, 1968

Ÿ Earned 9 varsity letters in wrestling, football and track and field

Ÿ Wrestling – 3-year letter winner … member of IHSAA state team champion (1968); individual runner-up at 133 pounds as a junior, individual state champion at 133 pounds as senior

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner

Ÿ Track – 3-year letter winner

Indiana State Univ., 1972

Ÿ Earned 4 varsity letters in wrestling; named all-conference and was named a pre-season all-american

Coaching

Ÿ Served as athletic director and head coach in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, swimming and softball across Indiana, Florida, Alaska and Arizona

CLYDE RILEY, JR.

Elkhart High School, 1969

Ÿ Earned 5 varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field

Ÿ Football – 1-year letter winner … named All-Northern Indiana Conference, all-state, most improved lineman on 1968 state and NIC championship team

Ÿ Basketball – 2-year letter winner

Ÿ Track – 2-year letter winner … competed on IHSAA state championship team (1969)

Ball State University, 1973

Ÿ Earned 4 varsity letters while competing in football, basketball and track and field

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … team captain, most improved player as a senior

Ÿ Basketball – 1-year letter winner

BEN PAOLILLO

Elkhart Central, 1977

Ÿ Earned 6 varsity letters in cross country and track and field

Ÿ Cross country – 3-year letter winner … sophomore MVP, junior MVP, team MVP as a senior; led team to three Northern Indiana Conference championships, including 47 consecutive dual meet victories; led team to Elkhart Sectional team title (1974); three-time IHSAA state finalist; finished 8th overall and all-state (1976); was unbeaten as an individual (1976)

Ÿ Track – 3-year letter winner … two-time IHSAA state finalist; helped team to two Goshen Sectional team championships; individual sectional champion in 2-mile (1975), individual sectional runnerup in 2-mile (1976), individual champion in 1-mile and runner-up in 2-mile (1977)

University of Wyoming, 1982

Ÿ Earned 6 varsity letters in cross country and track and field

Ÿ Cross country, named All-Western Athletic Conference (1980, '81); team captain (1981); helped team to third in NCAA championships (1977)

Ÿ Track, named All-WAC in steeplechase (1981), steeplechase and 1,000-meter indoor (1982); team captain (1981); named Track and Field Association all-American, steeplechase (1981)

Coaching

Purdue University

Ÿ Track and Field, head coach (1993-2001); assistant coach (1984-'93); Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year (indoor, 1999, 2001; outdoor, 1999); coached 2 NCAA champions, 31 NCAA all-Americans, 70 individual Big Ten champions, 3 Big Ten team championships

Elkhart Central High School

Ÿ Track and Field, assistant coach (1984); helped Blue Blazers to school's first team regional championship

University of Wyoming

Ÿ Track and Field, graduate assistant (1982-83)

ROD MORGAN

Elkhart Memorial, 1978

Ÿ Earned 8 varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … two-time All-Northern Indiana Conference selection

Ÿ Wrestling – 2-year letter winner … recorded most takedowns as a senior; fourth in IHSAA state final in senior season

Ÿ Track and field – 3-year letter winner … sectional and regional champion as a senior; state finalist in 1600 relay

JIM NICHOLSON

Elkhart Memorial, 1973

(Elkhart High School, 1970-72)

Ÿ Earned 5 varsity letters in football and wrestling

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … member of 1970 EHS state championship team

Ÿ Wrestling – 2-year letter winner

Manchester College, 1977

Ÿ Played football for two seasons

Coaching

Elkhart Community Schools Coach of the Year (1998)

Ÿ Wrestling, head coach Elkhart Memorial, 1978-'99; assistant, 1977-'78; head coach, Elkhart Central, 2005-'07; Named to Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame (2000); Northern Indiana Conference Coach of the Year (1998); coached 7 team sectional championships, 91 individual sectional champions, 28 state qualifiers, 13 IHSAA state medalists, 2 IHSAA state champions and 1 NIC team champion (1990)

Ÿ Football, assistant coach Elkhart Memorial, 1987-89; head coach West Side Middle School, 1993-97

DOUG THWAITS

Fairfield High School, 1974

Ÿ Earned 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and golf

Ÿ Football – 4-year letter winner … named All-Northern State Conference in junior and senior seasons; named top defensive player as a senior

Ÿ Basketball – 3-year letter winner … scored 794 career points, 820 career rebounds (2nd all-time in school history); top rebounder in junior and senior seasons; team MVP as a senior; all-NSC junior and senior seasons

Ÿ Golf – 2-year letter winner

Davenport Junior College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Ÿ Basketball – 2-year letter winner … averaged 10.5 points (1975) and 15.0 points (1976) while leading team to 41-20 record

Coaching

Ÿ Basketball, head freshman coach (1979-86); coached 16-0 unbeaten team (1986)

RYAN THWAITS

Fairfield High School, 2000

Ÿ Earned 8 varsity letters in basketball, tennis and track and field

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … 5th all-time leading scorer in school history (1,146 points); two-time Elkhart Truth All-Area selection; MVP in junior and senior seasons; team's top rebounder for three seasons; helped team to 2 Northeast Corner Conference championships (1998, 1999) and 1 sectional championship (1998)

Ÿ Tennis – 3-year letter winner … two-time All-NECC doubles champion; two-time NECC regular-season and tournament champions; helped team to sectional and regional championships (2000)

Huntington University, 2004

Ÿ Basketball – 3-year letter winner … finished with 1,119 points, 890 rebounds, 540 assists; helped team to 96-46 record; Mid-Central Conference leader in rebounds and assists (2004); first team All-MCC, third-team NAIA all-American (2004), second team All-MCC, honorable mention NAIA (2003); NAIA all-American scholar athlete (2003, 2004)

DON OGLE

Goshen High School, 1967

Ÿ Earned 8 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball

Ÿ Football – 3-year letter winner … two-way starter on 1966 GHS team which was the first to beat Elkhart High School at Rice Field

Ÿ Basketball – starting point guard on 1966-67 team which finished 17-3 in the regular season

Ÿ Baseball – starting outfielder and cleanup hitter on sectional championship team (1967)

College

Ÿ Univ. of Arizona, Masters degree, National Certification in athletic training/sports medicine

Ÿ Basketball – one season, Western Michigan University

Training

Ÿ Head trainer, Goshen High School (1977-86); two-time selection to Indiana North-South baseball game; named Indiana Athletic Trainer of the Year (1997)

Ÿ Head trainer, New Albany High School (1973-77)

TENELLE (RAMER) MILUN

Goshen High School, 1995

Ÿ Earned 4 varsity letters in swimming

Ÿ Swimming – four-time team MVP, four-time IHSAA state meet qualifier, 13-time sectional champion; 14-time Northern Lakes Conference champion; 1991, State qualifier ; 1992, state qualifier in 100, 200 freestyle; 200 and 400 freestyle relay; 1993, state qualifier 100, 200 freestyle; 1994, state qualifier 100, 200 freestyle, 200, 400 freestyle relay

Florida State University, 1999

Ÿ Swimming – 1998, member of 5th place 400 freestyle relay in Atlantic Coast Conference championships; 1997, placed in 6 freestyle events in ACC championships; 1996, 1st in 200 medley relay, 2nd in 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays, 2nd in 100, 3rd in 50 and 200 freestyles at ACC championships; named All-ACC.

LANCE ALLEN SWANK

Jimtown High School, 1979

Ÿ Earned 12 varsity letters in football, wrestling, track and field

Ÿ Football – 4-year letter winner … named Associated Press all-state, team co-captain as a senior; two-way starter in junior and senior seasons

Ÿ Wrestling – 4-year letter winner … sectional champion, regional runner-up at 177 pounds as a senior; team captain as a junior

Ÿ Track and field – 4-year letter winner … competed in shot put and discus

DePauw University, 1983

Ÿ Football – 4-year letter winner … defensive tackle (1979, '80), offensive guard (1981, 82)

KELLIE HEUERMANN

Jimtown High School, 1988

Ÿ Earned 10 varsity letters in basketball, tennis and volleyball

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … two-time team MVP, three-time All-Northern State Conference, 1,002 career points (6th all-time), 181 assists (6th all-time), averaged 13.5 points for career; led team to three NSC championships (1985, '86, '88)

Ÿ Tennis – 4-year letter winner … three-time team MVP; four-time All-NSC; IHSAA state singles tournament qualifier (top 8)

Coaching

Ÿ Girls basketball, freshman, JV, varsity assistant, Elkhart Memorial High School, 10 seasons; varsity assistant, Jimtown High School (1992-'93)

Ÿ Track and field, North Side Middle School, 10 seasons

Ÿ Volleyball, North Side Middle School, 11 seasons

Ÿ Girls tennis, head coach, Jimtown High School (1993)

APRIL (ALLISON) RUSSELL

Northridge High School, 1997

Ÿ Earned 12 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball

Ÿ Volleyball – 4-year letter winner … three-time All-Northern Lakes Conference, two-time team MVP; team best defensive award in freshman season

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … two-time team MVP, two-time all-sectional, All-NLC as a junior, Elkhart Truth All-Area as a junior, team captain as a senior

Ÿ Softball – 4-year letter winner … three-time All-NLC, team leader in runs, hits, batting average, on-base percentage, RBI, home runs, stolen bases and slugging percentage as a senior; helped team to sectional, regional and semistate championships (1996)

Bethel College, 2001

Ÿ Earned 8 varsity letters in volleyball and softball

Ÿ Volleyball – 4-year letter winner … two-time NCCAA all-district, NCCAA all-regional, NCCAA scholar-athlete team; NCCAA academic all-American (1999); helped team win NCCAA national championship (1998) and runner-up (1999); NAIA regional runner-up (1997), NAIA national tournament qualifier (1998)

Ÿ Softball – 4-year letter winner … four-time All-Mid-Central Conference, four-time NCCAA all-American, four-time NCCAA all-regional, NAIA Regional Player of the Year (1999), NAIA first-team all-American (1999), MCC Conference Player of the Year (1999)

GARY ZIMMERMAN

Northridge High School, 1988

Ÿ Earned 5 varsity letters in golf and basketball

Ÿ Golf – 3-year letter winner (4 played) … three-time IHSAA individual state qualifier; team MVP, team captain, All-Northern Lakes Conference, sectional champion, regional runner-up, state qualifier as a senior; sectional runner-up, regional and state qualifier (6th at state) as a junior; team sectional champion, team regional runner-up as a sophomore

Ÿ Basketball – 2-year letter winner (4 played) … team MVP, team captain, Elkhart County scoring leader (23.8 points per game), first-team All-NLC as a senior

College

Ÿ Golf, Butler University (1 season); Vincennes University (2 seasons)

KENT SULLIVAN

Northridge High School, 1982

Ÿ Earned 2 varsity letters in football

California Lutheran University, 1989

Ÿ Football, 4-year starter as kicker, 39.6 average over 4 seasons as a punter; longest punt of 65; longest field goal, 52 yards

Professional

Ÿ NFL, Houston Oilers (1991), Kansas City Chiefs (1992), San Diego Chargers (1993); lifetime NFL punting average of 40.3 yards; World Football League, San Antonio Riders (1992-'93), 39.6 average.

CAROL DUNCAN

NorthWood High School, 2002

Ÿ Earned 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field

Ÿ Basketball – 4-year letter winner … 2002 Indiana All-Star, Indiana Coaches Association All-State selection; helped team to IHSAA Class 3A state championship (2000), finished career with 1,214 points and 828 rebounds; three-time All-Northern Lakes Conference selection

Ÿ Volleyball – 4-year letter winner … 1st all-time in career solo blocks (200) and total blocks (258),4th all-time in career kills (974), 5th in career digs (690); helped team to two sectional championships (1998, 2000) and one regional championship (1998)

Ÿ Track and field – 4-year letter winner … three-time All-NLC; school record holder in shot put (46-1 ¾), high jump (5-4 ¾)

Purdue University, 2006

Ÿ Earned 4 varsity letters in basketball … three-time all-academic Big Ten Conference; 1,033 career points, 242 career rebounds; helped team to two Big Ten tournament championships (2007, 2008), to NCAA Elite 8) (2003), NCAA Sweet 16 (2004, 2006)

Coaching

Ÿ Women's basketball, asst. director of basketball operations, Northwestern University (2007); asst. coach (2008); asst. coach, Murray State University (2009-10)

DENNIS LEWIS

Yorktown High School, 1974 (athlete)

NorthWood High School, 1985-2005 (coach), Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame selection (2010)

Ÿ Head coach, compiling 205-116-4 career record; individual champions coached – 42 Northern Lakes Conference, 85 sectional, 30 regional, 8 semistate, 2 state; 31 state qualifiers; team champions coached, 4 NLC, 6 sectional, 4 regional

High School (athlete)

Ÿ IHSAA state champion at 119 pounds (1974), at 105 pounds (1973); IHSAA state runner-up at 98 pounds (1972)

College (athlete)

Ÿ Ball State University, Mid-American champion at 134 (1978), MAC runnerup at 126 (1977), at 134 (1979); three-time NCAA Div. 1 tournament qualifier

PHIL PRESTON (volunteer)

Lima (Ohio), 1954 Butler University, 1959

Ÿ Competed in basketball, baseball and track and field

Ÿ Known for his passion for basketball and his long-time association and sponsorship of northern Indianan AAU boys basketball teams and tournaments until his death on April 20, 2013; also served many springs as a place judge at the annual Goshen Relays boys track and field meet.


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