Archive for August 11, 2015


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KOKOMO, Ind. – The Howard County Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class of inductees, which includes seven athletes and contributors who will be enshrined on October 31.

“Any of this year’s seven inductees have strong enough resumes to have gone in previously, but that just shows how deep Howard County athletic history is,” said Hall of Fame President Dean Hockney. “I am excited to hear them speak at our induction banquet in October – all seven have committed to attend, so it will be a great evening.”

Theodore “Ted” Brown: Two-time IHSAA state champion at Western (class of 2003); won the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.92) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.97) as a senior; six-time medalist and IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner. At Notre Dame, captured 63 career wins and was a four-time Big East All-Academic selection; Irish team captain and MVP his senior season.

James “Al” Fager: Two-time IHSAA state champion at Haworth (class of 1978); won the 200-yard freestyle (state record 1:41.52) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.07); state runner-up his junior year in 100 free and 500 free. Also won Indiana AAU titles. Set four Purdue freshman records in 1978-1979 season.

David Granson: Helped organize the first official Haynes Apperson Sports Festival in 1984 (unofficial sporting events occurred in 1983) and served as its director for 25 years through 2008. During its first year, nearly 2,000 participants competed in 19 events. At retirement, the event had grown to 26 events and up to 3,200 competitors.

DeUnna Hendrix: Led Kokomo (class of 2003) to a 26-0 IHSAA state championship season in 2003; scored 1,210 career points and hit double-figures 73 times in 94 career games; Indiana All-Star. A four-year performer for the University of Richmond. Currently the High Point University (NCAA Division I) head women’s coach where she was the 2014 Big South Conference Coach of the Year.

John Kiser: Three-sport star at Northwestern (class of 1970) where he was all-conference in football, track and basketball. On the court, he averaged 29.7 points and 18.7 rebounds per game his senior year; scored 46 points and had 36 rebounds against Maconaquah. Finished with 1,246 points and 1.007 rebounds. Scored first-ever points for South Florida University and finished with 920 career points.

Richard “Dick” Mugg: Led Eastern (class of 1956) to its only IHSAA boys basketball sectional championship in 1956 at Memorial Gym; first member of Howard County 1,000 Point Club with 1,070. Played baseball and basketball at Memphis State University where he had a 2.02 ERA his senior season. Also the 1978 American Bass Fisherman of Indiana champion.

Geoff Shuck: Scored 1,055 points and grabbed 763 rebounds in his career at Haworth (class of 1971); averaged 18 points and 17 rebounds his senior season. Led Haworth to semi-state in junior campaign. In baseball, led Huskies to the Final Four his junior year. Transferred to Indiana State University and was basketball MVP his junior year with 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

“We are thrilled with this class,” said Hockney. “Since founding the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, our board of directors is in continual awe of the accomplishments of each succeeding class of inductees. This year we have state champs, scoring leaders, a current NCAA Division I basketball coach and a community activist. Howard County has been blessed with outstanding sports personalities, and we are proud to tell their story.”

This will be the 13th class inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame. The 13th Annual Induction Banquet is scheduled for October 31, 2015, at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center. Tickets for the Induction Banquet are available for $25 by calling Vice President Ron Barsh at (765) 453-4739.


Eastern graduate Brent Bachman signs a letter of intent to play football at Trine University. (Photo by Dean Hockney)

Eastern graduate Brent Bachman signs a letter of intent to play football at Trine University. (Photo by Dean Hockney)


GREENTOWN, Ind. – In high school, Brent Bachman was a two-way lineman for the Eastern Comets. But that will soon change as the 6-2, 224-pound Greentown product will concentrate on the defensive line as he embarks on a college career at Trine University in Angola.

“I’ll do whatever benefits the team because that’s what I’ve done in high school,” said Bachman. “We’re a smaller school so we have to put guys where it benefits us best. I’m ready for whatever they choose.”

Bachman said he had narrowed his choice to Taylor and Trine, but deep down, he knew he wanted to play for the Thunder.

“I felt like I should be there,” said Bachman, who will study physical therapy in an accelerated program. “Every time I visited Trine I felt like I should be there.”

Eastern football head coach Josh Edwards said Bachman is as good in the classroom as he is in  the field – and that will benefit the lineman.

“Brent is a kid who really didn’t start playing organized football until his freshman year,” said Edwards. “From there, he transformed himself in the weight room. Combine that with being a good student and I think he will excel at Trine. That is a bunch of intelligent kids at Trine and he fits well in that.”

Bachman will walk into a great situation as the Thunder is ranked No. 18 in the nation in the Lindy’s Sports 2015 NCAA Division III Top 25 Poll.

The Thunder is the lone MIAA representative to appear in the preseason poll. Trine is coming off a season in which the Thunder finished 6-4 overall, with a 4-2 mark in the MIAA that tied for second in the conference. The 2015 season will be Trine’s first under Troy Abbs, who was promoted to the head coaching position in the offseason after serving as the team’s defensive coordinator since 2006. Under Abbs, the Thunder defense produced 17 All-MIAA First Team defensive performers, including three defensive MVPs.

Trine is expected to return nine starters on the offensive side of the ball, including the entire offensive line.

“I see myself fitting in well,” said the former Comet. “I really like Trine’s coaching staff and Coach Abbs. He really seems to really have a love for the game.”

Edwards said he thinks his star lineman can excel in the Trine lineup, but he will need to step it up as each player on the squad was also the best at his high school.

“He will need to learn to flip that switch and take it to the next gear,” said Edwards. “He is a nice kid, so he is going to have to develop that nasty streak to play at the next level. He has the tools, just needs to pick it up a notch.”

For Bachman and Trine, the season kicks off under the lights Sept. 3 when the Thunder host Manchester. Kick-off of the traditional, season-opening rivalry is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.