Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame

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Is there a list of all members of the MCSHF? I would like to know who is in it. I'm hoping Charlie Warthan, Bo Henry, and Wayne Nichols all are. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Looking forward to the 2018 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame this Friday, July 13 at the Monroe County Convention Center in Bloomington. Another great class!
Is there any way to get a program from last banquet? We would like to get one for Steve Sturgeon's uncle, who is 85 years old. Thank you so much..........Larry Murphy
Thanks to Kit Klingelhoffer and David Pillar for coming on The Bloomington Review this week and sharing about the MCSHOF ceremony! The full interview can be heard here:
http://www.wgclradio.com/2017/07/the-bloomington-review-07-08-17/

Get your tickets soon!

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the many great Monroe County athletes, coaches and contributors, past and present. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation.

This organization was established to honor past achievements and encourage future student-athletes of Monroe County.

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06/08/2021

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame 2021 Scholarship Banquet

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame 2021 Scholarship Banquet

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Escaping Sudan Was Just the Start — Faith Driven Athlete

Great story of faith written by Kueth Duany, a 2021 selectee for the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame.

faithdrivenathlete.org Kueth Duany’s journey from Sudan to the NCAA Champion is unlike any other.

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Julia Ann Carpenter, 80

So sad to have to share this obituary with our Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame supporters. Ann Carpenter was a dynamic board member for the last 8 years, helping us with banquet arrangements, reservations and enlisting sponsors. She knew so many people through her many years in Indiana University circles as well as just about everybody in all of southern Indiana, it seemed. Even though she was well into her 70s with many health issues, she brought boundless energy to our board meetings and made them something to look forward to. Every board should have an Ann Carpenter, and every community would also benefit from having such a wonderful person in their midst.

hoosiertimes.com Julia Ann Carpenter, 80

[07/10/20]   Our banquet scheduled for tonight, July 10, is cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Any tickets purchased will be refunded.

06/30/2020

2020 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes

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Hope you caught the live awards presentation to our 2020 scholar athletes. Even though we were not able to honor them at a formal banquet, we were able to bring them together for a brief ceremony -- and to hand out their $1,000 scholarship awards. This is a key part of our mission. Not only do we recognize our superb athletes, coaches and contributors of the past, we salute our young people who are blazing a trail of their own. A big thanks to board members Joe Smith and David Hays for their remarks as they hosted this event. As an organization celebrating its 10th year, this is what we are all about. Moving forward, we have a class of pioneers that will be honored with a plaque in our home on Fountain Square, and will honor the other 2020 selectees in 2021, when conditions are right to give them the kind of awards dinner they deserve. Please keep following us on Facebook and on our website, www.monroecountyshof.org.
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monroecountyshof.org Due to the ongoing pandemic and the health and safety concerns moving forward, the Board of Directors has cancelled the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2020.  The 10-person 2020 induction class of athletes, coaches and contributors/humanitarians will now be honored on July ...

06/29/2020

2020 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Awards

2020 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Awards

[05/04/20]   Due to the ongoing pandemic and the health and safety concerns moving forward, the Board of Directors has cancelled the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2020.

The 10-person 2020 induction class of athletes, coaches and contributors/humanitarians will now be honored on July 9, 2021 – so circle that date on your calendar!

Even though we will not have an induction ceremony this year, we are moving forward on two fronts. With the cooperation of athletic directors at Bloomington North, Bloomington South and Edgewood High Schools, we will still award $1,000 scholarships to the outstanding male and female scholar-athletes as chosen by the schools.

Additionally, we will still honor the 2020 pioneer class that we selected earlier in the year with a plaque that will installed at Fountain Square with the previous nine Hall of Fame classes.

We hope that in these difficult times that everyone remain healthy and safe.

03/24/2020

CELEBRATING J.R. HOLMES, TOM MCKINNEY

It didn’t take long for legendary Monroe County coaches J.R. Holmes and Tom McKinney to be inducted into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. They were selected in the Hall’s second year, 2012.
McKinney coached 25 years, the last 17 in Monroe County at Bloomington North. The highlight of those years was 1997, when the Cougars laid claim to being Indiana’s last single-class champions before the arrival of class basketball in 1998. Two years later, McKinney guided the Cougars to the Class 4A title game before falling to Zach Randolph’s Marion Giants. Along the way, McKinney coached seven Indiana All-Stars, including two Mr. Basketballs and first-round NBA draft picks, Jared Jeffries and Sean May.
Holmes is still going strong after 38 years of coaching, surpassing Jack Butcher in all-time victories in 2018. This past season he added 26 wins – without a loss – and was regional-bound when the IHSAA cancelled the tournament because Covid-19 health concerns. Holmes has two state titles under his belt, an undefeated season in 2009 and a second Class 4A title in 2011. He has coached six Indiana All-Stars and one Mr. Basketball, Jordy Hulls.

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01/23/2020

2020 MCSHOF CLASS: Robert Boltinghouse, Duany and Kueth Duany, Kent Deford, Rusty Fishel, and Amanda Warthan, Athletes of 2020! Coaches: Bo Henry and Mo Moriarty! Contributor/Humanitarian: John Harrell and Joe Smith. Want to know more? Check H-T tomorrow and come to the banquet on July 10, 2020. "Ten + 10 on the Tenth!"

[01/22/20]   Pioneer Class - 2020 - (pre 1960) William Lowe Bryan, "Bat" Burress, Preston Eagleson, Jane Foddrill, Harlan Logan, Juliette Maxwell, Chauncey McDaniel, Pauline Siebenthal, Phil Talbot, and Sarkes Tarzian. For more information on these amazing people, see the January 23 Herald-Times Thursday edition and come to the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame banquet on July 10, 2020.

01/13/2020

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame

With the Lady Hoosiers having a good year, one is reminded that our 2011 inaugural class included an outstanding basketball player by the name of Beth Morgan Cunningham, a prodigy from Bloomington High School South. Her resume: Outstanding high school career, Indiana All-Star ... also went to State as tennis player ... set, still [as of 2011] has career scoring record (for women and men) at Notre Dame (2,322 points) led Notre Dame to first Women’s Final Four appearance in 1997... 4 years first-team all-conference (last 2
years, Big East) ... WNBA player ... women's basketball head coach at Virginia Commonwealth... Already winningest women’s basketball coach in VCU history.

"When all was said and done, Cunningham departed as the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Irish women’s basketball history with 2,322 points (now second behind Skylar Diggins), having set or tied 28 school records during her career.

Following her successful college career, Cunningham spent three seasons in the American professional basketball ranks, playing two seasons with the Richmond/Philadelphia Rage of the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL) from 1997-98, and then one year with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2000 before embarking on her coaching career." (quote from Notre Dame website bio).

She is presently in her 8th year as an associate coach at Notre Dame.

01/13/2020

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame

With the Lady Hoosiers having a good year, one is reminded that our 2011 inaugural class included an outstanding basketball player by the name of Beth Morgan Cunningham, a prodigy from Bloomington High School South. Her resume: Outstanding high school career, Indiana All-Star ... also went to State as tennis player ... set, still [as of 2011] has career scoring record (for women and men) at Notre Dame (2,322 points) led Notre Dame to first Women’s Final Four appearance in 1997... 4 years first-team all-conference (last 2
years, Big East) ... WNBA player ... women's basketball head coach at Virginia Commonwealth... Already winningest women’s basketball coach in VCU history.

"When all was said and done, Cunningham departed as the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Irish women’s basketball history with 2,322 points (now second behind Skylar Diggins), having set or tied 28 school records during her career.

Following her successful college career, Cunningham spent three seasons in the American professional basketball ranks, playing two seasons with the Richmond/Philadelphia Rage of the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL) from 1997-98, and then one year with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2000 before embarking on her coaching career." (quote from Notre Dame website bio).

She is presently in her 8th year as an associate coach at Notre Dame.

01/13/2020

With the Lady Hoosiers having a good year, one is reminded that our 2011 inaugural class included an outstanding basketball player by the name of Beth Morgan Cunningham, a prodigy from Bloomington High School South. Her resume: Outstanding high school career, Indiana All-Star ... also went to State as tennis player ... set, still [as of 2011] has career scoring record (for women and men) at Notre Dame (2,322 points) led Notre Dame to first Women’s Final Four appearance in 1997... 4 years first-team all-conference (last 2
years, Big East) ... WNBA player ... women's basketball head coach at Virginia Commonwealth... Already winningest women’s basketball coach in VCU history.

"When all was said and done, Cunningham departed as the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Irish women’s basketball history with 2,322 points (now second behind Skylar Diggins), having set or tied 28 school records during her career.

Following her successful college career, Cunningham spent three seasons in the American professional basketball ranks, playing two seasons with the Richmond/Philadelphia Rage of the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL) from 1997-98, and then one year with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2000 before embarking on her coaching career." (quote from Notre Dame website bio).

She is presently in her 8th year as an associate coach at Notre Dame.

[01/08/20]   We will announce our 2020 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Class on Wednesday, January 22 at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.

We would like to invite all past inductees and the public to join us!

12/31/2019

Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame's cover photo

12/31/2019

As 2019 winds down, the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame wishes to thank all of our sponsors, businesses who place ads with us, friends and patrons, which without their support and help through the years, this organization could not exist, let alone thrive.
We particularly want to thank: first and foremost, David Hays and Comprehensive Financial Consultants, our Title Sponsor. Markey's Rental & Staging, Smithville ffiber, Herald-Times, Inc., Monroe Convention Center, Kirkwood Photo Lab, Midwest Color Printing, Inc., The Funeral Chapel, Premier Healthcare Foundation, Dr. K. Luke Eads, DDS, Bloomington Anesthesiologists, P.C., and Chandler Funeral Home for their sponsorship in 2019. Photo courtesy of Kirkwood Photo.

[12/31/19]   HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MONROE COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME.

12/10/2019

Looking back on the Hall's inaugural class, included was Stacey Martin Tenney, an Edgewood track phenom. She played through injury and pain, dedicated herself to be the very best. Her dream came true through hard work and dedication to her sport. She was 1999 Indiana State champion in the shot put and discus (her discus record still stands); she won the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award. She was named national Gatorade track Athlete of Year. She went on Auburn University where she was an NCAA All-American in
shot put, SEC outdoor shot put champion and, as of 2011, holds Auburn records in shot put and discus. A few years later, little brother, Cory, joined his sister in the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame.

11/23/2019

At the 2019 Meet & Greet, memorabilia included clippings and the trophy signifying the 100th anniversary of Bloomington High School winning the state basketball championship in 1919. Just one of the gems you might find when you attend the meet & greet event of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in any given year. Also display for Winfield "Dick" Jacobs, 2019 Humanitarian, and Marcus Debro, 2019 Contributor (Photos courtesy of Kirkwood Photo).

10/12/2019

Another Olympian in the 2011 inaugural class of the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame was Jennifer Hooker Brinegar. Jennifer won seven individual Big Ten Championships, was a member of the 1981 Big Ten Championship team and held many school records, the last two of which finally fell in February 2001. She competed on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, placing 6th in the 200 meter freestyle and swimming on the gold medal winning 400 meter freestyle team in the preliminary heats. She was 15 years old. She was a U.S National Team member from 1976 through 1979. Brinegar held two American and U.S. Open records and was a two-time U.S. National Champion in the 500 yard and 1650 yard freestyle events. She is a Monroe County girl and proud mother of two sons. She is married to Jamie Brinegar.

09/26/2019

In preparing for 2020, a look back at our past history is called for. Did you know that our first class (2011) included five Olympians. Tommy Deckard competed in the 5000 in the 1936 Olympics and, at his coach's request (the great Billy Hayes), switched to the steeplechase in anticipation of the 1940 Olympics. They were unfortunately cancelled due to the war; however, Tommy did set a record at the Penn State Relays that stood for 24 years.

07/13/2019

2019 inductees take these pieces home... another fantastic evening for Monroe County sports!

07/12/2019
07/12/2019
07/12/2019

Tonight the 2019 class will be inducted into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame!

07/11/2019

Almost ready for the big evening! Hope you are joining us.

07/09/2019

Who does three sports and does them all well? The Hall of Fame has an inductee this year who did! Steve Gobert, Bloomington High School '69, played football, baseball and wrestled. He was All-State as a 2-way tackle on the 10-0 team his senior year. He was 2-time conference champion wrestler for BHS teams. He was catcher (left-handed) on the Panthers' 1969 state runner up in baseball. He played football for John Pont at IU and played some baseball and coached. Locally, he was assistant football and wrestling coach at Edgewood High School in 1973-74 and has coached football and wrestling coach at Columbus for 26 years. Join Steve this Friday at the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame at the Convention Center in Bloomington.

07/09/2019

Russell T. Minett, Bloomington High School,1950, Wrestler. He will be inducted, posthumously, into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete this Friday, July 12th. However, there was so much more to him than wrestling. As to his athletic prowess, he was a 2-time State Champion and was on four State Championship teams, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950. He was inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1951 he enlisted in the Marine Corp and served in Korea 1951-1952 and was involved in the legendary battles known as the Punchbowl and Heartbreak Ridge.

He married the love of his life, Barbara, and their marriage lasted for 64 years. They had three children. He was one of the owners of Bert's Produce in Bloomington, but his true calling was as a minister. He served as minister at Bridge Church in Unionville for 47 years.

Before Russ passed, he knew he had been selected to the Hall of Fame this year. He was honored, and he will be honored this Friday, July 12 at the induction ceremony.

07/08/2019

Tuesday, July 9, Joe Smith will have a two-part interview with 2019 Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame tennis Coach Mike O'Connell. Tune in at 7:45 am and 8:45 am and throughout the day on www.wgclradio.com

07/05/2019

In 2012 the board of directors voted to add the category of Humanitarian. Winfield "Dick" Jacobs, Stinesville High School, 1943, was the choice for 2019. To quote from our criteria for Humanitarian,"The Humanitarian Award will be presented to an individual who has distinguished himself/herself in the areas of: (1) athletics excellence; (2) community service initiatives; and (3) humanitarian endeavors." Mr. Jacobs fills that bill. He was a well known community leader, not just in Ellettsville, but all of Monroe County. He was also a respected high school official who worked three state finals in basketball and two in football. He held a regular job at RCA for 35 years, but had time for serving as president of the Stone Belt Shrine Club in Bloomington and organized the first mini-clinic for children with severe burns and disabilities, was the first president of the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation and Edgewood High School Building Corporation, and was a member of the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge, earning the Mason's highest honor, a 33rd degree. His resume of work in the community could fill a book. Mr. Jacobs passed away in 2016 at the age of 91. His daughters will be in attendance to receive this award for their dad.

Our Story

One of our proudest moments is when we announce the winners of our scholarships given to the outstanding scholar-athletes from each of the three public high schools in Monroe County. One male and one female scholar athlete are chosen by their school for receipt of a $1,000 scholarship, whether they continue in their sport or not. Through the years, we have awarded $40,000 in scholarships to deserving scholars and athletes.

In addition, with our ninth class this year, the Hall of Fame will contain 97 outstanding athletes, coaches, contributors and humanitarians from Monroe County. Some were/are luminaries in their time; others were just your common ordinary person who did extraordinary things for their community.

That is who the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame is.

Photo courtesy of Kirkwood Photo.

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