The Triton High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce the development of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. What began as a vision by Triton’s Athletic Director Mason McIntyre, will come to fruition during the Hall of Fame weekend of February 18th -19th, 2011. “Being a Trojan myself, I know and understand the importance of recognizing the many athletes who have paved the way for our department,” McIntyre stated. “It is because of these great coaches, athletes, and contributors that the Triton Athletic Department has been so successful over the years. It is time to give credit where credit is due.”
Since the schools inception during the 1963-1964 school year, many athletes have worn the blue and gold. While all athletes have played a role in Triton’s success, the Hall of Fame will recognize those Trojans who set themselves apart on the playing fields and the courts of Triton High School and beyond. These athletes won acclaim for running the fastest, jumping the highest, winning championships, and otherwise distinguishing themselves in high school, college, and at professional levels. To honor these high school sports legends, the Triton Athletic Department will annually induct new members into the ranks of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame will induct candidates in the following categories: Athlete, Coach, Alumni, and Contributor. To be eligible to be inducted as an athlete, the candidate must be a graduate of Triton High School and must have participated in interscholastic athletics while at Triton. The Selection Committee will be looking for those athletes who set themselves apart by receiving, among other things, conference and state-wide recognition. In order to be eligible to be inducted as a coach, one must have coached at Triton High School for at least five years and must be inactive at the time of the induction. An Alum is a Triton graduate who has made it a purpose to be involved with athletics beyond high school (ex. Officiating, broadcasting, college coach, etc). A contributor is someone who has given of themselves for the betterment of the Triton Athletic Department.
The inaugural class of 2011 will include four athletes, one coach, and one contributor. “Although there were many deserving student athletes, contributors, and coaches to choose from, I feel that the Triton Community can be very proud of this inaugural class of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. All inductees excelled in their sport and in the classroom. The work ethic developed by their participation in sports continued after graduation where they all have had successful careers and conducted themselves with great integrity.”
The first Athlete who will be inducted is 1966 graduate John Yantis. John participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Baseball, and golf during his career at Triton. John was a member of the 1964-65 basketball Semi-state team and also held records in what was then the 220, 440 and 880 in track. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The next two athletes are 1972 Graduates Rich Rhodes and Dan Sharpe. Rich participated in Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Track and Golf. Rich was best known for his basketball skills and went on to play basketball at Eastern Illinois and was later drafted by the Chicago Bulls. He currently resides in both Elkhart, Indiana and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dan Sharpe participated in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track. Dan placed 5th in the Long Jump at the 1971 IHSAA State Track and Field finals. It was at this event that Dan set the school Long Jump record, which still holds today at 22’1”. Dan currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Rounding out the athletes who will be inducted into the class of 2011 is Lorea Feldman. Lorea participated in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. Lorea was a member of the 1984 Indiana All-Star team and went on to be the four time MVP in women’s basketball at Michigan University. She was recently inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, Indiana and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
The first coach who will be inducted is Mr. Ron Smith. Mr. Smith coached Cross Country for 21 years and Boys Golf for 28 years. He also kept statistics for the football team and kept the book for the boys’ basketball team for many years. Mr. Smith served the Triton School Corporation as a Math teacher for 29 years before retiring. He currently resides in Plymouth, Indiana.
The first contributor inducted will be The Bourbon Foundry and the John Westafer and Dusty Westafer families. The Bourbon Foundry and the Westafer family were proud supporters of the Triton Athletic Department. The Bourbon Foundry and the Westafer family are proud supporters of Triton athletics. They showed their support by purchasing advertisements and team meals for our student athletes. We are so proud to have partnered with the Bourbon Foundry and the Westafer family.
The Hall of Fame weekend will kickoff with recognition of these inductees at the Triton vs. Tippecanoe Valley boys’ basketball game on February 18th. The inductees will be recognized at half-time of the Varsity contest. The tip-off for the JV game that evening is scheduled for 6:15.
The festivities will be continued during the Induction Banquet on February 19th. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM at the Matchett Square Senior Center in Bourbon. Triton’s Athletic Director Mason McIntyre will serve as the Banquet’s emcee for the evening. Tickets for the Banquet can be purchased in the Triton High School Athletic Office beginning January 17, 2011. Tickets will be $20 per person and will include a meal. The Hall of Fame will have a limited number of tickets and will sell tickets as long as supplies last.
“At this time we have received a confirmation from all inductees,” McIntyre said. “We look forward to honoring them during the Hall of Fame weekend and look forward to recognizing Triton Athletic Legends for years to come!”
The Triton Athletic Department would like to give a special thanks to the Selection Committee made up of Larry Lemler representing Bourbon, Dave Shively representing Etna Green, Ken Blackford representing Tippecanoe, and Duane Walters and Hal Kuntz both as at-large Committee members. Without the help of these people this great event would not be possible.