Daily Reporter staff reports
GREENFIELD — It was a night for celebration at Greenfield-Central during the boys varsity basketball game Saturday as the high school honored its 2018 Cougars Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
Among the Greenfield-Central Hall of Fame honorees was former athletics director Kevin Horrigan, who was one of eight inductees recognized for their career athletics achievements.
Horrigan spent 12 years as athletics director at Greenfield-Central and 40 years in education with 29 years as athletics director as various schools before retiring in 2014. Honored by numerous organizations throughout his career, including as Athletic Director of the Year by the IIAAA, Horrigan established the Greenfield-Central Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Horrigan was joined by 2013 graduate Josh Farrell, the school’s second wrestling state champion all time. Farrell won the 152-pound state title in 2013 with a perfect 48-0 run and set the program’s career wins mark with a 173-15 record.
Former standout softball player Samantha Frazier, a 2012 graduate, was honored for her All-State and Indiana All-Star career. She earned four varsity letters at Greenfield-Central and set records for career wins, strikeouts, innings pitched in a season and in a career.
Jan Hacker, the school’s former girls track coach, was inducted after leading the program from 2003-2016. She helped produce 37 new school records and 24 meet records along with 35 state qualifiers. Her teams won three Hoosier Heritage Conference titles. She was named HHC coach of the year in 2014-16.
Jack Johnson, a 1963 graduate, was honored for his career in cross country, basketball and track. He finished with a record 342 rebounds in 1963, scored more than 1,000 points and earned 10 varsity letters. He also played basketball at Indiana University where he amassed three varsity letters and started two seasons. He captained the 1967 Big Ten championship team.
Taylor Johnson, a 2013 graduate, was honored for her eight varsity letters in swimming and track. She set the school’s 200-yard medley relay and 100 butterfly records. She was a two-time swimming state participant and was the 2013 Florance Molinder Outstanding Female Athlete Award recipient.
Katie Peters, a 2013 graduate, was inducted after earning seven varsity letters in soccer and basketball. Peters recorded a school-record 41 shutouts and earned All-Hancock County Player of the Year in 2012. She attended and played soccer at Samford University.
Patrick Stutz, a 2013 graduate, was a standout in swimming and track, earning five varsity letters. He was a four-time state swimming participant and placed four times at 17th or better in his career. He set school records in five events and a several state tournament and Hoosier Heritage Conference records.
Cougars fall to Stars
The Greenfield-Central boys basketball team fell to the visiting Bedford North Lawrence Stars 63-47 on Saturday night.
Bedford North Lawrence built a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way.
Cougars’ Will O’Connor scored a team-high 15 points for Greenfield-Central, while Logan Graddy finished with 12 points. Brian Long chipped in 11 points.
The Cougars are now 4-11 on the season and travel to Delta for a HHC contest on Thursday.
Marauders reign on homecoming night
The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 41-32 triumph over HHC foe Delta on Homecoming Night.
The Marauders led 15-9 after the first quarter and built a 27-16 lead by halftime before the visiting Eagles pushed back in the third to cut the margin to 32-29. A strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for Mt. Vernon.
Cade Gentry led the Marauders with 11 points. Brandon Bell added seven points, while Damari Gatewood had six points. Logan Smith chipped in six points.
The Marauders are now 8-7 on the season and host Frankton on Thursday.
Dragons knock down Falcons
The New Palestine boys basketball team came out firing on Saturday night, finding a rhythm from deep to bury the Perry Meridian Falcons 68-50.
Matthew True, who hit 3-pointers on the Dragons’ first three possessions, had a career-high 28 points with 14 in the first quarter. New Palestine led 27-9 after the first frame. The Dragons scored their first 21 points from beyond the arc.
Dylan Romine had 13 points for the Dragons, while Jack Walker pitched in eight points, followed by seven points by Gavin Hausz.
New Palestine had now won six of its last seven games and improved to 10-6 on the season.