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A Hancock County resident for most of his 82 years, Bill Dishman has played against or seen nearly all of the most heralded local basketball players.

As a good friend of Mike Edwards (Greenfield High School, class of 1969), Dishman was on hand for hundreds of Edwards’ 2,343 career points, the 10th most points scored in Indiana high school basketball history. And Dishman, a lifelong fan of the game, was at Greenfield-Central for several contests as John Hamilton (class of 2000) punctuated  a stellar career by joining Edwards as Hancock County’s only career 2,000-point scorers.

Of the myriad talent to emerge from each of the county’s pre- and-post consolidation schools, Dishman has “just about seen them all.” But when the conversation among Dishman and his friends turns to basketball memories, as it often does, the Greenfield resident is quick bring up a name that’s remained with him since the 1940s.

“I’ve told people many times, I always considered Jim DeaKyne the best basketball player around in his time,” Dishman said. “He never got the recognition, in my opinion, that he should have gotten.”

Dishman, a 1950 Greenfield grad, and DeaKyne, a Fortville High alum of the same year, squared off a handful of times on the basketball court, with DeaKyne’s Fortville Demons earning its most important win in their rivalry in the 1949 sectional tourney.

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