The 11th class of the Greenfield-Central Athletic Hall of Fame was honored with induction Friday at G-C. The Hall, which celebrates not only former G-C athletes and coaches, but also those from pre-consolidation Eden, Hancock-Central, Greenfield and Maxwell schools, welcomed its first class in 2004. Joining the list of distinguished alums this year were Samantha Gable, Jordan Lewis, Tom New, the Hammons family and the 1975 Class 2A state runner-up football team. Gable, a 2008 graduate, was an all-state discus and shot put thrower and holds records at both G-C and Miami (Ohio). Lewis played in the NCAA basketball tourney with Evansville after a standout career at G-C, which included a still-record 40-point game. New was a star distance runner for Greenfield HS before graduating in 1969 and attending Harvard, where he was captain of the cross country team. The Hammons — Alan, Lisa, Ryan and Aaron — set numerous baseball records and later helped renovate Molinder Field. The 1975 football team, coached by Clayton Myers, finished 9-3 and runner-up in the 2A state tourney, two years after the Cougars won a state title.
The complete bios for the inductees, as read over the public address system at the induction ceremony Friday during halftime of the boys basketball game:
SAMANTHA GABLE, a 2008 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School. Samantha earned six varsity awards while participating in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field. In Track & Field, Samantha was Honorable Mention Academic All-State. She was a four-time Hancock County Champion and three-time HHC Champion in the Shot put. She also was a two-time Hancock County and HHC Champion in the Discus. She was a three-time Regional Qualifier and a three-time State Meet participant in the Discus with an 8th Place Finish in the 2008 State Track Meet. Samantha was twice sectional Champion in the Shot Put, a four-time Regional Qualifier and a four-time State Meet Qualifier in the Shot Put—-placing 4th in 2007 and 7th in 2008. She is the School Record Holder in the shot put with a throw of 44’ 10” and earned a Track & Field Scholarship to Miami of Ohio University, where she holds two school records…one in the Hammer Throw and one in the Indoor Weight Throw. Samantha is a teacher in the Greenfield-Central School Corporation. With Samantha this evening are her parents, Carol & Kip, her sisters Sarah & Chelsey, her brother Chad, and other family members and friends.
JORDAN LEWIS, a 2008 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School. Jordan earned 9 varsity letters while participating in Cross country, Basketball, Tennis and Track & Field. Jordan was a Regional Track Meet participant in the High Jump. In Basketball, Jordan was All-Hancock County, All-HHC, and All-Indy East three times. She was twice selected Hancock County Player of the Year and twice selected Indy East Player of the Year. As a Junior, she was selected to the East-West All Star Game, and as a Senior, Jordan was selected to the East-West and the North-South All-Star Games. As a Senior she was selected to the Top-60 workout and was Hoosier Basketball Magazine 1st Team All-State. Jordan ranks #9 on the Career Assist List with 203 and ranks #3 on the Career Scoring List with 1194. She is the School Record Holder for Most Points Scored in a Game with 40. Jordan earned a Basketball Scholarship to the University of Evansville and played in the NCAA Basketball Tourney. Jordan is a Greenfield Police Officer. With Jordan this evening are her mother Kim and her sister Regan and other family & friends.
TOM NEW, a 1969 Greenfield High School graduate. Tom earned eight varsity letters in Cross Country & Track & Field. In Cross Country, he was a three-time Capital District Conference Champion, a three-time Sectional Champion, a three-time Regional Champion, and placed 3rd in the State Meet as a sophomore, 7th in the State Meet as a junior, and 5th in the State Meet as a senior. In Track & Field, as a freshman, Tom was the CDC 2-mile Champion, was Sectional Runner Up in the Mile Run, was 3rd in the Mile Run in the Regional, and placed 8th in the State Meet in the Mile Run. As a sophomore, he was the CDC Mile Run Champion, was Sectional & Regional 2-Mile Run Champion, & was the State Runner Up in the 2-mile and broke the then existing State Record. As a junior, Tom was CDC Champion in both the Mile and 880 Yard Runs. Unfortunately, serious illness prevented him from participating in the Sectional, Regional, and State Meets. As a senior, he was again the CDC Champion in the Mile and 880 Yard Runs. Tom was the Sectional Champion in the 2-Mile Run, but due to a serious injury, he was unable to compete in the Regional and State Track Meets. Tom earned a scholarship to Harvard University where he was captain of the Cross Country Team and ran all 4-years for their cross Country & Track Teams. Tom is the Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for Krieg DeVault LLP.
THE HAMMONS FAMILY (Alan-a 1976 Greenfield-Central graduate, Lisa-a 1975 Greenfield-Central graduate, Ryan-a 2001 Greenfield-Central graduate, & Aaron- a 2005 Greenfield-Central graduate). Alan was an outstanding football and baseball player. He holds the record for most touchdown receptions in a game with 4 and holds four baseball records…most games pitched in a season-18; most complete games pitched in a season-12; most innings pitched in a season-93; and most wins by a pitcher in a season-10. However, what Alan may be most remembered for is his work and leadership with the Baseball Backers and the complete renovation of Molinder Field including new dugouts, backstop, scoreboard, the big green monster, and the all-grass infield. Alan, for several years, also took great care of and improved the look of the varsity football field. Ryan played football and baseball and still holds the record for most at bats in a season-111, most games pitched in a career-46, and most innings pitched in a career-222 & 2/3. An All-HHC selection, Ryan went on to play baseball at Ball State University. Aaron also played football and baseball and twice was selected All-HHC for baseball. He holds the single game record for most strikeouts in a game with 19. As a senior, he was named Honorable Mention All-State for baseball and went on to play baseball at Ball State University where he is listed in the top-4 in four different individual baseball record categories. And Lisa…along with Ryan and Aaron, was right there helping out with all of the work at the baseball field. But, she also put up with all three of the men in her life and their love of baseball. With the Hammons Family are other family members and friends…for all of your hard work, dedication, and great example that you have set for us all, we congratulate and salute THE HAMMONS FAMILY.
Ladies & Gentlemen, tonight we will induct only our 2nd TEAM into the Athletic Hall of Fame. In the fall of 1975, the 9-3 football team made all of Greenfield proud as they finished their season as the CLASS 2A STATE RUNNER UP TEAM!!!
First we would like to recognize those players, managers, cheerleaders, coaches and administrators who cannot be present with us this evening:
Sheila Findley Striebeck
Portia Miyat McClarnon
Susan Moenning Janz
Superintendent Max Glenn
Principal Ernie Tidrow
And now, those able to be with us this evening:
Lisa Comstock Bowling
Judy Singco Donahue
Sue Sirosky Caudill
We would also like to take a moment to recognize those players and coaches who are no longer with us:
Player- Ron Bowling
Head Coach- Clayton Myers-accepting his award is his son Don Myers
Assistant Coach- Robert Caldwell-accepting his award is his widow Karen Wyatt
Assistant Coach-Louis Mahin -accepting his award is his widow Mary Lib Mahin