HOF Class of 1997
Ed was a pioneer in the sport of high school wrestling. Ed won the heavyweight wrestling championship at the state meet in 1944 and 1945. He was selected as the outstanding wrestler of the meet in 1945 and has since been named to the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was 30 - 0 in his final two years with 29 pins and I decision. A Crawfordsville resident his entire life, Ed worked for Plastene Corp. for 42 years before his retirement in November of 1988
Phil Zachary - HOF Class of 1997
Phil was a two time state champion in wrestling. He won the 165 pound division in 1945 and returned to win the 175 pound division in 1946. Phil has also been inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Phil lived and worked in Montgomery County until 1971 when he moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he started a screw machine business.
Ben Lamb - HOF Class of 1997
Ben won the 165 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1946. Ben is another Athenian wrestler who has been inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Ben is a retired lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Before his retirement, Ben was an engineer for Hoosier Crown Corporation.
Bill Andrews - HOF Class of 1997
In 1948 Bill won the 154 pound weight division at the state wrestling meet. His championship led the Athenians to a sixth place team finish in the state. After leaving CHS, Bill joined the Marines and won the Far East championship for two years and was runner-up in the all Navy championships one year. Bill resides in Oklahoma where he used his engineering training to oversee safety, environmental, and asbestos clean-up projects.
Hal Utterback - HOF Class of 1997
Hal Lee won the 132 pound division at the high school championship meet in 1953. His state championship led the Athenian team to a ninth place team finish.
George McAlevy - HOF Class of 1997
George won two state championships in the low hurdles. The years were 1913 and 1914. George graduated from Wabash College in 1921. His working career included A.G. Spaulding Brothers as well as Sutcliff Sporting Goods. He lived in Indianapolis for fifty years passing away in 1978. His son John is a retired Navy officer currently living in San Diego, California
Lloyd Wisehart - HOF Class of 1997
Lloyd was the state discus champion in 1915. Given the nickname "Muck" by his friends, he was an outstanding discus thrower and shot putter for his four years of high school. in addition to track he participated in basketball and baseball.
Maurice Kennedy - HOF Class of 1997
"Mo" Kennedy was a great track star for CHS for four years. As mentioned he was a member of the great relay team which won the state mile relay title as well as the Drake Relays and the Lake Forest Invitational. Mo also won the 440 yard dash title at the 1919 state track meet. Mo went to Wabash College continuing his great track accomplishments. He graduated from Wabash in 1923. He taught and coached for fourteen years before going into the insurance business until his death in 1989.
Hugh Dinwiddle - HOF Class of 1997
Hugh won the 220 yard dash title as well as being part of the champion mile relay team at the 1919 state track meet. After graduation from high school, Hugh went to Wabash College where he participated on an outstanding college relay team traveling to the Drake Relays and the Penn Relays among others. "Dinner" as he was fondly called by his friends went into the furniture business first with Banner-Whitehill and then with Rhodes-Buford companies. Now 96 years young, he resides in Mayfield, Kentucky where he has been for the past 61 years.
Bob Watson - HOF Class of 1997
Bob was an outstanding athlete in three sports at CHS. He played football and ran track as well as his fine career in wrestling. Bob won the 167 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1963. His championship led Athenians and Coach Don Avery to a fourth place team finish. Bob has lived in Montgomery County all his life and his completed 33 years of employment at R. R. Donnelleys.
Rex Ryker - HOF Class of 1997
Rex culminated his high school wrestling career by winning the 98 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1964 and was named the meet's outstanding wrestler. He was later enshrined into the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Rex has been a lifelong Montgomery County resident.
Jim O’Dell - HOF Class of 1997
Jim won the 127 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1958. This state meet capped a tremendous wrestling career for Jim. Jim's high school coach has a picture of Jim on his wall to this day. Jim has worked for Equifax and Merchant's National Bank in Terre Haute where he has lived for 25 years.
Bob Blacker - HOF Class of 1997
Bob won the 167 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1956 which led the Athenians to a ninth place team finish. He also participated in football and baseball while at CHS. Bob then moved across town to Wabash College where he played football and wrestled. He was the wrestling MVP at Wabash in 1958. Bob, now retired and living in Tennessee, worked for IBM for 34 years.
Ed Bayless - HOF Class of 1997
Ed won the 138 pound division at the state wrestling meet in 1954 leading the Athenians to a sixth place team finish. Following graduation from CHS, Ed went to Indiana University. Ed applied his Business Administration degree to 32 years at R. R. Donnelley as a Customer Service and Senior Customer Representative.
Chris Malott - HOF Class of 1997
Chris was the first boy's swimming state champion. He won the 50 Free at the 1984 state meet as well as finishing fourth in the 100 Free. Following graduation from CHS, Chris continued swimming at St. Bonaventure and Pepperdine Universities. in 1988 he was the Athlete of the Year in the Eastern Nationals winning 3 individual championships and participating on three relay championships. Chris Currently resides in Zionsville, Indiana
Sally Johnson Ross - HOF Class of 1997
Sally became the first CHS four time state champion by winning swimming championships in each of her four years of high school. She won the 200 IM in 1975 and 1976, the 100 Free in 1977, and the 100 Fly in 1978. After graduation, she continued her swimming career at Purdue University where she was a three time team MVP at Purdue. She has two Big Ten individual championships in her list of accomplishments. Currently residing in Lafayette, Sally is a special assistant to the president of Purdue University.
Phillip Churchill - HOF Class of 1997
Not to be outdone by brother David, Phil won the state championship in the high jump in 1971 by jumping the same 6'7" that David had jumped. Phil was also an excellent pole vaulter with a best vault of 13'3". Following high school, Phil went to Vincennes and became a track star, where in 1972 he was the Little State high jump champion. Phil has lived in Crawfordsville the past 19 years after serving in the Army. He is a lab technician with the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
David Churchill - HOF Class of 1997
David was an outstanding football player and track runner while at CHS. David was a sectional champion in track as a freshman. He continued to improve and as a junior he won the high jump at the state high school track meet. His winning jump of 6'7" was nearly 12" taller than David's height. David came back as a senior and won the long jump championship at the state track meet with a jump of 23' 7 1/2". After graduation from CHS, David went to Vincennes University and became a record holder in the high jump. David still holds the Sagamore Conference long jump record which he set in 1968. This man who now calls Lafayette his home has also been inducted into the Indiana High School Track Hall of Fame.
Stan Hultz - HOF Class of 1997
Stan capped a brilliant golfing career by winning the state individual medalist championship in 1965. He fired a 70 to best the rest of the field. Following high school, Stan went to Indian River Community College and played on the golf team. Stan holds the course record at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. Stan is currently a golf pro for the Daytona Beach Municipal Golf Course.
Maurice Patterson - HOF Class of 1997
Maurice won two state championships in 1919. He won the state high hurdles title and teamed with Hugh Dinwiddie, Floyd McGeath, and Maurice Kennedy to win the mile relay. He was an outstanding hurdler and sprinter during the late teens. Maurice along with the other three also won the half mile and mile relays at the Drake Relays that year. This fearsome foursome was written about in the Des Moines Register.
Nick Arzner - HOF Class of 1997
The youngest state champion was a four time winner at the state meet. In 1995, 1996, and 1997 he won the 200 Free. His senior season of 1997 Nick also added the 100 Free championship. He currently holds the state record in the 200 Free. He was undefeated in high school competition and is an eight time high school All American. Nick will attend Indiana University to continue his swimming career.
Debi Humphrey Stout - HOF Class of 1997
Debi won the state title in the 100 Fly in 1989. Debi's state championship along with sister Holly's performances led the Lady Athenian swimmers to a fifth place team finish in the state meet, their highest ever. Following high school, Debi moved to south central Indiana and swam for Indiana University at Bloomington. She was a four year letter winner at IU and was Academic All Big Ten for four years. Debi has a ES degree in secondary education and is currently looking forward to her first teaching position.
Josh Mikesell - HOF Class of 1997
Josh was a five time state swimming champion while at CHS. He is the only male swimmer in Indiana High School swimming history to win the same event four consecutive years at the state meet. He won the 100 back in 1985-88 and also won the 200 IM his senior year of 1988. Josh continued his swimming career at Stanford University, a perennial NCAA power. He was a division I NCAA All-American in 1992 as Stanford won the NCAA championship. Josh did graduate work at Tufts University and also studied at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Josh is a government foreign affairs analyst and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Doug Haslam - HOF Class of 1997
Doug is the latest in a long line of wrestling state champions. He won the 126 pound division in 1985. That win capped off a high school career record of 111-7-1. Doug recorded 32 wins in one season. He also holds the CHS record for most pins in a career. Doug also was a great football player while at CHS. Following graduation, Doug attended Purdue University. He has always lived in the Crawfordsville area. He currently is employed at Subaru-isuzu in Lafayette.