HOF Class of 2000
Matt McCarty - HOF Class of 2000
Matt McCarty ended an outstanding athletic career at Crawfordsville High School in 1994. Matt was an outstanding two-sport athlete at CHS. In baseball he was named a BCA All-American; a member of the Junior Olympic Team; First Team All-State Shortstop; an Indiana All-Star; and finished 3rd in the balloting for Mr. Baseball in Indiana. Matt’s name appears among the leaders in several offensive categories in the state baseball record book. In basketball, Matt was selected AP third team All-State and a North/South All-Star. He holds the CHS single season scoring record in basketball with 719 points for 31.3 ppg average and is second in career scoring with 1410 points for a 21.0 ppg average. Matt also holds the CHS and gymnasium single game scoring record for the 57 points he scored against Frankfort in February 1994. Upon graduation, Matt had earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Illinois but opted to sign professionally with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After three successful seasons in the Dodgers’ minor league system, Matt returned to Indiana to attend Indiana State University where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Matt is now a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff and lives in Crawfordsville with wife, Misty and son Cale.
Shannon Sowers Gruber - HOF Class of 2000
Shannon Sowers (Gruber) graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1989. She was a varsity cheerleader for 3 years, and lettered in track all 4 years of high school. She was All-Conference in the 100M, 200M, and 400M dashes her senior year and won the 400M dash in the sectional in 1989. She was named most valuable runner for track that year. Shannon remains the conference and school record holder in the 200M dashes, which she set in 1988 with a run of 25.9 seconds. She also won varsity letters in volleyball her junior and senior years and played basketball her sophomore year. Shannon attended Indiana University earning a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She is currently employed at Methodist Hospital in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department working with children who have had traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions. Shannon currently lives in Brownsburg, Indiana with her husband, Joe.
Richard “Dick” Baumgartner - HOF Class of 2000
Dick Baumgartner coached basketball for 6 years at Crawfordsville High School after having coached one year at Roachdale. His teams won 5 Sectionals, 1 Regional, 1 Semi-State, and was Runner-up in the State Tournament in 1958. During that time, his teams has a record of 105-50, placing him 3rd on the list of all-time winning coaches in Crawfordsville High School Basketball history. His winning pct. Of .677 places him 7th on the all-time winning percentage list. In 1963 he moved to Richmond and continued career for 12 more years. He ended his 19-year coaching career at Richmond with a record of 305-135, winning 17 sectionals and 9 regional. Following his retirement from coaching started the Dick Baumgartner shooting camps, which he ran for 23 years. He was indicated into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. Now retired, Dick continues to live in Richmond, Indiana.
Ron Royer - HOF Class of 2000
Ron Royer, a 1956 graduate of Crawfordsville High School, played basketball and golf for the Athenians. He led the golf team to State Championships in 1954 and 1956 and State Runner-up in 1955. He went on to Indiana University on a fall golf scholarship where he lettered all 4 years, was captain of the team in 1959. Ron was named to the All-American Golf Team in 1959 and led the Hoosiers to the Runner-up spot in the Big 10 tournament to work 1958 to 1959. Ron took his IU business degree to work for chase Bag Company for thirteen years before moving to Continental Can for 28 years. Married to wife Becky for forty years, they raised two daughters and now have three grandchildren. Ron currently lives in Canton, Georgia north of Atlanta.
Phil Warren - HOF Class of 2000
Phil Warren graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1955. Phil was a two-year starter in basketball, scoring 852 points in two and one-half seasons. After graduated from Crawfordsville in 1955, he received a full athlete scholarship to play basketball at Northwestern University. Phil led the Wildcats to a #1 National ranking for a brief, shining moment in 1959. Many of Phil’s records at Northwestern remain today. Following his senior year at Northwestern, the NBA St. Louis Hawks in 1959 college draft selected him. Instead of professional basketball Phil chose to serve his country in the United States Army. Phil’s MBA degree from Northwestern served him well as the Director of Admissions for the J.C. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Phil retired in 1997 from IRS after working there for 15 years. Phil lived in Dunwoody, Georgia until his death. Phil married his college sweetheart Joan Paige and they raised two sons Phillip Jr. and Franklin. Cancer shortened Phil’s life in 1998.
Julian “Peanut” Baldwin - HOF Class of 2000
Julian “Peanut” Baldwin was head custodian at Crawfordsville for many years. Peanut was known best for driving and maintaining the 1948 model Greyhound bus that transported the athletic teams of Crawfordsville High School from 1967 until the mid 1980’s. Peanut drove the team bus for 29 years for all football, basketball and wrestling trips as well as trips for other teams. He started driving a school bus route in the township in 1948 and drove until 1979. He was also a custodian for 19 years before retiring in 1983. Peanut was given an honorary letter jacket in 1968 for his service to the Crawfordsville High School Athletic Department. In addition to his countless nights spent transporting athletic teams, Peanut was always willing to help young people in any way he could. If something needed to get done, tell Peanut.
Stan Huntsman - HOF Class of 2000
Stan Huntsman graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1950. Stan was an All-State running back in football his senior year. Stan starred on the Athenian track team as well as the football team. He then went to Wabash College where he starring in football and track earning Little All-American honors in football his senior year and being named to the North-South All-Star team. After graduated from Wabash, Stan went on to coach track and cross country at Ohio University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Texas. He was named National Coach of the Year six (6) times. His teams at Tennessee also won 1 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships and 1 Cross Country Championship. Stan’s teams won 31 SEC Track or Cross Country Championships in his 15 years at Tennessee and 11 Southwest Conference Track or Cross Country Championships in his 11 years at Texas. Stan was also the Head Track Coach for the 1988 Olympic team. Now retired, Stan resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Sylvia.
Robert “Bob” Clements - HOF Class of 2000
Robert “Bob” Clements graduated in 1942 from Crawfordsville High School. Bob played on the basketball team that went to the State Finals team that year. He was a three-year starter in basketball and selected First Team All-State by the Associated Press in this senior year. He was also one of only twelve 1942 graduates from the state to be named to the 1967 Silver Anniversary Team by the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Bob spent the years 1942 to 1945 in the US Navy in Submarine school, G.M. Diesel School and Fairbanks Morris engine school. Returning to Crawfordsville, Bob went to work at RR Donnelley for 31 years and retiring in 1976. In 1960, Bob started Clements canoes and devoted much time to that business until retiring in 1981. Bob continues to reside in Crawfordsville.
Karl “Knobby” Dickerson - HOF Class of 2000
Karl "Knobby" Dickerson graduated from CHS in 1925 and was a varsity starter in basketball all four years. He is still 3rd on the all-time career scoring list with 1020 career points. This was a remarkable feat in the 1920's. He is one of only live CHS players who has scored over 1000 points in his career. He was selected to the Indiana All-State Team at the conclusion of his sophomore year. He officiated high school, college (Big Ten) and NBA basketball from1925-1970. Knobby has been Inductees into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kent “Skeet” Lambert - HOF Class of 2000
Kent Lambert was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball, granduating from Crawfordsville High School in 1909. He played football, baseball and basketball at Wabash College earing a total of 12 lettlers. He played professional football for the Canton Bulldogs with Jim Thorpe on a team that won the World Championship in 1915. He joined the Army in 1917 and went on to a brilliants career in the military, winning the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I and serving with General George Patton in planning the African Campaingn during World War II retiring in 1950 as a Colonel. Harter Walter - HOF Class of 2000
Harter Walter was a 1904 graduate of Crawfordsville High School. He was a three year starter on the basketball and football teams. He coached the girls' basketball team while still a student at CHS and then went on to stardom in basketball at Wabash College as a member of the original Wabash College wonder five which had a record of 24-0 in 1908 and was proclaimed World Champions. He also wrote the words to the Crawfordsville High School Alma Mater, "Gold and Blue."