The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 2017-18 inductee Bill Nevitt, NHS class of 1950 and NHS’s first athletic director from 1967-84, waves to the crowd after receiving his award during the Hall of Fame induction Friday at the Noblesville Millers boys basketball game.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 2017-18 inductee Bill Nevitt, NHS class of 1950 and NHS’s first athletic director from 1967-84, waves to the crowd after receiving his award during the Hall of Fame induction Friday at the Noblesville Millers boys basketball game.
It was like a Noblesville High School reunion Friday night at the Millers’ varsity boys basketball game.
The NHS Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2017-18 inductees, were honored as they stood in front of a cheering crowd who filled the bleachers of The Mill.
Inductee from the earliest class was Bill Nevitt, class of 1950, and who served as NHS’s first athletic director, from 1967-84. He sported Millers’ black and gold colors and smiled and waved at the crowd.
Nevitt lettered in football, basketball and track, was All County in football for three years, and was named to the All Sectional basketball team as a senior. In track, he qualified for the regional in 1949. He is also a member of the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame.
Nevitt was among 12 NHS athletes honored and inducted into the 2017-18 NHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tom Abel, class of 1958, played football, basketball and track. In 1957, he gained 1,057 yards on 80 attempts to establish a new school record of 13.2 yards per carry. He also established a new school football individual record of 168 points in a season and led the football team to a 19-1 record his junior and senior years. He started as quarterback three years. Abel also played on the 1957 semi-state basketball team and played on two sectional championship teams.
Joe Burris, class of 1961, lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He played on three sectional basketball championship teams. He was an outstanding fullback in football. And he established the career county scoring record of 231 points. Burris also held the school and county shot put record and was an outstanding baseball player.
The late Ray “Tubby” McDonald, class of 1963, was an outstanding four-sport athlete, being a great offensive lineman in football, named All State and All County, and also lettered in baseball, golf and track, being an excellent shot putter in track. His wife, Stephanie McDonald, and son, Ryan McDonald, accepted the award.
Inductees also included 1986 Girls Golf State Champions Ashley Brown, Ann Childress, Courtney Cox, Kristin Ryan, Kari Swogger and coach Sally Crow; and 1987 Girls Golf State Champions, Ann Childress, Courtney Cox, Kim Prasse, Lora Richards, Kari Swogger and coach Sally Crow.
Previously inducted honorees include: Paul Walton, track, class of 1913; Harry Hull, track, 1918; Joe Scully, track and football, 1927; Don Kelly, football and basketball, 1946; Jim Camp, football and basketball, 1958; Dave Porter, football and basketball, 1959; Stan Neal, football and basketball, 1961; Jim Land, football and basketball, 1962; Gary Cox, football and basketball, 1963; Butch Reel, football, 1971; Mike Chesser, basketball, 1981; Gary Bledsoe, baseball, 1982; Jenny Horn-Claypool, basketball and volleyball, 1982; Scott Haffner, basketball, 1984; Larry Simmons, basketball, football and soccer, 1986; Krissi Davis, basketball and volleyball, 1987; Brian Purvis, football and baseball, 1988; Courtney Cox Cole, basketball and golf, 1989; Jana Thompson, basketball, 1990; Tony Etchison, basketball, 1991; Tom Browning, baseball, 1992; Tom Coverdale, basketball, 1998; Leigh Marcum, volleyball, 2001; Wes Whisler, baseball and basketball, 2001; Chris Hartley, basketball, 2002; Cindi Merrill, basketball, 2002; Sally Shonk, golf and basketball, 2003; Sarah VanMetre, basketball, 2003; Meghan Potee, golf and diving, 2010. Coaches who have been previously inducted: Glenn Harper, basketball; Bill McClain, football; Dave Nicholson, basketball; Jim Belden, football; Bob Spacey, golf. Previously inducted teams include: 1957 football team and basketball; 1979 football, 1984 boys basketball and 1987 girls basketball. Journalist, the late Don Jellison, was also previously inducted.
Congratulations to these outstanding athletes from the past and to those who will be inducted into future classes. For more photos of the new NHS inductees, visit The Times on Facebook.
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