HOF: Corydon to induct three
Brian Smith, Sports Editor, [email protected]
Corydon Central athletics recently announced the next three inductees to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The class includes Doug Bates (Class of 1969), Dana Beaven Mattingly (2005) and Frank O’Bannon (1948).
Bates was a multi-sport athlete for Corydon Central, participating in basketball, baseball and football along with track and field.
A 1969 graduate, Bates was part of the Panthers’ baseball team that went on to win the program’s first sectional title in 1969. In basketball, Corydon Central won a sectional in 1966-67 as well. In football, the Panthers won a share of its first Mid-Southern Conference title in 1968, compiling a 7-2 overall record.
On the hardwood, Bates tallied 1,256 points, which currently ranks him fifth on the individual career-scoring list at Corydon Central.
After college, Bates went on to join the Vanderbilt University basketball (1971-72) and baseball (1969-70, 1972-73) programs in Nashville, Tenn.
Another multi-sport standout, Mattingly was an All-Mid-Southern Conference performer in softball (four times), basketball (three times) and volleyball (two times). A 2005 graduate, Mattingly went on to be selected to the prestigious 2005 Indiana All-star team in girls’ basketball. Mattingly was also a 2004 Indiana Junior All-star.
The 2004-05 Lady Panthers’ basketball team was Class 3A state runner-up with Mattingly named the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award winner. The program also won a sectional in the 2003-04 season. For her career, Mattingly tallied 1,607 points and 626 rebounds.
In softball, Mattingly was part of the 2003 sectional championship team during her sophomore season.
Post-high school, Mattingly went on to Bellarmine University in Louisville to continue her basketball career. She rolled up accolades along the way (2005-06 Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, 2006-07 All-GLVC honorable mention and 2008-09 All-GLVC third team).
Her college career spanned from 2005 to 2009, where Mattingly amassed 1,321 career points.
O’Bannon was a 1948 Corydon High School graduate, who was a member of the basketball team. After high school, O’Bannon went on to be a member of the Indiana University basketball team in 1948-49.
A first lieutenant in the Air Force (1952 to 1954), O’Bannon was a two-time all-American for the Air Force’s volleyball team.
O’Bannon went into public office, serving as a state senator in Indiana from 1969 to 1988. From 1988 to 1996, O’Bannon was Indiana’s lieutenant governor before becoming the state’s governor, serving from 1997 to 2003.
An induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Corydon Central High School auditorium. Following the ceremony, the inductees will be recognized at the Corydon Central boys’ basketball game versus Madison.
The trio joins the inauguration class of Richard Clipp, Tom Preston, Lynne Thomas Johnson, Meghan Bussabarger McVey, Jack Miles and Kerry Zimmerman, who were inducted in 2018.