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CCHS inducts 3 more into HOF

CCHS inducts 3 more into HOF
CCHS inducts 3 more into HOF
Monty Schneider, above left, and Kyle Savely applaud during half-time ceremonies recognizing the newest members of the Corydon Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday as the Panthers faced Henryville. Photos by Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

Three additional members of the Corydon Central Panthers family, representing a variety of sports, were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. After the hour-long ceremony, the inductees were recognized at halftime of the boys’ basketball game against Henryville.

CCHS inducts 3 more into HOF
Athletic director John Atkins places Crystal Martin’s plaque on the Hall of Fame wall.

Crystal Martin, who was the first 1,000-point scorer in Lady Panthers’ basketball history, appeared from her home in California via webcam and was joined in person by Corydon Central’s all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball, Kyle Savely, and 16-time letter-winner Monty Schneider, in the third wave of inductees.

Martin, who scored 1,075 points for her basketball career, was All-Mid-Southern Conference from 1984 to 1986, a member of four sectional championship teams, was Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-state in 1986 and was a four-year letter winner in track. The 1986 graduate said it was quite a surprise to be remembered some 30-plus years after her CCHS career and said her daughter probably said it best after learning of the news of her mother’s induction.

“She said she thought such honors were reserved for dead people,” Martin quipped.

Martin thanked her parents, Max and Janet, and everyone who makes athletics at Corydon Central possible, from the past, to the present and future.

“I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many corners of the world, and I appreciate that the combination of athletics and school as it’s fairly unique to the United States and I think especially in Corydon, where the athletic programs are so connected with family and unity,” Martin said. “It’s a special experience for those of us who participate.”

Martin posted a team photo from the 1986 Crawford County Sectional championship game and talked about some of her teammates on the squad, including Christy Capelle, who passed her the ball in the waning seconds to allow Martin to score the game-winning basket, 45-43, over arch-rival North Harrison. She also focused on head coach — and Hall of Fame member — Tom Preston and heaped praise toward one of her many guiding influences in her life.

“I can’t say enough about Coach Preston’s efforts. He did everything from the time we were in junior high. He ran summer camps, and I can remember riding in his red station wagon to summer games. He was the person who mopped the floor before every practice so we would have good traction so we couldn’t get hurt. But, when we did get hurt, he was the one running to get the ice bucket to put sprained ankles in. He was driving the bus,” Martin said.

She also pointed to the late Gary Haub, who was an assistant coach on the ’86 team and the man she credited in elementary school for getting her started in basketball, Larry Hauswald and two Hall of Fame members: junior high basketball coach Jack Miles and high school track coach Kerry Zimmerman.

“I ran track as a way to get faster for basketball,” she said. “Kerry Zimmerman became our track coach, and it turned me into a runner, which was the thing that turned into my lifelong sport.”

Savely, a 2004 graduate, notched 1,519 points in basketball and was a key part of a four-year string of sectional championships, as well as two regional championship basketball teams. He was all-MSC in 2003 and 2004, was Hoosier Basketball Magazine 1st team all-state in 2004 and continued his basketball career after CCHS, playing hoops at Fork Union Military Academy, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and King College. He was AAC first team all-conference 2008-09, which was also when he earned NAIA Division II All-American honorable mention accolades. Savely also scored 39 career goals in soccer. During his senior season on the hardwood, Savely ranked fifth in the state in scoring at 26.4, with a high game of 33 points.

Savely said his selection to the Hall of Fame was “really cool and a really great honor.” He said he wouldn’t be at the podium Saturday were it not for the many people who paved the way for him, as he reflected on some of the names he watched on the varsity court while he was in junior high: Josh Conrad, Nathan Rainbolt, Jake Wiseman and others. Savely said he didn’t know if he would ever compare to them.

“It just came with a lot of hard work and a lot of perseverance,” he said. “My pops (Leroy Savely) pushed us to the max. He would take us to Iroquois Park (in Louisville) in eighth grade. He’d tell us if you want the ball, you have to go get it yourself. Dad, from a young age, pushed us to be the best we could be. We wouldn’t be here without him, and my mom (Laura) and grandma.”

He added his twin brother, Kurt, and sister, Mindy, also had a hand in making him better.

“So many names on the Hall of Fame committee paved the way for people like me to be here today, so I appreciate everybody who came before us. Corydon, this institution, Dr. (Mark) Eastridge, Mr. (Keith) Marshall, John Atkins, although I don’t know why he came here (to Corydon) after what we did to them while he was at North Harrison,” Savely joked. “We’re glad to have him here.”

“The coaches I had along the way, Mr. Rothrock, Mr. Hauswald, pushing us and driving us to be the best we can give. Bret Smith, Tim Dunaway, Jerry Conrad and Randy Gianfagna having patience with a player like me, but he also let me do my thing, too,” Savely said.

Two games that Savely said ranked among his favorites were his junior season in the Washington Regional championship game against Heritage Hills and the Corydon Central Sectional final against North Harrison his senior year. The Panthers defeated Heritage Hills, 56-54, to win the Washington Regional before falling to eventual state champion Bishop Chatard at the Seymour Semistate. His senior year the Panthers knocked off North Harrison, 58-49, before falling to eventual state champion Evansville Mater Dei at the Washington Regional.

“I remember walking into the gym and this little kid saying when Heritage Hills won that they were going to be in the semi-state, and I told him I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. That team my junior year was just incredible. We had Quentin Combs, who always pushed me to be better. He was a great athlete and one of the fastest guys in the state, and then we had Nevin Dunaway and Jeff Conrad on there,” Savely said.

His senior season, Savely scored 33 of his team’s 58 points and had six steals in leading the Panthers to the sectional title.

“I wish we would have brought home some state championships,” Savely said. “We are so blessed to have come through here.”

Schneider, a 1968 graduate of Corydon Central, described being named to the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame as the “greatest honor” he had ever received and described how athletics opened many doors for him throughout his career. He won a total of 16 varsity letters in baseball, basketball, cross-country and track and field.

Schneider was the MSC cross-country champion in 1966 and 1967 and won the cross-country sectional in 1967 and 1968, years in which he was CCHS track’s MVP. Schneider also was a member of the 1967 sectional championship basketball team.

In 1968, Schneider was the MSC champion in the mile and placed sixth in the event at the Indiana High School Athletic Association state meet. He went on to be a member of the inaugural basketball team at Indiana University Southeast.

“Athletics have been a big part of my life. Outside of my family, the biggest part of my life,” Schneider said.

He said he ran 75 minutes Saturday morning and he runs at least an hour every day.

“Shorter and slower,” Schneider said.

Schneider, the son of the late Edmund (Ed) F. and Margaret Joy Schneider, said he met his wife, Linda, at a mini-marathon in Indianapolis. Both of their daughters, Casey and Jenna, were selected as the most athletic of their senior classes at North Harrison. Sister Cindy ran track and qualified for GAA state finals in the 800m run and brother Steve was credited as one of his greatest competitors. Another brother, Bill, was 14 years younger and also pushed Schneider, he said.

“Athletics have been a huge part of all of our lives,” he said.

Classmate Alan Hess also received praise from Schneider.

“I was a four-sport letter winner. Alan was a six-sport letter winner. That’s unheard of,” Schneider said. “He started as a freshman in basketball quite a few games and that was unheard of. I beat him every day in practice in cross-country, and he would beat me every single meet.”

Schneider thanked all of his head coaches along the way, including Ralph Cato (baseball and basketball coach as a freshman, cross-country coach), John Wood (cross-country and basketball coach for three years), Joe Miles (baseball coach three years) and Charlie Phillips (track coach).

“All of them had different personalities, but I really enjoyed running for Charlie. He put no pressure on us at all. Charlie made running fun, and I think that’s one reason I’m still running quite a bit,” Schneider said.

Schneider said he was in the right place at the right time when it came to lettering as a freshman on the basketball team, with three players fighting and being thrown off the team and one quitting after Cato called out a player.

“That was a little different time back then. Those things wouldn’t happen today …, ” Schneider said. “With four seniors gone, I got to letter. I missed free throws and never scored a point, but I was on the sectional roster.”

“Athletics gave me every job I had. I got my first teaching job here, and I was offered three jobs and never filled out an application. I coached and was an assistant coach in three sports when I started here … when I went to North Harrison, I helped coach, was athletic director thanks to Gene Cato, who was Ralph’s nephew, and Cousin Willie Sieg, who was on the school board. Athletics always has and always will mean a lot to me.”

Other members of the CCHS Hall of Fame are Doug Bates, Richard Clipp, Lynne Johnson, Dana Beaven Mattingly, Maegan Bussabarger McVey, Jack Miles, Frank O’Bannon, Tom Preston and Kerry Zimmerman.