NEW CASTLE – A class of 11 women and men who have made significant contributions to Indiana high school basketball will be welcomed as inductees when the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates their 11th Women-s Induction Class on April 28, 2012.
Including players and head coaches who won IHSAA state championships, the class is comprised of successful Indiana high school coaches and players who attained individual and team success throughout the state tournament and participating in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series, all hallmarks of the rich Indiana high school basketball tradition.
Each has also left their mark with successful careers in college and in their respective lives off the court.
Name High School Graduation
Shelly (Brand) Adlard Evansville Reitz 1981
Stan Benge Ben Davis 1972
Anita (Folk) George Warsaw 1978
Linda Godby Warren Central 1986
Amy Lynn Hile Fort Wayne Dwenger 1983
Bob Kirkhoff Cathedral 1953
Mike McCroskey Kokomo 1968
Audrey (Baines) Moore Jeffersonville 1976
Sue Parrish Marion 1963
Judy Burns Powell Marion 1981
Sharon Roberts * New Castle 1961
* St.Vincent Health Silver Medal Award recipient
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame-s Annual Women-s Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The ceremony will take place at the Primo South Banquet and Conference Center which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Tickets are still available for the event. Call the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame at 765-529-1891 for more information.
About the inductees
Shelly Brand Adlard was the leading scorer for 1981 state champion Evansville Reitz, averaging over 18 points a game for the 26-1 champs. A four-year letterwinner at Reitz, she was voted 1981 state tournament MVP and a member of the 1981 Indiana All-Star squad. She remains the all-time leading scorer at the University of Evansville, where she racked up 1,713 points. She graduated as the school-s all-time leader in assists, steals, field goals made, and free throws made. She still holds the record for field goals (718), now ranks 3rd in assists (448), 6th in steals (164) and 7th in free throws made (277). She was the NCAA Division 1 national free throw percentage leader in the 1983-84 season.
Stan Benge is a 1972 Ben Davis High School graduate who led his alma mater to the highest of Indiana girls basketball success. In Benge-s 25 seasons as head coach of the Ben Davis girls program, his teams won 519 games, four 4A state championships (2000, 2001, 2009, 2010) and were named the 2009 National Champions. Benge was named the National Coach of the Year in 2009 by USA Today. From 2008-2011 his teams won 81 consecutive games, the longest streak in Indiana high school boys or girls basketball history. Benge scored over 1,000 points in his Ben Davis career and was a three-year starter and team MVP at Marian University.
Anita Folk George was a member of two of the first three IHSAA girls basketball state championship teams. A member of the undefeated Warsaw teams that won titles in 1976 and 1978, she was MVP of the 1978 state tournament and was an Indiana All-Star. In three years of varsity play, Warsaw was 64-3 with Folk George. She played basketball at Purdue University, before transferring to Florida State University. A resident of Florida, she is a three-time National Women-s Water Ski Slalom champion.
Linda Godby is inducted in her first year of eligibility, having reached successes in high school, college and professional basketball. The 1986 Warren Central high school graduate helped the Warriors to the 1984 state runner-up finish and they were 59-5 in her three-year varsity career. Godby was an honorable mention All-American in high school and played for the 1986 Indiana All-Stars. A four-year player at Auburn, she still holds the school record with 132 games played and graduated as their all-time leader in blocks (199). Godby scored 1,365 points, which remains 14th on school charts and she remains in the top 10 in career field goals (590), field goal percentage (55.0%) and free throw percentage (77.4%). Their teams went 123-14 and were three-times NCAA National Runner-up in 1988, -89, and -90. A member of multiple teams representing the USA in international play, she played professionally in France, Israel, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and with the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League. Since 1999 she has been employed with the NCAA.
Amy Lynn Hile set the Fort Wayne city scoring record with 1,301 points at Fort Wayne Dwenger, where she set nine school records during her career. A 1983 Indiana All-Star, she remains the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Indiana State University womens basketball history with 1,944 points and 916 rebounds. She also ranks in the ISU top ten in games played, steals, blocks, free throw percentage, scoring average and rebounding average. Hile was a 1987 Academic All-American and a 2005 inductee in the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bob Kirkhoff took the Roncalli girls program to new heights. Kirkhoff led the Rebels for 20 seasons from 1981-2001, where they won 324 games (75% winning percentage), a record nine Indianapolis City championships, eight sectional titles, four regional championships and appeared in the 1986 state finals. During his tenure, Kirkhoff coached 42 all-city players, eight all-state players and three Indiana All-Stars. Kirkhoff was three times named the Marion County Coach of the Year and was presented the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Virgil Sweet Award in 2008.
Mike McCroskey led his alma mater Kokomo to back-to-back girls basketball state championships in 1992 and -93 and a state runner-up finish in 1994. A 1968 Kokomo graduate, his teams at Kokomo Haworth, Kokomo, Northwestern and Carroll high schools have won 414 games (he remains head coach at Carroll) in addition to 17 sectional championships, seven regionals and four semi-states. Named Indiana-s Coach of the Year, he coached the Indiana All-Star team and coached five Indiana All-Star players.
Audrey Baines Moore is a 1976 graduate of Jeffersonville High School and 1981 graduate of the University of Louisville. She was a 1976 Indiana All-Star selection after four years of varsity play. At Louisville she had a high-game of 30 points and was a noted interior player – she still ranks 2nd in career blocks and 11th in career rebounds. She was a two-time selection to the All-Metro tournament team. Baines Moore was selected to the developmental Women-s Basketball League, a precursor to the WNBA.
Sue Parrish spent time as an accomplished coach and an early girls sports administrator. The 1963 Marion High School graduate helped establish the girls athletics programs at Yorktown High School from 1968-1974, then became Assistant Director of Girls- Athletics at the IHSAA from 1974 to 1977, when girls basketball became an IHSAA sanctioned sport. From 1978 through 1989, Parrish was head girls basketball coach at Warren Central, where her teams won 189 games, 10 sectional championships, were the 1984 state runners-up in an overtime loss, and her team won the inaugural Girls Hall of Fame Classic in December 1984. Her teams won three consecutive Marion County championships in 1983, -84, and -85.A 1998 inductee into the Warren Central Athletic Hall of Fame, she was the high school coach of fellow 2012 inductee Linda Godby.
Judy Burns Powell led Marion to undefeated regular seasons and state finals appearances in 1980 and 1981. She scored 1,069 career points and holds school records for career assists (353), single-season assists (179), and single-game steals (13). Burns Powell was a 1981 Indiana All-Star. She played at Bradley University, where her 1,544 points still rank 4th in school history, 529 career assists ranks 2nd and 203 career steals ranks 5th on school charts. She set the school single-game scoring record at 38 points. She played three seasons before a knee injury prevented playing her senior season. She was a three-time team MVP, was a 1983 1st Team Academic All-American, was the first woman to be named Bradley Athlete of the Year (1983) and was the first woman inducted into the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame (1988).
Sharon Roberts was hired by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and remains the organization-s Assistant Director 24 years later. Roberts was hired prior to the organization-s move to New Castle and has been involved heavily in the opening and operation of the country-s only statewide high school basketball museum, which has welcomed over 250,000 visitors. A graduate of New Castle-s Walter P. Chrysler High School in 1961, Roberts oversees financial operations, volunteer recruitment, and staffing for the Hall of Fame museum-s day-to-day operation and special events, among many other duties. She is a past recipient of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame-s President-s Distinguished Service Award; recipient of the ABWA Woman of the Year; the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau Hospitality Award; and the Lieutenant Governor-s Hoosier Hospitality Award. An accomplished target shooter, she has been the Indiana State Ladies Sporting Clay shooting champion and finished highly in numerous national tournaments. Sharon-s husband Phil serves as maintenance coordinator for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, making it a family commitment.