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Hammond Sports Hall of Fame - The Inductees Class of 2001
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2001 Program

Mike Bradburn

Bob Bradtke

Allison Buell

Donald Clark

Ray Cross

Rudy T. Folta

Terry Irk

Hal Morris

Kurt Nondorf

Frank P. Staucet

Bob Wilson Sr.

Year 2001 Program


This 1963 Morton High School graduate was a 3-sport standout in football, wrestling and track & field as a pole vaulter. In football, what this speedy, hard-driving fullback lacked in size, he made up for in grit and determination. He played on the Governors' 1961 mythical state championship squad and earned all-state honors the following season. He continued his football career at Northwestern (Ill.) University, from which he graduated in '67. A diligent bodybuilder before strength training became an acceptable practice for athletes, he placed 3rd in the Mr. Teenage USA competition in '63.

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An outstanding 2-sport athlete in basketball and baseball at Bishop Noll (Class of 1956), he also enjoyed great success as a coach at Noll, Whiting and Gavit. As a basketball player, he was an all-state guard, wearing #10 and teaming with Oscar Robertson and fellow Hammond Sports Hall of Famer Frank Radovich on the Indiana all-star squad that played the Kentucky all-stars. On the baseball diamond he played virtually all positions. He continued his career in college as a basketball player at Notre Dame, where was a 2-year letter winner before graduating in '60. During an 11-year head coaching career, he led Noll to a state baseball title in '68, directed a heady Noll basketball squad to sectional and regional championships in '73, and Gavit to an upset sectional crown in '78.


An outstanding high jumper and long jumper, this Clark graduate (Class of 1988) became the first female athlete from a Hammond high school to qualify for the state finals in a field event. She also competed in college in the high jump at Cornell University, before transferring to Columbia College, from which she graduated with honors in '96. As a junior, this Clark valedictorian placed third in the high jump at the state meet, then returned home to help the Lady Pioneers softball team win a sectional title the next day. A softball shortstop and basketball guard, she earned all-conference and team MVP honors in both sports. She also starred in AAU summer track & field, placing 3rd in the high jump in the national championships in 1985. In 1988, she was the Indiana Lake Shore Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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After a standout high school career at Clark (Class of 1952) in football and wrestling, he wrestled in college at Purdue. In earning his bachelor's degree in '57, he earned academic honors. He then embarked on an outstanding career in education and coaching. As wrestling coach at Hammond High, he directed Wildcat squads to state championships in '62 and '63. He was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in '79-3 years before he earned a Bronze Medal competing in the Indiana Wrestling Senior Olympics. He also taught mathematics at Purdue University Calumet. The Donald L. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory at Purdue Calumet.

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He played running back and defensive back for Hammond High's 1960 mythical state football championship team, earning Chicagoland All-Star Team honors, as well as a scholarship to Western New Mexico University. This 1961 high school graduate also competed on Wildcat track and basketball teams. At WNMU-from which he graduated in '69-he was a 2-year captain of the football and track teams. On the gridiron, he was a versatile performer as a running back, wide receiver and free safety. Signed as a free agent by the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons, he had his career cut short by a knee injury. He then returned home, where he embarked on a teaching and coaching career, leading Eggers Middle School football, basketball and track teams to numerous city championships.

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This former Hammond Tech standout (Class of 1957) won eight varsity letters as a football quarterback, basketball guard and baseball shortstop for Tiger teams. He was particularly impressive on the gridiron, earning (Hammond) Times all-region and Chicago Tribune all-Chicagoland honors in '56. He continued his football career at Wabash College, where he captained the Little Giants in '60 and earned his degree in '61.

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Though professionally he made his mark in the field of music, this 1946 Clark alumnus enjoyed a school record-setting, state championship career as a high school sprinter. After placing fifth in the state track and field finals his sophomore and junior years, he won the 220-yard dash in the state finals in '46. He also placed second in the state that year in the 100. Additionally, he claimed state AAU honors in the 100, 220 and as a member of the 880-yard relay. At Clark, he also put his speed to work as a halfback on the Pioneers football team.

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A 3-sport standout in football, basketball and golf, this versatile 1971 Gavit graduate was a 2-way performer in football as a quarterback and safety. His play earned him all-conference and all-area honors, as well as a scholarship to the University of Evansville. There he was a 2-time All-Indiana Collegiate Conference defensive standout as a safety. He also played in the 1974 NCAA III national playoffs for the Aces.

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A 2-sport standout in football and track at Hammond High (Class of 1975), he continued competing in both sports as an Ivy Leaguer at Yale. At Hammond High, where he was a versatile 2-way performer on the football field at quarterback, running back, linebacker and defensive back, he led the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and earned junior all-state honors. Though a head injury cut short his senior season, he was team captain. At Yale-as he did at Hammond High-he earned 3 varsity letters in each of 2 sports. On the football field, he was an All-Ivy League safety. In track & field, he was his team's leading 400-meter runner and long jumper.

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This 1941 Catholic Central (now Bishop Noll) graduate played 3 sports in high school. After a season of college baseball at St. Joseph's College and 3 years representing his nation in the armed forces, he embarked in 1946 on a 10-year professional baseball career. Playing primarily shortstop for Albany, N.Y. of the Eastern League, he compiled a career minor league batting average of .261-including a .300 mark his final season. He was a league all-star in '48, '49 and '50

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A 3-sport standout-football, basketball and baseball-in high school at Clark (Class of 1955), he went on to achieve prominence in the sport of bowling. An inductee of the Greater Calumet Bowling Association Hall of Fame, he has rolled 2 300 games, 2 299 games and 2 298 games. He has won numerous titles in various team competitions, including the ABC's National Team and Team All-Events Championship in 1979. In Individual competition of that event, he placed 7th among more than 25,000 bowlers. In 1987 he was the Indiana State All-Events Champion with a series of 708-709-707. He also contributed to 3 Hammond City Team Championships-in '68-69, '73-74 and '80-81. In 2000, at the age of 64, he rolled a 770 series.

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