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Years: 1978

Rod Morgan

ROD MORGAN, Elkhart Memorial High School, 1978 ** Earned 8 varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field ** Football – 3-year letter winner … two-time All-Northern Indiana Conference selection ** Wrestling – 2-year letter winner … recorded most takedowns as a senior; fourth in IHSAA state final in senior season ** Track and […]

William J. “Bill” Burkholder

WILLIAM “BILL” J. BURKHOLDER, NorthWood High School, 1978, Purdue University, 1982 Earned 9 varsity letters in track, football and basketball Track – earned 4 letters * IHSAA State Finals Runner-up in pole vault during senior season * school record holder at 15-1 in pole vault * helped NorthWood to first team sectional championship during senior […]

Stephen K. “Steve” Johnson

STEPHEN K. JOHNSON, Elkhart Memorial High School head basketball coach 1978-’83; 1994-2006, Concord High School head basketball coach 1968-‘72, Batesville High School head basketball coach 1972-‘73, Valparaiso University assistant coach 1990-‘94, Out of Door Basketball Academy 2006-present, Indiana University, North Central (Ill.) College Concord Athletic Hall of Fame inductee in 1991 Elkhart County Coach of […]

Dave Edlund

DAVE EDLUND, Goshen, 1978, 7 varsity letters – 4 wrestling, 3 football Wrestling IHSAA state champion at 185 pounds (’78) IHSAA third-place finish (’76) 2 time team captain; 2 time sectional and regional champion 2 time team MVP set record for most career wins (78), Football All-Northern Lakes Conference (’77) team Most Valuable Back (’77) […]

Ned Cook

NED COOK, Jimtown, 1978, 9 varsity letters – 3 football, 3 basketball, 3 baseball, Football 1st team All-Northern State Conference, offense and defense (1977-78)NSC Most Valuable Player (’77)1st team AP and Bloomington Herald Telephone All-State linebacker (’77)team MVP (’77) Basketball 2 time All-NSC (1977, ’78)530 career points NSC champions (1977, ’78) team defensive award (1977, […]

Jon Cook

JON COOK, Elkhart Memorial High School, Coach Graduated in 1978 from Memorial where earned three varsity letters in swimming, was team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer as a senior. BS degree from Western Michigan University and masters from Indiana Wesleyan. Boys swimming coach at Memorial from 1990 to 2016. Had 175 career victories. Individual swimmers […]

Jack and Nadine Lengacher

JACK & NADINE LENGACHER, Volunteers, Wakarusa Founded the Wakarusa Ball Program in 1978. Program began with 110 youth athletes, now has 550, and has instructed and inspired hundreds of NorthWood High School and area athletes.

James P. “Jim” Speicher

JAMES P. “JIM” SPEICHER, Fairfield High School (1978) Jim was an outstanding three-sport athlete with the Falcolns, earning eleven varsity letters. He was one of only three to be named MVP in football, baseball and basketball in 1978. He played baseball on a scholarship to Bethel College and compiled a .334 career batting average. Jim […]

Scott Homan

Scott Homan, Elkhart Central High School (1978) Scott was a high school All-American in football at Elkhart Central. He was a 9-letter winner in three sports at ECHS (football, wrestling and track). As a senior on coach Tom Kurth’s football team, he was All-Conference, All-State and played in the North-South All-Star game. After high school, […]

Jody (Showalter) Downey

Jody Showalter Downey, Fairfield High School (1978) Jody’s early athletic career was notable in that she played on various boys basketball teams, because there were no girls teams. However, in high school she lettered in basketball 4 years, volleyball 4 years, and track 4 years, in addition to earning her letter as a varsity cheerleader […]