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David R. White

DAVID R. WHITE, Elkhart High School (1972) , High School Swimming: 2-time State Champion (50M Freestyle 1971, 100M Freestyle 1972), Elkhart’s First Men’s State Swimming Champion, Herman Keller Mental Attitude Award Winner (1972). , College Attended University of North Carolina.

John Babcock

JOHN BABCOCK, Elkhart High School, 1971 * Three-year letterwinner in baseball, two-year letterwinner in football and basketball, 1971 Bringle Award winner as top male athlete in Elkhart Community Schools * Football – helped EHS to “mythical” 1970 state championship, honorable mention All-America (1970), first team All-State (’70), first team All-Northern Indiana Conference (’69-70), and North-South […]

Raymond “Hap” Sorensen

RAYMOND “HAP” SORENSEN, Elkhart High School (Coach) Hap served as an outstanding boys tennis coach for the Blue Blazers from 1935-1949. As coach, he led the team to 10 NIHSL championships in fifteen years. While coach at Western Michigan University from 1950-1972 he helped win fourteen Mid-American Conference Championships including eleven straight titles. As an […]

Duane “Pete” Peterson

Duane “Pete” Peterson, Elkhart High School (1952) Pete was a two-sport athlete for the Blue Blazers and was particularly outstanding in basketball, helping his team to Sectional, Regional and NIC Championships. Pete set a Sectional tournament record for points served with 91 and was named All-NIC, All-Sectional, All-Regional and earned All-State Honorable Mention. Having earned […]

Joe Patanelli

Joseph Patanelli, Elkhart High School (1938) Joe was a two-sport athlete from 1936-1938. He was a three-year letterman in football and was named captain and MVP in 1937. As a three-year letterman in basketball, he helped the Blue Blazers to the 1938 Sectional Championship. He attended Indiana University on a football scholarship and played basketball […]

Ted Luckenbill

Ted Luckenbill, Elkhart High School (1957) One of the best basketball players to play at Elkhart HS, Ted was a member of the Indiana All-Star team that played Kentucky high school all-stars in 1957. He played varsity basketball for three years at EHS and the teams won Sectionals in 1956 and 1957 and played in […]

Tom Kurth

Tom Kurth, Elkhart & Elkhart Central High Schools (Coach) Though Coach Kurth was an outstanding athlete in high school (Hobart) and college (Wittenberg), he is being honored for his 36 years as a football coach at Elkhart HS and Elkhart Central HS where his football teams went 236-120 and where he also coached track for […]

Donald C. Presser

Donald C. Presser, Bristol and Elkhart High Schools (1969) Don was a baseball player who played for Bristol, Elkhart, Eastern Michigan University and Ball State before playing professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system, Don once hit three home runs in a Sectional game. He earned a varsity baseball letter as an 8th grader […]

Thomas “Tom” Saunders

Thomas “Tom” Saunders, Elkhart High School (1943) A two-sport standout at Elkhart HS, Tom earned a total of 6 varsity letters in basketball and football. In the regional tournament at a time when South Bend Central was #1 in the state (basketball), EHS beat Central as Tom scored 17 points in the third quarter. In […]

Charles “Chuck” Umbarger

Charles “Chuck” Umbarger, Elkhart High School (1960) In his era, Charles was the premier distance runner in Indiana earning 6 letters at Elkhart HS in track and cross-country. He won the mile run competition at NIC (3 years), Sectional (3 years), Regional, and State meets, and set mile run records more than once. He also […]