By Doug Zaleski—
MUNCIE — The Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame inducted 16 new members last month in its 2023 class.
Mike Capstick, Bill Clock, Carrie (Childs) Corriveau, Kathryn Crump, Brandi (Osborn) Dobbs, Andrew Edwards, Marc Foreman, Joe E. Greer, Teresa (Jones) Groves, Tonya (Ward) Lewis, Lydgia (Greiner) Palmer, Jeff Parsons, Daniel Proctor, Shawn Sherfy, Charles Wallen and Alexa (Antrim) Winter were honored July 22 in Cardinal Hall at the LA Pittenger Center at Ball State. The late John Wray was honored at the banquet as this year’s James Lightbody Award of Excellence recipient.
The Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame awarded five major academic scholarships this year. Mark Avila received the Francis Lafferty Hall of Fame Scholarship for $2,500, Hannah Kelly received the Hill Family Scholarship for $2,000, Lauren Luce received the Roberta “Tootie” Falls Memorial Scholarship for $1,000, Mabrey Stebbins received the James Cartwright Scholarship for $750, and Sacha Shunneson received the Doug DeBord Memorial Scholarship for $500.
This year’s honorees:
Mike Capstick was a standout defensive player on the Delta High School football team. After graduating in 2006, he went on to play at Anderson University.
In high school, he set the Eagles single-season record with 136 tackles and career mark with 344 tackles. Capstick was selected a first-team All-State linebacker in 2004 and 2005 by the Indiana Football Coaches Association and The Associated Press. He also was a Region 5 all star and East Central Indiana defensive player of the year.
Capstick helped Delta win two Hoosier Heritage Conference championships and a sectional title and post an undefeated regular season. The Eagles had a 37-7 record during his four-year career.
He also was a four-year starter in basketball, winning all-conference honors three times. The Eagles won three county titles and a sectional crown in his career.
A 2010 graduate of Anderson University, he works as a consultant for Veritiv, a packaging distribution company where he has earned Pinnacle Club Awards six consecutive years. Capstick and his wife, Danielle, live in Carmel, Ind., and have three children: Harvey, Owen and Savannah.
Bill Clock turned a casual interest of staying in shape and enjoying outdoor activities into an adult career of running marathon races, hiking long distances, climbing mountains and cycling across the United States until well into his 70s.
He joined the Muncie YMCA in his 30s and began running 5K to 15K races, which set the stage for competing in marathons. His goal was to participate in the Boston Marathon, which he did at age 40 in 1982 as he qualified for the big race by finishing the Columbus Marathon in under 3 hours, 10 minutes.
Clock later cycled with a friend from Muncie to Canada, a distance of 260 miles, in one day. They rode an average of 17 miles an hour from 4:30 in the morning to 8 in the evening. He conquered the Trans America Bike Trail, a distance of 4,000 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. His journey began with a bike tire in the Atlantic in Yorktown, Va., and ended by touching the Pacific waters in Florence, Ore. He also hiked the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, averaging 20 miles per day.
Following heart bypass surgery in 2011, Clock celebrated his 70th birthday by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. He made the 19,000 foot ascent up the the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world with a group of seven climbers 40 years younger than him.
Now 82 years young, Clock recently completed a 55-mile bike ride on Cardinal Greenway with his daughter, Deborah Lumpkin. He and his wife, Ruth, lived in Gaston for 50 years and currently reside in Muncie. They are parents of another daughter, Lisa Gadek.
CARRIE (CHILDS) CORRIVEAU
Carrie (Childs) Corriveau collected numerous honors while playing volleyball at Burris and went on to play collegiately at Ohio University.
She began playing volleyball at the age of 9 and won national championships three straight years (1989-1991) with the Munciana Chipmunks. Corriveau was named MVP of the AAU and USA National championships in 1990 and ’91. She was selected the Indiana Athlete of the Year in Indiana for volleyball in 1991.
Corriveau played four years for Burris as a defensive specialist and outside hitter. Her teams won state championships in 1992, ’93 and ’94. The 1992 Owls won a national title and were national runners-up in ’94.
She received a full athletic scholarship to Ohio U, where she started and excelled for four years. Corriveau helped the Bobcats earn a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time, and made the Dean’s list several times during her career.
After graduating from Ohio in 1999, she moved to Florida and helped build a successful high school program. Corriveau was assistant women’s volleyball coach from 2008-2020 at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and earned a doctorate degree in 2010. She now is a professor at the school.
Corriveau and her husband, Christopher, reside in Lisbon, N.Y., and spend several months of the year in Delray Beach, Fla.
Kathryn Crump lettered four years in both track and soccer at Yorktown High School, setting records and earning awards in both sports.
In track, she helped the Tigers win three county championships and earned state honors. Among Crump’s awards were 18 county running and relay titles, five individual conference victories, nine sectional wins and three state appearances. She currently holds Yorktown’s 800-meter record, was part of the school’s record-setting 4 by 800 meter relay and was named The Star Press track athlete of the year.
Crump led the University of Indianapolis tp multiple indoor and outdoor conference track titles. Her relay teams won conference crowns in three events, and broke school records in the 4 by 800 and distance medley relays.
In soccer, she helped lead the Tigers to two sectional championships and tied the state record for career assists. Crump was The Star Press player of the year as a junior, and was Defender of the Match as a senior in the Indiana All-Star game. She started all four years at the University of Indianapolis as a defender.
After graduation, Crump became director of operations for Samford University’s women’s soccer team. The program won the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2016, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. She lives in Kansas City, where she teaches second grade and volunteers with a soccer program that supports refugee children.
BRANDI (OSBORN) DOBBS
Brandi (Osborn) Dobbs is a lifelong resident of Delaware County who grew up close to the bowling industry. Her parents, Bob and Debbie, owned Liberty Bowl for 20 years.
She started bowling at age 5 and competed in the Youth Bowling Association, winning numerous singles, doubles, team and all-event tournaments. Dobbs won a gold medal at the age of 9 in the first White River Park State Games in Indianapolis.
Dobbs flourished as an adult bowler, beginning in 1992. She placed first in the 1996 Indiana State Women’s tournament with a 767 series, and in 2000 she finished 13th in the country with a 754 in the Women’s National Tournament. She has bowling three sanctioned 300 games in league play and broke Muncie records with series scores of 802 and 804. Dobbs maintained an average of 200 or higher as an adult, with a best of 221. She was inducted into the Muncie USBC Hall of Fame for superior performance.
Dobbs coached the youth program at Liberty Bowl, and she coached bowling at Selma Middle School and Wapahani High School for 10 years. She and her husband, Jeremi, owned Liberty Bowl from 2012-2019.
Dobbs graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and retired from Ball Memorial Hospital in 2013. She and Jeremi are parents of three children, Kanada Dobbs, Alexiss Clarke and Joston Dobbs.
Andrew Edwards lived in Muncie throughout his school-age years and excelled in track and field during his career at Central High School.
He won the 800-meter run in the sectional as a junior and senior, turning in a best time of 1:59.6. He helped three 1,600 relay teams win sectional championships and two North Central Conference crowns. That relay during his sophomore season in 1990 won the regional and finished sixth in the state meet. The 1,600 relay finished second by one-tenth of a second in 1992 and placed fourth in the state meet.
Edwards earned nine varsity letters as a Bearcat: four in track and field, two each in basketball and cross country, and one in soccer. As a freshman in his first meet, he was ninth in the highly competitive Rushville cross country invitational. He helped Central win the 1989 regional title.
In basketball, he lettered as a junior and senior as the Bearcats won the sectional in 1992. Edwards helped his freshman team win the City Championship.
Edwards is director and strategic solution architect at Aon within the Commercial Risk, Health and Benefits, and Human Capital Solutions organizations. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Zionsville, Ind., and have two children: Ethan and Nolan.
Marc Foreman earned All-American honors in 1990 when he won a state wrestling championship at Southside High School. His performance that season helped the Rebels win the Indiana high school state championship.
He qualified for the IHSAA state finals three times during his career. He won three sectional championships, two regional titles and two semistate crowns in addition to three Olympic Conference tournament victories.
He ranks 10th all time on the Southside career wins list with a record of 120-16-1. Foreman won All-American status in 1990 by placing fifth in the national tournament. He also was a state runner-up in judo in 1994.
After high school, he served as an assistant coach at Wapahani in 1992 and ’93. He assisted in the Delta program from 2014 through 2020.
Foreman lives in Muncie and has two children, Danielle and Grady.
JOE E. GREER
Joe E. Greer moved to Muncie as a child with his family in 1954 and graduated from Southside High School in 1965. He participated in several sports in school, and bowling became his passion as an adult.
He began competing in leagues a year after graduation and went on to win eight city tournament titles, rolled more than 150 series scores of 700 or better and notched four games with 11 consecutive strikes or more. He bowled a perfect 300 game and recorded a personal best three-game series score of 787.
Greer was recognized by the American Bowling Congress/United States Bowling Congress for competing in 50 consecutive national tournaments. That milestone has been achieved by only 36 individuals in 100-plus years of the organization. He was elected to the Muncie Bowling Hall of Fame in 1998.
He played football, basketball and baseball at Southside High School. Greer was the first sophomore to ever start on the basketball team for the Rebels.
Greer was a firefighter with the Muncie Fire Department for 30 years before retiring in 1998. He and his wife, Sandra, live in Muncie and have four children, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
TERESA (JONES) GROVES
Teresa (Jones) Groves was involved in a high level of success in volleyball during her time at Daleville High School.
The state-ranked Broncos built a record of 118-22 (.843 winning percentage) during Groves’ four-year career as a left side hitter. Daleville won six invitational championships in that span as well as three single-class sectional titles and one county championship. She was a three-time All-Delaware County and All-Mid-Eastern Conference first-team selection.
Groves’ senior season included a state-record 553 kills in the regular season. She broke a state record for kills in a match with 33. She had four matches that season (1989) with at least 32 kills. She became only the third player in any sport at Daleville named to the All State team that season and was named an Indiana All Star.
She received an athletic scholarship to play at Ohio University. A four-year career with the Bobcats resulted in her finishing first in school history in matches and games played, second in career digs and third in career service aces.
Groves also excelled in basketball at Daleville. She started on the varsity four years, winning team MVP and being named to the All County team as a senior. She won the school’s Senior Sportsmanship Award and Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Honore] in 1990.
She coached volleyball at four high schools, including Daleville and Muncie Central, and has taught 20 years at Anderson Christian School. Groves and her husband, Aaron, live in Yorktown and have two children: Sydney and Gentry.
TONYA (WARD) LEWIS
Tonya (Ward) Lewis enjoyed a strong career in track and field during her high school career in Muncie and as a collegiate athlete at Tennessee State University.
She began her high school career at Northside, and as a freshman helped the Titans win the Southside Girls Invitational. She advanced as a sophomore as the 200 dash champion at the sectional, then earned a co-captain honor as a junior. During that season Lewis continued to excel in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and as a member of the 400-meter relay team. She qualified for the state meet in the 100 dash.
Change occurred as a senior when Northside closed as a high school and students moved on to Central. Lewis became a captain for the Bearcats and helped them win the North Central Conference title. She again qualified for the state meet and capped her career by finishing sixth in the 100 dash. She competed for the Indiana All Stars in the Midwest Meet of Champions against Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Lewis competed for the Tennessee State track team until an illness ended her career as a junior. She graduated with Bachelors and Masters degrees, and has worked in human resources the past 23 years. She and her husband, Bradley, live in Hoover, Ala.
LYDGIA (GREINER) PALMER
Lydgia (Greiner) Palmer began competing in running events as a 9-year-old in the White River State Park Games and went on to achieve success in cross country and track.
She ran her first mini-marathon in 4th grade and was undefeated in all middle school races. Palmer earned All-North Central Conference honors and was a semistate qualifier all four years in high school at Central. She was the Bearcats’ most valuable first-year runner, most valuable overall runner twice and Outstanding Four-Year Runner. She holds the school 4K record at 14:55.
Palmer helped the Bearcats win three North Central Conference titles, four sectional championships, a regional crown and a fourth-place finish in the 1999 state track meet. She medaled five times in competition at state, and won the 800 run in record time in 1999.
She still holds or shares the Central record in the 800 run, 4 by 800 relay and 4 by 400 relay. She went on to coach Central’s girls cross country team for eight seasons and assisted two years with the track team. As an adult, she has competed in the Indy Mini Marathon and twice completed a 50-mile ultra marathon. Palmer and her husband, Jon, live in Fortville, Ind, where she teaches at Fortville Elementary School. They have four children: Lily, Ethan, Parker and Declan.
Jeff Parsons became involved with wrestling at an early age, notably through the exploits of his father, Jim, who competed at Ball State and was the head wrestling coach at Delta and Jay County in the 1970s. Jeff participated in athletics through high school and followed a path that led to him becoming a wrestling official.
As a sophomore student at Ball State he acquired an IHSAA license and began to officiate wrestling matches at the middle school, freshman and JV levels. Jeff saw his father leave coaching and become a wrestling official, and he wanted to follow in those footsteps.
Jeff earned an assignment to work a sectional tournament in his first season in 1986. During college he officiated meets several nights a week and most Saturdays during the high school season. By the time he was 23, Parsons had officiated four sectionals and three regionals. He earned his first semistate assignment at age 26, and at 28 with nine years of experience was picked to work the IHSAA state finals at Market Square Arena.
In all, Parsons worked six state finals from 1995-2006 and “retired” from officiating after the final one at age 39. He credits his father and wrestling officials such as Brad Williamson, John Smith, Ed Corazzi, Larry Williams and Jim Benson for helping him attain his success.
Parsons lives in Muncie with his wife, Jenni. They have three adult children: Jordan, Jami and Jake.
Daniel Proctor enjoyed a highly successful career in swimming at Central High School that led to an opportunity to compete collegiately at Eastern Michigan University.
Success began early for Proctor with six Catalina Swim Club records, 50 Cardinal Swim Club marks and nine Northside Middle School records. That set him up for success with the Bearcats.
Proctor is the all-time Muncie high school sectional champion with 16 consecutive titles at that level in four years as a Bearcat. He holds school records in the 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. He won 13 North Central Conference championships and earned five top 16 finishes in the state meet.
He maintained a 4.0-plus grade point in four years at Central to earn recognition as an Academic Speedo All-American and NCC Academic team four times each.
Proctor swam on Mid-American Conference championship teams at Eastern Michigan in 2012 and 2013, and represented the MAC as an athlete representative to the NCAA in 2013. He graduated with dual majors in 2015.
Proctor lives in Muncie. During his professional career, he joined General Electric’s digital leadership program as an intern and program member, joined Procter & Gamble’s digital innovation arm (Alchemy) as a product manager, and incorporated the first company in Indiana with a mission to help people better understand technology and use it for good.
Shawn Sherfy turned a love of sports into a passion to advance the enjoyment of those endeavors by officiating games during the past 37 years.
He began to umpire baseball games while still in high school, working for two years at the little league diamonds in Selma. After graduating from Wapahani in 1984, Sherfy became licensed by the IHSAA to officiate baseball and basketball.
Sherfy started umpiring varsity baseball games during his first year as an official. He worked his way up in four years to referee varsity basketball games. At the same time he acquired an ASA license to umpire slow-pitch softball. In 1990, he worked a national softball tournament in Colorado, and also umpired several state, national and world softball tournaments in men’s and women’s divisions.
He added girls volleyball in 1994, eventually doing nine IHSAA sectional tournaments, six regionals, four semistates, and two state finals. Sherfy has worked numerous postseason tournaments in boys and girls basketball, including the 2023 IHSAA girls basketball state championship round.
Sherfy and his wife, Nikki, live in Muncie and are parents of three adult children: Shawnda Duncan, Jordan Sherfy and Nicholas Sherfy.
Charles Wallen has a long history of success coaching different sports in Delaware County while teaching in the area for 39 years.
He coached varsity volleyball at Wes-Del for eight years, where he was named the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class A volleyball coach of the year two times. Wallen also enjoyed success in five years at Cowan, leading it to the IHSAA volleyball championship match in 1999 and 2000. He was named the ICGSA Class A volleyball coach of the year twice with the Blackhawks.
Wallen also coached softball at Wes-Del for three seasons, leading the program to a Delaware County Tournament championship and winning two more ICGSA Class A coach of the year honors.
He coached with Steve Shondell on the Indiana Volleyball North All Star team and was inducted into the ICGSA volleyball hall of fame in 2013.
Wallen coached elementary volleyball for 12 years and boys basketball four years, winning four city volleyball championships and three city basketball championships.
Wallen and his wife, Marsha, co-founded the WAVE Volleyball program to provide USA and AAU volleyball opportunities for underserved girls players in East Central Indiana for 24 years. They now live in Del Rio, Tenn., and are the parents of three children: Kelly, Joshua and Morgan.
ALEXA (ANTRIM) WINTER
Alex (Antrim) Winter became involved in multiple sports as a youth before settling on volleyball as her main focus.
She was part of the first IHSAA state championship in Wes-Del High School history in 2011 when the Warriors swept Trinity Lutheran in three games. She won the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in Class A. She recorded more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs during her prep career and was chosen to the Indiana 1A/2A All Star teams.
Winter started as an outside hitter throughout her high school career. She was on winning sectional teams all four seasons and helped Wes-Del reach the state title game as a sophomore in 2009. She was part of a regional title team in 2010.
She also lettered three years in basketball and once in softball at Wes-Del. She graduated with a 3.96 grade point and was valedictorian of her class. She declined offers to play college volleyball and instead focused on a medical career at Purdue.
Winter married her husband, Keegan, in 2020, and they recently moved to Charleston, S.C., where she works as a physician assistant. She also hopes to get into coaching volleyball there.
The late John Wray, who passed away in early 2023, was known as a man of strong character and faith who used those attributes to help others. He is being presented with the James Lightbody Award of Excellence. It is the highest honor given by the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame to a person who has excelled in participation, support or promotion of athletics in Muncie and Delaware County.
He graduated from Harrison High School in northwestern Delaware
County in 1956, having competed in four years of baseball, three years of basketball and three years of track, all at the varsity level.
Wray obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees from Ball State, and began his teaching career in Parker City. He moved to Cowan to coach varsity basketball and direct its junior baseball program. He moved to Muncie schools and taught and coached several sports for 16 years. He also officiated basketball and baseball games throughout Indiana.
His final professional stop was at Southside High School as its athletic director, working 23 years in that capacity until his retirement in 1999. Wray was inducted into the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and was a productive member on that group’s board of directors from 2001-2022.