Erik Barnes was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 22, 1987. He grew up in Marion, Indiana where he cemented his love of golf. He has always prided himself in his work ethic...always striving to get better every year and his results bear that out. He worked his way to a golf scholarship at Austin Peay State University and eventually became the Indiana State Amateur Champion in 2009. He subsequently was the runner-up in 2010. After turning professional he progressed through the mini-tours, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latin America. He earned his Korn Ferry Tour card for 2015. He maintained...
2000 Marion Giants Boys Basketball
2000 MARION HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL Led by Future NBA star Zach Randolph, the Marion Giants won their then 7th state championship in 2000 defeating Bloomington North, and future NBA star Jared Jeffries. The Giants rolled through the season losing only 1 game during the entire year. Marion was ranked number 2 in the state at the end of the season and 6th in the USA Today high school rankings. Coached by Moe Smedley, the Giants had a wide variety of talent on the team. Randolph teamed up with Sophomore forward Allen (Deuce) Miller, Senior forward Matt Backs, Senior gu...
Faune Drake Randolph
FAUNE DRAKE RANDOLPH MARION HIGH SCHOOL – 2001Known as one of the most prominent female athletes in Marion High School history, Faune received 12 varsity letters during her career. She finished 5th in the gymnastics state tourney in the vault, 5th in the track state meet in long jump, and was on a sectional winning volleyball team. Faune holds the long jump record at 18’3 ¾. Following her career at Marion she competed at Indiana State for a season on a track scholarship and competed in the long jump and the 400. After transferring to Portland State University, Faune played 3 s...
JACK HART EASTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL – 1969 MARION COLLEGE – 1973 Jack Hart’s career with golf started at a young age. His family opened the Hart Golf Course in1966. Jack was attending Eastbrook High School where he played varsity golf. Jack went on to play golf for Marion College. In 1989, Jack became the caretaker of the family course, which in 2000 became Arbor Trace Golf Course. Over the years, Jack and the course have hosted hundreds of fund-raising golf scrambles along with the Grant County Amateur tourney, and Arbor Trace is also the home course for Eastbrook and Oak Hill High Sc...
Laurie Kitts Detweiler
LAURIE KITTS DETWEILER EASTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL - 1999 Laurie Kitts started her basketball career in 6th grade at the Elks hoop shoot free throw contest where she finished 3rd in the state. Coached by Tom Wilson at Eastbrook, Laurie was a four-year letter winner and first team all-state as a senior. She was a four-time Grant County Player of the year and team MVP. Laurie helped lead Eastbrook to three-straight conference championships and averaged 27.5 points and 11.7 rebounds her senior season. Laurie ended her career as the all-time leading scorer in Girls Grant County basketball wi...
JULIUS MAYS MARION HIGH SCHOOL – 2008 Raymond Julius Mays (born September 4, 1989), also known as Ju, is currently a Fleet and Commercial Manager with the Carl Black Group. He was a four year starter for the Marion Giants basketball team from 2004-2008. Mays spent two seasons playing college basketball at North Carolina State University, one year at Wright State University, and finished his college basketball career as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Program. During his high school basketball career, Mays was named the Marion Chronicle Tribune Player of the year thre...
PHIL MILLER UPLAND HIGH SCHOOL TAYLOR UNIVERSITY Phil Miller attended Upland High School where he participated in varsity track, baseball, and basketball. During his senior year, he pitched a one hitter in the championship game to lead the Upland Highlanders to the county championship. Phil went on to Taylor University and is considered one of Taylor’s finest all-around athletes. He earned varsity letters in tennis, track and field, basketball, and baseball. Phil set records at Taylor in the discus and javelin. He was also a member of the first Taylor basketball team ...
ZACH RANDOLPH MARION HIGH SCHOOL – 2000 Zach Randolph, “Z-Bo”, led the Marion Giants to the 4A State finals as a sophomore and helped lead the Giants to their then 7th state title in 2000 with a victory over Bloomington North. Zach became a McDonald’s All-American where he was named MVP in the game with 23 points and15 rebounds. Zach attended Michigan State to play for Coach Tom Izzo where he averaged 10.8 points a game and 6.7 rebounds his freshman year and helped the team advance to the Final Four. Following his freshman season, Zach entered the NBA Draf...
RONNIE RUSSELL MARION HIGH SCHOOL – 1998 Ronnie Russell’s bowling career started at the young age of 5. Following Ronnie’s graduation from Marion High School in 1998, Ronnie attended Vincennes University. Ronnie then got the call to join the Professional Bowling Association. Over his career, Ronnie has won 4 PBA Championship titles, 10 PBA Regional Titles, 3 European titles, 1 European major, along with the Brunswick Italian Open Champion and the Chris Paul celebrity invitation. Ronnie is also a three-time team USA Member winning 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Over hi...
WADE RUSSELL Oak Hill High School – 1981 Taylor University - 1986 A 1981 graduate of Oak Hill, Wade Russell was a first-team all-state selection in football, competed in the state track meet and advanced to the semi-state as a wrestler. He was named the Grant County Student-Athlete of the Year as a senior. After completing his high school career, Russell played one season of football and track at Purdue University before transferring to Taylor University. In 1985, he was the first Taylor student-athlete to ever be selected to a NAIA All-American Firs...
2009 Madison-Grant Argylls Softball
2009 MADISON GRANT SOFTBALL
2009 Madison Grant girls’ softball team can be described as the team that put
the MG softball program on the map. By winning the school’s first ever state
championship title, the Lady Argylls won the 2A softball state finals
tournament defeating Linton-Stockton, 1-0. Madison-Grant’s senior pitcher Sara
Webster helped lead Madison Grant to the shutout as sophomore Kailey Leckron
scored the only run for Madison-Grant when she entered the game as a pinch
runner scoring on a single to center field by junior Shelby Wells. The Argylls
and 15-year head...
Will Whitticker Marion High School - 2000 Will Whitticker was born August 2, 1982 in Evansville, Indiana to Joselyn and the late William Whitticker. At the age of 8, he moved to Marion. In his early years, Will played many sports including ice hockey, basketball, and baseball. His love for the sports world continued into his junior-high and high school years. It was during these years, Will began playing football on the offensive and defensive line. He contributed the many dedicated coaches for pushing him to be his best both on and off the field including: Mark Surface, Will...