By Steve Kochersperger
North Posey High School will soon have an Athletic Hall of Fame.
Posey County News Publisher Dave Pearce announced recently that after more than a year of planning and meeting, the Hall of Fame will soon become a reality for the school.
“North Posey High School came into existence in 1969 and there have been many gifted athletes and lots of memories created in those years,” Pearce said in initially presenting the proposal. “The Posey County News considers it a pleasure to help recognize some of the people who have made the athletic programs what they are at North Posey.”
Pearce was instrumental in forming the POPS (Patrons Offering Positive Support) organization for Mount Vernon football in the late 1980s. That group is still in existence to help support the program.
Pearce is also an active member of the Mount Vernon M-Club Hall of Fame and donates time, space, and the photographs for the inductees each year.
“When you have been around as long as I have, you begin to have some experience from which to draw,” Pearce said with a smile. “I would like to think we will be able to do this right. I have learned from helping other communities with their athletic programs.”
Pearce said the North Posey Hall of Fame will be limited only to sports sanctioned by the IHSAA.
“About three years ago, we saw an opportunity to provide a traveling trophy for the Posey County team that wins the annual football game between the Wildcats and the Vikings,” Pearce said. “Then one night while preparing the pictures for the Mount Vernon Hall of Fame, I realized that North Posey doesn’t have one. This is the result of that idea.”
In the initial proposal of the idea, Pearce indicated “The purpose of the North Posey High School Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those North Posey High School athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective sports or coaching/support roles and who helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction and excellence to North Posey High School by their conduct both on and off the field, or court, of competition. This recognition will help maintain the spirit, pride and sense of community as well as serving as a historical account of the great athletic traditions of North Posey High School.”
Pearce was adamant that every effort be taken to retain the integrity of the Hall by asking members of the community for nominations for inductees and creating a board consisting of several non-partisan members to help with the choices.
“First things first…We can’t thank Dave and Connie enough for being willing to be the permanent sponsor of the NPHS Athletic Hall of Fame,” said North Posey School Board president Joe Neidig. “To have an independent community partner such as the Posey County News willing to do this is a true blessing for our entire community and will be for years to come. I envision that, over time, and done right this will bring people back to our great community and strengthen ties even more.”
Nominations will soon be open for the initial class of inductees. Athletes are eligible for nomination 10 years after their class’s graduation. They must be in good standing or in special circumstances as determined by the Board Members. Such athletes must have competed in a North Posey High School and IHSAA-sanctioned varsity sport and must have excelled in such sport. Among the accomplishments taken into account will be individual (all-District, all-Region, all-State) and team accomplishments, individual school or team records held, and impact on teams and the overall athletic program at North Posey High School during their era and accomplishments thereafter.
“First of all, as principal, I extremely thankful to the Posey County News for their backing and support with the North Posey Athletic Hall of Fame,” stated North Posey High School Principal. “There are so many tremendous individuals that deserve this type of recognition for the school. I’m excited to see the nominations come in and honored to be a part of the committee.”
All applications will remain confidential, to be shared among the members of the Board only. Information relating to a nominee’s career statistics, records, achievements, etc. must be supported by accompanying documentation or sources cited so that the information may be verified independently.
All application packets for the nominee must be received by the athletic department or the Posey County News office by May 1 of the nominating year, in order to be considered for induction into the fall class. Both the nomination form and the application packet will be available through the athletic department or on the web site of the MSD of North Posey and/or the Posey County News.
Further information will be available in the coming two weeks. Specific questions or comments may be sent to Dpearce263@poseycountynews.com.
By Steve Kochersperger
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