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Morristown Athletic HOF inducts first class Februrary 17

The Morristown Athletic Hall of Fame committee wishes to recognize the following for being
inducted as inaugural members into the Morristown Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

An asterisk (*) represents that the Hall of Fame member is deceased.

Ilene Bailey*
She came to Morristown High School in 1961 and would remain here until her retirement in 1994. She is considered the matriarch of girls’ sports at MHS, overseeing the development and implementation of sports for high school girls. What success the girls had were due in no small part to her strong support and leadership. She was serving as
the assistant athletic director at the time of her retirement.
Ilene coached track from 1972-1994 and won 11 Track Shelby County championships. Her record was 111-39. Coach Bailey also coached volleyball for 17 years and compiled a record of 139-129 and won four county volleyball championships. Ilene also won two Shelby County Championships while coaching basketball along with
Norman Morris for two season.

She was even the cheerleading sponsor where she encouraged cheerleaders to perform stunts and compete in contests. In 1965, her squad won the state title in Bloomington.

Most importantly, Ilene was very involved in getting girls sports started long before Title IX. She was the driving force behind the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) at Morristown. GAA was the precursor to organized sports for girls. Ilene organized other PE teachers in the area and had a competitive program set up for the girls. GAA last from the early 1960s until early 1970s when Title IX opened the door for girls organized sports in schools. After Title IX went into effect, she made sure the girls had equipment, transportation, and uniforms that were equivalent to the males. Ilene took pride in developing young ladies in numerous sports and activities during the summer months.

Ilene worked as a member of the government staff of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Hoosier Girls State program. She spend 45 years teaching high school juniors about the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of Indiana and the United States. Ilene eventually became the government director of Hoosier Girls State, and was asked to
serve on the government staff of the Auxiliary’s Girls Nation program. She served in that capacity for two weeks each summer in Washington DC for 15 years.

Jerry Bass*
After graduating from Morristown in 1958, Jerry went on to play basketball at Indiana University under Branch
McCracken. While at Morristown, Jerry became Morristown’s career scoring leader with 1652 points until
that mark was passed in 1992.
Jerry was alternate on the 1958 Indiana Basketball All Star Team. He was also the 1958 Rouse Wortman Award winner along with being the Shelby County MVP.
In 1958, Jerry was on the team that won the EastCentral Conference. Jerry was also a member of the 1957 team that won the Rushville sectional.

Paul Goble*
Paul Goble participated in cross country and track from 1949 until graduating in 1952. In Cross Country, he was the Conference Champion his final three years of high school, Sectional winner in 1951 and placed 11th in state as a junior in 1950 and 8th as a senior in 1951.

In track, he was a three time Shelby County Champion & Conference Champion in the mile. He also won the County half mile title in 1951 while also being the conference champion in 1951 & 1952. He set the school record for the fastest mile (4:36) in 1952 at state track meet (8th place) until it was broken in the 1970’s.

Paul later went on to coach cross country and track at Morristown. His boys cross country teams won the conference in 1986 & 1987 while also winning the county in 1986. In 1992, his boys’ team qualified for regional.

While he also coached the first girls cross country team at Morristown, Coach Goble’s girls won three consecutive conference titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993. In track, he boys won the conference championship in 1997 while also winning boys Shelby County championship in 1987 & 1989.

Coach Goble had athletes set 11 track school records and had 10 boys qualify for the state track meet.

Coach was Conference Coach of the Year in track in both 1997 & 1999. Paul was also awarded the president’s Award of Merit in 2001 by the Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country coaches. Paul was also a recipient of the Dick Lugar Health & Fitness Award in 2000.

Norman Morris*
Norman Morris spent a quarter of a century at Morristown. He was a teacher, coach and Athletic Director. Coach Morris coached the boys basketball teams from 1959-1969 which included 4 Sectional Championships (1961, 1962,
1963, 1967) at Rushville, 5 Shelby County Championships (1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, and 1967) and numerous
He also co-coached the girls’ basketball team to 2 Shelby County championships in 1983 and 1984. His overall boys
coaching record is an outstanding 145-79 and 169-110 combined boys and girls.

Coach Morris also won 4 Shelby County Baseball championship titles 1960, 1961 while he was the baseball coach from 1960-1966.

Norman Morris also went on to serve as Morristown’s Athletic Director from 1970-1986.

Rita Rouse
Coach Rita Rouse had an incredible coaching tenure at Morristown. Coach Rouse coached volleyball from 1992-2008 and again in 2014. Coach Rouse is the all-time winningest coach in Morristown’s long storied athletic history. She holds the school record for win percentage by any coach in all sports at Morristown with an overall record stands at 285-154.

Coach Rouse’s commitment to volleyball, her extraordinary leadership and support of her players lead to an amazing 7 Conference championships, 8 Shelby County tournaments, 11 IHSAA Sectional championships and qualified for the State Final Four on 4 different occasions (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007).

Coach won the IHSAA State Championship in 2003 and came back in 2004 as runner-up. Coach Rouse won numerous Coach of Year Awards.

Shannon Warfield-Stauffer
Shannon, a 1987 graduate, was an outstanding student-athlete at Morristown. She participated in track & field,
basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading from 1984-1987.  Shannon was also the winner of the Morristown Lions Club Outstanding Athlete Award. In both 1986 and 1987, she was a finalist at the IHSAA State track meet. Shannon held the school record in the 100 Hurdles for several years, currently holds the 300 Hurdle record of 47.59 and still has the best time in the Shelby county track meet in the 300 Hurdles of 48.93.

Shannon was part of the 400M Relay team that currently holds the school record of 52.06.

In basketball, Shannon was the 1985 & 1986 Shelby County Tournament MVP. She helped the team to the 1986 Shelby County Championship. She is currently 9th on the all-time basketball scoring list at Morristown. Shannon also participated in volleyball. During this time, the team went 55-28 and won the Shelby County titles in 1984 and

Shannon’s success in the classroom and in athletics followed her to Taylor University where she was a multi-sport athlete while earning an education degree.

2003-2004 Morristown Volleyball Team
Along with winning the IHSAA State Championship, the 2003 Volleyball team went 32-8, won the MHC and Shelby County tournament.

This is the 1st state title for Morristown in any sport. The team was coached by Rita Rouse.
Members of the team include: Megan Stout, Kayla Tarrh, Emily Prifogle, Trista Wood, Nicole Gentory, Stefanie Keffaber, Megan Koers, Ashley Floyd, Mary Nolen, Stephanie Linville, Erin Nigh, Casey Gumberts, Kara McNeely and Manager Janna Bogeman.

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  • Charlielucky

    No Brady Adkins? Number 13 on the all-time state scoring list, two time single season scoring champion, all-time leading scorer in Morristown history. I’m a Waldron grad and this seems like a no-brainer.