Delena (White) Bumpous, Raymond “Ray” Hamilton, Ryan Rooks, Russell Swift, Jeremy Wright and JeanAnna (Gore) Yarling are the inaugural class to the Southwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Wright: Class of 1992
Jeremy Wright is the only state champion in Southwestern High School’s history and also a record setter. Jeremy graduated in 1992 from Southwestern High School. He continues to hold the record in Cross Country with a time of 15:14.00 and in Track for the 3200 with a time of 9:20:33.
Jeremy was the State Champion in the 3200 meter in 1992 and the Robert Hinshaw Mental Attitude award recipient. Jeremy qualified for state in both Cross Country (1990 & 1991) and Track (1991 & 1992) his junior and senior years (only athlete in school history to qualify to compete at the state level four times).
Jeremy was a member of four county and four conference championships teams. He was member of four regional qualifying teams and two sem-state qualifying teams in Cross Country . Jeremy was an individual champion his junior and senior season in both the Shelby County and conference in Cross Country.
Jeremy later went on to run Cross Country and Track at Wabash College, where he was a 2 time All American, won seven Independent College Athletic Conference Championships, and the Division 3 Great Lakes Regional Title in 1993. He won the Pikes Peak Ascent two times, and course record holder of the Mt. Evans Ascent.
Jeremy was a four time member of the US Mountain Racing Team. Jeremy was a member of the US Snowshoe Racing Team, and champion of multiple races and series to go with numerous national sponsorships. Running was a passion and a way of life for Jeremy, while in Afghanistan, he received permission from the camp commander to run in the mountains outside his camp.
Southwestern High School’s outdoor complex is named in honor of Jeremy. Jeremy also has a Snow Show race named in his honor in Beaver, Colorado.
Jeremy’s hard work and determination resulted in amazing accomplishments. Jeremy was a three time member of the United States Mountain running team. Jeremy gave up his career in medicine to join the Army shortly after the attacks of 9/11. Jeremy was a decorated Green Beret.
Jeremy Wright was killed in action while on duty in Afghanistan. Jeremy received a purple heart. The Jeremy Wright Memorial 5K honors what Jeremy meant to his family and to his racing competitors. Each year, $1,000 of the proceeds from the Jeremy Wright Memorial 5K Run is provided as a scholarship opportunity to one Southwestern High School Senior.
Jeremy Wright will always be remembered not only as an elite runner, but a very kind and gracious person.
Delena (White) Bumpous: Class of 1999
Delena (White) Bumpous achieved significant success while at Southwestern Jr/Sr High School and college during her playing years. Delena graduated from Southwestern Jr/Sr High School in 1999 as the All-Time Leading Scorer with 1218 points, most points per game in a season 21.8, and one of only four players to score over 30 points in a game, which she achieved twice. Delena graduated with the most rebounds in school history with 883, most rebounds in a season with 308, and most rebounds in a game with 23. Delena had the record for most assists in a career with 253, and she had the most assists in a season with 128. Delena helped lead her team to the school’s first ever Girls’ Basketball Sectional Championship in 1998 and repeated the Sectional Championship in 1999. Delena won the Shelby County Tournament Most Valuable Player Award in 1999 and was selected All Conference four times, all Shelby County four times, with two being Shelby County Most Valuable Player for the season. Delena earned the Indy Star Top 100 Seniors recognition in 1999 and was invited to the Top 40 Workout. Delena was considered by The ShelbyNews as the Top 10 women players in the 1900’s, the All Century Team.
Delena played three years of volleyball earning All Conference two of those years. She helped the volleyball team win the Shelby County Championship in 1998, the second time in school history. Delena ran Track three years and was All Conference in 1998. Delena earned ten varsity letters and seven All Conference Awards.
Delena later went on to play college basketball at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) Division I Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Missouri. Delena averaged 18 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.5 seals, and 2.1 assist in her four year college career. She was two time American Midwest Conference Most Valuable Player and NAIA All American 3rd team selection.
Delena then became the Head Coach at Hannibal LaGrange College for two seasons.
JeanAnna (Gore) Yarling: Class of 1984 and Coach
JeanAnna (Gore) Yarling created many firsts for female athletes at Southwestern Jr/Sr High School and blazed a trail that still holds strong to this day. JeanAnna graduated in 1984 from Southwestern Jr/Sr High School, breaking records in multiple sports. JeanAnna earned All Conference all four years in Track and held five Track records (100,200,400, Long Jump, Shot Put). JeanAnna’s Long Jump record is the oldest record to still stand 17’4” set in 1983 as of 2017. JeanAnna is only one of nine Southwestern High School individual athletes to qualify to compete at the state level. JeanAnna was the first female and only the second athlete at the time to reach state.
JeanAnna was also a member of the first ever Volleyball Shelby County Championship team in 1981. She won a Volleyball Shelby County Championship in 1998 coaching for the Spartans. JeanAnna was the county and conference coach of the year in 1998.
JeanAnna was the all time leading scorer in basketball with 812 points, and the all time leader in rebounds with 641. JeanAnna was a great athlete that earned letters in 4 sports Volleyball, Cheerleading, Basketball, and Track and totalled 15 letters put that with being active in the band all four years. JeanAnna later came back to be Southwestern Jr/Sr High School's head coach in Volleyball and Track. JeanAnna (Gore) Yarling will be honored in Southwestern history as one of the best student athletes.
Ryan Rooks: Class of 2003
Ryan Rooks created a legacy and had a year that many Spartans will never forget, as he helped lead a Spartan basketball team to the State Championship game. Ryan graduated in 2003 from Southwestern High School with records that still hold strong today. Ryan is the All Time leading scorer in school history with 1793 points. Ryan has the record for most points in a season with 722 that he accumulated his senior year as the team marched to state. Ryan holds the record for most points scored by a Southwestern High School freshman with 306. Ryan is one of only two players to score more than 40 points in a game. Ryan scored over 30 points in twelve different games. Ryan was All Conference in basketball all four years and All County for four years. He lead the team in scoring each one of those years.
Ryan graduated with most 3 pointers in a career making 154 and most in a season 66. Ryan helped the basketball team win a Shelby County Championship in 2003 and two Mid-Hoosier Conference titles in 2002 and 2003. Ryan helped the Spartans win the only Regional Championship and Semi-State Championship in school history, and finishing the season as State Runner-Up. Ryan was a two time Shelby County Cross County Team Champion (2000 & 2001). Ryan’s numbers alone set him apart from other Spartan athletes; however, Ryan never faulted in big games (as of 2017, holds 1A state record in free throws 11-11).
Ryan will be remembered and honored for his achievements and his efforts by the Southwestern community.
Raymond “Ray” Hamilton: Class of 1970
Raymond “Ray” Hamilton a 1970 graduate that helped lead his team to arguably the best basketball season in Southwestern’s history, as the Spartans finished 20-2 his senior year. Ray was an outstanding athlete on both the court and on the baseball field, helping the Spartans win Shelby County titles in both sports. Ray was on three Baseball Shelby County Championship teams (1968,1969,1970) and also the 1970 Conference Championship team. These were the first championships the baseball teams had won in school history. Of the five Shelby County Championship titles that Southwestern High School holds as of 2017, Ray is responsible for helping achieve three of those titles.
Ray was All Conference on the 1970 championship team, being one of the leading hitters as the Spartans went 11-4, He helped in making it back to back years being All Conference (1969 & 1970).
The hardwood is where many community members tell stories about Ray and his exceptional playing ability. Ray was a two time Shelby County Tournament Most Valuable Player that led his team to the school’s first Shelby County Championships (1969 & 1970). He also led the way in the amazing 20-2 overall record in 1970 and first Conference Championship season. In Ray’s junior year, he led the team in shooting and rebounding. He shot 57.4% from the field and averaging 12.4 rebounds per game (10th in the state). The senior year was not a let down as Ray shot 51.4% from the field and averaged 25.3 points per game along with 15.4 rebounds per game (338 rebounds).
The Spartans were a team to watch with Ray and his teammates scoring 75.1 points per game and beating teams on average by 16 points. Ray finished his career with 964 points tieing Jerry Petro for most points in school history. Ray is still considered one of the best basketball players to have ever played at Southwestern Jr/Sr High School along with one of the best teams.
Ray went on to play basketball at Butler University. Ray then gave back to Southwestern by coaching Junior High Basketball for two years.
Russell Swift: Class of 1971 and Coach
Russell Swift will go down as one of the most impactful figures in Southwestern High School’s history. Russell graduated from Southwestern in 1971. He was a member of the baseball team that won the first Conference Title in school history (1970) and two of Shelby County Championships. Russell was an athlete on Southwestern High School’s basketball team. Russell returned to Southwestern in 1978 to be an English teacher and a coach in various sports.
Coach Swift did a little bit of everything as he coached Boys’ Cross Country (eleven years), Girls’ Cross Country (nine years), Varsity Track (seven years), Assistant Baseball Coach (one year), Head Baseball Coach (three years), Freshman Basketball (five years), Junior High Cross Country (four years), and Junior High Basketball (1 year). Coach Swift is one of the most decorated coaches in Southwestern High School’s history and the staple behind our Cross Country program.
Coach Swift helped guide the Spartan runners to 11 Shelby County Championships and 7 Mid-Hoosier Conference titles. Coach Swift was awarded All Conference coach of the year 8 times. Coach Swift’s Cross Country Dual/Tri Record was an astounding 101-15. The Spartans qualified for Regional four years in a row (1988,1989,1990, & 1991) and three years they qualified for Semi-State (1988,1989, & 1990) under Coach Swift’s guidance. Coach Swift had 2 runners qualify for state competition in 1990.
The accomplishments do not end with just the boys’ team. Coach Swift guided the girls’ team to their first ever Cross Country Shelby County title in 1994. Russell Swift held an amazing legacy on the course with his powerhouse teams and in the classroom as a great teacher.
Russell worked at Southwestern until 2011, but he will be far from forgotten. Russell Swift is a pillar for the Southwestern community. He will be remembered for more than just being a coach or a teacher, but for being a great leader.