News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 13, 2012

RAMBLIN' RECK: Terre Haute great to be inducted into college Hall of Fame

Tom Reck
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — One of Terre Haute’s all-time greats will be honored again later in the year when Clyde Lovellette will be inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

Lovellette actually was in the founding class in 2006 by virtue of him being in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and he will be formally inducted in November.

Other inductees in November will be Earl Monroe, Patrick Ewing, Willis Reed and Kenny Sailors, along with coaches Joe B. Hall and Dave Robbins, who won more than 700 games at Virginia Union.

Lovellette, of course, played for Willard Kehrt at Terre Haute Garfield before going to Kansas, playing under Phog Allen.

He was MVP of the 1952 NCAA Basketball Tournament with the Jayhawks, led the country in scoring the same season and was a three-time All-American at the school.

He went on to play in the pros with the Minneapolis Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks and Boston Celtics, being a part of championships at Minneapolis and Boston.

Lovellette was the first basketball player to be a member of teams that won titles in the NCAA, AAU, NBA and Olympics, being on the 1952 USA team.

Locally, he is recognized as being one of three Garfield grads to earn Gold Medals in the Olympics, the others being Terry Dischinger and Greg Bell.

• Tom-Cattin’ It – Players from the area did well in the Illinois High School Association 3-point competition in classes 1A and 2A, advancing to the semifinals in Peoria.

Blaine Washburn of Martinsville and Dakota Kirchner of Tri-County (Kansas) tied for 17th in the 1A totals. They each hit six treys in the semis.Logan McDaniel of Paris made eight in the 2A semis to tie for 11th.

Breese Central bested Normal 53-47 to win the 2A championship. Normal edged Teutopolis in super-sectional action.

• Jason Green will not be rehired as boys basketball coach at Lawrenceville in Illinois. He had one winning season and a 41-95 mark in five seasons.

Brian Crabtree has resigned as football coach at North Putnam after one season with the team, which finished 11-1. The former coach at North Central said he resigned for personal reasons.

• Vincennes University finished 28-3 in men’s basketball, losing its first game in region play to Hagerstown.

• Former Evansville Reitz football coach Bob Padgett has died at the age of 75.

He had a 79-13 record in nine years at the school and his 1971 team was voted mythical state champ — that was before the tournament started.

• Earl Padgett, who founded Jungle Park Speedway in Parke County in 1925, will be inducted into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

• Alex Webster, former player and coach of the New York Giants, died recently at 80. He was a running back for teams that won six division titles and an NFL championship in 1956.

• Doug McDermott of Creighton is one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award in college basketball.

• The Zellers did well in conference honors announced last week.

Tyler was named ACC Player of the Year at North Carolina while Cody shared Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year honors with Trey Burke of Michigan.

• In USA Today prep polls last week, Carmel was 10th in the Midwest Region in boys basketball. The Greyhounds won their regional and are the final Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference team left in the tournament.

Terre Haute North was the other MIC team in the regionals and had a great victory over Pendleton Heights before losing to Pike. Nice work, Patriots.

In baseball, Carroll is 17th in the country and first in the Midwest.

• Starting in 2015, no college students will be eligible to play American Legion baseball. Only high school students or spring graduates will be on the rosters.

• Meyers Leonard of Illinois finished third in Big Ten rebound statistics with an average of 8.3 per game. Robbie Hummell of Purdue was fourth with a 7.8 figure.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.