Former Golden Eagle Jarrad Odle Selected To Grant County Hall Of Fame

Posted on November 27, 2011 in Boy's Basketball, Home, News

By Chuck Landis clandis@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

Jarrad Odle’s basketball career at Oak Hill and Indiana University went by in a blur and he never fully had a chance to enjoy it.

Now, with his induction into the Grant County Sports Hall of Fame, Odle has taken some time for introspection.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 13, 14 years that I was in high school and then going on to college,” Odle said Saturday evening. “It went by so fast.”

Odle was the leading scorer in the state his junior year with the Golden Eagles. The 6-foot-8 Odle later started on IU’s 2002 NCAA Division I Tournament runner-up team.

“It all started out for me at the (Marion) PAL Club and running with the guys there,” Odle said. “I’m happy to be back and a part of the community and to be recognized with this honor.”

Odle, 32, is the youngest ever inductee into the hall, having become eligible two years ago. Nine other men and women make up the fourth induction class.

The inductees include three other standout basketball players: Herb McPherson (Mississinewa), Joe Sutter (Marion) and Ted Wright (Jefferson Township). Each one previously was selected to the Chronicle-Tribune Basketball Team of the Century in 1999.

McPherson was the top vote getter with 11 of 14 possible votes, and Sutter followed with 10 votes. The Grant County Sports Hall of Fame committee made their selections from nearly 40 finalists.

“We had a good meeting and we have some good inductees,” said Jack Colescott, a committee member. “It’s a class group.”

In addition, Martin Burdette of Mississinewa’s famed 1953 and ’54 basketball teams was designated for enshrinement. Burdette later became a well-known basketball official and worked at the NCAA Division I level.

The newest members also include LPGA golfer Jackie Gallagher-Smith of Marion; former Eastbrook volleyball coach Wilma Cox, and all-around athletes Chuck Gaither of Fairmount High School and Tony Roush of Eastbrook.

Rick Atkinson, hall of fame president, also became part of the illustrious group. Atkinson was a multi-sport athlete at Mississinewa who eventually became baseball coach and athletic director at his alma mater.

During a long and varied athletic career, Atkinson played minor league baseball for the Atlanta Braves and served as president of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. He is enshrined in the IHSBCA Hall of Fame.

“Growing up, all I wanted to do was play baseball,” Atkinson said. “When I went to college they said I had to have a major and I said ‘baseball’ and they said ‘no, you got to have a major’.

“I looked back on the people who made an impression on me and it was my coaches. And so I went into education,” Atkinson added.

After his professional baseball career, Atkinson played for some of the state’s best fast-pitch softball teams, including the local Plymouth Club Bombers. Atkinson also was a varsity head football and wrestling coach at Eastbrook.

Atkinson retired in 2006 from Mississinewa but still remains active as the assistant baseball coach at Taylor University.

The 2012 team inductee is the 1975 and ’76 Marion boys’ basketball teams that won back-to-back IHSAA state titles. Standout players Dave Colescott (2009) and Kevin Pearson (2011) previously were inducted into the hall as individuals.

Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place April 15 at the STAR Financial Grant County YMCA.

 

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