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Royals Induct Players, Coach into Hall of Fame
February 27, 2008 - Eastern Hancock High School held induction ceremonies Saturday night for the first class into the Eastern Hancock Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place during halftime of the varsity basketball game between the Royals and the Hagerstown Tigers.
The first group of inductees included three female athletes, five male athletes, one coach, and one team.
The Royal Athletic Booster Club exists in part to encourage participation in athletics and recognize outstanding accomplishments of our student/athletes. As an extension of this, the Royal Athletic Booster Club has chosen to recognize not only the current athletes, but to start the Eastern Hancock Athletic Hall of Fame as a way to recognize and remember those outstanding athletes, teams, and coaches from the past at Charlottesville, Westland, Wilkinson and Eastern Hancock High Schools that have helped to build the traditions of Eastern Hancock athletics.
The following individuals were included in the initial inductees into the Eastern Hancock Athletic Hall of Fame:
Jenny Beaver McDaniel is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Hancock. She earned 12 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track. Jenny set school records in assists and steals for her career in basketball, with the assist record still standing. She was named to All County and All Area teams in basketball and was a four time Hancock County discus champion in track. Jenny played college basketball and ran track at Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan). Jenny is now a middle school teacher at Eastern Hancock and lives with her family in Wilkinson.
Carey Bradley Willis is a 1999 Eastern Hancock graduate. Carey excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was All Conference and All County in volleyball as a senior, All County in basketball as a senior, and All County and All Conference in track three times. Carey still holds the school record for assists in a single season in basketball. She was a sectional champion in the 400 meters, school and county record holder in the 400 meter dash, and school record holder in the 200 meter dash, 300 meter hurdles, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay. Carey qualified for the State Meet in the 400 meter dash and finished 9th at the State Meet in the 300 meter hurdles. Carey is the only Eastern Hancock athlete to score points at the Indiana State Track Finals. Carey now works for the Greenfield Daily Reporter and is Head Varsity volleyball coach at Eastern Hancock. She and her family live near Wilkinson.
Kent Colclazier is a 1984 Eastern Hancock graduate. Kent earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, and golf. He amassed over 50 wins in his wrestling career. Kent closed out his career as state runner-up at the 1984 Indiana State Finals Wrestling Tournament. This makes Kent Eastern Hancock’s most successful individual sport athlete. Kent graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is the owner of Selco Engineering. Kent and his family live in Greenfield.
Pete Hubert is a 1976 graduate of Eastern Hancock. Pete was a three-year varsity starter in football and basketball and a 4 year starter in baseball. He graduated as Eastern Hancock’s career scoring leader in basketball with 1,210 points and still holds the single season record of 517 points. Pete did much of his scoring with outside shooting before the three-point shot rule went into effect. He also holds single season records in baseball for singles, runs scored, stolen bases, and win/loss percentage by a pitcher. Pete was a starter on the 1974 New Castle sectional championship basketball team and the 1976 Greenfield sectional championship baseball team, the only baseball sectional champion in school history. He was also head coach of the girls’ basketball sectional championship team in 2001, the only girl’s sectional champion to date. Pete is now athletic director at Southport High School. He and his family live in the Mt. Vernon school district.
Richard O’Neal is a 1976 Eastern Hancock graduate. Richard was a varsity letter winner is basketball, baseball, and tennis. He was named All-County and All-Conference in basketball in 1975 and 1976. Richard was a starter on both the 1974 New Castle sectional championship team in basketball and the 1976 Greenfield sectional championship baseball team, the only baseball sectional champion in school history. Richard scored over 1,100 points in his varsity basketball career and held the school record for free throw percentage until 1989. He was a solid rebounder, scoring many of his points on offensive rebounds. Richard is a farmer in the Wilkinson area.
Doug Peacock is a 1975 graduate of Eastern Hancock. Doug starred in football, wrestling, and track. He was named All-State and High School All-American in football. He had over 50 wins and was a sectional champion in wrestling. He is the current school record holder in the shot put. Doug was a member of the 1975 IFCA South Indiana High School All-Star football team. He is the only Eastern Hancock athlete to date to earn a Division 1 athletic scholarship, earning three varsity letters in football at Indiana University. Doug is presently the head football coach at Mt. Vernon High School, with a 94-60 record in 14 seasons, and an overall career record of 114-80 in 18 seasons. He and his family reside in the Mt. Vernon school district.
Larry Spegal is a 1955 graduate of Wilkinson High School. He was a four-year starter in basketball and baseball. Larry started all but one game of his four year varsity basketball career. He graduated as Wilkinson’s all-time leading scorer with 1,315 points. He scored many of his points with outside shooting prior to the addition of the three point shot. Larry was named honorable mention All-Sectional in 1952 and first team All-Sectional in 1953, 1954, and 1955 at the Greenfield Sectional. He led the Bulldogs to three Hancock County basketball tournament championships in four years and the 1955 Greenfield sectional championship. Larry is retired from the Coca-Cola Company and from farming. He and his family live near Shirley.
Cheryl Vail Apple is a 1985 Eastern Hancock graduate. She earned four varsity letters in basketball, two in volleyball, and one each in tennis and track. Cheryl was named All-Conference and All-County three times and All-Sectional once. She was a two-year team captain. Cheryl was the 1985 Greenfield Daily Reporter and 1985 Knightstown Banner Player of the Year and was named third team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine. She holds the school record for career rebounds. After graduation, she was a three-year starter and two-year team captain at St. Joseph’s College. Cheryl works for Keramida Environmental. She and her family live near Greenfield.
Bob Copeland coached varsity football, wrestling, and golf from 1979-1989. He coached five sectional champions in wrestling. He is Eastern Hancock’s all-time leader in wins in football with a record of 70-42-1. His tournament record at Eastern Hancock was an impressive 16-5, with five sectional championships, one regional, one semi-state, and Eastern Hancock’s only state championship in 1985. Bob went on to a successful career as head coach at Danville High School, where he won four sectionals, two regionals, and one semi-state, leading them to the state championship game in 1999. Bob is the 24th winningest football coach in Indiana high school history with a record of 224-85 and was inducted as a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Bob is now retired. He and his family live in Danville.
Coming off of a sectional championship season in 1984, the Royals started the 1985 season with a 20-0 loss. After that loss, the team went on to an unforgettable season. The Royals went on a school record 13 game winning streak. They captured the school’s first regional championship with a win over Clarksville 27-0, defeated South Putnam 21-13 to win the semi-state, and then capped off their dream season with another win. On Thanksgiving weekend in the Hoosier Dome the Royals grabbed a 20-7 win over Jimtown to capture Eastern Hancock’s first, and at this time, only, state championship to date in any sport, in the IHSAA’s first state football tournament with all schools included in the tournament.
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