The Sycamore Level
Anyone have any leads to where former Sycamore hoopsters are? Any playing in Europe? Any in the Haute?
Dr. Tom Pitts, ISU; B.A. 1961, M.A. 1962 passed away in March 2015. Pitts was an Indiana All-Star (Vincennes Lincoln), voted All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal, a member of the 1980 Indiana Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team and an Indiana Hall of Fame inductee (1995). He played one season at the Univ of Colorado before transferring to State and leading the Fightin' Trees to the 1962 NAIA Tourney (we were bounced in the round of 32 by Winston-Salem State).Jim Carr, Duane Klueh, Ray Goddard, Arley Andrews, Jim Waugh, Tom Pitts, Bob Heaton, Brad Miley, Jimmy Smith, Steve Reed, Howard Johnson (his daughter is an outstanding player for TH South), Larry Sample, Ted Kraly, Robbie Vickers, Matt Renn, Michael Menser and Nate Green (in the off-season). Jim Harkness recently moved to Florida. Jimmy Cruse was here, too, but I have not seen him for awhile. Kenny Rowan was still in Brazil, last I knew. R.T. Green is a lawyer in Fort Wayne.
Carl Nicks is in Indianapolis, working as a scout for Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers. Many others are in Indy, including Basil Sfreddo, Warren Ross, Howard Dardeen, George Pillow, John Sherman Williams and J.R. Shelt (Fishers). Dr. Mike Copper is superitnedent of schools in Lawrence Township in Marion County. Dr. Jim Crone is a professor at Hanover College. John Robbins was in Muncie, last I knew. Rick Peckinpaugh was the head coach at McCutcheon and had a son whio played at Eastern Illinois. However, there was another high school star named Peckinpaugh who just graduated from another school and that might be his son also. Butch Wade, Jerry Newsom and Steve Hollenbeck are in Columbus, I think, but Jerry spends a lot of time in Florida. That's where Lou "Bitsey" Giovannini now lives.
Danny Bush and Travis Inman are in Bedford. Dr. Steve Phillips was the principal at nearby Mitchell High School not long ago and may still be there. Jerry Kunkel is in Sullivan, now long retired. Former Benton Central AD and NBA star Dick Atha is in Oxford, Ind. and Don Andrews is in nearby West Lebanon, Ind. Bob Barker is in Greensburg, I believe. Lenny Rzsezewski and Dan Dimich are in South Bend. Curt Crittenden is in California. Sam Richardson is in New York City.
Jayson Wells has been a bona fide star in European basketball circles for several years. I see where he currently is in the Netherlands. Trent Wurtz is playing in Denmark. Lamar Grimes played for Grand Rapids of the International Basketball League last season. And it looks like David Moss might be back in Italy. He seemed to disappear midway in the 2007-08 season.
More later. Have not had time to check spellings carefully