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Congratulations to our 2017

Hall of Fame Inductees!

Jim Geinger (1978-1981)

Nothing proves athletic prowess like success across multiple disciplines, and the success that Jim Geinger had in multiple sports reveals he was a singularly unique talent in the history of East Noble High School.

He graduated in 1981, leaving behind a record of excellence that has seldom been seen in East Noble’s proud tradition of excellence.

Jim played four sports while at East Noble: football, basketball, track, and cross country. He ran cross country his freshman year, switching to football as a sophomore. On the gridiron, he earned two varsity letters as a wide receiver and defensive back. As a senior, he garnered All-Conference honors as a wide receiver.

He played on the Knight’s basketball team for all four years, earning two letters. He was a starter for the 1979-80 Knights, which were Conference Champions. As a senior, he was the team’s leading scorer and Most Valuable Player. That year, he also earned second team All-Conference recognition.

As accomplished as Jim was in the previously mentioned sports, it was in track and field where he shone the brightest. In his four years, he earned four varsity letters, and was named team captain for his junior and senior years. His accomplishments were such that many have yet to be equaled, over 35 years after his performances. He still holds the school’s long jump record, at 22’6”. He also is the school record holder in the 300 meter low hurdles.

As a junior in 1980, he suffered a foot injury mid-season. In spite of not being anywhere close to healthy, he still won the conference long jump title and qualified to the Regional meet.

His senior season is remembered as one of the most memorable in school history, in any sport. That year Jim won conference championships in three events: The long jump, 100 meter hurdles, and 300 meter hurdles. In the Sectional meet, he won the 300 meter hurdles, and finished second in the long jump. He qualified for the State meet in both those events, finishing 6th in the long jump.

For his sterling accomplishments, he was named Most Valuable Performer, and for his accomplishments in the entire athletic arena, he was awarded with the Pop Guyman Award for 1981. He was also selected to the Midwest Meet of Champions, representing the state of Indiana in the long jump and 300 hurdles.

Jim works for Dexter Axle and resides in Avilla; he has a daughter, Mallory Geinger.

Jim’s accomplishments in the athletic arena at East Noble are legendary; his accomplishments have stood the test of time, as all true excellence does. East Noble is honored to welcome Jim Gienger into its hall of fame.


EAST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL WELCOMES:

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Richard Bentz (1973-2016)

East Noble prides itself on developing all aspects of the students who pass through its doors, and is dedicated to providing, the best in both the academic and athletic arenas. Richard Bentz, as both a coach and a teacher, has demonstrated years of excellence in both areas, and that excellence is recognized tonight with his induction into the East Noble Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Wabash College, Coach Bentz began his teaching career in the math department at East Noble High School in the fall of 1972. He joined the Knights coaching ranks the next year, assisting head coach Fred Inniger with the Knights’ baseball program. While an assistant coach, the baseball team won multiple Sectional and Regional Championships, and was ranked #1 in the state for several weeks in 1982.

After coaching in the baseball program for 13 seasons, he followed coach Inniger to the softball diamond, assisting the Knight’s Softball program for seven seasons. In addition to softball, Coach Bentz also was involved in the Men’s Basketball program, beginning as head freshmen coach, moving through the JV ranks, and finishing as a Varsity assistant coach.

Coach Bentz took his coaching talents to his fourth East Noble program in 1984, when he took over as head coach in Women’s Golf. It was a position he would hold for 32 years. Under his direction, the team won twelve Sectional Championships, two Regional titles, and eight Conference crowns. His teams advanced to the state finals thirteen times, qualifying as both an entire team and individuals. During his coaching tenure, multiple Knights went on to play college golf.

In addition to serving as Women’s head golf coach, Coach Bentz also coached in the Men’s program. After serving as an assistant for one season, he was the head coach for ten seasons. Combining both the men’s and women’s programs, Coach Bentz presided over 418 victories, with a winning percentage of over 75%. Recognitions received included being named District Coach of the Year multiple times, numerous KPC All-Area Coach of the Year honors, and being selected as Conference Coach of the Year eight times.

After retiring from the math classroom in 2012, Mr. Bentz continued to coach in the Knights Athletic Program. All told, he coached at East Noble for an incredible 43 years, and for 70 total athletic seasons. During that tenure, he also was a fixture at all athletic events, announcing at gymnastics events, keeping the scorebook for basketball, and working numerous track and cross country events.

In addition to his achievements in the classroom and in the athletic arena, Mr. Bentz served as a sponsor to the East Noble Student Council from 1978 until his retirement in 2012. Heading an organization that was widely recognized as one of the premier in the state, he was named Indiana State Student Council Advisor of the Year twice, and the Region 5 Student Council Advisor of the Year once. He was also a finalist for the National Advisor of the Year. He continues to work with the council in a voluntary capacity.

Coach Bentz resides in Kendallville with his wife Jane. They have two children, Lindsay and Joshua Bentz.

In a career marked by both longevity and excellence, Coach Richard Bentz has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of East Noble High School. We are honored to welcome him into the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Angela Krock (1979-1982)

Graduating in 1982, Angela Krock painted a picture of athletic excellence that transcended her being one of the greatest of East Noble’s women athletes; she is one of the greatest East Noble athletes, period.

Angela excelled in both basketball and track. She played basketball for three years, but it was on the track where she performed her way into joining the East Noble athletic greats.

Track provides one with the unique opportunity to measure performance objectively. And looking at the times that Angela put forth gives an idea of just how outstanding her performances were then, and still are.

In 1979 she won the rare double conference championship in the 800 and 1600 meters; she won the 800 in 2:27.2, and the 1600 in 5:27.5. In the Sectional meet, she won both events, and in both events she set Sectional records. She finished second in the Regional meet in the 1600, finishing with the incredible time of 5:17.2. She finished 6th in the State meet, earning All-State honors.

In 1980 Angela continued her dominance on the track. She once again won conference titles in both the 800 and 1600. She won the 1600 Sectional Championship, breaking her own one-year-old Sectional record with a run of 5:28.9. A third place finish in the 1600 at Regional earned her a ticket to the State meet, where she finished third in the State with a time of 5:01.2, which was the East Noble school record. The record stood for 25 years, until broken by Olympian Amy Yoder.

Angela was only the sixth individual athlete in East Noble history to be awarded All-State honors, and the first female athlete at East Noble to be so recognized.

Angela has the unique honor of being the mother of another outstanding East Noble athlete; her son Anthony earned All-State honors for the Knights in Cross Country and in track, running his mother’s favorite event, the 1600, where he holds the school record.

After high school, Angela spent six years in the United States Air Force, and has worked for Dow Corning Corporation for 27 years. She resides in Avilla; along with the previously mentioned son, Anthony, Angela also has a daughter, Allyson Painter.

Angela Krock’s accomplishments and excellence speak for themselves; it is an honor to welcome her into the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Don Manger (1974-2004)

The athletic department at East Noble High School has a rich history of hard work, sacrifice, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. That tradition was built in large part by the coaches who led the programs, one of whom is Mr. Don Manger.

Coach Manger grew up in Michigan, graduating from Eaton Rapids High School in 1968. A strong foundation in athletics was laid as a participant, as Don earned 9 varsity letters, participating in football, wrestling, and tennis. Among his highlights as an athlete was being a starting member of his school’s first undefeated conference wrestling team.

Coach Manger continued his education at Michigan State University, and while in college he got his first taste of coaching, spending two years at his high school alma mater as an assistant wrestling and tennis coach.

His first head coaching experience was at Eaton Rapids Intermediate School, where he led the wrestling team to a winning season, helped by future All-American Dorr Granger.

After that experience, Don began his 36 year tenure at East Noble High School. He assisted Oren Skinner with the wrestling program for one year, after which he became the Knights head wrestling coach. The next ten years were very successful ones for the East Noble Wrestling program, with the team posting a 67-26-2 dual meet record. In addition, the Knights added team championships at the East Noble Invitational in 1978, and the Manchester Invitational in 1982. Under Manger’s guidance, the Knights also won three consecutive Sectional Championships in 1980, ’81, and ’82. For his efforts, Don was named The News Sun All-Area Coach of the Year twice, in 1977-78 and 1979-80.

The Knights also reached several “firsts” during Coach Manger’s tenure as head coach; the 1980 Sectional Championship was the school’s first in Wrestling. That same 1980 team won nine straight matches. Jim Reicke was East Noble’s first Regional Champion in Wrestling in 1979, and Ken Schlotter was the school’s first State Qualifier in 1982.

In addition to his duties in the Wrestling program, Coach Manger also served as Men’s head tennis coach for 8 years, and directed the Women’s tennis program for two years. As Men’s coach, his teams compiled a 103-27 record, winning five Sectional Championships and six East Noble Invitational titles. Twice he was named NEIAC Coach of the Year, in 1987 and 1989.

Manger’s influence in the East Noble Athletic Program didn’t end when he retired as a head coach in 1990; he came back to serve several years as an assistant tennis coach. And his contributions outside of actually coaching have been no less meaningful: He spearheaded an extensive facility improvement drive for the wrestling program, including keeping an updated “wall of fame” for team champions and state qualifiers. He has also been instrumental in creating a reunion night for alumni wrestlers.

In addition, Don has been the Voice of Knight Wrestling for many years, serving as the PA announcer at dual meets, and has served as an advisor for the East Noble Invitational. Coach Manger can also be heard as PA announcer for soccer matches and other East Noble Athletic Events. He is a fixture at East Noble Athletic contests. Don lives in Kendallville with his wife Julie Manger; they have two children, David Manger and Michelle Manger Constantine.

Coach Manger’s outstanding record of service is matched only by his passion for those whom he coached, and his skill level in giving those athletes the tools to excel in their craft.

Coach Manger, thank you for your relentless pursuit of excellence, and welcome to the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Greg Fisher (1974-1977)

East Noble boasts proud traditions in several sports; and while several have played multiple sports over the years, few, if any, have traversed so many as successfully as Mr. Greg Fisher.

Graduating in 1977, Mr. Fisher left behind a legacy of incredible versatility and outstanding achievement. While a Knight, Greg earned eight letters, participating and excelling in basketball, and baseball.

As distinguished as he was in other sports, it was in baseball where Greg left his most indelible mark. A four-year starter and letter winner, he was named All-Conference three consecutive years; he also was honored as one of a miniscule number of individuals to ever earn four All-Area first team recognitions.

A prodigious hitter, he hit over .350 during his freshmen and sophomore seasons; he exploded his junior and senior years, averaging an astronomical .460 over his final two years in high school. As a senior, he also hit twelve home runs, becoming the first East Noble batsman to have double digit homers in a season. For his efforts, he was named the NEIAC All-Conference MVP his senior season, was named First Team All-State that same year, was East Noble Baseball’s MVP, and was selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star team. By playing in that game, Greg became the first East Noble athlete in school history to participate in an All-Star contest of any kind. Described as “team first” player, he helped the Knights to a Sectional Championship in 1974, and a conference Division and Overall Championship in 1976.

He was recipient of the Pop Guyman Award, signifying the best Men’s athlete at East Noble, in 1977, and was Hannah Holstein’s “Prep of the Week” five times that year.

His successes on the diamond continued post-high school; Greg received a baseball scholarship to Texas Wesleyan College, where he played for two years. In 1978, he transferred to The University of Dallas. He was a leader of the 1978 and 1979 NAIA District 8 Central Zone Championship teams. He was named NAIA District 8 Player of the Week two times in 1981, a season in which he was named University of Dallas MVP after hitting .396 for the year.

Greg currently lives in Auburn, where he runs his own real estate business. He has three children: A son, Aaron, and two daughters, Audrey and Alex Fisher.

Greg noted that he would like to thank his parent and all of his coaches for helping him achieve his successes. We at East Noble would like to thank him for his commitment to excellence, and for the incredible results that resulted from that commitment. We are honored to welcome him into the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Laura Hart Weise (1991-1994)

A standout in the history of East Noble athletics, Laura Hart Weise left a powerful and legendary legacy behind her when she graduated with the class of 1994.

Earning eight varsity letters is an incredible accomplishment when you play three sports; the fact that Laura did it while only playing two gives you some idea as to the level of her skill level and achievements. A standout in two sports, volleyball and softball, she put up performances and numbers that withstand the test of time.

Laura was a four year starter in volleyball. During her time on the Knight’s squad, she was a three time All-Area award winner. She also was recognized as a two time first team All-Conference performer. Her senior season also saw her awarded as volleyball’s Most Valuable Player.

Laura also shone on the softball diamond; where, like in volleyball, she started all four years of her career. She was named to the All-Area first team for every one of her four years, and was an All-Conference honoree for her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She was named Most Valuable Player for the Knight softball program for two seasons. As a junior, she set a school record with a batting average of .526.

She was selected to the Indiana All-State softball team for both her junior and senior seasons, becoming the first East Noble athlete to be named All-State more than once. At the conclusion of her senior year, she was selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star game.

Laura currently lives in Wolcottville, and is an Inventory Control WMS Coordinator, and is married to Scott Weise. Laura expressed gratitude to her parents and family for all of their support over the years, and would like to thank all of her coaches for taking the time and effort to help her achieve all the successes she has had.

East Noble would like to thank Laura for her dedication and excellence; it is an honor to welcome her into East Noble’s Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ric Riemke (1983-1986)

Another outstanding all-around athlete, Ric excelled in no less than four sports as a Knight. Graduating in 1986, he left behind an athletic career filled with outstanding performances and breathtaking achievement.

He was a letter winner in four sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track. The sports of football and baseball is where he was the most accomplished.

As a football player, he was a three year starter and letter winner. He was a second team All-Conference selection in 1983 and 1985; he also garnered first team All-Conference recognition in 1984. In 1983, he also earned first team All-Area honors.

On the baseball diamond, he was known as a tremendous all-around player, and a fantastic teammate. He earned a slew of awards in baseball, but perhaps nothing is as indicative of his excellence in the sport as the success the team had while he was a leader on it. He starred on teams that won three Conference Championships, in 1984, ’85, and ’86. The Knights also earned two Sectional Championships during Ric’s tenure on the team, winning back to back crowns in 1984 and ’85. In addition to those achievements, the 1986 team won 19 consecutive games, a record that still stands over 30 years later.

Individually, Ric was honored as a First Team All-Conference performer twice, in 1985 and ’86; those same years, he was a First Team All-Area honoree. For his outstanding 1986 campaign, he was named All-Area Prep of the Year, and was a First Team All-State selection.

Post high school, Ric earned an associate’s degree from Vincennes University in 1988, and a degree from Purdue University in civil engineering in 1991.

Ric currently works for Lawson-Fisher Associates as a construction engineer in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Ric resides in Edwardsburg; with his wife, Aimee. The two also have a daughter, Alyssa.

Ric’s achievements in the athletic arena make it very fitting that he takes his place among the greats of East Noble. We are honored to welcome him into the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Gary Ort (1987-2012)

Dedication and sacrifice for those whom you serve are the hallmarks of a great educator; very few individuals have ever demonstrated those qualities as well, and for as long, as Coach Gary Ort has at East Noble High School.

Growing up not far from East Noble, Mr. Ort graduated from Garrett High School in 1981. While a Railroader, Coach Ort was an accomplished athlete, winning 10 varsity letters while competing in football, wrestling, and track. His accomplishments at Garrett led to him being inducted in the Garrett High School Hall of Fame in 2016.

He continued his athletic career at Indiana State University, where he was a two year letter winner in wrestling for the Division I Sycamores.

Graduating from Indiana State in 1986 with a degree in Physical Education and Health, he began teaching and coaching at East Noble High School. In addition to teaching in the PE department, he immediately began working in Knight Athletics. He served as an assistant coach in football from 1987-2011, as an assistant wrestling coach from 1988-1998, and in the track program from 1995-2012.

Coach Ort coached several successful seasons in wrestling, and as a football coach was on the staff of the 2000 State Championship and 2003 State Runner-Up teams, but it was as a head Men’s Track and Field coach where his impact was most keenly felt.

Becoming head coach in 1999 after a stint as an assistant track coach, Coach Ort’s teams became synonymous with excellence and achievement, staking a claim as one of the premier programs in any sport in this part of the state.

During his thirteen years at the helm, his charges won twelve Sectional Championships, a feat that is unequalled in East Noble history. This included a run of eight consecutive Sectional Titles, a school record in any sport. Competing in one of the marquee athletic conferences in the state, the Northeast Hoosier Conference, his teams won two conference championships. During his tenure he coached 35 State qualifiers, including two individual State Champions. He also coached four athletes who competed in the prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions.

For his efforts, he was named KPC All-Area Coach of the Year ten times, and was NHC Coach of the Year twice.

Retiring from the coaching ranks in 2012, Coach Ort continues to teach in the East Noble PE department and serves as the school’s Assistant Athletic Director.

He lives in Kendallville with his wife Laura. He has three daughters: Ashley, who currently teaches at Southside Elementary school, Chelsea, and Rachel.

The successes of Coach Ort’s athletic teams are equaled only by his love of his athletes, programs, school, and community. He continues to be a guidepost by which achievement, and dedication, are measured by. It is an honor to welcome him into the East Noble Hall of Fame.


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

John Reed (1961-1975)

Continuing and building upon the outstanding tradition of East Noble Athletics is worthy of admiration and praise; being the creator of the athletic program itself demands appreciation of an entirely different level. Induction into the Hall of Fame is our way of recognizing and appreciating what he accomplished, and what he means to this program.

Mr. Reed was a longtime educator; in his youth, he distinguished himself in college as a basketball and track athlete at Western Michigan University.

He began his teaching and coaching career in Indiana. He was best known at that time for his feats as a basketball coach. Coaching in the heyday of “Hoosier Hysteria,” he was held in very high esteem by both his and opponents fans, developing winning programs at Etna Green, Wolf Lake, and Butler. Coach Reed’s teams were known for their tremendous effort and attention to detail, hallmarks of his leadership style that he would remain known for his entire career.

Coach Reed came to Kendallville High School in 1961, to serve as the school’s athletic director. He served in that role with distinction, and in 1966 the job became both more important and more difficult with the establishment of the East Noble School Corporation. Mr. Reed was selected to be the first athletic director in the new high school, and was tasked with handling the consolidation of Kendallville, Avilla, and Rome City.

Uniting students, parents, and in particular community fans who had been bitter rivals for years into a unified athletic program required a steady hand, rock solid leadership, and a healthy dose of diplomacy, all of which Mr. Reed proved to have in abundance. The turmoil of the early consolidation eased as the new East Noble High School had early success in the athletic arena, soon winning conference championships in Cross Country, Track, Football, and Basketball. The basketball program proved to be an early force in the region, adding several Sectional crowns and becoming a recognized force in Northern Indiana.

Under Mr. Reed, old feelings of hostility and competition were changed to respect and unity. Supporting the Blue and Gold became natural, and the pride that the programs generated proved to be a galvanizing force for the entire East Noble community. When Mr. Reed retired in 1975, he did so knowing that the foundation for excellence was in place.

As a way to honor Mr. Reed’s dedication and service, East Noble christened their annual track and field invitational, one of the area’s premier events, the John Reed Relays. The effort and dedication that athletes from all over the region put into the track meet is a fitting salute to the meet’s namesake. Mr. Reed died in 1993, leaving behind a legacy of service and outstanding leadership.

The East Noble Hall of Fame becomes a great deal more solidified with the addition of the program’s founder; congratulations to the family of Mr. John Reed.