BOURBON - The Triton Athletic Department is proud to announce the next class to be inducted into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of 2024 will be the twelfth class inducted.
Since the school's inception during the 1963-1964 school year, many athletes have worn the blue and gold. While all athletes have played a role in Triton’s success, the Hall of Fame will recognize those Trojans who set themselves apart on the playing field and the courts of Triton High School and beyond. These athletes have distinguished themselves in high school, college, and some, at the professional level. To honor these high school sports legends, the Triton Athletic Department will induct new members into the ranks of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame every other year.
The class of 2024 will include 2 teams. Triton Athletic Director Rodney Younis said, ”The selection committee did an outstanding job selecting the Class of 2024. The selection process is always difficult, but the committee came to an agreement that it was time to honor these 2 special teams at the same time since the majority of the players played on both State Championship teams.”
The 1999-2000 Girls Basketball team had a regular season record of 13 wins and 7 losses, finishing the season with an overall record of 20-7. They cruised through the 1st 2 rounds of sectional beating Argos and Culver. The Blue Swish won the sectional title by defeating Oregon-Davis 64-46. The girls continued their dominance as they defeated Kouts for the Regional Title 71-42. The Semi-State featured Triton defeating Clinton Prairie in the semifinals 59-53. During the Semi-State championship, the Blue Swish defeated Lapel 64-38. The State Championship game went into overtime when Sophomore Amber Feldman hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to claim the girls 1st ever State Title defeating Rising Sun 57-54. Members of the 1999-2000 Girls State Championship team included: Head Coach Mark Heeter, Asst Coach Gayle Perry, Players: Missy Nifong, Tommi Kreiter, Janell Salisbury, Betsy Salyer, Rachel Speicher, Jennifer Bates, Crystal Feldman, Ashli Senff, Brandie Ganshorn, Shelly Miller, Tracey Bell, and Amber Feldman, Managers: Kristi Sechrist, Sarah Schafer, Jennie Adams, Cherish Gabhart, and Amber Ellinger.
The 2000-2001 Girls Basketball team had a regular season record of 17 wins and 3 losses, finishing the season with an overall record of 23-3. The Blue Swish defeated Culver and Oregon-Davis to win the sectional championship. The girls once again faced Kouts for the Regional Title winning 71-47. They faced Clinton Prairie for the semifinal of the Sem-State round beating them 75-60. During the Semi-State Championship, the girls defeated Adams Central 59-45 to advance them for the opportunity to defend their State Championship crown. The Blue Swish played White River Valley beating them 55-38 to claim back-to-back State Titles. Members of the 2000-2001 Girls State Championship team included: Head Coach Mark Heeter, Asst Coach Gayle Perry, Players: Tommi Kreiter, Janell Salisbury, Betsy Salyer, Rachel Speicher, Jennifer Bates, Crystal Feldman, Ashli Senff, Brandie Ganshorn, Shelly Miller, Tracey Bell, Amber Feldman, and Gina Westafer, Managers: Jennie Adams, Cherish Gabhart, Amber Ellinger, and Amy Sponseller.
The Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with recognition of these inductees at halftime of the Triton Vs Knox boys varsity basketball game on Friday, Feb. 23rd. The tip-off for the JV game that evening is scheduled for 6:30 pm EST.
The festivities will be continued during the Induction Banquet on Feb 24th. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm at the Back Forty Banquet Center in Bourbon. Selection Committee member Dan Stichter will serve as the emcee for the evening. Tickets for the Banquet can be purchased in the Triton High School Office beginning Jan 29th. Tickets will be $30 per person and will include a meal. The last day for ticket sales will be Feb. 16, 2024.
The Triton Athletic Department would like to give a special thanks to the Selection Committee made up of Justina Faulkner, Brian Feldman, Jayne Ganshorn, Dan Stichter, and Joe White.