The Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame committee announced it most recent class of inductees at the annual Ripley County basketball tournament.
The new members will include:
Milan High School 1956
Rollin Cutter attended Milan High School from 1952 through 1956. During that time he played on the freshman and reserve teams before moving up to the varsity in his sophomore year. He was a frequent substitute player during the state championship year of 1953-54. As a sophomore, Rollin subbed for player Bob Engel in the two state final games, logging in more than 20 minutes in the championship game against Muncie Central.
In his final two years at Milan, Rollin was named to the All Ripley County Tournament teams, the All Sectional teams and to the All Regional teams. After graduating from Milan, he attended Butler University where he played basketball for the legendary Tony Hinkle. He received a Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1966.
Cutter spent 38 years as a coach, athletic director, guidance director and principal before retiring in 1998.
Batesville High School 1981
John Galle graduated from Batesville High School in 1981.
In the 1980-81 basketball season, he led the Bulldogs in scoring and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. As a senior, he repeated his junior year honors by being named to the All County, All Sectional teams, All Conference team and was named the winner of the Carl Shane Memorial Award.
Galle currently lives in Batesville and has three children, Kyle, Jacob and Jessi. He is the Analysis and Planning manager at International Brands Company.
William (Bill) Giltz
Batesville High School 1951
Bill Giltz played basketball for Batesville in the late 1940s. After graduation, Giltz stayed in the Batesville area and began his coaching career at St. Louis Elementary School. After serving time in the Army, he returned to his hometown and his coaching career continued at Enochsburg. He then began coaching at Oldenburg, where he had a successful 10 year stay.
In 1969, he began coaching at St. Louis Elementary where he remained until his death. While at St. Louis, his teams won Deanery championships and qualified for the state championship several times.
A scholarship program was set up in his name to be presented to a promising eighth grade ball player. Later a golf tournament was established in Bill’s name to fund this scholarship.
Holton High School 1964
Durwin Hallgarth, a 1964 graduate of Holton, began his playing career when he became a starter for the Warhorses halfway into his freshman year. During his career, Holton won two sectional championships.
Over the years Hallgarth’s scoring improved. He scored 534 points his senior season, which gave him a career total of 1,014 points.
As a senior, Hallgarth was named to the All County, All Sectional and All Regional. After high school, he played basketball at Bethel College. He is the fifth Holton Warhorse to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He lives in Hanover with his wife Mary.
South Ripley High School 1982
Phil King graduated from South Ripley High School in 1982. He was a member of the varsity basketball team for three years, starting his final two seasons. In 1981 the Raiders were the Ohio River Valley Conference champions, Ripley County Tourney champs, sectional and regional champions.
In 1981, King was named to the ORVC All Conference team, the Ripley County All Tournament team, the All Regional Team and the All Semi-State team. He was first on the Raiders’ team in Field Goal percentage and second on the team in free throw percentage.
In 1982, the post season honors continued. He was named to the All ORVC team, the Ripley County All Tournament team, The All Sectional team and the All Regional team.
He currently resides near Holton with wife Kelly. He is employed as Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Ohio Rod Products in Versailles.
South Ripley High School 1974
Kevin Mack graduated from South Ripley in 1974. During his high school career, he earned letters three years in basketball. In his junior year, he averaged 13 points a game and led the team in free throw percentage and assists. He earned All County, All Conference and All Sectional honors. After the season Kevin received the Free Throw, Hustler, Leadership and Assist awards.
In his senior year, Mack averaged 17.4 points a game. He again received All County, All Conference and All Sectional honors and was selected to be in the Prep All American Basketball Yearbook. Among his post season team awards were free throws, Scholarship, Leadership, Hustler and Most Valuable Player and still holds South Ripley’s record with 18 assists in one game.
Mack attended Earlham College and started every basketball game from halfway through his freshman year until he graduated. He was named team captain his junior and senior years. He won the leadership and hustler awards for three years.
Mack returned to South Ripley where he was assistant basketball coach for six years, during which time the Raiders won back-to-back county and sectional tournament titles. He was the ORVC JV Coach of the Year in 1988. He also served as assistant coach for the South Ripley Lady Raiders basketball and volleyball teams, winning county and conference championships.
He currently resides in Holton.
Milan High School 1986
Pat Murphy was a 1986 graduate of Milan High School. During his four year career he was a multi-sport letter winner, earning several honors. In basketball, Pat earned four varsity letters, averaging more than 20 points a game in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He finished his career as the second leading scorer in Milan history with 1,339 points.
He was named to the Ohio River Valley Conference all conference team his junior and senior years and was a starter on the 1985 sectional championship team.
Murphy was named to the All County team in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He was also named to the All Sectional team those same three years. In 1985, as a junior, he garnered All Regional honors. Following his senior year, he was selected as a Hoosier Basketball Coaches District 3 All Star.
After graduating from Milan, Pat attended Hanover College where he was a standout on the baseball team. In 1989, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, playing single A ball with the Eugene Emeralds in Oregon.
Murphy is currently the principal at Milan Middle School.
He resides in Aurora with his wife Julie. They have two children, Rachel and Delaney.
Jac-Cen-Del High School 1977
Charlie Whalbring graduated from Jac-Cen Del in 1977 after playing varsity basketball for Hall of Fame coach Dave Porter. During those three years he earned many honors and was often recognized for his basketball skills.
During his sophomore season he played in 18 games, scoring 124 points for an average of 6.9 points a game. A year later, with the team posting a record of 11 and 9, Charlie scored 324 points for an average of 16.9 a game. His high score was 29 points and he had a single game high 18 rebounds.
Wahlbring averaged 19.8 points his senior year and posted single game highs of 41 points and 22 rebounds Eagles had a record of 17 and 4.
Over the course of his high school career, he had 610 rebounds and finished 17th in Jac-Cen-Del scoring history with 863 points. He averaged a double-double throughout high school with 14.6 points a game and 10.3 rebounds per contest.
Whalbring was named to the All Sectional team in 1977. Charley was also selected to the All County team and earned team honors by winning the Free Throw award, the Leading Rebound award and Most Valuable Player award.
He lives in Batesville with his wife, Melissa. They have three children, Branden, Michelle and Cory. He is employed as CEO at Tri-State Transportation.