Ripley Co. Basketball HOF 2013 Class Named

Posted On December 17, 2012

Last Updated: December 17, 2012 8:27:20 am


(Versailles, Ind.) – Eight players who assembled great playing careers at Ripley County high schools have been selected to the 2013 induction class of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame.


The inductees include Milan High School’s Rollin Cutter (1956 graduate) and Patrick Murphy (1986), Batesville’s John Galle (1981) and Bill Giltz (1951), Holton’s Durwin Hallgarth (1964), South Ripley’s Phil King (1982) and Kevin Mack (1974), and Jac-Cen-Del’s Charlie Wahlbring (1977).


They will be honored prior to the boys championship game of the Ripley County Tournament at South Ripley High School on Saturday, January 5. The formal induction will be held at the Bullpen Merchants in Osgood in April.


Below are biographies of each inductee, provided by Randy Young with the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame:


ROLLIN CUTTER – 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.


He was a starter at Milan his junior and senior years. In those final two years, the Indians chalked up season records of 19 and 6 and 23 and 3, respectively. The team repeated their championships in the Ripley County Tournament and in the Sectionals both years.


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.


Rollin spent 38 years as a coach, athletic director, guidance director and principal before retiring in 1998.


In 1993, he was honored with the Sycamore of the Wabash and in 2004, Rollin, as a member of the Milan ’54 team, was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also selected as a member of the 1981 Silver Anniversary Team.


Rollin resides in Noblesville with his wife, Maridee. They have two children, Marcia and Robert and two grandchildren, Christopher and Robert.



JOHN GALLE – Batesville High School 1981


John Galle graduated from Batesville High School in 1981. He attended Marian College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and was awarded an MBA in finance from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri.


As a member of the Batesville Bulldogs’ basketball team his junior year, John earned All Ripley County Tournament Team honors and was selected to be a member of the All Sectional team. He was a recipient of the Carl Shane Memorial Award.


In the 1980-81 basketball season, he led the Bulldogs in scoring and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He repeated his junior year honors by being named to the All County and All Sectional teams. He also played onto the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference All Conference team.


For the second year in a row, John was named the winner of the Carl Shane Memorial Award.


John 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.  When his father died, Bill was forced to drop out of school to help support his family. He returned to Batesville two years later and played for two more years.


The Bulldogs played in the semi-state in 1951, but Bill was ruled ineligible since he worked for those two years.  The Bulldogs lost to Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, in part, because of Bill’s absence.   When he graduated, Bill 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 ten year stay.


In 1969, Bill 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.


During his coaching days, he stressed the fundamentals of basketball. His players would be made to dribble around chairs or practice with blinders on to improve their ball handling skills. They would practice with gloves on to sharpen their shooting touch and used a partially deflated ball to emphasize passing instead of dribbling.


A scholarship program was set up in Bill’s 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.


Sadly, Bill passed away in 1981 at the age of 50.  A long time employee at Hill-Rom, Bill is greatly missed by his family, friends and members of the community.



DURWIN HALLGARTH – 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 stellar career at the school, Holton won two sectional championships. The first one came in 1962 with a tournament win over Batesville by the score of 69 to 63.    The second sectional title came during his senior year in 1964 again defeating Batesville. The score of that game was 78 to 60.  Both games were played at Milan High School.


Over the years Durwin’s scoring prowess improved. He began by scoring 28 points his freshman year. That total improved to 229 points his sophomore year.  His scoring dropped slightly when he was a junior. He chipped in a total of 223 points. It was during his senior year that he really blossomed.  His scoring output climbed to 534 points, which gave him a career total of 1014 points. His career total is one of the highest in Holton history.


In his senior year, Durwin was named to the All County, All Sectional and All Regional teams as a guard to complete his high school career.  After high school, Durwin played basketball at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is the fifth Holton Warhorse to be inducted into the Hall of  Fame


Durwin lives in Hanover with his wife, Mary.



PHILLIP KING – 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, East Central Sectional champs and Connersville Regional champs before losing to Shenandoah in the Semi-state. That team posted a record of 21 and 5.


In 1982, South Ripley won the ORVC championship and repeated the East Central Sectional Championship, posting a season record of 12 and 11.


In 1981, Phil 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 for Phil. He was named to the All ORVC team, the Ripley County All Tournament team, The All Sectional team and the All Regional team. That year he led the Raiders in Field Goal percentage, Free Throw percentage and Assists.


After graduating from South Ripley, Phil attended Ivy Tech in Madison, receiving a degree in computer programming.


He currently resides near Holton with wife Kelly. They have three children, Cody, Kasey and Kayla. He is employed as Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Ohio Rod Products in Versailles.



KEVIN MACK – South Ripley High School 1974


Kevin Mack graduated from South Ripley in 1974. During his high school career, he participated in baseball for one year, cross country for two years and track for three years, winning the county two mile race in 1973.


Earning letters three years in basketball, Kevin was an outstanding point guard. 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, Kevin led the Raiders in free throw percentage and assists while averaging 17.4 points a game. He again won 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.


Following his senior year, Kevin was picked as the Star of Stars in the 40&8 All Star game. He was one of five players in the state to win a scholarship from the IHSAA and used it to attend Earlham College in Richmond,


While at Earlham, he started every basketball game from halfway through his freshman year until he graduated. He was named team captain his junior and senior years and won the leadership and hustler awards for three years. He still holds several records at Earlham.


Kevin 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 in1988. Kevin also served as assistant coach for the South Ripley Lady Raiders basketball and volleyball teams, winning county and conference championships.


Kevin currently resides in Holton.



PATRICK MURPHY – 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.


Pat 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, Pat was selected to the 40&8All Star team and was the recipient of the 1986 Tiny Hunt Award. To cap off his career, 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.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Hanover. He achieved his teaching certificate at Northern Kentucky University and earned a Masters Degree from Ball State in Educational Administration .


After serving as teacher and softball coach at South Dearborn, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012, he entered administrative work. He is currently the principal at Milan Middle School.


Pat resides in Aurora with his wife, Julie. They have two children, Rachel and Delaney.



CHARLIE WAHLBRING – 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.


His scoring output increased to 415 points for an average of 19.8 his senior year. Charlie posted a high game of 41 points and had 22 rebounds in a game and the Eagles had a record of 17 and 4.


Over the course of his high school career, Charlie 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.


He made the All County Tournament team in 1976 and the All Sectional team that same year. For team honors, Charley took home the Leading Rebound award, the Free Throw award and the Most Valuable Player award and he was named to the All ORVC team.


In 1977, the Eagles were Sectional champs. Whalbring was named to the All Sectional team. Charlie 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 capped off his high school career by being named to the 40&8 All Star team.


Charlie lives in Batesville with his wife, Melissa. They have three children, Branden, Michelle and Cory. He is employed as CEO at Tri-State Transportation.