BOURBON – The Triton High School Athletic Department is proud to announce the next class to be inducted into the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 will be the ninth class inducted which will include Troy McIntyre, Terrin Meister Robbins, Larry Wattenbarger and Larry Lemler.
Since the schools inception during the 1963-64 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 fields and the courts of Triton High School and beyond. These athletes won acclaim for running the fastest, jumping the highest, winning championships, and otherwise distinguishing themselves in high school, college and at professional levels. To honor these high school sports legends, the Triton Athletic Department will annually induct new members into the ranks of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame.
The first athlete to be inducted is 2008 graduate Troy McIntyre, who was a thirteen-time varsity letter winner earning three letters in football, four letters in basketball, three letters in baseball and three letters in track. He earned MVP honors in football in 2007, basketball in 2006 and 2008 and track in 2007. McIntyre was also the Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2008.
McIntyre’s success on the field was paramount, as he was a member of the school’s first football sectional championship in 2007, the boys basketball state championship team in 2008, and the baseball sectional championship the following spring. In a rare feat, McIntyre also advanced to the IHSAA State Finals in track and field in 2008, finishing eighth place in the high jump as the baseball tournament was still unfolding. His 2008 season earned him the South Bend Tribune Male Athlete of the Year award.
The second athlete to be inducted is 2004 graduate Meister Robbins, who was a ten-time letter winner, earning three letters in volleyball, three letters in basketball, and four letters in track. She was the MVP in volleyball in 2002 and 2003 and also in track in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Meister was named the Female Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Meister was named to the 2002 Class 2-A All-State volleyball team, as well as the 2003 Class-A All-State volleyball team. She went on to play volleyball for two years at Bethel College.
Former tennis and basketball coach Wattenbarger will be the eighth coach inducted into the Hall. He began teaching social studies at Triton High School during the 1972-73 school year and taught until he retired at the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year. During that time, coach Wattenbarger served for eight seasons as the head girls basketball coach from 1976-84. As coach, Wattenbarger collected an overall record of 56-63, with a season best 15-3 during the 1983-84 season while coaching Indiana All-Star Lorea Feldman.
Wattenbarger was instrumental in starting the tennis programs at Triton High School and served as the first tennis coach for both boys and girls, coaching boys tennis for eight seasons from 1975-84. Along with his varsity coaching duties, Wattenbarger also coached junior high and freshmen basketball.
Lemler will be inducted as the 2019 Hall of Fame Contributor. Lemler, through his locally owned business, Lemler Oil, served the school through advertising and other means such as sponsoring annual events and activities of the Triton School Corporation. Lemler also served as a member of the Triton School Corporation School Board from July 1, 1990 to December 31, 2006. He also was a long-time member of the Triton football chain gang.
The Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with recognition of these inductees at halftime of the Triton v. Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball game on Feb. 15. The tip-off for the JV game is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The festivities will be continued during the Induction Banquet on Feb. 16. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Back Forty Banquet Center in Bourbon. Triton’s athletic director Mason McIntyre will serve as the Banquet’s emcee for the evening.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased in the Triton High School athletic office beginning Jan. 28. Tickets are $25 per person and will include a meal. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 8.