BOURBON – The vision of the latest class of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame is 2020. The athletic department announced its next class for the Hall, which includes Nate Gephart, David Stackhouse, Steve McBride and Hensley Fabricating.
Gephart participated in cross country, basketball, and track. He was a four-time regional and semi-state qualifier and a two-time state qualifier in cross country, winning the 2001 Logansport Sectional. Gephart finished 12th place at the cross
country state finals his junior year, running a time of 15:54 and improved to ninth place at the as a senior with a time of 15:58.
In track, Gephart was a two-time regional and state qualifier in both the one mile and two mile runs, winning the 2001 sectional title in the 3,200-meter run in the process. Gephart would go on to place in four events his junior and senior seasons at the IHSAA State Track and Field Finals, his highest placing coming in 14th in the 3,200-meter run as a junior, clocking 9:34, which still stands as the school record. Gephart, a 2002 graduate, also won four team MVP’s and was Athlete of the Year in 2002.
Stackhouse, from the class of 1986, saw time in four different sports. Stackhouse participated in freshmen basketball, football his sophomore year, cross counrty his junior year, and track all four years. A two-time sectional champion in the 400m dash, he qualified for the IHSAA State Track and Field Finals in the 400-meter dash during the 1987 season where he finished 11th place. He also helped Triton to a pair of regional appearances in 1986 and 1987. A two-time team MVP, Stackhouse held the Triton 400-meter dash record with a time of 50.50 until broken by current Triton Athletic Hall of Fame member Matt Anders.
Steve McBride will be the tenth Triton coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A 1967 graduate of Goshen High School, McBride later arrived in Bourbon and began embarking on a coaching career. Among his hats (or visors) worn included stints in elementary basketball, youth league baseball, age group softball, junior high and varsity football, varsity baseball and varsity softball. He and his wife, Mary, also ran the Bourbon Little League for 43 years.
Most notable among his coaching tours came with the Triton softball program, where he took a virtual afterthought program and turned it into a state power. McBride won his first sectional in softball in 2008, then won four straight from 2013-16, guiding the 2014 team to the semi-state. He was later named District 1 Coach of the Year for the 2014 season.
Hensley Fabricating is the fourth inductee, noted for its continued contributions to Triton athletics. Founded by Paul Hensley and his wife Joyce in 1962, the company helped with a batting cage, new gates at Ken Keller Field, the Triton Trojan arch
at the Ernie Watkins Pavilion, the Triton tennis arch at the tennis courts, the stairway at the new baseball press box, and a new sound system at the baseball field. Hensley Fabricating has also generously sponsored Triton through advertising on local radio and TV.
The Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with recognition of these inductees at halftime of the Triton v. Knox varsity boys
basketball game on Feb. 28. The festivities will continue at Induction Banquet on Feb. 29. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Back Forty Banquet Center in Bourbon. Triton 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 Feb. 10 and will be sold at boys basketball games. Tickets will be $25 per person and will include a meal.
“The selection committee did an outstanding job selecting the Class of 2020,” stated McIntyre. “The selection process was difficult, but the committee was able to narrow it down to the group that they felt most deserved to be inducted into our tenth class of the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame.”