The Newton Athletic Department along with the Newton Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and Newton Local Schools are honored to recognize the Newton Athletics’ Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The 3rd Annual Class of the Newton Athletics’ Hall of Fame consists of Charles Price, Kirk Kadel, Ray “Butch” Shook, and the 1968-69 Boys’ Basketball team. They will be inducted on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4:30pm during a banquet and ceremony that will take place at Newton High School. After the induction ceremony they will be presented to the community at the conclusion of the HS Boys’ Basketball Junior Varsity game that same evening. The Junior Varsity game starts at 6:30pm and following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Inductees will be the Varsity game!
Charles Price – HS Boys’ Basketball Coach from 1954-1959, overall record of 55-43
Kirk Kadel – HS Softball Coach from 1998-2015, over 400 career wins, Head Coach of the 2010 DIV Softball State Champions, Assistant Coach of the 1995 DIII Softball State Runner-Up and the 1994 DIII Softball State Final Four
Ray “Butch” Shook – Class of 1968, was an outstanding two sport athlete. He excelled in basketball and baseball. He was an all-around basketball player who still holds the school record for most assists in a game with 17. He was one of the best pitchers in the area during his career at Newton. He played basketball at Grace College for 4 years and was team captain his junior and senior years.
1968-69 Boys’ Basketball Team – overall record 20-3, 5th best winning percentage in school history
Head Coach – Louis Haubner
Assistant Coach – Gary Grove
Players – Dave Thompson, Joe Deeter, Doug Netzley, Tom Tilton, Sam Roetter, Doug Christian, Ned Diers, Jack Coate, Jim Weaver, Dave Bradley, Gary Sleppy