Hall of Fame

May 9, 2013
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Recently at the Ripley County Hall of Fame Banquet I was able to relive many memories from the days when I was coaching basketball at Batesville. John Galle was inducted into the Hall, and I sat a the table with John’s family which included Bill Wanstrath. John is an accountant and works in Indianapolis. John barely made the basketball team as a freshmen and sophomore, but he was all-conference his junior and senior years. We saw something in John and we felt it was worth keeping him on the squad until his skills became evident. He more than paid us back for our patience. It was a good thing that in those days you did not have to choose your team in June so they could play all those summer tourneys. John would have been cut and who knows what might have happened. Bill, of course, was born with a serious birth defect that left him with only one useable arm. In Bill’s case, no one told him he was handicapped. He always played like a player with both arms working. Some kids would have stayed at home and felt sorry for themselves, but Bill went about doing the same things all young boys did. Obviously he knew of his limitations, but he worked so hard that they were overlooked quickly. It was always fun to get on an official when Bill would get a rebound and the referee would call Bill for pushing off. We would always ask how you could get the rebound in your one hand and somehow push off with that hand at the same time. I am still waiting for an answer. What really stands out is the success these two individuals were then and still are today! It was a great privilege for me to get to coach both of these great athletes!

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