Congratulations to our 2010

Hall of Fame Inductees!

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your sports.

We appreciate the opportunity to honor the legacy you have left for the East Noble Community.

CHAD LACROSS (1993-1997)

In 1997, Chad LaCross was named the first Indiana All-Star selection in boys’ basketball in East Noble history. He remains ranked 10th in points scored in his career at East Noble which is pretty remarkable since he was unable to play as a freshman due to a broken leg and played only part of his sophomore year due to injury. His team won sectional his sophomore, junior, and senior year and he led his team to back to back regional titles when he was a junior and senior. He was named to the 2nd All-Conference team as a junior, and as a senior Chad led his team in scoring and rebounds including an amazing 14 double-doubles for points and rebounds. That year he was named to the 1st team All-Conference and his senior team holds the best team record in East Noble history of 25-2. Chad was named the MVP of the Nancy Rehm All-Star game and was a Top 40 Workout participant. His most memorable moment at East Noble was winning back to back regional titles.

After high school Chad attended Tri-State (Trine) University on a basketball scholarship and still holds 7 Tri-State University basketball records. He is the all-time leading scorer at TSU and the runner-up for the 2001 NAIA  National Player of the Year.   Chad was a 3 time NAIA All-American, a two time WHAC Conference Player of the Year and and a three time All-Conference Team member.  After Chad’s senior season he became the first athlete in TSU history to have his jersey number retired. He is the youngest member to ever be inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame. He earned his Bachelor’s in Sports and Recreation in 2001 and his Master’s in Physical Education from Ball State University

 Chad went on to play one season professionally for the Dodge City Legend in the United States Basketball League and then played one season professionally in Mexico.

Presently, Chad is Associate Head Men’s Basketball coach at St. Francis in his 6th season. He is also the head men’s and women’s golf coach at St. Francis.

Coach Marty Johnson had the following to say about both Nick David and Chad LaCross.  “You would be hard pressed to find anyone that was more dedicated to doing what was needed to be a basket ball player than Nick and Chad were. They woke up in the mornings wanting to be a good player and went to bed at night thinking about being good players. They were both exactly what every coach dreamed on having. As great a players as they were, and as much as I enjoyed being their coach, they are even better husbands and fathers now. I am honored to have coached them and feel even more privileged to call them my friends.”

Chad lives in Ft. Wayne with his wife Erin and his daughter Ava.


DAVE SMITH (1968-1972)

In 1972, a young man graduated from East Noble with an impressive record.  Dave Smith accomplished All-Conference awards in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. The first day he went out for Cross Country practice, the wind sprints up the hill at the Elks did Dave in and made him sick. Coach Anderson was sure he would not come back. But sure enough, the next day, there was a very determined Dave working his tail off to keep up.  And work Dave did. His senior year he broke the 2 mile cross country record and held it until the distances were changed. During Dave’s reign in cross country the team was 35-9. They won the Conference once, were runner-up twice won the Sectional crown in 1969 and were Regional team participants 3 years. As a junior he was the first ENHS cross country runner to break the 10 minute barrier in the 2 mile. Maybe it was a drill Coach Anderson had them do that made all this possible. The kids use to have to push Coach’s car back and forth across the high school parking lot to build leg strength!

As the senior co-captain of the track team, his 2 mile relay foursome smashed the old  EN record by 20 seconds which stood until 1999.  He also ran on the distance medley team which set a record at the East Noble Relays. Dave’s most outstanding effort was when he broke the 2 mile record with a 9:27.1 which he held for an astounding 27 years.  He was also the first EN runner to achieve a sub 2 minute half-mile and broke the mile record at 4:29.9. Dave was a two time conference 2-mile champion setting a conference record during his senior year. In addition he participated in the state 2 mile as a senior.

Said Coach Rich Anderson, his coach for both Cross Country and Track, “Dave is a great example of an athlete who literally pulled himself up from the bottom of the heap to the top of the mountain through the blood, sweat and tears of hard work, dedication and courage to become one of East Noble’s all time best.”

Dave’s career also extended to the basketball court. In his junior high school years, Coach Fred Inniger told him if he wanted to make it in basketball he was going to have to learn to be a better ball handler. True to Dave’s personality, he took this to heart and worked all summer long on his ball handling skills. Number 12 became known for his defensive abilities as a guard. He became a fan favorite.  His coaches reflect that he had a tremendous work ethic and was very coachable. Dave remembers when East Noble won the 1972 Sectional Championship, Mayor John Riemke bounced a basketball from Kendallville to the Ft. Wayne Coliseum in support of the Knights at Regional.  The game was televised and also broadcast by WOWO. Because of the radio broadcast, sight unseen, Dave received calls from colleges as far away as Florida interested in recruiting him to play basketball. He had done an absolutely incredible job of breaking the press against 4th ranked North Side in the Regional to defeat them. His most memorable sports moment remains the tremendous fan following the team had during that season and the Regional game.

Dave attended Vincennes University on a track and cross country scholarship.  He then transferred to IPFW where he played basketball for the Mastodons for 2 years.  He has been the Sales & Marketing Manager for the Electronic Controls Division of United Technologies in Huntington for over 22 years.  He has been married to Paula for over 33 years and enjoyed raising their 2 daughters.  Dave now plays golf and travels in his spare-time.



Wandering the halls between 1964 to 1968 of both Kendallville High School and East Noble High School was a three sport athlete named Dude Holbrook who earned (12) letters during his career. On Guymon Field he played offensive and defensive tackle, fullback, and linebacker and was a co-captain of the team.  As a junior, Dude was an All-conference team lineman. As a senior he made the All Conference team as both a fullback and defensive linebacker. Dude helped lead his team to the 1967 Conference Championship. At the reception this evening, you will be able to see the 1967 NEIAC Conference Champion trophy won by Dude and his teammates.

As a junior, East Noble wrestling was in only its 2nd year but Dude was 4th in the sectional with an individual record of 14-2.  As a senior and only a third year wrestler, Dude won the Conference Heavyweight title, the East Noble Four-Way, and the Elkhart Sectional in the Heavyweight division, his most memorable moment. In his senior career he had 22 wins with only 2 losses to the eventual State Champion and Olympian by the name of Pete Lee. His overall record was an outstanding 30 wins and 4 losses and he was a named 1st team All NEIAC wrestler, the very first in East Noble’s history.

In track, Dude was an outstanding at the shot put.  As a senior he was named All Conference in the shot put setting the record which he held from 1967 to 1977.  That record still ranks as the sixth longest shot put in East Noble history. His junior and senior year teams were undefeated and won Conference both years. Dude Holbrook ended his high school career being awarded Pop Guymon award as the most outstanding athlete of the year.

Dude went on to play varsity football as a defensive tackle at Franklin College.  One of his memorable teammates was Terry Hoeppner who became IU’s head football coach until 2007. In the early 90’s Dude remembers seeing some young boys in Sturgis, Mi practicing football drills in pads and helmets. Knowing that early fundamentals were key to a great football program, Dude was the driving force in obtaining funding and assistance to implement the Youth Football program in 1993. With the assistance from a few other dedicated men in the community, this program has proved to be a great success as seen by the very talented athletes over the years and the superior team records.

Dude has worked for the Kendallville Street Department since 1987 and was Street Superintendent for 16 years. He served on the East Noble school board and formerly owned the Dairy Queen. He now owns Dude’s Dairy Treat in Kendallville.  He has 3 children, 3 step-children, and has been married for 3 ½ years to Karen.



Beginning her swimming career at the tender age of 5, Janelle Hite already had 2 years under her belt and a motivation to keep up with her two older sisters. And that she did. Janelle was a National Honor Society member for 2 years all while competing 4 years in swimming and gymnastics and her sophomore year in track. As a varsity swimmer all 4 years of high school from 1985 to 1989, Janelle Hite at one time held every school record except one held by her sister Natalie. Janelle Hite was the first East Noble female athlete to qualify for state all four years. By her teammates she was voted the MVP those 4 years. As a senior she received the elite East Noble Outstanding Girl Athlete award. To this day, 21 years after her high school career was complete, Janelle Hite owns the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly records for East Noble High School that she set in 1987.

Janelle also lettered in gymnastics all four years of her high school career and was voted the team MVP all four years. Her favorite events were vault and floor. As a freshman Janelle was 2nd team All-Conference. Her gymnastics team won sectionals all but her senior year when they were runner up. They placed 3rd in regional twice and 2nd once. They also placed 2nd in the conference all 4 years that Janelle competed. Says coach Claudette Lear, Janelle was a hard worker and a lot of fun to coach.

Her sophomore year, Janelle also stepped on the track and ran the 100m and 300m hurdles along with the 800m run.

Janelle earned a swimming scholarship to Wright State University and had an outstanding swimming career as a Raider from 1989 to 1993. She still holds the 200 yard Butterfly record she set in 1993 and her 200 IM and 400 IM records were just broken last season.  Three years in a row, beginning as a freshman, she received the Most Valuable Award.  In 1992 as a junior, she won the Peg Wynkoop Female Athlete of the Year Award and was the North Star Conference Swimmer of the Year. She held the North Star Conference records for the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 Fly. She still holds the Mid-Continent Conference 200 IM and 400 IM records. In 2000, Janelle Hite Foster was inducted into the Wright State Swimming and Diving Wall of Fame .

Janelle graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and returned to her home town to become a teacher. She received her master’s in Education from Indiana Wesleyan in 2008. She coached both swimming and gymnastics for East Noble and coached swimmers and divers to the state level 13 times. She currently is a math teacher for 6th grade at Wayne Center Elementary. She and her husband Rocky have been married 13 years and have 3 children.

Janelle’s most memorable moment was as a junior beating her main rival from Elkhart Central, a tall swimmer who seemed to always out touch her. Her special memory of her East Noble career was having her older sister as her coach her sophomore through senior seasons. Says Janelle, “I attribute a lot of my success to her coaching abilities and motivational techniques. She always had faith in me and knew I could do it.”


MARIETTA HITE  (1986-2001)

Between 1974 and 2001 if you ever went to the Cole YMCA you saw a diminutive, determined and dedicated woman walking the sidelines or in the pool as Marietta Hite taught swim lessons to the children of Kendallville.  If she saw a parent in the bleachers watching who could swim or cared about kids, she had a way of recruiting them to help and get involved in the pool.  Her daughters became involved with the age group swim team, but when her oldest daughter Michele became a freshman at East Noble in 1978 there was no high school swim team. It was Marietta and a few other supportive parents who went to the school board.  With a great deal of talk and hard work, East Noble’s high school swim team was formed.  Marietta remembers it as a painful process to watch those kids work so very hard but never win a meet that first year. She also was instrumental in keeping the kids inspired to keep working hard and she practiced what she preached.  It was Marietta who took the seats out of her station wagon and drove to Sturgis, Michigan to borrow lane ropes so we could host our first meet.

Most of the kids on this budding swim team had at one time or other been touched by the teaching of Marietta Hite in swim lessons.  Several swimmers including her daughters went on to college on swimming scholarships which made all the hard work over the years seem worthwhile.

When Marietta’s oldest daughter Michele returned from college in 1986 and took the girls high school coaching job, it was Marietta who filled in when needed. Her youngest daughter Janelle was now on the high school team. A few years after Janelle returned from college and took the boys head coaching position in 1996, Marietta took the girls team. She says it was an honor and privilege to coach alongside her daughter. The college experience helped with developing the workouts, but Marietta was the one perfecting the details of the strokes as her years of teaching swim lessons paid off. Soon, East Noble was a team that was known throughout the area. During the several years that the Hites coached together, they took swimmers and divers to the state level 13 times.

According to Marietta, her most humbling experience was being awarded the NHC Girls Coach of the Year award.  Says Marietta, “coaching is not something you do for the money. You have a love for the sport that you are involved with during your career. Winning is not everything. ..One needs to set goals and if you achieve that goal you are a winner. Not everyone is a great athlete, but if you put out your best effort and try to meet your goal, you are a winner. This is what I tried to instill in the athletes that I worked with.  My success as a coach I contribute to the knowledge and success of my three daughters who went on to be successful swimmers and coaches of the sport.”

Beyond the pool Marietta has been involved in the community in many other ways. She was her church’s Choir Director for 33 years, taught Sunday school for over 40 years and has been involved with the Awana program. She has helped with the Blood Mobile for 20 years and assisted  her husband. She was the Miss Limberlost Director for 20 years and from 1998 to present is the Business Manager for Miss Indiana. She serves on the Miss Indiana Scholarship Organization’s State Board and is currently the State Co-Director of the Miss Outstanding Teen Pagent.

Married 47 years to Ron, she raised 3 daughters and presently has 5 grandchildren.


NICK DAVID (1992-1996)

When this young man stepped on the court, whether it was for tennis or basketball, records were set.  In tennis, Nick David was a four year All NHC team member and a four year Letterman. Nick played both singles and doubles and was part of 3 sectional championship teams. His senior year he made All-State in doubles.  His senior year team was 14-2 with their only loss to the eventual state runner up.  Says coach Desper, “Nick was always a team leader and a fierce competitor.”   Overall, Nick was one of the top 40 tennis players to ever play tennis for East Noble.

In basketball, #14 gave 100% effort all the time. To this day he holds the individual record in 5 categories at East Noble.  He holds the record for most free throws made in a career at 359, the most free throws made in a season with 143 as a junior, the highest free throw percentage in a game when he made 14 for 14 versus Bellmont as a senior, and he is part of a three-way ties for the most three pointers made in a game of 8 three-pointers when he played against Garrett as a senior.   Nick ranks 4thall time in East Noble history with 363 assists and formerly held the record for 11 years of most consecutive free throws. Most significant of all, Nick is the East Noble career point holder with 1,493 points.  He helped his team win 3 sectional titles and 1 regional title. Nick was named to the NHC 1st team his sophomore, junior and senior years.  As a senior not only was he named to the 1st team but he had the most number of votes beating out DeKalb’s Luke Recker. The Kendallville News Sun named him the Prep of the Year twice. Nick also was honored to play in the 1996 Reebok North/South game.

Nick’s most memorable East Noble moment was “winning the school’s first regional Championship at Elkhart Central in 1996. The memories our team made that day beating Penn and Northridge will last a lifetime.” There are many fans who remember Nick was fouled with 3 seconds to go and EN down by 1. Nick hit both free throws to win East Noble’s first basketball regional!

Besides his athletic accomplishments, Nick participated in Student Council and was a National Honor Society member. As a senior, he won the Kiwanis Mental Attitude Award and was co-winner of the Pop Guymon Award as the Best Male Athlete.

As his career continued, Nick was the first East Noble basketball player to get a Division 1 scholarship and attended IUPUI in Indianapolis where he holds similar records in 5 categories.  He had the highest free throw percentage for a season at 91%; most three pointers in a game at 9; 3rd in three-point field goal percentage for a career at 44.4%; highest three-point goal percentage for a season at 51.3% and highest three-point field goal percentage in a game at 83.3%.

Nick transferred to Taylor University for his final two years of college and became the statistical leader in free throw percentage for the season at 95.2%; highest free throw percentage for a career at 94.5 %; and led his team in scoring as a junior with 13.3 points per game.

Basketball is still a part of Nick’s life as he joined the coaching ranks. He was JV boys coach at DeKalb for 1 year, East Noble Varsity Assistant coach for 2 years, 8th grade boys’ basketball coach at DeKalb for 3 years and presently is the varsity girls’ basketball coach at DeKalb. He is now a Health and P.E. teacher at DeKalb Middle School and is married to Katie who is an 8th grade teacher at ENMS.  They enjoy 2 daughters Rae age 3 and Rian age 1.


RICH ANDERSON (1967-2000)

A presence that walked the halls of East Noble from 1967 to 2000, Rich Anderson served as coach and administrator for 33 years.  As a 10 year record holder in both hurdle events at Columbia City High School and a football quarterback, the Taylor College graduate returned to Kendallville to coach boys junior high cross country, track, and basketball before taking the reins of the ENHS cross country and track programs from 1968 to 1977. During those years he had a 75% winning percentage capturing several conference crowns as well as East Noble’s first boys cross country sectional championship in 1969. His early efforts helped lay the foundations for these programs. In 1972 his cross country team finished 16-1 and in 1975 the track team was undefeated at 14-0. In 1971 he founded the East Noble Relays which are still run today as the john Reed Relays. If you look for the clerk of course, you will see Rich organizing the runners for their events. Rich was cross country Coach of the Year in 1971 and was District Coach of the Year three different times. He served on a committee that established the Midwest All-Star Track Meet of Champions and was on the Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches board for 10 years.

Leaving the coaching ranks in 1977 and finishing his career as principal of ENHS, he never lost his roots that started in athletics. As an administrator he enthusiastically endorsed the development of the whole student by encouraging educational excellence in the classroom and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

As East Noble’s assistant principal for 10 years and principal for 17 years, Rich was involved in creating and setting up the Northeast Hoosier Conference to benefit the student athlete. The conference pulled in other activities such as band and spell bowl. Rich envisioned and created the Academic Wall of Excellence still honoring our students today. He served on the Executive Board of Indiana Association of School principals for 10 years and was president for one. His drive for excellence was rewarded and recognized as he was honored with several national and state awards during his career including the Milken Foundation Award in 1993, Indiana Office Personnel Administrator of the Year in 1995, Indiana Student Council Administrator of the Year in 1996, and Kendallville Citizen of the Year in 2009.

He was instrumental in working with other administrators and staff to set the educational and athletic programs, policies and focus for East Noble. His support of all students and activities was evidenced by his presence on a regular basis at events and his willingness to help out whether it be working events, selling concessions, painting the gym, officiating an event in a pinch, and being a cheerleader.  In the community Rich was head of the fund raising for the Kendallville Library, a board member for Life and Family Services, taught Four County Vocational Adult education and is a member of the Kendallville Lions.

Since retiring in 2000 he has remained active in the East Noble program working various events and regularly helping Fred Inniger broadcast football and basketball games.

Rich has been married to Peggy 45 years and they enjoy 2 children and 4 grandchildren.


TOM CRIST   (1976-2001)

Spending a year as Assistant Freshman Basketball coach at his Alma mater Purdue, Tom Crist’s coaching career later extended to high school football, basketball and baseball at Garrett High School including holding the position of Athletic Director from 1971 to 1976. In the fall of 1976, Tom began a 24 year career at East Noble as Athletic Director.

He had many accomplishments during this time that changed the future of athletics in northeast Indiana.  Always considering the student athlete, he and Rich Anderson spent 2 years reorganizing the 10 school NEIAC into the present 8 school NHC. He added the Band, Spell Bowl, Speech, Show Choir and Super Bowl to the conference competition and expanded conference awards to include a 2nd team and honorable mention for both girls and boys.  He is responsible for bringing gender equity to East Noble beginning with basketball.  In fact, East Noble went from 7 to 21 sports under Tom’s guidance. He developed a varsity sports award program to better recognize our athletes including the athletic jacket and the blanket to acknowledge the efforts of the student athletes. He was coordinator of ENSC’s Drug Free School Program, coordinated the training of teachers, and formulated the Random Drug Testing policy for the school corporation.   In 1988 he was the Congressional District IV Coordinator for Drug Free Schools. From 1994-2001 he was the Coordinator of Coaching Certification for the NHC, SAC and ACAC.  In 1988 he was the Charles Mass Distinguished Service Award winner given to Athletic Directors on the state level.  In 1983 he was District II AD of the Year and again in 2001. He served in many capacities on the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA).

On the national level, Tom spent 6 years on the editorial board of the national magazine “Athletic Management.” He spent 3 years on the NIAAA board and received the NIAAA Distinguished service Award in 1983. In 1997 he was a finalist for National AD of the year. He has served as a speaker at many conferences for Athletic Directors all over the United States on both the state and national level.

Besides these many accolades, Tom Crist brought integrity to East Noble High School. He approached his job by doing it as he thought it should be done. He learned from the experiences he saw and had the attitude that you can’t keep doing things the same way. He searched for growth and improvement and was never afraid to make a mistake if he thought it would benefit the school or athletes. He made sure the students had top quality equipment and uniforms. Tom was a coaches AD. He represented them and spoke honestly and professionally to them. Of this award tonight he says it was given to him but it “represents a lot of people. I was always surrounded by good coaches, a good school board, great students, and a good support staff.”

Since retiring from EN, Tom worked as the Advertising Executive for NBC 33 and ABC 21. He now is the Marketing Director for Noble Hawk Golf Links. He has been married to Shirely for 47 years and has a son Brent and daughter-in-law Stacy. He and his wife enjoy 2 grandchildren.

Tom’s most memorable sports moment was winning the State Football Championship in 2000.

TREVOR TIPTON (1971-1975)

Between 1972 and 1975 East Noble had a defensive nightmare by the name of Trevor Tipton. This 3 time letter winner in football was an All-Conference linebacker as a junior and senior and an All-Conference center as a senior. He was named to the Kendallville New-Sun All-Area team twice, was News-Sun Prep of the Year as a senior and made the Honorable Mention All-State team as a senior. Named co-captain and MVP of the team his senior year, Trevor still holds the East Noble football records for most tackle points in a game with 39, most tackle points in a season with 262, and is 2nd in career tackle points with 571.

Trevor earned 2 letters in wrestling losing his senior year to the eventual state champion.  According to assistant coach Don Manger, Trevor was one of the quickest big men on the wrestling mat he had ever worked with. He was a real team leader and competitor.

Trevor was a 4 letter standout catcher for East Noble’s baseball team. His coach Fred Inniger said he had a “gun for an arm” and proved it by throwing out 75% of the attempts at base stealing. This remains an East Noble school record.  He played on three sectional championship teams and was voted captain both his junior and senior years.   He was an All-Conference catcher three different years and named to the KPC All-Area team as a junior and senior.  Coach Inniger said Trevor was “the best defensive catcher ever to play at East Noble. He had no regard for his body when he played. No one was more aggressive with a desire to win than Trevor.  Trevor did not do anything halfway. He hated to lose and so prepared to win by watching football film or scouting other baseball players.” Besides serving as president of the Letterman’s club, he is one of East Noble’s elites by earning the Pop Guymon award as Most Outstanding Male Athlete.

Trevor Tipton continued his athletic career at Taylor University lettering four times in baseball and four times in football. He was All-Conference in both sports, twice as a catcher and three times as a linebacker. In football he also earned honors as Rookie of the Year of the conference, District Player of the Year, Team MVP twice and NAIA All American as a senior.  In 1984, Trevor Tipton was inducted into the Taylor University Hall of Fame. He left Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education.

Trevor continued his football career by playing 3 years for the Wabash Express Semi Pro Football team and was the All League linebacker all 3 years.

Trevor began his professional career teaching 4th grade at Central Noble in 1979 and coached both baseball and football. Trevor became the head football coach for Central Noble in 1990 until retiring after this season in 2009 with a career winning record and 2 undefeated regular seasons. He won conference 4 times and the sectional once. He was voted the North-South All Star Coach in 2003 and was Kendallville’s News-Sun Coach of the Year 3 times.

Trevor’s most remembers his time at East Noble as having been an opportunity to play for coaches who molded and shaped his life and set him on the path of his future career.  He gives special thanks to Coach Dickerson, Coach Brokaw, Coach Aalbregste, Coach McBrier, Coach Barnum, Coach Manger, Coach Inniger, Coach Bentz, Coach Poikenon, Coach Skinner and Coach Savage.

Trevor is presently the Dean of Students at Central Noble Middle School and married to Debbie with 2 grown daughters who graduated from East Noble. He enjoys his free time on his 11 acre farm gardening, woodworking, restoring old buildings, antiquing and spending time with his family.