Congratulations to our 2016
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.
Jeff Platt (1982-1986)
The mid 1980’s were a golden era in East Noble Athletics, and woven into the fabric of those times were the formidable talents of multi-sport star Jeff Platt.
Jeff graduated from East Noble in 1986, and during his four years at EN he left an indelible mark on the athletic program.
He totaled 9 athletic letters during his athletic career, garnering three each in basketball, baseball, and tennis.
On the tennis court, he was a part of two of Coach Don Manger’s sectional championship winners, in 1984 and 1986.
When the weather turned colder, Jeff moved indoors to the basketball court, where he was a part of phenomenal team and individual successes. The basketball teams he was a part of won sectional championships in 1984 and 1985. Jeff was an all-conference first team selection in 1985 and 1986. During his career, Jeff scored over 1,000 points for the Knights, and earned Channel 21 Player of the Week honors.
As extensive as his accolades are in tennis and basketball, baseball was where he made his biggest impact. He was a member of two more sectional championship teams, Coach Fred Inniger’s 1984 and 1985 squads. The 1986 team, on which Jeff was a senior, was ranked 13th in the state and was the NEIAC champion. The 1986 team set a school record by winning 19 consecutive games.
Individually he was first team News Sun All-Area, and first team Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette All-Area. He also set school records for RBI in a season, with 45, and by hitting 3 home runs in a game.
For his significant accomplishments across three different sports, Jeff won the 1986 Pop Guyman Award for being East Noble’s top male athlete.
He accepted a baseball scholarship for Vincennes University, where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in general studies.
Post-graduation he returned to the area, where he is employed at Max Platt Ford Lincoln Inc. He and his wife Mindy have three children: Lydia Platt, Lucas Platt, and Chaz Lash. He has been heavily involved in the local community, where he’s been the president for the Kendallville Jaycees, a board member for Kendallville Youth Baseball, and he currently serves on the Kendallville Economic Development Committee.
In his contributions in the athletic arena and his generosity in working with the community, Jeff has shown that he clearly belongs among the East Noble elite. East Noble is proud to welcome to the hall of fame Mr. Jeff Platt.
Ashley Powell Sparkman (1997-2001)
Spanning the end of one century and the beginning of another, Ashley Powell Sparkman lit up the volleyball and basketball courts along with the soccer field in creating an incredible legacy of excellence at East Noble.
Ashley is a 2001 EN graduate, was a two year starter for Coach Chris Wilder’s volleyball squad.
Showing her versatility, she was also a two year starter in soccer, where she won the team’s rookie award in the 1999 season. She was also named to the NHC All-Conference second team for her efforts during her senior season.
The basketball court is where she would be most recognizable to Knight Fans, where for four years she demonstrated the effort and skill that would eventually earn her a place in the EN Hall of Fame.
She excelled all four years of her career for Coach Andy Ross’ team, where she was the team’s assists leader for her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She was the Knight’s steals leader as a senior, a year in which she was also the team’s offensive scoring leader. She also led the team in free throw percentage for her final three years as a high school player.
Her value to the Knights was reflected in this fact; she was co-MVP as a freshman, and was the team’s MVP for the remainder of her high school career for her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.
Ashley’s honors weren’t confined to within the team; she was a News-Sun All-Area first team selection in 1998, 2000, and 2001. She was NHC All-Conference 2nd team in 1998 and 1999 and NHC All-Conference 1st team in 2000 and 2001. She was also East Noble High School Athletics Kiwanis’ Mental Attitude Award winner for 2001.
After her senior season she was selected as a Nancy Rehm Indiana All-Star Border War Starter; Ashley finished her incredible high school basketball career as East Noble’s 2nd all-time women’s leading scorer with 1,033 points.
Her success in high school wasn’t confined to the athletic arena; she was a Student Council member, was in the homecoming court for two years, and was a National Honor Society member.
After high school, she attended IPFW, where she played basketball in that school’s inaugural season as a Division I school. She transferred to the University of St. Francis, where she was a two year starter and made the Power Sports Network Border Challenge All-Tournament team.
Former EN basketball coach Andy Ross remembers Ashley as one of the best shooters to ever wear an East Noble basketball jersey; he noted her impact by not only starting all four years, but being voted team MVP all four years, and considers her one of the smartest players he has ever coached.
Ashley has stayed in the educational field, as she currently works as a school counselor at James R. Watson elementary school in the DeKalb Central School Corporation.
She resides in Auburn with her husband, Travis. They have two children, Ellington, who is 5, and Fynlee, who is 2.
Ashley’s tremendous accomplishments have earned her a well-deserved spot in the EN Hall of Fame. Congratulations, and welcome!
Jeff Wedding (2000-2004)
East Noble’s proud athletic tradition includes multitudes of phenomenal all-around athletes. Within that group, very few, if any, boast the accomplishments of Jeff Wedding.
Jeff graduated from East Noble High School in 2004. During his time at EN, he earned 10 high school athletic letters (4 in basketball, 3 in football, and 3 in track.)
Jeff’s athleticism was on full display during all seasons in high school. He was a multiple year starter on the basketball court, and was an important contributor to sectional championship track teams. With all of that success, it was still football which set Jeff’s career apart on the high school and collegiate levels.
On the East Noble gridiron, Jeff was a three year starter at quarterback; he also played on defense, being a very effective safety. The culmination of his career as a football player was the memorable fall of 2003. In that, his senior year, Jeff led his team to an undefeated regular season, along the way winning the NHC title along with sectional, regional, and semi-state championships. The 2003 Knights finished the year in the RCA Dome in the state championship game, finishing as the class 4A state runners-up. After the championship game, Jeff was awarded the Phil Eskew Mental Attitude Award, the IHSAA’s highest individual honor.
The post season continued to see awards pile up for Jeff; he was named the NEI Game Night Player of the Year, FW News-Sentinel Player of the Year, the KPC Prep of the Year, and was selected for the IFCA All-State team. He was voted on to the Indiana North All-Star team and was awarded the team mental attitude award after playing safety on defense in the North’s All-Star game win in the summer of 2004. Jeff finished his East Noble career as the #2 all-time leader in passing yards (4,036) and touchdown passes (28) as well as the all-time leader in career scoring with 204 points.
While his East Noble career was finishing, his success on the football field was only beginning. Jeff attended NAIA Powerhouse University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne; as a Cougar, Jeff was part of 3 NAIA National Runner-Up teams and was for 2 years the starting quarterback, leading both of those teams to final 4 appearances and 23 overall wins. Jeff finished his career at USF with 5,432 passing yards and 52 touchdown passes. He was a two-time team captain and 2008 Silver Helmet recipient. As he was as a Knight, Jeff was recognized on the collegiate level for his sportsmanship and leadership as an athlete receiving in 2008 the NAIA “All that is Right in Sports” Award.
His collegiate athletic career over, Jeff finished pursuing his career in education. He now continues to combine his career goals and his dedication to service while working with children as an Educational Liaison and teacher in the pediatric rehabilitation unit at Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
Jeff’s accomplishments as a high school and collegiate athlete are numerous, and it is impossible to deny their importance to each of his schools. He has always displayed class and integrity as a student, athlete, and person, and in this he is a true epitome of the East Noble Hall of Fame. Jeff Wedding holds a most deserving place now as a member. Congratulations from family, friends, and the entire East Noble community.
Marty Johnson (1985-2006)
East Noble boasts a tremendously proud athletic tradition; the heart of that tradition has always been the Big Blue Pit, and very few have carved out a legacy in the Pit comparable to Coach Marty Johnson.
Coach Johnson graduated from Highland High School in 1976, and finished his undergraduate collegiate studies in 1980, graduating from Indiana Central University. He later added masters’ degrees in business education from Ball State and in administration from IPFW.
He began his coaching career at Pendleton Heights High School as a varsity assistant, and became the head coach there in 1983. During his head coaching tenure at Pendleton Heights he compiled a record of 21-21, and guided the Arabians to their first sectional championship game in the school’s history.
In 1985 Marty was named the head coach at East Noble High School. He began building his program with the foundational motto being “Pressure, Pride, and Poise” and build on that foundation to create one of the premier programs in the state of Indiana.
While at East Noble, Coach Johnson’s record was 306 and 182. During that time the Knights won six NHC titles, including a run in which they won three consecutively. They also won sectional titles seven times, and won back to back regional titles in 1996 and 1997.
In addition to team accolades, Coach Johnson’s athletes garnered multiple individual awards. His players were recognized by being named all-conference 56 times, including 33 first team all-conference selections. He also coached East Noble’s only Indiana All-Star player in Chad Lacrosse, and was named the head coach of the Indiana All-Stars in 1997.
After leaving East Noble Coach Johnson became the head coach at Whiteland High school where he compiled a record of 32-35, and in his third and final year at Whiteland they won 15 games and he was named the Indianapolis Star Suburban Coach of the Year. His overall record as a head coach is 359 and 238.
He currently resides in Greenwood, Indiana with his wife Traci. He is now the athletic director at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, and serves as the associate executive director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
He and Traci have two children, Kyle, who is a sales executive in Houston, Texas, and Morgan, who is presently a graduate assistant basketball coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri, where she is completing her MBA.
Coach Johnson is not in attendance, and former player Chad Lacrosse will accept the award on his behalf.