North Side adds 10 to their athletic Hall of Fame

North Side High School will again induct 10 new members into their athletic Hall of Fame, founded in 2015. That first year, the school added 25 former athletes and coaches as the inaugural class and have been adding 10 more each year since.

The class of 2019 will feature seven regular members and three from the school’s “Pioneer List.” The new members will officially be inducted on August 24 in the school’s auditorium following a 9 a.m. breakfast. The group will also be honored the night prior, before the season opening football game against Snider.

Seven of the 10 inductees are have football and/or basketball ties at the school, headed by the late Mike Bedree (class of 1965), who was the leading scorer on the Redskin basketball team that lost in the state finals that season. Although teammate Dave Moser was an Indiana All-Star out of the season, it was Bedree who was often the strongest offensive presence and he will now join Moser in the Hall of Fame. Bedree scored 16.1 points per game in his senior season. He scored 20 points in the state semi final game when the Redskins upset topped ranked Gary Roosevelt before falling to Indianapolis Washington in the finals.

He will be joined by a group that includes the late Charles Ellenwood, who was the city scoring champion in basketball in 1951 and All-City in both football and basketball twice. Ellenwood was also the class Valedictorian. Carol Nelson Bolton (class of 1984) was All-Summit Athletic Conference and All-Area in basketball as she picked up 10 varsity letters during her time at North Side. Class of 1991’s Von Ganaway was All-State in football before heading off to play at Indiana State. He also was All-SAC on the gridiron for three seasons.

From the “Pioneer Group,” Perry Esterline (class of 1932) was also All-City in basketball.

While they did not earn their most glory on the hardwood or gridiron, inductees Herman Friedrich (class of 1937) and Don Baldwin (class of 1966) did both participate in one or both sports. Baldwin was a state champion in track. Hall of Fame Cross Country and Track coach Dean Slavens will be inducted; he also coached some basketball and football during his time.

Other inductees including deceased Indiana Hall of Fame and two time state track champion Bob Ewing (class of 1953) and coach Hilda Schwen, who developed the first athletic programs for females at North Side.

Anyone wishing to attend the breakfast and ceremony can contact the Alumni Association office at 260-471-4499 or e-mail at

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