Throughout the 2019-20 school year, Noblesville Schools staff has been creative in finding ways to honor the district’s 150th anniversary. One upcoming event will pay tribute to an event of nearly 60 years ago.
On Jan. 31, the same night as the annual Noblesville Schools Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the NHS boys basketball game against Hamilton Southeastern, the district will conduct a community spaghetti supper, a lost tradition of the 1960s and ’70s that invited the public into the school for a meal before the start of home basketball games.
“Back in the day, spaghetti suppers before games were major social events,” said Marnie Cooke, director of marketing and communications for Noblesville Schools. “As part of our 150th anniversary celebration, we wanted to host a throwback spaghetti supper.”
Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., but the dinner will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the NHS cafeteria. At halftime, the district will honor this year’s Noblesville High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Terry Coomer, Betty Heppner, Krissi Meek, Matt Sparks and NHS’s 2014 IHSAA state championship baseball team.
Spaghetti supper tickets are $5 per person and include spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and a drink. All proceeds benefit the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation. For more game information, visit noblesvillemillers.com/teams/events/23195401.
MEET THE INDUCTEES
Terry Coomer, 1973, baseball and football
Lettered four years in baseball and was a member of four sectional championship teams. As a sophomore, he pitched a perfect game in the sectional final, striking out 19 of the 21 batters he faced. For his high school career, he won 13 of 18 appearances and struck out 207 batters in 120 innings. He allowed only 68 hits and had a 1.23 ERA. Coomer also played football, where he was a linebacker.
Betty Heppner, 1970-1980, gymnastics coach
Started the gymnastics program at Noblesville High School in 1970 and coached an individual state champion in 1973. She also coached two regional individual champions and the 1973 team sectional championship team.
Krissi Meek, 1996, soccer and basketball
Lettered four years in both soccer and basketball, was all-county four years in soccer, was a two-time Player of the Year, All-Metro North and first team and All-State all four years in soccer. Meek also was All-County and All-Sectional in basketball as a junior and senior, All-Semistate as a senior in basketball and was County Player of the Year as a senior in basketball.
Matt Sparks, 1992, track and cross country
Lettered four years in track and cross country. In track, he was a three-time All-State selection and set the school record in the 800 meters, the 1600 meters, the 3,200 meters and the 1,600-meter relay. He finished third at the state track meet in both the 3,200 and the 1,600 meters. In cross country, he was three-time All-State, finished in the top five at the state cross country meet three times and won 11 varsity letters.
2014 Baseball State Champions
Won the Class 4A state championship and finished with a 28-8 record. The team defeated Terre Haute North 2-1 in the championship game. The team also won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship and was coached by Justin Keever.